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Ayurvedic Consultation

WHEN was the last time you talked with someone about your health and received the empathetic attention you deserve?

A consultation at Vital Veda begins with pulse diagnosis (Nadi Vigyan) – a highly refined, accurate and comprehensive diagnostic tool to figure out where imbalance exists in the body and what the nature of the imbalance is.

The method of pulse diagnosis that certified Ayurvedic practitioner Dylan Smith utilises was passed onto him by his teachers, the Raju family, who have been internationally renowned masters in pulse diagnosis for generations.

For those having a Skype or phone consultation, detailed questioning and facial reading will be used to assess you.

Dylan accesses the state of your heart, mind and senses and how coordinated they are with one another during this intimately communicative method.

From here you will be provided with an intricate yet clear diet and lifestyle plan that leads you back to the memory and awareness of your true nature for deeper self-understanding, wellness and balance.

Vital Veda uses precise knowledge and application of rare and powerful herbal formulas consisting of organic and wild crafted herbs.

People come to have an Ayurvedic consultation with Dylan Smith for various reasons. From prevention to enhancing vitality, confused about what to eat to full blown ailments.

This individualised plan guides you to be more independent and self-sufficient in balancing your physiology.

Live Video and Phone Consultations Available

Initial Consultation – $100 (45-60 minS)

Follow up Consultation – $55

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What Is Ayurveda

Ayurveda is growing in popularity in the Western world, with many people curious about their dosha (individual composition)  or learning about Ayurveda through their yoga practice. A universal system with it’s roots in India, this ancient science encompasses the entire natural world; nature, the body, mind and spirit. It involves a holistic approach to health and healing that is in harmony with nature. Ayurveda translates to the “science of life”, ayur meaning life and veda meaning knowledge or science.

5 Elements

In Ayurveda, the theory of five elements helps us to understand health and disease. These qualities of nature exist inside of us. It is the 5 elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth) that compose everything in the universe, including the human body.

Based on the ‘levels’ of the 5 elements within a given situation, whether it be human, plant or animal, Ayurveda will accordingly adjust diet & lifestyle factors to not only profoundly prevent disease but also teach one how to live in tune with nature and its cycles – for maximal health, longevity and to elevate ourselves into the higher realms of happiness – the ultimate goal in life.

3 Doshas

In order to live in harmony with nature, ayurveda guides you to tune in and get to know yourself. We each have a unique constitution that matches up with different aspects of nature, in ayurveda there are three constitutional types:

  • Vata: likened to winter – cold and dry. Your nervous system and body are dominated by air.
  • Pitta: likened to summer – hot, fiery, competitive and driven.
  • Kapha: likened to spring – retaining water, easy going, heavier set, mellow.

Ayurveda as Preventative Medicine

Intervening on the path of disease before serious manifestations of it occurs is at the foundation of Ayurvedic medicine. This involves mapping symptoms and tracing them back to their root cause.

Ayurveda has 6 stages of disease. The first stage is where toxins start to accumulate due to hampered bodily function or intelligence. Through certain Ayurvedic diagnostic methods, such as pulse diagnosis, this can be recognised early. Some Ayurvedic doctors can even detect hereditary factors by feeling the pulse, and from here implement diet, lifestyle and herbal measures to prevent this weak spot in the body from becoming vulnerable to disease.

If we look at western medicine, it usually will not step in until manifestation has happened. This is the 5th stage of disease according to Ayurveda, and has happened after 1. the toxins (Ama) has accumulated (sachaya) – 2. aggravated (prakopa) – 3. overflown and became more severe (prasara) – 4. relocated within the body (sthana samsraya) – 5. then it has has reacted and manifested (vyakti).

After diagnosis, there are a number of treatments that can begin to work on the root cause of disease and ultimately enliven and maintain vitality. This can range from simple dietary and lifestyle advice to advanced body treatments and herbal preparations.  To explore which treatments we have available, view our therapeutic menu, herbal remedies or contact us.

6 Tips to Ditch the Microwave Oven

We now know that microwaves have a seriously negative impact on our food and body, so how do we go about removing them from our kitchens and what methods of cooking and heating can be used instead?

You’ve decided to put your health first, so how do you replace the convenience of the microwave? It’s all about becoming more efficient in the kitchen, a skill you will surely develop.

Here are 6 simple steps to ditch the microwave oven for good…

Plan ahead

1.Soaking lentils and grains reduces their cooking time. You can soak them for about 2 hours and then a cook a dahl dish in 15 minutes. The classical Ayurvedic dish, Kitchari, takes even less time to cook. If you are cooking heavier lentils soak them for longer. The longer you soak, the quicker they will cook. Take care not to sprout the grains by soaking them for too long.

2. Pre-chop: Chop a bunch of veggies, grate fresh ginger and finely chop garlic and keep them categorised in containers ready to be thrown in the oven, your curry, stir fry or to steam a meal.

3. Prepare your meals in advance: For the days when you’re too busy or too tired to cook, prepare 2-3 meals in one go for that day or two. Just be sure to reheat it on the stove.

4. Stove Heating: Get familiar with it. Cooking and heating foods this way is faster than you think.

Expand Cooking Skills

5. Steam Oven: If it’s within your budget or you are doing up a new kitchen, consider getting this awesome new appliance.

6. Learn some quick and easy recipes: Some of quick favourites are Ayurvedic porridge for breakfast, kitchari for lunch/dinner or golden milk tonic for breakfast or dinner.

Detox and Revive 

Even radiation in low levels are persistent and can accumulate in your body over time, eventually manifesting as diseases. Is it radiation that is causing your ailments? Avoiding microwaves, radiation and other toxins is ideal, and also supporting your body daily with herbs and foods to detox the toxins that we invariably encounter.

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“You are what you eat” is certainly true.

If you eat heavy, damp, leftover foods you will feel heavy, congested, dull and become prone to depression, sluggishness, fatigue and brain fog. By comparison, if you eat light, prana-rich food cooked fresh with love you will feel light, energised and full of love!

But also consider how you eat.

In what environment do you eat? How fast do you eat it? How long after the previous meal are you eating it? How do you transform or cook it?

Microwave Ovens ![Danger]! – Are you still using them?

Are you sacrificing your health for a modern convenience? Sure, microwaves may seem like a quick and easy solution to cook or heat your food, but healthier cooking methods aren’t that much slower. Plus, by choosing a cooking method that is better for you, you’ll cultivate a love for the ritual of cooking and quickly become a wiz at it. On top of mastering new cooking skills, your body will benefit from the energy and vitality present in a freshly cooked meal. Not convinced? Here’s more about why microwaves have no place anywhere near your food.

