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Feel good with bhut jolokia

bhut jolokia red chilly assamSometimes all it takes for a jolt of endorphins to the head is a quick dose of chilli peppers. Not only do they release endorphins, research also suggests they work as aphrodisiacs. For the biggest burst of blazing spiciness, try the hottest pepper in the world—bhut jolokia, or the “ghost pepper”. Known for years to the Assamese, the pepper became internationally famous after making it to the Guinness World Records 2007 book as the hottest pepper in the world.


Wine facials - simply good

Wine facials in Jaipur

Wine spas, including Ayurvedic ones have been around for some time. In India, wine facials are now becoming popular in Jaipur. Says a Jaipur beautician, Sunita Padwa that, wines are a blessing for the skin as they come loaded with essential vitamins and anti-oxidants that deep cleanse, tone the skin, improve the texture and also help lift up tan while removing the dead cells. They smell good too.

This is why indigenous wines, made from saunf (fennel seeds), kesar (saffron), strawberry, cardamom, rose and orange are fast finding their way into beauty salons.

Beauty expert Sabeljeet Singh says that, wine facials using a purely herbal base give a glow to the skin and cure infections. They bring out clear, unblemished skin that has a pink tinge to it. Singh mixes almond for dry skin and aloe vera for oily and acne prone skin while giving the massage. This enhances the skin softening properties of the wine multifold.


Cheers to Grape juice for health

Grape juice can help avert heart disease. While red wine in moderation is said to relax blood vessels and increase HDL levels, the ‘good cholesterol. Grape juice also has resveratrol and flavonoids which make red wine therapeutic. Especially the juice from red and purple Concord grapes. Ayurvedic wines like Draksha-aristha use grape juice as their base. More...

Ayurveda beckons visitors to Kerala

Canoeing in backwaters of Kerala

According to the World Tourism Organization, India had double-digit increases in international tourist arrivals last year, reports Michelle Higgins.

Asia has emerged as one of the fastest growing tourist markets in the world, both for the hard-core adventurer and the upscale vacationer just looking for a nice place to relax.

Exploring Kerala

It is Ayurveda that makes Kerala the new favourite as a travel destination in India.

Kerala, about 400 miles south of Goa along India’s southwestern tip, is emerging as a quiet alternative with its long shorelines, sprawling plantations and soothing spas that specialize in the healing practice of ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine. More...

Ayurvedic spa and panchkarma

‘Detox’ is a big buzz word in spas today as people look for a quick fix to combat excess pounds and an unhealthy lifestyle. Ayurvedic detox is easier than most because you don’t have to go hungry.

This 3,000-year-old philosophy addresses the question of how to live in harmony with yourself and with nature, using nutrition, yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and scents to preserve health and treat illness naturally.

At the heart of Ayurveda is panchakarma, carried out using a mix of massage, plant medicines and the application of steam, oils and purgatives to cleanse the system of toxic 'ama'. Clearing out this old matter, it’s claimed, removes the cause of illness and will improve anyone’s general sense of wellbeing. More...

Ayurveda for anti-aging

Age is just a number, if we understand the concept Ayurvedically. Bharat Savur, co-author of the book ‘Fitness for Life’ explains:

‘Ageing is an unnatural process, declares Ayurveda.’

‘The evidence is compelling: protons, neutrons, electrons, our DNA, electricity — all the things that constitute and run our body — do not age. Therefore, the body cannot age.’

Makes sense alright, but then we do age, and the symptoms are very real…

‘Explains Ayurveda, all these symptoms are due to pragya aparadh — erroneous thinking.’

‘As the Buddha warned, ‘The mind is everything; what you think, you become.’ Sad, fearful, angry thoughts sink into the smriti (memory) of the cell and damage its natural, healing intelligence and skills. Peaceful, cheerful, contented thoughts preserve and stimulate the cells’ memory of wholeness and enable it to take timely corrective measures.’ More...

Kerala Ayurveda

Ayurveda, a medical system developed by Rishis like Charaka and Sushruta ages ago, has been languishing after the onslaught of modern medicine until foreign visitors to India discovered its healing power.

Over the past few years stressed out tourists have been flocking to the state of Kerala, where ayurveda has kept alive; increasing its popularity, demand and business potential.

Kerala Vaidyashala has its roots in Aluva near Kochi, where Harshjeet and Vishwajeet's father Ramachandran Kuroop practiced ayurveda. In the late nineties, the sons expanded by setting up a chain of therapy centres.More...

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