Waste of food is social injustice!

Food wastage is not unique to India; Social injustice happening all over the world! The disrespect provided to the farmer who produces the food item in the midst of so many difficulties. Food is not inanimate. It is a living substance. Aside from the tragic situation where about 70 crore people in the world go to bed every night with no food at all. Otherside, about 20% of the total food production is wasted, according to the UN ‘Food Consumption Index 2021’ study.

According to the study, which was conducted in 54 countries, 9.31 crore tonnes of food was wasted globally in 2019. Of these, 61% were reported to be wasted from homes, 26% from restaurants, and 13% from retail. In 2019 alone, 6.80 crore tonnes of food was wasted in Indian households. The figure indicates that one person is wasting 74 kg of food from there home, and one person wasting 47 kg of food from food served at festivals, restaurants, weddings and social events.

What are the consequences? 

Many people think that ‘food wastage’ is a ritual that ends with a plate of food and a banana leaf used to eaten. Economic science says that wasting food is the greatest social crime committed by man. This is because the cost of producing food from the ground, evolving it into food by fuel, and passing it through many stages of proper protection and distribution to the plate is multiplied by the wastage of food. It greatly affects the economy of that country.

Moreover, it is said to be intertwined with the environment. How? Food that is wasted by consumers in many ways, such as leftover food and spoiled food, returns to the soil. There it emits a large amount of greenhouse gases called 'methane'. It is also a factor in global warming. It contributes to climate change.

How many of us know that food waste is one of the reasons why the rainy seasons are changing now, the summer is prolonging unnaturally, the cold is gripping us, the huge glaciers are melting and the sea level is rising suddenly? Shouldn't food wastage be stopped if we want to control environmental pollution?

Recycling required

As an alternative to buying every ‘favorite food’ and putting a little leftovers in everything, the first step to prevent food wastage is to develop the ‘fragmented biodiversity’ habit of buying what is needed, eating what is needed, and giving food to those in need instead of throwing leftovers into the trash. Can we start doing this from today!

In today's world of scientific and technological development, wasted food can be prevented from entering the soil, and it can be properly recycled and converted into food for animals and birds, or natural manure for the native soil. Let's make way for that! Next, modern technology can inject toxins, including methane and acetate released by a wide variety of bacteria from food waste and convert into the cooking gas we use. We can see that change too!

Exemplary South Africa

Denmark and the Netherlands are among the leading countries in the world facing advances in preventing and reusing wasted food. In these countries, the Department of Food Safety has set up surveillance forces to prevent food wastage at social events. South Africa is also currently embarking on an effort to turn waste food back into a food aid.

Somehow, ‘BSF’ (Black Soldier Fly - BSF) insect larvae thrive on wasted vegetables and fruits. These react with the food waste to convert it into protein-rich foods. This new food is used for poultry and fish farming. Based on this, South Africa has started a large number of small businesses. Martino Auto, head of the UN Food Waste Management and Environment Program, called on other countries in the world to follow this method. India is also should follow this method. Thus the community and the government can put hand together to end the food waste; It can also help protect the environment by turning leftover food into useful food without throwing it in the trash.

Benefits using Oats in diet


Paddy-like shrub. Its grain is oats. Dried whole grain oats contain starch, protein, vitamin B, mineral salts, potassium, and phosphorus.

It was used as fodder for horses by the English in ancient times. Because of the rich protein and vitamin minerals in it, the cattle were very strong and healthy.

Oats are rich in fiber, help the digestive system to function properly, and dissolve excess fat in the body. Due to its ability to strengthen the heart and bones, it has become a staple in the daily diet and cosmetics of human beings.

The grain is rich in vitamin ‘E’ and ‘B’ complex, mineral salts such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as silicon, which strengthens the walls of the arteries.

Vitamin ‘E’ provides extra nutrition and hydration to the skin. Removes unwanted waste from the skin. Cosmetics made with Oats ingredients are suitable for allergic skin.

This will not give difficulty for digestion. Oats are a food supplement that can refresh the patient. There are several categories of oats. It is beneficial to the nervous system. Blood, hair, nails, teeth, etc. benefit from the nutrients in it.

Oatmeal is a mild fortifier for the heart. Controls cholesterol. Nourishes the brain and nerves and can provide good sleep.

Medicinal benefits of Palm Sugar

Palmyra jaggery is added to Ayurvedic medicines. In Tamil Nadu, palm jaggery is said to have two types. A completely unpolished, thick blackened jaggery is called a "karuppatti". The sugar which is formed into refined crystals is called 'Panangkarkandu' (palm sugar candy) and both have medicinal properties.

