Friday, July 24, 2015


Lord Vishnu is deemed the protector of the universe. Described and heralded by thousands of names, Lord Vishnu is one of the most favourite deities in Hinduism. Being the protector of the universe, Lord Vishnu has the divine mission of listening to the prayers of all humans and answering them in the appropriate way. He is all merciful and compassionate. He is easily pleased with the prayers that people do. Chanting Vishnu mantra daily is the way to health, prosperity and happiness and securing all that we desire in life.
Transliteration of Vishnu Mantra
Shantakaram Bhujagasayanam
Padmanabham Suresham
Viswadharam Kagana Sadrisham
Megha Varnam Shubangam
Lakshmi Kantham Kamala Nayanam
Yogi Hrd Dhyana Gamyam
Vande Vishnum Bhava Bhaya Haram
Sarva Lokaika Natham
Translation of Vishnu Mantra
The one with peaceful and highly appealing form; the one that reclines on the five headed serpent Adisesha
The one with a heavenly lotus emanating from his naval; the one who is the head of all the gods
The one who is the supporter of this universe; the one who is so expansive like the space
The one who is dark in complexion like that of the clouds; the one who has a highly auspicious appearance
The one who is the Lord of Lakshmi (goddess of wealth); the one who has eyes like that of the lotus petals
The one who is sought after by the penance of the Rishis
I bow down to Lord Vishnu who is the remover of the earthly bondage and fears
I know him as the Lord of all the worlds
The Efficacy of Vishnu Mantra
Lord Vishnu is so compassionate and merciful. Once sage Bhrigu wanted to test the Trinity (the three gods of creation, sustenance and destruction namely Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) as to who is the most tolerant one. When he used abusive language at the Brahmaloka and Shivaloka, he was duly cursed and punished by them.
Then he went to Vaikunt, the abode of Lord Vishnu. By way of testing the patience and tolerance of the Lord, he kicked the Lord with his foot. At once, Lord Vishnu caught hold of the sage's feet and caressed it saying that by kicking, the foot would have invited some pain and therefore he wanted to ease his discomfort.
The sage was so amazed with the degree to which the Lord can put up with the act of dishonour. This incident was enough for him to conclude that Lord Vishnu was the most merciful, loving and compassionate Lord.
Praying to Lord Vishnu is a way to get his blessings in abundance. Daily prayers to Vishnu is advised to get the most positive results. Those who want to get their wishes fulfilled must chant Vishnu Mantra on a daily basis completing a round of 108 times.
Wake up early in the morning, light ghee lamp and incense in front of the picture or idol of Lord Vishnu and offer some pure water and flowers besides any prasad you might feel comfortable with. Be seated in front of the altar and chat the mantra sincerely contemplating on the meaning. You will find your wishes coming true in due course with the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
Source - Speaking Tree

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Studies Show Fake Honey Is Everywhere – How to test honey

You need a detailed and expert analysis to confirm that honey is honey is completely natural and to list all its ingredients. But only if you want to know if you bought the right one honey and that is really natural, a few tricks for testing will be enough for you.
1. Read the contents
This is the first step that will help you find the right ingredients in order to choose good honey which contains no additives. The producer must appoint the contents and their percentage by a certain amount.
2. Natural honey is not sticky
A good test would be if you take a little honey and rub it between your fingers. Real honey is easily absorbed into the skin. If it remains sticky, It means that It contains sugar or artificial sweeteners.
3. Caramelizing
Put a few teaspoons of honey into a bowl and heat it to a high temperature in a microwave. Real honey gets caramelized, while the false becomes foamy and full of bubbles.
4. Paper
Put a few drops of honey on paper. If the honey does not break the paper after some time, it is a natural one. Otherwise, one that contains water in its composition will break the paper just a few seconds.
5. The trick with bees
Ants pass by real honey, produced by bees. Try this and put some honey in a corner. If ants do not touch it, it means that your honey is natural.
6. Water with honey
This is the easiest indicator of the correct composition of honey. Pure honey, when put in water, makes lumps and falls to the bottom of the cup, while the false one melts.
7. Tingling in the month
Pure natural honey causes tingling and mild inflammation of the tongue, while the false has no effect on the palate.
8. Honey on Bread
Put some honey on a piece of bread. If bread becomes hard, honey is completely natural. If it only dampens the surface of the piece of bread, it is false, because of the large amount of water in its composition.
9. Egg yolks
Mix one egg yolk with a little honey. If honey is natural, the yolk will look like cooked.
10. Crystallization
Pure honey crystallizes with time, while the other honey, even after a long period, keeps its liquid composition in the form of syrup.
Source: Healthy Food House

