The Ayurveda Guide: Agni ... You Are Only As Healthy As Your Agni

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The Ayurveda Guide: Agni

Charaka, the ancient seer of Ayurveda, states that “the individual is the epitome of the universe”. This implies that – that which exist in the vast eternal universe also appears within the inward cosmos of the human body. The entire universe is made from and these elements are referred to as “Panchamahabhutas” … translated as ‘The 5 Great Elements’; i.e. ether, air, fire, water and earth.

The Principle Of Transformation:
Fire is radiant energy and is active and changeable. It is the source of all transformative processes in the body and is responsible for digestion, absorption and transformation of food into energy.

Qualities Of Tejas/Fire:
– Hot
– Sharp
– Minute
– Light
– Rough
– Non-slimy

The qualities of hot, dry, penetrating and sharp demonstrate the radiant energy of Fire in the body. Skin complexion, eye luster and intelligence are expressions of the elemental energy of Fire. The liver, stomach and the pancreas are the primary sites of the Fire element. The element of Fire brings the qualities of attention, appreciation, recognition, ambition and competitiveness.

 

 

The ancient Vedic culture has long revered Agni [i.e. Fire] as being the bridge between our normal/ordinary state of mind and the Divine Self [i.e. Para Brahman]. Fire is honored as being sacred as it has provided warmth. light, and the ability to cook which has allowed for the survival of man. Similarly, when we eat ... we should eat in a way to honor the sacred fire within.

 

 

 

 

 

Agni Is [Nearly]   Everything ...

The digestive fire [“Agni”] is thought to be that which gives strength, vitality, and happiness to all human beings. More specifically, Agni is thought to be the digestive fire which governs digestion, absorption and assimilation of all nutrients of the body. It's explained that if Agni is balanced then the individual will be happy, healthy and holy.

 

 

Functions Of Agni:

  • Pakti: digestion, absorption, and assimulation of food
  • Darshana: visual perception
  • Matroshna: maintains normal body temperature
  • Prakruti varna: maintains bodily constitution & complexion
  • Shauryam: gives confidence, courage, and fearlessness
  • Harsha: creates joy, cheerfulness, laughter, and contentment
  • Prasada: provides mental clarity and wholeness
  • Raga: creates affection, interest, enthusiasm
  • Buddhi: reasoning capacity, logical thinking, discrimination
  • Dhairyam: gives patience, stability, and confidence
  • Dirgham: maintains the span of life
  • Prabha: creates a healthy glow and luster
  • Bala: provides strength and vitality

* Above List From: Textbook Of Ayurveda, vol. 1; Dr. Vasant Lad

 

Agni provides our actual capacity to transform the food—and situations, thoughts and emotions—that we take in so that it becomes nourishment. The very best way to support your agni is to give it the proper time and space to do it’s job.

 

 

General Guidelines: 

  • Wait at least 4 hours between meals (with no snacking in between).
  • Drink very little liquid with meals—or even within 1 hour of eating. Small sips of warm soup or tea may aid digestion, but a big glass of icy drink will smother the flame of agni.
  • Eat only during daylight hours. Give the body at least a full 12 hours of night to perform the more subtle aspects of digestion—clearing out the organs and allowing them to rest.
  • Eat only when you feel real hunger. If you don’t know what real hunger feels like, you should experiment a little bit with it (those with irregular or excess agni may often experience “false hunger”).
  • Base your meal frequency and size on your level of activity on a given day. It could be as simple as this: the more physical or mental effort you put out, the more food you need.
  • People with clearly slow agni may choose to fast or to eat very lightly one day a week so that undigested food which is clogging the system may be digested.

 

 

Four Main Types Of Agni ...

 

According to Ayurveda, there are Four Main Types Of Agni. 

  • Balanced [Sama Agni]
  • Irregular/Erractic [Vishama Agni]
  • Sharp [Tikshna Agni]
  • Slow/Dull [Manda Agni]

 

Normal & Balanced Digestion ~ Sama Agni 

When Agni is balanced and digestion, absorption and elimination are all normal then this is considered a state of good health. Such a person who has proper functioning Agni not only has perfect physical health but also possess a calm and serene mind with great clarity and bliss.

Essentially, healthy happy & holy.

 

 

 

Irregular & Erratic Digestion ~ Vishama Agni

Ayurveda explains this type of digestion as being erratic and irregular because at times you may experience diarrhea with lots of gurgling sounds in the intestines. Other times, you you will likely experience abdominal distention, gas, constipation and colicky pain. This type of digestion is commonly associated with Vata types. Vata types often have irregular digestion; meaning very hungry at times and at other times no hunger at all. Vata types are also thought to have a “hard” digestive tract and therefore makes them more vulnerable to experience symptoms of abdominal distention, flatulence, and even develop a nervous appetite.

Vata types can have eyes bigger than thier stomach so the first suggestion would be to consider having smaller yet more regular meals. In fact, these individuals do best with small, unctuous, warm, and regular meals. Generally speaking, vata types benefit most from sweet, sour and salty foods that is somewhat oily and even spiced up to one’s liking.

Other Common Associations:
– dry skin
– cracking and popping of joints
– low back pain and/or sciatica
– insomnia
– excessive worry, fear, and anxiety

 

Improving Digestion:
Keeping in mind that prevention is better than cure your goal should be centered on the maintenance this state of equilibrium. Therefore, consider the following:

  • Allow 4-6 hours for proper digestion
  • Eat only when you’re truly hungry
  • Avoid snacking
  • Drink less water during meals
  • Eat calmly in a soothing environment

 

Sharp Digestion ~ Tikshna Agni 

We can think of this type of digestion and being intense in the beginning but often lacking sustenance to endure the entire process of digestion optimally to completion. More simply, you have the ability to eat large meals, frequently. However, in doing so you will also often experience hyperacidity, and even become vulnerable to having loose stools or diarrhea.

This type of digestion is commonly associated with Pitta types. Pitta types often have a ferocious appetite and are thought to have a sharp and robust digestive ability. These individuals can digest just about anything they eat. Because pitta types have a “sharp” digestion, they can easily become irritable if they suddenly become hungry and there is no food to be had. Therefore, it is important for pitta types to eat on time. Interestingly, pitta types commonly crave hot and spicy food. In fact, “unbalanced” pitta types often have cravings for alcohol, pickles and of course … spices! Therefore, once again, this stresses the importance of pitta types to avoid spicy foods since these individuals are most prone to acid indigestion and heart burn. Therefore, these individuals may want to consider consuming a mildly sour flavor [i.e. buttermilk or even a few drops of lime] to help regulate their hyper secretion of digestive juices. The best flavors to help manage the fiery pitta type? Generally, pitta types do best with sweet, bitter and astringent flavored food which is cool in nature and lightly cooked.