How Microwaves Work

Microwaves are essentially radiation bombarding your food and producing heat through causing the water molecules inside to violently vibrate at extremely high frequencies. Unlike a conventional oven, the microwave environment itself is not actually hot. You can feel this for yourself after the ‘ding’. It’s the water content in food that is heating up the rest of the food and as water is not evenly dispersed in food, that is why the heating in microwaved food is uneven. If there is no water present, the food will not be heated but remain cool – a term dubbed “electrical whiplash.”

What Microwaves Do to Your Food

Zap Food Nutrition

Due to unsustainable farming practices, use of pesticides and soil depletion, our soils sadly lack nutrients, hence so does our food. So now, more than ever, we need to be ensuring proper nutrient intake from fresh foods prepared right.

If you use a microwave, what may have started as a nutritious plate of food has now devolved into “dead food.” The radiation waves bounce around the inside of your microwave oven and are absorbed into the food, destroying the nutritional content of your meal. The prana (life-force) has been stripped away.

Nutrients are lost and often what survives has become ‘inactive’ – meaning that your body is not able to access the nutrients remaining. Studies have shown that up to 40% of B12 is lost from beef, pork and milk, vitamin C is reduced in asparagus, highly medicinal alliinase in garlic is inactivated, and powerful bacteria-fighting agents in breast milk are destroyed.

Doesn’t sound appetising at all, does it?

Alters the Molecular Structure

High frequencies in radio may be a good thing, but in microwaves the high frequencies of radiation create molecular friction which forcefully distorts and deforms the structure of the water molecules in food. After you ingest the food the same thing happens to your body’s cells which creates a perfect environment for pathogens. You are what you eat, and after eating microwaved milk and vegetables, one study found a dramatic decrease in the levels of white and red blood cells, and haemoglobin (the oxygen transport in blood).

The specific gigahertz frequency of radiation emitted by microwave ovens immediately affects the body’s heart rate. If you experience irregular heartbeat or any chest pain and regularly eat microwaved food, it might be best to stop “nuking” your food.

Causes Cancer

Plastic and paper containers used to heat microwave meals have been found to leach carcinogenic chemicals (BPA, PET, benzene, toluene and xylene) along with other harmful toxins into your food which is then absorbed by your body.

Even without plastic there is evidence that the altered molecular structure can have toxic effects on your DNA and lead to cancer. These geno-toxic effects can be the cause of unexplained headaches, anxiety, dizziness, vertigo, brain fog, depression, nausea, vision problems, tooth and jaw aching or constant thirst.

Becomes Tamasic 

Ayurveda considers microwaved foods tamasic, or that which causes inertia. The lack of life force makes the food heavy, typically causing depression, sluggishness and fatigue. The altered molecular structure of the food confuses the body’s intelligence causing cancer, brain fog, autoimmune disease and host of other issues. After the food becomes heavy it will turn to undigested food material (ama) which will lodge in a vulnerable channel or tissue in the body and initiate the disease process.

Want to know how to ditch the microwave for good?

Check out our 6 Tips to Ditch the Microwave Oven

Banana Treatment by The Raju Family

Powerful therapy for promoting perfect health ~ Banana Treatment is a powerful therapy that cleanses the entire physiology and restores gynaecological health.

“BT” is recommended for women to undertake while on their menstrual cycle who have gynecological health issues, to balance hormones, to enhance fertility or to profoundly purify the physiology. It is also available for women who will not be menstruating at the time of visit.

What is Banana Treatment?
Banana Treatment (BT) is mostly done during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Ayurveda views the menstrual cycle as a deep detox and profound purification that a woman is blessed to have once a month. This unique treatment that is exclusively perform by the Raju Family enhances this purification process.

Banana Treatment involves taking herbs specially prepared with bananas during each day of the menstrual flow, along with a special, simple diet and plenty of rest so that the body can devote all it’s energy to clearing and healing. The treatment draws out toxins from all over the body into the menstrual blood through which they are expelled. A single banana treatment done properly during menstruation has benefits, depending on the person, equal to two or more 23-day intensive Panchakarmas

Duration of Treatment

  • Menstruating women take the Banana Medicine for the duration of their menstrual cycle.
  • Women not on their cycle generally take the BT for 3 days.

Location – The Banana Medicine is only given by the Vaidya personally. You need to come in daily.

Is BT Only for Menstruating Women?
No.

  • Women whose menstruation is unnaturally absent can also do the treatment.
  • It is also possible for post-menopausal women to receive Banana Purification Treatment if they know any date or time of month that they had a period before menopause began. The Ayurvedic Doctor can then search the pulse around that time for the underlying cycle that still continues in a woman’s physiology, even after menopause. Though less powerful than during the days of actual flow, the treatment is still highly beneficial for increased purification, hormone balance, and strength.
  • Women whose cycle does not align with the time that the Vaidya is there can still do the treatment. It is however encouraged to travel to the city that Dr. Raju is in at the time of your cycle to obtain the full benefit. After all, women travel from all over the globe to India just for BT, so travelling inter-state is well worth the benefits.

“The main action of Banana Treatment is on the uterus ~ the communication between the brain and the uterus. When the communication is obstructed, it clears it—whatever is in the way. And then it clears everything because it removes the blocks [along the way]. With gall stones it takes some time…for liver problems much less time, gas much less. Because it fixes everything that is in-between and clears the way. Whatever is blocking it clears…makes that sankalp [intention] to work.”

~ Vaidya J.R. Raju

Banana Purification Treatment deep-cleanses the entire body, particularly the female reproductive system.
Even if the problems are deeply rooted, significant relief can be achieved from this 3-5 day treatment.

The treatment also helps to balance the hormonal system so emotions become more even and smooth.

Why is Banana Treatment So Powerful?
“The main thing is the vibration [the use of the Primordial Sounds], and the herbs. Just like the planet is considered as the human (small point), Brahmananda is the universe (vast). Like that the herb is always minute, and it will work in all directions [huge expansion]. Similarly, along with that, the vibration enters into the body and goes into the whole endocrinol system, not only the reproductive system, and creates the balance.

