Monday, June 23, 2008

Medicinal Properties of Honey

Honey has excellent medicinal properties. Honey is useful for its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey and lemon can cure sore throat and colds

Honey the thick syrupy liquid produced by the bees. It is not only sweet and tasty but also has excellent medicinal properties. Micro bacteria do not grow in honey. The medicinal properties of honey provide a host of health benefits.

Healing Wounds

Honey has been used for its medicinal and curative properties over the years. When applied on the wounds, it is known to destroy certain bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. It also cleans up the wounds, as it breaks the thin layer of bio film that forms over them. It is also anti inflammatory as it reduces the pain particularly in case of ulcers and wounds. It also used to treat psoriasis.

Honey as Food

Honey is an excellent food which can be digested easily. Honey contains calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, sodium and zinc. It also contains vitamin B6 and certain amino acids. It aids weight loss. It is a very good source of carbohydrates and improves performance and endurance in sports.

Curative Properties

- Honey is an antioxidant and helps to prevent narrowing of the arteries.

- Honey and lemon mixed with hot water, it can cure colds and sore throat.

- Honey and pepper powder and ginger juice it can be used to reduce asthma symptoms.

- Honey with garlic juice is effective in reducing blood pressure

- As an anti bacterial agent, it prevents gum inflammation and tooth decay.

- It is an effective cure for mouth ulcer

- It is also a good cure for indigestion as well as constipation

- It is very good cure for diarrhea

Honey for Beauty

- It helps to nourish the skin

- It is a very good moisturizer

-  It can be used as a facial cleanser. Helps to clean the skin of dead cells

- Application of honey on your face leaves your skin soft and smooth.

- It can be used as natural skin bleach. Mixed with lemon lightens the skin color

- When mixed with lemon helps to reduce hair loss. It also helps to treat itchy scalp and dandruff.

- Can be used as a hair conditioner and helps to nourish the hair.

Raw honey direct from the beehive has all the medicinal properties. The medicinal properties of honey are lost when it is processed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Power of Self-Hypnosis.

Hypnosis is defined as a deep trance, which is akin to sleep. In the hypnotic state the subconscious mind accepts suggestions made to you. A person under hypnosis was suggested that he will read a certain passage from the bible on a particular day after six months. He did do so on that particular day. The person hypnotized was not conscious that the suggestion was made to him.

Self Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

Self hypnosis is very helpful in getting rid of the smoking habit. Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Imagine a cigarette in your mind. keep repeating to yourself "I will stop smoking". Do this at least twice a day for 20 minute sessions. Auto suggestion is very powerful tool which will help you to get rid of the habit. 

Hypnosis is used in getting rid of alcoholism and phobias. Under hypnosis a person can be made to reveal things that he does not remember in his conscious mind. If a person has a phobia, he might reveal under hypnosis the reason for that phobia. May be that was due to an incident in his childhood. It helps the doctor to treat him, as the reason for that phobia is revealed. Not every one can be hypnotized. The subject has to be willing to get hypnotized.

Self hypnosis is powerful tool to achieve things you badly want to. If you can put yourself into a deep trance and suggest to yourself that your weight has to be reduced; your subconscious mind will try to reduce your food intake and make you to exercise.

It might take quite a bit of practice and effort to achieve this. But it is definitely worth the effort. The power of soft and repeated suggestion cannot be overemphasized. Self hypnosis is some kind of daydreaming.

To perform self hypnosis, sit on a chair comfortably. Close your eyes. Concentrate deeply on an object in your mind’s eye. Relax and don’t let your thoughts wander. After some time you will feel totally relaxed. Then start repeating to yourself, "I am calm and relaxed". After you attain some kind of a trance, you will feel that the world is slipping away from you. Then you can keep repeating what you want to very badly. It could be that “I will slim down fast”or ”I will be successful and positive”.

Once such thoughts are registered in your mind, your subconscious mind will drive you relentlessly towards that goal. It is said that every thing is in the mind. If you want achieve something you should want it very badly. Your subconscious mind will make you to want it badly.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Turmeric Medicinal Properties

Turmeric has medicinal properties that are helpful in treating colds, cough and several other health disorders. Turmeric has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Turmeric (curcuma longa) is the yellow root of the perennial flowering plant. It has been used as a medicinal herb in ayurveda and Chinese medicine for several thousand years. It is used for its anti inflammatory effect in the treatment of bruises and wounds. It is also used to treat skin diseases of various types.
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Turmeric Benefits for Skin

Turmeric powder can be used as a skin lightener, as it helps to reduce excessive pigmentation. A paste made by mixing turmeric, sandalwood and milk cream can be used as a skin cream to enhance beauty. It can also be used to get rid of acne. As an anti oxidant it has anti-aging properties and helps to remove skin wrinkles. Apply a paste made by mixing with gram flour, turmeric and milk on your entire body. Wash it off after 30 minutes. Repeat the process twice a week to get a glowing skin.

