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April 01, 2022

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health

April 2022

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates









It is a given that flexibility is an important aspect of yoga. Many people have mental images of yogis with their arms and legs wrapped around them like pretzels. While flexibility is one of the physical benefits gained by yoga practice, there are several others equally important to overall well-being. Balance, strength, and stamina should be considered as additional physical assets and contributors to health that can be improved through yoga.


While strength may not be the top trait usually associated with yogis, it is certainly one of the results of regular yoga practice. Standing poses increase strength in the legs. Downward facing dog, one of the most popular yoga poses, and inversions are effective ways to make the arms stronger. Many yoga classes and sequences focus on improving core strength through the abdominal muscles.


Due to the variety of poses, many of which are different from everyday movements, yoga works well to improve balance. There are simple balancing poses like tree pose that can be practiced by beginners and a number of more advanced balancing asanas. Balance is an important ability to maintain, especially as we age.


A regular yoga practice will increase your stamina and endurance. Some yoga styles and individual classes are very aerobic. Even slower-paced classes will help to improve stamina. One way to do this is by increasing the length of time you hold poses. Depending on the asana, anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes may be appropriate.

Joint Health and Range of Motion

Joint health and range of motion are also improved through yoga. Learning how to correctly align the limbs and effectively use adjacent muscles can help to treat or avoid common problems with shoulders, knees, and hips. Increased strength and flexibility take pressure off of the actual joints.

In addition to improving aspects of general health, yoga can effectively address a number of specific health issues. This is an area that used to rely primarily on anecdotal evidence. In recent years, numerous research studies have been completed regarding yoga and a variety of health conditions. Yoga can have a positive effect on problems such as low back pain, depression, blood pressure, stress, insomnia, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

It is important to talk to your yoga teacher if you have a specific health issue or concern that you hope to address. Make sure they have the experience or understanding needed to help you. While many yoga teachers are trained to deal with a variety of injuries and health problems, some are not.

Even if you are in perfectly good health, a yoga practice can be beneficial to the physical body. The general aspects of overall health described above can all be improved safely and effectively with yoga. You may also find increased body awareness; understanding the physical body is an important aspect of health. By the way, lack of flexibility is not a valid excuse for not trying yoga! Rigid and inflexible types can, perhaps, benefit the most from yoga.





While spring is usually synonymous with finer weather and trees in bloom, it also brings pollen and therefore allergies.

From onions to tarragon to nettles, here are some foods with antihistamine effects that can be consumed to help ward off these allergies.

Be aware, however, that these tips are not miracle cures, and in cases of severe allergies, it is evidently better to seek the advice of a medical professional.

Every spring, it’s the same story. You’re happy to leave your scarf in the closet and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin again, but you also dread facing high levels of pollen, which can irritate your throat, make you sneeze and cough, and make your eyes stream endlessly.

And the bad news for pollen allergy sufferers doesn’t stop there. According to several scientific studies conducted in recent years, CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere that directly contribute to rising temperatures may prolong and intensify pollen season, according to recent US research published in Nature Communications).

It is therefore becoming increasingly necessary to protect yourself against these allergies, which are also known as hay fever. If you’re looking for natural solutions to complement your medical treatment or to help prevent the appearance of (mild) allergies, these foods with antioxidant properties could be of help.


Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic is not only useful for adding flavor to your cooking or keeping vampires away. One of its antioxidant components is supposedly effective in reducing allergic reactions to pollen. So don’t hesitate to use it liberally in your cooked dishes and salads!


You might not think of turning to nettle, especially since certain allergies can be triggered by the pollen of this plant. But, when consumed in capsules or in herbal teas, nettle can have the power to reduce the activity of histamine enzymes, responsible for allergic reactions.


Although they make your eyes water, onions are rich in quercetin, a flavonoid (metabolite) that has natural antihistamine properties. They are best eaten raw or in juice form (if you’re brave enough). Note that quercetin is also found in red grapes, black tea, apples and citrus fruits.


In addition to stimulating appetite, and relieving pain or stomach aches, tarragon is also an excellent anti-allergen. Particularly recommended for hay fever, it can be consumed in the form of capsules or essential oil. But it can also be helpful to add a few fresh sprigs of this herb to cooking. Try it with salmon.

