Ayurveda's Finest: "Golden Milk" ~ Turmeric Milk

 

Ayurveda's Finest: "Golden Milk"
It’s to no surprise to that turmeric has fast become a popular remedy for just about everything that ails you. Traditionally, turmeric milk has been used for conditions such as colds, congestion, headaches, and sore throats due to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. What is more interesting is that Ayurveda [and other ancient systems of medicine] have used turmeric for health and wellness since for as long as historical records have existed.

Makes 2 servings 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered turmeric 1/8 teaspoon each: nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, fennel, ginger, cinnamon, Chinese 5-spice, black pepper Pinch each: cloves, sea salt 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1 cup water 2 cups milk (any kind!) In a sauce pan, over low heat, heat 1 cup water with all spices. Once mixture is steaming hot, cover and let sit for 5 minutes or longer (even overnight, if you want a very potent flavor). After the mixture sits, whisk in milk, vanilla, honey, and coconut oil and heat to steaming hot again. Pour into two glasses and enjoy!

Important! 
Ayurveda advises not to heat honey as it is considered to be toxic; or have toxic effects.

Turmeric – Helps Purify The Blood & Acts As An Antioxidant!!
Turmeric is one of the oldest, most important spices known to humankind. Turmeric is bitter, astringent and pungent in taste, and has a heating quality. Due to its heating quality, turmeric helps to balance Kapha and Vata doshas (mind-body types), and due to its bitter taste, it helps to balance the Pitta dosha, thus making it tri-doshic.

Very Very Easy To Make! 
1. Place milk in a saucepan and cook over medium heat
2. Add turmeric [and additional spices, see below] and stir
3. Allow the milk to simmer for just a few minutes, stirring occasionally
4. Turn off heat, cover, allow the mixture to sit for several minutes to allow for greater infusion
5. Strain the milk through a strainer if fresh ingredients were used
6. Serve warm and enjoy

Want To Spice It Up? 
Turmeric is a bitter spice so if you want to spice it up and make your turmeric milk more flavorful then consider spicing it up with a pinch of this and a dash of that. Depending upon what you are attempting to target, here are several other considerations to help spice up your turmeric golden milk.

– 1 tsp of ghee which acts as a laxative to help promote bowel function
– 1 pinch of nutmeg helps promote sound sleep & is also a carminative
– 1 pinch of ginger to act as an anti-inflammatory
– 1 pinch of cinnamon and/or cardamom for delectable flavoring

Word Of Caution Regarding Honey & Ghee:
Finally, you may also want to consider adding a 1/2 tsp of honey for flavoring. However ~ a word of caution. According to Ayurveda, equal amounts of honey and ghee [based upon weight] is considered to be toxic and should generally be avoided.

Additional Benefits Of Turmeric: 

  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic,analgesic,.
  • Boosts immunity.
  • Anti-carcinogenic.
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels.
  • Promotes digestive health.
  • Liver detoxifier.
  • Regulates metabolism and weight management.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Memory and brain function.
  • Various skin conditions.
  • Neurological disorders

 

From The Lens Of Ayurveda: 

- Qualities: dry, light
- Tastes: pungent, bitter, astringent
- Energetics: heating
- Post-digestive effect: pungent
 
ACTIONS:
- lekhanīya: scraping property
- dīpana: kindles digestion; digestive fire
- prameha: useful in diabetes
- raktaśodhana: blood purifier
- ārtavajana: promotes menses
- jvaraghna: helps alleviate fever
- krmighna: helps alleviate worms
- varyna: enhances skin complexion
- vedanāsthāpana: analgesic
- stanyaśodhaka: purifies breasts and breast milk

 

Disclaimer:  This is for educational purpose only and not to be considered medical advice. The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


LOVE - Mind, Body & Soul

 

LOVE – Mind, Body & Soul
By Priya Singh

The vast magnificence of Love is a power that has never been fully understood or explained. It is an idea, a feeling, an ethos, a concept - and it is not tangible. Even though it is one of the most powerful emotions on the planet – it is not quantifiable. Not in actual scientific terms where a chemist could put your ‘love’ in his test tube and weigh and measure the love you feel for your partner, child, parents or anyone. You own your love. And that is why, even the person you profess to love has no idea of how much you love them. You own your love. It is your sorrow, your joy, your suffering and your delirium. It is your dragon to fly. It is your unicorn to ride.

Where does this love come from? Where does love exist in our body? Is it in the cells, tissues, muscles, nerves, organs, brain, skin? Where is it that I feel the impending loss of my daughter as she leaves home to start her own young beautiful life? Each morning I wake up and a different part of me is hurting. This morning was an ache in my chest, yesterday was my lower back; the day before that was muscular weakness all over my body, and so it goes.  Am I just manifesting all these crazy symptoms because my mind is subconsciously telling me that I am untying trillions of knots that bind me to my baby girl? Each knot that is made of cells, tissue, blood and memory; it hurts even to approach the mammoth task of getting my hands bloody and starting the process of unraveling these ties that bind … my chest begins to hurt and my eyes begin to water.

Nothing prepared me for being a mother; I have just fumbled my way through this complicated labyrinth successfully and many times unsuccessfully by sheer luck. And more than the primal instinct of keeping my little cubs safe, I have been confounded, soaked, seared and stunned by the magnitude of the Love I feel for these creature that I birthed. There is nothing that I would not do to keep my babies safe and healthy. Personally for me something solidified when I became a mother, it’s a role that has let me explore the depth, height and width of this emotion being discussed – Love.

I have read enough Khalil Gibran and Rumi to be even romantic about the concept of my babies flying out of the nest. In the same spirit it is my unending love that wants my little girl to go out into the world and find her place, her identity. How do I quantify my limitless love for her? I want her to learn the ways of the world, explore her potential and become the woman I know lives in that young person. The woman I know I helped shape. I know she will be kind, savvy and magnificent. How do I explain to her that her she carries me along with her - that unconscious turn of her head, the thoughtful gestures she makes, and her smile - I am always there within her.

"It is a rite of passage – this leaving, this separation."

For me it just reinforces that I am going to wake up each morning and feel a vacuum in my home, mind and body. The physical emptiness of the presence of my lovely young girl with her long limbs sprawled about the home, or those middle of the night raids for a snack, walking into my room and regaling me with stories about her day, shopping with me for my make-up and clothes, advising me on ‘mom, ummm…maybe the other shoes’, correcting my use of current teen slang, reaching over and silently fixing the glitch on my laptop, or introducing me to my Bitemoji Avatar… just her presence that gives me my identity as her Mama - to date my favorite.

And as she goes off to join this world of bigotry and natural disasters, I wish I could protect her from every negative experience.  However, both she and I have to learn. We have to understand that only out of change will there be growth; every new experience - good or bad - is going to reshape ideals; adversity will build character and failure will motivate; creating and maintaining new friendships will enrich; loneliness will enable the search within; curiosity will break boundaries - anything she wants to achieve is possible; there will be times of extreme joy and freedom, and there will be times of and sadness and isolation - both for her and me. And that is life. And this letting go is Love.

 

About The Author

Born and bought up in India, Priya has been entrenched in the practice, study, and teaching of classical Hatha and Kriya yoga for the past 30 years. Her passion and interest in Yoga encompasses the allied study of Ayurveda, Yoga therapy, Applied anatomy and Homeopathy. Priya is also a trained Integrative Health Coach from Duke University, NC, where she had the privilege of teaching yoga at some seminars. In addition, she has been teaching yoga fundamentals and anatomy at Yoga Teacher training programs in the Bay Area. Priya owes her love for yoga and healing to the blessings of all her teachers, mentors and Guru.   

With an interesting blend of Eastern roots and Western sensibilities, Priya is uniquely qualified to engage her students in a style which empowers them to take steps towards achieving personal goals. She practices a synergetic approach to healing, taking into consideration the complete history, current health and long-term health targets of her clients. 

The individual sessions begin with an assessment, and are personalized to the client’s preference; and can include a combination of Health Coaching, Asana, Pranayama, meditation, lifestyle conversation and nutritional guidance. The group classes are taught in an easy, non–competitive environment, keeping individual needs and constitutions in mind.

To contact Priya Singh please visit: 
www.PriyaSinghYoga.com

 


Health Benefits Of Pomegranate + Pomegranate Chutney Recipe

Health Benefits Of Pomegranate
Revered since ancient times, this bright beautiful red fruit has become well known for its sweet astringent taste and healing properties. It also plays a role in myths and poetry! In fact, in one of the most popular Olympian telling of the story of Persephone, pomegranate seeds play an important role!

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This is an excerpt of the story:
Zeus, the king of the gods, it is said, permitted Hades (god of the underworld), who was in love with the beautiful Persephone, to carry her off as her mother Demeter was not likely to allow her daughter to go down to Hades. Persephone was gathering flowers in a field when Hades came to abduct her, bursting through a cleft in the earth. Demeter, when she found her daughter had disappeared, searched for her all over the earth. In most versions she forbids the earth to produce, or she neglects the earth and in the depth of her despair she causes nothing to grow. Finally the sun, who sees everything, told Demeter what had happened and at length she discovered the place of Persephone’s abode. In the end, Zeus pressed by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities, forced Hades to return Persephone. Hades complies but first tricks Persephone by giving her some pomegranate seeds to eat. Persephone was released, but because she had tasted food in the underworld, she was obliged to spend a third of each year (the winter months) there, and the remaining part of the year with the gods above.