The sweet toddy obtained from the palm tree is a remedy for various ailments. The sugar in palm sweet toddy gives the body the heat it needs. Glucose regulates the body of thin and emaciated children and gives good nutrition.

Cures constipation, peptic ulcer, etc. in pregnant and postpartum women. Regulates blood pressure. It also works like good medicine for diseases like typhoid, secretion, hydrocephalus, etc. Drinking this will cure heart disease. The heart will be strengthened. The calcium in it strengthens the teeth, prevents bleeding gums, and changes the brown color of the teeth. The iron in it removes bile and eliminates all skin diseases including rashes, dandruff, and eye diseases, colds, and tuberculosis.

Modern studies show that the antioxidants in palm sugar work against diabetes, inflammation, and boost the body's immune system. It also helps us to be energetic in our daily lives. High in Iron, Potassium, Zinc, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, and Low Glycemic Index, it is ideal for diabetics.

People suffering from peptic ulcer disease, those suffering from nausea and heartburn, can drink coriander infusion mixed with palm sugar.

People suffering from colds and lung-related ailments can take dry ginger, pepper, and long pepper(Thirikadugu) infusion with palm sugar. However, they should take this medicine as advised by their doctor.

The milk we use every day contains the required amount of nutrition if we drink in the morning and in the evening mixed with a little cardamom and palm sugar. This makes the body gets energized and full of nutrients. This milk also provides relief from stomach ulcers, mouth ulcers and promotes good sleep. Following this, the number of sperm in men increases due to ingestion.

Palm sugar is a boon for young women who do not have regular menstruation. Menstruation can be smoothed out by mixing sesame infusion with dry ginger, pepper, long pepper extract, and a small amount of palm sugar as required.

If diabetics eat gooseberry juice mixed with palm sugar as advised by the doctor, the disease can be controlled.

People with respiratory and sinus problems can drink diluted milk mixed with a little turmeric powder, dry ginger powder, and palm sugar.

If we experience bitterness in our mouths after consuming Siddha and Ayurvedic medicines, we can take a little bit of palm sugar instead of white sugar. Similarly, when the doctor prescribes the medicine mixed with milk, it is better to add palm sugar instead of white sugar. Thus the potency of the drug is not reduced and the health of the body is improved.

Have palm sugar instead of white sugar and enjoy a healthy life!

History of Hing/Asafoetida

Many people think that the hing belongs to India and is produced in India. For many Hindus and Buddhists who do not eat onions and garlic, asafoetida is used as an alternative. Although the Persians once referred to it as the "God of Food", it is not often used in any country except in India.

In a few countries, hing is used for medicinal reasons and as an insecticide. However, it is estimated that 40 percent of the world's hing is used in India. Hing is added to cooking in different ways in different states of India.

During a time when Arabs, Iranians, Greeks, and Africans traveled extensively, they would take their food wherever they went, leave it there, and carry some native food from there". The hing may have been brought to India from Afghanistan in 600 AD.

It is mentioned in Hindu and Buddhist books of the time. There is evidence of this in the Mahabharata as well. Dr. Manoshi Bhattacharya, a historian who says, "All this was one land," mentions that Gandhari, one of the main characters in the Mahabharata, is believed to have come from modern-day Kandahar.

And for the past several decades Hindus have given a sacred look to the hing. Many people are using this as an alternative to onion and garlic. Authors describe that hing added food, having a very strong flavor that is a staple in Western cuisine. But, in those days Rome and Greeks cooked using hing. However, it is not clear how its use disappeared in those countries.

Indians like hing so much. The most popular type here is the Hing Kabuli Sufaid (Milky white asafoetida).

Milky white asafoetida/Kabuli hing is one of the best-selling in India. Another type Hing Lal (Red asafoetida) which at the same time is slightly sweet and has an orange fruit flavor, is only sold in small quantities.

Researchers in Taiwan have found that hing has the antiviral drug Amandatine / Symadine, which is effective against swine flu.

If you put a pinch of hing in a glass of whey daily and drink, the body will cool down. Calcium also increases. Lactobacillus, a beneficial bacterium, is also produced in the body. Together, the swine flu virus runs away.

Good, quality hing is pale yellowish-brown. Do not buy if it is black. The unadulterated hing should burn like camphor. Some plants resins, starch, soap, etc. have been added to the hing and sold in the market. So, even if it smells awesome, you should buy it carefully. Because the smell of the hing is easily gone, placing it in an airtight glass jar can preserve its smell and medicinal properties.

