Ladies - Here Are 6 Ways To Have It All.

6 Ways To Have It All
For many women today, it’s hard to find a moment to breathe, let alone take care of your health. Whether you’re working in the office or in the home, raising your children or caring for elderly parents — it’s a balancing act just to get through the day. Yet taking care of yourself and staying in balance mentally and physically is central to meeting all the demands of your family and career.

“Women today have so many areas of life to attend to, it’s important that they set aside time to maintain their own health and happiness,” says Sankari Wegman, an Ayurvedic expert at The Raj Maharishi Ayurveda Health Spa in Fairfield, Iowa. A wife and mother of two young children, she herself juggles work, teaching and home life.

Here she offers six simple suggestions from Maharishi Ayurveda to create more balance today.

1. Vata - The Key to Balance
“The key for women to stay in balance is to take care of Vata dosha,” Sankari says. “When Vata dosha goes out of balance, it can manifest as worry, stress and tension. And because it is fast-moving by nature, it goes out of balance easily and then leads the other doshas. So Vata dosha is the key to staying calm and healthy.” Vata dosha, which is the mind-body operator that governs movement in the body, is quick, rough, dry, and irregular by nature.

“To balance Vata, it’s important to maintain a regular daily routine, starting with a consistent, early bedtime and waking time,” Sankari says. “Regular exercise, regular sleep, regular meditation, daily yoga, daily Ayurvedic Oil Massage (abhyanga), regular mealtimes — all of these things help keep Vata dosha in balance.”

2. Enlist the Help of Family
Where do you find the time to add these extra items to your daily routine? For Sankari, the solution is to involve the entire family. “It can be hard to fit anything new into your already-busy life,” Sankari says. “But the good thing is that your family can do it with you. Then you don’t feel separate from your family while taking care of your health.”

For example, when she’s doing her daily yoga asanas, her children follow along. “They don’t have to do it perfectly, but they are learning healthy habits that will stay with them for life,” notes Sankari. “When you have a regular daily routine, the whole family is on that routine and benefits from it.”

3. Plan Time for Yourself
Once or twice a week, arrange for your husband or friend to take care of the kids so you can take a break from your chores and responsibilities. "Taking dancing classes once or twice a week in the evening, or meeting a friend for a walk early in the morning — these are things I do just for me,” Sankari says. “I get to exercise and share time with friends. I think it’s really healthy for women to take a break, to do something that brings joy, whether it’s taking a painting class, meeting friends for breakfast, or going to the gym.” Sankari likes exercising with her friends, because they help motivate her. “The key to balancing Vata dosha is to be regular, so combining exercise with meeting friends is a great way to bring more encouragement and support to staying on a healthy daily routine.”

4. Melt Away Stress with Deep Rest
The importance of good sleep and daily meditation cannot be overestimated. “There is a tendency for women to do so much for others, to get tired, so you need to make sure you schedule time to rest and rejuvenate with your daily meditation,” Sankari says. “Even though time is tight, you can juggle your schedule to make time. Alternate with your spouse, or meditate before the children come home. Just having that focus, the rest you gain in meditation goes a long way.”

Sankari and her husband, Keith, follow a set morning routine, where one practices the Transcendental Meditation® technique and the other starts the children on their Ayurvedic Oil Massage, bathing and breakfast. Then they switch roles, so they both get to meditate. “They see us meditating, and they see it as Daddy’s turn, Mommy’s turn,” Sankari says. “And now that my son is 5, he is doing the children’s meditation, so he takes his turn too.” Sankari says she doesn’t feel guilty about the time she spends away from her children, because her children like it when she meditates. “When you’re rested, you dive within yourself and replenish, and you come out with more love, more to give.”

5. Eat Wholesome, Non-GMO, Organic Foods 
Eating regularly (at approximately the same time each day) and eating well-cooked meals helps balance Vata dosha and leads to strong immunity for the whole family. “Learn to eat those foods that are healthy for your body type, and avoid those things that are hard to digest,” advises Sankari. “If you are tense or worried, for instance, it’s not a good idea to eat salads for lunch every day. Rather, you’ll want to soothe Vata dosha and eat warm, fresh, cooked foods and consume warm drinks.” Preparing home-cooked meals is healthier and draws the family together. For example, for winter breakfasts, Sankari prepares hot rice cereal or cream of wheat, with cooked apples and raisins that she soaks overnight.

“This is something the kids love and is good for my husband and me too,” she says. “It’s so important for women not to skip breakfast, to sit down for a warm meal rather than eating on the go. It helps start the day right and balances Vata dosha.” If the family has to eat outside the home at lunch, one Ayurvedic option is to prepare kichari (a full protein made of rice and split mung-bean dhal that can be carried inside a small thermos), along with steamed vegetables.

