Mustard Seeds ~ Not Just For Hot Dogs & Burgers + Mustard Seed Cauliflower Recipe

Health Benefits Of Mustard Seed
When mentioning mustard, most of the western world will think of the delicious accompaniment to hot dogs and burgers. However the origins of the mustard seed are well documented with vast health benefits – when used correctly. There are over 40 varieties of mustard plants yet there are three main types that are used to make mustard seeds – black, brown and white. The black mustard seeds are the most pungent and the brown mustard seeds are usually used to make Dijon mustard. The white ones, which are actually yellow in color, are the most commonly used to make American yellow mustard as they are the mildest of the three.

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A common cooking spice, mustard seeds can be found in kitchens all over the world. These beautiful little seeds are a wonderful addition to savory dishes especially during the spring months. They have a pungent flavor and a heating quality that makes them particularly useful in home remedies to aid in colds and congestion. In addition to its stimulating effect on the lungs and digestion, it also contains important phytonutrients that have been studied for their anti-carcinogenic effects. Mustard seeds are also excellent sources of magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, copper, vitamin B1 and not to mention, omega-3 fatty acids! These nutrients have been shown to, amongst many health benefits, alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, decrease asthma severity and even to help prevent cancer.

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Mustard seeds work particularly well in cases of krumi (worm, parasites) and have carminative, analgesic and expectorant effects as well as rheumatic properties. This makes them very beneficial in cases of joint pain and breathing difficulties.

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Properties

Mustard seeds are light, dry and penetrating with a pungent and bitter taste. They have a heating effect in the body and their post digestive effect is also pungent. They have a strong affinity for the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. 

Some indications, amongst others, include:

  • Low or weak/sluggish digestion
  • Intestinal worms
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pain and swelling
  • Constitutional kapha conditions
  • And many more!

 

It is important to be aware of some of the contraindications of using mustard seeds. It is advised against usage in inflammation and other high pitta conditions.  Always seek a physician’s advice before undertaking herbal supplementation.

Usage

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

  • Mustard seeds with ginger, guduchi, pippali and black pepper for low digestive fire
  • Mustard seeds with guggulu myrrh and frankincense for arthritis – particularly rheumatoid
  • Mustard seeds with pippali, pushkaramoola, anthrapachaka for lung congestion

 

There are numerous recipes which use Mustard seeds and it is used abundantly in many savory dishes. A delicious way to experience the benefits of mustard seeds is in a cauliflower dish! This is a flavorful meal that can bring digestive ease in a soothing and delicious way!

~Mustard Seed Cauliflower Recipe~

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower washed, stripped and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 medium sized yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tsp of  chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp of chopped ginger
  • ½ cup of chopped cilantro
  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes chopped
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tsp coriander powdered
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp hing
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (brown preferably)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of salt (more or less can be adjusted according to taste/need)

 

Steps

  1. Sauté the onions, ginger, garlic and cilantro in the ghee in a large saucepan until they are soft and slightly browned
  2. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds and continue sautéing for a further 5 mins.
  3. Add the rest of the spices (turmeric, salt, coriander, hing and garam masala) and cook for a further 5-7 mins.
  4. Add the potatoes and stir well so that the mixture (tharka) covers all the chopped pieces. Cook for about 5-7 mins.
  5. Add the cauliflower and again stir well. Cook on medium-low heat until the potatoes and cauliflower are soft and can break apart with ease.
  6. Finally add the kale and stir into the vegetable dish. Let cook on low heat for a further 10 mins.
  7. Serve hot with a little ghee and a garnish of parsley. Enjoy with Paranthas!

 

  • Other vegetables and herbs can also be added or replaced as desired.

 

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.

Saffron ~ The Gold Of Spices + Sweet Saffron Rice Recipe

 

Saffron ~ The Gold Of Spices 
Saffron is a widely used and coveted herb. It is amongst one of the more expensive herbs on the market and its uses are extensive. The healing properties and health benefits of Saffron are vast. The bright red associated with the beauty of saffron is indicative to its uses in the body – from the blood to the heart and reproductive system. A field of Saffron flowers yields a violet beauty that is a joy to behold, and its effects on the body can be equally divine.

