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The Ayurvedic Pharmacy

The Ayurvedic Pharmacy

Ayurveda has a substantial pharmacology and is a time-proven system full of beautiful herbs and medicines. Being around for thousands of years, Ayurveda pharmacology, is an evidentially proven system of herbal medicine that is still effective to this day. According to Ayurveda, the animal and plant kingdom have similar constituent factors as the human body. The five elements that are found in people and foods are also found in herbs and herbal formulation.

In Ayurveda, the action of the herb is first considered by using the sensory organs. The sense experience the qualities of the shape, color, aroma, flavor, and fracture of the plant. These classifications relate to specific pharmacological actions that the herbs may have on the body. The qualities provide the basis for the theory behind the energetics of the herbs. The best way to learn about herbs is to become intimately acquainted with them; a herbalist must know a plant’s natural habitat, growing tendencies, climatic preferences and dislikes, shape, color, taste, smell and harvest times, and more importantly the herbs must be experienced personally.

“There is nothing in the world which does not have therapeutic utility when applied in appropriate conditions and situations. Drugs act by virtue of their nature and qualities at the proper time, in a given place, in the appropriate conditions and situations; the effect produced is considered to be their action (karma); the factor responsible for the effect is their energy (virya); where they at is the place (adhisthana); when they act is the time (kala); how they act is the mode of action (upaya); what they accomplish is the achievement (phala)." -Caraka Samhita Sutrasthana 26.12,13

The Ayurvedic pharmacy has developed many excellent herbal preparations. As not all herbs are not readily assimilable in their ‘raw’ state, these herbs are usually processed to enhance absorption. The form in which the herb is taken can significantly affect its potency and effect. Much medicinal substance requires a different mode of preparation according to the specific causes and symptoms of the disease being treated. There are also particular preparations that are indicated for certain illness or particular plants. Along with their therapeutic effects the medicated ghees, medicated wines, guggul's and pills retain their potency longer than fresh herbs or powders. An Ayurvedic practitioner can also develop specific custom formulas based upon any imbalances of the doshas. It is best to advise an Ayurvedic practitioner when using these traditional Ayurvedic herbs or formulas.

According to Ayurveda, our bodies are woven from food. The nutrients we ingest are metabolized into the energy and information that form our cells, tissues, and organs. Every day our bodies need essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to maintain our body’s delicate balance. Taking Ayurvedic herbs as supplements can be a highly efficient way to create that balance.

Every herb in Ayurvedic herbology has a multitude of benefits, for the mind, body, and spirit. Herbs can be used internally or externally (through the skin) - or even used as aromatherapy. These herbs can be useful for weight loss to beautifying skin to overall vitality; Ayurvedic herbs can transform your health in so many ways. Plants and herbs carry in their cells the wisdom of cosmic intelligence and the healing vibrations of nature.

Since ancient times, humans and plants have had a profound spiritual connection - we have grown with plants and have adapted and learned from them. Also, plants capture solar energy and convert it into nutrients that humans can digest. Plants do this by transforming sunlight into chlorophyll, which can then be assimilated by the human body, along with many other attributes creates a  beautiful relationship that when used correctly holds the key to our bodies homeostasis.

On a daily basis, some Ayurvedic herbs and formulas are safe to use and can be our allies. Using herbs to manage your constitution compliments the changes you make in your diet and lifestyle. For example, Shatavari, Ashwagandha, and Vidari Kanda are some of the main herbs to help support moving excess Vata from the body and maintain balance. Brahmi, Bhringaraja, Neem, and Guduchi are the principal herbs used to remove excess pitta from the body and maintain balance. Bibhitaki, Chitrak, and Punarnava are three of the fundamental herbs used to remove excess Kapha from the body and keep balance.

 

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Vindari Kanda, the Grandmother of Indian Ginseng

Vindari Kanda

Vidari Kanda is known as the Indian Ginseng’s Grandmother, is revealed for its powerful nutritive properties that provide vitality and energy to the body. Vidari is patient, wise and is always willing to look after her ‘grandchildren,’ especially those hormones running wild in the body. It is properties are similar to Ashwagandha, Ashwagandha presenting more masculine qualities and Vidari feminine.