 

Other Common Associations With Sharp And Intense Digestion:
– heart burn
– acid indigestion
– gastritis
– hypoglycemia
– irritability and anger
– critical and judgmental attitude

 

 

Slow/Dull Digestion ~ Manda Agni
You may have wondered at times how in the world can you gain weight simply by taking a small sip of water. Yes, that’s quite an exaggeration. However, it is likely you commonly experience having a slow metabolism, a full sensation in the stomach, and can even go long periods of time without developing a strong appetite. Often, after a meal you may notice a heavy feeling and even feel the need to take a nap. This type of digestion is commonly associated with Kapha types. Kapha types are thought to have the most stable appetite. However, kapha types are also the ones to have a more slower metabolism and digestive capacity. Hands down, kapha types are loving and compassionate. Along the same lines, kapha types enjoy food and if their need for love goes unnoticed, then these individuals are more prone towards “comfort-eating” more so than others.

Kapha types often have less secretion of digestive enzymes and therefore will likely find benefit with bitter and pungent flavors. When kapha types are “unbalanced” they will crave both sweet and oily food. However, flavors most beneficial for kapha types are pungent, bitter and astringent flavored foods which can help maintain optimal health for these types. Likewise, since kapha is “heavy and earthy” in nature, these individuals will find benefit with fasting on a routine but structured basis.

 

Other Common Associations With Dull Metabolism:
– weight gain
– edema
– congestion
– lethargy and excessive sleep
– attachment and possessiveness

 

Disclaimer:
All content included on this website (including, but not limited to,  images, photos, graphics and text) is the property of ‘Healthy Ayurveda’ and ‘Vedic Sage’ and as such is protected by US and international copyright and other intellectual property laws. 

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.

Resources:

Ayurvedic Perspective On Selected Pathologies, Vasant Lad, BAMS – 2nd Edition Revised
Textbook Of Ayurveda Vol. 2 & 3, Vasant Lad, BAMS


The Divine Dance of Leo: Mercury's Visit

The Divine Dance of Leo: Mercury's Visit

Simha: The Lion Sign
The constellation Leo is called Simha in sanskrit, which translates to lion. Of all twelve signs in our galaxy, Leo is the only sign which is ruled by the Sun. The Sun is the king of the galaxy, much like the lion is the king of the jungle.  The sign of Leo embodies the shining powerful qualities of the Sun.

One of the primary karmas or energies associated with Leo is to reach the full potential of whatever our soul’s direction or desire is.  In this sense, Leo encourages us to reach the full expression, or full potential of whatever our soul’s affinity, destiny, or dharma is.  Leo also has the primary energies of receiving attention, honor, and reputation which relate to the Sun's brilliant power, strength, and brightness.

Leo is associated with power and leadership. Having said this, this does not always manifest in terms of traditional positions of power and leadership such as CEOs, Presidents, Directors, Managers and the like. Leadership for Leo manifests in terms of creating empowerment of one’s own life, being the ruler of one’s own domain.  Power manifests as believing in one's highest potential and our ability to carry that out.

Due to the brilliant shining empowering qualities of Leo, this sign also brings vitality, generosity, respect, dignity, ambition and bounding inner strength. Leo, because of the emphasis on the individual soul’s journey and the desire towards positions of power and leadership can cause vanity, perfectionism, arrogance, condescension, power hunger, egoism and selfishness.

Budhaya: The Emblem of Intelligence
The divine planet of Mercury in sanskrit is called Budhaya which translates to the emblem of intelligence and is related to the Vedic philosophical concept of buddhi which represents the discriminatory factor of our consciousness.  Mercury analyzes, calculates, and understands.  One of Mercury's primary energies relates to communication, as both understanding and expression relate to one’s intellectual capacity.  Mercury is also known to have strong associations relating to scientific understanding, versatility, humor and inventive creativity.  Mercury is described in the ancient texts as very attractive and a lover of jokes, having both a quick witted sense of humor, as well as using words with multiple meanings.  This ancient description also hints at the quick minded and humorous nature of Mercury.

Mercury’s Transit in Leo ...
Mercury is within the Sun ruled sign of Leo from Wednesday July 27 until Friday August 19 2016.  Mercury will be joining the shadow planet Rahu for the entirety of its transit in Leo, as well as the auspicious mystical and spiritual planet Jupiter until August 11.  Additionally, Venus joins Mercury in Leo on August 1 and the Sun will be joining the party as well on August 17. Needless to say, there is an incredible amount of energy transiting through Leo July through August.  In September Mercury's retrograde state will pull Mercury back into Leo again from September 10 through October 3rd.  To summarize, Mercury's transit in Leo is July 27 to August 19 and again September 10 through October 3.  During this transit in Leo Mercury will be joining Jupiter, Rahu, Sun, Venus, and Moon intermittently.

When Mercury enters Leo it creates a very auspicious effect.  Mercury's tridoshic, intelligent and intellectual nature will combine with the power, fire and leadership of Leo.  This will create an atmosphere in which people who are fully empowered in themselves will begin to express themselves in a stronger, greater and more effective manner.  Reaching more and accomplishing more with their expressions.  A great example of this will be in the political spectrum where presidential candidates are going to be reaching their audience in a deeper, and more meaningful way.  Each individual candidate's message will be expressed with confidence, authority, intelligence, wit and intensity.

Shadow energies of deception, manipulation, and trickery can be expected during this time as well due to Rahu’s influence on Mercury during the transit. These darker apects can be seen especially when it comes to positions of power, authority and leadership.  This could mean that during the transit both candidates will be expressing manipulative techniques and deceit, especially Donald Trump, who himself is a Leo ascendant.

On an individual basis this is a good time for self empowerment, self expression, for our soul’s desire and potential in life to be expressed, communicated and received.  This will be a time where we are all encouraged to believe in ourselves, to speak our truth, and for our intelligence or intellect to help our soul fulfill its direction or desire.  It will encourage every individual to be clever, influential in their thoughts and communication and to grow in their power, influence, authority and popularity through expression.