You might have seen one patient’s case here: just with the Banana Treatment she developed her uterus and even her cervix was not there and that is also developed now.
The treatment is given at the best time of the month because of the power of the underlying cycle.  Banana Treatment is a good rejuvenation. It is like half or even one full PK in value even when you are in menopause. Even if you don’t have those organs due to hysterectomy, whatever the balance is needed will come from the treatments. The whole hormone system is endocrine, so no need to worry about the organ itself.”

~ Vaidya Dr. A.V. Raju.

Essential Things to Know For Your Banana Treatment

The more precise you follow these procedures, the more increased benefit you will get.

Donation:
The Banana Treatment is absolutely free. The Raju forefathers, who handed down this unique and wonderful knowledge to their family, specified that it should be given free of charge, so that there is no financial barrier for anyone to have its benefits. One only pays for the bananas used – (price different according to country you are receiving it). Additional donations are required to cover travel expenses.

You should not enter the home/venue where you will receive the medicine, but rather wait outside and Ramya Raju will bring the medicine to you.

You must observe 30 minutes of silence before and after and during taking the medicine.

Diet:

  • On the days of taking the Banana Medicine, one should not take any medications, herbs, dietary supplements etc.
  • The banana herbs should be taken on a complete empty stomach. If you are taking the morning dose of Banana Medicine, you should not consume any food, herbs, or medications etc. that morning. Only plain water is allowed.
  • 1 hour before taking the medicine the patient should completely fast (no food, water etc.).
  • It is important to swallow the banana piece whole – Do not chew it or allow it to touch your teeth.
  • 1 -2 hours after taking the medicine the patient should completely fast (no food, water etc.). After this, the first thing the patient should eat is milk rice (see recipe below).
  • Do not talk for 30 minutes before you receive the banana herbs or 30 minutes afterwards. Results are more powerful with inward attention and silence during this time.
  • Every meal during the BT should be milk rice“. If you have trouble digesting cows milk, try a smaller quantity raw or unhamogensied cows milk boiled. If this is still uncomfortable, you may have plain white rice only.
  • Rarely people feel aversion to eating milk rice every meal. If this happens, and you really cannot tolerate it, have milk rice or plain white rice for the first meal (after taking the BT), then for the meals after that you may add a little cinnamon in the milk rice to add some flavour and reduce the aversion. Note that this is not ideal and for full benefits of the BT. Plain milk rice is best ruing menstruation cycle.  You can also have fresh, simple food throughout if you are really struggling with diet (see diet below on next bullet point).
  • If you have aversion or cannot cope with just milk rice or plain rice contact us to discuss best meal.
  • Continue sipping hot water frequently during the BT days to help remove the toxins more thoroughly.

Regimen

  • A time to go inward and rest – BT is a time to go inward and rest. It is encouraged you keep socialising to a minimum. You will probably be quite tired during the BT, so it is best you avoid strenuous activity, work, studying, going out etc. Sleeping during the day is permitted. Think of this as a stretch of “time for yourself” where you can profoundly rest and purify.
  • Do not use tampons during BT as this impedes the free flow of toxins out of the body and may cause toxins to be reabsorbed as a result (best to always follow this rule during your period whenever you can).
  • During the days of menstrual flow, it is traditional for you not to touch or have anyone touch you during this time as many impurities are coming out of the body (especially strong during the Banana Treatment).

Testimonials

“I have had debilitating periods all my life…horrible cramps, nausea, and pain. After receiving banana treatment from Dr. Pavani Raju, I would say my periods are 95-99% better. Not only that, but it has had a side effect of giving me greater confidence and sense of self. I feel very lucky to have been given this treatment.
~ BT Patient ~ USA

“I wasn’t able to take the Raju Banana Treatment when I was still menstruating, but I’ve been fortunate to have had it several times since menopause, because I know my cycle times from years past and the Vaidyas can feel in my pulse when I am ready for the banana medicine. Though they say it’s more powerful during menstruation, It still brings me increased energy and strength, along with deep purification. From the moment I swallow the herb, I can feel a special liveliness spreading in my body, and for those first few hours after taking it I feel very inward and quiet and sometimes fall deep asleep for hours, even in the middle of the day. It’s a very special experience, and gives me a big boost afterwards.”
~ Panchakarma Guest ~ USA

“The Banana Purification Treatment was an incredibly special experience. I am very very grateful that I finally experienced it. The month before I received the BT my cycle was a nightmare. I went to the hospital from being in such tremendous and unbearable pain. Morphine wasn’t even enough because I suffered from a partially ruptured ovarian cyst. My doctor assumed it crossed with a blood vessel. This brings the worst pain ever. It has been likened to child birth, followed by massive abdominal swelling The 2-3 prior cycles were increasing in pain leading up to last month where I couldn’t even stand or walk. I could just curl into myself on the floor, using all my energy to endure the pain. This past cycle, after taking the banana treatment, I barely felt any pain at all (just some the first day, but Advil was sufficient in relieving the pain). I am so grateful!!! I was actually scared and anxious about the next cycle, wondering if I’d end up in the hospital again.

“The BT itself was very humbling and beautiful. I felt incredibly happy and loving afterwards and during the treatment. I since have felt lighter in body and spirit, like every cell in my body was invigorated and born anew. I felt incredibly awake, though at the same time very exhausted. Being in Dr. Raju’s presence was humbling, cleansing, soothing, and inspiring. I will tell every woman I know and love to come the next time Dr. Raju comes to town. I will go too. I can hardly wait. 🙂 Thank you with my whole heart and spirit.
~Patient ~ USA

“Stability, clarity and internal strength are the prominent effects the Banana Treatment has had on me. I find it very settling and strengthening to mind, soul and physiology. Female hormones are one of the most determining factors of a woman’s state of being. The Banana Treatment balances these hormones on a very fundamental level, creating lasting harmony.

“In my case, a concrete example is the positive influence the Banana Treatment had on my period. I used to not be able to “survive” my very long and heavy cycles without using pain relievers which was a big stress. After taking just two Banana Treatments, I could already feel a big difference. My cycles became shorter and less painful. After two more treatments, my cycles now only last 5 days and I can get by without using pain medicine at all. The Banana Treatment has also helped me to settle anxiety and insomnia.