Friday, July 17, 2015

This Is Why You Absolutely Need To Stop Wearing Shoes In Your House

Have you ever been to someone’s home and they have all the shoes by the front door outside of the house? I have had several friends mostly from eastern and/or Asian families who do this. I always found it interesting personally considering growing up not many of my friends and family kept all the shoes outside. Most people I know take their shoes off at the door but some people choose to wear shoes in their home. Why would you wear shoes in your home? it’s beyond me! it’s more comfortable to be barefoot and it’s better to develop foot and angle strength also.
Some new information I discovered today is worth sharing though. The University of Houston did a study and found that 39% of shoes contained bacteria C. diff (otherwise known as Clostridium difficile), this is a public health threat that is now also resistant to a number of antibiotics. C. diff infections can cause multiple health conditions such as bad diarrhea which can also progress to colon inflammation and further serious health problems, especially if it doesn’t respond to antibiotic treatment effectively.
In another study done by the University of Arizona 9 different forms of bacteria were found on the bottom of shoes. Good Morning America did a test and found that the bottom of shoes were dirtier than toilet seats also. Furthermore, Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona did a test with a brand new pair of shoes and found that within just two weeks of wearing a new shoe 440,000 units of bacteria were found on the shoe. An astonishing 27% of that total bacteria were deadly E Coli. Klebsiella pneumonia was also found, which can lead to and cause pneumonia and wound and bloodstream infections and another type of infection called Serratia ficaria, which can lead to infection of the respiratory tract.
“Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes,” says study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D.
The Clostridium difficile is only the tip of the iceberg though because only 4 out of 10 people have this on their shoes. There are many different types of bacteria that get into your home from your shoe. For example, most most public restroom floors contain around 2 million bacteria per square inch (interestingly enough the average toilet seat only contains about 50 per square inch). These are two very good reasons to avoid wearing shoes in your home at all. If you have young kid’s who crawl around on the floor all day (whether 2 years old or 4 years old) it’s even more important to not wear your shoes inside your home. Children 2 and under should NOT be playing on floors that shoes have been walked on. It is best to leave your shoes outside the home if you have a one or two year old child.
What’s interesting is that many countries like I previously mentioned earlier in this article leave their shoes completely outside their home with that door closed so you cannot even see shoes in the home. A great idea is to leave them at the front door or in the garage by the door to avoid bringing any unwanted bacteria or germs in the home. What’s worse is that many of us will be barefoot in our homes (especially during the summer time) and to wear your shoes in your home even just once or a few times if you forgot something and are in a rush can potentially bring this dangerous bacteria in your home. Avoid it and do your best to keep the shoes outside for your health and safety.
Not only do shoes contain bacteria but they also contain germs, chemicals and oil or petroleum by-products. The bottom of your shoes are full of plenty of chemicals and pathogens that you do not want to spread all over your home then walk barefoot on later.
It’s uncommon in western countries such as America and Canada for guests to ask to remove your shoes at the door but most cultures around the world ask that you leave your shoes at the door. It will help keep those germs and bacteria out, as well as bacteria C. diff which can be more dangerous. Taking your shoes off at the door is a sign of respect for your home and the home of guests. In many religious traditions shoes are removed for prayer and entering the home. Shoes carry many germs and bacteria and it’s best to leave the outside world just outside your door along with your shoes.
Let’s recap, what’s on the bottom of your shoes? Fecal matter, multiple forms of bacteria causing fecal matter as well as infections and inflammation of the colon, germs, chemicals, petroleum and so much more! Where are you going to leave your shoes from now on? and maybe you’ll rethink that 5-second rule (or 5 BECOMING a 10-second rule) of dropping food on the floor and picking it up to eat it next time.
Source - Healthy Wild and Free

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Home made cleaners for granite, marbles and stainless steel

One of the best cleaners for granite can be made at home at a very low cost. In a spray bottle, combine ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol with a few drops of mild dish detergent. Fill the bottle to the top with water. Use this by spraying on your granite and wiping it off with a fresh, damp cloth, as often as necessary. Do not leave the solution on the surface of the granite.

