Natural Cure for Dengue

Papaya leaves for dengue fever

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After a lot of research and tests it has been found that papaya leaves  could be a miracle cure for dengue fever. And the best part is, it is cheap and anybody can make it at home.

The essence of papaya leaves has been used by the people in sri Lanka to cure dengue fever that has been the cause for so many deaths during the rainy season in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless there was no scientific explanation as to the effectiveness of this home remedy. Ayurveda doctors have found that enzymes in papaya leaves can act against quite a few viral infections, not just dengue, and it also can help to regenerate white blood cells. Thanks to these recent findings a lot of patients have been able to completely recover from dengue fever.

Papaya fruit has always been famous to be good for the digestive system. mainly because of its rich vitamin and mineral content. Nevertheless its dengue-fighting properties have made it more popular as a healthy food.

History of Spices


  History of Spices

Spices which we take today for granted have once been the biggest trade in the world. It has contributed a great deal to the discovery of new land. It has made kings conquerors. It has created  and destroyed empires. It has made masters slaves. And this list of things is unending.

We hear stories of the Ancient Greeks and Romans controlling the spice trade in Europe and we also hear that once spices were used as a form of payment. In other words spices like cinnamon and cloves have been used as currency a long time ago.  All this is evidence to suggest how much spices were valued all over the world. 

As already mentioned the spice trade was mainly in the hands of the Arab traders who made a lot of profit by acting as middlemen. The Europeans did not have access to the Eastern spice market because during that time there was no sea route to reach the spice producing countries of Asia. 

Nevertheless during the 15th century that is during the Renaissance period people started to look afar for new opportunities. It was during this period they discovered the new sea route to the East and started to dominate the sea trade and particularly the spice trade in the world.

Among the nations who wanted to control the spice trade were the Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, and the English. Not only did they engage in the spice trade ,they also changed the whole of Asia tremendously

Ranweli Spice Garden

Ranweli Spice Garden

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Sri Lanka is known all over the world for its rare spices and herbs.

 In fact to spice lovers Sri Lankan spices mean an expression of a colorful history and delightful surprise, just like the Island. 

At New Ranweli Spice and Herbal Garden you will get the chance of seeing how spices and herbs like Turmeric,  Pepper Corns, Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Aloe Vera, etc. are grown in their natural environment.

New Ranweli spice and Herbal Garden is located in the Hill Capital,in close proximity to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden.

The specialty of our spice and herbal garden is that you can learn about the spices and natural products while being in a serene, healthy and pollution free environment. In other words it is totally away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Sri Lankan Spice Trade

Sri Lankan Spice Trade

Even though Sri Lankan spices were rare,costly and a luxury that the ordinary people could not afford they have been available in the European spice market for a considerable length of time. As a matter of fact, there was a time, a pound of spice was viewed as more significant than a pound of gold.

The spice trade in Asia at the time was a kind of a monopoly. The spice exchange was run by the Arabic and North African dealers who were prepared to pay a great sum of money for a pound of the fascinating thing. But things changed after some time,due to the development took place in shipbuilding and the voyages of discoveries another more powerful group entered the so called spice competition in Asia. It was the  Expert Sailors of Europe who became a great challenge to the Arabs who had a strong hold of the spice trade.

By the 1400's the European sailors had realized that their ships  could beat camels, so the European sailors started to sail towards Asia searching for new land and the valuable rare spices. Thus, spices would eventually be transported via ocean from the Indies to Europe, and the Middle Eastern middlemen would be no more the masters of the spice trade.

It was presumably the Portuguese traveler Vasco de Gama in 1498 who is credited with the discovery of a sea route from Europe to Asia.To be more precise from Europe to India. This discovery of Vasco de Gama was a great stride in the expansion and spread of the Sri Lankan spice in the European market. Vasco de Gama's success as a pilgrim prompted the Portuguese arrival in Sri Lanka in 1536, though they were not greatly welcome by the Muslim traders and the Sinhalese , after sometime a settlement was reached by Portugal and Sri Lanka that incorporated a tribute of 110,000 pounds of cinnamon paid every year to Portugal by the Sinhalese Kings. Ever since Sri Lankan spices specially cinnamon were widely available in the European spice market.