Holy Basil

3 Most Effective Ayurvedic Home Remedies for PCOS

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Home remedies have their own charm I must say! No matter what treatment you choose – Inspiration. Kristensnyder.arbonne.com: Ayurvedic or conventional for PCOS; nothing boosts self-confidence like home remedies! Home remedies make you feel in charge of your health- a must have feeling- especially when you have PCOS! This Women’s Day, be in charge of your health! Steer your life in the direction that you want! That direction, I must say is towards getting healthier!

Ayurveda has emphasized that health is THE must have or must achieve aims of our life! Health is a must have for you to be able to fly high, pursue all your dreams, and never have to say- I cannot! PCOS is crippling and a life altering illness, which makes you completely lose control of your health . Let’s do everything we can to put reins on it.

Adopt these simple yet highly effective Ayurvedic home remedies to help manage your PCOS better.

Tulsi- Holy basil

Facial hair and acne are the worst part of having PCOS. Tulsi is one of the best remedy for Image result for uses of tulsireducing the growth of thick and unsightly facial hair. It helps in boosting the levels of SHBG- a hormone that binds excess androgens or male hormones (namely testosterone!) and gradually reduces facial hair as well as acne. Also, tulsi helps in reducing the excessive skin pigmentation or acanthosis nigricans- black velvety pigmentation typically seen around neck in PCOS.

How to take Tulsi?

Simplest way to have tulsi is to chew 10 tulsi leaves (washed) every day. In case fresh tulsi is   not an option, organic tulsi tea is fine as well. Wash and crush about a handful tulsi leaves and apply them on dark pigmented areas or acne. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. This tulsi paste can be applied every day.

Kalonji, Black seeds, Nigella seeds

Black seeds a.k.a Nigella seeds or Kalonji as they are called in India, have been revered as a Image result for nigella seedspotent remedy for almost every disease, especially in the Mediterranean. A must have spice in your pantry, Black seeds are a boon to women suffering from PCOS. Humble black seeds boost metabolism, help weight loss and regularize menstrual cycle by balancing stubborn hormones in PCOS. They also reduce blood sugar by enhancing insulin sensitivity. Most importantly, black seeds and black seed oil help in preventing the follicles from turning cystic. Call it the one- stop- home-remedy for PCOS!

How to take Black seeds/ Nigella seeds?

Organic black seeds or nigella seeds should be taken once or twice daily 1-3 gm (about ¾ tsp) ideally before breakfast.  One teaspoon black seed oil should be taken with equal amount of honey before breakfast for maximum benefits. It may take minimum 8-10 weeks to experience the health benefits of black seeds in PCOS.


Facial hair or hirsutism  and PCOS are almost synonymous! High

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levels of male hormone- testosterone (yes, women do have a small of amount of testosterone in their body!) and complex concoct of hormonal imbalances triggers facial hair to grow thicker and more men-like. The one home remedy that works best for controlling facial hair growth in PCOS is Spearmint! Spearmint has been proved by research to reduce the levels of circulating male hormone- testosterone and thus help in controlling and reducing the growth of thick facial hair in PCOS. Also, as testosterone triggers loss of scalp hair or balding in women with PCOS, spearmint can also help in reducing hair loss.



Reducing the intake of simple carbs, unhealthy fat and eating small portions of meals every 3-4 hours are other things that are effective in bringing facial hair growth under control in PCOS. Adopting healthy diet and lifestyle to lose weight is a must while trying spearmint in PCOS!

How to Take Spearmint?

A good quality organic Spearmint (peppermint works fine as well) tea should be steeped for two to three minutes and taken twice daily minimum five days every week.  As each woman suffering from PCOS is different, I recommend continuing spearmint till you see satisfactory results in terms of reduced facial hair growth.

Hope these home remedies help you in managing your PCOS better. Wishing all women and men who adore & respect women for what they are, a very happy and healthy women’s day! Choose health over PCOS, choose YOU over PCOS! Be proactive, be empowered, be healthy and most importantly be YOU!


Tulasi ( Holy Basil ) home remedies

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Sometime back I got a request from a reader of my blog, to write about Holy Basil.


So as promised, here are some details on this wonderful and timeless medicinal herb ! Wiki details on Tulasi – Ocimum tenuiflorum, also known as Ocimum sanctumHoly basil, or tulasī, is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae which is native to the Indian Subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics. Tulsi is considered as a goddess in Hinduism and sometimes referred as wife of Lord Vishnu. She is often called as Vishnupriya – the beloved of Vishnu. Tulasi leaves is an essential part in the worship of God Vishnu (Narayana) and his Avatars including God Krishna.The legend behind Tulsi Vivah and its rites are mentioned in the scripture Padma Purana. It is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity. Tulasi extracts are used in ayurvedic remedies for a variety of ailments. Traditionally, tulasi is taken in many forms: as herbal tea, dried powder, fresh leaf or mixed with ghee (clarified butter). Essential oil extracted from tulasi is mostly used for medicinal purposes and in herbal cosmetics. Tulasi or Holy basil as its commonly known, has been part of Grandma’s favorite herbs for all kinds of minor to major ailments. Some common home remedies using Tulasi as a standalone or in combination with other things are listed below. Like most other Ayurvedic medications/herbs, there are no side effects of using it – though sometimes the effectiveness (depending on the severity of the health condition) might vary.  Being widely available , its not only a cheap but highly effective herb for a multi-tude of ailments.

  • Chew a few leaves of Holy basil daily – as an natural mouth freshener and oral disinfectant. Its freshness can last for a very long time. Also, Holy Basil is known to destroy more than 99% of the germs and bacteria in the mouth. If taken regularly, it can also cure/prevent ulcers in the mouth.
  • Its also known to have very good anti- stress compounds, which help in reducing labor pain, treating gastroenteritis, cholera, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rheumatism, nausea, septic, urinary and genital infections, destroying worms in the stomach.
  • Wash eyes daily with a few leaves of basil soaked in water, to help prevent/cure conjunctivitis, boils and many other problems of the eyes which are caused due to viral, bacterial or fungal infections. A cheap and effective eye and face wash 🙂
  • Quite effective in dental cavities, plaque, tartar, and bad breath prevention.
  • The astringent properties in it, helps control  blood pressure and lowering his/her cholesterol levels.
  • Having regular dose of  Tulasi leaves juice combined with honey in the right proportion helps prevent/cure kidney stones.
  • Holy Basil helps boot immunity when consumed in moderate amount on a regular basis.
  • Tulsi is a effective germicidal, fungicidal, anti-bacterial and anti-biotic herb,  that helps preventing or curing fever,Common Cold,Coughs,Headaches etc.
  • Make a nice herbal tea with a few Tulasi leaves combined with honey and ginger for those cold winter days 🙂 Helps in obesity too..

A muti-use herb that has been used for generations in Indian medicine system as a general tonic. A ‘must-have’ plant in most Hindu traditional homes. There are more than a dozen varieties of this herb, which grows in Indian sub-continent alone. Some of the common variants of Tulasi/Holy Basil are as shown below – more on these varieties and their unique medicinal properties in future articles – stay tuned !