Herbal Products – Why are they becoming so popular?

Herbal Products – Why are they becoming so popular?

Have you ever checked the ingredients used in the processed food we consume daily? I am sure most of us do not check it. We are living in a world where people don’t even have time to sit and eat, checking the food is out of the question. So, let me tell you some facts. Did you know that around 9000 environmental chemicals end up in our food in distinct forms? They enter our bodies in the form of artificial colours, flavours, and preservatives. That’s an alarming number if we include the various other types of pollution around us. We are becoming more prone to health issues, stress, a decrease in immunity, and memory loss. In a rush to become more tech-savvy and superpower, we are ignoring the basic things. Unclean environment and lifestyle changes are the reason for many modern age problems. It’s becoming more difficult to find clean air, water, and food these days.
 

While thinking about these problems, I started observing the elders in my family. To my surprise, I found that most of them lived happy and healthy for a long time. They didn’t have any major ailments until the age of 80 or more. If you observe, you can see that they had limited exposure to modern medicine and other chemicals. The amount of processed food they consumed was very less. Many kinds of studies have now explained the side effects of using too many chemicals in the food. Synthetic medicine, processed food, artificial colours, flavours, fertilizers, all act like slow poison. They do not show immediate effect but can cause serious damage over a period. They cause issues like heart diseases, respiratory problems, memory loss and so on.

What if there was a way to live healthy like our elders? How can we cleanse our systems and become fit and strong again? All these questions led people to use natural products close to nature. Amongst the natural products, herbs and spices stood out the most. The reason was for its availability and ease of use. They were accessible to all, and many parts of the world used them for ages. Using herbal medicine and herbal products was a way of being close to nature. They teach us to connect with nature and enjoy its beauty. Hence herbal products are becoming more popular now. They had lost their value because of the popularity of synthetic medicine. Modern pharmaceutical companies had tried to misguide people about using herbal products. They had spread many myths surrounding the usage of these products. But now people have believed in their benefits. They have understood the amazing medicinal value of these herbal products. We can see that now even synthetic medicine manufacturers use herbs in their product. Cosmetics and many other products use herbs as their prime ingredient. All these companies use herbs as their key selling point. There are many reasons for the popularity of herbal products. I have listed a few of them below:

 

1) Herbal products have a very long history:

According to WHO, around 80% of the population worldwide use herbal medicine in some form. Around 21000 plant species have the potential to cure various diseases. People have been using herbal products since prehistoric times. Manuscripts from India, Egypt, and China describe the use of herbs. There is enough evidence that shows ancient medicines used in herbs 4000 years ago. Some cultures like Rome, Egypt, Africa, and Iran used herbs for healing rituals. But traditional medicinal systems like Unani, Ayurveda, and Chinese used systematic herbal therapies. Herbal medicine and herbal products were a common solution for simple health issues. India is famous worldwide for herbal medicine as it comprises a rich repository of the same. The forests in India have an abundant amount of different medicinal herbs and spices. Our ancient Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, and tribal medicine were all made up of herbs and spices.

 

2) Ancient scholars have tried and tested herbal products many times:

Herbal medicine has been in use for a long time. There are many documents that show the usage of herbs as medicine for ages. Ancient scholars had identified a specific herb for an ailment. They knew the exact amount of herbs to use in medicine. It would not have been overnight. They would have experimented many times before deciding on the correct herb. These experiments also helped them decide on the quantity of each herb in medicine. The AYUSH system in India contains around 8000 herbal remedies codified. There are many more herbs not mentioned in any document. Most of the knowledge transfer happened through word of mouth earlier. Hence all the herbal remedies now have passed through many generations of trial.

 

3) Herbal products have minimal or no side effects:

The primary reason for the popularity of herbal products is because of its almost zero side effects. Modern pharmaceutical medicine causes at least one side effect on consumption. It might be as simple as dizziness to sometimes very severe effects. Every time we take it, we will have to check for any reaction. The usage of herbal products does not cause any adverse reactions in most people. Even if it does, that might be because of combining two herbs or products that should not mix.  Hence it is better to consult a herbal specialist before buying them. If used in the right proportion, herbal products do not cause any serious side effects. Since all the ingredients used would be available from nature, it is very safe to use in all aspects.