“I am very grateful for having found this treatment. Through balancing my hormones, it has not only helped me to balance my physical body, but also to balance myself.”
Panchakarma Guest ~ Germany

“I was diagnosed with MRKH Syndrome in c.1996 following an ultrasound that revealed I had no uterus. This is a rare congenital condition whereby the female reproductive system stops developing after the creatIon of the ovaries. This of course means you do not have periods, nor can you have children naturally. In allopathic medicine there is no known reason or solution. On diagnosis, I was brought under the care of a specialist unit in a London hospital where they offer enormous emotional support to the diagnosed ladies and their families, but of course in their eyes there was nothing they could do. “In January 2010 my partner, Will, and I embarked on a two year traveling sabbatical. We decided to kick start it with a 23 day PK in Delhi. Will had been suffering from Gilbert’s Syndrome and a poorly functioning liver, and the doctors back home had been at a loss on how to treat this debilitating condition. A short one week PK in the UK had had such beneficial results we decided to come for a long stint in Delhi. There we had the blessing and amazing good fortune to meet with Dr. JR Raju and we came out of our first consultation amazed. Rajuji was not at all bemused by Will’s condition and had diagnosed me just through the touch of the pulse. He even suggested that his family’s Banana Medicine would be able to help me overcome my situation. My pulse had indicated that I had either just finished or was just about to start my cycle so for the rest of those three weeks he regularly took my pulse to track my cycle. It came, a few days before I was due to leave.

“During this first treatment, I felt enough sensations to merit following Dr. Raju’s advice and obtained an ultrasound. The results showed a small uterus!! We were overcome and so it was an easy decision to attend the clinic in Hyderabad as often as I could for monthly banana sessions whilst we were in India. Will’s test results also showed a 75% improvement in his liver and thyroid functioning in just 23 days. He had been ill for over a year! “Over the next few months of banana treatment there was notable progress. I had ultrasounds after each treatment which invariably showed the uterus growing in size each month. I returned to the UK in June 2011 and had an ultrasound at a private hospital in the UK to alleviate my parent’s concerns that the results were not a true reflection of what was indeed taking place. The result showed more progress, and the parents were on board! “We returned to India in late October 2011 for further travels and treatments in Hyderabad to accelerate the growth. The ultrasound following the October banana treatment showed 50% growth in the volume of the uterus since late June. The November results indicated a further growth spurt in the length of the uterus. It was after this treatment that the lining of the uterus became fully developed and it was also the first time the radiologist was able to detect and measure the cervix. She and her nursing staff looked on in amazement. It was a wonderful moment. An MRI in December 2011 confirmed normal myometrium, endometrial cavity and parametrium in the uterus.

“I continued regular banana treatment, as well as a 42-day PK in Hyderabad in March 2012, to help support the growth process which it did enormously. In August I was due to head back to the UK – the funds were up and it was time for me to head home. However, Dr. Krishna Raju strongly advised otherwise as I was experiencing a high level of growth, so I returned in September and continued regular banana treatment and a short PK until January 2013. The MRI in November showed that the vagina had connected with the uterus and the fallopian tubes had developed and connected also. And that is where I am tantalizingly at!

“Apart from one banana treatment in Italy in the summer, I have not had any other treatment for a year and am letting Nature take her course. It is relevant that I am back at home for now, and will know when it is right to return and join the banana club again! But I am feeling it is soon. I am able to support the development by daily practising the marma touch points and special marma abyanga that I was so lucky to learn in Hyderabad. I do these daily, wherever possible, and I know they have had a profound effect on my physiology. In addition, I have also been incredibly fortunate to have the banana and PK supported by full marma treatments in Hyderabad, which I have found extremely powerful.

“I have been utterly blessed to have met the Raju family and their team of supporters, both the immediate staff but also special friends of the clinic, who are all tirelessly helping the patients, supporting us on our journeys, being the embodiment of Ganesha. It is a true gift to be in their presence and truly know there is nothing to fear. My journey has been nothing short of incredible and I am really looking forward to seeing what Nature has in store and when she decides to bestow it.”
~ Panchakarma Guest ~ England

 

Yagya – Communing with the Divine

Yagya, typically involving a fire ceremony but can also be something as simple as exercise or eating your meal, is the way in which we commune with nature’s intelligence to invoke an effect of greater purification, unity and love.

Yagya is like the cosmic mobile phone. It is the way in which we summon the divine. We are communing. It is a communication procedure by which we are requesting an order.

Everything in nature revolves around the principle of reciprocity. When we make a request (with intent) through consciousness, we are trigging a spontaneous phenomena of reciprocity.

When we understand this principle and we incorporate agni (fire), agni becomes the transmuter, the purifier but also the deliverer of the message of the intent. Agni metabolises intent into manifestation.

In Yagya, we offer that intent with things we hold precious to us such as ghee, sandalwood, turmeric, flowers and other various substances from the earth.

These things which we are offering to the fire hold a very sattvic (pure) quality that when transmuted from its gross physical dimension by agni into a spiritual essence, it is transmuted into a celestial substance (soma), which the devatas (spiritual beings) feed of. They feed of our sattvic soma.

This combination of intention, mantras (primordial sounds), fire, offerings and the flow of human awareness will be customised to target a very specific dimension in the more subtle realms of concioussness. Here the devatas bathe in the nectar of our attention and devotion.

This creates a bonding effect and a bridge between the subtle dimension and the gross dimension. We create a window for the light to come in, but we also send light in. It is a two way street, paved with bridges of unity.

What we are seeking to do is commune with each other. With everything – gross and subtle. The vedic world view is we wish to embody all dimensions in consciousness. Yagya is the technology by which we commune with the divine. Not just for the sake of communing with the divine, but to cause an effect…

What that effect is, is relevant to the type of Yagya and who we are “dialling”.

this article is inspired by the teachings of Jonni Pollard 

photo: Natasha Mason

Honey – Nectar or Poison?

Honey, nature’s sweet nectar, was considered by the ancient Vedic sages as one of the most exceptional food items available to mankind. It constitutes unique medicinal properties par excellence. And all this certainly still prevails today, but only when used properly.

In stark contrast, honey when heated is considered fatal and is classified as poison. Not only did ancient vedic sages clearly warn civilisations about this, but now modern science is proving ancient wisdom by confirming the toxicity of heated honey.

I understand that these words condemning heated honey seem harsh, radical and perhaps rather shocking. But many sages (who are considered authentic authorities on the science of life that is Ayurveda) used these exact words for this topic. And by the way, this language was rarely used.
I personally consider heated honey as the #1 Biggest Flaw in The Post Modern Era Diet.

The Importance of Honey

Honey is a medicine, not so much a food.
Honey is only good in little quantities. This is “because of properties like difficult digestibility, dryness and astringency.”(1)
If undigested, honey is very hard to eliminate out of the body. If it doesn’t eliminate, it lodges in the body as ama (undigested food material), which is the root cause of most illnesses. Ama clogs the channels of the body, obstructing metabolic activity, preventing nutrients from being delivered to cells and hampering proper waste elimination.

