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Saturday, March 29, 2014

PART IV: IT IS TWICE OR MORE POLLUTED INSIDE HOMES

DISEASE-CAUSING  VIRUS,  BACTERIA and GREEN TIPS

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There are viruses and bacteria in our homes. Recognizing these intruders may help us reduce the risk.

A. Virus 

Virus  is airborne.  But, according to Public Health Agency of Canada, 80% of sickness like colds and flu come from contaminated hands.

Green Tips:

1. Eat  healthy food and more green leafy vegetables to maintain a strong immune system.
2. Make sure hands are clean before eating, after using the comfort room, and before preparing food.
3. Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth with your hands.

B. Bacteria

The human skin has natural resistance to infection.  Most simple cuts and abrasions heal quickly because the human skin has a bactericidal property.

We both have beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria existing within our human selves.

1. Beneficial Bacteria

        Not all bacteria are harmful.  To mention a few:

         a. Lactobacillus Acidophilus

               These bacteria grow inside the lower gastrointestinal tract which help normalize the intestinal flora

and improve regular bowel movement. This gut flora carries 100 trillion microorganisms in the intestine more than the number of human cells of the body.



Beneficial bacteria synthesize Vitamin K in the lower intestine. But it is sad to know that antibiotics and constipation destroy the friendly Acidophilous bacteria.

               Banana feeds the natural Acidophilous bacteria of the bowel. There are milk products that contain                Lactobacilli. I take a  concentrated product called Lactobacilli (Carica product), which is taken                  by spoonful that my doctor recommended for asthma and allergies.

          b.  Saprophytic 

               This bacteria acts as an agent to break down dead organisms and organic wastes for                                    decomposition.  This bacteria is present in our compost to be able to produce organic fertilizer.

          c. Bacteria for food industry

               Different bacteria are used for the production of buttermilk, yogurt, cheese, pickles, etc.

2. Disease-causing Bacteria

Some of these harmful bacteria that we should be careful about are:

         a. Salmonella -  Causes typhoid, gastroenteritis from food contamination), blood poisoning.
         b. Meninggococcal -  Infects the brain.
         c. Tubercule – Infects the lungs
         d. Staphyloccocai- Infects the skin (acne), blood stream (blood poisoning), and bones                                    (Osteomyclitis)

Green Tips:

1. Keep the kitchen clean
         - Sponge absorbs most of micro-organisms from utensils according to a study.  So, it is best to                       change the sponge regularly and expose it under sun.
         - Clean the kitchen sink using soap and hot water to kill microorganisms.
2. Clean the fruits and vegetable very well. Wash them even if you will not the eat the outside covering.
3. Separate raw meat and seafood from other food when storing.
4. Use different knives and chopping boards for meat and seafood, and for fruits and vegetables.
5. Thaw meat in the chiller of the refrigerator or in a container that has no leak. The temperature of  40 or         140 degrees Fahrenheit  or 4 to 60 degrees Celsius will cause bacteria to produce fast.
6. Heat food, sauce and soup at 70 degrees Celsius.
7.      If food is cold, keep cold. If hot, keep hot.  Food should be eaten within 3 to 4 days.
8. When grocery shopping...
       - Make sure fruits and vegetables have no damage so bacteria would not enter.
       - Check expiration date.
       - Always wash reusable shopping bags or baskets. Those with meat and fish drippings should be                    washed with soap and hot water to kill bacteria.
       - Travel time of frozen food from the point of purchase to the home should be 30 minutes.
9.  Eating in restaurants...
        - Check the cleanliness of table cloth, plates, waiters, etc.
        - Leftover food should reach the home within 2 hours especially if temperature outside is 32 degrees               Celsius according to the Food and Drugs Administration of the United States.

 True, there are many microorganisms that  pose a threat inside our homes. But as humans, the superior species, we can counteract through diligent care and simple housekeeping solutions.