“Saffron is also known as ‘Ghusrina’ as it is sacred to Grishneshvara
- Lord Shiva.” (Sebastian Pole)

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Saffron is a tridoshic herb but works particularly well on pacifying vata and kapha. As a rejuvenative herb, it is especially helpful in cases of reproductive debility and has great aphrodisiac properties. It also has antiseptic properties and an affinity for skin conditions thereby improving complexions. It works well as a digestive herb and is also beneficial in anemia. It is also used in nervous conditions and works well as an antidepressant. Contraindications include pregnancy since it can stimulate blood flow in the uterus.

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Properties
Saffron is a light and oily herb and has a sweet, bitter and astringent taste with a heating effect in the body. Its post digestive effect is sweet and it is also effective on the digestive and reproductive systems.

Some indications of Saffron, amongst others, include:

  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Amenorrhea
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Anemia
  • Angina
  • Cardiac congestion
  • Impotence
  • Low libido
  • Nervous debility
  • Depression
  • Painful urination
  • Headaches
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Skin discoloration
  • Fevers
  • Restoring eyesight

 

It is important to be aware of some of the contraindications of using Saffron. It is advised against usage during pregnancy as it can stimulate blood flow in the uterus.  Always seek a physician’s advice before undertaking herbal supplementation.

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Usage Of Saffron:

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

  • Saffron and turmeric, ginger and myrrh for amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea
  • Saffron, with amalaki and ashwagandha for anemia
  • Saffron with arjuna and purnanava for heart conditions
  • Saffron with shatavari, ashwagandha and kapikacchu for the reproductive system
  • Saffron with brahmi, jatamansi and gotu kola for nervous debility

 

There are numerous recipes which use Saffron and it is used abundantly in many different cultures. It can be used in warm milk and many desserts.  A delicious and ojas enhancing rejuvenating way to use Saffron is in Diamond dates.

Another mouthwatering recipe is sweet saffron rice – a popular dish with mood enhancing qualities!

 

~Sweet Saffron Rice Recipe~

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of Ghee
  • 1/8 tsp of pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 inch of Ceylon cinnamon bark
  • 4 whole cloves
  • ½ tsp of cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • ¼ tsp of Saffron threads
  • ¼ cup of jaggery (sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons Raisins
  • 3 tablespoons of Chopped and peeled almonds

 

Steps

  1. Wash and rinse the rice several times until the water runs clear.
  2. Place rice, water, salt and cinnamon in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer until water is absorbed and rice is cooked – about 15 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, bring the milk, ghee and sugar with all the remaining spices to a boil in a separate saucepan. Stir gently until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Sauté the almonds and raisins in a small amount of ghee, in a separate pan until raisins are puffed and almonds are nicely roasted.
  5. Combine the nuts, raisins and the spiced sugar syrup into the rice.
  6. Gently stir on low heat and let simmer for 3-4 mins.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

 

  • Note: The amount of sugar can be adjusted according to taste. Some recipes would recommend cooking the rice first and adding it to the spices and sautéing together afterwards. The choice is yours!
  • Remember – saffron is best extracted by soaking in warm milk and should be taken raw not boiled. (Sebastian Pole)

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.

The Healing Power Of Spices: Five Magic Spices!!

 

The Healing Power Of Spices
Five magic spices to help improve your respiratory and digestive health

Eating all the wholesome and healthy foods in the world is of little value if your body is not able to digest and absorb the nutrients in order to put them to good use. Therefore, we put together a list of top 5 healing spices to help improve both your respiratory and digestive health.

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1. Ginger called ‘vishvabheshaja’ - "Universal Medicine"
Ginger effectively works on digestive and respiratory systems and is therefore useful in managing cough, asthma, bronchitis, allergies and congestion. Ginger is also well known for improving digestion and helping to relieve abdominal cramps and indigestion. Ginger is also considered good for arthritic conditions and the local application of dry ginger paste is used for sinus headaches and painful joints (except burning sensation and redness).

2. Cardamom is the king of digestive stimulants.
Cardamom has well known beneficial effects on the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. It's thought that cardamom helps to detoxify some of the undesirable effects of caffeine in coffee. Cardamom also helps to improve digestion, helps alleviate nausea and vomiting, belching, and even effective in relieving colic. Cardamom acts as an appetizer, deodorant, digestive and has expectorant properties therefore useful in cough and asthma.

