Vibhitaki or Bibhitaki is an ayurvedic fruit. It is one of three important healthy fruits or triphala. Other two fruits are Amla (Emblica Officinalis ) and Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula). This fruit has immense medicinal properties and is used in various diseases.
The spice cinnamon is bark of Cinnamon tree. The cinnamon tree grows to the height of 10 to 15 feet. The cinnamon tree grows in various parts of world. Among these varieties, cinnamon from SriLanka is considered as the best Spice since it is sweet to taste and has very pleasant aroma.
Asafoetida or hing is the dried gum extracted from rhizome or tap root of plants belonging to Ferula species. It is mainly available in Iran, Afghanistan and cultivated in India. Its strong fetid odour is the reason for the name Asafoetida.
Diabetic patients experience a dilemma about consuming fruits. The reason behind this is many fruits are high in glycaemic index (sugar concentration) and may increase blood sugar level. Maintaining blood sugar level in normal limits is a big task for diabetes patients. A little change in food quantity and quality may lead to fluctuation of sugar levels in blood.
Coconut is known as Narilkela in Ayurveda. This fruit is eulogised in texts of Ayurveda for its cooling properties. Coconut pacifies different doshas at different stages of its ripening. Usually fully ripe coconut pacifies pitta and vata.
Vidanga or Embelia Ribes belongs to Family Myrsinaceae. It is a large semi climber shrub with long drooping branches. Leaves simple and their upper surface is shiny. The flowers are greenish white. The fruits are globular and wrinkled, grayish berries, become dark brown when ripe.
Kokilakasha or Asteracantha Longifolia is a small thorny herb which grows to 2-4 feet height. The flowers are purple in colour and have orange streaks. The seeds of this plant are red in colour and when kept in mouth feel sticky and slippery. It usually grows in marshy areas where water is available. It can be found near ponds, paddy fields etc.
Ginger is a very well-known spice. It is used in almost all cuisines around the world. Texts of Ayurveda immensely price the medicinal properties of ginger. Ginger is used in two forms- raw or dry. Raw ginger is called “Aardraka” and dry ginger is called “Shunti”.