The Health Benefits Of Pomegranates

Pomegranate has inspired many comparisons of beauty in texts and other legends. Yet as beautiful and delicious as this fruit is, its healing properties are even more so! It is particularly effective on the circulatory and reproductive systems as it is a well-known aphrodisiac that has hemostatic properties.

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In addition to being a tridoshic fruit, pomegranate also has fantastic antacid and carminative actions. Despite pitta being aggravated by the sour taste, pomegranate is an exception to the rule. It is also particularly useful in cases of digestive disorders with inflammation. The rind of the fruit should be avoided during pregnancy and pomegranate is not recommended in cases of constipation.

Properties
Pomegranate is light and unctuous with a sweet, astringent and sour taste. It has a heating effect in the body and its post digestive effect is also sweet. It has a strong affinity for the digestive and reproductive systems. 

Some indications, amongst others, include:

  • Hyperacidity
  • Inflamed stomach
  • Inflamed intestines
  • Dysentery
  • Parasites
  • Excessive, sharp appetite
  • Bleeding
  • Weak heart
  • Leucorrhoea
  • Prostate conditions
  • Menopause
  • Nervine debility
  • And many others!

It is important to be aware of some of the contraindications of using pomegranate. It is advised against usage in pregnancy and other constipation as it has binding actions.  Always seek a physician’s advice before undertaking herbal supplementation.

Usage

There are many combination compounds that involve pomegranate to address certain conditions. Some being:

  • Pomegranate seeds or the juice with coriander and cumin for pitta digestion
  • Pomegranate rind and juice with haritaki and amalaki for diarrhea and acidity
  • Pomegranate rind with rhubarb root for tapeworm
  • Pomegranate with shatavari for menopause

 

~Pomegranate Chutney Recipe~

A delicious and easy way to incorporate pomegranate with our daily meals is by using it in chutney. This recipe is simple yet divine!

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons of dry pomegranate seeds
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp fennel powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ onion chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • Sugar and/or chili powder to taste

 

Steps

  1. Wash the pomegranate seeds well.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a blender with a little water and blend until smooth
  3. Place into a container and enjoy!
  4. This chutney can be kept for up to 3-5 days in the fridge
  • There are many variations that can be used according to one’s taste or preference. Different spices can be added or removed to create your own perfect pomegranate chutney!
  • Also adjust the amount of water to create the desired texture of the chutney

 

References

  • Lad, V. (1999). The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies. New York: Three Rivers Press.
  • Sharma, H. (2011). Ayurvedic Healing. Singing Dragon
  • Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda. Albuquerque, N.M.: Ayurvedic Press.
  • Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs: An Ayurvedic guide to herbal medicine. Santa Fe, N.M.: Lotus Press.
  • Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice. London: Singing Dragon.
  • Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers' handbook a home manual. Berkeley, Calif.: The Crossing Press.

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Making Health Happen: 5 Simple Steps To Accomplishing Your Health Goals

 

Making Health Happen
There are ideals and there are realities when it comes to health. We almost all know how profoundly different our lives could be if we ate right, exercised regularly, and rested when required. But life happens. We have soaring, sparkling goals but our ability to follow-through can fall short – the realities of social gatherings, packed work schedules, and life-long less-than-ideal living habits make health a true hurdle.

So the question stands, how do we make health happen without making ourselves inflexible or insane in the process? How do we find balance between holding ourselves accountable for necessary growth and transformation, and simultaneously allow space for spontaneity and enjoyment. Our reality is that what we set out to do isn’t always as easy to accomplish as we might think. In effect, we must find balance in the search for balance itself. Let’s explore some simple steps to making health happen in your life!

1. Commit: Intentions & Accountability 
How would you feel if you were to accomplish your health goals? What is it that you’d like to cultivate in life in general and what are the smaller goals you have to do to get there? Is it a sense of physical strength? Peace of mind? Focus and clarity? You create your reality. Let your mind dream of the beauty you yourself can create with right intention and focus. Draw, write, or confide in a safe person to help hold you accountable if you hit a rough patch down the road.

2. Organize: Get Detailed, Get Crafty
How many of you have run out eagerly for a new supplement, spice or herbal product only to find it unopened in the back of your cabinet months later? Our set-up for success is almost as vital a component as doing the practice or taking the product itself! Here are some simple execution tips to propel you towards your goals:

~ THE GAME PLAN
Decide on each component of your health plan and write it up! Even a detailed chart, specifying what time you plan to do each aspect of your health regimen can be vital when you start out. Committing to this kind of structure at first will make things easier later on. If art is your thing, let it be a craft project, and enjoy the practice of planning!

~ IN PLAIN SIGHT
Out of sight out of mind? It can be an unnecessary hurdle to achieve our health goals if our tools are hidden away. Keep your supplies at the ready! If it’s an awareness/meditation/breathing routine, carve out a small, quiet space to practice. If it’s an herbal protocol, keep a basket of your daily herbs/products out in plain sight! If you’re working with new ingredients and food choices keep those in immediate view in your cabinets, while your treats or junk food of the past get tossed or moved to the back! The power of suggestion is great – let the eyes feast on what the body needs.

~ IT’S ABOUT TIME
So many of our health imbalances originate from a simple lack of time given to our own care. Sit down with The Game Plan you or your practitioner have laid out and schedule in time to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. Does it take 15 minutes to do that brief yoga sequence? Or 10 to brew and sip your herbal tea in the morning? Make sure to factor this in to your morning routine. Set alarms, on your computer or phone for those tasks, especially the hard-to-remember ones.

3. Routine: Your Home Away From Home 
In Ayurveda dinacharya, is one’s daily routine, and according to Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute is “absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind and consciousness.” Routine “regularizes a person’s biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity.” Dinacharya creates a container in which you can factor in each of your new health routines – anything from herbal protocols, spiritual practices, and exercise to ‘free time’ or ‘creative time’. The best part? Our routine can travel with us anywhere, giving us the comfort of home in the encasement of ourselves.

4. What’s Flex? What’s Fluid?
When we embark on a new health journey it’s important to hold ourselves accountable to our most influential goals. Which of our tasks are NON-NEGOTIABLE for the rest of our objectives to fall into place? Start simple. Is it that 10pm bedtime? Taking our herbal formula first thing in the morning? Can you be flexible about your diet on the weekends if you’ve remained committed during the week?  Decide what is absolute and what is fluid. When you’ve paved a firm foundation, you can always layer on additional goals.

5. Clean Body, Clear Focus
Sometimes the mere thought of change is enough to send us into a panic. “What if we fail?”, “I’m not ready”,”It’s too hard.” Doubt prevails. The truth is that the mentality itself can be quickly shifted with a few basic cleansing measures. Our tools? Triphala. Nasya. Journaling. Hydration. Sleep.

Let’s Explore:
Triphala is a detox herb in Ayurveda that can be used safely for nearly anyone – it promotes regularity in elimination, supports healthy digestion, and is a natural antioxidant. It’s a gentle detoxification measure that can create a profound shift in our everyday energy and clarity.  More info on triphala here.

Nasya is the nasal administration of medicated oils. It delivers its mind cleansing and rejuvenating properties directly across the blood-brain barrier to nourish the brain. Taking a nasya oil in the morning helps open and clear the mind, allowing for the successful follow-through of your health goals. Learn more about nasya options here.

Journaling helps expose your hopes, fears, hesitations, excitements and miscellaneous thoughts on paper. Simply “detoxing” our minds through the written word can be a fantastic way to understand ourselves and move our mental road blocks aside. Sometimes the simple expression of thought through writing can be enough to rid them from our reality. After writing, rip it up and throw it away.

Hydration. There’s no simpler way to detox than drinking the appropriate amount of water. Depending on your body-type, activity level and environment you should be sipping anywhere from 6-10 cups of water/day.

Sleep. Rest is our most neglected path to health and rejuvenation. Are you sleeping during the hours that most help your body to reset? Ayurveda says that Pitta (the fire element of our constitution or metabolic capacity) is most active from the hours of 10pm-2am. If we don’t rest during this period we risk blowing out that fire. So get to bed! Commit to at least 7 hours of sleep/night and shift those hours to the earlier evening.

According to a 2007 NHIS survey, 83 million U.S. adults spent $33.9 billion on out-of-pocket visits to Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners and purchases(citation), each with a simple question in their hearts: How do I find health? As we’ve explored, the question is mosaicked in execution yet unified in its singular answer.

We must ask ourselves, outside our newly birthed health routines: Who am I? It is a question one we can only hope to answer through delving deeply, slowly, and quietly within ourselves. Allow for space, reflection, and solitude and our answers cannot help but surface under still waters.

