Ayurvedic Herbal Waters You Must Have
Ayurvedic Herbal Waters You Must Have
Ayurvedic herbal waters you must have : In the age of modern medicines, where one would run to take a pill to cure even minor health ailments, it’s nice to stop and think if our grandmothers would have done the same thing
Ayurvedic herb infused water is a common ancient practice that has been used for years to heal ailing bodies. Due to the easy availability of herbs and spices, these healing waters can be conveniently made at home. The idea to prepare healing water by ayurvedic herbs and spices is to extract important oils of the plant which have several healing properties. Water is considered as a powerful therapeutic tool in Ayurveda and soaking certain herbs or spices can enhance its healing power.
Pathimugam (Indian red wood) Water
Pathimugam or Sappanwood soaked in water is a popular herbal water in Kerala. The bark of the tree is used to gain medicinal benefits. The water turns light pink in colour is used as a medicine for kidney disorders, skin diseases, cholesterol, blood purification and diabetes. All you need to do is to boil the water with pathimukham for 2-5 minutes, strain the water and consume it with your meals or anytime of the day.
Cinnamon or karuvapatta is commonly found in our Indian kitchen, but we rarely talk about its health benefits. Cinnomon is sweet in taste and has a very prominent aroma. Karuvapatta is a spice made from the inner bark of the tree called cinnamomum. It contains antioxidants that protects the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Cinnamon water is good for reducing blood sugar levels by slowing down the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract after a meal. The antimicrobial properties present in karuvapatta( Cinnamon) may also prevent tooth decay and bad breath.
Coriander Seed Water
Cilantro or dhania is widely used to add flavor to various dishes. Coriander seeds contain plant derived chemical compounds that are high in antioxidants.Coriander seed water helps in curing water retention and acidity due to its cooling properties. Drinking coriander seed water also helps in curing mouth ulcers due to the presence of citronelol which acts as an antiseptic. Soak the seeds in warm water for 10-15 minutes, strain it and drink it up.
Triphala is known for curing acute constipation due to its laxative properties. It is mixed in water and consumed to regulate your bowel movements and cure constipation. It is made with three fruits namely Amalaki(Amla), Bibhitaki and Haritaki(kadukka). These three fruits are dried, powdered and mixed together to make one powerful condiment called triphala. It acts as a detoxifier and makes your skin glow naturally. The presence of antioxidants helps in boosting immunity against cold, flu and other diseases. You can add triphala powder to warm water and consume it regularly.
Apart from being considered holy, Tulsi is revered for its medicinal properties. The leaves when soaked in water do wonders for the skin and heal many health problems. Tulsi has antibiotic, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help prevent fever and cold and also keep your skin and hair healthy. Tulsi water acts as great diuretic and also detoxifies for kidneys. It helps reduce uric acid levels in the blood further cleansing the kidneys. Tulsi used for curing many health problems from ancient period.
Dry Ginger Water
A very popular concept in Kerala, dry ginger is a common ingredient that is used in water. Also known as ‘chukkuvellam’, dry ginger has many digestive properties. According to Ayurveda, indigestion and low metabolism is one of the main reasons of all the health problems that we face. Drinking dry ginger water regularly is a great way to keep away diseases. Drinking a glass of dry ginger water after a scrumptious meal has many benefits for health. In addition, dry ginger water also improves appetite, helps in digestion and removes abdominal discomforts.