Also due to Mercury entering Leo, it will create an auspicious effect of bringing communication, technology and the expression of ideas and principles to the surface and forefront of the consciousness.  This is an auspicious time for reading and writing and therefore for readers and writers this is a good time for expression of their ideas and thoughts.  This is a time where our thoughts, ideas and creativity can be expressed in a very influential and inspiring way.  This is the time for the charismatic to further extend their power and influence, as well as for each individual inner charisma and energetic appeal to grow, especially through communication and expression.  This is the time for leaders to clearly see the big picture of things and to communicate that in a clear, effective and intelligent matter.

Leo’s emphasis on the individual journey and empowerment can sometimes be associated with ego and so this is a time where people of authority, power, or leadership may express conceited, selfish, vain, or impractical ideals. These egotistical or narcissistic implications are further exacerbated by Rahu's conjunction with Mercury.

Overall, this will be a brilliant time for communication, intelligence, and expression of our own truth and the message the soul carries. For strong energetic beings, leaders, authorities, and other sources of power they will carry much influence, and inspiration in all of their expressions, communications, and thoughts.

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Turmeric - The Holy, Auspicious & Natural Healer

 

Turmeric - The Holy, Auspicious & Natural Healer
You probably know Turmeric as the main spice in curry. In fact, Turmeric is a common spice found in almost every kitchen in many Asian countries like India. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to add color and flavor to curry. Amongst its countless roles, Turmeric is widely utilized in Ayurvedic Medicine in treating allergies, immune conditions, liver diseases and neurologic disorders. Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin. Curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric decrease swelling and reduce inflammation. Because of this, turmeric is developing quite a reputation for treating conditions that involve inflammation. In other words, we are just now beginning to understand why Turmeric has always been considered a holy, auspicious and natural healer.

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Turmeric is one of the oldest, most important spices known to humankind. Turmeric is bitter, astringent and pungent in taste, and has a heating quality. Due to its heating quality, turmeric helps to balance Kapha and Vata doshas (mind-body types), and due to its bitter taste, it helps to balance the Pitta dosha, thus making it tri-doshic. Turmeric is also beneficial for helping with occasional congestion, soothing a hoarse voice or the occasional cough, and easing feelings of heaviness in the head due to a Kapha imbalance.

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Health Benefits Of Turmeric
Some of the many health benefits of Turmeric are:

1. Common Allergies:
A pinch of turmeric in hot water can be used as an effective steaming method to assist in coughs and colds. Add a pinch of turmeric and salt to warm water and use this for gargling twice a day for alleviating sore throats.

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2. Asthma & Bronchitis:
As Turmeric has an affinity with the lungs, it can be used with a holy basil decoction to obtain relief from asthma and bronchitis.

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3. Anti-Inflammatory:
Consuming 500mg of turmeric daily has been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect on joints and has proved more effective than ibuprofen!

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4. Anti-Cancerous:
Due to its antioxidant properties, Turmeric has been found to be effective in inhibiting the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. Recent research in rodents suggests that ‘Curcumin’, a factor extracted from Turmeric, is able to inhibit colon cancer growth and spread.

5. General Malaise:
Can’t get out of your bed in the morning? Feeling tired after a walk? A simple yet delicious tip- Take a pinch of turmeric with hot milk twice daily. Increased energy levels and overall fatigue may diminish.

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6. Beauty:
Turmeric is widely used in many beauty products due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Apply turmeric along with honey for lightening of acne spots and for improving complexion. Using flour, turmeric and water, make a paste and apply directly to the skin and/or pimples for a healing effect. It has been found very effective in hair and skin health.

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7. Dyspepsia:
The use of Turmeric has been found to be successful in cases of dyspepsia. Add a small amount of turmeric to vegetables when cooking.

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

Turmeric “Golden” Milk is extremely simple to make
– 1 cup of whole organic milk, preferably non-homogenized
– 1/2 tsp of dried turmeric

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

 

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

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

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

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Sun Dressing
Turmeric is widely utilized in Ayurvedic Medicine in treating allergies, immune conditions, liver diseases and neurological disorders. It is considered a holy, auspicious and natural healer.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice + zest of 2 Lemons
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp. raw local honey — if not vegan
  • pinch of Himalayan sea salt (to taste)

 

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Add more avocado if you desire a thicker consistency.
Recipe Credit To: MindBodygreen.com

Caution
This is strictly for educational use and NOT medical advice. Always seek consult from your primary care physician and a qualified holistic health professional. Turmeric is contraindicated in disorders like GERD and in some gallbladder disorders. Use it with caution when you are pregnant. Turmeric also has many known drug/herb interactions therefore seeking a health professionals advice before usage is recommended.

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.


Can A "Raw Food" Diet Eventually Become Depleting?

 

Can A "Raw Food" Diet Become Depleting?
It’s no surprise that many people feel more energetic and more healthy when they initially shift from a diet consisting of heavily processed food to a raw diet. However, many raw food enthusiast have attested that over a period of time there is often a sense of ungroundedness that develops along with symptoms such as gas, bloating, constipation, insomnia, and eventually decreased vitality and even low libido. According to Ayurveda, digestion is the cornerstone of health and our health is determined not only by the foods we eat but more importantly our health is primarily determined by how well we digest, absorb, and assimilate our food. Even further, Ayurveda states that “ama” which is the by-products of poor digestion is considered the root cause of most diseases and the whole aim of Ayurveda is to balance this digestive fire so that we can digest our meals efficiently and smoothly. However, foods which are raw and uncooked often adds additional strain upon the digestive fire which explains the symptoms of indigestion common to raw food enthusiast.

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The Digestive Fire - “Agni”
The process of eating, according to Ayurveda, is metaphorically similar to a burning fire. In Ayurveda, this digestive fire [“agni”] illustrates the body’s ability to digest food; almost equivalent to digestive enzymes. In fact, when managing most health concerns, correcting digestion is often the very first line of management. Digestion is said to be the work of the fire element in the body and it is this fire element which produces the glow of good health and vitality. Our digestive fire may not have any problems digesting a few veggies. However, the dense, rough, and heavy qualities of raw food [in large amounts] is generally considered difficult to digest and as a result can lead to symptoms of indigestion.

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Raw Food & Indigestion
According to the wisdom of Ayurveda “vata” is made primarily of the air element and has the qualities of cold, dry, and rough. When vata is aggravated it can cause certain qualitative changes within the body such as increased dryness, roughness, coldness, mobility and variability within the body/mind. Very simply – this can be experienced as variable appetite; gas or pain after eating; dry constipation or loose motions (increased mobility); and dry/rough skin and hair.

DRY:
Due to the dry quality, vata often leads to dry skin, dehydration and even that annoying cracking and popping of the joints.