 

4) They help in improving the environment:

Herbal products are products derived from plants. Earlier, these products were being prepared using the plants in the forest. But as they became famous, the need for more raw materials increased. Nowadays, people are cultivating most of the herbs, and spices needed in their land. This has helped improve the surrounding environment. Many of these herbs help in cleaning the air in the atmosphere, supporting life around it. Also, these products come from nature and do not cause any pollution if given back to it. They improve the biodiversity of the ecosystem. Unlike pharmaceutical medicines, herbs improve oxygen content in the atmosphere. They also help remove allergy causing germs from the atmosphere.

 

5) Herbal products are easy to use and accessible to all:

We can grow most of these herbs in our backyard and hence easily accessible. We all have used herbs like tulsi, neem, turmeric, and ginger for medicinal use. They act as common home remedies in all our houses. That we use them as home remedies shows us how easy it is to get them. You would have many of these herbs stored in your kitchen cabinet too. If not, plant a few herbs like tulsi, mint, and turmeric in your backyard garden or in flower pots. They grow well, even if you show them little care. You can use fresh herbs as and when the need arises.

There are different forms of consuming herbal products. The most common are in the form of powder, capsules, syrup, essential oils and sometimes as a whole dried herb. You can drink them as tea or decoction or swallow them as tablets or capsules. These tablets contain dried herbs in powdered format. Herbal tea has become a very popular alternative to coffee and tea nowadays. Since they were easy to use, they became a favourite of naturalists in a brief time.

Along with the above points, each person would have his own reason to try herbals. Many people like me would have used it out of curiosity. But later continued after seeing the changes it caused. The first product I tried was a herbal tea called “Vitalitea”. It is a herbal decoction prepared with 8 ingredients. The reason I started drinking this herbal decoction was to avoid caffeine for a few days. Later I did not feel like going back to having coffee or tea and I loved this herbal product. It caused many visible changes in my body. I felt more relaxed and stronger after drinking it twice daily. I would like to suggest everyone try at least one herbal product for some time. The amazing benefits they provide will surprise you for sure. Let us know later how herbal products changed your life for the better.

Vitalitea – Vedic Herbal Tea that Boosts your Health

Vitalitea – Vedic Herbal Tea that Boosts your Health

On my way to the office today, I avoided the normal method of going inside using the lift. Instead, I opted to go through the stairs. Halfway through I almost fainted and panting for breath. Mind you, my office is on the 10th floor. And this was not the first time I was experiencing this. These days, my stamina level has dropped, and I was feeling very weak. A trip to the doctor revealed there were no major illnesses, apart from feeling tired. For the next few days, I tried eating all those iron, calcium, and vitamin tablets referred by the doctor. They helped for sure, but the effect was not consistent. That was when I adopted a healthy lifestyle and improve my health. I wanted to become strong and develop a good immune system. The first step in this process was to cut off caffeine intake. As caffeine is one catalyst for many of our current health issues.

As Indians, we all love coffee or tea very much. Our day does not start without a sip of either tea or coffee. Most people experience a headache or a feeling of uneasiness if they do not take their daily dose of tea. But these days, almost everyone suffers from one or the other illness. The pollution, terrible food habits and lifestyle changes are the major culprits in this. So, people have looked for an alternative for the normal tea or coffee. That was when everybody started using herbal tea and understood their enormous benefits.

I too joined this race and thought of trying out herbal tea to overcome my issues. I started studying about them and found many interesting things. In my opinion, herbal tea is not tea, since it does not have any caffeine content (maybe some have!). Usually, herbal tea comprises leaves, fruit, flower, root, and bark of a herb dipped in hot water. It suits better to call it a decoction or ’tisane’ as Europeans refer to it. In Ayurveda, it is generally referred to as ‘Kashaya’ or ‘Kwath’ or ‘Kashayam’. This is a formulation prepared by boiling herbs in water. The herbs are usually dried and stored to use for a long time. There are many such herbal tea extracts available that can help boost your health. Finding that one product beneficial for you requires some time and effort. After some research, I found a herbal tea that suits all my needs. The name of the tea was ‘Vitalitea’ and after using it for some time I experienced many changes in myself.

What is Vitalitea, and why should I use it?

