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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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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) …

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 …

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 …

Valium – The Most Ambiguous Drug Ever

Do you occasionally take Valium? I bet you know people who do? People take it “only occasionally” during plane travel, or when sleep is really being a nuisance. However Valium, aka Diazepam, is actually not good for sleep, or stress, or anxiety, at all. Valium belongs to a class of chemicals called benzodiazepines, which are used as both tranquillisers and sleeping pills. These substances were greeted in their day as revolutionary. At the height of its immense popularity, Valium was said to account for a whopping one-quarter of all new prescriptions written in USA! The job of a benzodiazepine is to activate the brain’s GABA receptors – which provides a sedative effect for stress, sleep and anxiety. Interestingly, studies in Europe showed certain peptides (proteins) in cow’s milk also activate the brain’s GABA receptors. This is why good ol’ fashion Ayurvedic Golden Milk, just like grandma used whip up for you, and which is now a fad (however hipsters are replacing cows milk with other “milks” which don’t have these peptides) is a potent sleep tonic …

Post Natal Ayurvedic Support Kit

For pregnant woman and post-natal mothers. Hormonal Balance & Proper Breast Milk Supply After birth, the mother’s hormones are usually erratic. Vata, which governs the nervous system and movement (movement of body fluids, neurotransmitters, blood and lymph circulation, elimination of wastes) in the body is mostly always and heavily out of balance. Mum needs deep rejuvenation & strength to provide the baby with much required, immunity, strength, pure and nutritious breast milk and of course, love. I have formulated this Post Natal Ayurvedic Support Kit to regulate the female hormones, and provide the mother with much needed strength and energy. Further, these remedies are highly successful when mum has low milk supply and provides diverse nutrients to the infant through the mother milk that paves the path to build strength and immunity. This kit is extremely important after a scheduled c-section to ensure mum has the readiness to feed. I highly recommend that these remedies are used as close to birth as possible for maximum effectiveness. However, it’s still beneficial for mum to take the herbs up to when the baby is 6 months old. …

Nature Deficit Disorder

Yep it’s actually a thing. This contemporary phenomenon, “Nature Deficit Disorder,” is slightly controversial in the medical industry in regards to it being recognised as a mental disorder. Richard Louv, an author who came up with this “phrase” has stated: “Nature-deficit disorder is not meant to be a medical diagnosis but rather to serve as a description of the human costs of alienation from the natural world.” And boy what health costs it can have… Youngers generations are being at risk of having a shorter lifespan. Behavioural problems are developing as well as Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) and depression. Studies from the University of Illinois is showing a strong link to ADD, and recently studies in USA showed classrooms and other forms of education that used outdoor classrooms and other forms of experiential education produced significant student gain in social studies, science, language, arts and math. Eye problems like myopia (short-sighted) due to lack of exposure to bright (natural outdoor) light are at jeopardy.(3,4). Childhood obesity is a growing problem and an influential cause of it is …