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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.

What is Stevia?

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 triphala and dosage information for best results.

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 side effects and concerns to be aware of when using it and what should you do if you have a negative reaction?

First a quick summary of the important points.

Triphala Side Effects

  • Unsafe for women during pregnancy and not recommended while breastfeeding. Triphala should never be taken by pregnant women as it could increase miscarriage risk. It it is also best avoided during breastfeeding.
  • Avoid triphala if you have diarrhea or other digestive issues. Triphala churna can improve digestion but may initially increase intestinal upsets if the dose is too high.
  • Triphala detoxification can lead to a healing crisis. Potential symptoms include headaches, nausea, an upset stomach and a feeling of being tired and rundown.
  • Possible allergic reaction to triphala churna. If you experience swelling in the mouth or throat, shortness of breath or sudden skin redness and itchiness discontinue triphala use.
  • Potential drug interactions with blood thinning medications. Triphala should be taken away from important medications and may interfere with blood thinning medications like warfarin.

Let’s look at each of these potential side effects of triphala churna and how to avoid them so you can experience the the many benefits of triphala without problems or issues.

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 hairWhat is Triphala?

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

The name triphala 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 powder 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.

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

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 Oil Benefits for Your Hair

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How to Take Amla for Better Health


Amalaki usesAmla fruit, also known as Indian gooseberry or amalaki, is a powerful and rejuvenating superfood for better health and more energy. This page will look at how to take amla, how much to have and the best times and dosage.

How to Eat Fresh Amla Fruit and What Does It Taste Like?

Fresh amla fruit has an interesting flavor. I’d already been using the powdered version for a while when I found some in an Indian grocery store and bought a bag.

Cutting open the first amla the taste is quite sour and tart and my initial thought was that I might struggle to eat them all. I’d read though about a couple of tricks to try when eating amla.

The first was to taste a little salt before you bite into them. I tried this with a little Himalayan pink salt and it definitely improves the flavor. There was much more depth, less sourness and more of a combination of flavors, but hard to describe. Continue Reading