7 Plants You Should Add To Your Garden For Their Powerful Medicinal Benefits.


If you like gardening, add these plants to your patch because they have a number of health benefits that will come in handy!

1. Aloe vera

Indian Medicinal Plants

The leaves of this plant contain a thick gel that is quite bitter, but contains a protein that has 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body, Vitamins A, B, C and E and a complex carbohydrate known as acemannan that delivers nutrition to cells, and detoxifies them.

This gel can be applied to the skin to moisturise it, exfoliate it and prevent acne. It can also be applied topically to injuries, minor cuts, dry skin and severe burns. Applying it to the hair and scalp prevents itching and dandruff and reduces hair fall. Drinking the juice (mixed with some other fruit juice, since it’s too bitter by itself) treats constipation and acidity, and improves blood sugar levels. Drinking the juice regularly also promotes weight loss.

2. Marigold (genda phool)

Indian Medicinal Plants

 

Marigold flowers have been used in traditional Ayurvedic remedies for centuries. Rich in flavanoids and loaded with antibiotic properties, they have a number of uses. Water infused with marigold petals can be used to treat a sunburn or fight oily skin. It can also be applied topically to bites, stings, rashes and wounds. Varicose veins ulcers can be soothed by applying marigold water on them. Drinking marigold tea can regulate the menstrual cycle, cure stomach ulcers and bring down fever.

3. Holy basil (tulsi)

Indian Medicinal Plants

 

A common plant in Indian households, tulsi has a number of medicinal uses. Due to its potent germicidal, fungicidal, anti-bacterial and anti-biotic properties, tulsi tea is a powerful remedy against any kind of fever, even if it’s caused by a disease like malaria. Drinking this tea regularly can regulate blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity, making it useful for people who have diabetes. Chewing a few tulsileaves on an empty stomach is recommended because tulsi contains eugenol, an antioxidant that improves heart health by reducing cholesterol and blood pressure.Tulsi also helps dissolve kidney stones, treat cancer, soothe respiratory ailments, cure headaches, beat stress and improve skin and hair health.

4. Indian lilac (neem)

Indian Medicinal Plants

 

Just about every part of the neem tree, from bark and sap to flower and fruit has a number of health benefits, making it one of the most widely used herbs in Ayurveda. This plant can be used to cure acne and dandruff, cleanse the scalp, moisturise skin, treat wounds, heal ulcers, bring down fever, soothe coughs and other respiratory problems and cleanse the digestive tract.

5. Mint (pudina)

Indian Medicinal Plants

 

Apart from being fragrant and flavourful, this herb is also very healthy. Drinkingpudina tea relieves indigestion and gastrointestinal discomfort, prevents cancer, boosts immunity, treats morning sickness and menstrual cramps and prevents allergies and asthma. Applying mint topically can soothe aches and pains – that’s why so many pain relieving creams contain mint. It also kills bacteria in the mouth, protecting your teeth against cavities and keeping your breath fresh.

6. Spade leaf (gotu kola)

Indian Medicinal Plants

 

Gotu kola is a lesser known herb that has a lot of spiritual significance, as it is grown in the Himalayas and used by yogis to meditate. The leaf is said to resemble the two hemispheres of the brain, and is used to balance the crown chakra. Drinking a tonic made with this herb is said to improve memory and intelligence, fight stress and depression, cure nervous system disorders, improve reflexes, boost libido, increase energy levels, prevent premature ageing and treat blood disorders, heart problems, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases and hepatitis.

7. Rennet (ashwagandha)

Indian Medicinal Plants

 

A rejuvenating herb like gotu kola, ashwagandha improves physical and mental health through its ability to energise and calm the body simultaneously. Loaded with antioxidants, iron and amino acids, it can be added to tea. It balances the hormones, treats depression, improves immunity, reduces joint pain and swelling, slows down tumour growth, prevents insomnia, boosts memory, attention and thinking ability and reduces stress. Drinking this tea gives you energy during the day and helps you get peaceful sleep at night.

Why Most Animals Don’t Have Periods.


Periods are a necessary part of human reproduction, but most other animals don’t have them. If they don’t need them, why do we?

