Monday, 17 September 2012

Healthy food list with their Health Benefits

 

 Garlic (Lasun)

Garlic is widely used around the world for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment.
Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity
Garlic increases lactation after pregnancy.
Garlic stimulates the immune system of body & helps in fighting against various diseases including cancer.
It acts as a nasal decongestant & expectorant.
In both Hinduism and Jainism, garlic is considered to stimulate and warm the body and to increase one's desires. Some people generally avoid using garlic and the related onion in the preparation of foods for religious festivities and events.

Clove

Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, and western herbalism and dentistry, where the essential oil is used as an anodyne (painkiller) for dental emergencies.
Cloves are used as a carminative, to increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach and to improve peristalsis.
Cloves are also said to be a natural anthelmintic.
The volatile oil contains the medicinal properties and it is strong germicide, antiseptic and a local irritant. It
has been used as an expectorant to aid bronchial troubles.
Clove oil is used in various skin disorders like acne, pimples etc. It is also used in severe burns, skin irritations and to reduce the sensitiveness of skin
The buds have anti-oxidant properties.
Clove has cooling and anti-inflammatory effect and thereby clears the nasal passage.
Clove decoction or clove oil can be added to milk to treat respiratory disorders like coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis and tuberculosis.
Cloves promote enzymatic flow and boosts digestive functioning.
Clove can be a useful addition to food. It is useful for boosting the immune system and its antiviral properties purifies the blood and increases resistance to diseases.

Cardamom/Elakkai

The aroma and therapeutic properties of cardamom are due to its volatile oil. Tinctures of cardamom are used chiefly in medicines to relieve flatulence and for strengthening digestion activities.

Cardamom reduces the air and water elements, increases appetite and soothes the mucous membrane. It relieves gas and heart-burn caused by garlic and onion. Ground cardamom seed mixed with ginger, cloves and coriander, is an effective remedy for indigestion. A tea made from cardamom is valuable in headache caused by indigestion.

The aromatic flavour in cardamom is a breath freshener. A . few seeds chewed for a brief period will remove foul smell.

Powdered seeds of cardamom are boiled in water with tea. It gives a very pleasing aroma to the tea. This can be used as a remedy in the treatment of depression

In India , cardamom is used as masticatory and often included in pan-supari. It is used for flavoring curries, cakes, bread and for other culinary purposes, like flavoring coffee or confectionery.

The essential oil of cardamom is used for pharmaceutical purposes, perfumery, flavoring liquers and bitters, in the preparation of tincture and as a stimulant.

Gooseberry, Nellikai.(aawala)

 

The fruits either fresh or dried are used as Ayurvedic medicine.
It is also a very important ingredient in the famous Chyavanaprash, and a constituent of Triphala (three fruits) powder
Amla is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C, its fresh juice containing nearly twenty times as much vitamin C as orange juice.
It increases red blood cell count.
Amla pickle can be made and can be taken in regular food.
Amla oil is used as a hair conditioner and an effective preventing for balding and graying of hair.
The fruits are put in homey and if had regularly in our diet will enhance the growth of hair and also gives good strength to the body and gives resistance.This preparation is good for children also.
The fruits are good tonic for general vitality.
Indian government has released a stamp on this plant for its medicinal importance.
  

NEEM


It is a sacred tree, village pharmacy.The common uses of neem are:
It is antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral.


Benefits of Neem
Benefits of Neem



USES of neem


For chicken pox, grind the young twig along with turmeric and apply on the spots.
Apply neem paste in the hair once in a fortnight and one can get rid of lice and nits.
Neem blossoms are used to keep rasam and pachali in south India during new year.
Neem twigs in olden days were used as brush, even now in village it is used as brush.
Neem oil is used in various cosmetic items.
It is a sacred tree involved in various rituals of hinduism.
Lets not forget "our natures drug store" and use it effeciently, live healthily.