“It doesn’t have to be complicated — you can provide a simple home-cooked meal that is much healthier than what you or your children would purchase,” Sankari says. For the evening meal, it helps to have part of the meal prepared before you come home from work, so you don’t feel pressured and hungry while you cook. You could prep the veggies in the morning, or prepare soup or veggies with grains in a crock pot.

“Even making fresh flatbreads (chapatti) is an easy thing to do, once you get the hang of it,” Sankari says. “Kids love forming the dough into balls and rolling it out.” Sankari finds that her children have become accustomed to warm foods and drinks, and even request them. “I’ve been giving my older son warm water or warm Organic Calming Vata Tea, and now he doesn’t crave cold drinks. The warm foods and warm drinks support good digestion and won’t throw Vata out of balance, thus contributing to better immunity.”

6. Support Your Mind and Body with Herbal Food Supplements
Taking herbal food supplements can help reduce stress and boost immunity. Vital Lady is ideal for increasing energy levels and clarity of mind, and helps a woman balance so many tasks at work and at home,” Sankari says. “For women over 40, Rejuvenation for Ladies helps restore that youthful glow. It promotes cellular regeneration, which slows both biological and psychological aging.” Sankari keeps Bio-Immune in her medicine chest to help purify toxins and to support the body’s natural immune response. She also recommends taking Maharishi Amrit Kalash regularly to rejuvenate the mind and body and improve immunity.

“I highly recommend Stress Free Mind and Stress Free Emotions,” she says. “These are wonderful, powerful supplements to help us manage the stresses we encounter every day.” Worry Free is also a powerful Vata-balancing formula. It addresses Apana Vata and is useful not just for worry, but also for general balancing of Vata. Stress Free Mind is ideal for anyone who is under mental pressure at work, or who is prone to worry and mental tension. Stress Free Emotions helps us handle emotional stressors that are causing irritability or sadness in our lives, whether from the family, money pressures, or work relationships. Sankari cautions that because they are potent, it isn’t necessary to take a lot to get results — just follow the directions on the bottle.

Since Vata dosha also governs the cycles of a woman’s life, such as menstruation, it’s important for the busy woman to give her body extra support, Sankari says. “Smooth Cycle helps us to maintain monthly cycles that are balanced and even blissful. And for the menopause years, Midlife for Women I and Midlife for Women II help balance Vata disturbance and help keep the menopause years smooth and comfortable,” she says.

For your best energy, emotional balance and immune strength, Ayurvedic experts emphasize the importance of maintaining a balanced state of digestion (agni). Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus), taken nightly before sleep, supports regular elimination and detoxification. It also helps the body assimilate food and other herbal formulations. It is considered the one Ayurvedic herbal to take daily.

Sankari also recommends consulting an expert in Maharishi Ayurveda to learn which herbal supplements and dietary and lifestyle recommendations are most effective for your mind-body type. And whenever you’re taking herbal supplements, she advises following a regular routine and eating the right foods for best results. While creating balance in your life can take some effort, it’s an investment well worth making.

“Every stage gives a flavor of the next stage,” Sankari says. “You may not feel you have the time, but if you take care of yourself now, it helps you feel healthier in the future — so you can support and enjoy your family in a blissful way for many years to come. Sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture, but taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do for your family.”

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.


What The Heck Are Doshas & How Do We Keep Them Balanced?

 

What The Heck Are Doshas? 
Disease doesn’t just suddenly appear. After all, having good health for the most part is the result of developing a healthy lifestyle. Similarly, disease can be likened to a seed. If the seed is cultivated by unhealthy habits then the seed will soon manifest into a full-blown disease. According to Ayurveda, illness is often the result of a long process which can actually be detected during early stages and therefore can often be prevented. Also, from a holistic perspective, it’s important to determine the causative factors and resolve them rather than just suppressing the symptoms through medications. In order to do so, we must first investigate into possible causes from which diseases originate from and finally help to establish balance using basic principles using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda.

“Health results from the natural, balanced state of the doshas. 
Therefore, the wise try to keep them in their balanced state.”
– Charaka Samhita

Ayurvedic Body Types - Vata, Pitta & Kapha. 

 

The Doshas

Each of the three doshas are present throughout the body. They govern our physiology and all activities of the body, mind, and emotions. An important principle to consider regarding the cause of disease from an Ayurvedic perspective is “like increases like”.