There has always been a unique place in Indian cuisine for the hing. The aroma of the hing, which comes when cooked along with other spices, gives a unique flavor. The hing is carp-flavored with a hint of salt. Not only does it taste and smell, but it also helps to improve our physical health. It is called 'Asafoetida' in English.

The hing is produced from a kind of glue found in the root of the plant "Ferula fottida" or funky. It is native to Iran. It is cultivated in Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. The root of this plant is very wide. Within the stalk of this plant, there is a thick high-astringent taste and well smelled hearty milk will be there. This plant has beautiful yellow flowers. The hing is made from the milk of this plant.

As the plant grows to the size of a small tree, its stems and roots are scraped off, and the resin is produced and dried. That's it. There are two types of hing: milky hing or white hing and red hing. Of these, the milky one is the most valuable.

Milky hing has more flavors and is spicy. The oleoresin in the hing is a chemical that is good for the body.  The spicy and bitter taste of the hing has the property of stimulating the nerves and causing the taste. It is easily digested and makes other foods digest faster. The hing has a lot of medicinal properties. It solves problems in the digestive tract. It is also an excellent remedy for problems in women such as infertility, unwanted abortion, miscarriage, abnormal abdominal pain, and excessive bleeding.

Hing is high in protein. Vegetarians who can't get protein by eating non-vegetarian foods can get protein by including hing in their daily diet. It is a good remedy for nerve-related problems. Adding more hing to the recipe will normalize the nerves and brain and prevent damage.

For those who have a lot of toothaches, if you fry the hing powder in a pan and fill in the cavity of the painful tooth and bite, the toothache will fly away in an instant. It has the power to balance the body and expels toxins from the body. Solve the problem of constipation. But if used in excess, the body will have more bile.

For people who suffer from asthma and can not breathe, putting the hing powder in the fire and inhaling the smoke will solve the problem of suffocation. Used as a medicine for gastric problems. It is an excellent remedy for neurological headaches and ailments and coughs. For postpartum mothers, there may be bleeding a few days after delivery. At that time fry the little hing in a frying pan. With this, add a little palm sugar, ginger juice, and garlic, and feed them. Thus, their bleeding will gradually decrease. It also strengthens the uterus for women and corrects the menstrual cycle.

Adding hing to your diet on a daily basis will cure stomach aches and bloating. It is miraculously powerful in eliminating constipation and destroying intestinal worms. Mucus is excreted from the lungs and respiratory tract by chemicals in the hing. Helps relieve chest pain, bronchitis, whooping cough, and balance the blood pressure.

Medicinal flowers for healthy life

Medicinal flowers for a healthy life

1. Dry Basil flower well in the sunlight and make powder. Add this powder with milk and drink it to develop the brain well.

2. Rub the lemon flower on the head while taking bath to cure bile diseases.

3. Finely grind the curry leaf flower and drink with buttermilk or whey. This will cure stomach pain.

4. Grind the jasmine flowers and rub them on the head and take a bath. Eye irritation and headache will go away. Eyesight will be good.

5. If you eat raw neem flowers, you will get good health.

6. Brain nerves get well agility if ladyfinger flowers are soaked in milk and eaten. 

7. Grind the tomato flower along with the jaggery and eat it to heal ulcers.

8. Mix sapodilla flowers with yogurt and drink every morning before sunrise to get rid of stomach worms. Stomach worms will be destroyed completely.

9. Finely grind the basil flower with the cashews and drink with milk. Blood flow will be normalized.

10. If you eat banana flowers along with lentils, the ulcer will be cured.

11. Fry hummingbird tree flower with its greens and eat it. Constipation will be cured.

12. Grind the white lotus flower well and mix it with honey and drink it.
The brain develops well.

13. Clean the white lotus flower and make juice. This will cure diarrhea and cough.

14. Grind the jasmine flower and rub it on the body while bathing. Skin diseases can be cured.

Medicinal benefits of Green chiretta

Green chiretta

All herbs have medicinal value. These herbs are not limited to mountainous areas. They grow and available from forest, on hillsides and also roadsides.

Let's learn about Green chiretta, one of such herbs. This is called as Nilavembu in Tamil.

Green Chiretta is a plant that grows in all parts of India. There are two types of this plant as Seemai Nilavembu and Soorathu Nilavembul in Tamil. Their medicinal properties are all the same.

It is also known as Chirettkuchi, Kaandakam, Kratam, Kiriyattu, Krakathi, Nattu Nilavempu, Anariyattitam, Kandam Kokanam.

Tamil - Nila Vembu

English - Creat

Sanskri - Bhunimba

Malayalam - Kiriyatta

Telugu - Nila vembu

Botanical Name - Andrographis paniculata

Its leaf, stem, root, flower and fruit are all have medicinal values.