Vitalitea is a herbal extract with amazing health benefits. This is a beverage that can replace our daily cup of tea or coffee. It is useful in detoxifying our body and reducing stress. It is a great blood purifier and helps keep the urinary system clean. Protecting the body cells, reducing gastritis, improving digestion are few other benefits.

The world right now is not the best place for a human being to live. Because of human greed, the environment is becoming worse every day. Finding a bottle of clean water, pure air, and unadulterated, healthy food has become a dream. Along with this hatred, selfishness and greed amongst people have increased. Most of the population craves to have a healthy body along with a peaceful mind. Herbal extracts have been helping men to achieve this healthy mind and body for ages. Vitalitea is also one such product that can be very beneficial to improve our lifestyle. It has all the components needed to achieve the same. With zero side effects, it is one of the best herbal beverages out there with high benefits. It has ingredients grown in an organic and natural method. The herbs and spices used are grown away from the usual splash of chemical pesticides and manure. That makes it closer to humans. There are a lot of reasons for which I can point out to use Vitalitea. It has the best proportion of the famous herbs and spices blended well.

What does Vitalitea contain?

Vitalitea is available in the form of a powder and contains 8 herbal ingredients. We already know how one herb can change our health for the better. Every herb has so many medicinal values and consuming them can do miracles to our body. If one herb can bring in so many changes, imagine what 8 different herbs can do. A combination of herbs with the right proportion can boost your health and do wonders for your body.

Vitalitea has had different herbal ingredients that blend well with each other.

1) Ashwagandha: The scientific name of Ashwagandha is ‘Withania Somnifera’. This is a kind of ‘Adaptogen’ and can use the root of the herb as a medicine. It boosts our nervous system and helps fight against stress and anxiety. Useful in improving our memory.

2) Anantamool: Also called as Indian Sarsaparilla, Anantamool is a great detoxifying agent. It acts on all the three doshas in our body and cleanses our body inside and out. It helps improve our skin, and hence used in many skincare products too.

3) Gokshura: Gokshura or Tribulus Terrestris has strong diuretic properties. It can be a great cleanser for our urinary system. It is a great vitalizer and can improve strength, energy, and build toned muscles.

4) Licorice: Used as a sweetener, this herb can be your savior for gastrointestinal issues. Stomach ulcers, heartburn, gastritis, food poisoning, stomach ache are a few examples.

5) Vidanga: The scientific name of Vidanga is Embelia Ribes. It has antibacterial properties and hence helps in blood purification. Also used as a contraceptive agent because of its anti-fertility property.

6) Ginger: Also called Shunti, this root has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Are you thinking ‘Oh well, I know about ginger!’? That’s right, this is one of the most popular herbs out there for its medicinal value and as a taste enhancer. It is a must-have herb useful for treating nausea, especially in pregnant women.

7) Pepper: Pepper is again a famous spice used in our daily lives. The scientific world refers to it as ‘piper nigrum’. Apart from enhancing the taste of the dish, this spice has many healthy nutrients. It is high in antioxidants and reduces the damage by free radicals in our bodies.

8) Cumin: Indians love cumin or jeera, so it’s present in almost all our dishes. It helps improve digestion and has a cooling property. It is one of the best homemade medicines out there to treat gas, bloating, and stomach pain.

Confused with the lengthy explanation about the ingredients used? Well, I have one more article for you if you want to know each ingredient. You can read it here.

 

How should I use Vitalitea?

Vitalitea comes in powder format, but you must make a beverage from it to consume it. It is a blend of different kinds of herbs and spices, cleaned, dried, and powdered to store for a long time. It is a great alternative to the usual tea or coffee we drink in the morning. You must drink the decoction twice a day to have the best results. Early in the morning and once in the evening is the best time to drink Vitalitea.

The method of preparing the tea or kashaya is very simple. Take a cup of water in a stainless steel pot or pan and boil it. Once the water boils, add one teaspoon of Vitalitea powder to it. Continue to boil it for another two to three minutes. You can add a bit of jaggery or honey if you want the tea to taste sweet. You can pour the contents into a cup and drink it either hot or after cooling for some time. Try it and let me know about the taste.

