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Benefits of Tulsi


Tulsi also known as basil leaves, is a fairly common plant in Indian households. Considered holy by many religions, the tulsi plant is revered for its divine properties.

Besides praying to the plant, a number of people advice including the leaves and roots of the plant in various medical decoctions.

With immense benefits right from clear skin to dissolving kidney stones, tulsi is tonic for the entire body. Here are the top 10 benefits of tulsi.

Cures a fever: Tulsi has very potent germicidal, fungicidal, anti-bacterial and anti-biotic properties that are great for resolving fevers. It has the potential to cure any fever right from those caused due to common infections to those caused due to malaria as well. In ayurveda, it is strongly advised that a person suffering from fever should have a decoction made of tulsi leaves.In case of a fever boil a few leaves of tulsi with powdered cardamom in half a litre of water    ( The proportion of tulsi to cardamom powder should be in the ratio 1:0.3). Let it reduce to half its total volume. Mix this decoction with sugar and milk. Sip every two to three hours. This remedy is especially good for children.

Beats diabetes: leaves of holy basil are packed with antioxidants and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene.  Collectively these substances help the pancreatic beta cells (cells that store and release insulin) function properly. This in turn helps increase sensitivity to insulin. Lowering one’s blood sugar and treating diabetes effectively. An added advantage is that the antioxidants present in the leaves help beat the ill effects of oxidative stress.

Protects the heart: Tulsi has a powerful anti-oxidant component called Eugenol. This compound helps protect the heart by keeping one’s blood pressure under control and lowering his/her cholesterol levels. Chewing a few leaves of tulsi on an empty stomach everyday can both prevent and protect any heart ailments.

Beats stress: According to a study conducted by the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, tulsi helps to maintain the normal levels of the stress hormone – cortisol in the body.  The leaf also has powerful adaptogen properties (also known as anti-stress agents). It helps sooth the nerves, regulates blood circulation and beats free radicals that are produced during an episode of stress. People who have high stress jobs can chew about 12 leaves of tulsi twice a day to beat stress naturally.

Dissolves kidney stones:
The holy basil being a great diuretic and detoxifier is great for the kidneys. Tulsi helps reduce the uric acid levels in the blood (one of the main reasons for kidney stones is the presence of excess uric acid in the blood), helps cleanse the kidneys, the presence of acetic acid and other components in its essential oils helps in breaking down kidney stones and its painkiller effect helps dull down the pain of kidney stones. To relieve kidney stones one must have the juice of tulsi leaves with honey, every day for six months to help wash out the stone from the kidney.

Beats cancer: With strong anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties tulsi has been found to help stop the progression of breast cancer and oral cancer (caused due to chewing tobacco). This is because its compounds restrict the flow of blood to the tumour by attacking the blood vessels supplying it. Have the extract of tulsi every day to keep these conditions at bay.

Helps to quit smoking: Tulsi is known to have very strong anti- stress compounds and is great to help one quit smoking. It helps by lowering the stress that may be involved in trying to quit smoking, or stress that leads to the urge to smoke. It also has a cooling effect on the throat just like menthol drops and helps control the urge to smoke by allowing the person to chew on something. Ayurveda relies heavily on tulsi leaves as a smoking cessation device. Keep some leaves with you and chew it whenever the urge to smoke arises. Another plus is that the antioxidant property of the leaves will help fight all the damage that arises out of years of smoking.

Keeps your skin and hair healthy and glowing: The holy basil has powerful purifying properties. When eaten raw, it purifies the blood giving the skin a beautiful glow, and prevents the appearance of acne and blemishes. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties are very effective in preventing breakouts on acne prone skin. Ayurvedic doctors say that this herb can cure difficult skin conditions like those caused due to ring worms and even leucoderma. Apart from all this, it helps in reducing itchiness of the scalp and helps to reduce hair fall. Mix the powder in coconut oil and apply regularly to the scalp to prevent hair fall. Eating tulsi leaves, drinking the juice, or adding its paste to a face pack can help cure skin and hair conditions.

Heals respiratory conditions:
Tulsi has immunomodulatory (helps to modulate the immune system), antitussive (suppresses the cough center, reducing the amount of cough) and expectorant properties (helps expel phlegm from the chest), that make it a great relief for coughs, cold, and other respiratory disorders including chronic and acute bronchitis. Another great property of this leaf is that it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help to beat the infection causing the respiratory problem. It also relieves congestion since it contains potent components like camphene, eugenol and cineole in its essential oils. Its anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties also help to treat allergic respiratory disorders.