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About The Author
Emma Landau
Emma is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with over 1500 hours of training at the Ayurvedic Institute, the leading school for Ayurvedic medicine in the US. She holds a BSc from Cornell University, is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association and is a certified AyurYoga® instructor. By addressing the root cause of imbalances and disease through diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation, and subtle energy therapies, clients are able to reconnect with their optimum health. Emma currently practices in Albuquerque, NM, and is available for distance consults via Skype, and facilitates classes and workshops on various topics.
For more information on services provided by Emma, please visit Hamsa Ayurveda.


Don't spray that! It's Medicine! [Dandelions]

Don't spray that! It's Medicine! 
Dandelions 

Each spring, I witness the pesticide trucks arriving to spray down perfectly manicured lawns to rid them of the well-known 'weed', the Dandelion. Taraxacum officinale is a common meadow herb of the Asteraceae or sunflower family. There are about 100 species of dandelion, and all are beneficial. It is a native of Greece, but grows in temperate regions throughout the world.  The perennial dandelion grows freely wherever it can find a bit of earth and a place in the sun. Dandelion's nutritive and medicinal qualities have been known for centuries.

On a sunny, spring day, I find joy in locating a lovely patch of organic land and slowly gathering the bright, yellow beauties (with their leaves and roots) for my basket. Dandelion's common name is derived from the French dent de lion, a reference to the irregular, jagged, lance-shaped leaves. Dandelion held a place in the United States National Formulary from 1888 until 1965 and currently, Dandelion Root is a registered medicine in Canada.

A Pesky Weed Or Medicine? 
While many people think of dandelion as a wild, pesky weed, it is full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals, such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make teas and wines. Dandelion roots and leaves have long been used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach.

Dandelion Medicine

Used In Ancient Cultures ... 
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, dandelion was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea. In the sub-continent of India, within Ayurvedic Medicine, Dandelion is used to treat various liver disorders such as jaundice, cirrhosis of the liver and enlargement of the liver.

Dandelion greens inhibit interleukins and other immune molecules that trigger inflammation. Dandelion may also control inflammation by suppressing COX-2 enzymes, the molecules that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs target. Diuretic properties of dandelion greens make them useful for promoting urine production and reducing symptoms of some liver, gallbladder and kidney conditions. The leaves and roots can also be used as an alcohol extract, syrup, topical liniment or as food -depending on how it is best extracted, the health condition, and the constitution of the individual.

Ayurveda takes the use of herbs and spices to an even higher level.  From the Ayurvedic perspective, we look to the herb’s properties to understand its healing effects amongst the three Doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Let's Look At the Energetics ...
The properties we focus on are the following:
- Rasa means initial taste.
- Virya is the energy effect an herb has on the temperature of the body; i.e. heating or cooling?
- Vipaka is the post-digestive effect of an herb.

Let's look at Dandelion Root from the Ayurvedic perspective:
- Sanskrit: Simhadanti
- Rasa: Bitter
- Virya: Cooling
- Vipaka: Bitter

HERBAL ACTIONS
Dandelion Medicines- choleretic
- appetite stimulant

- digestive bitter
- cholagogue
- mild laxative
- mild purgative
- hepatic
- tonic
- lymphatic
- alterative
- demulcent

Various Tribes of Native American Indians also used the plant for a number of reasons:

  • Poultice of steamed or wilted leaves applied to ulcers as a dermatological aid
  • Greens eaten to purify the blood
  • Decoction of root taken as gastrointestinal aid (stomach pain)
  • Infusions of root taken as blood medicine (anemia)
  • Infusion of root taken to produce mothers breast milk
  • Laxative tonic
  • Pain remedies -  Compounds of roots and bark were taken for back pain
  • Kidney troubles and cleaning
  • Tonic – total body tonic was prepared as a wine
  • Infusions taken for heart burn
  • Infusions taken to release excess fluids from body
  • Young leaves made into Tea to treat women’s menstrual cramps
  • Culinary use as a spice to flavor drinks

Preparations
All parts of the dandelion have culinary and medicinal value. It is best to harvest fresh young dandelion leaves in the spring. The small, young leaves are less bitter, and may be eaten uncooked in salads. The pieces should be spread out on a paper-lined tray in a light, airy room out of direct sunlight and stored in tightly sealed dark glass containers. Dried dandelion root may be somewhat less potent than the fresh root.

Dandelion InfusionLeaf infusion: 
Place 2 oz of fresh dandelion leaf, less if dried, in a warmed glass container. You may add 2.5 cups of fresh, filtered, boiling water to the herbs. Cover the mixture and steep for 15–20 minutes, then strain. Drink the infusion warm or cold throughout the day, up to three cups per day. The prepared tea can be kept for about two days in the refrigerator.

Tincture:
Combine 4 oz of finely-cut fresh dandelion root and leaf (or 2 oz of dry powdered herb) with 1 pt of 100 proof brandy, gin, or vodka in a glass container. The alcohol should be enough to cover the plant parts and have a 50/50 ratio of alcohol to water. Cover and store the mixture away from light for about two weeks, shaking several times each day. Strain and store in a tightly capped dark glass bottle. A standard dose is 10–15 drops of the tincture in water, up to three times a day.

Precautions
Dandelion acts as a cholagogue, which means that it increases the flow of bile. It should not be used by persons with closure of the biliary ducts and other biliary ailments.

About The Author 
Karla Cain
Karla A. Cain beautifully explains in her own words, "my dream of helping others to remember their true nature started as a child, most likely at birth. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wished to help others understand the sacredness of themselves. In 2010, while continuing my research on healthy living, I discovered Ayurveda! I was overjoyed to discover that all of my thoughts and feelings about humanity the world at large, along with all that I had learned about healthy eating, had a NAME. I only wondered why it had taken me so long to find it!"

To Contact Karla Cain
Please Visit Sattvic Sage Ayurveda
Ayurveda Health Counselor
RYT-200 Yoga Instructor

DISCLAIMER:
This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.

Sources:  University of Maryland Medical Center & Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine


An Integrated Approach To Inflammation & Immunity - From An Ayurvedic Perspective + Epigenetics & More!!

An Integrated Approach To Inflammation & Immunity 
From An Ayurvedic Perspective 

There has been a rising buzz in medical science around the learning of inflammation and epigenetic factors that contribute towards disease. In over a decade of practicing Ayurvedic Medicine and Advanced Yoga Therapy, I have noticed a trend where patients and students presenting (even sitting around randomly in public and observing the populace) with certain ailments such as bacterial infections, virus’, candida and cancers and other related imbalances seems to come down to the lowest common denominator being inflammation. Inflammation produces an acidic environment and an acidic environment creates inflammation in the body. In an acidic biosphere we create a foundation in which diseases are rooted in. Modern medicine has become more recently aware that inflammation seems to be the underlying cause for numerous, if not all, conditions. To Ayurveda, a system of medicine over 5,000 years old, this isn't new.

Home Remedy To Boost Immunity 

Ingredients:
1. Water
2. Turmeric Powder
3. Honey
4. Mint leaves

Process:
Take the 500 ml water in bowl and boil the water for 5 minutes. Now add the 5 tbsp of honey, 1/2 tbsp of turmeric powder and 10- 15 mint leaves. Boil it for another 5 minutes. Strain the water and drink it to boost the immune system.

Ayurveda is known as the “Science of Life” and is the oldest most complete system of integrated health and medicine. Ayurveda has its roots in nature and the five elements, Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. When we combine Space and Air elements we get the principle of Vata. Vata is the term that refers to the nervous system and catabolism. Pitta, is the term that encompasses the fire and water elements and governs hormones, digestion and metabolism. Kapha, is the final principle that involves the water and earth elements, governing immunity and anabolism. When we look at inflammation in Ayurveda, we understand that many systems can be effected because eventually all the elements are effected. Health is considered ideal when we are balanced in these five elements and when we start to affect one, the others will surely follow.

Everything Is Connected
Everything is connected. In Ayurveda, 80% of diseases are considered a result of Vata imbalance because Vata oversees, per say, the mind/brain and nervous system. What stresses the mind will eventually stress the body. Examples of symptomology that are common in Vata predominant individuals (Ectomorphic) include insomnia, constipation, anxiety, fear, breathlessness, ADD/ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, involuntary tremors, alzheimers.

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Next, Ayurveda says that 40% of diseases are a result of Pitta imbalances, which shows up as inflammation. For Pitta predominant individuals (Mesomorphic) examples of such ailments includes anything and all the symptoms ending in “itis” such as gastritis, conjunctivitis, iritis, diverticulitis, types of cancers and viral infections.  Finally, Kapha governs 20% of imbalances, relating to accumulation of sorts  With Kapha predominant individuals (Endomorphic) we have examples including edema, diabetes, depression, sluggishness, fibroids, candida and certain types of tumors. As mentioned previously, that when one of the elements are out of balance so too shall the others be somehow affected.

The ancient texts of Ayurveda, written in the Arthava Veda (one of four Ancient Vedic Texts) and Charak Samhita, discuss this concept of inflammation extensively through its content. Where does this inflammation come from? What are the common categories of ailments associated with this, forming pathologies? How can it be prevented? How can it be treated?