The only cleaner you need for marble on a daily basis is a soft sponge and hot water. Wipe down the marble and dry it with a soft cloth. Purchase a cleaner specifically made for marble if you want to occasionally do a more thorough cleaning. Do not use any generic cleaning products, since many of them will damage marble, no matter how gentle they claim to be.

Stainless Steel
You have several options for cleaning stainless steel. Start with a soft cloth and plain water, then buff with a clean, dry towel. Rub in the direction of the grain for a smooth look. If you still have fingerprints or other marks on the stainless steel, you can use glass cleaner, mild dish detergent, vinegar or club soda. Apply with a soft cloth, again in the direction of the grain, then wipe with a damp or dry cloth. After cleaning, rub the area with baby oil for a high shine.

General Maintenance
On granite and marble, wipe up spills with a soft sponge and hot water immediately. Use trays and coasters for items that will be placed on the surface to help prevent leaks or spills that may stain it or scratches if an item is dragged across the surface. If necessary, seal your marble or granite annually for additional protection. You can tell if the surface needs to be sealed by placing a drop of water on the surface. Wait 20 minutes, and if the drop is still in its original form, you don't have to seal it. If the water drop has spread out, the surface is absorbing some water and should be resealed.

The Powers Of Baking Soda – It Does Miracles To Your Skin, Hair And Body

One of the best products which appear in everyone’s kitchen is the baking soda. It is actually sodium bicarbonate which is a natural substance appearing most often in the form of fine powder. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties, and is also a powerful medical tool which helps in colds, oral problems, or even skin issues. It is best to use it in short periods as excessive use can damage your hair and skin. These are the benefits of baking soda:
Improves skin complexion – it removes dead cells acting like an exfoliate agent, it also balances pH levels that is very important for maintaining clear skin. Take filtered or rose water and add 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda to make a paste, apply it on your face and let it stay for 1 minute rubbing it off using the tips of your fingers, then wash your face with lukewarm water patting it dry. Repeat this 1-2 times a week. Moisturize your skin before you use the baking soda. Or, you can mix it with lemon juice and 4-5 extra-virgin olive oil and apply it on your face leaving it stay for 5 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Brightens yellow teeth – working as a mild abrasive it removes yellow strains from your teeth and plaque as well. Put a bit of it along with a toothpaste on your toothbrush and brush your teeth for 2 minutes doing this only once a day; or you can make a homemade teeth whitener mixing 4 tbsp. of turmeric root, 2 tbsp. of baking soda, and 3 tbsp. of extra-virgin coconut oil and use the mixture to brush your teeth once a day for a few days. Be cautious as baking soda can strip your teeth of its natural protective enamel.
Fights pimples and acne – It treats the cause and reduce the symptoms of acne and other breakouts and balances the skin’s pH levels, too. You can mix 1 tsp of it with a baking soda to make a paste, apply on the affected area and let it stay for 1-2 minutes. After that, rinse it with cold water repeating this procedure 2-3 days and then reduce the frequency to 1-2 times a week.

Treats body odor – it absorbs moisture and sweat from the skin reducing the mild and severe odor. Mix 1/8 tsp. of baking soda, 1 tbsp. of water and couple of drops of any essential oil applying it with a cotton ball on your underarms using it regularly. You can also mix baking soda and cornstarch in equal ratio, dust it onto your dry underarms to prevent sweating and bad odor.
Relieves sunburn and sunburn blisters – it has soothing effect and helps relieve the itching and burning sensations, as well as dries sunburn blisters quickly due to its mild antiseptic and drying properties. Mix 1-2 tbsp. in cold water, soak a washcloth in it, wring it out to excess and apply it on the affected area leaving it stay 5-10 minutes. Repeat this 2-3 times a day until you get relief. Or, add ½ cup of it in a bathtub filled with water, stir well and soak in it for 10-15 minutes, then pat dry or allow your body to air dry repeating this 1 time a day for a few days.