3. Basil (especially Holy Basil, Tulsi)
Basil acts mainly on the respiratory system. Basil is an effective expectorant therefore useful for productive cough. It helps to removes excess mucus from the lungs and nasal passages. Similarly, Basil is effective for colds, sinus congestion, headaches and even has antibacterial properties. Of course, Basil also helps to stimulate digestion.

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4. Black pepper called Marich in Sanskrit, the name for the sun.
Black pepper works mainly on the respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems. It helps to reverse sluggishness and reduces mucus secretions. Black pepper is a powerful appetite and circulatory stimulant. Therefore, black pepper is considered useful in loss of appetite, indigestion and sluggishness.

5. Pippali called Chapala (giving instant action).
Pippali works on the digestive, respiratory, reproductive system. It helps to improve appetite and metabolism while helping to rid the body from toxins. Pippali is useful in colic, indigestion, liver and spleen disorders (i.e. enlargement of liver). Pippali has expectorant actions and is considered beneficial in managing bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis and productive cough. It's used as a tonic in tuberculosis, works as an aphrodisiac, reduces seminal debility, and even eseful in painful labor; under the guidance of a qualified professional.

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Maryna Stasiuk
Maryna Stasiuk is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga counselor. She started her Ayurvedic journey more than five years ago. Experienced in management of chronic as well as acute health conditions, Maryna follows traditional Ayurveda in her daily life and professional practice. She believes in power of Ayurveda as a natural and comprehensive approach for health management.

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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.


10 Health Benefits Of Tulsi ["Holy Basil"] - The Holiest Of All Plants!!

 

Health Benefits Of Tulsi 
Tulsi or “Holy Basil” is revered as the holiest of all plants and is considered a manifestation of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. According to legend, “All-Pervading” Vishnu comforted Lakshmi that she will be born on earth as Tulsi, but only part of her will stay there as a plant as she will eventually return to him as his wife. Tulsi which means “the incomparable one” is originally from India and is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an “adaptogen” to help counter life’s stresses. Medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds of Tulsi and shown to possess healing benefits for a wide rage of health conditions such as the common cold, fevers, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease and so much more. Even more impressive, research is beginning to suggest that Tulsi seed oil may slow progression and even improve survival rate in certain types of cancer.

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Properties Of Tulsi:
- Tastes: pungent, bitter
- Energetics: heating
- Post-digestive effect: pungent
- Qualities: dry, light

Health Benefits Of Tulsi - "Holy Basil"

10 Health Benefits Of Tulsi
1. Stress
The continuous production of free radicals in the body is inescapable and living in the modern world is a recipe for free radicals. Tulsi contains vitamin C and other powerful antioxidants which helps to repair damage done by free radicals. Even further, the essential oil of Tulsi also helps reduce inflammation, soothe nerves, and even lessen the tension of blood vessels; i.e. reduce blood pressure.

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2. Immunity
Tulsi improves the immune system and provides protection against just about all infections. Tulsi has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Research is now suggesting that Tulsi is helpful in inhibiting the growth of HIV and carcinogenic cells.“Results of a comparative study showed that tulsi and shilajit gave better results than that of AZT drug on the enzyme. “When AZT was 70% effective in blocking the enzyme activity, tulsi and shilajit showed 80% to 90% activity,” said Kothari.”

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3. Anti-Aging
According to Ayurveda, Tulsi is considered an incomparable health tonic and contains essential oils and phytonutrients which allows Tulsi to retain youthfulness. Much of the anti-aging properties of Tulsi stem from being an excellent antioxidant and helping to prevent hazardous byproducts of cellular metabolism which is responsible for many health conditions which accelerates the overall aging process; i.e. oxidative stress.

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4. Heart Disease
Tulsi contains powerful antioxidants which are beneficial to help prevent inflammation and vascular disease [i.e. atherosclerosis]. The essential oil of Tulsi is also thought to possess the ability to reduce the tension of vessels and therefore beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease.

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5. Respiratory Conditions
The phytonutrients and essential oils of Tulsi are very helpful in reducing congestion [“kapha”] in the lungs and therefore beneficial for respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Some studies also suggest that Tulsi possesses healing benefits to lung damage caused by smoking, tuberculosis and even lung cancer.

