It always amazes me to know that our ancestors found medicinal and self-care properties in almost every part of the plant. Here is a two-part series giving a small peek into some of the organic Indian products, available right at our doorstep.
Ashwagandha Powder also is known as Indian Ginseng has been used as a natural medicine in ayurvedic healing for many years. This powder, which comes from a perennial shrub found in the drier regions of the country, is used commonly for women undergoing menopause. It is said to have various health benefits such as an ability to stabilize the hormones and reduce hot flashes. This powder gives us a healthy dose of nutrients which include tannins, potassium nitrate, and alkaloids. This herb reduces the overall stress of the body by lowering the levels of cortisol, one of the major stress hormones in the body. It also increases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps with cognition and memory recognition. You can take this powder with lukewarm water or milk! If you are not a big fan of its taste, add a drop or two of honey and you are good to go.
Triphala powder, also used in ayurvedic years for over thousands of years is a blend of three fruits, amla, harad and baheda. This powder taken on empty stomach with lukewarm water first thing in the morning has a multitude of benefits. Firstly, the amla is enriched with Vitamin C and lowers cholesterol levels. The Haritaki, believed to upregulate the activities of the brain is also an anti-inflammatory agent. It is also known to have anti-diarrheal properties. Lastly, the Bibhitaki rejuvenates the muscles as well as the blood. Overall, the antioxidants present in this powder give the skin a radiant glow reducing wrinkles and other blemishes.
Mulethi also called as liquorice is an age-old herb used for its various health boosting and ayurvedic properties. It is a perennial herb mainly found in different parts of Asia, southern parts of Europe and endemic to the middle east. Despite their use in traditional medicines Mulethi, is also used as a sweetening agent, about 35 times sweeter than the sugar. Hence, if you are diabetic, this will serve as a great sugar substitute. The health-boosting properties include ant-diabetic, anti-oxidative, antiseptic, decreasing blood pressure and helps fight respiratory tract infections in addition to these properties it also helps in maintaining hormonal balance easing menopausal symptoms. Mulethi can be consumed by boiling its roots in hot water like tea.
Read more on Part 2 of this article here.
Disclaimer: This article does not provide any medical advice. Please consult your own health professional for any medical advice.
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