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Uses of Clove Oil

Clove is the flower bud of a tree from the family Myrtaceae. It is one of the most popular fragrant herbs with miracle medicinal properties. Owing to its medicinal properties it is highly popular among the people around the world and is readily available at local retail grocery shops. Clove is highly beneficial in every form as its oil can be used for relieving pain and its leaves are also used in cooking. Below are the magical uses of Clove Oil.

Gives Relief in Headache

Clove oil is very effective in relieving headache. It can be applied onto the temples, forehead and also can be applied on your neck. No sooner it is applied on the above mentioned body parts, it minimizes inflammation and the ache. It can be used in therapies and a good panacea in relieving the pain.

Panacea for Toothaches

The analgesic and pain relieving properties of Clove oil make it a highly recommended herb for curing toothaches. Not only its oil but also the clove buds can be used in curing toothaches. The bud of cloves can be pressed under the teeth where the pain is coming from for 2-3 hours and it is sufficient enough to give an instant relief. Its oil can be used in the cotton and hold that cotton piece for 15 minutes and it will provide instant relief to the sore tooth.

A Perfect Cure for Mouth Sores

Clove oil again comes to our rescue when we are suffering from irritating mouth sores. Two to three drops of Clove Oil can be used in potable water, gently swirl it around in the mouth for a few minutes and then spit it out. The result is miraculous as it gives instant relief and further stops the mouth sores from coming.

Clove oil as a moisturizer for skin

Clove oil can be used and applied on the dry skin. It is used in various cosmetic products and is highly effective in removing the stretch marks, puffy eyes and firms the loose skin. Its oil can be applied over the dry skin with a clean piece of cotton pad and can be applied to moisten the dry skin.

A Good Shiner for Metals

Clove oil can be used as a shiner and is highly useful in shining various metal surfaces. It removes the dirt and the stains from the surfaces and makes them shine like never before.

Highly Effective in Bettering Blood Circulation

When it comes to improving the blood circulation in the body the best available home remedy at our disposal is none other than Clove oil. Clove oil is used in various balms to cure muscle aches and joint pains. As it improves the circulation in the affected portion of the body, it instantly removes the pain. The fragrance present in clove oil makes us feel more energetic and attentive and thus it is used in various aroma therapies.

Clove Oil as an Insect Repellant

Yes, it is true; Clove Essential oil is used by various insect repellant manufacturing companies as it is highly effective in shooing away the insects. Clove oil can be applied on the body and the bugs and various tiny insects will never come near your body. Clove plants can be grown in the verandah of your home and insects and mosquitoes will never ever dare to visit your home.

Clove Oil can be used in various ways but it is suggested to seek the advice of your family physician or doctor before this wonderful herb can be used.

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Essentials for people who work out daily

As soon as we hear the word ‘Workout’, the first few things that come in our mind are: a flexible pair of shoe, the open space and most important: motivation, to keep you going forward but that’s not all. There are things which are essential for your daily workout and will help you shed few more kgs or help you stay fit; if you are going to use them perfectly.

It is true that by following a regular workout routine, you’re going to tone up your body but you may be risking injuries if you are not wearing proper workout costume. There are few essential things which are directly proportional to your workout. Have a look:

  1. Workout Outfits: Your training clothes should be of good quality. It should breathable and well fitted. Don’t run after fashion when it comes to choosing the workout clothing. You should also get a headband and a wrist band too for soaking that extra sweat. Buy good quality of bands as they are available in a wide range. For female, it is necessary to opt for a good quality, well fitted sports bra that will be helpful in providing the support.

 

  1. Comfortable Shoes: Before acing your workout game, it is essential to find a good pair of comfortable shoes. With plethora of options available in the market, it is important to realize the kind of shoe you need for your workout without running onto the fashion street. The selection of shoe depends upon the variety of your workout. If you are a cardio person you should opt for light weight training shoe or racing flats. If you wear daily training shoe for high intensity workout, you may face injury. So, go for the right kind of shoe.