Cures a headache: Tulsi helps to relieve headaches caused due to sinusitis, allergies, cold or even migraines. This is because it has pain relieving and decongestant properties,  that help relieve the pain and resolve the root cause of the condition. If you are suffering from a headache, make a bowl of water that has been boiled with crushed tulsi leaves or tulsi extract. Cool the water till it is room temperature or bearably hot. Place a small towel in it, wring out the excess water and place this on your forehead to treat a headache. Alternatively you could dip a towel in plain warm water and add a few drops of tulsi extract to the towel for immediate relief.

These are just some benefits of the plant, other benefits include treatment for common colds, itchiness of the skin, treatment for insect bites, curing common conditions of the eye and as a herbal remedy for bad breath. So the text time you feel ill, try having a few leaves of tulsi. To know more about the health benefits of various everyday ingredients, check out our natural remedies page.

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Ovarian cysts: types, symptoms and complications


English: 2 cm left sided ovarian cyst
English: 2 cm left sided ovarian cyst (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ovaries are part of the female reproductive system. They are located in the lower abdomen on both sides of the uterus. Women have two ovaries that produce eggs, as well as the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Sometimes, a fluid-filled sac called a cyst will develop on one of the ovaries. Many women will develop at least one cyst during their life. In most cases, cysts are painless and cause no symptoms.

Types of Ovarian Cysts

There are various types of ovarian cysts, such as dermoid cysts and endometrioma cysts. However, functional cysts are the most common type. The two types of functional cysts include follicle and corpus luteum cysts.

  • Follicular cyst
  • Corpus luteum cysts

Other types of ovarian cysts include:

  • dermoid cysts: sac-like growths on the ovaries that can contain hair, fat, and other tissue
  • cystadenomas: non-cancerous growths that can develop on the outer surface of ovaries
  • endometriomas: tissues that normally grow inside the uterus can develop outside the uterus and attach to the ovaries, resulting in a cyst

Some women develop a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome. This is when the ovaries contain a large number of small cysts. This condition can cause the ovaries to enlarge, and if left untreated, polycystic ovaries can cause infertility problems.

Symptoms of an Ovarian Cyst

Often times, ovarian cysts do not cause any symptoms. However, symptoms can appear as the cyst grows. Symptoms may include:

  • abdominal bloating or swelling
  • painful bowel movements
  • pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle
  • painful intercourse
  • pain in the lower back or thighs
  • breast tenderness
  • nausea and vomiting

Severe symptoms of an ovarian cyst that require immediate medical attention include:

  • severe or sharp pelvic pain
  • fever
  • faintness or dizziness
  • rapid breathing

These symptoms can indicate a ruptured cyst or an ovarian torsion. Both complications can have serious consequences if not treated early.

Ovarian Cyst Complications

Most ovarian cysts are benign and naturally go away on their own without treatment. These cysts cause little, if any, symptoms. But in a rare case, your doctor may detect a cancerous cystic ovarian mass during a routine examination.

Ovarian torsion  This is when a large cyst causes an ovary to twist or move from its original position.

Ruptured cysts, which are also rare, can cause intense pain and internal bleeding.

Diagnosing an Ovarian Cyst | Diagnosis

Your doctor can detect an ovarian cyst during a routine pelvic examination. Imaging tools used to diagnose ovarian cysts include:

  • CT scan: a body imaging device used to create cross-sectional images of internal organs
  • MRI: a test that uses magnetic fields to produce in-depth images of internal organs
  • Ultrasound: an imaging device used to visualize the ovary

Because the majority of cysts disappear after a few weeks or months, your doctor may not immediately recommend a treatment plan. Instead, he or she may repeat the ultrasound in a few weeks or months to check your condition.

If there aren’t any changes in your condition or if the cyst increases in size, your doctor will request additional tests to determine other causes of your symptoms.

They include:

  • pregnancy test: to determine whether or not you’re pregnant
  • hormone level test: to check for hormone-related issues, such as too much estrogen or progesterone
  • CA 125 Blood test: to screen for ovarian cancer

Ovarian Cyst Prevention

Ovarian cysts cannot be prevented. However, routine gynecological examinations can detect ovarian cysts early. Benign ovarian cysts do not become cancerous. However, symptoms of ovarian cancer can mimic symptoms of an ovarian cyst. Thus, it is important to visit your doctor and receive a correct diagnosis. Alert your doctor to symptoms that may indicate a problem, such as:

  • changes in your menstrual cycle
  • ongoing pelvic pain
  • loss of appetite
  • unexplained weight loss
  • abdominal fullness

Although some doctors take a “wait and see” approach with ovarian cysts, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove and examine any cyst or growth that develops on the ovaries after menopause. This is because the risk of developing a cancerous cyst and ovarian cancer increases after menopause. Some doctors will remove a cyst in premenopausal and postmenopausal women if it is larger than 4 inches in diameter.