Treats nail fungus – it is an infection when fungi start growing under the nails resulting in crusty, thick, distorted and discolored nails. Mix 2 tbsp. of baking soda in 1 cup of raw, unfiltered apple cedar vinegar, soak toenails for 5 minutes in it and then pat dry them with paper towels repeating this 2 times a day; or you can also make a paste of 1-2 tsp of baking soda and warm water, apply it on the nails for couple of minutes and then rinse off with warm water repeating this procedure once a day.
Treats smelly and oily hair – its alkaline nature balances the pH levels on the scalp keeping healthy and clean. Mix baking soda and water in ratio 1:3, apply on dump hair, let it stay for 5 minutes and rinse it off, repeating the procedure 2 times a month; add 1 tsp of baking soda in your regular shampoo bottle using it to wash your hair 1-2 times a week; or mix equal amounts of baking soda and cornstarch, sprinkle it at the roots of your hair and tousle it around, finally brush your hair with a good quality brush.
Treats stained or yellow nails – it has bleaching and exfoliating properties that remove stains. Mix ½ cup of water with 1 tsp. of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 tbsp. of baking soda in a bowl. Stir well and dip your nails 2-3 minutes repeating this once every 2 weeks. Or, mix 2½ tbsp. of baking soda with 1 tbsp. of 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a fine paste and apply on your nails with a cotton swab. Wait for 2 minutes and rinse the nails with warm water. Repeat this once in 2 months
Heals skin rashes and itchiness – due to its anti-inflammatory properties it has soothing effect reducing inflammation, swelling and itching. For localized itching mix water and baking soda in ratio of 1:3 and apply on the affected area, let it sit for couple of minutes and then wash it off with cool water, repeat this on regular basis; or, for itching all over your body, add 1 cup of the baking soda in a bathtub of cool water and soak for 10 minutes a day. If your skin is broken or very irritated avoid using baking soda.
Removes dandruff – it balances the pH levels of the scalp to a healthy equilibrium. Rum 1 tsp of baking soda on wet hair and scalp, let it stay for 1 minute and rinse thoroughly, repeat this 1 time at a week. You can also mix 1 tsp of baking soda with freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon, apply it on your scalp and let it stay 2-3 minutes, then rinse it off, repeat it 1 time a week.

