Make more than lemonade…..

Lemon is sour to taste but they are actually grateful for health & beauty. This cheap & golden colored fruit has excellent properties for enhancing your look.

Simple lemon based preparations, you can mix in your own kitchen; will surely bring a dramatic transformation in your beauty regimen.

Nutritional Benefits of Lemon:

Vitamin C, Citric Acid ,Carbohydrates ,Fat, Sugar ,Dietary fiber,  Proteins and some amount of zinc, manganese and copper.

Skin Care: Lemon has antiseptic properties. Lemon locally applied for acne, blackheads, eczema & sun burn.

Drinking Lemon juice brings glow to the skin and reduces aging of skin.

Hair care: Lemon juice applied on scalp to treat dandruff &hair fall. It gives natural shiny & silky hair. Apply lemon juice on scalp half hour before hair wash.

Refreshing Drink: One glass of lemon water not only refreshes your body but keeps you healthy & disease free.

Digestion: Lemon acts as a liver tonic. It enhances digestion. Lemon juice is very helpful for constipation, Heart burn, hiccoughs, and flatulence.

Obesity: lemon with Luke warm water is a fantastic remedy for obesity. You can add 1/2tsf honey also. Take it early morning.

Heart Disease: As lemon rich in potassium, it is helpful to prevent heart disease. Lemon is also help to reduce the high blood pressure, dizziness & stress.

Asthma & Throat Infection: Warm lemon water is used to treat asthma, tonsillitis, cough, chest congestion & breathing problem.

Anemia: Ascorbic acid is very important for the absorption of Iron. Lemon, honey & apple cider vinegar used to treat anemia.

Fever: Blood purifier action of lemon used to treat malarial fever.

Bleeding: Lemon has antiseptic and styptics properties hence it can stop internal bleeding. You can apply it for nose bleeding. (It is very common condition in summer days.) Also it is locally applied for gum bleeding.

Urinary Problem: Potassium rich Lemon acts like diuretic means it increases urination and thus expels the toxins. Hence it is helpful to treat urinary tract infections.

Lemon Juice Recipes:

  1. Cut the lemon in half.
  2. Squeeze out the juice with hands or simply use the manual citrus juicer.
  3. Add a glass of water.
  4. You can add sugar & salt according to taste.



Cool Drink for Summer (2)

Kokam, The favorite drink of summer, commonly found in every Indian kitchen but gets noticed only in summer.

Nutritional Benefits– Kokam fruits are rich in citric acid, malic acid, acetic acid, polyphenol, carbohydrates, anthocyanin colors, ascorbic acid, hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and garcinol. The seed contains 23% and 30% oil that is yellow in color and becomes like butter on freezing. Hence it is known as kokam butter.

Refreshing Juice– Kokam juice not only refreshes the body but also helps to prevent dehydration & Heat Stroke.

Heart Disease– It acts like Cardio tonic. Kokam contain HCA which helps to reduce cholesterol.

Healing Spice – Ayurveda physicians have long used kokum to treat sores, prevent infections, lessen arthritis pain, cure ear infections and heal stomach ulcers, states “Healing Spices.”

Digestion– Kokam acts as appetizer & antihelmentic. Kokam relieves gastric problems like acidity, flatulence, constipation and indigestion. It is also used for piles, dysentery.

Obesity– HCA (Hydrocitric acid), present in kokum is an important anti-obesity factor which suppresses the growth of fatty acids which results in bringing down the overall weight of a person

Cancer– Kokum contains anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial properties hence this fruit is said to be the ideal ingredient to fight against various cancer disorders like breast cancer, leukemia and liver cancer. The main ingredient in Mangosteen fruit known as Garcinol helps to provide anti-carcinogenic properties which help against the production of cancerous cells.

Skin Infection– Kokum paste & oil is also used as a direct application for skin ailments such as rashes and burns. It also used as skin moisturizer.

Kokum Juice

Take dry rind of kokum.

Soak it in water for 5-6 hours.

Crush it and extract the juice.

Mix syrup with water 1:3 proportion.
Add sugar according to taste.

You can also add a pinch of jeera powder, pepper powder, ginger and salt as per your  taste.

Cool Drink for Summer

1-2 lit Coriander ( Dhania) Water keeps summer disease away ..

If we try & explain even a book will be less to elaborate  coriander.

Traditionally coriander is used as Anti Inflammatory in India, Anti Diabetic plant in Europe.  And its recently been studied for its Cholesterol Lowering effect in United states.

 Nutrients of Coriander

11 type of essential oils, 6 types of acids, minerals, vitamins.

Rheumatoid arthritis – Cineole and linoleic acid in coriander possess anti rheumatic and anti arthritic properties. These are beneficial for reducing swellings.

DiabetesCumin stimulates the endocrine glands. Secretion of insulin is increased from pancreas which increases the insulin level in the blood.

High Cholesterol Coriander is very effective in reducing the cholesterol levels in the blood and also reduces the cholesterol deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins.

Anemia High iron content in coriander directly helps in curing anemia.

Digestion– It stimulates digestion hence is used as appetizer. It is also useful for diarrhea, mouth ulcer.

Small pox– Coriander contains essential oils which are rich in anti microbial, anti oxidant, anti infectious and detoxifying components and acids. Vitamin-C and iron in Coriander strengthen the immune system. These properties help prevent and cure small pox. Corianders also have a soothing effect on small pox patients.

Eye Care– Prevents aging of eye, macular degeneration and soothes eyes.  It  also protects eyes from contagious diseases like conjunctivitis.

Miscellaneous -Coriander helps to cure menstrual disorders, Skin diseases  like eczema, dryness &fungal infections, Ulcers & Inflammation.

Cool Drink / Dhania Water-

1 lit water + 2 tsf Dhania( Coriander seeds)

Let dhania get soaked overnight & use this water for next day.

Elaichi (Cardamom) The queen of the spices

ImageLast week I was traveling with one of my friend to Mumbai. In those girly talks both of us just forgot to carry water bottle with us….As the sun is on its peak we were very desperate for water and by no chance wanted to wait till the food mall comes!!!!

Fifteen minutes past, suddenly I realized I have ELAICHI in my bag ( I use it everyday in office for preventing post lunch sleep..)

I offered it to Shalini, she took it in a expression of something is better than nothing!!

After sometime both of us were relieved with that thirsty dryness of mouth and could bear the thirst…..then what??

Shalini started her chitchat again asking me,” Hmmm…How did you get ELAICHI? So sweet of you and how nice it is etc….”

So I told her its my habit to carry ELAICHI with me because I know its various benefits like:

Nutrients of Cardamom

Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fibers

Vitamins – vitamin C, niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and thiamine.

Minerals – phosphorus, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and zinc

Mouth Freshener Chew few seeds of cardamom for a brief period to remove foul smell from the mouth.

Digestive Benefits– It Improves digestion & Increases appetite. It is a good stimulant and beneficial for those suffering from flatulence and gas.

Nausea, Hiccups & AcidityRelieves stomach cramps & also reduces hyperacidity.

Cold, Cough – Chewing of cardamom is useful in sore throat, cold, cough  & allergic bronchitis.

Urinary Disorders -It has excellent diuretic property hence used in diseases like kidney infections, bladder infections, burning micturition or urination, and scanty urination.

Impotency -The spice is also helpful to cure sexual dysfunctions such as impotency and premature ejaculation. Elaychi milk is a best remedy for impotency.

Heart DiseaseCardamom improves the blood flow to the heart and organs by improving the blood circulation. It acts like cardiac stimulant

Local Application– It used locally for mouth ulcer, wound healing and skin disease.