Vidari is a relative of Wild Yam, and it grows as a large tuber in the hotter regions of India. Similar to its Western sister ginseng, Vidari has strong nutritive properties with a particular affinity for the endocrine system. One example of this is how the biochemical glycoside, saponin, and diosgenin contained in Vidari are used by the body to produce cortisol. It is heavy, unctuous, sweet and cool, used to balance Vata and decrease Pitta. In excess, it increases Kapha and Ama. Vida means ‘to destroy, ‘ and adi means ‘enemy,’ and this refers to all to all Vata disorders, Vata being the ‘enemy’.

Depending on the unique needs of the individual, Vidari Kanda can be used in muscle weakness and wasting, Multiple sclerosis, sexual debility, it strengthens breast tissue and the female and male reproductive system. Also,  like a grandmother, it is there to look after you when you have a cough or a sore throat and offer you relief. It is commonly taken with fat such as butter, milk or ghee to enhance its nourishing properties.

12 Properties of Vindari Kanda

  •  Aphrodisiac
  •  In males supports healthy male organs
  •  In females promotes healthy cycle and lactation health
  • Immunity enhancer
  • Supports a robust aging process
  • Useful for the respiratory system and tuberculosis
  • Muscles wasting and weakness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Hoarse voice
  • Cardiac tonic
  • Nourishes the tissues

8 Ayurvedic Uses for Honey

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The uses of honey in healthcare are traced back thousands of years. In Vedic times honey was seen as a gift, it’s remarkable health properties were valued more than it's taste. Now as honey is being studied, it has been rediscovered beyond its value of a sweetener. Modern research indicates honey has unique medicinal and nutritional properties, something Ayurveda has known for thousands of years. Discover the gifts of honey through these 8 Ayurvedic uses.

1. The skin is the largest organ of the body and benefits greatly by the application of honey. Ayurvedic texts have described how honey is beneficial in the healing process of wounds and sores. The texts say that it acts as an antiseptic, it soothes pain, cools burns and hastens the healing process.  

2. Honey has tissue building properties; it provides energy and heat to the body, all three things are good for old age. One or two teaspoons of honey in a cup of warm water is a refreshing and strengthening drink. Take daily.

3. Because iron, manganese, and copper are in honey, it is excellent for building hemoglobin. In cases of anemia, Ayurvedic studies suggest using honey to maintain the right balance of hemoglobin and red blood corpuscles.

4. Honey is easily digested and assimilated, it is the best sweet food, as it does not require bodily organs to work hard when digesting it. It goes beyond this and is useful in maintaining the health of the stomach. Ayurvedic experts find honey helps proper digestion and prevents stomach disease. It also decreases the overproduction of hydrochloric acid, thereby preventing symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and heartburn. Honey also supports in clearing the digestive canal of putrefied fecal matter and undigested foods.

5. When it comes to keeping your mouth healthy, honey is applied to the teeth and gums daily. According to Ayurveda, it cleanses and gives a sparkle to the teeth, prevents the deposit of tartar, prevents decay and early falling of the teeth. Since honey is a mild antiseptic, it also prevents the growth of microorganisms. Gargling with honey and water is very useful in gingivitis due to inflammation of the gums.

6. Insomnia affects many of us in our modern age. Honey has been used for centuries for the treatment of insomnia. Its properties have a hypnotic action in bringing on sound sleep. Two teaspoons can be taken with a warm cup of water or with warm almond milk before bed. Adding a dash of cardamon and cinnamon makes it more delicious. It’s an excellent remedy for sleepless babies and children.

7. Honey has a natural tendency to clear channels of the body. It has been very beneficial in supporting the body to eliminate an irritating cough. As a demulcent or soothing agent, it produces a soothing effect on the inflamed mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract, relieving cough and symptoms. You can take it internally or use honey with water as a gargle to support this.

8. Honey supplies the body with energy. It can be easily added to the five meals a day. The texts of Ayurveda recommended it in cases of arteriosclerosis and weak hearts. Like-wise it can be taken before bed in a glass of water with lemon juice to provide the heart with energy throughout the night, support cardiac pain and palpitations of the heart.

