Apples are available in many colours and with various tastes. Always chose apples which are ripe and sweet to taste. Sour apples may cause vitiation of pitta and acidity. Sweet and fully ripen apples are good for health. Hence our ancestors have coined the saying “Apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Sweet apples have little astringent properties and pacify pitta and kapha. Uncooked sweet apples may vitiate vata.
If you have delicate digestive system, then do not forget to peel the skin of apple. Its skin may cause indigestion and lead to formation of gas. Discard the seeds as their consumption may cause aggravation of vata.
Here are few home remedies with apple.
Constipation: By consuming apple after a meal helps to normalise the bowel movement. It provides sufficient quantity of fibres and boosts intestinal motility. People who have sensitive digestive system can peal the apple skin and immerse the apple in hot water for ten minutes to make it soft. Always eat apple one hour after the meal.
Sore gums: When you have mouth ulcers and sore gums, peel the apple and cut it into pieces. Chew these pieces slowly. It cleans the gums and tongue.
Burning urination, gastritis and colitis: Prepare apple juice and add a spoon of fresh ginger juice to it. Consume this juice, an hour after meal. This relieves burning urination, gastritis and colitis.
In diarrhoea and dysentery: Peel few apples and cook them. Add a pinch of nutmeg, saffron and a tea spoon of ghee to the mashed apples. Consume this mix once in 4 hours when you have diarrhoea and dysentery.
Weight Loss: Apple a day can keep the extra pounds away. New research says that growth of good bacteria in our intestine helps in weight loss. Apples contain non-digestible compounds that promote the growth of good bacteria in our gut which promote weight loss. Hence consume an apple a day to aid healthy and good weight loss.
Boosts Libido in Women: Apples are store houses of vitamin and minerals. These help to boost the libido in men and women. The following desert can be used as a libido booster.