Herbs and spices are a great boon to mankind. With no or minor side effects, it helps us escape from the effects of urbanization. It teaches us to coexist with nature. It makes us realize and think about everyone before we use the resources available.  Vitalitea is also one such herbal extract made with substances close to nature. Most of the ingredients used in this product were medicine for ages by our ancestors. But now, it is difficult for everyone to get all the herbs mentioned above on their own. Vitalitea makes this task easier by preparing a mixture of all these ingredients. It has the right proportion of each ingredient, making the final product more useful. Regular use of this herbal extract will create many visible changes in your body. And since it is easy to use, I recommend everyone to try Vitalitea and understand its health benefits. Let us know how it helped in improving your health.

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Top 6 tips on using the right Herbal Product

Top 6 tips on using the right Herbal Product

Do you always face some side effects every time you take a pharmaceutical medicine? Will you be in a dilemma about deciding if you should take that tablet on the shelf for a common cold? Is it possible to cure these simple problems without having the fear of side effects? I am sure most of us have similar questions running in our minds every time we get sick. The answer is switching to using herbal medicine or herbal products. But how to choose the right herbal product?

Herbals or herbal products have been around for many years now. But recently they are becoming more popular as alternative medicine. People are trying to avoid the use of pharmaceutical medicine. I am sure you have heard a lot about herbal products and their benefits. After doing some research and receiving a few pieces of advice, you would have tried it. But the crucial question is how will you choose the right product for you? And how will you find out who is an authentic herbal product manufacturer? With so many brands and different varieties of products, I know it can be very confusing. The sole purpose of this article is to help you in making this decision.

As you know, we have been using herbs as medicine for a long time. But the way it was being consumed differed from today. It became side-lined once conventional pharmaceuticals entered the picture. But now people realize the importance of using herbs and spices in their daily lives. They are willing to explore more about alternative medicine. Herbs and herbal products are being used more and more again. But before you jump into using these products, have a look at the precautions you need to take.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.

1) Do proper research:

Before you decide on using any herbal product, it is important to determine your body type first. Though herbs do not cause any side effects, it is important to find out what herbs suit you. Not all herbs can do wonders on your body. It may vary from person to person. A herb that was very effective to one person may not work to another. One part of a plant may not be as effective to your body compared to the other parts. For example, the root of a herb may have a different reaction to your body compared to a leaf or a fruit. Also, you may be allergic to the compounds present in a few herbs. Consult a medical practitioner if you are buying these products for major illnesses. If you are already taking some medicine and then use herbs together with them, it may be risky. Experts say not to use both pharmaceutical and herbal medicine together. If the herbal product is being used for general health care, it’s fine to use both together. But not if you are planning to use it to cure a major illness. Your health is in your hands so before deciding to buy invest some time to research them.

2) Read the product information on the label:

It is mandatory for a product manufacturer to print details of the product in its label. Ingredients used information on artificial colors, preservatives are few such details. Ideally, a herbal product should not contain any artificial coloring and preservatives. But not all companies follow rules, right? The label should also contain the date of manufacture and expiry. It might also have the weight of the content and place of manufacture. These are a few mandatory details that should be present on the label all the time. Most of us have a habit of checking the product label before buying. Hence, I hope remembering this point won’t be difficult. If you don’t have the habit, it’s better you check the labels now.

3) Check the details on the herbal formula used in the product:

We all know that one herb or a spice contains so many benefits. There are many products that are being prepared using a single type of herb. But many others contain a combination of different herbs. It is always important to check the ingredients used in the product before buying them. We must know the amount of each ingredient used, and how well they blend with each other. If the product is being made from a single herb, check the compounds present in it. Checking the details to know the proportion of each ingredient used is important. If it is not present in the label, ask the product manufacturer for the details. Few ingredients when mixed with another might not go well to your body. There are cases where they have become toxic when combined with each other. Or there might be herbs unsafe for people with certain medical conditions. Few herbs don’t go well with pregnant and breastfeeding women. So, before you decide, do a thorough check on the ingredients used.

4) The way the plants are grown:

You might wonder what’s there to check about how the herbs are grown. But it’s not as simple as saying “Oh, well, Plants are grown in soil”. We need to check in the product’s label for any details about how the plant is grown and harvested. If those details are not present in the label, you can talk with the product manufacturer to provide it. I always recommend using products grown organically. Also, we should not bombard the herbs with lots of pesticides too. Chemical-free agriculture is a trend nowadays. Natural, organic, and pesticide-free plants are the best ones out there. While using medicinal plants, it is even more important. The way the herbs are being harvested and stored is something that we ignore most of the time. Good product manufacturers give importance on the right method of harvesting and storing. So, if you are planning to buy herbals, check with them on the method they follow. Check if the product is a recent preparation and the herbs inside are fresh. I mean, even if they are dry, powdered herbs, it should be fresh and stored well. Using old and spoilt herbs might pose a major risk to health.

