Eyes are one of the most important sense organs we have, and caring for them is just as important as caring for other parts of the body. In Ayurveda, there are several natural ways to improve eyesight and maintain good vision. In today’s corporate world we spend hours together at the computer, and this causes a lot of strain to our eyes. There are some healthy habits to inculcate that will help you maintain good eyesight. Here are some of them:
Natural eye tonic: Take 250g each of almonds, fennel (saunf), and mishri (crystallized sugar). Soak the almonds overnight, and make a powder of it after peeling. Fry fennel with a few drops of ghee and powder it as well. Mix the three together and store in a glass bottle. Mix two spoons of this in milk and drink to improve eyesight within three to six months.
Diet for good eyesight: Diet plays a very important role in Ayurveda, for your overall health. For better eyesight, your diet should include fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin A such as carrots, oranges etc. You can also include cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, soya beans, dates and green peas in addition to fresh milk and cheese. Almonds are great for eyesight as well.
Herbs that improve eyesight: In Ayurveda there are certain herbs that have many intrinsic benefits. Triphala is one of these, and bhringraj or amla oil when applied over the eyes helps in enhancing eyesight. A teaspoon of powdered asparagus, and half a teaspoon of honey mixed together with milk is a wonderful natural tonic to help improve eyesight.
Easy exercises for eyesight: There are a few simple exercises that you can do every day that will benefit your eyes. Close both your eyes by shutting them firmly, and then open them suddenly. After you open them, stretch your face and arch your brows – practice this every day a few times. You can also rotate your eyes in different directions and slowly concentrate on one eye at a time. Try doing this a dozen times in a day. You can also rub your palms together and then place your hand over your eyes without touching the eyelids to reduce strain on the eyes and improve eyesight.
Triphala Rasayana:Triphala Rasayana is made by combining 100g of yellow myrobalan, 200g of bahera myrobalan, 400g of amla, and 700g of liquorice. Combine these ingredients after powdering them and store them in a glass bottle. Half a spoon of this mixed with ghee and a spoon of honey should be taken twice a day. This is a wonderful herbal mixture that is proven to enhance eyesight over time.
The above tips will help you improve your eyesight and maintain healthy eyes over time. Incorporating these good habits for the eyes into your routine is a great way to ensure that no issues arise for you when it concerns your eyes. In addition, whenever you use technology, do not forget to blink at regular intervals. If you have been working for a very long time, take a break and focus on another object or close your eyes for sometime – it helps your eyes take a break from being focused on the computer or smartphone screen.
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Our cities today are very polluted, and in addition to this, there are also certain natural elements such as pollen, animal fur and dust that can potentially trigger allergies. Most people tend to take anti-hystamines or over-the-counter allopathic medication for their allergies. While they may control the symptoms, they do not actually treat the cause of the allergies and over time your body may also become resistant to them. Ayurveda seeks more to explore ways to prevent illness than to merely cure it after one gets infected. Here are some proven, natural ways to prevent allergic reactions to pollution:
Keep doors and windows closed: Springtime and autumn are two seasons where pollen and dust-triggered allergies run high. Make sure that you don’t leave your windows and doors open for long periods of time – the wind can carry dust and pollen into your home and bring on allergic reactions.
Consider Ayurvedic medicine: A herbal formulation like Pankajakasthuri Breathe Eazy helps clear your lungs and enhance immunity in order to prevent allergies and also strengthen you internally, improving your body’s ability to fight off allergens. Taking it regularly 3 times a day after your meals will, overtime, make you more resistant to catching allergic infections.
Make changes to your diet: Research has shown that a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts like grapes, apples, tomatoes and oranges have fewer allergy symptoms. Make sure that your diet comprises a lot of fresh produce to provide your body with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to fight allergic reactions.
Drink lots of fluids: Water, juice or soup and tea can help ease congestion. The accumulation of mucus in the respiratory tract often occurs due to allergy, and beverages like these can help thin the mucus and eventually drain it out to provide relief.
Inhale steam: Take a bowl of hot water, sit in front of it and put a towel over your head to trap the steam. Inhale it to ease chest or throat congestion, and also to clear sinuses. You can also take a hot shower, and use this method twice or thrice a day for respite.
Wash frequently: When you come back home at the end of the day, your clothes are often covered with dust and pollen particles that would not be visible to the naked eye. Ensure that you wash your eyes and face thoroughly and also take a shower once you are back. Leaving shoes outside the door will also help in keeping unnecessary dust and other potential allergens out.