Watch out for Part V : HOME  CHEMICALS and DIY GREEN TIPS
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EM-EM TINASAS, MBA
The Gardener

Sources:

Jazmines, Tessa, Most Common Allergies pp. 49 – 50, Clean Air Act p. 18, The 3M Handy Book of Health and Personal Care copyright 2005 Pasig City, Philippines, Anvil Publishing
Gumising Magazine,  Be Clean p. 5, Be Careful in Preparing and Storing Food p. 6,  Be Watchful When Eating in Restaurants p. 7,
Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of the Philippines, Inc. 2012, Philippines,(Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania),
Wikepedia, Lactobacillus Acidophilus
Jensen, Dr. Bernard, Fruits and Vegetables, p. 114;  Problems with Proteins, pp. 55-56, Foods That Heal 2004, New Delhi, India, Kuldeep Jain for Health Harmony
Encyclopedia Britannica, Infectious Agents pp. 589 – 590, Macropedia 21,  Salmonella p. 360 Macropedia 10, Immune Response p. 591, Bacterium p. 779 Macropedia 1, 

Friday, February 28, 2014

DILL: The Kitchen Herb

Also for Flatulence, Colic, Stomach Disorders & Breast Milk Production



Dill grows into a tree if grown on the ground. It is a biennial plant, which means its life is good for two years. Small dill plants will grow surrounding the tree. This maybe be transplanted.  Its scientific name is Anethum Graveolens.   It is also used decorative plant. 

As a medicinal herbal, it can be taken as tea or eaten fresh for flatulence, colic and stomach disorders.  It helps in breast milk production.

As a kitchen herb, the chopped dill can be used as topping for rice with garlic and onion.  Chopped dill can flavor boiled potatoes and other vegetables.  Dill is at its best when picked from the garden when it is needed as topping.  It has a tendency to lose its flavor if kept for some time.

Care For Your Dill:

This herb wants full sun, daily watering and monthly organic fertilizer.



EM-EM TINASAS, MBA
The Gardener

Source:

Todd, JUDE C. ,General Principles of Herbs p. 22, Herbal Home Remedies, Health and Harmony, B. Jain Publishers(P)Ltd., 2012, New Delhi, India 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PART III: IT IS TWICE OR MORE POLLUTED INSIDE HOMES

Molds, Pollen, Insect & Rat Waste, Pet Dander & Green Tips

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There are microscopic organisms existing in our home environment that are not easily noticeable to the human eye.  These microorganisms thrive in different places of our comfort zone such as:

A.    Damp Areas - Fungi produce molds in humid places.  Since the Philippines is humid, molds and mildew thrive the whole year. Inside the house, molds grow in old shower curtains, bathrooms, refrigerator drips, and decaying building materials. These molds have microscopic fungal spores that float in the air that enter the nose and cause respiratory illness.  Mildew grows on plants and organic matter that we have at home.

         Green Tips:

1. Air Purifier/humidifier is a big help to normalize humid home condition.
          2.  Exhaust fans can also help by driving out some humidity.
3.  Clean damp areas.  The toilet tiles, bowl and lavatory may be cleaned with vinegar alone or mixed with baking soda.  Cola can also be used for toilet cleaning. Just make sure it has warmed enough that it no longer fizz.
4. Clean closets that have odor.  Wash the clothes to remove odor of molds.
          5.  Keep kitchen dry to prevent molds from developing.

B.    Plants, Trees and Grass

Pollen comes from flowers plants, trees and grass.  Thus, these are seasonal. Pollen causes allergic rhinitis, asthma and allergies.

         Green Tips for Those with Allergies:

1.  If necessary, prune some buds of flowering plants, trees and grass to lessen pollen entering the house.
          2.  Keep few windows open for air circulation when windy.
          3.  Stay indoors when it’s very windy during pollen season.
4.  There are herbals plants like Oregano, Ashitaba, Dokudami, Serpentina, Damong Maria, Peppermint, Java Mint to prevent or relieve cough and colds and allergies.
                                                                                     
C.     Waste from Insects and Pests

              1.  Dust Mites

Dust Mites are the particles that you see floating while sweeping the floor under sunlight.  Actually, these are dead dust mites and the waste products that they excrete 20 times a day. Cotton-like dirt called dust bunnies contain dust mites. These mites produce fast when humid.  A double-bed is estimated to house 2,000,000 (two million) dust mites.

         Green Tips:

          a.        Keep windows closed when no one is using the room.
b.        Use DIY Furniture Polish – Mix 1 tsp. Olive Oil with ½ (half) cup  of lemon or Philippine Kalamansi juice.  The leftover mixture may  be used for a week.  It is also good for glass tables. It is effective,  economical and does not cause irritation to the eyes and nose.
c.        Floor Tiles - Mop with vinegar and baking soda to remove odor of  molds when humid.
d.        Beddings and curtains may be washed with hot water at 50°C  temperature to kill dust mites.                          
e.        Avoid upholstered furniture and stuffed toys or keep these toys  away from dusty places.
e.        Use of air purifier/humidifier lessens humidity and production of  dust mites.
f.        Wash your broom, dustpan, feather duster, and rugs regularly with  hot water (50C) to remove dust mites.

