10 Reasons Why Coconut Oil is a Superfood

In many Eastern religions, we have a concept of a 'world tree'. It is also a very prominent concept in Hinduism where it is called kalpavriksha or 'wish fulfilling tree'.

The coconut tree has often been identified as a kalpavriksha because of its many uses. In fact, most families on the Southern coast of India unfailingly add coconut to their food. They cannot imagine food without coconut.

But there is also an irrational fear o...

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The Many Health Benefits of Tulsi

The Tulsi plant or Holy Basil (as it is known in the west) is a fairly common plant in India. The plant is highly revered in Hinduism where it considered a manifestation of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and is consequently used in many rituals. So it is not unusual to find a Tulsi plant outside many Indian (Hindu) homes.

The herb is also highly valued in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties of which there are many. However, not many ...

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Take Ashwagandha for Increased Vitality and Wellbeing

Has the daily grind left you chronically tired and drained? Do you want to restore your vigor and energy? Try Ashwagandha. It is a small, perennial shrub that grows in the dry, arid regions of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Sindh.

The roots of this plant have been prescribed for everything from impotence, fatigue, low sperm count, nervous exhaustion to general debility. No wonder Ashwagandha is called a Rasayana or life extende...

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10 Reasons Why you Should be Drinking Green Tea

The next time you drink a cup of tea, take a moment to think about the tea. Ask yourself, is this the best tea for me? Shouldn't you be rather drinking green tea which is infinitely better?

We know now there is a strong connection between drinking green tea and health. The Chinese have known this fact for more than 2500 years and they are a nation of green tea drinkers. So it is not a surprise the life expectancy of the average Chinese...

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The Benefits of Bringha (Eclipta alba) Oil for Hair Loss and Hair Thinning

In a Spanish study involving balding men, 62% of men surveyed said hair loss would wreck their self-esteem. Society is more accepting of baldness today. For many, it is even a style statement but isn't it equally true that most men would rather have a head full of hair than be bald?

In the latest treatment for hair loss, hair from other parts of the body is transplanted to the head. Not everyone can pay for this treatment while natura...

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A Sustainable Way to Control Diabetes Naturally

Did you know India has the dubious distinction of being the diabetes capital of the world? It has the largest population of diabetes patients of any country, with 50.8 million people suffering from this disease.

It is ironic because our indigenous medicinal systems have many effective remedies against both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. One of the most effective herbal remedies for diabetes is Gymnema sylvestre or Gudmar, whose l...

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What are the Health Benefits of Amla?

In Hinduism and many other Indic religions, Amla is considered sacred. It is said the Amla tree was born during the legendry samudra manthan when a few drops of Amrit fell on the earth.

From ancient times, the amla fruit has been valued for its supposed ability to cure any disease and confer longevity on people whom consume it. We don't know how true this is but like most superstitions, there seems to be an element of truth in it.

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Drink Herbal and Green Teas to De-stress and Relax

You're having a tough day at your office. Finally, your work is finished and you get to leave. A sigh of relief! But it is not over yet because you have to tackle rush hour traffic next.

By the time you reach home you are so tired, all you want to do is crash on your bed and go to sleep.

While you may not be able to do much about the work or the travel, you can certainly act against the stress and tiredness. In this, herbal an...

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The Many Advantages of Desi Ghee

Ghee has always taken a place of pride in India whether in cooking, medicine or religion. The Charaka Samhita, one of the oldest Ayurvedic texts even says, 'of all the oils humans can eat, the best is ghee.'

For thousands of years, ghee was prepared exclusively at home through a painstaking process involving separation of butter from milk and boiling the butter until the water evaporated. This left behind pure golden ghee with...

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9 Benefits of Drinking Noni Juice

Miranda Kerr is a well-known supermodel and former spouse of Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom. She has been drinking noni juice every morning for the last 12 years and she credits the juice for her beautiful skin and hair.

Morinda Citrifolia, commonly known as Noni is a tropical plant. It belongs the same family as the coffee tree or Rubiaceae. Its historical range was Southeast Asia and Australasia but today it is found a...

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8 Health Benefits you can Derive from the Lemon

You might have heard the saying, 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade'. Lemons have needlessly received a bad rep, seeing how they are an excellent sources of Vitamin C and other important nutrients.

In the olden days, scurvy was a constant scourge on ships. It was a debilitating disease that would cause sailors to develop weakness, swollen legs and bleeding gums. The sailors' teeth would literally fall out of their gums.

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Is Hibiscus the Holy Grail of Personal Health?

Hibiscus is a common flowering plant (belonging to the family Malvaceae) found in many Indian homes and gardens, especially in South India. The flowers come in various colors and sizes and they are typically used in prayer. But not many people are aware that the hibiscus flower is also a storehouse of antioxidants and nutrients, with special benefits for the heart.

In Ayurveda, hibiscus extract is used for treating swelling, loss of ap...

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