“Like Increases Like”
This principle of ‘like increases like’ clearly explains that if one of your doshas [vata, pitta, or kapha] becomes imbalanced then it’s likely that you will experience symptoms which directly reflect a particular quality belonging to the imbalanced dosha.

Vata Dosha
Movement, motion and flow are always occurring in all parts of our body at every moment. This movement is thought to be under the guidance of vata dosha. Vata dosha is characterized by qualities such as:

  • Dry
  • Light
  • Cold
  • Rough
  • Mobile

 

Like Increases Like ...
Vata dosha may become aggravated by similar qualities. For example, eating large quantities of dry food, dry nuts, cold food, or even certain prolonged activities with excess movements such as jogging, running, and rushing about may lead to vata imbalances within the body. Vata imbalances can manifest as irregular digestion, anxiety and worry, insomnia, and various other conditions.

Vata-Balancing Supplements 
Tips, products, recipes, spices, aromatherapy, massage oils & more!!

Balancing Vata Dosha:
Therefore, in order to balance vata dosha, you may want to consider the following:

  • eat more warm, brothy and easily digestible foods
  • eat at regular times to help promote balance in life
  • avoid stimulating foods [i.e. coffee, tea, tobacco and spicy foods]
  • avoid foods which are dry, cold, and light
  • consider eating more ‘healthy oils’ [ghee, flax, hemp, sesame]

 

Pitta Dosha
Pitta dosha is involved with metabolism at every level of the body. For example, all transformations at the organ, tissue, and cellular level are all governed by the principle of pitta dosha. Pitta dosha is characterized by qualities such as:

  • Hot
  • Sharp
  • Light
  • Liquid
  • Oily

 

Like Increases Like ...
Pitta dosha may become aggravated by similar qualities as well. For example, eating hot and spicy food, fermented food, citrus fruit, and working in hot humid conditions can all increase and provoke pitta dosha. Pitta imbalances in the body may manifest as acidity, irritability, inflammation, fever, nausea and various other conditions.

Pitta-Pacifying Herbal Supplements
Tips, products, recipes, spices, aromatherapy, massage oils & more!! 

Balancing Pitta Dosha:
Therefore, in order to balance pitta dosha, you may want to consider the following:
– Eat foods which are cool and refreshing
– Avoid foods which are sour, salty, pungent and spicy
– Dairy milk, butter, and ghee are often beneficial for pacifying pitta
– Drink more water and consider aloe vera to help cool down pitta

Kapha Dosha
Every cell, tissue, and organ system are involved with providing structure to the body. The process of creating structure involves building, maintenance, and repair – which are all under the principle of kapha dosha. Kapha dosha is characterized by qualities such as:

  • heavy
  • dull
  • cool
  • oily

 

Like Increases Like ...
Kapha dosha may become aggravated by similar qualities as well. For example, kapha types are vulnerable to cold, moist, slow and heavy characteristics which may manifest as a slow and sluggish digestion, weight gain, congestion, edema, and poor circulation.

Kapha-Balancing Supplements
Tips, products, recipes, spices, aromatherapy, massage oils & more!!

Balancing Kapha Dosha:
Therefore, in order to balance kapha dosha, you may want to consider the following:

  • Wake up early, be active and consider exercise daily
  • Avoid sedentary lifestyle and daytime sleeping
  • Avoid cold drinks and instead consider warm and spicy food and hot drinks
  • Eat fresh raw vegetables to help balance the oily nature of kapha
  • Consider drinking hot water mixed with small amounts of honey

 

Want More?
The saints of Ayurveda observed how the elements are involved in the different seasons and times of day. They brought to light the importance of understanding this in order for us to prevent imbalance and disease. Therefore, click below to learn how to become more in-tune with nature throughout the various seasons of the year.

Seasons In The Light Of Ayurveda
Learn how to keep your doshas balanced throughout the seasons!!

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.


Nasya - The Pathway To Our Inner Pharmacy

 

Nasya - The Pathway To Our Inner Pharmacy
Breathing is so natural yet we hardly ever think about it. Interestingly, seventy percent of waste is eliminated through the lungs just by breathing. In his book, Breathing: The Master Key To Self-Healing, Dr. Andrew Weil comments on the importance of breathing on our overall health. He states, “improper breathing is a common cause of ill health. If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to simply learn how to breath correctly. There’s no single more powerful or more simple daily practice to further your health and well-being than breathwork.”

“The nose is the door to consciousness and the pathway to our inner pharmacy.”
- Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Physician

Similarly, Ayurveda, explains that “prana” - the vital life force, enters the body primarily through the breath, via the nose which provides the flow of intelligence from one cell to another; i.e. cellular intelligence. Even further, prana is also the subtle energy that flows in the body through various channels and is responsible for our vitality and dynamism [“chaitanym”]. When prana is optimal, an individual will be active, alert and attentive while being happy and cheerful.

