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Health Benefits of Black Pepper

Piperine, the pungent principle in pepper oleoresin helps to enhance bio-availability and therefore used in pharmaceuticals. They have been used as carminative, reducing stomach and intestinal gas and have been found to stimulate the activities of the heart and kidneys. The major functional properties of pepper are analgesic, anti-pyretic, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial.

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Health Benefits of Mint

Extracts of mint leaves inhibit the release of certain chemicals, which aggravate severe nasal symptoms associated with hay fever and seasonal allergies. A study has found that rosmarinic acid reduces symptoms of asthma when compared to a control group that did not receive a supplement.

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Health Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is used for flavouring various dishes practically all over the world. The other properties are anti-bacterial, fungicidal and insecticidal. In the area of medicine, it is used for various ailments of stomach, skin diseases. It has wider applications in indigenous medicines and is also considered as highly nutritive.


Mount Harmoukh & Lake Gangbal Pilgrimage:

Mount Harmoukh & Lake Gangbal along with Lake NandKul which flow from the base of Mount Harmoukh find the mention in Nilmat Purana & Rajtarangni (authentic reference book for History of Kashmir) indicating people of Kashmir used to have this pilgrimage in 6th/7th century AD also. Many Sufi Saints have used “Harmoukh” in their poetry praising the “Omnipresent” Lord Shiva. A popular song “Harmoukh Bartal Praray Madono Yee dapham tee laagyo ..” meaning “I will wait at Harmoukh gates for You my Love, will offer whatever You ask…”