“Nothing is as troublesome as the Ama caused by improper intake of honey.”
~ Charaka, Ancient Sage.

“Honey is the best yogavahi [catalyst]”(2) – Which means it amplifies the properties of the herbs added to it.
It is the chief Anupana (Vehicle of Administration) – All herbs need a vehicle to effectively deliver it to the part of body that it is intended for. There are many Anupana’s such as ghee, milk, decoctions, water, sugar, wine and more. Honey is the main Anuapana in Ayurvedic medicine.

Thus, the best way to get your regular dose of honey is to incorporate it into your regular herbal intake.
(see below for other ways to take honey).

Good for the Eyes (1)
Improves the eyesight. Very useful for itchy eyes, trachoma, conjunctivitis, glaucoma and other similar diseases.
Honey is an excellent ‘scraper’ – whether it be scraping undigested food material in the digestive tract, to then be eliminated, or the mature cataracts (when the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque) to stop the growth of the membrane.
It is to be used regularly internally but most effective when applied into the eyes via a specific Ayurvedic herbal preparation. (contact Vital Veda to order Netra Amrit Eye Drops).

Heart Health
Honey is wonderful for the heart. While it’s sweetness give pleasure to pacify the emotional heart, the scraping quality removes the ama that is blocking heart vowels and arteries.

Heart Tonic Remedy – Honey + amalaki juice + lemon juice + mango juice + arjuna kashayam (optional).

Honey Heals the Skin
Topically applying honey to wounds(1), burns, cuts, skin diseases(1) and ulcers(1) is an easy home remedy to clean the area and hasten healing.

Wound Healing Remedy – Mix some turmeric powder with honey to increase the antiseptic effect and stop bleeding(1). Topically apply on skin lesion.

Digestion
• Honey is considered a boon for those with low digestion (Manda Agni). This is because it scrapes away the kapha coating on top of the pitta (kapha avarana).
• It helps with diarrhoea and regulates acid levels.
• It is a vital ingredient during Panchakarma when conducting purification treatments such as Basti (enema) and Vamana (emesis).

Respiratory Health
Honey is highly beneficial in the support of lung health and treatment of all imbalances of the lungs. Honey contains a mixture of “higher” alcohols and ethereal oil that emit soothing and beneficial vapours. Couple this with a combination of Ayurvedic respiratory herbs to breath at ease.

Cough
Honey soothes the inflamed mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract and relieves irritating cough and symptoms like difficulty in swallowing. Honey is also one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods for inflammation anywhere in the body.

Cough and Cold Home Remedy – Honey and spice paste.

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Weight Loss, Obesity and Diabetes
Honey is Kapha Nisaraka.
“Sara” = Essence.
“Ni” = Take away.
Honey, with its astringent quality, in small amounts, takes away the essence of kapha. Kapha is the factor for fluids, excess fat and heaviness in the body.
Another quality of honey is Stambhana (Stopping). Honey stops the overproduction of the bodily tissues.

Weight Loss Remedy – Boil water at night. The next morning add 1tsp honey + 1tsp lemon juice to the room temperature water and drink first thing after brushing teeth and scraping tongue.

Aphrodisiac and Ojas Booster
Due to a sweet taste and sweet post-digestive effect, honey (when taken right) is one of the few foods that metabolises so well that it nourishes all the tissues and quickly and directly nourishes and builds Ojas (vital essence). Due to it’s yogavahi (catalyst) quality, combined with aphrodisiac herbs it is effective for low libido, premature ejaculation, low sperm count and reproduction.

Ojas Builder and Immunisation for BabiesSwarna Prasha (honey + ghee + gold bhasma) – (available at Vital Veda clinic).

Other benefits:
“Madhu (honey) breaks up solidified materials inside the body, relieves thirst, mitigates kapha, poison, hiccup, bleeding disease, skin diseases, diabetes, worms, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, cough, diarrhoea; cleanses the ulcers, unifies fractures, heals wound.”(1)

Ways to Take Honey:

  • Incorporate into herbal preparations
  • By itself as a tonic – If you do not take herbs, you can take 1tsp of raw honey first thing in the morning. (Sweet should be the first taste of the day).
  • Fruit + Honey – Drizzle honey on seasonal fruit. Honey + grapefruit is a great breakfast for weight loss. (make sure to eat the white pith of the grapefruit!).
  • Yoghurt + Honey – Yoghurt is one of the heaviest foods available. Thus Ayurveda says “it should not be taken alone without, sugar, green gram soup, honey or amalaki”(3) to make it more easily digestible. Honey and yoghurt is a great snack.

Honey’s Poisonous Potential

On the other hand, honey can easily acquire a poisonous quality. All it takes is heat. When honey is heated past body temperature (37 degrees celsius) it becomes poison.

“100 litres of honey can be spoiled with 1 drop of hot water. Poison.”
~ Vaidya J.R. Raju.

When heated, the molecules in honey metamorphose into glue-like structures and that adhere to the gut membrane, clogging the channels and producing ama. This ama becomes a sly nuisance that is very difficult to remove from the body.

“It takes many Panchakarma’s to remove heated honey.”
~ Vaidya J.R. Raju.

Now modern science is proving ancient wisdom. A study showed that when honey is heated, it produces a chemical called hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde (HMF), a substance linked in certain forms to toxicity and possible links to carcinogenic effects.

The heat melts the microscopic globules of wax, which is where bees store this toxic chemical (and possibly more). This wax which encases the toxic substances is only eliminated straight out the body if it is not heated.

Beware of Heated Honey

  • Don’t add honey to any food or drink that is hot including tea, chai, porridge, honey soy chicken, honey cake etc. You are safer to leave this out all together rather then letting the food or drink “cool down.” – Remember, 37 degrees celsius.
  • Honey as an ingredient in packaged foods – Care should be taken to avoid cereals, breads, baked goods, sauces, bars and other “health food” products that include honey which has been cooked. Read the labels.
  • What is the source of your honey? – Speak to the bee keeper. Find out how they extract the honey. If the honey is cold-extracted or unheated, this is medicine. However most honey sold in mainstream supermarkets are toxic.

Ayurveda is so strict on this that it even prohibits honey during fever and hot summers

Who is to say that heated honey is not a primary cause in diseases like colon cancer, infertility, children dying at birth or soon after birth? It will be a while till science conducts studies like this.