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6. Kidney Stones
Being a mild diuretic, Tulsi helps to prevent the accumulation of uric acid and the formation of renal stones. Likewise, the essential oils of Tulsi help to facilitate the breakdown of preexisting renal stones.

7. Fever
The phytonutrients and essential oils of Tulsi have miraculous healing properties which protects the body from all sorts of infections. Tulsi has excellent antibiotic properties and helps to prevent fever. Fevers are commonly a symptom of the body fighting against an infection.

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8. Headaches
Certain components such as Camphene, Eugenol, and Cineol which are contained in the essential oils of Tulsi have both analgesic and sedative properties making Tulsi highly effective in relieving headaches caused by migraines, sinus pressure, cough and the common cold.

9. Oral & Dental Care
Tulsi is a wonderful mouth freshener and helps destroy bacteria that are responsible for dental cavities, plaque, tartar and bad breath. The astringent properties of Tulsi strengthen and firm the gums and therefore helps prevent gum disease and loose teeth.

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10. Skin Care
Once again, the healing benefits and antibacterial, antifungal, and disinfectant properties of Tulsi helps keep the skin free from skin infections. Likewise, bathing in a decoction of Tulsi or applying the paste of Tulsi leaves can help provide a cooling and soothing effect to certain skin lesions; i.e. inflammation. The use of Tulsi for any active lesion should be performed under the guidance of a qualified professional and your primary care physician.

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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.


Health Benefits Of Cardamom

 

Health Benefits Of Cardamom
One of the most common spices seen in an Indian household is ‘Elaichi’ or cardamom. If black pepper is considered the king of spices then cardamom is considered the queen of spices; one of the most valued spice in the world. Cardamom comes from the Zingiberaceae family and has a unique strong camphor-like aroma and has a sweet yet spicy flavor. Ayurvedic texts describe two types of Cardamom namely suksma [small cardamom]; “true cardamom”, and brihat [big cardamom]. While cardamom seeds are commonly used as spices they are also used as medicine.

Not only does Cardamom add a sweet unique flavor to your dishes, it adds a lot more – health wise. According to the US Department of Agriculture and the National Database for Standard Reference, cardamom is rich in various vitamins and micronutrients as wel. These include niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin C, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc. The seeds of the cardamom also contain volatile oil composed of acetic and formic acids. In fact, the volatile oil, which makes up roughly 5 % of the seed’s mass, has aromatic and medicinal properties, and it is what makes cardamom so valuable. Let us now discuss other reasons why elaichi scores high in the list of healthy spices.

Ayurvedic Energetics:
- Tastes: pungent and sweet
- Energy: cooling
- Post-digestive effect: sweet
- Qualities: light, dry

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Health Benefits Of Cardamom

  1. Improves Digestion
    Cardamom increases appetite and stimulate digestion. Cardamom reduces the air and water elements and therefore helps to reduce bloating, borborygmus, flatulence, and indigestion. From an Ayurvedic perspective we can say that cardamom stimulates the digestive fire [“agni”] while helping to clear excess mucous from the stomach [“kledaka kapha”] without aggravating pitta.
  2. Cardiovascular Health
    Research conducted at the Department of Pharmacology at King Saud University, revealed beneficial effects of cardamom on cardiovascular health. The results suggested the use of cardamom may have an influence on lowering both heart rate and heart rhythm and helping to lower blood pressure. Similarly, research has also demonstrated that cardamom has antioxidant enzymatic activity helping to regulate cholesterol levels.
  3. Respiratory Health
    Cardamom has also long been used as a remedy for asthma and other respiratory conditions. A study has also shown that the crude extracts of cardamom were effective enough to help relieve broncho-constriction displayed in lab animals.
  4. Anti-Carcinogenic Properties
    Cancer, more specifically, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Research reveals that dietary cardamom may have a beneficial role in counteracting colorectal cancer, up to 48%.
  5. Breath Freshener & Oral Care
    The aromatic seeds and spicy-flowery qualities of cardamom makes for an excellent breath sweetener. Cardamom is commonly used as a breath freshener by simply chewing a few seeds for a brief period. Similarly, cardamom is also used to fight tooth decay and gum disease. It can also be used to help soothe a sore throat and relieve hoarseness of voice.
  6. Mood Elevator
    Cardamom is a well known anti-depressant. The best way to consume cardamom would be by making cardamom tea. To make this tea, boil one cup of water, and add sugar and grinded seeds of cardamom to it. Boil for some more time and then remove from the heat. Drinking this tea is a great way to improve the mood of person having depression. Cardamom oils can be added to baths as a form of aromatherapy for similar benefits.
  7. Urinary Disorders
    Cardamom is also used commonly throughout South Asia for soothing a variety of kidney, bladder, and urinary conditions such as nephritis, burning or painful urination [“mutrakrcchra”], and frequent urge to urinate. Despite the relief from uncomfortable urinary symptoms, cardamom should never be considered a cure to more urgent underlying conditions; i.e. disease.
  8. Impotence
    A nightly dose of powdered cardamom seeds boiled in milk sweetened with honey is traditionally considered useful in sexual dysfunctions such as impotency and premature ejaculation. Use with caution - as excessive use of cardamom naturally may have adverse effects.