Ayurvedic Treatment Of Nasya - Dr. Sandeep Madaan, M.D. Ayurveda 

Nasya - Nasal Administration Of Medicated Oils 
The air we breathe has all kinds of stuff in it - from oxygen to dust, pollution, allergens, bacteria, viruses, mold, and countless other things. Essentially, the nose helps clean the air we breathe and healthy breathing, free of congestion, is important to ensure proper entry and flow of prana into the body. For example, disturbed flow of prana due to the accumulation of “kapha” [phlegm, mucous] can manifest as certain conditions such as sinus congestion, migraine headaches, certain eye or ear disorders, and if severe - may even cause seizures. Therefore, nasya, the nasal administration of herbally infused oils helps to protect the nasal passage while facilitating the cleansing process by removing excess doshas [i.e. bodily humors] and by relieving sinus congestion.

Protection Plus Sinuses
Soothes irritated sinuses and helps clear mucus; maintains a healthy immune system against pollutants and irritants.

Respiratory Health - Breathe Easier All Season Long!!

3 Easy Steps:
Nasya should be performed with the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic professional. Ideally, nasya should be done on an empty stomach.

1. Lie down with head tilted back.
2. Place five drops of nasya oil in each nostril.
3. Sniff deeply and remain lying for about one minute.

Organic Clear & Soothe Nasal Spray
Natural Nasal Spray — soothes dry, irritated sinuses; shields nasal passages from airborne irritants and germs.

Five General Types Of Nasya
This description is merely to briefly explain the five general types of nasya and is not, by any means, comprehensive. Therefore, always seek the guidance and supervision of a trained qualified Ayurvedic professional before attempting to perform nasya.

Virechana Nasya: this cleansing action is performed often with dry powdered herbs [i.e. calamus, brahmi, jatamamsi] which are recommended for certain conditions such as sinus congestion, headaches, hoarseness of voice, etc.

Bruhana Nasya: this is a nourishing and nutritional nasya and is especially good for vata conditions and conditions of depletion; i.e. dryness in voice, dry sinuses, fear and anxiety, drooping eyes, etc. Common substances used are plain ghee, shatavari ghee, bala ghee, ashwagandha ghee, medicated milk, cucumber juice, and various other medicated oils.

Shamana Nasya: is a balancing nasya often helpful in chronic pitta and inflammatory conditions along with hair loss, dandruff, or even ringing of the ears. Common substances include brahmi ghee and/or tikta ghrita [“bitter ghee”] for pitta conditions. medicated vacha preparations for vata and/or kapha conditions.

Navana Nasya: this is a lubricating nasya often used for either “pitta-vata” conditions or “pitta-kapha” conditions.

Marshya Nasya: this type of lubrication involves using the little finger which has been dipped into a small amount of medicated ghee and gently inserted into the nostril.

General Indications For Nasya:

  • stiffness or pain in head, neck, shoulders or jaw
  • general headaches and migraine headaches
  • sinus pain and sinus congestion
  • dry nasal passages
  • toothache, loose teeth, and receding gums
  • hoarse voice
  • emotional stress
  • sleep disorders

 

Signs Of Properly Performed Nasya
When nasya is performed properly, you will notice release of tension in your neck and both your nose and throat will feel well lubricated. Likewise, your throat will feel clear and melodious, free of excess phlegm. Finally, you will notice a sense of lightness and clarity to your mind and properly performed nasya will promote sound and restful sleep.

Want More Vitality?
Amrit Kalash 
Full-spectrum antioxidant: targets mind & nervous system

 

Vitality - Taking Care Of Your Life-Force
Breath is essential to life. This demonstrates firsthand how the breath is directly connected to the mind. It’s the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do when we leave. The mind, body, and breath are intimately connected and directly influence each other. Our breathing is influenced by our thoughts, and our thoughts and physiology can be influenced by our breath. The ascetic yogis have known for centuries that the breath has amazing recuperative and rejuvenating powers. By controlling the breath, the yogis were able to alter their state of mind – rather, they were able to directly perceive the various “koshas” which create our state of being. For example, Nadi Shodhana, or “alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple yet powerful technique that helps settle the mind, body, and emotions. Nadi shodhana is particularly helpful to ease racing thoughts especially if you’re experiencing anxiety, stress, or having trouble falling asleep.

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.