Other Notes About Honey

  • Honey gets better with age. I recommend only use honey that is at least 2 months old. This increases the activity levels. If it crystallises this is a good thing. Make sure to store well in a glass container. Start collecting!
  • Beware, “Honey mixed with equal quantities of ghee causes death.” ~ Every major ancient ayurvedic text.
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My honey collection from a couple years ago. I still hold some of these that are over 3 years old.

If you have eaten heated honey in the past like most westerners, fear not! you are strong. Even heated honey in very little quantity can be digested to some extent by with those of good physiology. But now you are aware, and can continue to detoxify and further imbue vitality.

“Even Brahman cannot cure the heated honey.”
~ Vaidya J.R. Raju

“Eat honey, my son, for it is good;”
~ Proverbs 24:13, The Bible

Honey Brand Recommendations:

  • Kel-Bee Apiaries (Sydney) – Louie comes to the Bondi Farmers Markets on Saturdays. 0414 972 065.
  • Lenny (Ocean Shores, Northern NSW) – Amazing passionate honey dealer who occasionally acquires rare and potent batches of honey.
  • Maharishi HoneyThese guys use a Natural Law based approach to apiculture. They have the bees facing east, play them vedic chants and work closely with the environment. The taste is another level. If you are in Australia order through The Medicine Man.

Get collecting!

References
(1) Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, ch. 6,(86-93).
(2) Caraka Samhita, ch. 26, (249)
(3) Caraka Samhita, ch. 7, (61-62)

(top) photo: Cereal Mag

7 tips to avoid Ama over Christmas and the Silly Season

Festive season is here! and along with it an abundance of edible delights seem to be just about everywhere! It is hard not to over indulge and accumulate Ama, the toxic waste-product of incomplete digestion.

Tempting sweets and mouth watering food platters that pull you in by the eyes and nose can lead you to over-eat and snack at irregular times, promoting the accumulation of Ama. Ama is a sticky, thick, mucus-like substance that if not cleaned out, will clog bodily channels and vitiate the “weak part” (Kavyaguna) in your body.

Joints are typical weak spots, but the ama will vitiate different tissues and areas depending on the person. Some people may experience respiratory symptoms, constipation, gas, bloating, skin rashes or breakouts, congested lymphatic system, weight gain or stress.

The accumulation of ama is the first of The Six Stages of Disease (Shat Kriya Kala) according to Ayurveda. After that, it will eventually manifest into disease and more full blown clinical features. This is the beauty of the prevention aspect of Ayurveda. It can detect disease way before it gets even slightly complicated.

A key solution for conquering Christmas-time Ama is to keep your digestive fire (Agni) burning and balanced.

We want our agni to digest the food and from it create a thin liquid substance that Ayurveda calls Ahar Rasa. This is the essence of the food. This essential bi-product of digestion will nourish your body and provide the required nutrients and energy for you to thrive.

The following tips will help keep your agni strong and balanced. Less ama, more nectar:

1. Eat Seasonally

Digestion is stronger in winter and weaker in summer.

“The temperature of the body beaten by the cold wind goes deep inside, gathers like a lump in the stomach increasing the digestive fire; hence, [in winter] people have the ability to digest foods which are hard by nature.”
~Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, Hemantartucarya (regimen of winter), ch. 4, (8-13).

Modern science is now proving ancient wisdom as studies show the amylase enzyme (which increases our digestive strength), increases in our body in winter and decreases in summer. What more is that the parasympathetic nervous system, AKA the “Rest and Digest” nervous system, also increases in winter and decreases in the spring and summer.

Our digestive fire is hot, fiery and acidic. We don’t want that in summer, we want that in winter to keep us warm and insulated and to help us to break down the hard to digest, high protein, fat and dense foods like grains, nuts and dairy that nature intelligently organised to be harvested for the winter time.

If your holiday season comes in winter your lucky that you do have stronger digestion but still do everything in moderation and follow the tips below to remain balanced.

If your holiday season is in summer choose loads of fresh local fruits as your party foods. Fruits have been ripening on the vines all year long and assist in dissipating the heat out of your body. Fruits are easy to digest for your weaker summer agni. Ironically barbecues and ice-cream by the beach are more appropriate for winter time. Stick to light foods.

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2. Eat your main meal at midday

Your agni (digestive fire) is regulated by the sun. When the sun is strongest your digestion is strongest and more robust.

Modern sincere is once again proving ancient wisdom by showing that not only is our digestion stronger, but the food you eat deliver more nutritional value at the middle of the day when the sun is up rather then at night time.

Start preparing your christmas lunch earlier so that you can stick to a 12pm-2pm meal time schedule.

If you do have an evening party, make it earlier while the sun is up around 5pm.

Dinner should be the lightest meal of all. A big meal will not only tax your digestive system but will disrupt your sleep as your body will be burdened with this unwanted task. Your body’s job at night is to detox the liver and regulate hormones, not digest food.

3. Avoid Snacking

Sticking to three meals a day, no snacks will allow your digestion to rest in between each meal. Further more, it will trigger fat metabolism as you will be using fat as your source of fuel. Fat is the stable, long-lasting, calming, detoxifying, non-emergency fuel. If you are eating every 1/2/3 hours, the body will continue to burn the readily available fuel from these foods. This fuel source is sugar. Sugar burns quickly and often comes crashing down along with your energy levels, leaving your body craving another short term “pick me up.”

Fat on the other hand as your primary fuel source is effective for stabilising mood, emotions, good sleep, increasing cognitive function, less cravings, loosing weight, balancing acidity and maintaining good energy levels.

Re-establish fat metabolism by eliminating snacks.

4. Use Herbal Digestive Support

Over 99% of us are going to break the rules and indulge. Fine, enjoy it, (guilt free). But accordingly support your agni with nature’s intelligence through the use of herbs and spices:

Shodana VatiDetoxification agent and whole-body cleansing rasyana. 3 dosha balancing. 
Best free radical scavenger & anti-oxidant; immune modulator and blood purifier. Good for gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, tooth and oral problems, female problems, high cholesterol, chronic cough, eye disorders, addictions, and helps clear the skin and more.Raju family formula.

Shodana Vati is my herb of choice for mostly everyone to take. We live in a time where toxins are prevalent. In the US, a whopping 4 billion pounds of toxins are being dumped into the environment each year—72 million of which are carcinogenic.(1) Even your organic kale may have mercury on it.