When using honey, Ayurveda also has recommended precautions. Charaka, the ancient sage of Ayurveda, wrote over 500 years ago that “nothing is so troublesome as ama caused by the improper intake of honey.” Indeed ‘ama‘, or undigested matter in the body, is considered to be the root cause of most ill health by Ayurveda. Many incompatible food combinations produce toxins, but heated honey is one of the most complicated forms to cleanse. Heating honey destroys the enzymes that support the digestion of the body.

Precautions when using honey:

  • Honey should never be heated to above 40°C (104°F)
  • Honey should not be mixed with hot foods.
  • Honey should not be consumed when you are working in a hot environment where you are exposed to more heat.
  • Honey should never be mixed with rain water, hot, spicy foods, fermented beverages (whiskey, rum, brandy) ghee, mustard.
  • Honey includes nectar of various flowers of which some may be poisonous.
  • Honey should never be equally combined with ghee.

 

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Bedtime Treat That Helps You Sleep

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This Ayurvedic Ojas Rasayana is a delicious drink easy to do at home. It can help ensure a deep and restorative sleep. The recipe makes about two servings and can be diluted with water if it is too thick for your liking.

  • 10 almonds, soaked for 8 hours
  • 1 cup whole milk (dairy, almond or rice)
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 4-5 dates, preferably Medjool
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp of cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • A pinch of cumin
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • A pinch of nutmeg

Liquefy all the ingredients in a blender until it reaches a smooth consistency then pour into a pot on the stove on medium heat and bring it to a very gentle boil. Stir and serve.

If you haven't pre-soaked the almonds, you can simply blanch them in boiling water for 1 min. Drain and run them under cold water, then remove and discard their skins.

For a delicious dessert, stir in 1 cup of natural yogurt after removing mixture from heat, spoon into small bowls and drizzle maple syrup over each serving.

 

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Featured Herb for Kapha- Punarnava

As we move closer to the change of season it is a good idea to support our system by reducing the Kapha build up during the winter. Expelling Kapha from our system will get us in shape for the change of season, supporting our immune system to avoid the flu, allergies, mucus and other Kapha -related conditions.  

The featured Ayurvedic herb for this month is Punarnava Boerhaavia diffusa. This water-loving, creeping perennial flowers during the monsoon and grows all over India and Sri Lanka. The whole plant is used for its high medicinal value. Punarnava literally means ‘the plant that makes one new again’. Its rejuvenative action works through its opening and cleansing activity allowing effective nourishment to reach the tissues, making it perfect for spring cleansing.

Punarnava is a unique herb that helps maintain efficient kidney and urinary functions, alleviates coughs, nourishes the heart, alleviates colic, it is diuretic, and rejuvenative. An extract from the root is used as a kidney and liver tonic. It works as a blood purifier, gives immunity to the body, and improves functioning of lungs. Because of these qualities and it’s ability to improve kidney function, it can be helpful in diabetes.

Being a diuretic and mild laxative, it helps in detoxification and prevents fluid retention such a as excess fluids, swelling, oedema, and congestion from excess Kapha is specifically useful in congestive heart conditions, fluid retention and arthritic swellings with pitting and coldness sensations. It can also effectively be used in swollen joints with fluid retention caused by moving toxic accumulations out of the joints and tissues and expelling them through the kidneys and urine. Therefore is beneficial in gout and arthritis.

Punarnava increases the digestive fire and is useful in a sluggish digestive system. It absorbs fluids from the digestive system and can be constipating, so it should not be taken in excess. It prevents intestinal spasms and pain helping to treat flatulence, bloating and worms. It also can be combined with other herbs and spices for specific conditions. For example, used with arjuna, guggulu and tumeric in heart deficiency from high Vata and Kapha. And combined with coriander, gokshura, kalamegha in urinary tract infections.


Ayurvedic Energetics:

  • Taste: bitter, sweet and pungent
  • Energy: cooling
  • Quality: dry and light
  • Doshas: Vata and Kapha reducing (in excess it increases vata)
  • Tissues: plasma, blood, fat, nerve and reproductive
  • Channels: digestive, urinary and plasma

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Uses of Eucalyptus Oil

The tall Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus globulus), originally from Australia, grows almost everywhere and is widely known as the gum tree. Eucalyptus leaves are long, smoky green and have a powerful invigorating aroma. Ayurvedically, eucalyptus has a pungent taste, a heating energy and reduces Vata and Kapha while it increases Pitta  It’s main actions are diaphoretic (causes perspiration and increased elimination through the skin, decongestant and stimulant, meaning it increases internal heat, dispels internal chill and strengthen metabolism and circulation.