 

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Amalaki - The Most Nourishing & Rejuvenating Herb

Amalaki - The Most Nourishing & Rejuvenating Herb
According to Ayurveda, Amalaki is considered one of the most nourishing and rejuvenating herbs. In fact, Charak - the ancient scholar of Ayurveda states “of all the Rasayanas, Amalaki is revered as one of the most potent and nourishing; Amalaki is the best among rejuvenative herbs." Amalaki is a strong natural antioxidant containing high levels of vitamin C and acts as a powerful immune strengthener. Amalaki is one of the best sources of natural vitamin C and contains 20 times more vitamin C than an orange. Amalaki is commonly known as Indian gooseberry or amla, and the Sanskrit name “Amalika” means ‘sour juice of the fruit’. Interestingly, despite all the health benefits, Amalaki is also commonly known as the “poor man’s apple”.

"Amalaki is the best among the sour fruits."
- Sushruta Samhita, Sutrasthana, 46:334.

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From an Ayurvedic perspective, tastes are medicinal. Amalaki contains all five of the six tastes - the only taste missing is salty. Therefore, Amalaki is sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent. It is the combination of these five tastes which explains Amalaki’s versatile therapeutic effects. Amalaki is tridoshic, which means it’s helpful in balancing all three doshas [vata, pitta, kapha]. The sour taste helps to pacify vata, the sweet taste, sweet post-digestive taste [vipak] and cooling effects [virya] helps to pacify pitta, and finally the astringent taste and drying quality helps to pacify kapha.

Delicious & Healthy Recipe: Amla [Indian Gooseberry] Pickle Recipe

Alternative Recipe Option:

Ingredients:
- Gooseberry 5-10
- Mustard seeds ½ tsp
- Cumin seeds ½ tsp
- Ginger 1 piece
- Garlic 2-3
- Red chilly powder ½ cup
- Mustard powder ½ tsp
- Fenugreek powder ¼ tsp
- Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
- Salt To taste
- Lime juice ½ cup

METHOD:
1. Heat oil in a pan and add gooseberry and deep fry and transfer into a bowl.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, crushed ginger and garlic and saute it and keep aside.
3. To the fried gooseberry bowl add red chilly powder, mustard powder, fenugreek powder, turmeric powder, salt, above oil tempering, lime juice and mix nicely.
4. Now gooseberry pickle is ready.

Amalaki is beneficial year round and has a wide range of many health benefits. Amalaki helps to enkindle the digestive fire [“agni”], improves digestion [dipan], and helps to regulate metabolism. The sour juice of Amlaki is considered very beneficial in helping to reduce certain pitta conditions [i.e. burning sensation, nausea, vomiting, headache, acidity, etc.]; when used correctly under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic professional. Amlaki is a rejuvenative, nervine brain tonic, strengthens the senses, and brings about freshness to the body. Perhaps most fascinating, Amalaki has been considered to be the herb of choice for diabetes mellitus as it helps to reduce kleda kapha - the underlying cause of diabetes from an Ayurvedic perspective.

  • Tastes [rasa]: predominantly sour, then sweet, astringent, pungent, bitter
  • Energetics [virya]: cooling
  • Post-digestive effect [vipak]: sweet

 

Some Actions Of Amalaki:
·        rejuvenative
·        aphrodisiac
·        increases energy
·        heart tonic
·        cleanses the blood
·        hair tonic
·        beneficial to the eyes
·        assists in cleansing the urinary tract

 

Amalaki Dietary Intake
Amalaki may also be taken in powder form. Simply mix about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Amalaki into warm water and consider taking it once or twice daily as directed by your healthcare provider.