Contact me to order Shodana Vati.

Triphala – An inferior digestive support option to Shodana Vati. Take 1-3 grams of quality triphala before dinner.

Digestive Tea –

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon lightly crushed cumin seeds +
  • 1/2 tsp lightly crushed ajwain seeds +
  • 1/2 tsp lightly crushed fennel seeds +
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder or freshly grated ginger.
  • Put the powdered herbs in 1.5 cups of water and boil down to 1 cup.
  • Strain and add 1 pinch of black salt.
  • Sip hot/warm as a tea after each meal and if you experience digestive discomfort.

You may make larger quantities and keep in thermos for the day.

Gently helps to reset digestive function while balancing digestive issues like gas, bloating and others. Increases your body’s own digestive enzymes to improve digestion.

4. Sipping Hot Water

This is a powerful technique to melt toxins and flush them out the body. Like washing the dirty grease of dishes with hot water, the same thing happens in your intestines. Sipping plain hot water regularly (frequency, not quantity matters) dilates the channels in your body so things can move better. Don’t underestimate this powerful tool.

Click HERE for more on this surprisingly powerful detoxification technique. 

5. Fasting

Just incase you strayed from the Ayurvedic path and collected Ama along the way, fasting is a quick and effective fix.

In Ayurveda it is said if you eat a heavy meal that did not digest properly, then skip the next meal. If you had a ridiculous dinner, skip breakfast or just have hot milk. If you put out your agni with a heavy lunch, skip dinner.

Ayurveda also recommends fasting one day per week. This does not mean no food. You can have liquids such as hot milk, lassi, fruit juices, and even fruits if your constitution is uncomfortable to fast. Also at night if you feel you may take light vegetable soup.

A gentle fast allows the agni to recover its strength and burn away accumulated ama, leaving you feeling light and energetic.

Always sip hot water frequently on fasting days to assist in removing the ama.

6. Avoid Agni-destroying foods and drinks

Some foods are especially hard to digest and easily produce ama. Heavy foods produce tamas or dullness in the mind and body. Fresh foods are easier to digest and contains more Prana (life force).

Items that diminish agni and contributes to the accumulation of ama:

  • Leftovers – will oxidise and are very tamasic.
  • Deep fried foods are hard to digest.
  • Raw foods are hard to digest. Why make your internal fire do the cooking? Lets the external fire do the cooking to make the food more compatible for you body.
  • Cold foods and drinks will put out your agni digestive fire.
  • Ice-cream – cold, sweet, heavy and dull are the same qualities of ama.
  • A lot of water with meals dilutes the digestive enzymes. Iced drinks with meals is like throwing cold water onto a fire. Lassi is the best to have with a meal.

7. Panchakarma detox therapy / Vital Short Home Cleanse

Despite all your good efforts to keep balanced, our physiology still needs regular detoxification and rejuvenation.

Panchakarma (“PK”) is a methodical combination of taking herbs, treatments and adjusting diet and lifestyle to cleanse and renew the body. These treatments are hands-on, rejuvenating techniques that purge the physiological stress and toxins out of the body that cover the underlying natural state of perfect health residing in everyone.

This detox and rejuvenation program is best to be immersed in-residnce at an authentic, safely practiced ayurvedic clinic. I highly recommend Dr. Raju’s Institute of Ayureda.

If you can’t run away to India, the Vital Veda clinic in Sydney offers PK for 5, 7, 15, 23 or more days where your program will be tailored to tie in with your home and work life.

If you want to DIY at home, check out my free Vital Short Home Cleanse.

I wish you a happy holiday season filled with unity and relish.

“Even if you eat ice-cream, enjoy it.” ~ Vaidya J.R. Raju 

References

(1) http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/children/areas-of-care/childrens-environmental-health-center/childrens-disease-and-the-environment/children-and-toxic-chemicals

The Vital Short Home Cleanse

5 Days to Revitalise Your Digestion, Metabolism, & Energy Levels

A “DIY” Panchakarma Detox and Rejuvenation Program 

The Vital Short Home Cleanse (VSHC) is a short 5 day cleanse and detox designed for those who are ready to feel lighter, more energised and peaceful. It is appropriate for busy people who don’t have the time for Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation program) or a similar longer cleanse/retreat.

The VSHC is a “DIY” (Do It Yourself) cleanse consisting of following a daily regimen, a simple and delicious diet protocol, taking a few herbal supplements and perhaps backing up a little from your regular life and giving more time to Yourself and rest.

“DIY” entails that the results are based on the level of your compliance and dedication to the program. How far you take it is up to you. You can choose to retreat and reduce external stimuli to turn your senses inside out to feel the deeper parts of yourself. Or, on the other hand, you can integrate the VSHC at the same time as working full time, and this will certainly still reap transforming benefits for you body and mind.

This easy 5 day detox will help stimulate your body’s natural ability to burn fat, reset digestion, reduce cravings and eliminate toxins.

When to do the Vital Short Home Cleanse 

  • The best time to detox is when you have the time to rest. During the 5 days you should be in bed every night by 9:30-10pm and have minimal social/work commitments.
  • It is important to cleanse and relax on a regular basis or when your lymph is stagnant. (see VSHC eBook for signs of stagnated lymph).
  • You can do the VSHC three to twelve times a year.
  • If you typically experience coughs, congestion, weakened immunity or allergy symptoms during a particular season, it is good to do this cleanse about one month prior to when you usually experience symptoms.
  • Do not do this cleanse during fever, if you are not feeling 100% well or during menstruation.

Click HERE for you Free Vital Short Home Cleanse eBook

Vital Short Home Cleanse Kit

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  1. Abhyanga Massage Oil – 500ml Medicated Sesame Oil (for cold climates) or 900 gram Medicated Coconut Oil (for hot climates and sensitive skin) to be used for Self-Massage. Supports lymph and blood circulation, pacifies the nervous, collects toxins from deep in the body to be eliminated and more.
  2. Nasika Oil – 15ml Medicated Nasal Oil for Nasya. Nasya pacifies the brain, strengthens sensory organs and more.
  3. Gandusha Oil – 100ml Medicated Oil to for daily Oil Pulling. Not only profound for oral health, but also supports Head Neck and Throat health.
  4. Shodana Vati – 300 tablets. To be taken before dinner. General Detoxifying Agent and 3 Dosha Balancing and more.
  5. Copper Tongue Scraper

Total (with sesame based Abhyanga oil) = $120

Total (with coconut based Abhyanga oil) = $150

  • Shipping available within Australia (handling and postage fee).
  • Pick up from Bondi Beach, Sydney clinic available. 
  • Purchasing individual products are available.