Source - Natural Medicine House

Friday, July 3, 2015


In northern India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, the moringa has long graced the region with its miraculous fruit. Ribbed pods, each a foot in length, hang in clusters from this tree’s wiry branches. These pods, called drumsticks, have attracted the attention of mankind for millennia and for good reason.
While the aptly nicknamed drumstick tree has a rather slender appearance, it is anything but frail. A tropical native, this prolific powerhouse has spread its roots across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. And now, it seems to have anchored itself in American soil.
Part of a new wave of exotic vegetables, Moringa oleifera is a botanical platypus. A member of the order Brassicales, it’s a distant relative of both the cabbage and the papaya. Its roots taste so much like its cousin horseradish, that it’s also earned the nickname the “horseradish tree”. Its fruit, a popular Indian vegetable, looks like a cross between an okra and a pole bean with the flavor of asparagus. Its cooked flowers mimic mushrooms in taste, while its leaves hint at spinach and lettuce. Its immature seeds are used like peas and if fried when mature, resemble peanuts.
In fact, it’s hard to find a part of moringa that isn’t edible. Even the bark is sometimes taken internally for diarrhea. But that doesn’t come as a surprise to the locals, who consider it a living pharmacy. Moringa has proven to be a multipurpose arsenal that dispenses some of the best secrets nature has to offer. For centuries, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a host of ailments including anemia, bronchitis, hyperglycemia, scurvy, and skin infections.
Today, several research studies seem to validate this knowledge. In a study conducted by Jaiswal et al. (2009), on diabetic rats, moringa leaf extract was shown to significantly reduce high blood glucose levels. Within 14 days, it also eliminated the presence of sugar and protein in the urine, two important warning signs of uncontrolled diabetes. In another study, moringa leaf extract was shown to notably reduce body weight, total cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in rats with high levels of fat in their blood. Moreover, it not only lowered bad cholesterol (LDL) but also elevated the good kind (HDL) (Rajanandh et al., 2012).
Furthermore, the leaf extract triples as a potent mosquitocide. At different stages of the life cycle, moringa killed Anopheles stephensi, a major carrier of malaria in India. These effects may be due to the rare and unique combination of phytochemicals found in moringa, including beta-carotene, zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid, and kaempferol.
Overall, the tree possesses numerous anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal effects, among others.
Drought hardy and disease resistant, moringa is a godsend during the dry season, when little food is available. The fresh leaves and branches serve as an excellent source of forage. Indeed, a Nicaraguan study confirms moringa’s ability to boost milk production in cows without affecting its taste, smell, or color.
The leaves also offer a spectrum of nutrition, rich in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as protein, calcium, and iron. They are so nutritious in fact, that they contain more vitamin A than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more potassium than bananas, and more protein than either milk or eggs! A traditional item in pickles and curries, the raw leaves are also perfect for salads.
As a result, moringa could play a key role as a wholesome food source in impoverished nations, where malnutrition is often rampant. The World Health Organization has stressed the importance of amino acids and protein for growing children. Luckily, moringa leaves are rich in these nutrients, with the added benefit of omega-3 fatty acids and a host of protective phytochemicals.
When mixed in with different cereals, children regained normal weight and health status in 30 to 40 days, while the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s recipe for malnourished children took 80 days.
“[It] is a very healthy satisfying food that meets all nutritive needs. It is cheap to produce, can be cooked or eaten raw, sold in the market, or dried as a powder to be sold over long distances,” added Nikolaus Foidl, a world leading agricultural researcher on moringa.
Foidl has been studying the tree for over a decade in conjunction with the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. He has traveled to many countries, including Senegal, Honduras, Guinea Bissau, and Argentina, promoting the miracle tree’s cultivation by working with the locals.
In Nicaragua, he helped farmers utilize the leaf extract as a growth spray for other crops.
“Moringa leaves contain the growth factors gibberellin, kinetin, and some lower levels of auxin. We got up to a 25% increase in sugarcane and turnips, onions, and radish.”
Such a bountiful increase should not be ignored, especially in areas where food shortage is an issue. Foidl, who has the financial support of the Austrian government, first came across the tree by accident.
He recounted, “By chance, I had a Jatropha plantation with rows of moringa as windbreaks and the damn cows were always breaking down my fences to get to them. So I wondered, what is so special about this tree that the cows are willing to risk injury?”
That question has now led to a new understanding of moringa’s multifaceted potential. As a vigorous hardy grower, it surprisingly does not require much water or many soil nutrients once established. This makes it one of the most valuable tropical trees in terms of overall utility.
Like the leaves, the flowers, too, are edible when cooked, and are packed with calcium and potassium. As a bonus, they are not only incredibly fragrant, they also support native bee populations.