          2.        Flies, Mosquitoes, Lizard Waste etc.

We are aware of the insects flying over us and the lizards crawling at the ceiling.  These have the tendency to excrete from above and contaminate food and the air.

         Green Tips:

a.        Keep food covered. Keep plates, spoon, etc. in covered container.
b.       Herbals like Citronella and Pandan leaves drive away flies and cockroach. Citronella also drive away mosquitoes.
c.        Use candles or candle holders with citronella essential oil. (Check  out http://enchantingrivulet.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-versatile- citronella.html for more info!)

         3.        Cockroach and Rats

The wastes of these pests are very noticeable because of the odor. These pests usually go to garbage, drainage or where there is food.

         Green Tips:

a.       There is an electronic gadget that can be plugged and drive away these pests.
b.      Herbals against cockroach: (1) Citronella, the scent of which lasts long and (2) Pandan, the scent of which lasts until it dries. 
          c.         Herb against rats is Peppermint. 

                   4.        Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats shed off dander from their skin and from dried saliva after licking their fur.  These pet dander when inhaled cause allergies.  
  
         Green Tips:

a.     Weekly bath with Citronella and Neem Tree (Check out http://enchantingrivulet.blogspot.com/2013/03/herbal-and-herb-for-pet-care.html for more information.)

Microscopic organisms are not easily seen but can be detected through their odor.  Luckily, we have natural ways to minimize, if not totally eradicate, these intruders. The challenge to keep these microorganisms at its lowest level will surely benefit every family member, thus, create more comfort in our home zone.


EM-EM TINASAS, MBA
The Gardener


*Watch out for Part IV: Virus and Bacteria and Green Tips. Hope you would share with your friends!



Sources:


Jazmines, Tessa , Molds, Dust Mites p. 18, The Most Common Allergies pp. 49 – 50, The 3M Handy Book of Health and Personal Care,  Anvil Publishing, Inc., Pasig City, Philippines

Thursday, January 23, 2014

IT’S TWICE OR MORE POLLUTED INSIDE HOMES Part II: Emission from Vehicle, Garbage and Outdoor Dust, and Green Tips

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There are many outdoor pollutants that enter our homes. Some are easily noticeable because of their odor while there are others that ride with the wind into our comfort zone. We are exposed to these everyday and among these intruders are emission from vehicles, garbage and dust.

Below are some tips to lessen these at your home.    

I. Emission from Vehicles - Combustion of engines produce carbon monoxide. Direct exposure to this pollutant causes dizziness, headache and nausea. And continuous exposure threatens more serious respiratory illnesses.

Green Tips:

A. Do not let the engine running for a long time in your garage.
B. Have a garden around your house.  Plants, even grass on the streets, are your first line of defense.  But since these cannot absorb everything, it is good to have herbal plants inside the house.

I always bring Holy Basil (Tulsi) inside the house because it is known to be an air purifier. After sunning in the morning, I bring some pots indoors, to provide us with oxygen.  At night, I bring out the pots because darkness makes all plants produce carbon dioxide. (For more information on Holy Basil, check out www.herbalandherbs.com)

Also, herbal gardening can be a form of workout and therapy. (Check out ‘Make Herbal Gardening Your Workout’ at http://enchantingrivulet.blogspot.com)

C. Keep enough windows open for air circulation. Bedroom windows should be kept closed if not being used.
D. Install exhaust fans to help drive out engine emissions fast.


II. Garbage -    Pollution that comes from foul odor of mixed garbage and burning of household wastes.

Green Tips:

The most practical way to lessen this is to segregate wastes that produce foul odor and those that don’t.  There are wastes that may be recycled. This means that what you consider as waste may be used by other people or by the soil.

I suggest that household wastes be classified as:

1. Recyclables that can be sold or donated:

a. Tetrapaks, plastic and crystal bottles, cans, metals, old appliances, etc.