 

  1. Water Bottle: Though water fountains are available in every gym or any other workout place but it is advisable to bring your own water bottle as those water fountains may have some bacteria associated with. If you catch such bacteria, your health will take a downhill road and you won’t be able to work out further. So, the best way to ignore this health hazard is by drinking water from your own water bottle. You can add some lemon juice, glucose powder to the water bottle and keep that spirit alive. It will give you refreshing shot for sure.

 

  1. Timer: If you want to see your performance in every step of your way, you should keep a timer with you. It will help you in keeping the record of your routine and progress. You can use the timer during running and cardio session as well to keep you in a desired zone.

 

  1. Towel: If you are working out hard, the sweat will definitely going to come out and will create problem for further workout so keep a towel with you and enjoy the sweating along your workout journey.

 

These are few essential items that you should definitely keep with you while working out.

Health benefits, Natural, Organic food/organic farming, Recepies,

Finger millet and Whole Wheat Bread

Due to the increasing popularity of wheat and rice flour, Finger Millet had lost its identity which is coming on the pace again nowadays and people are accepting this super millet with great enthusiasm. Rich in iron, calcium and protein, finger millet makes a perfect blend of health and taste.

The most amazing quality of Finger millet is that it is gluten free and has thirty times more calcium than rice does. It is cheap and easily available. What else could one ask for? Rich in fiber and nutrients, Finger Millets is definitely a super food.

Finger millet is a must for people suffering from deficiency of vitamin D and Gastro-intestinal problems. It helps you keeping full for longer as it is digested slowly which is why it is best for people who are trying to reduce their waist size. It improves the hemoglobin in blood.
Here is a quick recipe for you to include the goodness of finger millet in your daily diet.

Finger Millet and Whole Wheat Bread Recipe:

Preparation time: 10 Mins

Cooking Time: 45 Mins

Serving: 1 Loaf

Ingredients:

1 Cup Finger Millet Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

½ Cup Oats

1 ¼ tbsp dried and activated yeast (check it is not more that 3 month old)

2 tbsp grated jaggery

1 teaspoon wheat gluten

1 teaspoon salt

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp sugar syrup (mix this in warm water that is going to be use in kneading the dough)

Instructions:

First, take some lukewarm water and try to dissolve the yeast completely in it. Make sure the water is not so hot also it should not be that cold else it will kill the yeast completely. Now, add grated jaggery to the yeast mixture and let it bubble up for some time.

Now, in a blending jar blend oats to make the flour out of it. Take a mixing bowl; add finger millet, whole wheat flour and oats flour in that bowl. Mix them well and wheat gluten to it. Stir in bubbled yeast mixture to it and add olive oil, salt at the same time. Now add lukewarm water to knead the flour.

Now, take a bread tin and grease it with some oil. Now pour the flour mixture in the tin and form free form bread. Grease the top of bread loaf with milk and butter. Sprinkle some rolled oats on the top of the loaf. Keep it aside and cover it for at least two hours until it gets double in size.

Preheat the oven at 350 F after preheating place the tin in oven for 40 mins at 220 C. After 40 mins take out the tin from the oven and let it cool completely. Now, take out the loaf out of the tin carefully and cut it in desirable shape. It’s ready to serve with your evening tea shots.
Be it some high tea party or brunch, this bread is always a saviour.

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Black Beans Soup

Black beans are nature’s health food. They are edible seeds of the plant and are packed with protein and fibers. They help in keeping one full and energetic for hours. If we talk about other nutrients, Black beans are a great source of carbohydrates as well and are useful when you are trying to lose weight. It helps in keeping you full if you can’t survive feeling hungry all the time. It works as magic if you are on a diet plan.

Black beans are also known as turtle beans as they have a hard shell-like appearance. They help in strengthen bones, lowering blood pressure, preventing cancer, warding off heart disease and controlling diabetes.

One of the best ways to include this superfood into your diet is by having a black bean soup before your meal daily.

Black Bean Soup:

This soup is the best as it is easy to cook, thick, healthy and zesty in taste.