Another way to consume Amalaki is by taking Chyawanprash. Chyawanprash is an herbal jam made from a base of Amalaki and also contains sugar, honey, ghee, sesame oil, berries, and a variety of spices. Chyawanprash can be taken a variety of ways. For example, Chyawanprash can be taken alone, stirred into milk, or even spread onto toast. Generally, 1 to 2 teaspoons of Chyawanprash is taken once or twice daily; under the direction of a qualified professional. Another great product to consider which also contains Amalaki is  Amrit Kalash.

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  • powerful food for the brain
  • significantly boosts immunity & vitality
  • best taken with Amrit Nectar
  • vata, pitta, kapha balancing (vpk®)

 

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Disclaimer:
This is considered general and basic guidelines for overall health and wellbeing. Always first discuss with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen. This is strictly for educational use and not to be considered medical advice.


Sitopaladi - The Sweet Cough Remedy

Sitopaladi - The Sweet Cough Remedy
Sitopaladi is an ayurvedic formulation made up of five main constituents. The name Sitopaladi indicates the sweet rock candy it contains. It works primarily as an expectorant and is therefore particularly beneficial during the seasonal changes that bring a rise in colds and flus. Sitopaladi also works as an antiasthmatic, febrifuge and a diaphoretic. It is therefore useful during shortness of breath and bronchitis as it helps to clear the congestion and allows prana to flow when it is obstructed by excess mucus and sputum.

Clear Throat
Clear Throat is a fast-acting formula that cools and soothes the throat, and aids in removing impurities from the respiratory system.

Properties
Sitopaladi is a light, oily herb and has a sweet, pungent taste with a heating effect in the body. It has a sweet post digestive effect and it works especially well on the digestive and respiratory systems.

The Five Constituents:

  • Pippali (long pepper)
  • Twak (cinnamon)
  • Vamsa Lochana
  • Elae (cardamom)
  • Sitopala (rock candy)

 

Sniffle Free
Sniffle Free helps to improve natural resistance against cold; helps drain excess mucus from the sinuses.

Despite the formula containing rock candy, the remaining herbs are heating in nature and work effectively together to help break down the excess mucus and congestion in the respiratory system. As the herbs are also strong digestives they are beneficial in cases of weak digestive fire. The vamsa lochana is particularly beneficial with infected phlegm and hot fevers, working as an excellent expectorant. Pippali works as a rejuvenative to the respiratory system and cardamom and cinnamon also help break down the congestion.

Note: If there are signs of high heat in the body, then combine with other cooling herbs as sitopaladi is also heating.

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Ingredients: 
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp Marshmallow Root
2 tbsp Ginger
2 tbsp Chamomile
½ tbsp Cinnamon
½ Cup Honey
2 Pints of water

Directions: Bring the water to a boil, and add the roots and spices (all the wet ingredients.) Let it simmer until it has reduced about 40%. Then strain the water into a jar and let it COOL. Add the honey and lemon juice (after it’s cooled, we don’t want our honey to cook.)

Some indications, amongst others, include:

  • Allergies
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Coughs
  • Colds & Flu
  • Fever
  • Sinus congestion
  • Sinus headaches

 

Bio-Immune
Supports natural immunity; helps detoxify blood and promotes cellular regeneration.

 Usage:
There are several combination compounds that involve Sitopaladi to address certain conditions. Some being:

  1. Sitopaladi with Mahasudarshan when fever and inflammation are present due to increased heat
  2. Sitopaladi with Trikatu for intense congestion and mucous
  3. Sitopaladi with Haritaki, Pitshirisha and anthrapachaka for respiratory allergies
  4. Sitopaladi with Talisadi, Osha and Echinacea during colds and sinus congestion

 

  • Taking a pinch with ½ teaspoon of honey is also an effective and delicious way of relieving colds. Brewed in a tea and sipped during the day may bring relief to excess sinus congestion and headaches.
  • As always, consult with your physician and practitioner before starting an herbal program.

 

Disclaimer:
This information is strictly for educational purpose only and not considered medical advice. Always first discuss with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.

References

  • 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
  • Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice.
  • Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers' handbook a home manual.