5) Consult a professional in the field before buying:

Switching to alternative medicine has many benefits. But if it is not done right, it may cause several issues. So, it is always suggested to talk with a professional in herbals before switching. They can give you proper advice on which herbs to use and what are its effects on the body. On a side note, you can also get contacts of authentic herbal product manufacturers from them. With so many companies around, it’s tough to decide between fake and real ones. A professional can help you with this. They can also help you in deciding the dosage of the medicine and how one should store or consume it. There is a specific time at which we must consume a few herbs. An expert in the field can give you a suggestion on these details.

6) Do not get swayed by the product price:

This is one of the most common mistakes many people make. Do not buy a product because it’s sold for a lesser price than others in the same category. Check for the brand name of the product before buying them. Don’t let the attractive discounts offered on the product change your opinion.  See if they are claiming a miracle to happen if you consume their product. Most of the time the miracle won’t come true. A brand that assures realistic effects on using their products is more trustworthy. Also, check if it’s a certified product. All herbal products should have a certified seal by the respective governing body.

We are living in an era of the internet. We get so many good and bad influences from it. Choosing an authentic herbal product manufacturer is a very tiresome task. There are many fake companies that look so real, making it difficult to distinguish. It has become easy for them to target an innocent consumer for their benefits. Don’t get swayed by seeing the term ‘natural’ and ‘organic’.  Not all so-called natural products are authentic products. There are many fake players in the field trying hard to cheat people. I hope the few tips that I suggested would help you in making this task easier.

There are many herbal products that are genuine and trustworthy too. They consider all the above points in their product preparation. I recommend trying out a cup of Vitalitea which has many ingredients beneficial to your body. They follow all the safety standards in their product preparation. And committed to always provide the best to the customer. Improve your health and fitness while enjoying the delicious tea.

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8 Powerful Herbs to Boost Immune System

8 Powerful Herbs to Boost Immune System

Herbs that will Boost your Immune System

“Time and Health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize until they deplete”. This is a quote by the famous motivational writer Denis Waitley. He is right; most of us ignore our health until we face major illnesses. Later we run to the hospitals to take hundreds of medicines. And often these medicines come along with many side effects. What if I say we could avoid all these by being a bit vigilant in our day-to-day life? All you need to do is look around you for herbs that will boost your immune system to maintain your health. Nature has provided us with vast sources of healthy herbs and spices. But all that is green need not always be healthy, right? So, here I have explained a few important Ayurvedic herbs and their health benefits. Now you don’t have to go munching on every green leaf out there!

 

1)  Ashwagandha:

Ashwagandha is a herb that plays a very important role in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It is also known as “Indian Ginseng”. The name Ashwagandha translates to ‘Ashwa’ means horse and ‘Gandha’ means smell. The root of the herb smells like that of a horse, hence the name. Few people also say that it gives energy and strength of a horse to the person consuming it. Well, that sounds great, right? It is popular for improving energy levels and reducing stress and anxiety. It may look like weed but will put you in a pleasant mood for sure!

Other uses of Ashwagandha include:

  •       It’s a kind of adaptogen, fights against stress and anxiety by reducing cortisol level
  •       Decreases blood sugar levels by controlling the insulin secretion in our body
  •       Increase testosterone level and improve fertility in men
  •       Good for your heart since it decreases cholesterol levels.
  •       Having trouble remembering things? Ashwagandha can be your solution. It helps improve brain health and memory. Hence useful to battle diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, etc.

 

2)  Anantmool:

Anantmool is a plant found more in South Asia. It is a kind of creeper plant which grows around trees. This is one herb that acts on all the three ‘doshas–Vata, Pitta, and Kapha’ in a body. It can bring a balance between them. Anantamool is one of the best detoxifying herbals extract available in today’s time. If you want to look healthy and bright always, then this extract is something you don’t want to miss. It has many other medicinal benefits too. 