Tetrapaks and canned goods should be washed and dried to avoid the growth of microorganisms that cause disease.  Unclean cans and packaging also attract cockroaches and other pests.

b. Used bond papers, school materials, cardboards, boxes, cartons, newspapers, etc.

These recyclables may be sold or donated to the walking junkman (Called Bote-dyaryo man in the Philippines).

Used appliances, etc. may be donated to institutions like Goodwill Industries (Phils.)  and Radio Veritas (Phils.) since they solicit, fix and sell these at a cheaper price.
 
2. Let us give back to Mother Earth. Recycle and make the soil happy.

a. Vegetable cuttings, kitchen and garden wastes.

These may be mixed with soil (with no plants) to decompose.  The final product is organic fertilizer (To find out how to make organic fertilizer, check out ‘How To Care For Your Herbal and Herbs’ in http://enchantingrivulet.blogspot.com)

b. Rice, fish, chicken and meat washings.

Pour directly into the soil with plants. Our unwanted washings filled with microorganisms contain minerals that are welcomed by the soil.

3. Real garbage for the Garbage Man:

The real garbage are those that have no immediate use in the household like:

a. Plastic wrappers, styrofoam and aluminium packaging.

These should be washed and dried first.  Drippings from these packaging like blood of chicken, meat, fish should be placed in a container, then poured directly into the soil with plants.
 
                b.      Wet paper and unsanitary materials etc.

                c.      Dry materials like cloth, tiny pieces of paper, shoes, thread, ribbons, etc.

        After segregation, there is little amount of household wastes for the garbage collector. There is nothing to burn, no foul odor, no stress and         happy passers-by. All in all, a greener environment.


III. Outdoor Dust - We cannot control dust that go with fresh air entering the house.  But we can minimize it by keeping just a few windows open to maintain ventilation.

Green Tips:

1.      Screen windows and screen doors can be cleaned by mixing water with baking soda.  Years ago, I used vacuum cleaner but its heat made the screen material brittle;

2. Furniture may be dusted off then polished with one teaspoon of olive oil and half cup of lemon or Kalamansi (Philippine lemon). You may follow the above ratio and make your proportion depending on surfaces of furniture you need to polish.  Dampen cloth with this mixture and use repeatedly. Clean leftover mixture can be stored only for about a week. This green furniture polish gives a good shine and smooth surface at lesser cost.


Your little effort will surely bring BIG REWARDS - quality air, good health - for you, your family, your community and the ecological system as a whole.
Stay posted for Part III:  The Microscopic Organisms, Insects, and GREEN TIPS.



Em-Em
The Gardener, MBA
enchantingrivulet.blogspot.com


Sources:

Jazmines, Tessa, Gases, Toxic Fumes and Trapped Dust, The 3M Handy Book of Health and Personal Care p. 17, Pasig City, MM, Anvil Publishing, Inc.
Britannica, Factors that Influence the Rate of Photosynthesis,  Photosynthesis Micropedia 25, p. 800 – 801, Chicago, Illinois, USA, Encyclopedia Brittanica
Todd, Jude C., Polish and Wax, Herbal Home Remedies, p. 264, New Delhi, India, B. Jain Publishers(P) Ltd.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

IT’S TWICE OR MORE POLLUTED INSIDE HOMES Part I: Cooking, Tobacco Smoking and GREEN TIPS


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Our home is our comfort zone.  But according to the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America, indoor air is two (2) to ten (10) times more hazardous than outdoor air.

Also, the Philippine Department of Health conducted a study of houses in different Barangays of Metro Manila through its agency Environmental and Occupational Office. Findings showed that the homes has the presence of:

1. Lead – An ingredient found in insecticides, agricultural pesticides (in fruits and vegetables), pipes, paints, toys;

2. Nitrogen Dioxide - Produced by cigarette and tobacco smoking;

3. Sulfur Dioxide (The base of Sulfuric Acid) - An ingredient found in fertilizers, pigments, dye, drugs, 
explosive, detergent, preservatives especially dried fruits;

4. Benzene – An ingredient in detergents, plastics;

5.  Carbon Monoxide - Produced from cooking, processing of chemical products and from exhausting gases out of engines of vehicles and machineries.  

Aside from those mentioned above, The Eco-Living Handbook by Sarah Callard and Diane Millis showed that the electrical equipment that we enjoy at home also produce pollution from electromagnetic frequencies, ionizations, and statics.