Ovarian cysts do not increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

Til oil (Sesame oil) and its benefits


Sesame Oil (ごま油)
Sesame Oil (ごま油) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The history of  plant of til is very old, about five hundred years old when there were few variety of plants found on the earth. This plant has many medicinal properties. Its seeds are rich source of magnesium and calcium which are very useful for human body. The oil extracted from its seeds is very much health beneficial in many aspects.

According to Ayurveda some health problems which are cured by  Til oil (Sesame oil) are as below:

Controls blood sugar: sesame oil is very effective in type II diabetes. The sesame oil should be taken orally to cure diabetes. This should be used for cooking food for diabetic patients. It reduces the glucose level in blood and reduces the blood pressure as well.

Hypertension: due to the antioxidants properties of Til oil (Sesame oil), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure are reduced. This oil also decreases the oxidation activities that worsen the condition of the hypertensive patients.

Kidney damage: due to its antioxidant properties til oil considerably controls and reduces the damage of kidneys which is caused by the fluctuating oxidation levels in human body. Til oil (Sesame oil) should be used to cook the food for this damage.

DNA damage: sometime DNA gets damaged due to radiations specially spleen and intestines. It mostly effect those people who are working in radiation chambers. As compare to other antioxidants it is studied that Til oil (Sesame oil) has proved to be 20 time more efficient in treating DNA damage.

Cancer control: The cancer cells grow very rapidly as compare to other body cells. Til oil (Sesame oil) contains certain properties which slow down the growth of these cancer cells. Colon cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, and cancer of pancreas and prostate are the main cancers where his oil has shown good results to restrict them.

Multiple sclerosis: Due to some reasons the immunity of our nervous system become weak. The properties of Til oil (Sesame oil) help in regenerating the immunity and prevents nervous breakdown which occurs in this condition.

Infant massage: It is now proven that Til oil (Sesame oil) is  the best oil for the massage of body of young, old and infants. Til oil (Sesame oil) helps in strengthening the bones and is good for growth and development of babies. Due to rich source of minerals it is much better than other oil for massage.

Mustard oil and its benefits


 Mustard-Oil

Mustered oil is very popular in India. Mostly here in India it is used for cooking, cosmetics and as well beauty purpose. It can be placed with other cooking oils which has low saturated fat. The mustered plant is a useful plant its almost all parts are used in an Indian kitchen. Its seeds are used to extract oil from it and as well as spice. Its leaves, stem and branches are used as vegetable usually called as ‘saag’. It is used as catalyst which enhances taste and nutrient value of food. Mustered and its benefits are described in many of Ayurvedic books. Some of its benefits are as below:

  • Mustered oil lubricates our gastrointestinal tract so that food can easily move forward. It also increases circulation and digestion. It act as a very strong stimulant. If someone is suffering from irregular bowel habit or having constipation he can get much relief by adding mustered oil into his or her diet at regular basis. It improves digestion by producing bile and gastric juices. It stimulates liver and spleen. It improves appetite. As hunger booster it can be used to gain weight.
  • Mustered oil balances the cholesterol level because it has monounsaturated fat. It reduces the triglycerides level.it can also be used in hyperthyroidism and kidney diseases. Because it controls cholesterol, triglycerides and improves circulation, it improves BMR thus reduces obesity.
  • Resent studies shows that it fight against cancer, specially of digestive tract. Mustered oil has anti microbial and anti-fungal properties so it is effective in infections of digestive and urinary tract. If someone is suffering from any skin infection caused by fungus, it completely remove that infection.
  • Mustered oil has anti inflammatory powers so it can be used for treatment of rheumatoid and general arthritis. It removes inflammation of joints due to its warmness. for better results we should massage leuke warm mustered oil to affected joint and should cover the joint with warm bandage. It also nourishes the skin. Mustered oil has high quantity of vitamin E, so it is useful in overall health of skin. It fights against pollution, aging and harmful rays like UV rays. Mustered oil so in this way protect us from fine lines and wrinkles of face.
  • Mustered oil is being used to treat the gums and teeth problems, it is being rubbed on the teeth with salt. It is used in insect bite by applying directly on to bite place.

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