IMMUNITY
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to when something is out of balance and/or has been invaded by an external pathogen of sorts. One of the first actions that the body takes, when something has invaded or gone out of balance internally, is the body temperature increasing. Heat is a biochemical chemical reaction designed to flush it out and support the body in returning to homeostasis. During this time, a battalion of cells in the form of at least white blood cells are sent in defense and an effort to contain the potential cascade of health issues that can ensue if not managed. It’s like when a forest fire happens and the fireman rush to the scene to contain the fire and extinguish it before it spreads and destroys neighboring homes and lives. If or when the body has recovered from this form of trauma, the body eventually recovers its health and can move forward. The body is constantly working on maintaining our immunity from things we see and don’t see. From what we drink to what we eat, how and where we breathe to exercise.

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There are so many aspects to how the body works that it would be exhausting and impossible to follow all the processes in any one moment. Suffice it to say that the body is always “working” on something. Sometimes some issues develop, say from tick bites that produce Lyme Disease, or viral infections like HIV that challenge the body on an ongoing basis. Some virus’ the body can handle on its own. Other virus’ are more complex (like Lymes and HIV) and challenge the body’s capacity to maintain balance consistently over time and as we age, which require certain medications to support the immunity so that the body can at least hold the virus at bay. In such instances, inflammation on a subtle level is prevalent.

The virus of HIV itself produces inflammation and then being on the anti-retrovirals (HIV medications) produces inflammation because the liver and kidneys filter all medications, putting stress on the liver; which also is a contributing organ for the filtration and synthesis of healthy blood cells.  The blood is the vehicle in which everything is delivered throughout the body. Picture it like molten lava flowing through the veins, just not as hot, thankfully. The body keeps a certain temperature (98.6 average) for a reason. This is the perfect condition the body feels that everything in the body can optimally function. Too cold and things start to become stagnant and break down. Too hot and things start to burn up.

Ayurveda recognizes that the first line of defense is the skin.  The skin, epithelial tissue, extends from external surfaces such as the outer skin, to lining of sinus passages, ear canal esophageal tissue and ending in the rectal cavity. It covers the body through and through. Inside and out. Inside being the entire digestive tract beginning from the oral cavity and ending in the rectal cavity. This is how we can visualize that the body contains a tube within a tube.  The inner tube being that which I mentioned, from mouth to rectum, to the outer tube being the rest of the body that surrounds this. Even cells themselves possess a layer of tissue that is membranous. The skin alone weighs approximately 12 pounds of the body weight. That's a lot of protection! Essentially, the first line of immunological defense is the digestive tract and equally important is the surface of the skin wrapping the entire body.

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Ayurveda speaks extensively about this regarding self-care, which includes the necessity to eliminate ice and cold foods and beverages from the diet. According to Eastern Medicine (Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) ice or cold should only be topically applied to some condition such as a burn or fever, or even stop one from bleeding, because the quality of cold is astringent and this supports wound repair by causing the blood to clot fairly quickly for most individuals. Furthermore, ice and cold are considered poison to the body once it enters into the digestive system.

This act compromises the functionality of immunity, digestion and the nervous system contributing to a large volume, onslaught and cascade of numerous health conditions. Digestion supports immunity.  We may wonder why this is, but if we remember that I mentioned that the body is balanced at 98.6 degrees and extreme variations of this can cause of domino effect of health issues. We know that metabolism and immunity decrease with aging. It’s just part of our human design. When we factor on these two components it becomes an opportunity for us to be more mindful of our health and how delicate it is.

BACTERIAL, FUNGAL & VIRAL ... OH MY!
There are generally five categories which account for how inflammation occurs. Bacterial, fungal and virus' are three of them. Parasites and Somatic Trauma are two. Bacterial, fungi, parasite and virus’ have two pathological patterns and roots in common: 1) They thrive in acidic environments, which is primarily indicated through inflammation. We know that an acidic environment fosters inflammation and that inflammation breeds an acidic environment. 2) They feed off sugar as a means of reproduction.  Implicitly, sugar, especially and in excess, feeds inflammation and therefore increases it. There is a process called “Glycation”, which is the combination of glucose (a type of sugar) combining with protein and creates a host of issues including inflammation.  Let’s look at an example from each category. For bacterial infection, we can use “Strep” (Streptocous). It produces inflammation and accumulates fluids which tend to be related to the grouping of immune cells attempting to ward off the infection. Feeding it sugar will only increase its existence. If the body has pre-existing inflammation it easily finds its home in the body. If we look at the fungal category, we can see how “Candida” (Candidiasis) is like every fungus that grows from sugar and acidic environments. Virus’ like Lymes and HIV, feed off sugar and pre-existing inflammation, producing more inflammation.

Parasites contribute towards inflammation because parasites can invade the digestive system and outer surface of the skin if immunity of these tissues is compromised. Parasites have also been known to mask themselves beneath other symptoms and therefore individuals are diagnosed with conditions that look like conditions that would normally appear from other causes, but become misdiagnosed commonly because parasites aren’t always sought after unless someone has generally stated they were traveling to third world countries. We don’t really even have to travel to places like Peru or Guatemala or even India to return with parasites. Simply eating at a local diner or having sex with someone who has parasites can spread such things. Parasites exist in everyone to a small degree but the introduction of more can wreak havoc and mask as countless conditions. In Ayurveda, we can determine from pulse and tongue assessment whether parasites are prevalent. In allopathic medicine (western), tests can be performed, that are generally accurate, not always because the instruments aren't all that subtle, and can determine whether there are parasites. If parasites are the root cause, then resolution must start from here.  Diet and other lifestyle factors have to be re-evaluated and circumvented in the direction of change. Parasites feed on sugar and love inflammation.

Interestingly, when a trauma occurs, though anything off-setting the equilibrium of the body is considered a sort of “trauma,” the body exhibits a natural response via histamines and other biological features that address wherever a sort of wound may have entered. Say for instance we were in an accident, we obtain whip lash, our neck becomes tense, sensitive, cold, hot, throbbing, sharp etc. These are all rooted in a form of inflammation. Surgeries can also be included here because to some degree surgery alters the body and can generally be a hit or miss procedure that can either cause balance or perpetuate imbalance. Getting hit with an object or getting tossed about causes the body to respond in defense in order to protect itself. The fascial system (connective tissue) of the body distorts and eventually/inevitably effects associated organs and other systems. I sprain my ankle, which pulls my knee, disrupts my hips and later the opposite side of my neck causing a whole domino effect of issues. This pathway is slightly inflamed, stemming from the origin of the imbalance. The body’s systems come into play and attempt to re-regulate, causing stress. Stress causes inflammation and there you have it, again. What’s amazing about the body is that if we suffer an internal trauma related to a condition like a virus, which affects tissues, cells and organs, then the body will align itself accordingly. This is the “inside out effect.” If I injure the body from the outside, then the internal organs related to the location and origin will be disrupted, thereby affecting other systems along the way. This is the “outside in effect.”

DIET
The topic of diet is a touchy subject for a lot of reasons, one being the direct connection with food and emotions/memories.  Ayurveda says “We are what we digest” which is different from what we learned being “we are what we eat.” If there is not food, there is no body. If we aren’t eating the best food, then we will not have the best body which includes health and immunity. Digestion is two-fold. The first relates to the actual physical digestion of food substances in the GI Tract and the second pertains to the effect of how the mind processes/metabolizes information.  With regard to physical digestion, diet plays a vast role in the reduction of diseases, the production of diseases and the prevention of diseases.  General examples of foods that increase inflammation and contribute to all three of the above categories are as such: sugar, processed sugar, excess salt, skipping meals, minimal intake of water, eggs, alcohol, fermented foods (breads, cheeses, pastas, yogurt, cheese, alcohol), night shades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplants), soy/tofu/tempeh, coffee (in excess), beef and especially pork, processed sugar (I.e. candy and soda), and all fast/processed/packaged foods. Highly processed food and even lack of adequate hydration, lend themselves as factors in inflammation. When any of the above conditions are present, they all feed off this previously mentioned list. Let's add to this, Ayurveda's wisdom of “Incompatible Foods” (such as cheese, sauce and bread combined, potatoes and eggs, bread and yogurt (depending on when and who/constitutionally). Lack of vegetables, green leafy vegetables and fiber overall can contribute to inflammation. The chlorophyll, which is the blood of the plant is alkalizing and it alkalizing the hotness of our own blood and reduces inflammation. The cellulose fibers, from vegetable and legumes, also help to clear toxins and transport them from the digestive system releasing them through our bowel movements. They also encourage bowel movements which is an essential daily function highly required for management of our health. When we have a healthy colon, we have a happy mind and healthier body.

