Category Archives for "Herbal Superfoods"

Superfood Herbs and Spices for Weight Loss and Disease Prevention like Amla, Gymnema Sylvestre and Triphala.

The Health Benefits of Stevia the Sugar Substitute

Sugar-replacementStarting to use stevia regularly may well be one of the most beneficial things you ever do for your health. Not for the nutrition it gives you, but for what it helps you substitute in your diet – sugar.

Stevia is a small South American herb with leaves that contain unusual compounds called steviosides that mimic the sweetness of sugar without any of its negative effects on your health. In fact, raw stevia is around 40 times sweeter than regular sugar, while the concentrated extract is approximately 200 times more sweet.

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Mucuna Pruriens Benefits for Dopamine, Testosterone and Better Sleep

Velvet bean healthMucuna pruriens is one of the more potent mood enhancing and libido stimulating superfoods available, with noticeable health benefits and a long list of uses.

This powerful herb can have a direct influence on your brain’s neurotransmitters and potentially have beneficial effects on your mental state, energy levels, ability to relax and even body composition and libido.

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Gymnema Sylvestre for Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control

Gurmar teaScience, medicine and politics are all failing to come to grips with the ever rising number of diabetics in America. But using the blood sugar controlling herb gymnema sylvestre for diabetes may help with its treatment.

It’s possible taking gymnema with its active ingredient gymnemic acid may even assist in preventing those at risk from becoming diabetic in the first place.

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A Different Kind of Weight Loss with Triphala

Cleansing with TriphalaMost weight-loss programs focus on calories and dietary fat, eating less food and doing more exercise. What if there was a different way to lose weight with triphala?

Modern processed foods are often difficult to digest properly and can sometimes become stuck within the digestive system as compacted waste matter, trapped in the folds of the lower intestine. This compacted waste is also a prime breeding ground for parasites (which is a whole other health issue) and can be the pathway for toxins entering your bloodstream.

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How to Make a Triphala Eye Wash

Triphala EyebathIt’s often reported that regularly taking triphala churna internally can have benefits for your eyes and help improve your vision. On this page though, I wanted to share something different – a triphala eye wash treatment that has really helped my eyes from the outside.

I tend to be working in front of screens for many hours each morning and, while I try to remember to take breaks, it doesn’t always happen when the writing is flowing. In the past I’d find some mornings my eyes were starting to get strained and even a little red.

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How to Take Triphala Churna for Digestive Health

triphala churna dosageHere’s how to use the benefits of triphala churna to enhance your digestion, reduce intestinal problems and improve your health in general. Also ahead is how to make up triphala and dosage information.

Triphala churna is an Ayurvedic preparation that is a combination of the powdered fruit of three different trees – haritaki, bibhitaki and amalaki (commonly known as amla).

It is prized in Ayurveda for its ability to balance the doshas (the elements of body and mind) and enhance the process of digestion and elimination. Triphala is known to be beneficial for removing toxins from the digestive tract, cleansing the liver, gallbladder and kidneys and purifying the blood.

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Triphala Side Effects and Precautions

Triphala pregnant womenWhile triphala has many health benefits, what are some of the potential concerns and side effects to be aware of when using it and what should you do if you have a negative reaction?

Triphala During Pregnancy

The major precaution to be aware of when using triphala is that it shouldn’t be taken by pregnant women.

While this is often a blanket statement used with pretty much every type of supplement or herb, Ayurvedic practitioners and texts advise specifically against taking it during pregnancy so it’s very important.

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The Benefits of Triphala for Hair, Skin and Cleansing

triphala for hairTriphala is one of the most highly prized formulas in traditional Ayurvedic medicine and it can have some remarkable benefits for your health.

The name itself means ‘three fruits’ and it is made by combining preparations of dried and powdered bibhitaki, haritaki and amalaki (commonly known as amla).

Each of these powerful fruits have their own health giving properties but, according to Ayurveda, when they are combined in triphala the benefits are amplified.

Triphala is especially revered for its ability to aid in balancing the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha. In Ayurvedic understanding, imbalances in the doshas can affect you not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.
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4 Amla Face Mask Recipes for Better Skin

Amalaki Facial MasqueFollowing on from the last page on using powdered amla scrubs for glowing skin, here are four face mask recipes for a deeper treatment to improve your skin tone and complexion.

First some quick precautions. Along with its strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties, amla fruit powder can have an astringent effect.

This is generally a good thing for minimizing pores and firming up your skin tone, but it may not be suitable for very dry skin.

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An Amla Facial Scrub for Smaller Pores

Amla FacialTaking amla as a supplement can benefit your skin from the inside with its incredible range of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients.

This page will focus on using the powdered fruit as a topical treatment to improve your skin and tighten up your pores. Amla facial scrubs have also been reported as effective for reducing acne and controlling oily skin.

Amla is sometimes called amalaki or Indian gooseberry. The whole fruit powder, with its chopped up seeds, is a brilliant skin exfoliator with antibacterial and astringent properties.

Used as a skin scrub, amla powder can help break down the top layer of old, tired skin cells to reveal your natural glowing complexion underneath.

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Homemade Amla Oil for Beautiful Hair

Amalaki Hair OilAmla hair oil is a popular treatment to promote hair growth and thicken and darken hair.

Commercial amla oil preparations are available but I wasn’t keen on the ingredients like unhealthy mineral oil and thought I could make something better at home.  My results so far have been very encouraging so I thought I’d share the recipe and how to use it.

Amla Hair Oil Benefits

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4 Health Benefits of Amla Powder

AmalakiIn the process of researching the earlier page on amla health benefits I found many other interesting scientific studies on amla and its potential to treat serious diseases. I think they serve to illustrate just how broadly beneficial antioxidant rich Indian gooseberries can be to good health and disease prevention.

Here’s a quick look at four important examples.

Amla Powder for Osteoporosis and Arthritis Treatment

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