To stimulate appetite

There are more people who suffer from not having hunger on time than those who suffer from hunger. Gases in the stomach become sluggish and cause anorexia. Thus hunger does not occur to some. If they dry Green chiretta root in the shade and powder and drink it only in the morning daily, they will feel better.

Get rid of intestinal worms

Stomach worms absorb all the nutrients the body needs. Thus the body is vulnerable to the onset of the disease. To get rid of stomach worms, boil Green chiretta leaves in water and make a decoction and drink it in the morning for three consecutive days. 

To strengthen the body

People who are week without getting weight will get stronger if they take a decoction of Green chiretta and drink.

To avoid dizziness

Some people have frequent dizziness. Fainting occurs when watching traumatic events. It is good to drink this Green chiretta juice to avoid this disease.

To reduce the bile

According to Sidha, if bile increases in the body, it will end up dead. If bile is high in the body, many diseases develop in the body. This can cause vomiting and dizziness. If they dry Green chiretta in the shade and powder and drink the infusion, the bile will decrease.

Get rid of the headache

People who suffer from frequent headaches can get relief by taking Nilavempu decoction twice a day. The edema on the head will decrease. Sneezing and coughing do not occur.

To reduce fever

Take 15 g of green chiretta, 
5 g of Orange skin
5 g of coriander

Put these together in 2 tumblers of water, boil it, cover it and leave it for 1 hour, then filter it and drink30 ml per day. Drinking it three times a day will cure fever.

For children

Children who have abdominal pain or diarrhea should be given 5 ml of green chiretta leaf juice after boiling and cooling. 

16 g of Green chiretta (dried)

4 g of Acorus powder

4 g of dill seed powder

17 g of sedge tuber powder

Put these together in 1 tumbler of water, boil it, cool down and soak it for an hour. Then filter it and drink it two or three times a day to strengthen the body. This will eliminates indigestion.

Take 34 g of Green chiretta

4 g of cloves powder

4 grams of powdered cardamom

Boil them in 1 liter of water. After that keep soak for 6 hours. Then filter and drink three times a day in the morning, evening, and night to get rid of fever, chills, gout, and indigestion.

People with thyroid problems can reduce their issues by drinking a decoction of dried Green chiretta. It also removes uterine tumors, pregnancy tumors, and unwanted water in women.

The Tamil Nadu government has recommended the use of green chiretta decoction for the recent outbreak of Chikungunya fever. From this, you will understand the glory of the Green chiretta.

The use of green chiretta in Siddha Ayurvedic medicine is high. Let's start using the medicinal benefits of Green chiretta to live a healthy life without disease.

Medicinal benefits of Asparagurce Morsus

It belongs to the climbing or trailing woody-stemmed plant. Its vines do not grow long distances. If the root is dug, the tubers will look like they were stacked layer by layer. The tuber itself has medicinal properties. It grows spontaneously in sandy soils, swamps, and river banks.

Other Names in Tamil are: Thaneer Vittan Kizhangu, Thanneer Mittan Kizhangu, Sataveri, Satavaari, Sukshuma Pathira, Perusudhakesi, Narayanayithiyami, Beeku Pathiri, Peruputhirika, Satamoolai, Satavari, Narayani, Neer Beeruthanthi

In English: Asparagurce Morsus

Medicinal properties:

Peel the skin of its tuber and clean well. Dry in shadow and make it a fine powder. Mix a teaspoon of powder with a tumbler of milk and drink twice a day. This will reduce body heat completely. Drinking continuously for 21 days is good.

Take a teaspoon of Asparagurce Morsus powder and Redwater lily flower powder each and mix it with one tumbler of cow milk. Add a little palm sugar candy and drink like this daily twice. This will cure gonorrhea disease, diabetes, Secondary syphilis disease.

Boil the Asparagurce Morsus leaves and rub ghee on top of the leaves. Apply these leaves to small blisters to cure quickly. Add 1 teaspoon of Sataveri leaf juice with 1 tumbler of milk and drink it to reduce body heat and stop whitening. Boil the Sataveri tuber in milk and drink only the milk to get rid of the tasteless, bad digestion.

Satavari tuber can be boiled in milk and eating with a little honey can cure and remove stomach upset.

Take 100ml of Asparagurce Morsus juice, the same amount of butter, 1 liter of milk, and boil it until it becomes like ghee. With this add 1 teaspoon of sugar, honey, long pepper, and boil. Store this, and take a teaspoon 3 times a day to get the strength to the body. It will increase masculinity.