LIGHT:
The light quality, if increased, can result in the feeling of being ungrounded, light-headed and even lead to insomnia if this quality persists.

COLD:
If you ever shake the hands of a vata type, you will take notice of cold hands. Vata makes one sensitive to cold weather and will often experience pain and stiffness in muscles and joints, specifically in cold weather.

ROUGH:
Vata creates vulnerability to developing dry, rough, and scaly skin. Likewise, the inner lining of the body [i.e. mucosal lining] can also become dry and rough and according to these principles is the underlying cause of fissures along the mucosal lining.

MOBILE:
As mentioned above, the air element of vata types is always moving, resembling the wind. If this mobile quality is increased, this can lead to abnormal movements of the body such as tics, spasms, tremors and even agitation within the mind giving rise to uncertainty and anxiety.

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Can Raw Foods Eventually Become Depleting?
Many raw food enthusiasts would argue that cooking food destroys vital nutrients and enzymes. However, research reveals that plant enzymes obtained by consuming raw foods are mostly digested and broken down by our own digestive enzymes and therefore do not significantly contribute to the actual process of digestion. Furthermore, consuming a large amount of raw food can actually strain our digestive fire and decrease our ability to properly digest the meal - thereby creating symptoms of indigestion. Instead, Ayurveda recommends lightly steaming, sautéing, and/or simmering our food at a low temperature which will make food easier to digest. Ayurveda talks a great deal about “Ojas” as being the end result of healthy digestion and balance of all bodily tissues. In fact, it is ojas which gives vitality to the body and clarity to the mind. As mentioned above – raw uncooked vegetables tends to increase vata. Vata can be likened to the modern understanding of catabolism or the breaking down of tissues. This may be great for shedding off a few extra pounds initially. However, in the long term this is considered to be depleting and as a result may prevent the formation of ojas – the quintessence vitality of life.

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Healthy Tips For Improving Digestion
- Avoid cold food and cold drinks.
- Sip warm water throughout the day.
- enjoy fresh ginger root, lime or lemon juice prior to your meal
- Eat mindfully and take your time to fully enjoy your food.
- Eat according to your primary constitution: Vata, Pitta, or Kapha.
- Eat mostly warm, cooked foods
- Incorporate healthy fats
- Include spices that enhance digestion [i.e. coriander, cumin, and fennel]

 

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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.


5 Health Tips For Winter Season - Balancing Vata Dosha

 

5 Health Tips For Winter Season 
Winter is the season when the earth's energy withdrawls back into herself as nature slows down with cold, damp, and heavy qualities. Because of these cold qualities - many people experience signs and symptoms of vata aggravation [anxiety, insomnia, etc] especially during the early part of winter season. Here are some simple ways to remain cozy and healthy during winter season while balancing vata dosha.

Vata Dosha - Flow & Motion 
Vata dosha governs flow and motion in the mind and body — the movement of thoughts across our minds; memory; food moving through our digestive tract; elimination of wastes; the flow of our blood; and our breath. For the movement of all three doshas — Vata makes it happen; it’s the leader! Since the other doshas, Pitta and Kapha, cannot move without it, it is important to keep Vata in balance. When in balance, the qualities of our leader, Vata, are vivacious energy; ability to learn easily with a clear and alert mind; balanced digestion and elimination; good circulation and even body temperature; and the ability to fall asleep easily at bedtime. Vata-predominant people seem to always be busy. Need a task completed? Ask a multi-tasking Vata person to complete it — no problem! They will enthusiastically get your task done — along with the handful of other things they have in the fire as well.

A thin body build, an inability to gain weight easily, and the ability to learn very quickly come with Vata — coupled with the tendency to also forget quickly. We would think that with all of this movement, Vata would tend to be too warm. However, quite the opposite is common. Vatas can easily become cold — cold hands, cold feet, cold when everyone else in the room is not! And because of this, Vata typically loves heat. A warm sunny day, a warm shower, or just lots of layers of clothing do the trick to thaw the cold Vata. When imbalance starts, it is usually led by Vata dosha. When Vata goes out of balance, the other doshas may follow. Some signs of Vata out of balance: feeling cold at room or outside temperature; being forgetful or “spaced out;” lack of focus; occasional constipation; difficulty falling asleep; and occasional feelings of anxiousness or worry. Consider the consequences of pushing a Vata-imbalanced person to complete a task for you! They may forget details or lack the focus to complete the task, or they may be able to complete it but become stressed and fatigued in the process, impeding the overall success of the task. If you recognize Vata imbalance in another person, realize that pressuring them is likely to have an effect opposite of what you want.

Does this sound familiar to you?
Keep reading to learn a few great ways to keep Vata balanced.

 

1. Keep Calm
First and foremost, keep calm and regular in your routine. Vata thrives, and tends toward balance, when supported by a regular daily routine. So when possible, make a plan — start your ayurvedic routine the night before and wake up feeling refreshed, ready to take on anything that comes your way. At night, drink a cup of boiled milk and Organic Calming Vata Tea an hour before sleep. Diffuse Vata Aroma Oil, or one of our other essential oils (choose the one that smells best at the time of preparation) in your room at night, or in the office for a calm, consistent aroma to help you slow down. Be worry free with a combination of herbs that helps us step up to the challenges of modern life without stress or worry: Worry Free simultaneously calms the nervous system (soothing to Vata dosha) while supporting mental acuity. Try taking one an hour before bedtime.

 

2. Balance Digestion
The key to balancing Vata digestion is regularity — especially regular, daily elimination. Due to the sometimes-erratic movement of Vata, when digestion is imbalanced it can manifest as intestinal cramps, occasional diarrhea or constipation, or gas. The answer? Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus), the nightly detox for regulating digestion and elimination.

Eat Cooked Meals Regularly
Keeping in line with the routine that Vata craves, try eating meals at regular mealtimes each day. Always on the go? If we can avoid the tendency to eat a light lunch on the go, even on our busiest days, we can calm the flighty nature of Vata. Warm, nourishing, cooked foods (less raw foods) help us stay grounded. Try seasoning cooked veggies with Organic Vata Churna. Favor warm, oily, heavy foods and sweet, sour, and salty tastes. And reduce light, dry, cold foods and pungent, bitter and astringent tastes. Eat larger quantities of food, especially at lunch, but not more than can be digested easily.