The recipe of this magical black bean soup is here:

Preparation Time: 15 Mins

Cooking Time: 30 Mins

Serving: 2 bowls

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 large tomato, finely chopped

1 stock of celery, finely chopped

2 carrot, finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

4 cups vegetable stock

4 cans black beans

1 can whole corn

2 inch ginger

2 teaspoon chili powder

1 pinch of black pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions:

First of all, pour 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large pot and heat it over medium-high heat. Now add chopped onion, carrot, cloves of garlic and ginger to the oil and sauté all together for 5 mins. For seasoning add 2 teaspoons each for chili powder, black pepper, and cumin to the pot and cook for another 2 mins. Now, stir in 4 cups of vegetable stock, 2 cans of beans and corn as well as the pot. Now, you have to wait until it starts boiling.

Meanwhile, add two cans of black beans into the food processor along with the tomato and blend it to smooth paste. You can use a blender as well for making this paste. Now, add this paste to the boiling soup mixture. Reduce the heat to the medium flame for 5 mins and cook on a simmer flame for another 15 mins.

Your soup is ready to serve.

If you want to add more flavors to this easy to cook soup, you can stir coconut milk to this and change its texture to a completely creamy one. Add lemon juice as well.

For presentation, you can use lemon wedges and mint leaves.

Serve this and gain full marks on a diet plan. It will help in healthy digestion and weight loss. If you are using canned black beans make sure they don’t have added sodium.

Happy Dieting.

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Black Bean Brownie

Black beans are rich in potassium, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Thus, they make a healthy addition to both non-vegetarian and vegetarian diet. Being rich in fiber, it decreases the risk of heart disease and lower downs the total cholesterol in the blood.

There are various ways to consume this super food and make the maximum out it.  We are not discussing the traditional black bean recipes, we are introducing a quirky yet delicious black bean recipe for you.

Black Bean Brownie:

This ultra fudgy chocolate dessert requires no flour and is a complete health pack when it comes to calories, fat and carbohydrates.

Preparation Time: 10 Mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

Serving: 8-12 Brownies

Ingredients:

  1. 5 cup black beans/approximately 250 gm (very well drained and rinsed)
  2. Half cup oats (50 gm)
  3. 2 tbsp cocoa powder (10 gm)
  4. ¼ tea spoon salt
  5. 1/3 cup pure honey, maple syrup (75gm)
  6. 2 tbsp sugar (if you don’t want to include the sugar, you can increase the quantity of maple syrup and honey by ½ cup)
  7. 2 tea spoon pure vanilla extract (5 gm)
  8. ¼ cup vegetable or coconut oil (40 gm)
  9. ½ tea spoon baking powder
  10. Half cup chocolate chips (if you don’t want to include, it’s optional)

For Presentation: Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

Below are the instructions to follow for the amazingly delicious black bean brownies

First: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Now, put the black beans in a food processor and blend it to a smooth paste. Blend it well to give it a perfect texture. Now add oats and other ingredients to the black beans paste except the chocolate chips and blend all together. You can use a blender as well for the paste but a food processor gives it a perfect texture and helps in adding taste to it.

Add the chocolate chips to the blended paste (optional). Now, grease an 8X8 baking tray with butter or vegetable oil and pour the mixture or paste into the greased tray. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top for the presentation purpose which is definitely optional.

Put the baking tray in preheated oven for 12-15 mins at 350 F. After 15 mins, take out the tray from the oven and let it cool for another 10 mins. Now, cut them into 8-12 pieces and serve them.
Special Trick: If they look undercooked or not firm then put them in the fridge overnight and they will be ready to serve all firmed up. It is an ultra-fudgy chocolate dense brownie.

If you are not health conscious and want to make it more presentable and delicious for kids, you can try icing it with whipped cream and chocolate sauce as well. Your kids will love it.

Try this at home and welcome your guest with a wonderful and healthy dessert.

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How Are Preservatives Impacting Our Body

Preservatives are the chemical substances which are used in the processed food such as tinned food, ready to eat food, meat etc. in order to enhance their shelf life which also prevents oxidation, color determination, and spoiling of the food. These preservatives are no doubt a very good stuff to the food manufacturers but they impact the human body badly. They have several detrimental effects on human health.