The essential oil is extracted by distillation of the leaves and its main chemical components are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol. Due to its multiple qualities, it is widely used in diverse commercial products like mouthwash, rubs, ointments and beauty care products. Since eucalyptus has many medicinal properties and uses, it’s a great idea to have a bottle of pure and therapeutic grade eucalyptus essential oil at home to compliment your daily health care.

It is ideal to clear breathing pathways, open airways and promote vigor and vitality. Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick. To help clear congested pathways, pour one or two drops of eucalyptus oil into your hands, place over nose and inhale deeply. This also promotes vitality and an invigorating feeling. You can also rub it on the chest for aiming to clear chest congestion. Diluting it with a carrier oil (coconut, olive, almond) minimizes possible skin sensitivity.

A study from NYU Medical School found that using eucalyptus was effective at treating Sinusitis. Patients experienced faster improvement when supplementing with eucalyptus oil for allergies and sinus issues. The study had participants take eucalyptus oil internal, and it was also recommended to gargle with it to clear the throat. 

The strong antiseptic qualities in eucalyptus makes it ideal to support in the healing process of cuts and wounds. Take advantage of its germicidal properties by diluting it in water as a daily mouthwash to compliment your everyday mouth care and help prevent plaque, gum disease and cavities. When experiencing muscle and joint pain, a massage with eucalyptus oil, diluted with other carrier oils such as sesame, coconut or olive, can provide relief and lessen the pain due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory qualities.

A few drops of eucalyptus oil with coconut or olive oil gives your hair a nice moisturizing pick me up. This is especially great to ward off dandruff and an itchy scalp. Also, eucalyptus is used as a natural remedy for lice in replacement of chemical treatments. 

It also can be used in a daily home cleanser. To create your own surface cleanser, combine eucalyptus with lemon and peppermint oils and water into a spray bottle to wipe down surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom.

Because eucalyptus oil might be toxic if taken internally in large amounts, it is recommended to use it carefully, avoiding the contact with eyes and keeping it out of the reach of children. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using Eucalyptus oil.

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Nettles, an Ayurvedic Perspective

Nettle Urtica Urens grows in many climates sprouting in the spring and spreading widely in the summer. Its called stinging nettles because the leaves sting at the lightest touch, but if you can bear the tickling pain, it is great to increase circulation; traditional Mexican medicine uses nettle in a handful and pounds the body with it to promote healthy circulation.

Nettle is considered a superfood, because it's a great source of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulphur. Its has sedative and nervine properties, aiming in the good functioning and strengthening of the nervous system.  Use a compress of nettles to relieve arthritis and muscular pain, as well as sciatica.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, nettles are an excellent nourishing tonic and rejuvenative/rasayana particularly for the kidneys & adrenals. They increases ojas, and are particularly good when run down from stress or illness or needing extra nourishment as in convalescence, old age, pregnancy & breastfeeding. Nettle tops have been used throughout history in food and drinks as a nourishing and detoxifying spring tonic. They stimulate the action of the liver and the kidneys, thereby helping to clear toxins/ama and wastes from the body via the bowels and the urinary tract/ mutravahasrotas.

Nettle's mild astringency and general nourishing action tightens and strengthens blood vessels, helps maintain arterial elasticity and improves venous resilience. They are used to clear inflammatory skin problems and restore vitality to the whole system while cooling skin conditions due to high pitta like eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc. by clearing excess pitta & kapha from rasa & rakta dhatus. Its carminative qualities relieve intestinal gas and promotes peristalsis, in which case is good to alleviate some of the common vata intestinal problems; but it can increase vata when taken in excess. It is also used to stop diarrhea.

Energetics

  • Taste: astringent  
  • Energy: cooling
  • Post Digestive Effect: pungent
  • Dosha: Pitta and Kapha - Vata +

Nettle Infusion

  • 1 liter of water
  • 1 ounce of dried herb (2 ounces fresh)
  • Pour nettles into a 1 liter glass jar. Boil the water and pour into the jar, cover and let steep for at least 4 hours or overnight. Drink the herbal infusion during the next 36 hours. You can use any left overs to pour over your hair after washing it, it’s a great hair tonic!