 

3. Oil
Dry, rough skin can often accompany those leaning towards Vata tendencies. Daily abhyanga (yes, daily), ayurvedic massage with Organic Sesame Oil or Moisturizing Herbal Massage Oil, will work wonders to soothe dry skin and tame excess movement. Try abhyanga in the morning to start the day right! On those busy days, when there isn’t time for a full-body self massage, try “karnapura” — ear oleation abhyanga that calms Vata. Use a dab of Organic Sesame Oil on your little finger to gently lubricate your ear canals; reapply as needed throughout the day. If you live in a dry climate, Nasya can be very soothing for your nasal passages. Apply oil to your little finger and dab inside your nostrils, or use Organic Clear & Soothe Nasal Spray. Massage the inner nostrils and sniff a few times, then wipe away the excess oil. You will be surprised at the beneficial effect this has.

 

4. Yoga Asanas and Meditation
Yoga asanas, practiced properly, massage and loosen our joints and muscles, releasing nervous tension. This makes yoga asanas the ideal non-strenuous exercise for Vata. According to ayurveda, lightly putting our attention on the area of sensation while practicing each posture has a balancing effect, as the area of stretch is actually a marma point. Properly done, gentle asanas stimulate the marma points in our body, bringing balance. Our bodies and minds will find peace by favoring a gentle asana practice which balances both sides of the body. Just slow it down. Favor yoga asanas and yoga styles that encourage slow, methodical movement. If you lean towards Vata imbalance, consider letting go of the fast-paced, overly-stimulating asana practices, such as repetitive Sun Salutations, or any postures that place excessive strain on your body! Seated meditation — the ultimate yoga asana — calms our mind and brings our body back into balance, creating our sense of feeling grounded! 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.

 

5. Stay Warm & Rest Well

Back to those cold hands and feet…

When the temperature outside drops or we are just having a day where we cannot seem to warm up — a soothing cup of sweet Organic Calming Vata Tea will settle a whirling mind and warm our bodies from the inside out. Enjoy warm temperatures when possible. And of course, pile on the layers to stay warm, if needed. All of that routine calls for rest, rest, and good rest. Do you ever lie down at night and find that the day’s to-do list or an overactive stream of thoughts just won’t let you fall asleep? To promote quality rest, start preparing a few hours before bedtime. Dim the lights around the house and then enjoy calming leisure activities such as reading, listening to relaxing music, or enjoying light-hearted conversation with your loved ones. Try Blissful Sleep, a natural sleep aid for falling asleep faster and enjoying blissful, refreshing sleep! Taking Worry Free one hour before bed can also help Vata-predominant individuals. Eating our dinner at least three hours before bed will make a big difference in calming our mind and allowing us to sleep soundly. Why? Our sleep can be disturbed by our body digesting a meal that we eat too late, or too much of, in the evening.

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Disclaimer:
By following these simple ayurvedic guidelines, we can keep Vata regulated, regardless of the season or circumstance, and in turn keep all of the doshas moving properly. 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.


Is Arthritis Due To Gut Disturbance?

 

Is Arthritis Due To Gut Disturbance?
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis and according to the CDC, over 52 million Americans have been told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or fibromyalgia. Interestingly, the ancient science of Ayurveda has long described three basic types of musculoskeletal joint diseases, namely sandhivata [osteoarthritis], amavata [rheumatoid arthritis], and vata rakta [gout], that are characterized by pain and swelling of the joints. Management for each type of arthritis is unique, as we shall discuss below, but for nearly all cases, it’s important to acknowledge that arthritis begins in the colon.

“All disease begins in the gut.” - Hippocrates

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. Ayurvedic literature states that vata dosha and asthi dhatu [bone tissue] are intimately associated and that the colon houses vata dosha. Therefore, the colon - being the home of vata dosha is primarily responsible for the development of vata disorders [i.e. osteoarthritis]. Similarly, the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis [“ama vata”] is considered to be due to the formation of metabolic waste products ["ama"] in the intestine caused by impaired digestive power [“agni”]. Finally, the origin of gout [“rakta vata”] is believed to be in blood. More specifically, when vata leaves the colon and invades both blood and joints, it produces gout.

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Janu Basti - Ayurvedic Management For Osteoarthritis

Simple Ayurvedic Considerations:
- vata imbalance in the skeletal system [“asthi dhatu”] creates osteoarthritis
- vata imbalance with toxins [“ama”] entering bone creates rheumatoid arthritis
- vata imbalance in blood [“rakta dhatu”] entering into boney tissue leads to gout
- vata imbalance in muscular tissue [mamsa dhatu] creates fibromyalgia

 

Healthy Digestion - Healthy Bones:
Enjoying a balancing diet and lifestyle can help maintain optimum health. Some key points to remember in addition to the above causes include:

  • Avoid ice drinks and cold foods. This will weaken the digestive fire.
  • Eat the largest meal between the hours of 11am and 1pm when digestive fire is strong.
  • Eat a light meal for dinner to avoid overtaxing the stomach.
  • Avoid overeating and emotional eating. This can make it hard for the stomach to properly digest the overloaded food.
  • Get moving! Taking a walk after meals can aid in digestion and increase digestive fire.
  • Certain yoga poses and pranayama (breathing exercises) are also particularly beneficial to improve digestion.
  • Following a daily routine of meditation, oil massages and self-care will bring overall balance and contentment.

 

Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus)
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Herbal Di-Gest
Supports improved digestion and balanced appetite; helps with gas, bloating, and discomfort.

Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis from an Ayurvedic perspective is a vata imbalance which settles into bone tissue and creates symptoms of pain and stiffness in joints. Often, osteoarthritis begins with pain in one joint but subsequently spreads to other joints. Vata, the main acting dosha, has the ability to bring toxins [“ama”] from the colon and travel throughout the body, lodge in bone tissue, and give rise to pain and stiffness characteristic of arthritis. Therefore, it is important to discuss causative factors which can further worsen vata imbalances and therefore create symptoms of arthritis.

Factors which may worsen vata dosha; therefore avoid:

  • cold foods such as salads
  • avoid cold and iced drinks
  • beans, drying grains such as barley and corn
  • nightshades such as tomato, potato, and eggplant

Improve Digestion 
Vata dosha can create a “hard” digestive tract and therefore may create symptoms of constipation, abdominal distention, flatulence, and even develop a nervous appetite. Instead, we should consider a vata pacifying diet which is centered around warm and nourishing meals.
"Leaky Gut" - The Root Cause Of All Disease?