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THE MIND
Mental provision also has a major role in adding to or preventing disease formation. In and of itself, the word disease is simple "dis-ease", which pertains to mental unrest and physical imbalance.  As previously mentioned,  Ayurveda states that “we are what we digest” and that  the digestion of what traverses the canvas of the mind includes the information that passes through “five gateways” being the doors of the senses; eyes, ears, nose, mouth and touch.  What are we seeing regularly? What are we putting in our mouth? What are we hearing/listening to normally? What do we smell/take in such as the quality of air? What do we touch or what touches us? These five doorways deliver information for the mind, which it then metabolizes/transforms/digests/interprets. The subtlety of such things has a profound influence upon our overall wellbeing. What we are exposed to on a daily basis has a sometimes immediate impact.  We can experience this in simple instances of fragrances or how people to speak to us. Unkind words cause emotional duress, usually. Loving words creates a soothing experience like salve for our mind and heart. When the mind is afflicted, we have a form of irritation, agitation and inflammation of the mind. This affects the heart. When the heart is unhappy, neuropeptides deliver messages to the brain from the heart and from the heart to the brain indicating “dis-ease.” It’s interesting to note this because just up until approximately 30 years ago, modern medicine simply looked at the body as a system of parts. Then a shift occurred and the introduction of Mind-Body connection was understood to be another key concept in healthcare/sick-care management.

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The mind dictates much of the body, like a king ruling of the kingdom being the body, but similarly and when the body is afflicted by some "thing" the body affects that balance of the mind.  For instance, if the mind is aware of or creates an anger filled thought it will not only disrupt the digestive system but also add to inflammation in the body.  Conversely, unresolved anger, frustration, resentment, hatred and jealousy can contribute towards inflammation in the body.  This is the psychophysical relationship we possess within.  Many of the emotions that cause uneasiness will influence the body in such a way that the body will become a forum and breeding ground for virus, bacteria and fungus related conditions. In the past two years some research was put out showing how depression may be rooted or at least somehow related to inflammation. I would also say that inflammation can add to and or produce depression. I’ve come across many clients dealing with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia and commonly they speak of being depressed.

Addiction, which is a sensitive and complex area for discussion, is primarily an imbalance of mind (and brain chemistry to a certain degree) that translates to actions which purposely seek to find balance within by externalized (on various levels) superficial and repetitive methods. This pattern also predisposes us to all types of infections and health compromised situations. The mind can also play a vital function in healthcare because a stronger mind creates a stronger resistance to disease thereby functioning as pivotal point within and as immunity. Stress overall enhances the inflammatory response and contributes to its formation.  Stress is inflammatory by nature due to its action of "friction". Anxiety and fear provoke a cold response and therefore increase nervous system hypersensitivity.  This weakens the natural lubricating aspects of the body and mind and from this "dryness" (because fear and anxiety are cooling, drying in qualities) the probability of inflammation increases.

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Sleep is necessary to counteract stress. More importantly, deep sleep is where we are engaged in a parasympathetic process that cools and restores the body. We know that constantly being hyper vigilant and active within the sympathetic nervous response increases friction and yeah in the body. Meditation is also a vital and viable tool to reduce and prevent stress through which we invite the body to be engaged more parasympathetically. Both sleep and meditation are crucial to re-establishing the integrity of the nervous system. Not only just sleep but sleep at night is the best quality sleep.  When we sleep, we let go of ourselves and our outer involvement in the world so that we can let go of this weight and explore the inner dimensions of our consciousness. Meditation can be done anytime, if someone wants to do it.  Sleep does not operate the same way.  Sleep is a natural anti-inflammatory.

BREATHING
Pranayam (breathing exercises that cultivate our life energy and vitality) are tools that the ancient system of yoga offers us in order to support our life. Breathing properly, regularly/consciously and with intention becomes a natural anti-inflammatory for both mind and body. It is a tool to be used with all forms of exercises that will not only maximize efficiency of the body and mind but also promote longevity.  Pranayam is also a tool used in yoga to cross the bridge from the outer experiences of the world and enter into the inner terrain of the body and mind. The respiratory mechanism is both involuntary and voluntary. We can’t really hold our breath long enough where we can cease our own life because the body protects itself from extinction per say. Yet it is voluntary because we can manipulate the breath in many ways. The breath serves us physiologically and psychologically. The yogi’s also know that spiritually the breath is a vital tool. Improper breathing decreases the quality of life. The yogi’s knew that longer, deeper and fuller breaths add on to life and that short, shallow breathing increases degeneration. Dr. Vasant Lad, an internationally known and master yogi and physician, gave an example of life span to breathing. He taught us to observe how a dog breathes. Short, quick bursts of breath; the dog doesn’t have a long lifespan. Yet when we observe the turtle, deep full and slow breaths; the turtle can live approximately 100 years. Amazing! Breath is life. No breath, not life. If we breathe more deeply, slowly and consciously we can support the respiration of not only the body, organs but go as far as the cells and DNA themselves.  This is the difference between sympathetic nervous system response (flight or fight) and parasympathetic nervous system response that involves the vagus nerve and allows us to feel a deep sense of peace and love. When we feel peace, there is no war. When there is no war, there is no inflammation. Eastern medicine says that even cancer tends to be an example of where we are at war with ourselves because love and peace are somehow hiding. The more we breathe, the more we create a space for peace and love to show up.

Pranayam (ones that are soothing and calming, mainly) is also a precursor to meditation. Both pranayama and meditation are natural anti-inflammatories. The more we focus on breathing techniques and inviting meditation into our daily lives, the more we can notice shifts inwardly and outwardly. Pain management techniques are showing that the usage of meditation and breathing exercises helps to reduce pain and other symptoms. Pain is an indication of inflammation.

EXERCISE
This is an important area worth discussing. Exercise is what moves the body on all levels. Improper exercise can build up lactic acid (remember acid is acidity and a great place for inflammation to grow, along with many other ailments.) Improper breathing effects CO2 in the body and lactic acid. The lymphatic system is a system of drainage of toxins and also an important component of our immunity. If we aren’t sweating enough/regularly then already we can have a sort of “sewage” back up. Exercise supports metabolism and with the biochemical marriage of insulin and glucose. When we exercise the muscles use glucose as energy molecules and when we don’t exercise enough this sugar accumulates and can cause the typical Type 2 diabetes. When we exercise we support insulin and the sugars are metabolized accordingly. If we have an excess of glucose and proteins then this becomes a breeding ground for inflammation and is a host to many other disease pathologies.  Exercise practices can be both stimulating and anti-inflammatory.

GENETICS/EPIGENETICS
I added this category because my understanding is that there will be plenty of data to support this connection, if it has already been shown. I attended an Ayurvedic Medical Conference recently and I was introduced to a doctor of pharmacology, practitioner of Ayurveda, who was trained in Epigenetics.  Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. Dr. Martha Harkey discussed with us the science of how DNA works and that Epigeneticists are learning about how some genes are turned on and off. From what she shared, methylation occurs and that seems to be a major factor in what happens when certain genes are activated. From my understanding of DNA and genes, being that they are proteins, if I were to increase the heat around any protein it would react in a certain way. Too much heat applied to protein can break it down or cause it to denature, like frying an egg. It is possible, in my humble opinion, that if the body is inflamed and proteins as far as DNA are affected, then I would postulate that maybe one of the reasons why certain genes turn on and someone develops cancer, or diabetes or some neurological disorder that “Aunt Sally” had, is because inflammation was the precursor for it. It is definitely understood in Ayurveda that we can change our genetic predispositions simply by changing our lifestyle, which includes regular meditation, yoga, diet and breathing techniques. Consciousness exists in each cell, however big or small. When we access this consciousness, anything becomes possible. We are not just a bag of parts. Just because we have a genetic predisposition towards any one thing does not mean that one health issue will come to fruition. If we create a new program, by making different choices, we can make great leaps in our own little bodies and minds. If we believe that we can develop that one issue that someone in our family has/had, then we increase the probability of it. Yet if we believe it is true that we can change that course and that is possible too. Therefore, inflammation may need further research to determine its influence in genes turning on and off.

The List
Here is a list of many factors that can create and/or add to inflammation, according to Ayurveda/Integrated Medicine. Before you look, I would like for you to remember this which is that it’s a list designed to create awareness. It is the hope that we can make better choices and to see how health is primarily a result of “cause and effect” as Ayurveda shows us. Some items on the list are simple and others are more complex. Some are easy to digest and others more difficult to process mentally. There is a significant reason for each on that could get explored later on and/or researched accordingly. This list is about increasing mindfulness and educates us on how to make some adjustments, over time. Some items on the list are simply requiring that they be utilized in moderation BUT also remember that “a little of this and a little of that” quickly adds up to a lot of what isn’t ideal.