 

 

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Herbal Immune and Lung Support for Spring

Spring can bring many challenges for the respiratory and the immune systems. You may notice many people around you are suffering from colds or flus at this time. This is generally due to excess Kapha in the system, built up from the winter season. Allergrens, pollutants and other irritants can irritate this built up of Kapha. Too much Kapha in our system weakens our agni (digestive fire) and ama or toxic undigested material accumulates. These accumulations then weaken the immune systems and since the seat of kapha is in the chest, imbalance in the respiratory system are most likely to occur.

Ayurveda offers a variety of support for a healthy immune and respiratory system during spring. Our suggestion would be a four part process. First you would want to start by boosting the agni. In doing this, you also cleanse the ama in the system, which is the second part. There are many herbs you can use for boosting agni and burning ama at the same time. These herbs include pippali, ginger, turmeric, and an Ayurvedic formula known as triphala. Make a tea with a combination of these and drink morning and night. Having a warm cup of water with lemon and black pepper upon waking is another easy way to support a healthy digestion.

The next step, would recognize if there is a high imbalance of kapha. If so you would want to create a kapha reducing lifestyle and diet routines while  using herbs to support the respiratory system. When the respiratory or lungs need support, Ayurveda’s traditional formulas of talisadi and sitopaladi would be a good choice. These warming herbal blends are particularly suited for kapha in the respiratory tract. They help in clearing the throat and nasal passages and promote a healthy respiration. Honey is a wonderful carrier in which you can take these mixes with, as it helps target the respiratory tissues and naturally scrapes toxic residues.

The final step would  to create daily herbal protocol to rejuvenate the immune system and build ojas. Chyavanprash is a formula in Ayurveda known for is immune supportive properties. It is an excellent choice to promote proper immune functions and rejuvenation, as well as supports healthy digestion, metabolism, nervous system and respiratory system. Take one teaspoon once or twice a day alone with milk. It is delicious as a jam on toast or other foods as well. 

In addition to Chyavanprash, herbs such as ashwagandha and guduchi are both known to support the body through cycles of stress by promoting energy, vitality and general health. In Ayurveda, the belief is to support healthy elimination in order to strengthen the immune system. Consider adding triphala daily along with your immune supportive herbs to aid in the removal of waste and toxins from the body. Taking triphala before bed each evening is the most effective.

We are happy to help you create a personalized herbal program based upon your mind-body constitution. Please contact us to schedule an in office or online appointment.

 

 

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Digest Tea

In Ayurveda teas are one method of delivering the medicinal effects of herbs and spices to the body's tissues. This easy digestive ease tea blend only consist of 3 ingredients and is a revitalizing yet a mild blend that gets right to the point. It helps to warm up your circulation and clear out water retention. Its flushing action simultaneously cleanses the urinary tract and reduces water weight. It stokes the digestive fire restoring vitality, cleanses the blood and gives calm clarity to the mind.

Digest Tea Blend

1/4 tsp Coriander Seeds

1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds

1/4 tsp Fennel Seeds

Boil 1 1/2 cups of water and add the seed mixture and steep for at least 5 minutes or until it is cool and comfortable to drink. Strain and serve. Drink through out the day or with every meal. Best to avoid drinking before bed, otherwise you will have to wake up to urinate.

 

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Reducing Cholesterol Through Ayurveda

Its important to understand that not all cholesterol is bad. Cholesterol is essential to the functions of the body. It is a fatty acid produced in the liver used to build cell membranes, lubricates the channels of the body, and synthesizes vitamin D, hormones and bile acids. To be healthy the body must have this lubrication and elasticity that cholesterol provides. According to Ayurveda, cholesterol isn’t bad in and of itself, however it has a harmful effect when ama is present in the body. Ama, is the metabolic waste that has accumulated in the body, caused by improper digestion. It can block the channels of the body and arteries, causing a variety of health concerns and imbalances.