Organic Spice Mix - To Improve Digestion
Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis is considered the formation of “ama” which are by-products of poor digestion within the intestines and generally caused by diminished digestive power [“impaired Agni”]. Interestingly, “ama” resembles kapha, thus it tends to deposit in kapha locations, primarily the joints. Therefore, the management for Rheumatoid Arthritis first begins by breaking the chain of toxins [“ama”] within the colon by simply fasting or eating light foods. This again, acknowledges and stresses the importance that the root cause of rheumatoid arthritis may very well be gut disturbance and impaired digestion. The management of rheumatoid arthritis may be rather complex and often requires “Panchakarma” under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic professional.

Joint Soothe II
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Supports a healthy inflammatory response; traditionally used for occasional joint discomfort and muscle aches; supports detoxification and healthy flexibility.

Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the oldest, most important spices known to humankind. Turmeric helps purify the blood and acts as an antioxidant; supports healthy heart, liver, lungs, circulation and nervous system.

Panchakarma
Panchakarma is a an Ayurvedic Detox & Rejuvenation Process. Ayurveda gives priority not only to preventive and therapeutic procedures but also to purification and rejuvenation therapies. Panchakarma or five therapeutic procedures are part of  ‘sodhana’ treatments. Ayurveda also described ‘shamana’ which are considered less intense procedures for prevention and curing of diseases.

 


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.


Vedic Astrology - A Quick Guide To Vedic Astrology

A Quick Guide To Vedic Astrology
Jyotisha is derived from the Sanskrit language and means "light, heavenly body". Therefore, jyotish [Vedic Astrology] is ‘the science of light’ and is a sophisticated science originating from the ancient Vedic traditions of India. Jyotish [Vedic Astrology] is distinctly different from what we consider astrology in the west. The main difference is that Jyotish relies on sidereal zodiac which is based on the fixed, observable positions of the constellation as we them in the sky. On the other hand, western astrology uses tropical zodiac which relies on the relative and changeable positions of the sun.

 

Aries Ascendant
Mars is the ascendant Lord for Aries and Ayurveda looks upon mars as being a pitta planet. Aries individuals have a moderate build along with good muscle development. Mars makes for great debaters and can make for great attorneys. These individuals are bold, daring, and quite adventurous. At the same time, the fiery and critical nature of mars can quickly make these guys hot tempered and therefore easily prone to arguments. In the same manner, mars makes these individuals head strong, self-assertive, and full of initiative.

 

Taurus Ascendant
Venus is the ascendant Lord for Taurus and Ayurveda looks upon venus as being a kapha planet. From a physical standpoint, venus individuals may very well be the best looking and most attractive of all planetary types. Often Venus type individuals have attractive eye, shiny hair with glowing skin. Psychologically, Venus type are romantically inclined. They can be quite social as they enjoy doing things more so with others as opposed to being alone. These individuals have a colorful imagination with vivid dreams and overall are blessed with a creative flare for both art and design.

 

Gemini Ascendant
Mercury is the ascendant Lord for Gemini and Ayurveda looks upon mercury as being a vata planet. Mercury often creates tall, thin framed individuals who are attractive. These individuals have youthful looks who are quite expressive. Gemini individuals often are talkative and chatty. The ascendant Lord mercury governs speech, intellect and communication. The 2nd House of Speech is ruled by the Moon - which happens to be enemies of Mercury - which may imply that all this excessive talking may not always serve the highest good. Therefore, Gems ... watch your tongue.

 

Cancer Ascendant
The moon is the Ascendant Lord for Cancer and Ayurveda looks upon the moon as being a kapha planet ... however ... the moon can also be a vata planet if it’s waning. Because the moon being mostly a kapha planet, these individuals often have well-developed bodies and due to the water element, cancer types often have thick, shiny oily hair. Cancers, being ruled by the moon, often are emotional, sensitive and changeable like the moon. They find themselves often taking on the nurturing role always willing to help others in a loving fashion. Overall cancer individuals are loyal, dependable and make good friends and stable marriage partners.

 

Leo Ascendant
The sun is the ascendant Lord for Leo and Ayurveda looks upon the sun as being a pitta planet. The fire element [of the sun & pitta] provides for good digestion, good circulation, and the ability to burn away toxins and pathogens with a healthy & robust immune system. Leos have a moderate build with good muscular development. The eyes of Leos are full of light, perception, and are quite lustrous. Leos have a kingly or royal demeanor with a very strong will. It’s due to these qualities that leos strive to be leaders and authoritative figures.

 

Virgo Ascendant
Mercury is the ascendant Lord for Virgos and Ayurveda looks upon mercury as being a vata planet. Virgo is symbolized by the “maiden” and is thought to indicate both shyness with a special interest in purity. Interestingly, mercury, the planet of Intellect, is exalted in the sign of Virgo which implies brilliance to the mind. Even further, we can see that venus is debiliated in the sign of virgo which further implies that virgo individuals are highly intellectual people who often weigh in with thought versus feelings.

 

Libra Ascendant
Venus is the ascendant lord for Taurus and Ayurveda looks upon venus as being a kapha planet. Libra is symbolized as the shop keeper’s weighing scale. Saturn is exalted in the sign of libra and is mutual friends with the Ascendant Lord Venus. Saturn also happens to own both the 4th and 5th houses which gives libras a special interest in both politics and government ... often after the age of 35 yrs.

 

Scorpio Ascendant
Mars is the Ascendant Lord for Scorpios and Ayurveda looks upon mars as being a pitta planet. Scorpio is symbolized by the scorpion and we know that it is filled with poison. Scorpios often have an interest in chemistry, pharmacology, and drugs which explains the natural calling towards medicine. Even further, mars is a significator for accidents, surgery so these individuals not only have a calling for medicine but more specifically, surgery and even further ... Trauma Surgery!

 

Sagittarius Ascendant
Jupiter is the ascendant lord for Sagittarius individuals and Ayurveda looks upon jupiter as being a kapha planet. Sagittarius is depicted as “the bow” which signifies the ability to ‘Aim High’ and therefore have the ability to prevail over enemies. It’s interesting to note that no planet looks to jupiter as an enemy - although jupiter is enemies to venus and mercury. This can be explained further if we take a look at venus who owns both the 6th house of enemies and the 11th House of friends. As mentioned, venus happens to be enemies with the Ascendant Lord Jupiter and therefore it’s not uncommon for Sagittarius FRIENDS to become ENEMIES and their ENEMIES to become FRIENDS.

 

Capricorn Ascendant
Saturn is the ascendant lord for Capricorns and Ayurveda looks upon saturn as being a vata planet. Capricorn is symbolized as a crocodile or a generic Seamonster. This symbolizes the ferocious bite that the crocodile takes onto its prey and also explains how capricorns are able to bite into and sink thier teeth into their goals. We can see this further by looking at saturn, Saturn is Exalted in the sign of libra which happens to be the 10th House of Career. Saturn allows capricorns to steadfastly move towards their goals patiently. Often Saturn delays, however, saturn does not deny. Therefore, capricorns often have slow, steady, and gradual progression yet ultimately cross the finish line, eventually.