By Kriti Malik, NDTV

In the world of Ayurveda, neem is a popular medicinal herb that’s been part of traditional remedies that date back almost 5000 years. Also known as Azadirachta Indica in English or ‘Neemba’ in Sanskrit, the neem tree is a really good example of how nature holds both the problem and the cure. It’s home to more than 130 different biologically active compounds! No wonder it’s such an effective anti-viral and anti-bacterial, along with being a powerful immuno-stimulant. Murli Manohar, author of the book 'Ayurveda For All.

Effective Ayurvedic Self Cure for Common and Chronic Ailments' suggests that the primary purpose of neem leaves is the treatment of vaata disorders or neuromuscular pains. Then come the other benefits: purify the blood, prevent damage caused by free radicals in the body, remove toxins, treat insect bites and ulcers. Neem leaves have anti-bacterial properties which is why it works wonders on infections, burns and any kind of skin problems. It destroys the bacteria that causes infections, stimulates the immune system and encourages rapid healing. We tell you some benefits of neem. 

Here are some excellent ways in which we can use neem leaves:

~ Wound healer: Make a paste out of the neem leaves and dab it on your wounds or insect bites a few times a day till it heals.
~ Goodbye dandruff: Boil a bunch of neem leaves till the water turns green, allow it to cool. After washing your hair with shampoo, cleanse it with this water.
~ Eye Trouble: Boil some neem leaves, let the water cool completely and then use it to wash your eyes. This will help any kind of irritation, tiredness or redness.
~ Treat that zit: Grind a few neem leaves, make a paste and apply it daily till the acne dries out. The paste also helps any kind of eruptions, dark spots and chronic ulcers.
~ Ear ailments: Blend some neem leaves and add some honey to it. Use a few drops of this mix to treat any ear boils.
~ Other skin disorders: Turmeric combined with a paste of neem leaves can also be used for itching, eczema, ring worms and some mild skin diseases.
~ Boost immunity: Crush some neem leaves and take them with a glass of water to increase your immunity.

Neem Flowers

  Most parts of the neem tree are awfully bitter, with the exception of its flowers. White and delicate, neem flowers with their off-white buds are almost too pretty to be eaten and unbelievably therapeutic.

The flowers have a sweet, almost mystical jasmine like scent at night and blossom once in the afternoon and then again in the evening. During the monsoon, you’ll see a bunch of them scattered right under the tree. Also known as Vepampoo in Tamil, these neem flowers can be used fresh, dried or in a powdered form. They’re used commonly in the South to cook a number of dishes: flower rice, pachadi, rasam, lentils and more. They’re often dry roasted and sprinkled on top of the dish to garnish as well.

Neem flowers can be used to treat anorexia, nausea, belching and intestinal worms. Ayurveda suggests neem leaves are good for the eyes and useful in treating skin disease and headaches. They’re used in aromatherapy because of their calming effect. A 2008 study also found the alcoholic extract of the neem flowers to be an effective con.traceptive.

Neem Twigs & Bark

If you were born in India, you would have seen people chew away at a neem twig. For many years now, a neem twig is what people used as a make-do toothbrush. It fights germs, maintains the alkaline levels in your saliva, keeps bacteria at bay, treats swollen gums and also gives you whiter teeth. The twig also shreds into threads, almost like bristles that also destroy and prevent plaque.

Neem Oil

Neem oil that's extracted from neem seeds is rich in medicinal properties which are what makes it a great ingredient in cosmetics and other beauty products: soaps, hair oil, hand wash, soap etc. It can treat a bunch of skin diseases and is known to be an excellent mosquito repellent. You can mix it with coconut oil and apply it over your body as well. It is believed that in India, small children are fed neem oil as a type of cure-all. Besides being such a great Ayurvedic healer, neem oil can be used to protect other plants. It can also be used in creams, soaps and other cosmetic products.

Here are some great uses of neem oil you may have missed:

1. Say no to blackheads: Take 2-3 drops of neem oil, dilute it with water and apply this mix on your blackheads. Apply this regularly to get rid of blackheads and prevent them from coming back.

2. Anti-ageing: Neem oil is extremely nourishing and can be added to your face packs. It also helps ageing skin, any kind of skin irritation and itching.

3. For great hair: Take some neem oil and rub it into the scalp, leave it in for a while and wash. Neem oil can strengthen your hair, prevent hair fall and treat dandruff.


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