Resource:
- Textbook Of Ayurveda: General Principles Of Management And Treatment; Vasant Lad, M.A.Sc
The Ayurvedic Press. Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.

Organic Tulsi
Tulsi, also known as "Holy Basil," has been used by many cultures around the world for thousands of years. Described in the Vedas as the most sacred holy plant of India, it was traditionally used in religious ceremonies and ayurvedic formulas. Called "the wonder herb," it's a common ingredient in ayurvedic throat syrup to soothe the occasional cough. In ayurveda, it was traditionally used to support the colon's natural ability to remove parasites. American colonists used Tulsi to ease occasional head discomfort.

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.

Stress Free Emotions supports natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue. Diet, daily habits and ongoing stress are key factors that can contribute to imbalances in mind and body, leading to feelings of sadness and physical fatigue.

Premium Amla Berry
Works as a powerful antioxidant for people of all ages which supports the mind, eyes, heart, skin, and digestion; helps growth of muscle tissue by promoting nitrogen balance; promotes cellular generation; supports lungs and natural immunity.

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.”

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

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.

Amrit Kalash Ambrosia
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.

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.

Cardio Support offers nutritional support for the cardiac muscle, helps cleanse the cardiovascular channels, and supports a healthy response to a high-stress lifestyle, impurities in the food, and electromagnetic exposure.

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.

Respiratory health products are combined in precise proportions and prepared in the traditional ayurvedic way. This aids the bioavailability and assimilation of vital nutrients. It also creates synergy — the collective benefit is much greater than that of isolated, individual herbs.

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.

Organic Neem
The neem tree has long been revered in India for its numerous benefits. For centuries, the Indian people used the juice of neem leaves to make their skin look more radiant, drank neem tea as a tonic, used neem to clean their teeth, and used neem leaves as a natural bug repellent. Because of its wide variety of applications, it is commonly called "the village pharmacy."

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.

Ayurdent Toothpaste
For healthy teeth and gums. Natural, holistic Ayurdent Toothpaste cleanses deeply to rid your teeth and mouth of toxins. Supports and nourishes teeth and gums. Does not contain sodium laurel sulfate.

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.

Youthful Skin Line
This potent ayurvedic formula intercepts and neutralizes oxidants before they damage your skin; provides nourishment for natural, healthy skin cell growth; and helps stimulate collagen synthesis.

Essential Oils:
- eogenol
- methyl-eugenol
- carvacrol
- limatrol
- Carvacrol
- stigmasterol

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.


5 Simple Ways To Balance Kapha Dosha - Ancient Wisdom For Balance & Stability

 

5 Simple Ways To Balance Kapha Dosha
According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas called vata, pitta, and kapha. We can think of these three doshas as the guiding principles that keep all our bodily functions balanced and healthy.

“Health results from the natural, balanced state of the doshas.
Therefore, the wise try to keep them in their balanced state.”
– Charak Samhita

What Is Kapha Dosha? 
Kapha, made up of the properties of earth and water, embodies structure and stability. Earth and water … slow, stable, down to earth, slow to anger, and easygoing! The Kapha-dominant take their sweet time, too. If you’ve heard the expression, “Slow and steady wins the race,” that’s a good example of Kapha. Kaphas may be slow to get going, but they are dependable and dedicated. At their healthiest, Kaphas possess excellent immunity; a robust figure; the ability to sleep soundly; and oftentimes thick, voluptuous hair, large eyes and radiant skin, too! Those who are Kapha-predominant may have larger-frame bodies and heavier builds. When in balance, they are the teddy bears among us — sweet in nature and a pleasure to be around. What person wouldn't love to be around Kapha’s grounding energy? Kaphas are like the "slow down” pill for the other doshas. On the flip side, Kapha out of balance tends towards lethargy, feelings of sadness, occasional congestion, and “accumulation” of a variety of things: weight, water, possessions, etc. Kaphas often don’t want to throw anything away or let things go — be it an old sweater, or a relationship. They can become stuck in their ways and resistant to change. Remember, earth and water.

Sound familiar?
Feeling the need to get unstuck? Keep reading to learn a few tips for keeping Kapha well-balanced!!

 

1. Get Up, and Get Down!
Following a regular exercise routine is important for all doshas, but particularly for Kapha, since they naturally tend towards sedentariness and may gain weight more easily. Try out different kinds of exercise to see what suits your style and skills. Hopping on a treadmill is far from our only option! Consider swimming, cycling, rollerblading, dog-walking, dancing — anything that gets you breathing and your heart rate up.

Herbals for Those on the Move:
Joint Soothe II
is a great herbal blend for soothing tired or achy joints.
Flexcel is fantastic for keeping yourself mobile and your body running smoothly during workouts.
Fatigue Free — boost energy, creativity and mental clarity with this go-to herbal!

