A collection of safe and effective home remedies and herbal cures from Ayurveda .

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Setaria italica or the Foxtail millet

Fox tail millet : image released into the public domain by author Madhavi.
I bought a bag of  Foxtail millet in a specialized health food store. It is a common grain in south India and very moderately priced.
The nutritional values are as given below (the values are from icrisat site)

Nutritional value of foxtail millet grain (100 g-1)
Protein content: 10% to 12%
Energy: 351 kcal
Lysine content: 2.29% to 2.7%
Thiamin: 0. 59 (mg)
Fat content: 4% to 5%

The grains are very small and is quite bland after cooking but has an interesting flavor. It needs a spicy accompaniment to go along with it. It is filling and a good alternative to wheat and rice.
It is said to decrease blood sugar and the cholesterol levels in the blood.
(Preliminary research work has proved the same for experimental rats).

Thinai in Tamil
Korralu in Telugu.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Alum for body odor and excessive sweating.

Rubbing a smooth and wet block of alum on sweaty areas like the arm pits will reduce the body odor problem.

Finely powdered alum is mixed in the bath water. This reduces the excessive sweating in a person.

Alum -phitkari in Hindi , Patika in Telugu.

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