Amrit Kalash - The Nectar Of Immortality & The Queen Of Ayurvedic Formulas

 

Amrit Kalash - The Nectar Of Immortality
According to Indian mythology, during the ancient of times there was much suffering amongst humanity. The gods and demons [Devas & Asuras] got together and made a solemn oath to help resolve the origin of all suffering. Together they entered the depths of the ocean and churned the water to produce the most precious gift - Amrit Kalash. Amrit Kalash is thought to be the ambrosial gift to bring about health and happiness for all of humanity.

Amrit Kalash
Traditional ayurvedic formula of 13 herbs that supports the health of mind, brain, and nerves; increases vitality and inner strength; powerful antioxidant — research shows it to be up to 1,000 times more effective than vitamins C and E

The Queen Of All Ayurvedic Formulas
Amrit Kalash is produced in 250 meticulous steps and is often called “herbs for enlightenment”. This is because Amrit Kalash is a masterful blend of many herbs which helps to promote perfect health, longevity, bliss, and man’s full potential - enlightenment.


Yat Jara Vyadhi Nashanam Tat Rasayanam

"that which negates old age and disease is called a Rasayana”


A Masterful Rasayana

The science of Ayurveda speaks volumes about individual fruits, herbs and spices that are considered Rasayanas. Amrit Kalash has it all. For example, the two main fruit in Amrit Kalash are Indian Gooseberry [Amalaki] and Indian Gallnut [Haritaki] which are considered to be the premier Rasayanas in the category of fruit. The classical texts of Ayurveda have made it clear that these two fruit support a long and healthy life of bliss and happiness. In the category of spices, Turmeric and Long Pepper (Pippali) are revered for their healing benefits. Other herbs to help make Amrit Kalash the “Queen Of All Rasayanas” belong to a category of herbs called ‘Medhya Rasayanas’ - which refers to herbs which enhance the ability to learn, retain and recall knowledge. These intellectual herbs [i.e. Medhya] include Indian Pennywort [Gotu Kola/Brahmi], Shakapushpi, and Aloeweed. 


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Positive Influence On Immunity

Stressors of the modern lifestyle seem to be impacting everyone, everywhere. No better way to manage stressors than to consider a powerful Rasayana to help nourish the mind, body and spirit in a very holistic and balanced way. Immunity is very well described in Ayurveda as “Bala” - which encompasses a holistic concept of physical, mental, emotional and psychological immunity. An immune boosting herb in Amrit Kalash worth mentioning is Guduchi. Another name for Guduchi is “Amrita” [immortal] due to several implications. For one, this plant appears to be indestructible. If you cut a vine off the main plant, the cut vine tends to grow aerial roots and keeps growing even without water and soil. Another herb in Amrit Kalash also referred as “Amrita” is Indian Gallnut [Haritaki]. Haritaki is considered extremely beneficial in helping to flush out certain toxins and enhance the immune system. Just as Amrit Kalash is beginning to sound to good to be true, it gets even more unbelievable. Amalaki also enhances the immune boosting qualities of Amrit Kalash. In fact, Amalaki is considered to have the richest source of vitamin C in the plant world. Even further, the vitamin C from Amalaki is thought to be in the form that is resistant to both heat and light and is easily assimilated by the body. Amongst many other benefits, research on Amrit Kalash has also revealed it to be a powerful scavenger of free radicals.

Ojas - The Substance Which Sustains Life
Ojas is considered to be the refined by-product of healthy digestion. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda explains ojas as being that substance which sustains life. It is also said that when ojas is optimal in both quality and quantity - one will be happy and healthy. The meticulous process involved in the creation of Amrit Kalash is thought to help promote the formation of ojas.

Disclaimer:
This information is strictly for educational purpose and provides information about the tradition of Ayurveda. Always first discuss the risk/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.


Chyawanprash - The Famous Ayurvedic Elixir

 

Chyawanprash - The Ayurvedic Elixir
Long ago, sat in the forest an old wise sage named Chyawan. It has been said that the old wise sage had been sitting in mediation for such a long period of time that he eventually became covered with moss, twigs, leaves and branches. One day, a beautiful princess found herself joyfully singing through the forrest as she played a game while being blindfolded. Accidently, the beautiful princess’s hand had gently grazed the head of sage Chyawan. According to the rules of the kingdom - whomsoever the beautiful princess touches will be destined to be her husband as she was only to touch one man in her lifetime.