 

2. Stay Warm and Dry
Those who are Kapha-dominant may be sensitive to cold and wet seasons (particularly wet). Kapha can become congested easily; if this is the case, dry heat may be beneficial — a heat lamp aimed at the chest or a heating pad under the back can help. Keep the nose, throat and lungs protected from harsh winter weather. Using a Neti pot is very helpful for nasal cleansing and reducing congestion.

Respiratory Health Products:
Clear Breathe, Organic Clear & Soothe and other Respiratory Health products are all excellent for maintaining Kapha respiratory balance.

 

3. Clean Up Your Act
Back to that tendency towards accumulation… this applies as much to physical possessions as anything else. Kaphas like to keep things around, and their spaces can become quickly cluttered. If you have this tendency, try spending a few days going through your possessions, decluttering and “tidying up” by organizing your belongings and sorting items to be donated — while items that are useful or bring you joy belong in your home and in your life.

Emotional Balance is Key
Kaphas, as mentioned above, are loyal, caring, compassionate and sentimental. Out of balance, they can become lethargic, apathetic, depressed and clingy. Keep Kapha-heavy emotions balanced with stimulating activities such as yoga or other aerobics; play upbeat, lively music and dance around the room like a carefree kid! Utilize self-massage (abhyanga) before showering or bathing — just the act of massaging and stimulating the skin can go a long way towards boosting circulation, energy and positive feelings, not to mention the benefits that come from taking care of oneself and prioritizing one’s own well-being. Garshana Gloves are great for a dry abhyanga. If emotional heaviness is weighing you down, Blissful Joy is formulated to help uplift the emotions and alleviate feelings of sadness. In addition, practicing Transcendental Meditation® twenty minutes twice a day offers a direct means to transcend and restore balance to both mind and body. If you have not learned Transcendental Meditation, then practice your technique of choice.

 

4. Follow Your Nose
Aromas can be a powerful tool for balancing Kapha. Try Stimulating Kapha Aroma Oil, Sniffle Free Aroma Oil, or Blissful Heart Aroma Oil in a diffuser, or burn Suraj Sandalwood Incense for an instant environment change.

 

5.  Eat For Your Type
Kapha diets in general should be “lively” and full of energy. This can help boost Kapha’s otherwise sluggish digestion.

  1. Almost all vegetables are excellent for Kapha, but reduce consumption of sweeter or juicier vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes and zucchini.
  2. Kapha predominant individuals can enjoy spicy or pungent foods to help stimulate their digestion.
  3. All spices help pacify Kapha. Organic Kapha Churna is an excellent addition to meals. Try to reduce salt, though, as an excess of salt can cause fluid retention.
  4. Reduce the intake of nuts and seeds, though pumpkin and sunflower seeds are very good for Kapha.
  5. Lighter fruits like apples, cranberries and apricots are also good.
  6. Organic Stimulating Kapha Tea is a great beverage to help balance Kapha. Otherwise, a lively ginger tea is an excellent choice.
  7. Use only small amounts of oils and fats for cooking. Ghee, extra virgin olive oil, and almond oil are among oils that are beneficial for Kapha.
  8. Reduce consumption of grains such as oats, rice and wheat, and favor barley, millet, corn, buckwheat and rye.

 

It’s also important to make dinner the lightest meal of the day, and to eat at least 3 hours before going to bed; eating a meal right before bed can slow digestion and make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.

Herbals for Digestion:
Organic Digest Tone, Triphala Plus is a great addition to a Kapha diet. Triphala helps stimulate digestion and elimination and acts as a detox for the gut. This is very important for slower-moving Kapha-dominant physiologies. Keeping Kapha in balance and happy is relatively easy to do. Turn practices and habits into a routine; make that routine simple, fun and stimulating — both intellectually and physically. Doing so allows us to reap the many benefits of vibrant good health and boundless vitality, and to enjoy the best qualities that Kapha dosha has to offer.

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.


Ayurveda - Deep Rest & Blissful Sleep

by 

Ayurveda - Deep Rest & Blissful Sleep 
There was no siren nor light nor gentle nudge that woke me up. Nothing external interrupted me and yet, suddenly, in the middle of the night, I was awake and my brain was racing. I wanted sleep; I needed sleep; and none was coming. All I could do was lie there, frantically making mental lists and composing what seemed to be brilliant and urgent plans that I would no doubt forget in the morning. I didn’t even need to look at the clock. I knew what it would say. It had said the same thing every night for a week: 2:30 a.m.