  •       Being a good detoxifying agent, Anantamool cleanses our body inside and out. It removes toxic substances from the blood and increases strength. As a result, it will boost your immune system in your body, and helps fight infections.
  •       It assists in digestion and helps fight gastritis, ulcers, and other stomach disorders. It balances the acid secretion in our stomach.
  •       Are you craving soft and healthy skin? Anantamool can be your savior. It helps cure skin infections, inflammation on the skin, and similar skin issues. It nourishes the skin and keeps it healthy.
  •       This herb has diuretic properties. Hence acts as a good supplement for treating urinary and kidney infections. It also prevents painful urination.
  •       It helps prevent colds, cough, and other respiratory issues. This makes it useful to treat asthma, bronchitis, and other similar issues.
  •       Anantamool can provide good nourishment to the hair. It reduces heat and prevents dandruff, inflammation, itching, etc.

 

3)  Gokshura:

This beautiful yellow flowering plant grows in most parts of the world. But we can especially find it in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the middle east. Gokshura has many medicinal compounds in it. It has interesting names like Tribulus, puncture vine, and small caltrops. The major benefit of this herb is for its diuretic properties. It acts as a cleanser on our urinary system. Due to its cooling properties, it soothes the membranes of the urinary tract and eases the flow of urine. It also helps in dissolving small stones in the urinary bladder and kidney.

Gokshura increases sperm production and ovulation. Hence it is being used in many Ayurvedic products to treat infertility in both men and women. It also acts as a vitalizer improving strength, energy, and toning muscles. So, if you are looking to gain well-toned muscle, this herb can be of significant help. Athletes and bodybuilders often take this herb as a supplement.

 

4)  Licorice:

Having trouble with your stomach? Licorice can be your friend in need. You might already know that Licorice is a sweetener in candies. But did you know Licorice has anti-inflammatory property? It is a great soother for gastrointestinal problems. It helps to treat stomach ulcers, heartburn, food poisoning, gastritis, and stomachaches. It speeds up the repair of the stomach lining and calms down the stomach.

It has various other benefits too, such as

  •       Licorice helps to maintain your skin health. It is useful in treating skin infections, inflammation, itching, redness, and scaling.
  •       Keep smiling always by using this herb daily. Because Licorice helps fight bacteria in your mouth and prevent tooth decay.
  •       It cleans your respiratory system and is used in treating cough, cold, asthma, etc.
  •       Boosts your immune system and help handle stress.

 

5)  Vidanga:

Vidanga is one powerful herb that can treat worm infestation in our stomach. It is also known as False Black Pepper because of its appearance. This is a climbing shrub and its leaves, fruit, and roots are all used to treat various issues. It has antibacterial properties and is being used to treat fever and chest and skin diseases. It purifies the blood and reduces infections.

One other famous use of Vidanga is for its anti-fertility property. The right dosage of this herb mixed with other components can act as a contraceptive agent. But you must take this only under the guidance of a physician. The herb is also used to treat vomiting, constipation, and gastritis. It helps in reducing skin infections, tooth worms, and migraines.

 

6)  Ginger:

One of the most popular ingredients in most home remedies is Ginger. It has been used in traditional medicines for a long time. And I am sure you agree that it enhances the taste of the food. It has many healthy properties. So, most of the Ayurvedic supplements use it in their product. The medicines usually use rhizome (part of the stem below the ground).

I have listed the medicinal uses of Ginger or Shunti below:

  •       Ginger is effective against different forms of Nausea. It is especially useful to reduce morning sickness in pregnant women.
  •       The anti-inflammatory property of ginger helps reduce joint pain and muscle pain.
  •       It acts as a great soother for the stomach &intestine and helps to boost your immune system
  •       It helps reduce menstrual pain in women.
  •       Ginger can lower cholesterol levels in the body and hence lessens the risk of heart problems.

 

7)  Pepper:

Pepper is one common spice used daily in our kitchen and we often forget its medicinal value. We put a pinch of pepper on all the dishes to enhance the taste. But it has been a part of household medicine for generations. It gives a unique flavor to the food and hence termed as “king of spices”. It contains abundant nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, and folate. It also contains fiber and a reasonable amount of protein and carbohydrates.

