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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.

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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…”

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Health Benefits of Fenugreek (Methi)

The seeds are used in colic flatulence, dysentery, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, chronic cough and enlargement of liver and spleen, rickets, gout and diabetes. It is also used as a carminative, tonic, and aphrodisiac. Fenugreek oil is used in the manufacture of hair tonics.

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Health Benefits of Fennel

Aside from its many culinary uses, fennel and its seeds offer a wide array of health benefits and may provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects. The fruits are aromatic, stimulant and carminative. Here are some of the medicinal uses of Fennel.

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Diet and Weight Loss

Obesity is a growing problem world wide and is linked to many health problems. Most of us have tried to lose weight some time or the other. So many  weight loss clinics have mushroomed as people are growing more health conscious. You may also consult a dietician for consulting on diet for weight loss.

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Health Benefits of Curry Leaves

Curry leaves are very useful when added for a pleasant aroma to our dishes, they can also provide many significant health benefits. A lot of the health benefits provided by curry leaves are actually more strongly experienced when the leaves are used outside of cooking. By combining them with things like milk or tea, you can experience far more potent effects.