I invite you to journey with me as I uncover how pollution invade our homes. Awareness is the first step. Let us resolve to improve air through a green and friendly environment together!

And as we go through our day-to-day routine, we have what we call necessity. But there are those that, which are not.

I.                     Cooking.    Burning of natural gas, oil, kerosene, coal, firewood, which release carbon monoxide. But we need to cook to survive.

Here are our Green Tips while cooking:
 
A.   Have good ventilation in the kitchen

1.           Open kitchen windows and the kitchen door while cooking to allow natural air to circulate;
2.            Use exhaust gadgets in the kitchen on stoves, walls, etc.  to help drive out the smell of combustion and cooking of food  faster;

B.     Stove fire should be bluish in color. Chefs say that slow fire is the best way of cooking.

C.    Do not use charcoal indoor.

II.                   Tobacco Smoking.  It is common knowledge that smoking cigars, cigarettes and pipes is detrimental to the lungs of the smoker and the second- hand smokers. Nitrogen dioxide cause lung cancer.

The best solution is to stop smoking.  But if one cannot help but smoke, it is suggested that it is done in open space away from the family and second-hand smokers.  

Our Green Tips to strengthen and cleanse the respiratory system are:


1.      Food for the Lungs

      According to Dr. Bernard Jensen in his book Food that Heals; garlic, onion, grapes, honey, pineapple, and green leafy vegetables are good for the lungs.  Celery/ papaya juice and carrot juice are also helpful. Organic products are most beneficial because they are chemical-free and pesticide-free. It may be costlier but hospital bills and medicines cost much more.

      2.         Herbals for Cancer, Tumour, and Respiratory Diseases

      Among these Herbals are Green Tea, Ashitaba, Damong Maria, Dokudami, Guaybano, Holy Basil, Lagundi, Neem, Peppermint, and Serpentina. (For uses and recommended intake of these Herbals, check out www.herbalandherbs.com.

       Cancer affects the patient and the family because it drains emotionally and financially.   We experienced this with my father. How I wish no family would experience such trial again.

       3.       Deep breathing exercise also clears the lungs of bad air.  It is most beneficial when done in front of plants or under trees.

      Deep breathing is the process practiced while singing, where air is inhaled to fill up the stomach, then exhaled little by little.  Deep breathing is done in any exercise like Taichi, Pilates, gym workout and Pinoy Laughter Yoga.

All these remedies come from Mother Nature.  Thus, let nurturing the ecology be a challenge to us all.   

Next in the series… Part II :  Emission of Vehicles, Garbage,  Outdoor Dust and GREEN TIPS! Stay posted!


EM-EM
The Gardener, MBA
enchantingrivulet.blogspot.com 


Sources:

Jazmines, Tessa, Indoor Pollution p. 1; Metro Manila’s Indoor Polution pp.  5 – 6; Clean Air Act pp. 14 – 17; The 3M Handbook of Health and Personal Care, Pasig City, Philippines, Anvil Publishing, Inc.
Callard, Sarah and Millis, Diane, Electromagnetic Frequencies, Ionization, and Static, The Eco-Living Handbook, London, Carlton Books Limited copyright 2009
The New Encyclopedia Britannica,  Chicago, USA, 15th Edition
Lead p. 219 Britannica # 7
Nitrogen Dioxide p. 754 Britannica # 26
Benzene p. 115 Britannica # 2
Carbon Monoxide p. 851 # 2

Jensen, Dr. Bernard, The Twelve Body Systems pp. 60 – 61, Food that Heals, New Delhi, India, Kuldeep Jain 2004

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

SERPENTINA: The Herb For Diabetes, Liver, Heart Disease, Kidney, Colds And Flu

SERPENTINA (ANDROGRAPHIS PANICULATA):
THE HERB FOR DIABETES, LIVER, HEART DISEASE, COLDS AND FLU



Serpentina is a medicinal herb dubbed as the ‘King of Bitters.’ Despite its bitter taste, it is widely sought after by diabetics because of its efficacy to lower blood sugar. This herb can be taken by itself or mixed with food to lessen the bitterness.

I once suffered from diarrhea. Aware of the potency of Serpentina, I took it by making tea (5 leaves of Serpentina: 1 cup of water) thrice a day. I had to eat a little chocolate in between sips just to finish a cup of it! The following morning my stomachache was history. I also noticed that I was healed from my cold and nasal congestion when I ate Serpentina leaves with honey. Luckily, there are some people who enjoy the pure taste of this herb that Malaysians call ‘Bile of the Earth.’ This definitely makes it to my list of stomachache and common cold remedies.