 

Aquarius Ascendant
Saturn is the ascendant lord for Aquarians and Ayurveda looks upon saturn as being a vata planet. Aquarius is symbolized as “the pot” which contains water often representing the enjoyment in gathering knowledge. This can be appreciated by taking notice of venus - the pleasure seeking planet in 2 houses of education [i.e. 4th and 9th Houses]. If we take a look at saturn we can see that Aquarians often have the theme of GAIN and LOSS. This is because saturn owns both the 1st and 12th House. The 1st house gives the GAINS while the 12th House creates the LOSS.

 

Pisces Ascendant
Jupiter is the ascendant lord for Pisces and Ayurveda looks upon jupiter as being a kapha planet. Jupiter is symbolized as two fish, swimming in opposite directions. We can see here that jupiter is exalted in the sign of cancer ... which happens to be the 5th House for Pisces. This gives pisces individuals the love for wisdom and the passion for teaching. It’s also interesting to see that the 5th House is ruled by the moon. The moon represents one’s emotions and is a signficator for poetry. This explains the fascination with poetry which pisces naturally have.


Aromatherapy - Essential Oils, Attars, & Incense

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils, Attars, & Incense
We all know that pleasant smells are satisfying and delightful while nauseating smells irritate the mind. However, there is a growing body of research that points to the remarkable healing properties of essential oil. In fact, the ancient science of Ayurveda has long explained the deep connection that smell has upon both the brain and consciousness. Ayurveda explains further, that all aromatic substances have a well defined and therapeutic value. For example, depending on the essential oil - some will either stimulate or calm the mind, stimulate circulation, enliven prana, and even act as an aphrodisiac; plus so much more.

Many people commonly think of “aromatherapy” as being that of scented candles, potpourri, and perfumes. However, essential oils have long been derived from roots, leaves, bark, seeds, stems, fruits or flowers of herbs, plants, or trees which contain concentrated healing qualities. Attars are extracted through a process of distillation and then blended in a base of sandalwood essential oil. Both essential oils and attars are highly concentrated chemicals extracts of whole plant matter and therefore possess powerful properties.

Great Video - How Aromatherapy Works

Essential Oils & Attars
Essential oils are perhaps the most practical and most common means of aromatherapy. Certain oils - indicated by a qualified specialist can be applied directly onto the skin and is particularly effective if rubbed onto certain marma points. Special care must be considered as some essential oils may need to be diluted in order not to irritate the skin. Interestingly, certain oils have affinity to various structures of the body, influence certain doshas, used according to season, while taking into consideration one’s basic constitution and any underlying imbalances.

Vata Emotions [i.e. fear & anxiety]
Certain essential oils such as hina, amber, lavender, musk are beneficial in grounding the excess mobile qualities of vata dosha often experienced as fear and anxiety. Some essential oils to consider for pacify vata dosha:

  • Amber
  • Frankincense
  • Hina
  • Jasmine
  • Jatamamsi
  • Nutmeg

 

Worry Free Aroma Oil
This therapeutic aroma oil blend that includes patchouli, lemon and jasmine will help you unwind and create your personal oasis of calm.

Pitta Emotions [i.e. anger & irritability]
Similarly, essential oils such as sandalwood, khus, and rose help to pacify the fiery element of pitta which may express itself as anger and irritability. Some essential oils to consider for pacifying pitta dosha:

  • Fennel
  • Jasmine
  • Khus
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Sandalwood

 

Cooling Pitta Aroma Oil
Cool off with this blend of sandalwood, ylang ylang, lavender and other essential oils. Perfect when you’re feeling hot and bothered, or when temperatures are soaring outside.

Kapha Emotions [i.e. dullness & boredom]
Lastly, essential oils such as eucalyptus, vacha, or hina help to provide stimulation when the heavy qualities of kapha lead to dullness and boredom. Some essential oils to consider for pacifying kapha dosha:

  • Calamus
  • Camphor
  • Eucalyptus
  • Neem
  • Rosemary
  • Tulsi [Holy Basil]

Stimulating Kapha Aroma Oil
Feeling run down and lethargic? Wake up with this invigorating aroma blend that includes eucalyptus, rosemary and frankincense. Ideal for cold, damp spring days.

Seasonal Considerations

Slumber Time Aroma Oil
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Blissful Heart Aroma Oil
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SUMMER
Aromatherapy can also be used according to seasonal variations. For example, during the scorching heat of summer one may want to consider cooling essential oils such as sandalwood or khus.
The following is a list of cooling essential oil:

  • Chamomile
  • Jasmine
  • Jatamamsi
  • Khus
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood

 

WINTER
Instead, during the cold of winter, you may want to consider more heating essential oils such as hina, cinnamon or clove.
The following is a list of heating essential oils:

  • Camphor
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Hina
  • Musta
  • Nutmeg
  • Tulsi [Holy Basil]
  • Saffron

 

Quiet Electric Diffuser
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Incense
Incense is aromatic element which releases fragrant smoke when burned. The term refers to the material itself, rather than to the aroma that it produces. Incense is used for a variety of purposes, including the ceremonies of religion, to overcome bad smells, repel insects, spirituality, aromatherapy, meditation, and for simple pleasure. Enjoy!

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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.

 


Health Benefits Of Tikta Ghrita [“Bitter Ghee”]

Health Benefits Of Tikta Ghrita
Tikta Ghrita, often translated as “bitter ghee”, is clarified butter infused with some of the more powerful herbs that Ayurvedic medicine has to offer. “Tikta” refers to bitterness and ghrita or ghee is made by cooking butter until the oil separates from the milk solids and the moisture is evaporated. Ghee has long been revered in India and is often used as a carrier for herbs. Ghee acts as the base and being an oil it easily penetrates lipid membranes thereby facilitating deeper penetration of herbs into bodily tissue while enhancing the potency and action of the herbs. Tikta Ghrita is a traditional Ayurvedic formula that has been used for thousands of years. According to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, tikta ghrita has purifying and strengthening effects on the liver and deep tissues of the body.

