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Paati Vaithiyam: Swelling


  1. Cut gin­ger into pieces and mash it using pes­tle and mor­tar to extract the juice.

  2. Take the extract­ed gin­ger juice in a pan and heat on medi­um flame.

  3. Apply on swelling. It relieves pain and reduces swelling.


  1. Mash gar­lic using pes­tle and mor­tar and mix in gin­ger extract to make a paste.

  2. Apply this paste to the swelling.

Gar­lic in Ayurve­da

Gar­lic is an ancient spice used in Ayurve­da. It has very pow­er­ful med­i­c­i­nal prop­er­ties. It is used in treat­ing skin dis­eases and dis­or­ders of Vata Dosha imbal­ance such as con­sti­pa­tion and bloat­ing. Exter­nal appli­ca­tion of gar­lic paste improves blood cir­cu­la­tion and relieves pain and inflam­ma­tion.

How­ev­er, gar­lic is a tama­sic food. While it can be a pow­er­ful med­i­cine if used prop­er­ly, it can cause much dam­age to us if we add it to our every­day cook­ing and con­sume it. Espe­cial­ly those who are pur­su­ing spir­i­tu­al sad­hana and Yoga should exclude onions and gar­lic from their diet.

How to grow gar­lic

  1. Gar­lic is best grown in fer­tile soil, rich in organ­ic mat­ter. It should be well-drained and capa­ble of hold­ing mois­ture dur­ing the grow­ing peri­od. Gar­lic can be plant­ed in pots or direct­ly on the ground.

  1. Full matured and well-devel­oped bulbs of medi­um to large cloves should be select­ed as plant­i­ng mate­ri­als.

  1. The plant­i­ng mate­ri­als are pre­pared by sep­a­rat­ing the cloves from one anoth­er. The cloves from the out­er parts of the bulb are the best plant­i­ng mate­r­i­al.

  1. Use a dib­ble (a point­ed stick) to insert two-thirds of the length of the clove ver­ti­cal­ly into the soil.

  1. Gar­lic can be har­vest­ed in about 4 and a half months time, when you see the leaves turn­ing yel­low­ish or brown­ish, and start show­ing signs of dry­ing up.

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