"because your mind is going too fast..."

“If you wake up between 2:00 and 3:00 and can’t go back to sleep because your mind is going too fast, that’s the hallmark of a Vata imbalance,” said Dr. Jim Davis, who runs the Integrative Wellness Center at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. As soon as he said it, I knew he was right. After a long slog through the American medical landscape, I had found an ayurvedic doctor who determined that I’m equal parts Vata and Kapha, but when I’m out of balance, it’s my Vata that goes haywire. And this time of year, the dry months of late fall, can send anyone’s Vata spiraling. And when that happens, say hello to 2:00 a.m.

“If you draw a clock face,” Dr. Davis said, “from 6:00 – 10:00 a.m. or p.m. is Kapha time, 10:00 – 2:00 is Pitta and 2:00 – 6:00 is Vata. And you can prove it to yourself just thinking about the day.” For example: if you wake up at 6:00 a.m., chances are you’re still a little sleepy, maybe moving slowly in the way that Kapha’s earth and water and muddy mixtures move. And by 10:00 a.m., you might feel a little fire in the belly. You’re getting stuff done and you might start thinking about food. By noon, you’re ready for lunch.

“Pitta is all about digestion,” Dr. Davis said. “High Pitta is right at 12:00.” And that is why noon is the best time for the main meal of the day, when our digestive fire (Pitta) is strongest. Vata is all about movement, communication and the nervous system. It starts its reign at 2:00 in the afternoon and gives way to Kapha at 6:00 p.m. According to ayurvedic principles, the best time to go to bed is right around, or just before, 10:00 p.m., when Kapha gives way to Pitta. During the next four hours, Pitta will digest the day and make sense of the emotional and mental events.

“All cell repair mechanisms work around that time, too,” Dr. Davis said.

At 2:00, Pitta gives way to Vata which, theoretically, would deliver the goods Pitta digested all the way to the cells (Vata is all about circulation). If that’s not happening, and you find yourself awake and your mind racing, Dr. Davis has several suggestions:

  • Try to go to bed closer to 10:00 p.m.
  • Avoid stimulation and blinking screens — television, computer and phone — just before bedtime.
  • Develop a steady meditation practice, ideally at sundown or sunrise, the start of Kapha time.
  • Try to exercise during the day.
  • Try not to eat a big meal late in the day.
  • Take one or two Deep Rest tablets about an hour before bedtime to help with sleeping throughout the night. Or try one or two Blissful Sleep tablets at bedtime for help falling asleep faster.

Click Here -  Promo Code:  healthyayurveda for 10% discount on your first order!!

Alan Marks, CEO of vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda, has a few more suggestions:

  • Try to eat your main meal between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Eat a well-cooked, easy-to-digest dinner at least three hours before bedtime.
  • Consider an abhyanga (ayurvedic self-massage) before bed.
  • Let the sun set in your home (lights out and electronics off) if falling asleep is an issue. This can help reset your biological clock.
  • Take a walk in the early morning light. This is also a good way to reset your biological clock.

Vata loves heavy. If you tend toward Vata imbalance, feeling cold easily, try letting the temp in your home drop at night and weigh yourself down with heavy blankets. Wear socks to bed. Vata loves warm feet.

Pitta loves cool. If you tend toward Pitta imbalance, feeling hot easily, try dropping the temp at night and using fewer covers — if this feels comfortable. Any Pitta-predominant person will tell you that there is nothing worse than waking up hot in the night.

If you wake in the night with a cough, or feeling a discomfort in your throat, but you are not sick, consider that you may be having occasional acid reflux. Following an ayurvedic meal routine will reduce this. Also try taking an Aci-Balance one hour before bed.

Marks goes on to explain that, “When we eat a heavy dinner, we are telling our body to do two opposing things: settle and sleep, and stay active and digest.” The result is that we wake up not completely rested and with inefficient digestion. Have you ever experienced waking up in the morning to your stomach feeling like it is hungry even though you had a big dinner?… You’re probably not actually hungry; rather, your system is starting to pick up digesting dinner again. Thus, the downward cycle of wakeful sleep and incomplete digestion.

When we wake in the night, especially around Vata time, sometimes the character of our thoughts is just a reflection of our body trying to raise the metabolism enough to digest dinner. The mind is a thinking machine and it can’t have a mood, or physical activity in the body, on an abstract basis, so the mind will pick up what is closest to it and “justify” the activity of the body by diving into a train of thoughts. It’s the opposite of “food coma.” It’s food “Vata derangement!” So a lighter, easy-to-digest dinner is one way to set the foundation for a sound night of sleep.