This herb is popularly known in the Philippines as Serpentina but its name in the ‘List of Philippine Medicinal Plants’ is Sinta.  It is known scientifically and internationally as Andrographis Paniculata. This traditional medicine is native to Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, which is used as a cooling herb for fever and flu. Indian tribes also use Serpentina as treatment for liver problems and cancer in their Ayuverdic medicines. Serpentina’s popularity is not limited to its Southeast Asian roots though. It is also regarded as a remedy for common colds in Scandinavian regions.

The many names of Serpentina, Andrographis Paniculata and Sinta, boil down to one and the same herb, which belong to the Acenthaceae family. It is not to be confused with Serpentina Ravoulis though because this herb belongs to the Apocynacea family, which is used as tranquilizer and cure for mental disorders, venom and reptile bites.

There are many scientific studies about Serpentina. Some notable studies are as follows: 
In 1911, Dr. Fougere studied on the ‘Bitter Principle’ (pure bitter extract) from the herb.  According to his research, this ‘Bitter Principle’ protects the liver.

In 2006, a research was conducted to study the extract from this herb. One of its discoveries is one of the major constituents of this ‘Bitter Principle.’ It is an active ingredient, now scientifically identified as Andropholide, which is both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.

Serpentina’s Andropholide property is supported by Philippines Medicinal Plant studies. It is said to be anti-diarrheal, anti-pyretic, anti-infective, anti-bacterial, anti-typhoid, anti-fungal, anti-hepatoxin and anti-cancer.

Chinese studies show that it also prevents blood from clotting. It also prevents reclogging of arteries post-angioplasty. It is said to lower blood pressure as well.   

Research also supports the uses of Serpentina in Ayurvedic medicine as protection against hyperglycemia (for diabetics) and control of renal disease (kidney).  

Studies also support that 6 grams of Serpentina is as effective as an Acetaminophen, which is taken for 2 to 5 days for cold, fever and sore throat.

To reap all these benefits, our common healing practice is to eat five (5) big leaves of fresh Serpentina or six (6) small leaves, thrice (3x) a day. It may also be taken as tea, also three (3x) a day.  

Despite all its virtues, there should be some caution in taking Serpentina especially among the following:

1. Pregnant and lactating mothers – Serpentina is an abortifacient for pregnant women. While there is no actual study on adverse effects on lactating mothers, it is better not to risk.

2. Individuals with Auto-immune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
If Serpentina is taken regularly and continuously, it is important to note also that it should be limited to only three (3) months for adults and one (1) month for children, whether in capsule or fresh form. It has side effects like swollen lymph glands, serious allergic reactions and elevation of liver enzymes. Too much of everything is unsafe.

Serpentina is very easy to plant and grow. Just place it in an area where there is part sun and part shade. It also wants to be watered daily.

With loving care, it not only adorns the garden with its pretty white flowers, it also gives ready supply of fresh leaves for relief.  Enjoy life!


EM-EM
The Gardener, MBA

Sources:

WebMD.com, Dosage and Caution on Andrographis Paniculata
Wikepedia, Description and Studies on Andrographis Paniculata
Examine.com, Background of Andrographis Paniculata
www.Stuartxchange.com/sinta.html, Philippine Medicinal Plant, Sinta


Friday, October 4, 2013

HOLYBASIL (TULSI) – THE AIR PURIFIER, ENERGIZER, STRESS BALANCER, BEAUTIFIER



Holy Basil is also known as Tulsi. This herb was discovered more than 3,000 years ago in India, where the plant was used for worship by the Vaishavitic traditions of Hinduism.  In the ancient times, it was also used in Greece and Rome.  It is scientifically known as Ocimum Sanctum or Ocimum Tenuiflorum belonging to the Lamiceae family.

This herb is grows in Asia, England, United States, Brazil, and Africa where it has different names like Basilic Saint, Basili Sacre and many more.

Holy Basil is related to Basil scientifically called Ocimum and the ‘Thai Basil’ known as Ocimum Basilicum.