To purchase the VSHC kit, and for any questions please email dylan@vitalveda.com.au

Olive Oil Fraud – 70% of the Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Sold in the World is Fake

Ever since journalist Tom Mueller broke the story about how more than 70% of the extra-virgin olive oil sold in the world is fake (cut with cheaper oils), olive oil lovers all over the world have been scrambling to find authentic, 100% real olive oil.

Olive Oil in Australia & USA

Australian’s are the largest consumers of extra virgin olive oil outside of the Mediterranean.
Australian Olive Oil business is $300 million+ a year. It is also an unregulated industry, making it a very slippery trade.

The FDA in USA admits, “that because of lack of funds, and because of higher priority items, they simply don’t have the time and resources to check olive oil.”(2)

When you have the third largest and one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and no-one is checking olive oil quality, it is an open invitation to fraud. 

What Is Actually in Your Olive Oil

Olive Oil is commonly adulterated with deodorised oils like soy bean oil, sunflower seed oil, or canola oil, then coloured with chlorophyll (green dye), flavoured with beta-carotene and sold as extra-virgin olive oil.(1)

There are high-tech frauds in which reputable companies use low temperature refining processes to take very ordinary olive oil with flavour flaws and bad smells – and produce a very bland and very ordinary deodorised oil which is then sold as “extra-virgin.”

There are “legal frauds” – companies use misleading or disruptive advertising to sell something as “special” when it is just very ordinary.

It is so easy to fool consumers! Especially in the Australian and American market where very few people actually know what good olive oil taste like!

Olive Oil Should Be FRESHLY Squeezed

Olives are stone fruits, like cherries and plums.  So real extra virgin olive oil is fresh-squeezed fruit juice – seasonal, perishable, and never better than the first few weeks it was made. Don’t let olive oil sit in your pantry for ages.

They change the use- by-dates. “We erased the old text with acid tone, re-printed to them on the side of the glass with a laser printer that we had set up for the bottled line.” ~ Factory worker at the Australian company, Big Olive, revealing that the retail olive oil they was being sold was up to 3 years out of date.

Most dodgy olive oil comes from overseas, mainly the Mediterranean. Australian brands are also dodgy such as The Big Olive, Oz Oilio, Coorgon (SA region) and Bene Vita. Even “GC Extra Virgin Olive Oil” from Crete, Greece, (produced by Master Chef George Calombaris) was taken off the market (to my knowledge as I cannot find it anymore),  due to an investigation that it was sadly pretty old and not even extra virgin.

How to Tell if Your Olive Oil Is Fake

A lot of the DIY tests that has been suggested are unreliable, such as “the fridge test” and the “oil lamp test.”
The Taste test is ok for experts that are really in-tune, however this is still unreliable as majority of people simply cannot taste the difference. Even self-proclaimed taste-testing experts have been shown to be miserable failures.

Taste Tip: Bitterness and pungency are usually indicators of an oil’s healthfulness.  Sweetness and butteriness are often not.

Solution: Know Your Farmer

Like all food, it is always best to get to know your farmer. Go to farmers markets and talk to them. Build trust and you are set.

Know the WHEN, WHO, WHERE of your oil:

  • When it was made (harvest date)
  • Who made it (specific producer name)
  • Where (exactly) on the planet they made it.

Artisan and locally-produced olive oils (the variety you can find from small family farms) are a good choice as they probably have passed every single scientific test of authenticity. So, buy locally.

But What if You Can’t Buy Olive Oil Locally?
Studies showed that domestic olive oil from single producers or small co-ops of growers was always real. This is safe because olive oil adulteration can happen with the middle men — the people who buy olive oil in bulk from individual farmers and collect it in bulk to sell to corporate buyers. You want small farms who grow it – pack it straight into the bottle for retail sale. (Note big farms and companies can still grow – adulterate – pack for retail all on their own site).

Safe Supermarket Oils:

(in alphabetical order, picked by Olive Oil expert Tom Mueller)

  • California Olive Ranch – grown in super high density groves in northern California. Available at a wide range of stores throughout the US.  Note that their Limited Reserve is the highest-quality oil, unfiltered and from olives picked during the first 2 weeks of harvest.
  • Cobram Estate – extra virgin olive oil from a range of cultivators, grown in Australia. Also available in USA and Canada.
  • Corto Olive – good, fresh super-high-density arbequina oil available at Costco.
  • Costco Kirkland Toscano – Kirkland is the Costco store brand. Kirkland Organic EVO is not good, but the Toscano signature oil is the real deal.
  • Di-Lusso Estate – Located in NSW Mudgee, Australia, this is my local supplier. I know the farmer, the owner, the quality is awesome!! This cold-pressed, extra virgin organic olive oil has high nutrient value, high anti-oxidant effect, and is used in Vital Veda Baby Massage Oil.
  • Fandango – Californian Extra-virgin that comes of the trees and goes straight to the mill for pressing. This ensures no rancidity. – (picked by Dylan Smith).
  • Lucini –  Widely available across North America. Lucini Premium Select is their finest oil, made on a a single estate near Bolgheri, in the Maremma region of Tuscany.
  • Oleoestepa – USA.
  • O-Live – available at stores across Canada, and in selected US stores
  • Ottavio and Omaggio – USA
  • Trader Joe’s – 3 out of the 6 extra virgin oils are the real deal. One of these, the Premium 100% Greek Kalamata, was very fresh, spicy, complex at an extremely competitive price (1 liter for $8.99).
  • Whole Foods California 365 – The Whole Foods store brand from California is good-quality extra virgin olive oil. The other members of the 365 lineup are poor.

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Other Shopping Notes:

  • It is best for Australians to buy locally and get Australian certified. Australian standard are now being raised to better quality.
  • Choose olive oil in a dark glass bottle so it doesn’t get damaged by light.
  • Eat it quick. Don’t let it sit on your shelf for long. – 3 months max.
  • Ensure it is organic, cold-pressed and extra-virgin.
  • Ensure it is not “light” – (good) fats are not bad, they are good.
  • Always close lid tightly after using. Oxygen + oil = rancid oil (highly toxic).
  • Smoke Point of EVO: 190 degrees C (375 F) – Do not heat above this temperature.

References:

  1. http://www.truthinoliveoil.com
  2. Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil – Tom Mueller