Taking Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) is a great way to remove the toxins that build up from inefficient digestion (ama) and also to help with regular elimination. Addressing these two aspects of digestion is a great step in keeping Vata in balance and helping with good sleep.



Jody Berger writes about food, sports and wellness for a variety of publications. She is the author of Misdiagnosed: One Woman's Tour of — and Escape From — Healthcareland. Connect with Jody through TwitterFacebook or her website.


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.


Ayurvedic Detox Ingredients + Healthy Ayurvedic Dessert Recipe [Sooji Halwa]

 

Ayurvedic Detox Ingredients
In ancient times food was considered medicine. This being the case, people valued food much differently then. For example, considerations such as from whom and where we buy our food, the state of mind when preparing and eating food all matters and has subtle effects upon our state of health and well-being. Therefore, always seek out locally grown organic sources of food and eat in a peaceful manner in order to help nourish your body and mind.

Likewise, from an ayurvedic perspective, the setting which one eats should be as clean and pure as a sacred temple. This same sense of austerity should also be projected upon oneself [i.e. state of mind] when eating. Also, when eating we should eat with a balanced state of mind in order to appreciate the nourishing qualities we introduce into our body. Finally, ayurveda considers the unique needs of each individual – such as “vata”“pitta”, and “kapha” individuals. Therefore, in order to help maintain health and balance we should learn to eat accordingly to these very needs.

Ayurvedic Detox Ingredients - Guest Anurag Sharma 

"EAT SATTVIC FOOD”
Sattvic food is light and easy to digest. Eating sattvic food brings about clarity to the mind and often desired by individuals who live a life of austerity. Examples of sattvic food is listed at the bottom of the page.

Three Powerful Detox Ingredients:

  1. Black pepper. Modern research suggests that black pepper enhances the uptake and utilization of oxygen by brain cells. Likewise, black pepper helps to improve the quality of digestion – therefore, preventing formation of by-products of poor digestion [ama].
  2. Ginger. Ayurveda describes fresh ginger root as one of the best enhancers of digestion – helping to better assimilate food and prevent the formation of toxic by-products of digestion [ama].
  3. Turmeric. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial and has long been used in the Indian system of medicine to treat a variety of conditions.

 

Healthy Ayurvedic Dessert Recipe
~Sooji Halwa~

Halwa is a popular indian dessert that is widely used across many cultures and countries. It is usually made up of flour, sugar, ghee and can also encompass nuts and certain fruits. There are several varieties including almond, carrot, sesame and mung amongst others. Sooji Halwa is made using semolina flour and has many health benefits. It is a great source of vital minerals, nutrients and also yields high energy.

Some health benefits of Sooji:

  • Good for weight loss and diabetics as it has a low glycemic index
  • Provides energy as it is low in fat and high in carbohydrates
  • Low sodium and cholesterol levels and high levels of potassium, vitamins B and E therefore supports good heart and kidney function
  • Phosphorus and magnesium levels in sooji assist in maintenance of healthy muscles, nerves and bones
  • The calcium and zinc content is also helpful in bone health and immunity
  • During cases of fever and upset stomach, sooji can be made into rava kanji which is a light, easily digested type of porridge. It is also very nourishing.

 

Ayurvedic Sooji (semolina) Halwa 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 cup of semolina flour
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of cardamom
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 2 cups of filtered spring water
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup of turbinado sugar

 

  1. In a saucepan boil the milk, water, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom together. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, in a separate pan, sauté the flour in the oil until a deep golden color. Keep over medium/low heat.
  3. Add the boiled mixture to the sautéed semolina stirring frequently with care as there may be some sizzling and splashing.
  4. Add the raisins and the seeds and let cook for a further 5 mins. Spoon into a bowl and enjoy!

 

Sattva
Sattva [pure] qualities of the mind are expressed mostly as love and compassion, righteousness, and often describes the kind of person who seeks after truth in life. Sattva individuals tend to be well-mannered with an optimistic and postitve attitude. We can think of sattvic energy within the mind as that being of great clarity.

Examples Of Sattvic Fruit:
– mango
– pomegranate
– coconut
– figs
– peaches

Examples Of Sattvic Grains:
– rice
– tapioca
– blue corn

Examples Of Sattvic Vegetables:
– sweet potato
– lettuce
– parsley
– sprouts
– yellow squash

Examples Of Sattvic Beans:
– mung beans
– yellow lentils
– kidney beans
– lima beans

Examples Of Sattvic Dairy:
– milk
– fresh homemade yogurt or cheese

Photo Credit: GuideDoc
50 Best Superfoods of 2015