Allergies often hamper one’s ability to go about daily life with ease, and following these tips will definitely go a long way in helping you stay protected from allergies.
Migraines constitute one of the most common chronic conditions that people everywhere go through. They can occur due to a variety of reasons, and often the first reaction is to pop an over-the-counter pill. What most people don’t realize, however, is that these pills and painkillers can cause harm if used repeatedly in the long run.
Ayurveda focuses on prevention, rather than on curing the symptoms. Here are 7 remedies/fixes for migraines that you can find right in your kitchen. They are perfectly natural and side effect-free.
Lemon paste: Take 5 lemons and remove their peels. Grind them properly and make a paste of them. Add a little water if needed. Apply this paste on your forehead for 5-10 minutes.
Increase your magnesium intake: A study found that taking daily magnesium supplements reduced migraine frequency by nearly 42 percent. This is because a magnesium deficiency can trigger migraines. Take care of your diet and add magnesium-rich foods to it, such as soyabeans, spinach, sesame seeds, black beans and quinoa.
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Have flaxseeds: Migraines are often caused by inflammation. Flaxseeds are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their inflammation-reducing properties. You can either use flaxseed oil for cooking or just consume the seeds, which are easily available in all major shops and supermarkets.
Smell peppermint oil: Peppermint essential oil is known for its ability to alleviate tension headaches. It enhances blood flow in the body and also opens up the sinuses so that more oxygen can be taken in. Take peppermint essential oil and use a reed diffuser to inhale the fragrance or sprinkle a few drops into your pillow case before you sleep for maximum benefits.
Ginger tea: Ginger is known for curing stomach aches, nausea and also headaches. A hot cup of ginger tea can refresh you and gradually reduce any pain you may face due to migraines. Steep the ginger and the tea leaves well when you prepare this tea to get the flavour and derive maximum benefit.
Body massage: A full body massage with natural oils like Bhringaraj helps increase blood flow in the body. Migraines and headaches are often caused due to poor blood circulation. This is very common today with our sedentary lifestyles that don’t let us move around much. Do a full-body self-massage to relieve aches and pains everywhere and ease migraine pains.
Carrot & Spinach juice: Grate carrot and grind it in a blender. Take a few spinach leaves, wash them thoroughly and make spinach juice in the same way. Mix half a glass each of carrot and spinach juice and drink it. This will help in reducing the pain caused by migraines.
These are some of the easiest home remedies and preventive measures one can take. They are based on the ancient principles of Ayurveda and are much more beneficial for health than over-the-counter medication.
When it’s cold outside, it can be quite easy to catch cold or get into other ailments because the weather makes you more susceptible to these. Cold, flu, cough and fever are some of the common illnesses that the cold and rainy weather makes us vulnerable to. Fortunately, there are natural ways to build up your immunity so that you do not succumb to illness during the monsoon season.
Daily massage: Daily self-massage with warm sesame or sunflower oil not only strengthens and nourishes your skin but also provides an enhanced sense of well-being and keeps the body warm and safe from any infections.
Healing spices: Use spices like cardamom, pepper, ginger, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon while preparing food. These power-packed spices have immunity-boosting properties and help you stay protected against seasonal illnesses.
Rasayanas: The concept of rasayanas relates to healing, rejuvenating herbs that can help your body gain stamina, build up your immunity and strength to fight diseases over time. Some of these include ashwagandha, tulsi, triphala, amla and turmeric. For a great supplement to your diet, you can also try a herbal formulation like the Pankajakasthuri Breathe Eazy range.
Exercise: Keeping your body active is very important. Exercise reduces the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and also makes your body more capable of fighting off infections. Try some brisk walking, jogging, yoga or join a gym.
Relaxing baths: Take a relaxing bath with some essential oils like rosemary, cinnamon, pine or lavender so that you feel refreshed. You can also use Epsom salt. A warm bath always helps during the cold or rainy season.
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The ancient and venerated traditions of Ayurveda have been passed on through generations – sometimes in the form of the natural home remedies our mothers and grandmothers always seem to have ready. Ayurveda is still held as one of the most relevant and useful branches of alternative medicine for its holistic, prevention-based approach to wellness. Here, we explore 6 useful Ayurvedic herbs that are essential for everyone to know:
Black pepper: Black pepper is commonly used in Indian cooking. It also has laxative properties and can help fight toothaches, headaches and sore throats. Milk with crushed black pepper soothes the throat and eases throat pain.