Why Do Women Have Periods When Most Animals Don’t? (BBC)
“Most women menstruate. But most other female animals don’t bleed outwardly like us. Even among those that give birth to live young as we do, only a handful of species menstruate.
“So menstruation isn’t just inconvenient and unpleasant: it’s also a mystery. Why do we menstruate at all? And if it’s such a good idea, why don’t other animals do it?”
The Evolution of Human Reproduction: A Primatological Perspective (Wiley Online Library)
“Successful reconstruction of any aspect of human evolution ideally requires broad-based comparisons with other primates, as recognition of general principles provides a more reliable foundation for inference. Indeed, in many cases it is necessary to conduct comparisons with other placental mammals to test interpretations.”
The Evolution of Endometrial Cycles and Menstruation (University of Chicago Press Journals)
“According to a recent hypothesis, menstruation evolved to protect the uterus oviducts from sperm-borne pathogens by dislodging infected endometrial tissue and delivering immune cells to the uterine cavity…I propose the alternative hypothesis that the uterine endometrium is shed/resorbed whenever implantation fails because cyclical regression and renewal is energetically less costly than maintaining the endometrium in the metabolically active state required for implantation.”

Improve your Brain Power with Neuroplasticity


Learn How to Adapt your Brain to Life’s Changes

Yes, you can teach an old brain new tricks! Neuroplasticity is a fancy term that describes this phenomena but you may be wondering why this is important. Most people enjoy the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality but increasingly, everywhere you look, the world is changing at an unprecedented pace. It is never pleasant to see or be around people who clutch for control and remain rigid when the winds of change blow. Here are some interesting facts about what science is learning about our brains ability to adapt and evolve at any age.

A thin tall grass grows around a tall, strong tree that has a thick trunk and giant branches. When heavy winds come, the thin grasses flex and bend effortlessly and remain standing in the morning. The tree will lose many limbs and possibly blow over and become uprooted. -Zen Proverb

It is never pleasant to see or be around people who clutch for control and remain rigid when the winds of change blow.It is never pleasant to see or be around people who clutch for control and remain rigid when the winds of change blow.

What is Neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity is defined as the brains ability to adapt, re-wire, and re-organize by creating new neural pathways. Neurons (nerve cells) can compensate as needed, either through consciously creating new habits, or in the case of injury and disease. This means that our environment and life’s circumstances literally change the structure of our brains!

Brain reorganization takes place by mechanisms such as “axonal sprouting” in which undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were injured or severed. Undamaged axons can also sprout nerve endings and connect with other undamaged nerve cells, forming new neural pathways to accomplish a needed function.

For example, if one hemisphere of the brain is damaged, the intact hemisphere may take over some of its functions. The brain compensates for damage in effect by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. In order to reconnect, the neurons need to be stimulated through activity. –Medicine.net

Our environment and life's circumstances literally change the structure of our brainsOur environment and life’s circumstances literally change the structure of our brains.

What this means for You

This understanding is very hopeful for people dealing with trauma and unexpected injuries, but it is also great news for those of us feeling the pressure of changing times. Normally people prefer to assert their will on external circumstances to keep routines in place which don’t challenge us to step outside of our comfort zone. Unfortunately, life often changes beyond our control, and the ability to flow with these changes has to do with our ability to adapt mentally and emotionally. Some people may be naturally good at doing this but the overwhelming evidence from research tells us that this skill can also be learned.

Another example of neuroplasticity has been found in London taxi drivers. A cab driver’s hippocampus — the part of the brain that holds spatial representation capacity — is measurably larger than that of a bus driver. By driving the same route every day, the bus drivers don’t need to exercise this part of the brain as much. The cabbies, on the other hand, rely on it constantly for navigation. -the Big Think

This is one of many documented instances of how our brains have the ability to adapt and thrive within whatever environment we subject it to. There’s a very popular book by Norman Doidge, MD called The Brain that Changes Itself which has a huge collection of case histories detailing the phenomena of neuroplasticity. One fascinating aspect of this research tells us that the same forces which allow our brains to evolve and adapt can also keep us stuck.

The hippocampus part of the brain is measurably larger in a cab driver than in a bus driverThe hippocampus part of the brain is measurably larger in a cab driver than in a bus driver.

Change, Adapt, and Grow

‘Neurons that fire together, wire together.’ This means that the more we repeat certain actions, or re-play particular emotional states, etc., the greater likelihood that these patterns will become entrenched (for better or for worse). For example, if you reach for a cigarette or unhealthy food every time you are sad, you may become stuck in this unconscious habitual pattern. It can happen with positive habits like doing yoga every morning also, but the most healthy thing for our brains is diversity. Yep, if you are a creature of habit this is your invite to spice things up!