Turmeric Food

The yellow colored root of this plant is powdered and used as an additive for certain food preparations. It is also used as a food color. It has the ability to fight infections. It is an important ingredient of curry powder used by Indians.

Turmeric with Milk

The best method to consume turmeric is to add ½ tsp of turmeric to hot milk and drink it. 
Turmeric Antibacterial Properties

Turmeric has antiseptic and anti bacterial properties. It is used to treat cuts, burns and wounds. It helps to destroy germs and bacteria and prevent infections

Turmeric for Liver Disorders

Turmeric is a very good remedy for liver disorders. Turmeric protects liver from the ill effects of alcohol and the damaging effects of certain drugs and toxins. It can even regenerate the damaged liver cells. It is used to treat liver cirrhosis and jaundice.

Turmeric for Gallbladder Disorders

Turmeric helps to flush out gall stones and treat irritable bowel syndrome. Its active ingredient curcumin helps to reduce the pain after gall bladder surgery.

Turmeric for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The auto immune disease rheumatoid arthritis, affects millions of people worldwide. It causes inflammation of the joints. The active ingredient of turmeric, curcumin (curcuma longa) has been proved to be useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric reduces inflammation and swelling with very few side effects.

Turmeric Hair Removal

Women in India used as a hair remover and to inhibit hair growth. Turmeric can be mixed with gram flour and yogurt. The resulting paste can be used can be used as a hair remover

Turmeric for Colds

One spoon of turmeric mixed in a hot glass of milk is good way to keep away colds and cough. It can also be mixed with honey and consumed for the same purpose. It gets rid of phlegm. It can be mixed with garlic for better effect.


Turmeric is said to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The active ingredient curcumin (curcuma longa) has anti cancerous properties
The benefits of turmeric include

- Prevention of blood clots.
- Reduce cholesterol levels in the blood to prevent strokes and heart attack
- Treatment for insect bites and stings
- Treating snake bites
- Driving away ants

These are some of the medicinal properties of turmeric

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Harmful Effects of Cigarette Smoking

 Harmful effects of cigarette smoking are numerous.  Smoking is one of the most dangerous habits any one can develop. It is one of the leading causes of death. It is highly addictive and extremely difficult to get rid of.
the habit
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Smoking and Your Health
                                                                                                                                        Smoking is very dangerous for your health. Once you pick up the habit, the number of cigarettes you smoke goes on increasing day by day. I picked up the habit when I was at college and smoked about two packs of cigarettes a day.  All my efforts to kick the habit were futile. I always remembered the famous quotation by Mark Twain “It is easy to quit smoking. I have done it a thousand times“.

Only when I got attacks of bronchial asthma found it hard to breathe, I got rid of the habit. Even then it was very difficult to stop. But the discomfort I was going through by far outweighed the pleasure I was getting out of smoking.

Finally after several false starts (stops), I finally got rid of the habit. When you decide stop cigarette smoking, you are aware one single puff can bring back your habit in full force. You will be counting days, weeks and months. Only after six months I was sure I was rid of the habit.

But even I got over the smoking habit, bronchial asthma remained. I suffered for years. I was taking salbutamol regularly. I was also on cortisones. Later I changed over to inhalers.

I was always looking for some remedy. My problem was acute in winter. I smoked for thirteen years. But I suffered from bronchial asthma for 30 years. I tried alternative systems of medicine. But nothing happened.

One season rains were heavy. My problem was very acute. I was taking greater dosage of medicines than that was prescribed. As a final resort I decided to learn pranayama ( breathing exercise). Fortunately I found an ayurvedic doctor, who knew and could teach pranayama well. I had two sessions with him.

I was taught six sets of breathing exercises to perform daily.

First exercise breath in out rapidly ten times.

 Second was take in a deep breath, hold it for 4 seconds, and breath out.

Third was to take in a deep breath hold it for 8 seconds and breath out slowly.

Fourth was to take in a deep breath and hold it for 12 seconds and breath out slowly in 8 secs.

Most important thing is that the breath you take in has to be deep enough so that you expand your lungs properly.

Fifth is breath in and out deeply in deeply 30 (10x3) times. As you take in the breath lift both your hands straight over your head. Bring it down as you breath out.

Finally breath in and out rapidly 20 times.

As I started to practice this my bronchial asthma stated to decline. After three months, I was almost rid of the problem. Even now I am almost free of the problem. Occasionally, I do feel slightly breathless. Then I take a puff of salbutamol. But I am not doing pranayama regularly. When I do experience the problem, I start once again. I have realized it would have been better not to have started cigarette smoking. At least I have stopped before it was too late.

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