What is Thyroid Deficiency and how to resolve with diet

The thyroid gland is a small organ located in the front of the neck. It is wrapped around our trachea. It is shaped like a butterfly and is small in the middle and has two wide wings-like structure that extends towards our throat.

The thyroid is a gland. There are glands all over our bodies. They make the hormones our body needs. The thyroid produces hormones that help regulate many vital functions of our body. When the thyroid is not working properly, it can affect our whole body.

When our body produces too much thyroid hormone, a condition called hyperthyroidism develops. When our body produces too little thyroid hormone, it is called hypothyroidism. Both of these conditions are risky one and most of the time you need to consult a doctor.

The thyroid regulates our metabolism with certain hormones - D4 (thyroxine, which contains four iodide atoms) and D3 (triiodothyronine, which contains three iodide atoms). Both of these hormones are produced by the thyroid, and they tell body cells how much energy needs to use.

When our thyroid is functioning properly, it will maintain the right amount of hormones to keep our metabolism at the right rate. As hormones are used, the thyroid produces alternatives. These are all called the pituitary gland.

Below our brain, the pituitary gland, located in the center of the skull, monitors, and controls the levels of thyroid hormones in our bloodstream. When the thyroid hormones are less or high levels, the pituitary gland adjusts the levels with its own hormone. This hormone is called "thyroid stimulating hormone" (TSH). TSH is sent to the thyroid, and the thyroid tells what to do to get the body back to normal.

Thyroid deficiency is the inability of the thyroid to produce the right amount of hormones. Our thyroid normally produces hormones that our body naturally keeps. When the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone, your body uses up energy very quickly. This is called hyperthyroidism. Utilizing energy too quickly - it can make our heart beat faster, reduce body weight, and make us tense.

If the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone, it is called hypothyroidism. When our body has too little thyroid hormone, it can make us feel tired and gain weight.

Iodine deficiency in the diet, stress, genetic disorders, etc. is the main causes of thyroid disease. Increasing the amount of iodine in the diet does not cause any side effects. Therefore, it is important for thyroid patients to take medication for their disease and to follow a proper diet.

For early thyroid problem

Take four to five of the Sugar apple leaves. Put two tumblers of water in a bowl and put the leaves in it, boil it till it is reduced to half a tumbler and drink it on an empty stomach both in the morning and in the evening. This is a wonderful natural medicine that regulates thyroid levels.

Which food can control Thyroid?

Iodine is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland in our body. Drinking one cup of skim milk daily can meet one-third of the iodine requirement.

Spinach contains the amino acids arginine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, threonine and tryptophan, as well as various vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in calcium, iron, carotenoids, organic acids and vitamin K. This will prevent thyroid disease.

Low fat curd is a good source of iodine. Therefore, curd can be included in the daily diet.

Selenium deficiency is a major cause of overactive thyroid. Therefore, mushrooms which has high in selenium should be added to the diet. Garlic is one of the foods high in selenium and can be used a lot.

Hyperthyroidism is caused by a deficiency of zinc in the body. Chicken and beef are high in zinc. In addition, iodized salt should be used for cooking rather than ordinary salt.

Potatoes are high in calories. This easily digestible vegetable is rich in vitamins and minerals. This is also high in fiber. As well as high potassium nutrients are high in potatoes. Iodine in it, make thyroid gland keeps running smoothly.

An egg contains 16% iodine and 20% selenium. So this diet makes the necessary iodine available. Also, the egg is one of the most essential for the thyroid gland.

Cereals such as oats, barley and brown rice contain nutrients including vitamin B. If you add too much of these nutrients, they will increase the metabolism in the body. This helps the thyroid gland to function properly and secrete thyroid hormone.

Drink plenty of water. Eat more fiber-rich vegetables and fruits. Foods like fish and crab are good because iodine is high in seafood.

With the advice of a doctor, neck exercises / yoga exercises can help prevent hypothyroidism.

Foods to Avoid

In today's hurry world, fast food has become a staple food. Because fast foods are high in bad fats, even if people with thyroid consume them lightly, it can affect the production of the hormone thyroxine. At the same time, even if fast food is high in salt, it may not contain enough iodine.

Processed foods are high in sodium, which can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and lower iodine levels.

Bakery foods such as bread contain some iodine, which can cause problems with digestion and damage the thyroid gland. So it is better to avoid bakery products.

Maize, flaxseed and sweet potatos are high in sulfur. In addition, these foods make the thyroid gland unable to absorb iodine. So it is better to avoid these.

Vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli can affect iodine absorption and cause hormonal imbalances. Therefore, these vegetables should be avoided.