Ready? Here goes…

1. Fried foods, grease
2. Fermented foods (breads, cheeses, pastas and anything else yeasted)
3. Alcohol consumption (especially in excess)
4. Sweet foods (too sugary and unnatural sweetening... agents) ex. soda, pastries
5. Dairy (based on quality, source, digestion)
6. Lack of sleep. Lack of adequate sleep. Lack of sleeping at the appropriate time.
7. Staying up late (past 11:00)
8. Processed foods containing preservatives (including soy based derivatives)/Fast Foods. Food cultivated in fields of GMO’s and Pesticides.
9. Wheat/gluten (especially overly processed and unclean sources) ex. white flour
10. Caffeine
11. Smoking
12. Drugs
13. Addictions
14. Excess sexual activity
15. Hot and spicy foods
16. Acid provoking foods, things that are sour
17. Meats, red and especially pork (including bacon)
18. Anger (can cause inflammation and be the cause of toxins causing inflammation)
19. Night shades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplants)
20. Exposure, excess exposure to technologies (ie. Cell phones, computers, electronics)
21. Traveling/traveling excessively and/or traveling during the winter.
22. Intense workouts/excessive workouts
23. Excess salt in diet
24. Parasites
25. Repressed/unexpressed emotions
26. Lack of vegetables and legumes.
27. Exposure to dryness
28. Pharmaceuticals/medications
29. Inadequate amount of water intake
30. Excess sun exposure, especially for Type A personality types.
31.  Lack of exercise or improper application of exercise.
32. Intense yoga practices or yoga practices that are excessively heating. (This especially effects pre-existing inflammation and Type A personality types)
33. Exposure/over-exposure to digital technologies. For instance, being on the computer a lot or texting or surrounded by numerous cables/wires, etc.

34. Minimize exposure to political environments. (This was fascinating. This morning I worked on a client that had bronchiole inflammation. I asked him a few questions as I was examining the tissue around his heart area and asked him what has him irritated. He said following the recent political presenters and all that surrounds it. After we had this awareness and I suggested he take a break from such things. Even eliminate it, the irritation in the tissues became cooler and he even stated that his bronchioles bothered him less.) Amazing!

35. Lack of social interactions/activities. Meaning not having a community of people who are uplifting and encouraging can increase inflammation because the mind and heart are connected. If we aren’t surrounded by love, loving kindness and connection then we are missing an aspect of or life that is vital.

36. Disconnection from nature and all that is natural. The body and mind can become restored and heal deeply with exposure to nature. Hiking, camping, listening to the sound of the live ocean and reflecting on the stars with our own eyes can be profound for our soul.

37. Exposure to radiation and radioactive sites.
38. Exposure to power lines, power boxes and power stations.
40. Contaminated water, air and soil.

The list was/is not meant to alarm you or frighten you but offer insight as to taking a look at your life and see what could be contributing towards ill-health. Slowly reducing and eliminating any and some of these will already start to shift things in a better direction.

CONCLUSION
We have spent the time looking at several of the potential causes and categories of inflammation with a few simple antidotes for it. Here’s a recapitulation of what is anti-inflammatory:

  1. Water/hydration is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  2. Good exercise, appropriate for our constitution.
  3. Meditation.
  4. Sleep.
  5. Breathing practices.
  6. Diet according to our constitution.
  7. Environmental considerations and what to avoid.
  8. Maintaining peace in the mind and a loving heart.

So much more could be written and expanded upon regarding the above headings. What was written was enough to wet the palate and get the mind going in considering another approach based on an integrated perspective of medicine and philosophy of health. There’s a lot to consider. So many subtle nuances that can affect us all in different ways based on various degrees. It is safe to say that in today’s day and age we are exposed to so much and that overall there an aspect of life that we are experiencing much agitation and inflammation. In Ayurveda, we say that modern culture is afflicted, because of lifestyle and diet and a lack of peace, resulting from a Vata/Pitta imbalance.  So many of the Ayurvedic doctors and research shared at the NAMA Conference (National Ayurveda Medical Association) indicated that the main cause of disease comes from inappropriate diet and lifestyle; not to mention a mind that has run amuck.

We can say that factors from the external can affect the internal, like those mentioned, but we can also say, according to Ayurveda, that if we strengthen out immunity from the inside out we will be less likely pre-disposed to invasions. In the yogic texts, they refer to Lord Shiva being able to drink poison and process it completely. Ayurveda says that if our digestion is strong we can digest poison and eat rocks without incurring any illness. It’s amazing to consider the possibilities of how we can optimize our health and what we have access to when we turn East and see what the ancient traditions such as Ayurveda and even Traditional Chinese Medicine have been masters of for millennia.

The goal is to increase alkalinity in mind and body. Avoid the major offenders as much as possible. Process emotions slowly, but surely. Follow a healthy diet and lifestyle that is in accordance with not only daily, seasonal, annual but also constitutional understanding according to Ayurveda. Breathe more deeply. Meditate more. Notice where, how and the quality/quantity of your sleep. Eat more whole clean and home cooked meals. Drink filtered water. Get plenty of fresh air. Connect with nature more often. Detox from the digital world on a regular basis. Surround yourself with caring loving individuals.  Align ourselves with the elements more. It is the body's right and desire to be healthy and will continue with relentless and countless efforts, until it can no longer. Is our health worth the sacrifice to lifestyle? If so, then life will be either short lived or just the quality of it will be diminished. We get to decide and affirm life or ill health in every moment. It's up to us to thrive or dive. Inside out and outside in. The ultimate healing of inflammation can only occur through a system of medicine that supports and is well versed in body-mind-spirit. Ayurveda is this system of medicine. Dr. David Frawley stated “there is no other medical system in the world that is as complete and integrated as Ayurveda.” Until we are each taken into consideration as a whole being, we will continue to falter in our capacity to create an atmosphere of optimal health and well-being.

About The Author
Vishnu Om
Vishnu M.Ayu, BA Psy., LMT, CSP, E-RYT, CS2, is a licensed massage therapist with more than 15 years of experience and Master’s of Ayurveda/Yoga from Hindu University of America. He is the owner of ‘Still Point Ayurveda’ Center and offers Ayurveda out of a few locations. To learn more about Vishnu and his practice you can find him at Still Point Ayurveda
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DISCLAIMER:
This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.


Think Yourself Healthy & Happy

 

Think Yourself Healthy & Happy
We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” While this certainly has some truth in it, an even deeper level of examination reveals that we are what we think. For thousands of years the great Yogis and Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) have observed the nature of the mind-body relationship. What they analyzed, understood, and taught was the direct, undeniable, interconnected matrix of our thought process creating either health or dis-ease. Fast forward approximately 5000 years to today…here we are in a fast-paced, technologically-driven, goal-oriented, productivity-based society; striving to get ahead, make more money, look younger and feel more relaxed. Stress has an impact on our well being, on our nervous system, blood pressure, and every system of the body, not to mention it ages us faster and can leave us feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and depressed.

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Is there another way? 
I talk to many people who believe that this is just the way life is and there isn’t much to do about it unless you’re lucky enough to win the lottery or get an upgrade to your DNA. Let us imagine for just a moment that we are creating the reality that we see, feel, and interact with. Let us suspend our disbelief for a tiny second and imagine that we manifest our life by sending out signals and invitations through the thoughts that we think and feelings that we feel. What if these thoughts and feelings set up an energetic loop that reflects back to us our “reality” based on the vibration that we are experiencing? For example when we are in a negative state of mind we look though the lens of negativity and see everything around us conspiring to make us suffer (so we amplify the experience of suffering).

The Real You - Alan Watts 

Conversely, when we are in a positive, loving resonance our perspective is different and even when adversity comes we can navigate and deflect it more easily and gracefully (so we feel more love, gratitude, and peace). In Yoga and Ayurveda, the mind is called manas and is said to have a functional relationship with the entire body. The mind is not the same as the brain here. Manas has a presence on a cellular level, existing as an intelligence that is affecting all of the dhatus (tissue layers or systems) and chakras (energy centers), thereby giving information to the entire body about how to function.

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Every thought we think has power. 
Most of our thoughts are habitual and repetitive, they are old programs from the past, running the show. This happens without us even realizing it. We believe we are thinking new thoughts yet we wind up creating the same situations, experiences and circumstances over and over again. It may be a new relationship but over time we realize we’re dating the same guy, or are involved in another altercation with an unfair boss, or have another friend dumping all of their problems on us. Can you relate?

It may feel like life is happening to you, however your experience of life is a reflection of what signals are going out from your own personal generating station (the channel of the mind, manovaha srota). So, take time to observe and take charge! If you want to change anything in your life start by looking within by observing the subtle thoughts, reactions and feelings created from your thinking patterns.

Ask yourself:
1) Is there another perspective or point of view that I could take?
2) How am I contributing to the outcome of a situation (positively or negatively)?
3) What else is possible?
4) What would love do/ say/ think?

Don’t lollygag in a negative rut, as it will only bring you down and down and down. Notice any resistance you may have to thinking or feeling positively about something. I’m not talking about suppression here. Ahamkara is the sense of “I Am”, loosely translated as the ego. Whenever the sense of who we think we are is threatened, (i.e. moving beyond an old paradigm of thinking or being) the ahamkara will rear it’s ugly head, dig it’s heels in and convince you that it’s not safe to love, forgive, trust, relax, or accept.

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You may choose to stay small, stuck, and feel like a victim or you can choose to blast through the ceiling of suffering by embracing a new way of thinking, feeling, and looking at the world. This is incredibly empowering and puts the reins of your life back in your hands. Giddy-up! Yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting practices are also great tools to reprogram the neuro-pathways of your brain and influence the nervous system to operate from a more relaxed place.