Tulsi is also called ‘incomparable one’ because of it medicinal and herbal value such as:

      1.   Air Purifier and Energizer – Tulsi releases a special kind of essential oil which frees the air from bacteria and substances that cause diseases.  It also releases ozone which contains 3 atoms of Oxygen (O3) compared to the atmospheric Oxygen that produces 2 atoms of Oxygen (O2) per molecule.  These are the findings of a study at S. V. University, Trupati, India, as reported in the issue of ‘Gujarat Samachar’ dated March 25, 1988.

These properties of Tulsi give great energy to the lungs.

Outdoors, this herb releases essential oil and ozone (O3) reaching up to 200 meters away.  Its electrical energy keeps the air fresh.  To care for this plant, it is important to keep it moist and exposed to the sun daily. Once these requirements are met, some pots can be placed indoors for the family’s protection from pollution and diseases.  At night, it should be brought outside for overnight exposure.  I do this at home.

       2.       Stress Balancer – Tulsi contains a compound called Adaptogen which is associated with mental clarity.   When stress occurs, the response from the body is to’ fight or flight’.  Then, adrenaline glands automatically produce stress hormones. With the presence of Adaptogen in Tulsi, the hormone level of Corticosterone is lowered to help balance the stressful situation. 

Drinking of Tulsi decoction (boiled) or chewing fresh leaves daily relieves mental stress according to Dr. Narendra Singh, Assistant Director of Pharmacology in King George Medical College, Lucknow, India.

       3.       Beautifier – Some of the easy ways to use this herb are:

To have a clear skin:  In sitting position, inhale deeply in front of a Tulsi plant and hold your breath.  The aroma inhaled purifies the blood.  The aromatic herb is astringent but pleasant.

Also,   chewing a few leaves purifies the blood and makes the skin color glow.  The taste is like chili and black pepper.

4.       Medical Properties – A valuable research was made on Tulsi by Dr. Upendrari, a physician from Ahmadabad, India. According to Dr. Upendrari’s research, Tulsi can be used to treat cancer, heart disease, kidney, skin and mental retardation.  It was given state honor by Gujarat government.

 5.       Repellant – The strong aroma repels mosquitoes especially mosquitoes causing malaria. It also repels insects, snakes and scorpions.


Here are some herbal preparations:


A.      Eat 5 leaves of Tulsi a day as protection from many diseases.

B.      For Cough and Colds:
a.       Boil one (1) cup of  water;
b.      Mix 11 fresh leaves of Tulsi;
c.       Add 3 black pepper seeds, a small ginger and a pinch of salt;
d.      Keep boiling until it becomes half a cup. Divide into 3 portions to be taken morning, afternoon and night.

C.      Fever, malaria, and other ailments: Take 11 fresh leaves and 4 black pepper seeds. 

D.      Strength, memory and impressive personality: Ground fresh Tulsi leaves and squeeze the juice.  For children use 5 to 7 leaves, for adults use 25 to 100 leaves depending on the constitution, capacity and disorders. 

          Tulsi leaf juice can be taken in the morning at 2 to 3 spoonful on an empty stomach or divided   
           3 times a day.


CAUTION:

Tulsi leaves can be used regularly for four (4) weeks. But note that these cannot be taken under the following circumstances below.

1.       Do not use for pregnant and breast feeding women.
2.       Do not use 2 weeks before surgery.
3.       Do not use when taking aspirin or medications related to slow blood clotting.

Holy Basil is also used for food especially in the Thai Phat Kaphrao, a dish of meat, seafood and stir-fried rice.  Tulsi also has a preservative property that lessens spoilage when exposed to the aroma.


Holy Basil or Tulsi is such a blessing.  It is an ancient plant with great relevance to our challenging modern lifestyle.


EM-EM
The Gardener, MBA

Sources:

     1.       medicine hunter.com,  Holy Basil/Tulsi-Adaptogen
     2.       rxlist.com and webmd.com,  Holy Basil/Tulsi
     3.       Wikipedia, Holy Basil Tulsi
     4.       Yash Rai, Holy Basil/Tulsi (a Herb)

Elixir of Life pp. 16 -17
Common Uses pp. 27 – 29,  32
Tested Therapeutic Applications pp. 52, 54
The Beautifier p. 55
Colds, Cough and Other Respiratory Diseases p. 90
Diseases of…  Other Miscellaneous Diseases p. 116

NAVNEET Publication (India) Ltd., Ahmadabad and Mumbai, India


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