"Restore Youthfulness & Vitality"

How could such a beautiful princess marry an old man? Suprisingly, sage Chyawan agreed to marry the young princess; however he insisted several months of preparation. During these months of preparation sage Chyawan sought out a combination of herbs which would restore his youthfulness and vitality so that he might offer to his newly beloved wife many years of conjugal bliss and joy. After the several months of preparation the young beautiful princess had returned to marry the now handsome and youthful Chyawan. Due to the remarkable rejuvenating qualities of this formula - “Chyawanprash”, it has for thousands of years been esteemed as an Ayurvedic Elixir.

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Traditional ayurvedic formula of 13 herbs that supports the health of mind, brain, and nerves; increases vitality and inner strength; powerful antioxidant — research shows it to be up to 1,000 times more effective than vitamins C and E.

 

THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
Chyawanprash is a remarkable tonic as it rebuilds not only the body but also helps to rejuvenate the sense of wellness within the mind. Chyawanprash is a unique a mixture of 35-37 powerful ayurvedic herbs [some say up to 49] with amla [indian goosberry; Emblica officinalis] being the base of this formulation. Chyawanprash is also found to be a potent immune enhancer, largely due to the high bioavailability of vitamin C from amalaki. In fact, Chyawanprash is thought to have as much as 30 times more vitamin C than an orange and is therefore helpful with strengthening the immune system.

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Other Ingredients Of Chywanprash Include:
- ashwaganda
- pippali
- cardamom
- nutmeg
- cinnamon
- clarified butter and honey [as the base]
- plus so much more ...

Other Benefits Of Chyawanprash Include
:

- increased immunity; antioxidant
- rejuvenative to all bodily tissues
- reproductive tonic; enhances fertility
- provides increased strength; “balya”
- helps alleviate cough
- helps with urinary disorders
- improves skin complexion

Special Note:
- often can be taken with milk to help carry this formulation to deeper tissue
- may also consider taking with almond milk for those avoiding dairy

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.

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Dashamula - "The Ten Roots" - A Potent Ayurvedic Formula

Dashamula - "The Ten Roots"
Dashamula is an ayurvedic formulation made up of ten herbs. The name Dashamula translates to ‘The ten roots’ and it is a potent ayurvedic formula. It is particularly beneficial to disorders of the nervous system and lungs. It is also frequently used as an enema as it helps to alleviate constipation, lower back conditions and inflammation in the pelvic and sacral areas.

Dashamula has expectorant, nervine, analgesic and febrifuge actions. It directs the air and space elements in the body to flow downward and alleviates most nervine disorders associated with weakness, debility and pain. It is particularly effective in tremors, sciatica and parkinsons. Dashamula is also used in cases of dry coughs associated with respiratory weakness.

Properties:
Dashamula is a heavy, dry herb and has a sweet, astringent taste with a warming effect in the body. Its post digestive effect is pungent and it works especially well on the nerve, digestive and respiratory systems.

The Ten Roots
Dashamula is a formulation of equal parts of of the ten following roots:

·        Agnimantha
·        Bilwa
·        Bruhati
·        Gokshura
·        Kantakari
·        Kashmari
·        Patala
·        Prushniparni
·        Shaliparni
·        Shyonaka

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

1.      Dashamula with Ashwagandha and Bala is commonly used in an oil for lower back pain
2.      Dashamula with trikatu and vasa for respiratory conditions
3.      Dashamula with tulsi for fevers.

Other Ways To Help Balance Vata Dosha

Some indications of dashamula, amongst others, include:
·        Parkinsons
·        Ungroundedness
·        Headaches
·        Fever
·        Sciatica
·        Tinnitus
·        Neuralgia
·        Asthma
·        Colics
·        Arthritis
·        Tics and tremors
·        Lumbago
·        Dry cough
·        Debility

A Word Of Caution:
This is strictly for educational purpose and not medical advice. Caution should be exercised in using dashamula especially in cases of heaviness and excess heat in the body. It is generally not advised during pregnancy. As always, consult with your physician and practitioner before starting a herbal program.

References:
·        Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda. Albuquerque, N.M.: Ayurvedic Press.
·        Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs.
·        Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice.
·        Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers' handbook a home manual.