Personally I love kirtan and chanting mantras as they have the power to bypass the intellect (buddhi) and go directly to the heart. Also, humming bee breath (brahmari pranayama) and alternate nostril breathing (nadi shodhana) are at the top of my list for shifting out of a negative place and into a more centered and clear state of mind. Choose your thoughts and feelings wisely for they will create your future. As Allen Ginsberg said, “You are what you think about all day” and I’m going to have to say, I think he might be right.

About The Author - Madhuri Phillips

Madhuri Phillips
Between publishing books, making Ayurvedic yoga DVD's, touring for yoga and Ayurveda conferences, and teaching teachers about the Madhuri Method, Madhuri finds climbing rocks in really cool locations an exciting venture. She is based in Vancouver, BC. Learn more about Madhuri’s online Ayurvedic study and the Madhuri Method Ayurvedic Yoga training at: www.madhuriayurvedayoga.com


Ayurveda Tips For Healthy Skin

Ayurveda Tips For Healthy Skin 
Everyone wants to be beautiful. Yet throughout time, the concept of beauty has varied from various cultures around the world. It seems that all the teachings of Ayurveda are simply a means to remember the truth of who you are; you are inherently beautiful. One aspect of beauty that has remained consistent throughout time has been - good health. The ancient teachings of Ayurveda explain that beauty arises only after one has fully considered the foundation of good health; i.e. healthy digestion.

Ancient Wisdom ...
“When the foundation of good health has been laid, by making the most of sunshine, fresh air, sleep, water, and food, it will be time to turn to the little details about the care of one’s complexion, hair, teeth, and nails.” - Vatyayana

Interestingly, since the skin has the ability to absorb nutrients we can say that the skin also performs digestion. In fact, it’s often said that if you cannot eat it, do not use it on your skin. That’s because the standard for Ayurveda is all about being pure and natural. After all, the skin is alive and lifeless chemicals are incapable of providing vitality to the skin. Therefore, if you’re concerned about health, well-being, and beauty then it’s just as important to know what you apply to your skin as it is to know the ingredients of your daily diet.

Glowing Skin - Ayurvedic Home Remedies & Beauty Tips - Grandmother's Secret Recipe

Ayurvedic Skin Care

  • cleanse
  • nourish
  • moisturize

 

The Cleanse
It’s no secret that proper cleansing of the skin involves removing toxins from the skin and exfoliating the skin on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most cleansing products, including soaps and scrubs can actually do more harm than good. Many cleansing products strip away the skin’s natural oils which can then excessively dry out the skin. As a result of excessive dryness, the skin responds by producing more oil which can exacerbate any pre-existing skin conditions, such as acne. Likewise, if you are already prone to dry skin, or have sensitive skin - harsh chemicals will only irritate the skin more. Therefore, it’s recommended to consider more natural herbal powders to clean and exfoliate the skin on a daily basis. Ayurveda herbal powders are balancing, nutritive and are free of toxic ingredients.

Ayurvedic Herbal Cleansing Soaps
Gentle herbal soaps which combine special blends of ayurvedic herbs.

Ayurvedic Youthful Skin Cleansing Gel 
This rich and gentle formulation can be used as often as needed each day to keep facial skin clean and soft.

5 Steps For A Natural Exfoliant
Popular chemicals peels, such as alpha hydroxy, and retin A, often are harsh on the skin. Instead, consider a simple and natural peel.

  1. Take a tsp of besan, or gram flour,
    [which is a natural exfoliant and helps remove dead cells]
  2. Add a tsp of dry milk powder, which nourishes the skin.
  3. Now, add enough water to make a thin paste.
  4. Wash your face with warm water, and gently scrub this over it.
  5. After bathing, wash this off.

 

Nourishing & Moisturizing The Skin
Nothing is as nourishing as nature and it is to no surprise that many chemical products rarely do the job as well as nature. The teachings of Ayurveda recommend to use only pure essential oils, which are naturally hydrating and rich in nutrients. After all, the skin ingests these products and as mentioned before - “if you cannot eat it, do not use it on your skin”. According to Ayurveda. food is medicine.

A Natural Home Nourishing Moisturizer
1. Take ¼ cup of honey
2. Add 2 tsp of olive oil
3. Add 4 tsp of oatmeal
4. Mix it well
5. Apply this mixture on the skin areas which need moisturizing
6. Leave it on for about 10 minutes
7. Rinse it with warm water

In-Depth Look At Skin Conditions
Dr. Gaurang Joshi is a world renowned Ayurvedic Physician who has expertise on chronic diseases and a specialist in skin conditions and Ayurveda oncology. Below, Dr. Joshi helps to provide a more deeper understanding of skin from an Ayurvedic perspective.

“Twak” is the Sanskrit word used for Skin in Ayurveda and often the skin is considered the mirror which reflects various other conditions of the body.  In Ayurveda, major skin diseases have been classified under the heading of “Kustha”. All Kustha conditions occur due to the involvement of the doshas [vata-pitta-kapha]. Kustha is caused by the morbidity of seven factors. They are the three doshas vata, pitta and kapha which get vitiated by various causative factors, four dhatus of the body i.e. Twak (Skin), Rakta (Blood), Mamasa (Muscle) and Laseeka (Lymph). These groups of seven factors produce all the varieties of Kushtha; i.e. skin diseases.

Ayurveda describes seven layers to the skin ...

1. Avbhasini
2. Lohita
3. Shweta
4. Tamra
5. Vedini
6. Rohini
7. Mamsdhara

Some terminology used for the symptoms of skin diseases used in Ayurveda …

  • Pidika, Pitika— papule, Vesicle, Pustule
  • Mahavastu -plaques, patches
  • Sphota- bullae, blister
  • Mandala, parimandala, utsanna mandala
  • Kotha- weal
  • Vrana- wound
  • Matsya Shkalopmam - skin patches
  • Hasti Charmavata- lichenification
  • Sphutanam- cracks
  • Vivarnata – discoloration, maculae

Various other skin conditions described in Ayurveda

• Kushtha
• Shittapitta
• Visarpa
• Udarda
• Kotha and Uthakotha
• Visphotaka
• Masoorika
• Romantika
• Kshudra Roga
• Updansha
• Phiranga

Ayurveda Causative Factors…

Abhyantara Karana  (Internal Factors): 

  • These are the seven causative factors namely the three doshas which are rendered morbid through their aggravation & the four Dushyas; i.e. skin [twak], blood [rakta], muscle [mamsa] & lymph [lasika], which are vitiated by the morbid doshas. These seven dravyas are collectively termed as “Prakruti” (C. Ni. 5/3-4).

 

Bahya Karanas (External Factors):

  • Aharaja (Dietary) : Improper diet, excessive eating, consuming meat with milk or taking the next meal soon after the previous meal, eating fish with milk, excessive intake of Hayanaka, Kakamachi etc. with excessive intake of milk curd & butter milk may be included under this group (C. Ni. 5/6).
  •  Viharaja(life style): Suppression of the natural urges, suppression of vomiting, sudden switching over from Apatartana to Santarpana or vice versa, misconduct, killing the virtuous persons, physical exercise, excessive sexual indulgence, etc. may be included under this heading (C. Ni. 5/6)
  • Papakarma: The influence of action done in the past & present birth is also seen to be a positive factor of Kustha Roga. (C. Sh. 1/116).
  •  Sankraman (Contact): If an individual converses with an affected person, touches him, inhales his expired air & vapours or sleeps with him on the same bed, uses his clothes or the garlands worn by the affected person, may get affected by the skin diseases as well as by others contact diseases too (Su. Ni. 5/32-33).
  • Hereditary (prakruti Dosa): Kustha may be produced in children by the vitiated humors of the patient’s Shukra & Shonita.
  •  Sankraman (Contact):If an individual converses with an affected person, touches him, inhales his expired air & vapors or  sleeps with him on the same bed, uses his clothes or the garlands worn by the affected person, may get affected by the skin diseases as well as by others contact diseases too (Su. Ni. 5/32-33).
  • Hereditary (prakruti dosha): Kustha may be produced in children by the vitiated humors of the patient’s Shukra (Sperm) & Shonita (Ovum).

 

PATHOGENESIS OF SKIN DISEASES

  • The process of the disease formation, right from the contact of the etiological factors with the body to the fullest manifestation of the disease is known as pathogenesis or Samprapti (C. Ni. 1/11).
  • Kustha Samprapti (Pathogenesis) according to Charaka
  • Because of the various causative factors all the 3 Doshas are simultaneously provoked & induce defect the four body elements (Twak, Rakta, Mamsa & Laseeka). The 4 Dushyas become morbid & loose their character. This provoked Doshas settling themselves in these vitiated body elements & getting localized there, then vitiate them further & produce Kustha (C. Ni. 5/6).
  • According to Chakrapani datta, the vitiated Doshas become steady in body element, then they cause Kustha, not when they are in circulating or fluid state.