Our brains are like muscles. Learning new things helps to slow age-related mental decline and even improves overall brain function, plus it tends to invigorate, inspire, and create positive self-esteem. Sensory and motor cortices improve when we exercise our body, since the brain/body connection is central to balanced health. There are other interesting discoveries like that memorization exercises help the auditory memory, and handwriting can strengthen motor capacities, while adding speed and fluency to reading. Any improvement in one area of cognition seems to enhance other faculties and bring about positive changes in other areas!

Any improvement in one area of cognition seems to enhance other facultiesAny improvement in one area of cognition seems to enhance other faculties.

It can be as simple as taking a different route home, or getting lost and finding something you have never seen before. Get creative, and you will continue to get more creative…Maybe challenge your taste-buds to try some new spices, or try a new yoga class. Wherever you are in life from stuck/rigid, to flowing/flexible your brain will appreciate the opportunity to impress you with it’s ability to change, adapt, and grow. Evolution is a participatory sport, and it is best appreciated fully conscious. You have the ability to create new pathways, all you need to do is teach the old dog some new tricks!

How birth months affect your health


Scientists are researching how your birth month impacts your health.

http://www.techinsider.io/science-birth-months-affect-your-health-2016-2?utm_content=bufferb4281&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-ti

How to Grow a Constant Supply of Organic Food in the Tiniest Amount of Space.


Home gardening is becoming one of the most popular activities nowadays. In the pursuit of evading GMO fruits and vegetables, many people have started to grow their own organic food. Fresh grown fruits and vegetables taste better and are a lot cheaper than the organic ones you can buy in grocery stores.

However, not a lot of people have the necessary requirements to grow the plants. One of those requirements is having space to grow your organic food.

But, not to worry, in this article, we will show you an alternative growing method. A method that takes less space and brings more benefits.

Vertical organic garden

Growing vertically increases your yield per square foot because you can fit more plants into the organic garden. Vertical Gardening is designed in order to fit more plants into smaller space by literally stacking planter boxes on top of one another vertically. This method has a whole lot of advantages over traditional types of gardening. One of the biggest advantages is that it does not require anywhere near the space and it cuts down on so much of the daily upkeep.

Below you can see a couple of examples of what and where to grow.

organic

Stake – Can be used as support to grow beans, tomatoes, peas, nasturtium etc.

Cage – Can be used as support to grow tomatoes, peas, peppers etc.

Tripod – Can be used as support to grow tomatoes, peas, peppers, hops, nasturtium etc.

Teepee – Can be used as support to grow peas, pole beans, hops, nasturtium etc.

A-frame – Can be used as support to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans, hops, nasturtium etc.

Flat trellis – Can be used as support to grow beans, peas, hops, small melons, cucumbers etc.

Fence trellis – Can be used as support to grow tomatoes, peas, grapes, small melons, cucumbers etc.

Arbor – Can be used as support to grow grapes, small melons, hops, nasturtium  etc.

How heartbreak affects your brain


Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and author of “Anatomy of Love,” says heartbreak has physiological effects on our minds and bodies. There’s a scientific reason it hurts so much.

http://www.businessinsider.com/heartbreak-affects-brain-body-dating-science-2016-3?IR=T

Doctors warn against swaddling babies


According to the study, an increase in late diagnosed developmental dysplasia of the hips has been seen.

Australian doctors have issued a warning about swaddling infants, after a study indicated the popular calming method could lead to joint development issues like “clicky hip” later in life.

The wrapping technique, which has been praised for soothing a distressed baby, and preventing sudden death syndrome, sees the infant tightly bound in a blanket so their limbs are restrained and unable to move.

But according to research which has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the swaddling could be causing joint development issues, including “clicky hip”, to form.

According to the study, an increase in late diagnosed developmental dysplasia of the hip have been seen in South Australia, with reports from New South Wales and Western Australia confirming the increasing incidence is occurring nationally.

It also found that the rate of late diagnosis for children under three months of age in South Australia, had risen from 3.5 per cent of all DDH cases in babies born between 1988 to 2003, to 11.5 per cent of all DDH cases in babies born between 2003 to 2009.

“There is growing concern among the orthopedic fraternity in North America, the UK and Australia that a resurgence in the popularity of swaddling, including the increased use of ‘swaddling cocoons’ places children at risk of late diagnosed DDH,” the study says.