Moringa roots and bark, on the other hand, are used with caution. The bark contains the toxic chemicals moringinine and spirochin, which can alter heart rate and blood pressure. However, they do show promise in the medical field. The inner flesh of the root is less toxic, and roots of young plants are picked for a hot sauce base while the resin is added as a thickener. Interestingly, blue dye can be obtained from the wood, which is also used in paper production.
The famed moringa drumsticks contain all nine essential amino acids that humans must obtain exclusively from their diet. Oftentimes, the drumsticks are chopped into logs, boiled, and split into thirds lengthwise. The fibrous rind is inedible− rather it’s the soft jellied pulp and seeds that are sought after. These can be scooped out or scraped away by the teeth.
Hidden within the drumsticks are even more remarkable seeds. Loaded with protein, they also contain special non-toxic polypeptides that act as natural Brita filters. When ground into powder and mixed with water, they cause sediments to clump together and settle out. Then when strained through a cloth, they provide cheap access to clean water. Amazingly, just two seeds are enough to purify a dirty liter.
“It has been widely used at the village level in Africa to transform river water into drinking water,” shared Foidl. “I had a project working with the seeds in a wastewater treatment plant in Nicaragua (wastewater from 4,000 people). It was very effective− about 99.5% separation of turbidity in 30 minutes.”
In turn, the seeds themselves yield a valuable yellow oil called ben oil. Sweet, clear, and odorless, it doesn’t spoil easily− perfect for perfumes, cosmetics, and lubrication. It has also found use in cooking due to its high levels of healthy unsaturated fats.
For such a versatile tree, it’s almost hard to believe that moringa is easily grown via seeds or cuttings. Foidl remarked, “It grows virtually better than willow.”
Fresh seeds have the best chance at germination with a success rate of around 60-90%, provided that they have not been in extended storage, and require no special pretreatment. Seeds should be planted ½ inch deep in well drained, neutral to slightly acidic sandy loam and kept moist. Seedlings readily sprout within one to four weeks and do not transplant well due to their long taproot. As an alternative, branch cuttings can be used— these will be genetically identical to the parent tree. For best success, select hardwood cuttings that are 12 inches long and 1-4 inches thick, planting 1/3 of the length below soil.
Given its tropical nature, it is no surprise that moringa has quickly established roots in the southern states, particularly in Florida, California, and Texas where there are large Asian communities. In northern climates, however, the tree can be treated as either a summer annual or as a potted perennial. Moringa can be overwintered indoors where it will often go dormant and shed its leaves, only to re-sprout in spring.
As agriculture becomes more expensive, managing the long-term productivity of the land is essential. Moringa solves this issue through a practice called high density planting. The trees are grown closely together to increase the yield per given area, while at the same time reducing the need for herbicides. Because moringa grows rapidly, it crowds out and suppresses neighboring weeds.
“The optimal density is 1 million plants per hectare (10 x 10 cm spacing), where the losses of plants per cut are around 1% and the losses are compensated through vigorous sprouting,” explained Foidl. “Moringa is cut at a height of 15 to 25 cm for vigorous regrowth.”
This practice allows for cutting every 35 days, totaling 10 harvests per year. In fact, 120 tons of dry matter can be harvested per hectare a year, 10 times more than corn and several times more than soy. As a result, there is a constant supply of fresh food, with little need for storage.
Moringa is in a unique position to address the issues of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and lack of clean water all at once, something no other plant can boast. It is even more valuable considering it is found widely throughout the tropics, in the regions where it is needed most, making this ancient tree a true modern day miracle.
  • Jaiswal D, Rai PK, Kumar A, Mehta S, Watal G. (2009). Effect of Moringa oleifera Lam. leaves aqueous extract therapy on hyperglycemic rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 123(3), 392-396.
  • Rajanandh MG, Satishkumar MN, Elango K, Suresh B. (2012). Moringa oleifera Lam. A herbal medicine for hyperlipidemia: A pre-clinical report. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, 2(2), S790-S795.
  • Prabhu K, Murugan K, Nareshkumar A, Ramasubramanian N, Bragadeeswaran S. (2011). Larvacidal and repellant potential of Moringa oleifera against malarial vector, Anopheles stephensi Liston (Insecta: Diptera: Culicidae). Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 1(2), 124-129.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


The small amount of effort it takes is worth the glorious taste of peel-free tomatoes!
Although peeling a tomato is not an extremely common method in many home kitchens, it is a very useful process to be familiar with. Some recipes will call for a tomato to be peeled and seeded in order to rid the tomato of any bitter taste that the peel and seeds can contain. This method can also be used for peeling peaches and plums.
To remove the skin of tomatoes, place them in warm water for about 5-10 minutes. The skin can then be peeled off easily.
In case of over ripe tomatoes, just place them in cold water and add some salt. They will become firm and fresh overnight.
Courtesy - Food Food