 

About Dr. Gaurang Joshi

Dr. Gaurang Joshi

International Ayurveda Consultant

  • B.A.M.S., M.D.(Alternative Medicine),M.E.T.C.
  • M.D.(A.M.) from IIAM
  • Consulting Ayurved Panchkarma Physician
  • Expert In All Chronic Diseases
  • Ayurveda Skin Specialist
  • Expert In Ayurveda Oncology
  • President-International Psoriasis Foundation

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


The Alchemy Of Bliss - "Soma"

The Alchemy Of Bliss -  "Soma" 
We all want to be happy yet one of the most elusive questions which involves our day-to-day reality is “what does it mean to be happy?”. We also know that happiness is key for overall health and in one form or another we are all seeking it. Could it be that we are searching for happiness in all the wrong places? For many of us, happiness is in the next purchase - the bigger home, the nicer car, and the newer gadget. However, the teachings of Ayurveda explain that behind all these diverse pursuits is an aspiration for happiness at the core of our being. In other words, within each one of us resides a sense of bliss called “Ananda” which is lastingly satisfying, refreshing, and that which does not diminish nor die.

Blissful Joy
To help uplift the emotions; helps balance emotional ups and downs; alleviates sadness and feelings of frustration

Blissful Heart Aroma
Helps to nourish and balance the emotions

Ananda [aa-nan-da] noun.
The condition of utter joy. Pure and absolute bliss.
An essential quality of the ultimate Reality (tattva).

Soma - The Nectar Of Immortality
According to the ancient vedic teachings of India, “Soma” was originally referred to as the nectar of immortality. Similarly, in other cultures, soma was conveyed as the “Holy Grail” being the ultimate quest for renewal and immortality. After all, we all want to live and do not want to die. In a way, Soma provides for ‘deathlessness’ and is the essence of all healing. The Ayurvedic concept of Soma is of vital importance for good immunity, longevity, and optimal health. For example, the classic teachings of Ayurveda discuss topics of rejuvenation [“rasayana”] which are lifestyle considerations to increase the quality of soma.

Soma - An Interview With Dr. Vasant Lad, MASc. 

An interview with Dr. Vasant Lad, author, Ayurvedic physician, professor and director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Interview was filmed on April 4th, 2014, by Joey Bujold.

Lifestyle Considerations ...
The modern world unfortunately provides many of us the problem of a highly stressful lifestyle. However, rejuvenation requires nourishment at all levels. Of importance is nourishing food for the physical body and equally important, is nourishment for the mind in the form of adequate rest, sleep, and relaxation. For example, a “sattvic diet” which includes good quality vegetarian food such as dairy products, whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, and nuts which provide purity for the body and clarity to the mind.

Deep Rest & Blissful Sleep
Better sleep = better performance.

Digestive Health
Good health depends on strong, efficient digestion.

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The Elixir Of Life - Soma Beverages
From the ancient of times, there have been certain beverages which have been considered an elixir which helps to revitalize the core of our body while fortifying the mind. A Soma beverage is generally considered a liquid that is deeply refreshing, stress reducing, and calming to the mind.

Examples Of Soma Beverages Include:
- Amalaki Juice
- Coconut Juice
- Sugar Cane Juice
- Aloe Juice
- Fruit Juices
- Herbal Teas
- Milk

Amalaki Juice
The fresh juice of amalaki fruit is considered one of the best rejuvenatives according to Ayurveda. Simply add a couple of teaspoons of amalaki juice with some pomegranate juice and this is an excellent elixir for longevity.

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Coconut Juice
Coconut juice provides hydration to all bodily tissues and provides natural sugars and nourishing oil for the brain and nervous tissue. Coconut juice also provides a cooling and refreshing quality to the mind.

Sugar Cane Juice
Not only is sugar cane juice delicious but is also considered a rejuvenative [“rasayana”] according to Ayurveda. Sugar cane juice is hydrating and helps to prevent fever, thirst, dryness, and fatigue.

Aloe Juice
Aloe juice is particularly beneficial to help reduce heat [“pitta”] from within the body and is also a wonderful nourishing drink for women to help tonify and strengthen the uterus.

Fruit Juices
Generally, fruit juices in moderation are natural Soma beverages. Certain fruit juices such as pomegranate, guava, mango, grape, and acai juices are particularly beneficial. To help reduce sugar intake, these juice can be diluted with water and generally should not be consumed during meals.

Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are considered Soma beverages more specifically to the mind rather than the body. Herbal teas such as Tulsi, Brahmi, Licorice, and Rose are very rejuvenating to the mind and help to bring clarity to the mind.

Ayurvedic Herbal Teas
Enjoy the exotic colors and aromas of spices can elevate an ordinary dish into a sublime feast for the senses of sight, smell and taste.

Milk
Milk has rejuvenating properties and is a beverage held with great reverence in vedic culture. Milk also helps to enhances the potency of other substances and other substances also help to benefit the rejuvenating qualities of milk. For example, adding a small amount of natural sugar, honey, or ghee increases the nourishing and rejuvenating qualities of milk. Milk also acts to carry the qualities of certain herbs and spices to deeper bodily tissues. For example, mixing certain herbs and spices like ginger and/or turmeric to milk will help to improve digestion, liver function, and elimination. Similarly, mixing saffron to milk is also considered a potent rejuvenator and helps strengthen the female reproductive tract.

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Maintain mental calm & alertness.

What About Alcohol?
Alcoholic beverages, particularly wine in small amounts have revealed some health benefits such as improving digestion and helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. Likewise, Ayurveda has a wide range of medicinal herbal wines such as Ashwagandha herbal wine which has rejuvenative and restoring properties. Medicinal herbal wines should be used with discretion and only as indicated by a qualified Ayurvedic professional.

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Making Ghee On A Full Moon + Mantra For Immortality

“Auspicious Ghee” - Making Ghee On A Full Moon
Every thing around us has an effect on something within us. Everything in the Universe - the stars, planets, satellites, and even the moon have a certain frequency. For example, the frequency of the moon affects the mind and influences our feelings, emotions, and desires. In ancient times, it was common to make ghee as the moon developed into a full moon. This practice of making ghee on a full moon is considered auspicious because the moon is thought to influence “Soma” - the source of nourishment, nectar, and bliss. Soma is a Sanskrit term which is derived from the root word “su” which means ‘to energize, stimulate, expand, and grow’.

“Soma is the nectar of immortality.”

Soma is also called “amrita” which means nectar and is considered the nectar of immortality. Soma is that which nourishes all things and making ghee during a waxing or full moon provides for an increase of this nourishing quality of ghee. In a practical way,  we can say developing Soma is a way of influencing our own brain chemistry and promoting the secretion of positive chemicals and hormones that keep our nervous system calm, content, and blissful - full of bliss!

Increasing Ghee’s Potency
The ancient science of Ayurveda has long revered ghee as an elixir for health and longevity. Honoring the Moon in our lives and understanding the place of the Moon helps us to develop the Soma within. The Mahamrtunjaya mantra also known as the “Great Death-Conquering” mantra was traditionally used to make ghee. According to ancient myth, the moon was once in trouble as she was cursed by King Daksha. A Rishi named Markandeya provided the secret mantra to help protect the moon. This mantra is said to bestow longevity and immortality for it provides physical and emotional wellbeing. Ancient vedic culture instructs to chant his mantra 108 times, which is considered an auspicious and significant number.

The Mahamrtunjaya Mantra
Om Try-Ambakam Yajaamahe
Sugandhim Pusstti-Vardhanam
Urvaarukam-Iva Bandhanaan
Mrtyor-Mukssiiya Maa-[A]mrtaat ||

Translation:
1: Om, We Worship the Three-Eyed One (Lord Shiva),
2: Who is Fragrant (Spiritual Essence) and Who Nourishes all beings.
3: May He severe our Bondage of Samsara (Worldly Life), like a Cucumber (severed from the bondage of its Creeper), ...
4: ... and thus Liberate us from the Fear of Death, by making us realize that we are never separated from our Immortal Nature.

How To Make Ghee From Kerrygold Unsalted Butter

3 Simple Steps For Making Ghee ...
1. Place two pounds of cultured butter [preferably grass-fed, organic, and unsalted] into a heavy yet medium sized pot and turn the heat to medium.

2. Heat the butter until the butter melts making sure not to burn the butter. Once the butter has melted, turn down the heat and continue to cook to a very light boil typically for 15-20 minutes. After about 15-20 minutes you will notice the most amazing aroma of buttered popcorn and the beautiful golden color of ghee.

3.  White-colored curds will begin to form as the butter continues to lightly boil. Once these white-colored curds turn into a light tan color, carefully remove the pot from the heat source. Your ghee is now ready to cool until it is just barely warm. Once the ghee is warm strain the clear ghee into a clean container using a cheesecloth and discard the curds which are left on the bottom of the pot.

* Two pounds of butter generally creates 1 quart of ghee
* Always keep a clean storage of ghee to prevent contamination
* Ghee does not require refrigeration
* Health benefits of ghee are thought to increase with age

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DISCLAIMER:
This is strictly for educational purposes only and NOT to be considered medical advice.
Always first discuss with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.