Isabgol: Isabgol, or psyillium husk is one of the most recommended natural remedies for constipation and stomach problems. It is often mixed with curd and eaten to cure stomach issues. However, it can also be crushed and applied on joints to relieve joint pains through its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric: Turmeric, or haldi as it is called in India, is one of the most precious discoveries of Ayurveda. Its main components are very helpful in reducing inflammation, preventing cancer and preserving brain functions. A pinch of turmeric in milk before bedtime is proven to be excellent for health, and haldi is also commonly used for natural skincare.
Triphala: Triphala is a common component of most Ayurvedic preparations. It helps in solving a lot of stomach problems including bloating, chronic constipation, and normalizing digestion.
Ashwagandha: The name of this herb literally means ‘strength of a horse’.Ashwagandha has properties that promote energy and stamina. In addition to helping regain energy levels and stay focused, it also suppresses the release of the stress hormone, cortisol. Those with thyroid deficiencies can take doses of 500 mg of the herb once or twice every day before taking meals to boost thyroid production.
Tulsi: Basil or tulsi as it is natively called is not just a sacred symbol in most Hindu homes. In Ayurveda, the tulsi leaves have shown anti-microbial and anti-fungal activity. It also helps reduce stress. Chewing the herb can help fight coughs and soothe the throat. In addition, studies have shown that it can increase lung capacity as well. Our specially formulated Kasthuri Cough Syrup contains extracts of tulsi for healthier lungs. Tulsi can be taken in both capsule form or as part of a formulation.
These are the most essential Ayurvedic herbs that can be easily used in your lifestyle as well. The roots of Ayurveda lie in finding effective and natural cures as well as preventions with a holistic approach to health and wellness. The regular use of these Ayurvedic herbs in your diet and daily activities will definitely bring about a change in your overall well-being.
Our immune systems act like a safety net against many illnesses and health disorders. Sometimes, however, certain substances such as dust, pollen, animal fur etc. can act as irritants and make our immune systems respond with certain symptoms. This causes allergies and allergic reactions which could be anything including sneezing, coughing, rashes and so on.
Allergy coughs can be extremely frustrating and hamper your day by making you cough continuously. Looking at this from the point of Ayurveda, sometimes allergic tendencies are inherited. Sometimes, a person’s current state of the balance or imbalance of doshas also determines how his/her body reacts to substances in the environment.
In addition, Ayurveda considers a strong agni or digestive fire as one of the most important factors in determining your health. When our agni is strong, our body will be more capable of absorbing the most useful nutrients in nature and eliminate what we do not need. It will also ensure that allergic reactions are not severe. However, a weak agni leaves one susceptible to illness and disease.
Here are some ways in which you can strengthen your body’s agni and eventually make your immune system more resistant to allergic coughs:
Meditate at least once daily: It has been scientifically proven that the stress hormone, cortisol, if produced in large quantities, can significantly harm your health. Meditation calms both the body and the mind, and when practiced regularly, has been proven to make the body more resilient to environmental changes. It improves our ability to take in nourishment from our surroundings instead of viewing them as threats. All you need to do is take a break from the crazily paced lifestyle you have, sit by yourself for about half an hour, close your eyes, free your mind from all thoughts and breathe.
Practice deep breathing: While it is tough to completely be protected from any allergy-causing substance (most of the time only the symptoms can be eased), we can definitely protect ourselves from getting in contact with them. Since most allergens are air-borne, we can inculcate deep breathing techniques that control our breath and overtime reduce the chances of breathing in these allergens.
Try a natural soothing drink: Lemon has anti-allergic properties. Take a glass of lukewarm water, squeeze half a lemon in it, add a teaspoon of honey, and mix. Have this drink on an empty stomach for a natural remedy for your allergy coughs.
Take a herbal supplement: Alleviating symptoms brings relief on one hand, but on the other, regular preventive measures are also necessary. This is why we would recommend a herbal supplement like the Breathe Eazy Syrup – free of side effects and extremely effective while being a natural preparation.
Balance your doshas: According to Ayurveda, every person has a certain physical constitution, known as dosha. The three major doshas, or agents that cause diseases in the body are known as vata, pitta and kapha. An imbalance between them in the body causes physical illness. Vata allergy symptoms include sneezing, muscle pain and headaches. To calm these symptoms, one must stay hydrated and drink hot or warm beverages such as ginger tea. A self-massage with sesame oil also helps. For Pitta symptoms like rashes, burning eyes or inflamed sinuses, have herbs that cool you. Some of them include cilantro, coriander and amalaki, guduchi etc. Ghee can also help calm inflamed sinuses.
Follow the above Ayurvedic tips to live a healthy life that is naturally attuned to avoid sickness and allergies.