The various medicinal benefits of pepper include:

  • It is high in antioxidants which helps reduce the damage done by free radicals in your body. What are free radicals? They are unstable molecules that damage the cells of the body. An excess of these molecules can cause major health issues. Cancer, premature aging, and heart diseases are a few examples.
  • The compound present in the pepper called piperine improves brain function.
  • Black pepper has cholesterol-lowering properties.
  •  It has strong pain relief components and helps reduce joint pain
  • Black pepper helps improve metabolism and assists in weight loss

 

8)  Cumin:

Cumin is another spice that we all use in our day-to-day life. Indians especially use cumin in most of their dishes as ‘tadka’. A spoon of cumin added to any recipe enhances the taste and aroma of the food. Because of its health benefits, our ancestors used it daily in their dishes.

The below list shows few medicinal uses of the spice.

  •       Cumin is useful to improve digestion. It increases the activity of digestive enzymes and secretion of bile from the liver.
  •       Another major benefit of using cumin is in improving iron content in your body. One teaspoon of cumin can provide 20% of your daily iron need.
  •       Stomach giving trouble because of having unhealthy food? A cup of plain cumin tea can help you. It helps in reducing gas, bloating, and treats stomach pain.
  •       It has a cooling property, and helps fight inflammation.

 

All the herbs and spices mentioned in this list have enormous medicinal properties. When consumed together it can do miracles to your body. It keeps you healthy and fit throughout the year. The combination of these substances creates a balance in your body. You can try a cup of  Vitalitea daily which contains all the ingredients I have mentioned above. Also, let us know how it changed your health for the better.

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6 Strong Reasons to adopt Herbal Lifestyle

6 Strong Reasons to adopt Herbal Lifestyle

Reasons to adopt Herbal Lifestyle

Are you the kind of cook who uses a lot of spices and herbs in your daily dishes? Did you know there are so many health benefits if you use them daily? If your answer is no, then this is the right article for you. I have tried to explain why we need to use those herbs and spices more and more in our cooking. If you have not yet started using them, then it’s time to refill your kitchen cabinet with those items.

I know for sure most of you have been using basil leaves, turmeric, ginger, and many such herbs and spices daily. These have been an integral part of our culinary and medicinal use for many centuries. Don’t you remember your mother and grandmother telling you to use them daily? Though we didn’t know their hidden benefits, we still use them. Now researchers are trying to find their health merits and prove the medicinal value of them. People all around the world are understanding the advantages of using them. They are adopting the usage of herbs and spices in their daily life.

I am a strong advocate of herbal and Ayurvedic lifestyle. Hence, I am often asked many questions about the reason behind following this regime. I try to make them understand the points below.

  1. Taking care of body health is important to have a healthy mind.
  2. Herbs and few spices are great skin and hair care products (natural products).
  3. If you are a food lover, you might already know that they offer great flavors for our palate.
  4. They help in improving memory, cognition skills, and boost your brain.
  5. Have a very positive impact on the environment.
  6. Little or no side effects (important point) and very much cost-effective.

Health is wealth (at any point in life!!!):

A great man once said – “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”, but having a healthy body is a tough task in today’s world. I know it’s easier said than done. But it’s never too late to be serious about your health and take care of it. Your daily lifestyle plays a major role in maintaining your body and mind. Eating and sleeping habits, exercises, hobbies, etc. play an important role in this. Since time immemorial, our ancestors have used a lot of herbs and spices in the food they prepared daily. Herbs were being used as a medicine for small babies. It helped to improve their immunity, memory, and strength. The antioxidant properties of herbs and spices are very well known. Several types of biomedical research are being done currently focusing on exploring the anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting constituents of herbs and spices. The Ayurvedic medicinal system of India uses these herbs for many purposes. Few treatments include healing wounds, gastrointestinal issues, deworming, and rheumatic disorders. They also help increase detoxifying enzymes, decrease tumor formation, improve DNA repair, etc.

As a great cosmetic product:

Have you all seen the word “herbal” in front of beauty salons? It has been a common practice to use such words for beauty and cosmetic products for quite some time now. Herbs have been used in skin and hair care products by many companies for the last few decades. They help in enhancing the beauty and maintaining them. Indian women have been using sandalwood, turmeric, henna, and shikakai to take care of their skin and hair for a long time. Ayurveda uses herbs and oil extracts for massaging the body and beauty treatments. These products are generally known as “herbal cosmetics”. They help in beautifying the skin and prevent the occurrence of any skin diseases in the future. We all know that long-time exposure of skin to chemicals, pollutants, and heat can cause skin issues. Dehydrated skin, sunburns, pigmentation, early aging, wrinkles, freckles, are a few examples. You can avoid these issues by using herbal products regularly.