Great Video: Top Ten Reasons To Cleanse With Ghee - Dr. John Douillard

Health Benefits of Tikta Ghrita:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Strengthens and detoxifies the liver
  • Helps to cleanse and purify blood
  • Useful in Ayurvedic cleanse [i.e. Panchakarma]
  • Detoxifies deep bodily tissues
  • Cleanses the GI tract
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Improves certain skin conditions [i.e. acne, eczema, psoriasis]
  • Cools excess heat [pitta] in the body
  • Helps improve arthritic conditions
  • Balancing to all doshas, especially Pitta disorders
  • May be used externally for skin disorders

 

Tikta Ghrita is often indicated for a variety of “pitta conditions” such as liver disorders, inflammation, and certain skin conditions such as acne, urticaria, hives, rashes - which represents excess heat which resides within the body. Traditionally, it is administered as part of an Ayurvedic cleanse [i.e. Panchakarma] as it helps to balance pitta. Likewise, a small dose of Tikta Ghrita may also be taken daily as a routine maintenance of health. Tikta Ghrita is also beneficial in the protection and maintenance of Ojas [“vital essence”] and is considered best for pitta and kapha type imbalances. Since Tikta Ghrita is bitter it may increase vata and therefore should only be used under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.

 

Tikta Ghrita includes many bitter herbs in ghee some of which include:

  • neem
  • guduchi
  • trikatu
  • manjistha
  • kutk
  • kalmegha
  • bhumiamalaki
  • turmeric
  • daruharidra
  • karella [bitter melon]
  • musta

 

... and several other herbs!!

 

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.


Boost Your Immunity For The Winter

Boost Your Immunity For The Winter
Despite the immune system doing an incredibly remarkable job defending against disease causing germs - at times, it fails. The good news is that you don’t need to travel far in order to help boost your immunity. In fact, most of what you need is already right in your kitchen. The immune system is just that, a system. Therefore, in order for the immune system to function optimally it requires balance and harmony which can be established by lifestyle considerations such as proper diet, spices, herbal preparations, and finally - deep rest and blissful sleep. 

Immune Boosting Food
Winter is a season to eat plentiful nourishing and warm food to help enhance the immune system. Generally, the food we eat during winter season should be warming, nourishing, and mildly spicy. Likewise, we should avoid cold food and flavors which are excessively sweet, sour, or salty as these are all considered “kapha provoking”. Nourishing foods to consider are wholesome grains such as rice and couscous; sweet juicy fruits such as cooked apples or pears; squashes, zucchini, and asparagus, and vegetable proteins such as mung dhal.

5 Foods To Keep Your Immune System Strong

Mung Dhal Recipe

Ingredients
- ½ cup split mung dhal
- 3 cups water
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- 1 teaspoon “Organic Churna Spice Mix

Organic Calming Vata Churna Spice Mix
Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance. Organic Calming Vata Churna is a blend of seven ingredients, including cumin, ginger and fenugreek.

Organic Cooling Pitta Churna Spice Mix or
Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance. Organic Cooling Pitta Churna features coriander, cardamom and turmeric.

Organic Stimulating Kapha Churna Spice Mix
Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance. Organic Stimulating Kapha Churna includes ginger, coriander and turmeric.

Directions

  1. Heat dhal (dry) in skillet for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Boil water separately.
  3. Add dhal, and stir briefly.
  4. Boil about 20 minutes, until dhal is tender — soft.
  5. Season with churna of your choice.
  6. Heat ghee. Add all seasonings and stir until they give a sudden burst of aroma.
  7. Then pour over dhal, stir once and cover immediately.
  8. Let stand covered for 5 minutes to absorb.

 

To Make Kichari:
Kichari is a very nourishing mix of both rice and mung dhal. To prepare, just follow the steps above for mung dhal, but add an equal amount of rice when you add the dhal. Other directions remain the same.

 

Spices & Herbs
In order to enhance the digestive fire [“agni”] and help prevent the formation of toxins [“ama”] consider cooking your food with immune-enhancing spices such as cumin, fennel, coriander, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and black pepper. Likewise, certain herbal formulations such as Herbal Di-Gest will also help to enhance digestion and consider Herbal Cleanse at night if feeling constipated.

Amrit Kalash Ambrosia
Amrit Kalash in the morning is great to help keep your energy and immunity intact and is especially beneficial during winter season. Amrit Kalash is a 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

Full-spectrum antioxidant: targets mind & nervous system

  • 1000x more effective in eliminating free radicals (the root cause of aging) than vitamins C or E1
  • powerful food for the brain
  • significantly boosts immunity & vitality
  • best taken with Amrit Nectar
  • vata, pitta, kapha balancing (vpk®)

Other Recommendations:
Bio-Immune tablets, Sniffle Free tablets, and Cold Weather Defense tablets are all immune-enhancing herbal supplements that you can take during the winter season to prevent respiratory problems.

Bio-Immune is a powerful supplement that strengthens neuro-immunal responses, purifies the liver and blood, and dissolves ama and amavisha. Take one tablet of Bio-Immune each morning and evening to enhance overall immunity.

Cold Weather Defense offers nutritional support to strengthen the body's natural immunity. It regulates fluid balance and mucus in the lungs and sinuses; removes toxins and shleshma from the lungs, and cleanses the microcirculatory channels that have been blocked by ama. It boosts immunity and removes toxins that weaken resistance.

Sniffle Free is aimed more at the upper respiratory system, and bolsters the body's natural resistance to the cold. Sniffle Free helps clear the channels, and when that happens, shleshma can be drained from the body. It strengthens the digestive fire, balances the production of moisture and mucus, improves resistance to cold temperatures, and enhances the bioavailability and circulation of vital nutrients.

 

Lifestyle

Oil Massage & Warm Bath
It’s especially important to maintain inner warmth during winter season and there is nothing better than a warm bath which helps to open the pores and help regulate the body’s internal thermostat. Likewise, a daily ayurvedic massage before a warm bath helps to open the bodily channels, remove toxins, and help pacify the doshas [vata-pitta-kapha] all which help to strengthen the immune system. It’s important to note that an oil massage is NOT recommended if you already have an acute infection as this may worsen the disease process.

Organic Sesame Oil
Enhance immunity and experience a sense of well-being. Our pure golden Sesame Oil is organic, extra-light, chemical-free and cold-pressed, allowing its chemical composition to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin.

Sleep
Getting adequate sleep is important for anyone and for any season who wants to enhance immunity and resist disease. Therefore, you may want to consider taking Blissful Sleep if you have trouble falling asleep (a Vata disorder), or Deep Rest if you wake frequently, especially between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m. with energy (a Pitta disorder).

“Your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies.”
- Harvard Health Publications

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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