The study says babies need to be able to move their legs naturally and freely as well as bend them in a “froglike” position.

5 Houseplants That Prevent Insomnia (AND Purify Air)


Some people love having plants in the house while some are not so interested in growing them at home.

Nevertheless, it is a fact that plants aesthetically enrich the room, and at the same time, they provide important benefits for our health.

Namely, houseplants purify the air and enhance the air we breathe by supplying oxygen. However, being able to make the right choice concerning the type of the plant you would keep at home may have a significant impact on the quality of your life.

Apart from the air purification, these plants can provide a relaxing atmosphere and improved sleep. These are the best 5 plants you are advised to have at home:

Aloe Plant

Aloe Vera is popular due to its powerful effects, including soothing effects in the case of inflammations, burns and scars. Yet, this plant is also extremely strong detoxifier of the body.

Thus, its presence in your home will eliminate harmful chemicals from the cleaning products that contaminate the air.  What’s more, it can also indicate the dangerous level of harmful substances in the air at your home.

When these detrimental chemicals have polluted the air to a high extent, you can notice brown spots on the Aloe plan, which is a sign that you should immediately purify it.

English Ivy

English ivy is probably one of the most useful house plants you can have in your house. This plant is extremely effective in filtering the air, as it absorbs the biggest amounts of formaldehyde. Furthermore, if you keep it in the room where you sleep, it will significantly improve your sleep. What is also great about the English ivy is the fact that it is extremely simple to grow, as it does not need much sun.

Jasmine

Jasmine has many positive effects, and it can also enhance the quality of your sleep, as it reduces anxiety, improves your sleep, and ensures that you wake up in a good mood.

Lavender

Lavender is very popular due to its common use in beauty and body care products. However, this amazing plant has a fantastic smell which has a relaxing and calmative effect, so inhaling it can improve your sleep. Moreover, it effectively treats anxiety and insomnia.

Snake plant

This beneficial plant also filters the air at your home and provides oxygen in great quantities. In particular, it produces oxygen during the night, and at the same time, it absorbs the carbon dioxide we exhale. Thus, have a snake plant in your bedroom will ameliorate the air and will greatly improve your sleep.

9 Metabolism Boosting Foods


Almonds

Almonds are nutritionally dense. This means that for a small portion size, you get a large amount of healthy macronutrients and calories. You get the most nutrition possible out of the calories you eat.

Beans

Beans
Beans are loaded with fiber and protein. It helps you feel full longer, and helps keep your digestive system healthy and active! Again, not TOO many though.

Celery

Celery

Eating celery can help you lose weight. It’s made up of mostly water and indigestible cellulose, so including it in your meals may help you eat less than you would otherwise.
Coconut-Oil

Coconut-Oil

Coconut oil can help to boost your metabolism. This is because coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, that are burned by the body more quickly. Coconut is also a healthy source of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Cucumbers.

Cucumbers

Flush out your system and your metabolism by sipping glasses of cucumber. The natural diuretic effects of this vegetable containing potassium and vitamins A and C, flushes out toxins and revs up your metabolism moving.

Ginger.

Cucumbers

Ginger helps increase the speed of your metabolism by 5%, and it also increases the feeling of satisfaction, so it helps you eat less and burn what you eat a lot faster.

Green-Tea.

Green-Tea

Green tea is one of the best metabolism-boosters you can drink! It is one of the main ingredients in many expensive fat burning supplements on the market. Green tea also helps decrease your risk of cancer, reduces food cravings, helps maintain weight loss, and contains just enough caffeine to help get you going in the morning.

Lemon.

Lemon

Lemons help to increase your metabolic rate, thus allowing you to burn more calories and store less fat. They work to slow down the rate of starch digestion, helping to keep blood sugar balanced. Starting your day with some lemon water helps to ignite metabolism and give your body a kick start for the day.

Melon.

Melon

Melons are great foods to speed up metabolism, especially watermelons and honey dew melons. They are high in water, vitamins, antioxidants, potassium, all of which are essential for boosting metabolism.

Keeping these top 10 plants in your bedroom helps sleep better, says recent study – Top 10 Plants.


With stress and anxiety causing half of all insomnia issues, it’s a good idea to fill your home and bedroom with a variety of plants that have a calming effect.