The most common used preservatives in the processed food are sulphates, Nitrites, Nitrates, Sodium, benzoic acid, Propyl gallate etc.

All of them are nothing but a dangerous chemical substance that affects the human health very poorly. Here are the main impacts of preservatives on human health.

  • Cancer is the first risk factor of preservatives. High amount antioxidants such as Propyl gallate can lead to several types of cancer.
  • Heart disease is another result of consuming too much processed food which contains a high amount of preservatives.
  • Phosphate is another preservative that is frequently added to food to enhance the taste, color and shelf life but sadly this preservative accelerates the aging process.
  • Preservatives are bad for the liver as well. If the processed food contains too much of fructose they get to the liver directly and get stored there to affect the liver health negatively.
  • High cholesterol, diabetes is also the result of preservatives.
  • Too much sodium in processed food damage the blood vessels and enhance the blood pressure which again results in stroke, heart failure etc.
  • Breathing issues are also experienced by the preservatives.

Obesity is another bad effect of preservatives.

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Health benefits of Madua Grain (Finger Millet)

Millet seeds are not like any seed. This small grain-like seed is replete with many minerals such as calcium, fiber and vitamin B among others. Millet seeds are very easy to digest and have great benefits for our health. Continue reading to discover some of the most important properties.

Helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases:

According to recent studies, millet seeds help reduce the level of triglycerides in the blood and C-reactive protein, thus decreasing the risk of heart disease, which is the number one cause of death among us women.

Strengthens the immune system:

These seeds promote the proliferation of the microflora in the large intestine, improving our internal ecosystem. In addition to strengthening the immune system, this ancient seed also helps you strengthen your bones and muscles.

Reduces the risk of diabetes:

Thanks to its high fiber content, millet seeds slow down digestion and release sugar in the blood at a slow and steady pace. This helps people with diabetes to avoid sudden fluctuations in their blood sugar level. Other studies have shown that this small seed can help control insulin secretion.

Protects against cancer:

Seeds of millet have a large number of lignans. Also it has effective phytonutrients that can contribute to the prevention of cancer, especially in post-menopausal women. As per the researches, they can also help prevent men prostate cancer.

Improves insomnia:

Millet contains tryptophan, an amino acid capable of stimulating serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a brain chemical that helps promote sleep.

Reduces the symptoms of childhood asthma:

Several studies have shown that those children who suffer from asthma and consume millet seeds observe a decrease in asthma attacks. Some research suggests that the consumption of millet seeds can prevent the development of this chronic disease.

Ayurvedic, Organic food/organic farming,

Benefits and Advantages of Turmeric

Turmeric has been used as a spice for hundreds of years. It is characterized by being yellow or mustard and having a specific flavor, which gives another taste to the meals. Turmeric is the product which uses in all the kitchens. It may be the most effective nutritional supplement in the existence.

In addition, its consumption has many health benefits. Know in the following article the properties of turmeric, one of the stars of alternative medicine.

Turmeric, besides being an essential part of the curry, giving it its characteristic yellow color, it has numerous health benefits.

  1. Anti-inflammatory:

Its anti-inflammatory properties alleviate back pain, joint pain, ulcerative colitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and etc. It is also useful to soothe acne, eczema or psoriasis.

  1. Antioxidant:

Thanks to its antioxidant power, it helps to avoid cancer, multiple sclerosis, cholesterol, and cataracts.

  1. Alzheimer’s:

It diminishes the pattern of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain, which helps prevent Alzheimer’s.

  1. Immune system:

It helps our immune system and, therefore, fights infections.

  1. Blood coagulation:

The habitual consumption of turmeric tea prevents blood coagulation. That helps in the prevention of diseases such as atherosclerotic vascular or atherosclerosis.

  1. Detoxifier:

It serves to detoxify both the liver and other parts of our body, which improves overall health.

  1. Gastrointestinal system:

It will improve gastrointestinal health, relieve indigestion, heartburn. In addition, the turmeric tea helps in maintaining an adequate and healthy weight.

  1. Antidepressant:

A cup of turmeric tea will immediately improve our mood, fighting depressive states in this way.