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Suhaga (Borax)

Suhaga Scientific Name

Sodium tetraborate decahydrate

Suhaga Other Names

English: Borax
Hindi: Tankana
Sanskrit: Tanaka

What is Suhaga?

Suhaga aka Tankana in Sanskrit and Borax in English is a natural mineral compound form of sodium borate. It is obtained naturally from sediment deposits, salt lakes, beaches etc. It is usually found in a well crystalline form and is used in Ayurveda for various therapeutic properties.
It is identified as miracle mineral because of its water softening properties. It is widely used in natural cleaning solutions and hand soaps. It is used as natural food additive in certain cuisines to impart firm rubbery texture. It is an excellent remedy to treat medical conditions like arthritis and more.

Common forms of Suhaga

Powder, Crystal

Suhaga is commonly used for:

  • Treating cold and cough
  • Curing bloating
  • Treating menstrual disorders like Amenorrhea and Oligomenorrhea
  • Treating urinary tract infections
  • Preventing dandruff
  • Treating skin warts and skin infections
  • Preventing and managing Arthritis

Suhaga Dosage

Powder: 1/2 teaspoon of Suddh Suhaga for external use and 1-2 pinch for internal use

Suhaga Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Borax may injure male reproductive system and affect sperm quality and quantity.
Not so common side-effects: Not Known.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Avoid during pregnancy as it has been linked to birth defects.
Children: Not Known.
The acute and excess intake of 2 to 20 grams of borax orally is found to cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, depression, and muscle spasm.

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Lemongrass (Bhutrin)

Lemongrass Scientific Name


Lemongrass Other Names

English: Lemon grass
French: Citronelle
Chinese: Xiang Mao
Hindi: Gandhatrina
Sanskrit: Bhutrin

What is Lemongrass?

Lemongrass or Bhutrin (in Sanskrit) is native to India, Sri lanka and South- East Asia. It is grown naturally in tropical grassland and is cultivated extensively throughout tropical Asia. This fragrant herb is widely used in Asian foods as a flavoring agent and also consists of many health benefits.
In Ayurveda, particularly, Lemongrass is found to maintain blood cholesterol levels by decreasing bad cholesterol. It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in managing blood pressure levels. External application of Lemongrass oil is beneficial to provide relief from pain and swelling. Lemongrass decoction or tea with honey is found to ease nasal and chest congestion caused by cough and cold and relieves associated headache and fever.

Common forms of Lemongrass

Fresh stalks, Powder, Capsule, Oil and Tea

Lemongrass is commonly used for:

  • Managing high cholesterol
  • Colds and Flu
  • Managing hypertension
  • Managing Diabetes mellitus
  • Treating cough and cold
  • Treating rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reducing headache, swelling, and fungal infections

Lemongrass Dosage

Powder: ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day
Capsule: 1-2 capsule twice a day
Tea: 1 or 2 times a day
Oil: 2-5 drops a day or as prescribed by the doctor

Lemongrass Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Not Known.
Not so common side-effects: Not Known.
Pregnant Women: Recommended to consult physician before use or avoid as it is linked to menstrual bleeding and miscarriage.
Children: Not Known.

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