Recent studies10 clearly show that spending time in nature reduces stress levels, so why not simply bring nature indoors?

One way to ensure a better quality of sleep is to fill your home with beautiful flowers and plants. Not only do they look great and bring vitality and life to your living spaces, but they can have fantastic relaxing and purifying benefits – which in turn can promote a healthy sleeping pattern.

1. Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)

This plant is that it emits oxygen at night time whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing. All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep.

The Snake Plant also filters some nasty but common household toxins (namely formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene) from the air.

A very hard plant that needs little care and provides best returns.

2. Lavender

One of the most well-known of all plants when it comes to inducing sleep and reducing anxiety levels. Research backs up these claims, with lavender scents shown to slow down heart rate, lower blood pressure and levels of stress.

In one study3, the smell of lavender reduced crying in babies, sending them into a deeper sleep; while simultaneously reducing stress in both mother and child.

In women, lavender has been shown to increase light sleep, and decrease rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to wake after first falling asleep, with opposite effects in men.

3. Mogra or Arabian Jasmine

This exotic plant has a gentle, soothing effect on the body and mind. It has been shown in one study to reduce anxiety levels, leading to a greater quality of sleep.

Not only that, but this research suggests that the positive effects of such a high quality sleep lead you enjoy increased alertness and productivity during the day.

4.Aloe Vera

Listed as one of NASA’s top air-improving plants, the fantastic Aloe works much like the Snake Plant – it emits oxygen at night, making for a more restful slumber.

It’s also one of the easiest plants to grow and maintain – it tolerates ‘neglect’ well and so doesn’t require frequent watering.

You can even pass on the gift of happy sleep to your family and friends! Keep it on your bedroom window as it does need a lot of direct sunlight.

5. Gardenia

With glossy evergreen leaves and beautifully scented blossoms, Gardenias are a popular plant choice for bedrooms. Studies indicate that keeping one in your room may help you achieve a better quality of sleep, with claims that it may be as effective as Valium in relieving anxiety and promoting sleep.

However, gardenias can be tricky to maintain as they require a lot of attention in order to keep their luscious leaves and delicate flowers. Indoor gardenias should be kept in a bright room, but not placed in direct sunlight.

6. Spider Plant

The Spider Plant is also a champion cleanser of air. The NASA tests showed it to remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air.

Since formaldehyde is found in common household products like adhesives, grout and fillers, it’s a good idea to keep one of these plants around.

In addition to cleansing the air, it will also absorb odors and fumes as well as sustaining oxygen levels in the room, promoting better sleep.

7.English Ivy

Another one of NASA’s top plants for purifying the air, English Ivy is simple to grow and only needs moderate exposure to sunlight.

Studies have shown that this leaf can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma – which all sufferers know can seriously impact both the quantity and quality of sleep.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that, in a 2005 experiment, English Ivy removed 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in just 12 hours!

As mold can affect our breathing, it’s definitely a plant to have on hand for a great night’s sleep.

8.Peace Lily

Peace Lily is another of NASA’s superstar plants, helping to filter out harmful benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde toxins.

The moisture given off by these striking flowers can boost a room’s humidity by up to 5%. This suppresses airborne microbes which can lead to allergies, and also helps relieve those irritating dry noses and throats that keep you awake all night.

Again a very low maintenance and hard to kill plant.

9.Bamboo Palm

This small plant is a fantastic air purifier. Ditch your chemical-laden air fresheners in favor of a few of these pretty palms and say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins.

Not only will you be able to enjoy your home’s pure, fresh air during the day, but you’ll enjoy a fantastic night’s sleep too.

Given its exotic origins, the Bamboo Palm will bring a tropical, warm feel to your bedroom. It’s fairly easy to care for – just keep the soil moist (but not wet) and place the plant in indirect sunlight.

10. Gerbera Daisies

These bright and cheerful flowers couldn’t help but put you in a good mood! With pink, orange, yellow and white, they should be a welcome addition to any room – and not just because they look good.

They also release oxygen at night, which helps you breathe easy while you snooze. If you suffer from apnea or allergies, then these daisies are definitely recommended.

Bonus Plant: Golden Pothos

With its marbled, heart-shaped leaves, the Golden Pothos is another exceptional air purifying plant according to NASA.

Not only will you have a better quality of sleep but you need not worry too much about nurturing it – a couple of hours of morning sun and a little water once a week is all it requires.