According to Ayurveda, the principle factor behind balancing cholesterol in the body is balancing the digestive system. Therefore, when digestion, assimilation and elimination are in balanced the fat tissue and cholesterol will also be in balance. One of the Ayurvedic dosha principles involved in fat metabolism is the Kapha dosha. Unbalance Kapha dosha lies at the root of excess production of cholesterol in the body. With this understanding lowering cholesterol by using dietary recommendations that balance Kapha and the overall fat metabolism of the body.

A diet to enhance fat metabolism and pacify Kapha would be a diet which favors foods that have primarily bitter, astringent and pungent tastes. Astringent foods include dried beans, such as split mung dhal, lentils and garbanzo beans. Avoid larger beans such as pinto and black beans. Vegetables that are astringent in taste are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and fruits such as apples and pears. Bitter foods such chard, kale, spinach and other leafy greens cooked with spices help cleanse the bowel helping the prevention of bad cholesterol from accumulated in the body. Spices to use in cooking can include, black pepper, garlic, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, fennel, cumin, cinnamon, cilantro, Basil, Asafetida and parsley.

It is also important to know what tastes to avoid when trying to balance cholesterol in the body, these include sweet, sour and salty. Sweet foods are not just sugary foods, its food with a sweet taste, such as wheat, pasta, breads, yam, and sweet milk products. Sour foods include lemons, tomatoes, cheese, yogurt and vinegar which are found in dressings, ketchup, mustard and pickles. Try cooking with less salt in your food, and avoid processed foods such as crackers, salted nuts, and chips.

One of the best thing you can do for the body to support its metabolic process is to eat freshly cooked foods eaten when it warm and directly after preparation. Cook with small amounts of oil such as ghee or mustard oil or sunflower oil. Avoid dry hard cool foods, or foods frozen or packaged meals.

Ayurveda has many effective herbs to support the body in the reduction of cholesterol. The herbal formula of Triphala can be used before bed to improve digestion and fat metabolism. Guduchi can also be taken daily as it supports the metabolism of the whole body including fat tissue and fat metabolism, it does this by enhancing the intelligence of the liver. In many studies Guggul was shown to reduce cholesterol as much as cholesterol-lowing drugs, but with out harmful side effects and Turmeric was found to lower triglycerides and serum cholesterol. Consider speaking with an Ayurvedic practitioner to find out what herbal support can work best for you as well as additional dietary recommendations.

 

Cholesterol Balancing Spice Mixture

  • 6 parts ground cumin
  • 6 parts ground coriander
  • 6 parts ground fennel
  • 3 parts ground turmeric
  • 2 parts ground fenugreek
  • 1 part powdered ginger
  • 1 part ground black pepper
  • Mix and store, use desired amount while cooking

 

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Brahmi, the Ayurvedic Nervine Tonic

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Brahmi is perhaps the most essential nervine herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. It revitalizes the brain cells, removes toxins and blockages within the nervous system, It improves memory aids in concentration, while at the same time has a nurturing effect. It also calms the heart and helps guard it against heart attacks.

Brahmi is added to many Ayurvedic formulas as a nervine and antispasmodic agent. It aids in getting over an addiction or bad habits, such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and also helps the body kick sugar habits. It is a blood cleanser, improves the immune system, and is an excellent tonic for venereal diseases as it also cleanses the kidneys while calming and soothing the liver.

Yogis use Himalayan Brahmi daily by eating a few fresh leaves to support and improve meditation. They do this because it helps awaken the crown chakra and balances the right and left hemisphere of the brain. It is also one of the best herbs for balancing Pitta, while at the same time actively reducing Kapha and can reduce Vata if taken in the proper dose or with other anit-Vata herbs, such as Ashwagandha.

According to Ayurvedic texts, Brahmi ghee is an essential medicine for the mind and heart that should be kept in every home. It can be taken in small amounts daily to maintain good health. As a milk decoction, the herb is an excellent brain tonic particularly when it is combined with Ashwagandha. Bhrami taken with Holy Basil and a little black pepper is suitable for all kinds of fevers. A cup of Bhrami tea made with honey before meditation is great to aid the practice.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Amazing Healing Properties of Turmeric

Turmeric is a root plant or rhizome closely related to ginger. Commonly used in curries, turmeric has a warm, slightly bitter taste for coloring or enhancing the flavor of curry powders, cheeses, mustard and more. Many of my Ayurvedic teachers have stated that Turmeric is an answer to most common aliments such as stomach ache, soar throats, cuts, infections, skin problems and many others.

