Have you ever wondered why:
Angels never age
Angels never fall ill
Angels never die
Why are angels always youthful and energetic, vibrant and glowing?
Do they have a secret nectar that preserves youth eternally? Do they possess a magical elixir that makes immune to diseases?
The secret of eternal youth of angels has been known to the ancient Indian rishis and acharyas for centuries…and it is surprisingly simple!
Giloy : History
It is said that in the 5,000-year-old Indian system of medicine known as Ayurveda (Ayur=life; Veda=sacred knowledge), there is a cure for every ailment and disease. Ayurveda has a rich repertoire knowledge about medicinal and healing properties of thousands of plants. From roots to leaves, from stems to bark and from seeds to flowers - the secret of plants discovered by India’s wise sages is being rediscovered by science today and it is leaving researchers amazed.
Thanks to this well of traditional knowledge, we have curated a whole range of Ayurvedic superfoods, be it our turmeric with ginger tea or the famed turmeric latte also known as the golden milk. Today, we take a look at another time-honored gem from the world of Ayurveda- Giloy.
Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) is one such medicinal plant that has been known to ancient Indians for ages. In Ayurveda, it is one of the most revered and respected herbs.
Widely known as Guduchi, Giloy in Sanskrit means Amrit (nectar of immortality). In the ancient Indian story of Samudramanthan (churn of the oceans), it is said that when the Asuras (demons) were running away with the pot of Amrit that emerged from the churn, a few drops of Amrit fell to earth. From these drops, vines of Giloy appeared. Since then, Giloy has always been known as Amrit - the nectar of youth and immortality.
Giloy has also been mentioned in the timeless Indian epic Ramayana and features prominently in the Charak Samhita as an important herb for Medhya Rasayana (mental rejuvenation).
Giloy is a tropical climbing herb that grows wildly in India. It is also now found in Sri Lanka and Myanmar. It is creeper vine that does not require much cultivation. It is common to find Giloy growing at home gardens or even covering ledges and walls in India. The Giloy plant is easily identified by its heart-shaped, bright green leaves.
Research has found that Giloy contains many chemical compound including Alkaloids, Terpenoids, Lignans, Steroids and others. These compounds make Giloy a power house of antioxidants with high anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-diabetic and anti-stress properties. Giloy is also found to have hypolipidaemic effect, aiding hepatic disorder. It also has anti-cancer and anti-HIV potential, as well as anti-osteoporotic and anti-toxic effect. Besides, external usage of Giloy also helps in healing wounds and helps keep the skin sooth and free of acne and pimples.
Cures and Benefits
Giloy has been used as an Ayurvedic medicine to cure a wide range of ailments like jaundice, gout, rheumatism, urinary disorder, skin diseases, diabetes, anemia, inflammation, allergic condition and anti-periodic disorders. It is a known household remedy for chronic fever and relieves burning sensation, increases energy and appetite. Giloy also helps in digestive ailments such as hyperacidity, colitis, worm infestations, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, excessive thirst, and vomiting. Giloy is used to treat liver disorders, known to be helpful in the treatment of heart diseases, leprosy, and rheumatoid arthritis. It helps boost the body’s immune system by increasing the body's resistance to infections.
The mature stem of the Giloy plant is the most potent part of the plant. The stems are dried under shed and then ground into fine powder. These can be mixed with other natural ingredients like turmeric and neem to create a Kadha.
You can also add them to your herbal teas like a turmeric tea. The powder can also be made into a paste and mixed with juices or added to food while cooking.
The fresh stem and leaves can also be made into a juice by grinding these in a mortar and pestle or a home-grinder. These are then strained and the juice can be consumed fresh by adding warm-water and honey.
A paste made by boiling fresh Giloy leaves can also be applied to wounds. External application of Giloy paste helps the skin retain a natural glow as well as aids scalp-care.
Giloy : A Powerhouse of Health & Immunity
Giloy is a magical gift of Nature that has immense health benefits in everyday life. Here are some of them :-
Giloy helps to remove toxins, purifies blood and fights bacteria
Giloy helps fight liver disease and urinary tract infection
Giloy boosts immunity and it is a power house of the anti-oxidants
Giloy aids digestion and treating bowel related issues
Giloy has anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic and anti-arthritic properties
Giloy has anti aging properties - reduces dark spots, pimples, fine lines and wrinkles
Giloy helps in Type 2 Diabetes by decreasing hypertension and lipids concentration
Giloy helps in good digestion so that it can also be used in piles
The ancient Indian wisdom and tradition has innumerable such secrets like Giloy. Abundantly available in nature, these simple but highly effective cures are not only holistic, but also harmless as they have no side-effects. This timeless wisdom is as relevant today as they were at the dawn of civilisation. The modern world has just started discovering India’s timeless knowledge of simple, natural and harmonious lifestyle. The world is once again looking at India!
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