Divine Jasmine – Tamilnadia uliginosa – Qualities, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaTamilnadia uliginosa is commonly known as Divine Jasmine. It is used widely for its medicinal properties. Traditionally fruits are used to treat diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, migraine, pimples, boils etc. Ripe fruits are sweet in taste, coolant and diuretic in nature. Unripe fruits are astringent and used as vegetable.It is called Pindara in … Read more

Water Spinach – Uses, Qualities, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaWater spinach is a nutritious vegetable used for both culinary and therapeutic proposes. It is traditionally used to treat diabetes, constipation, opium poisoning, heavy metal toxicity, piles, ringworm etc. In Unani system of medicine, water spinach is used as carminative and used as a remedy to treat inflammation, fever, jaundice, bronchitis, biliousness, … Read more

Pat Shak (Jute Mallow) – Uses, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaPat shak is an important source of jute fiber. It is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Traditionally jute mallow is used as a remedy in pain, dysentery, enteritis, fever and tumors. Its leaves are unctuous and diuretic. It relieves burning sensation and promotes the strength. Seeds are purgative in nature. … Read more

Snake Cucumber – Uses, Remedies, Medicinal Qualities

Dr Renita D’SouzaSnake cucumber is a natural coolant and a good source of vitamins C, A, K, and potassium. It is diuretic and used mainly in urinary and kidney problems. There are different varieties of snake cucumber. It is the most preferable fruit during summer which can be cooked or eaten raw. This fruit looks … Read more

Sword Bean – Medicinal Qualities, Toxicity, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaSword beans are nutritious edible bean. It is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Its young pods are used as vegetable. Seeds are used to make soups and stews. In folklore practice, its seeds, pods, stems and roots are used to treat dysentery, nausea, hemorrhoids, sinusitis, back pain, obesity, diarrhea and … Read more

Eggplant – Uses, Remedies, Qualities, Recipes, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaEggplant is the King of vegetables. It is used for culinary purposes and in traditional medicine. Delicious Brinjal recipes like Chutney, Curry, Pickle and dishes like Baingan bharta or gojju, Begun-pora (burnt/charred brinjal), Bharli vangi, Vangi bhat etc are popular in South Asian countries. (read more about brinjal recipes here)Eggplant is considered … Read more

Pumpkin – Benefits, Remedies, Recipes, Oil, Nutrition and Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaPumpkin a nutritious vegetable included in our diet possessing various health benefits. Pumpkin fruit is a natural coolant. It is used as a remedy for fatigue, body-ache, loose stools, intestinal worm infestation etc. It has beneficial effect on teeth, throat and eye. Seeds are considered as good brain tonic. Botanical Name – … Read more

Rock Candy (Mishri, Khadi Sakhar) Uses, Remedies, Side Effects

Crystallized Rock Sugar is called Sita in Ayurveda, the Indian system of healthcare. Sita refers to white colour. The crystallized rock sugar was used since thousands of years. In fact, it is one of the ingredients of famous Ayurvedic anti ageing product called Chyawanprash. Hindi name – MishriKannada Name – Kallu Sakkare Sanskrit names – … Read more

Spinach (Palak) – Uses, Qualities, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaSpinach (palak) is a highly nutritious leafy green vegetable. It is used widely for culinary purposes and also possess medicinal value. As a vegetable, it is eaten raw or cooked. Tender leaves are used raw in salads. As a medicine, it is used to treat diabetes, urinary calculi, asthma, inflammation of liver, … Read more

Thorny Amaranth – Tanduliyaka Uses, Qualities, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaThorny amaranth (Amaranthus spinosus) is a highly nutritious underutilized vegetable well known for its medicinal benefits. It is used in the treatment of excess menstrual bleeding, blood related diseases, general debility, piles, blisters, burning sensation, snake bite etc. The medicinal usage and qualities of the plant varies in different regions all over … Read more

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