According to Web MD, the list of health-related uses for turmeric is long. It is ingested for stomach problems, such as gas, bloating or diarrhea; arthritis; menstrual pain; fever and such for thousands of years in some areas. A juice version is used as a topical agent and a turmeric paste (warm milk with some powder) is employed as an antiseptic in wounds.

Countless studies have shown the healing powers from turmeric properties. Recent research on the effect of aromatic turmerone, a turmeric extract, shows that the plant extract may help regenerate damaged brain cells after things like a stroke. There are many studies conducted on curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric. Many have dealt with anti-inflammatory abilities in curcumin. In one study, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen for reducing arthritis pain. There have also been clinical studies on the benefits in diabetes and pre diabetes, positive effects on cancer, prostate cancer in particular.  Also many that shows it aids in weight management, liver detoxification, and digestive disease such as chrohn's disease.

Turmeric can easily be incorporated in to your daily life. It has many essential vitamins such as pyridoxine, choline, niacin, riboflavin and more. It also contains minerals of calcium, potassium, copper, iron, magnesia, magnesium and zinc. Turmeric in the diet increases the productions of enzymes that digest fat, sugars, and stops cholesterol from forming gallstones. It is an immune support and is antiseptic that kills yeast and parasites when used internally. It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, and menstrual problems. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, and kidney problems

You can take Turmeric as a daily supplement and introduce it to you're cooking. It is delicious in soups, stir fry, curries and as a daily tea. Ayurvedic turmeric paste is a great way to use turmeric to make teas. The paste of honey and turmeric can store easily in a jar. For paste use 1/3 cup  or 80 ml good, raw honey 2 1/2 teaspoons dried turmeric. Work the turmeric into the honey until it forms a paste. You can keep this on hand, in a jar, for whenever you'd like a cup of tea. 

Ayurvedic Daily Turmeric Tea Recipe

  • Heaping Teaspoon of Turmeric Paste
  • Paste Squeeze of lemon
  • Lots of freshly ground black pepper

For each cup of tea, place a heaping teaspoon of the turmeric paste in the bottom of a mug. Pour hot (but not boiling water) into the mug, and stir well to dissolve the turmeric paste. Add a big squeeze of juice from a lemon, and a good amount of black pepper. (pepper is invigorating and helps support the digestion of the turmeric) 

 

 

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15 Reasons Why You Should Take Triphala Daily

Triphala is known as one of Ayurveda’s most used herbal formulation. Triphala powder is a composed blend of three dried fruits., Haritaki, Bibhitaki and Amalaki. The blend is distributed into equal parts to ensure maximum efficiency. The principle of Ayurveda suggests that healthy stomach leads to a healthier life. Thus, to remain fit and healthy, it is very necessary for a person to keep his or hers stomach fit and healthy. This herbal formula is popular among Ayurvedic practitioner and its users as it is an effective bowl cleanser. The herbal formulation offers great support to the digestive system that helps insure that the process of digestion is completed at its best, ensuring optimal working of the digestive tract. 

According to various general theories, Triphala is an effective laxative that helps in keeping the digestive system fit and working, However, in experts’ opinions. Triphala powder is not just a laxative but also as a nutritional food supplement as it has great nutritional values. Unlike other laxatives, Triphala dose not put direct effect on the liver and gall bladder to force them to secrete digestive juices to digest food. Instead, it works like a sponge that swells by absorbing fluid. Thus, it helps in cleaning not only the intestinal tract but also the liver and blood. 

Top 15 Benefits of Triphala

  1. Improves and normalizes the digestive functions.
  2. Alleviates and corrects constipation.
  3. Tones the gastrointestinal tract.
  4. Cleanses bowel.
  5. Purifies the blood.
  6. Removes excess fats out of the body.
  7. Liver and Blood Cleansing. 
  8. Builds body immunity and contains high amounts of Vitamin C
  9. Maintains good male and female reproductive health. 
  10. Nourishes and strengthens the respiratory tract and lungs. 
  11. Improves eye sight.
  12. Nurtures the voice quality. 
  13. Enhances hair color and strengthens hair roots.
  14. Rich in powerful antioxidants, polyphenols which reduces oxidative stress on the body.
  15. Contains anthraquinone that help stimulate peristalsis.


