Salad Daze…Okra

I love okra and it has so many health benefits raw or cooked but you don’t want to completely kill it, so this salad from Mauritius  that just lightly steams the okra for 5  minutes, then dresses and refrigerates is perfect to accompany many meals  and add health benefits.

okra salad

Okra, also known as “lady’s fingers,” is a green flowering plant. Okra belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. The term “okra” most commonly refers to the edible seedpods of the plant.

Okra has long been favored as a food for the health-conscious.

It contains potassiumvitamin Bvitamin Cfolic acid, and calcium.

It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content.

Recently, a new benefit of including okra in your diet is being considered. Okra has been suggested to help manage blood sugar in cases of type 1type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Raw Okra is perfect for Skin that is not allergic to it.

The most essential component of bhindi is the slimy material found inside the vegetable. This gel has very potent antibacterial, antifungal, anti inflammatory, analgesic and re-hydrating properties that make it perfect to treat acne, dry skin, any kind of skin infection, relieves the itching of psoriasis and helps give your skin a natural glow. Apart from that okra also helps prevent further infection, aids in the quick healing of wounds and reduces the discomfort (pain or itchiness) of skin infections. According to Ayurveda, okra has cooling properties and therefore helps reduce and balance out excessive pitta in the body — one reason for acne and skin infections. Apart from okra you can use guava leaves for acne-free skin too.

How to use:

Take two fresh, medium size bhindi and cut them into small pieces and grind them to make a paste. Do not use any water as it will dilute the gel within the okara. Once ground take this in a bowl and apply it on your face. If you are using it for pimples you can apply it on the pimple itself or you can apply it on your face and neck to beat any other kind of skin affliction. If you are using this remedy for psoriasis or skin ailments on any other part of your body, apply this paste on the area. Your skin will absorb the gel and leave a thin film on the area it has been applied. Allow it to stay and then wash it off before you step out of the house.

A word of caution: Please do not use okra or bhindi if you are allergic to it. A good way to find out is to check its action on a small patch of skin before using this remedy.

Reference http://www.thehealthsite.com/beauty/use-okra-or-bhendi-to-beat-acne-psoriasis-dry-and-dull-skin-pa0115/

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