Pulse for Beauty and Health: Black Gram-Urad Dal

Vigna mungo, black gram or black lentil (commonly referred to as urad dal in India) originated in India and is a highly prized pulse in India. Its cultivation is highly valued due to its numerous benefits.
It is largely used in Indian traditional medicine (Ayurveda) for a number of health benefits. Modern pharmacological research has also shown that it has properties of boosting the immune system. [Read more…]

Medicinal Uses of Luffa-Ridge Gourd

A natural jaundice remedy, the fruits of Luffa acutangula (Ridge Gourd) (belonging to family cucurbitaceae) are grown, harvested before maturity and is very popular in Asia. Ridge gourd as whole, seeds and dried crusts are all used for medicinal purposes. [Read more…]

Health Benefits of the Slimy Pods: Okra

Another addition to the list of vegetables with tremendous and promising potential in the health world is Okra. Abelmoschus esculentus or Hibiscus esculentus, okra is also referred to as Lady’s finger outside US in English speaking countries and bhindi in India. Okra is popular not only for its culinary benefits but for its wide range of medicinal properties and nutritional value as well. [Read more…]

Drumsticks: The Powerhouse of Minerals

“The miracle tree” Moringa oleifera is the tree from which the drumsticks (popularly called ‘sahjan’) is obtained have been used for culinary purposes, immense nutritional benefits and use in traditional medicine. The nutritional value of Sahjan is well established now and it has become a promising food for developing countries where malnutrition is prevalent. [Read more…]

The Magic of Green: Medicinal Properties of Curry Leaves

Curry leaves or Sweet neem leaf (Murraya Koenigii) is an aromatic leaf generally used in south Indian cuisine. Curry leaves have antioxidant properties. They are rich in Vitamin C, and minerals calcium, phosphorus and iron, nicotinic acid and therefore serve as good nutritional supplements.
Curry leaves in cooking [Read more…]

Medicinal Wonders of Ivy Gourd

Ivy Gourd is a unique tropical plant which grows well in India. Classified as a medicinal herb in Ayurveda medicine, Ivy gourd grows quickly as trailing vines. It has ivy like leaves, white flowers and a small white gourd which turns red and sweet when ripe. [Read more…]

Panacea for All Diseases: The Miracle Called Neem

The Indian Lilac or neem (Azadirachta indica), is native to India and grows in tropical and subtropical regions. Christened as “sacred tree,” “Heal All,” “Nature’s Drugstore,” “Village Pharmacy,” and “Panacea for all Diseases” all parts of the tree including seeds, leaves, flowers, fruits, bark have medicinal properties. Neem tree due to its incredible properties has been declared as “tree of the 21st century” by United Nations. [Read more…]

Medicinal Properties of Elephant Foot Yam

Elephant Foot Yam is a popular tuber crop of humid tropics. Elephant foot yam is a tuberous, stout, indigenous herb grown widely in India. In India, it is grown mostly in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, U.P., Punjab, Bihar, Assam and Orissa. The improved varieties of Elephant Foot Yam possess excellent cooking qualities. [Read more…]