In order to get the optimum results, it is recommended that a person should take no more then 1 1/2 tea spoons at in the evening, 45 minutes after having dinner or just before bed. It is best to boil for 5 mins in 1 cup of water, but it also can be taken with a spoonful of honey or in milk. Boiling the herbs allows for the molecules to break down further for better absorption. Tablet forms are also available. For best results see an Ayurvedic Practioner for additonal health management suggestions.

Nighty Night Cap

Those who are suffering with insomnia, it is good to have a warm nourishing drink before bed. This method is best when using raw milk, but for those with milk sensitivities, almond milk can be used as a replacement. Cardamom is useful in reducing milk's mucous forming tendency. Sip this night cap just before bed in order to fall easily and deeply asleep. Modify and use cumin, coriander, and cardamom for a more cooling effect. If pitta is irritated, use maple syrup or sucanat instead of honey for sweetening. Add a pinch of fresh vanilla bean for additional grounding and flavor. 

1/2 to 1 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp ghee
1/2 to 1 tsp cardamom powder
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon powder
1-2 tsp honey
pinch fresh ground nutmeg

Warm the milk and ghee with cardamom and cinnamon. Place honey in bottom of drinking cup. Add warm mixture to it. Do not use the same amount of honey and ghee by volume as it causes disturbance in digestion. Add fresh ground nutmeg, as it has a sedative quality and can support peaceful sleep.

Ojas, The Pure Essence of all Bodily Tissues

In yoga and Ayurveda we speak a lot of ojas, most people do not understand this term, nor do the recognize the importance of ojas. In Ayurveda, we believe ojas to be the pure essence of all bodily tissues. Ojas is the essence related to vitality and immunity in an indvidual. It is like honey. As the honeybee collects the minute molecules of the essence of hundreds of flowers and accumulates them in the honey comb for survival, ojas, circulated via the heart and throughout the body to maintain the natural resistance of the bodily tissue.

In short it can be described as our immune system. Ojas fights against aging, decay and disease. It is a superfine biological substance that gives strength to all the bodies tissues. Although often hear it  as a romantic or poetic subject, ojas is a protoplasmic, biological substance that includes albumin, globulin, and many other hormones. It is formed durning biosynthesis of the bodily tissues. Modern medicine talks about the immune system which includes the hematopoietic, endocrine, nervous, and digestive systems. The Ayurvedic concept of ojas corresponds to the modern medical concept, including gamma globulin, which maintains the immunity of the liver.

Immunity depends on the quality of the digestion, liver functions, and the integrated functions of all hormones in the endocrine system.  It also includes the nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems. When all these systems preform their physiological functions, ojas is maintained. Therefore, ojas is the potential source of strength and power, and natural resistance against illness, this is natural immunity. There are two types of immunity, natural or acquired immunity. When you receive a vaccination, this is an example of an acquired immunity. Ojas is our body's  natural resistance to fight infection.

Ojas has the capacity to counteract the etiological factors or cause of disease. Ojas is influenced directly by agni, or digestive system, which determines the quality of assimilation and nutrition. These qualities of ojas also depends upon lifestyle, stress, traumas and the qualities of relationships. For example if our relationships are not good our ojas will not be good.

So how do we support our Ojas? Building ojas is an art. Perhaps one of the best ways to consistently build ojas is to eat a diet of fresh, unprocessed whole foods in the appropriate season. Through the process of healthy digestion, microscopic amounts of the essence of these foods accumulate over time and become ojas. Ghee is an effective ojas building substance that can be added to your daily diet. 

Certain herbs in Ayurveda are also prized as great ojas-builders. Traditionally, a concoction of these herbs, including Ashwagandha and Shatavari, were blended with ojas-building foods like dates, almonds, coconut, saffron, ghee, honey and cardamom in a milk base. This mixture was warmed and taken before bed as a sleep aid and an ojas-builder to boot.

Other effective ways of building ojas includes healthy lifestyle routines, such as, sleeping habits (early to bed, early to rise and not in excess), yoga, medication, breathing exercises, walking in nature, laughing, expressing and showing love and affection, creativity, taking time and not rushing, doing things that make you happy,  giving to others, daily self oil application, and daily self love.