 To make the food delicious:

Using spices in day-to-day cooking is a common practice in every Indian household. As you know a lot of our dishes end with a ‘tadka’ of basil leaves before serving them. Many people believe that spices are used to reduce the amount of salt in dishes, but that’s not true. Rather, spices add a unique flavor to your dish. They blend so well with almost all other ingredients, so it does not stand out as a single flavor. And as you think it’s not true, that spices are suitable only for non-sweet recipes. Certain sweet dishes also use these spices to give them that distinctive flavor. They are being used instead of less healthy ingredients like fats and salt. Herbs are used as a seasoning to certain dishes or there are many recipes prepared only by using herbs. They have proven to be successful both as a stand-alone dish or as a seasoning. We must be careful while using herbs and spices as an excess of either of them can ruin the original taste of the dish.

Helps improve your brain health:

How many times have you forgotten your wallet at home before leaving for office? Or do you look around for a calculator for calculating money at a grocery store? Most of us would answer yes to these questions. Our brain is a wonderful organ that works almost 24 hours a day. But it can perform well only when it is healthy and active. Many of the customs and traditions in India usually aim at improving the efficiency of our brains. We feed new-born babies with few medicinal extracts from herbs after six months of age. It helps in improving memory and immunity at a very young age. Extensive research is being conducted to prove the benefits of these ancient practices. Many of these herbs help improve reasoning skills. Also, they have a positive effect on diseases like Alzheimer’s (loss of memory). Using a few chunks of these herbs and spices in our daily food helps improve focus and control stress. Studies have shown that few elements present in spices like turmeric can help brain cells to self-repair. These were a few examples of uses of herbs in improving brain health. There are many such herbs that are not known yet to most people. Exploring them and studying them helps us and even our kids in the future.

Teaches us to coexist with nature: Herbs are a part of nature. The plants in your backyard, which you think are weeds, might help to improve the air quality in your neighborhood. They increase biodiversity in the ecosystem. Humans have been using herbs for their medicinal benefits for ages. Different parts of the world had their own way of using these herbs. This has resulted in cultural uniqueness amongst communities. Few studies have shown that pharmaceuticals are the reason for the accumulation of 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. In contrast to this herbal medicine contributes to better health of the planet. It helps increase the oxygen content in the atmosphere. They help to remove allergy causing germs from the air and hence very beneficial for allergy-prone kids or elders. Few types of herbs even prevent the growth of the unwanted weeds in your backyard. So next time you visit any medicinal plant nursery, get all those herbs, and grow them in your backyard. Even if you don’t end up using them for medicinal use, growing them won’t create any harm to you or your next generation.

Cost-effective and fewer side effects:

If you had visited any lavish skincare clinic or modern specialty hospital, you would have understood that one visit to them will create a hole in your pocket. And most of the medicines prescribed will have one or the other side effects. If you take medicine for body pain, you will get skin allergy and vice versa. Compared to the modern pharmaceutical industry, herbs and spices have very few or sometimes zero side effects. Most of these herbs are grown in the backyard and available all the time. This is one reason herbal products are available at reasonably lesser prices as compared to other cosmetic products. There might be few products which are a little expensive. But that is because they contain certain herbs which are rarely available in nature. But most of the products do not become a burden to our pocket.

So, are you ready to try out herbal products now? If yes, here is a list of herbs and spices available in our backyard or in our kitchen cabinet. Even if you are still not sure about moving to a herbal lifestyle, reading this list helps. You will be surprised to see that many of these items are very commonly used in our daily life.

  1. Turmeric
  2. Basil leaves
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Garlic
  5. Ginger
  6. Cardamom
  7. Asafoetida
  8. Coriander
  9. Cloves
  10. Fenugreek

This list has ten such herbs and spices. There are many more out there which I will explain in my next article – powerful herbs to boost the immune system.

Want to know the importance of herbals medicine in our lives? Check out this article on the introduction and importance of Medicinal Plants and Herbs.