Foraging and Curing Olives

Olive tree

Season (Kala)

As we exit the northern solstice, “Uttarayana,” which is heat dominant (Agneya)  , and transition into the southern solstice, Daksinayana, cooling and moon dominate (Saumya), here in Australia, the earth moves a little more away from the sun in the southward direction.
Seasonal transition (RtuSandhi ऋतुसन्धि) is a significant event in Ayurveda. Not adapting to the outer environment and supporting your biological changes which vulnerably occur at this sandhi (transition) time is considered one of the significant causes of disease.
So that is why in the Vedic culture, 9 nights are designated at these times of transition. These nine nights (Navratri) are provided to go more inward (opportunity for enhanced spiritual connection), eating less or some types of fasting so your cellular energy can be utilised on other biological functions than predominately digestion, and eating certain foods and herbs to assist with this transition.
Here in Australia at this time of year (around late April), nature provides olives. Ripe and ready on the tree to be brined and cured.
Olives being fermented and rich in Lactrobacillus bacteria have the action of sparking up the digestive fire (deepena karma).
This naturally aligns with nature because by the time these olives are cured and ready to eat, it’s winter, and the digestive fire is stronger as it huddles in to keep the body warm and digest higher protein and fatty foods to keep us insulated as we hibernate through winter.
Olives have a delicious abundance of monounsaturated fat. This coupled with biophenol anti-oxidants, helps regulate cholesterol by preventing the bad cholesterol in the arterial walls and supporting the good cholesterol for heart, brain and hormonal health.
Dylan Smith harvesting wild olives
Overall inflammation is reduced in the body by the phenolic compounds in olives when they are had in moderation
However, olives are quite salty and heating. So make sure to consume them in condiment sizes and eat them seasonally - in winter. Pitta types   should eat less of them as they can increase this fire which may manifest as skin diseases, acne, irritable bowel syndrome, hyperacidity and anger/irritability.  
So my fellow Australians and those around the world who are reading this or saving it for when your season comes, look for some wild or generous olive trees and have a go at curing them…

Brine and Cure Method

Brine cured olives are absolutely delicious!
The basic principle of curing olives is that you are using water and salt to extract the glycoside from them - the chemical which makes olives very bitter when picked. Then you are left with sweeter, bitter, salty tasty fruits.
  1. Soak olives in water - Put your olives in a bowl or esky or drum of pure room temperature water. (It is good to have a tap as you will be draining the water and refilling regularly). Or you can sit your olives in a strainer in a bowl of water for easy removal and water change.
  2. Cover the vessel and leave for two days.
  3. After two days, empty the water and refill with new water.
  4. Repeat this process for about 14 days total. (If you forget about your olives for an extra day or two, that is fine).
Brine Cured Olives
Now it’s time to brine…
  1. In a big jar mix 1L of pure warm-hot water with 100gm of salt non-idolised good quality salt. Warm-hot water is used so that the salt can dissolve evenly throughout the water.
  2. Note you can make 5L or 20L of brine (highly concentrated salty water). Whatever you want. Just ensure the water to salt ratio is 10:1 (10% salt). So if you are doing 5L of water, add 500gm salt.
  3. Once the jar of salt water is cooled to room temperate, add your olives in until they reach the top of the jar. It is good to squish them down tightly in. They should be fully submerged under the brine. To achieve this, add a small plate or some big flat rocks to weigh the olives down.
  4. Keep your jar of olives in a dark place with a stable temperature (like a pantry).
  5. How much time to brine? -  This depends on the size of olives, the ripeness, how long you did the water stage for (if at all, you don’t have to do this stage but it makes the olives tastier and smoother), how salty you like your olives .
  6. Taste your olives after they’ve been in the brine for 2 months and get to know the taste of brining olives. This can take 4-12 months for them to be ready.
  7. After the brine stage - When they are ready, you should strain the brine (this will be very bitter).
  8. Then store your olives by adding them into a new brine (this lasts for up to 6 months), in olive oil or in 50:50 vinegar and water solution.
  9. Add herbs and spices like rosemary, fennel and lemon slices is good to add at this into the jar for the storage phase until you eat them all.
  10. Enjoy your very own brine cured olives!
Have you ever brine cured olives? How do you use olives in your cooking? Comment below 👇
Olive brining recipe adopted from @milkwood

Related Reading: Foraging & Eating Seaweed ~ Australian Golden Kelp


Haemorrhoids: An Ayurvedic Approach for Holistic Care

A Peach, symbolizing the bum

Haemorrhoids are no doubt uncomfortable.

Also known as piles, haemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum.
They can develop quickly from ordinary lifestyle and diet factors causing pain and severe discomfort.

Haemorrhoids are actually quite common in both men and women.
They affect about 1 in 20 Americans and half of adults older than age 50 have haemorrhoids.
You don't hear about these commonalities since it is typically an embarrassing disease for people to share about.

In Ayurveda, haemorrhoids are known as arśa अर्श, and are actually one of the "eight major diseases" ("Astha Maha Gadas") that have to be be approached with great care.

Due to this, Ayurveda has a lot to say about haemorrhoids, from its various types (beyond just internal and external), as well as extensive knowledge of various ayurvedic remedies for piles.

Two Types of Piles (The Roots)

In Ayurveda, it starts with two types of piles:

1.Hereditary (congenital)

When piles are caused by the vitiation of the "seeds" (sperm and ovum / "bija dośa"), especially the part of the seed responsible for the formation of the anal-sphincter.

Vitiation of the seed is caused by two main factors according to Ayurveda:
- Incompatible diet and regimen of father and mother.
- Performing actions that oppose natural law or "sinful" acts in past lives (karma).(1)

2. Acquired from lifestyle

Piles are manifested after birth due to diet and lifestyle choices.

Pathology (Samprapti) - Features and Stages of Haemorrhoids

Doshas involved:

In general, piles are caused by all three doshas, but especially pitta (fire, heat) and vata dosha (air element, whose site is in the rectum and anal sphincter).

Tissues (Dhatus) involved:

Mostly,piles are characterised by morbid growth in the masma dhatu (muscle tissue).(1)

However, medas (fat), māmsa (muscle) and tvak (skin)– are all adhisthānas (involved morbid tissue elements) for all the types of arśas.(1)

Causes of Haemorrhoids (Rupa)

When someone's agni (digestive fire) is afflicted, mala (waste products, ie. stool) gets accumulated in excess (constipation), leading to piles.

This can occur because of the following:

  1. Intake of sweet and cold foods.
  2. Intake of foods which block channels (abhisyandi), e.g. yoghurt and cheese.
  3. Intake of foods which causes burning sensation (vidāhi), e.g. chilli.
  4. Intake of mutually contradictory foods / ie. incompatible food combinations (viruddha).
  5. Intake of food before the previous meal is digested.
  6. In take of small quantity of food;
  7. Intake of unwholesome food;
  8. Intake of meat in excess.
  9. Intake of urad dahl (black gram / māsa), sugarcane juice, raw and dry vegetables, vinegar, garlic, freshly harvested corns and cereals and tender radish;
  10. Intake of heavy fruits, vegetables and pickles.
  11. Intake of mandaka (immature curds) and wrongly (excessively) fermented wines;
  12. Drinking of polluted and heavy water;
  13. Intake of oil (Sneha) in excess;
  14. Not purifying the body regularly with specific therpaies (non-use of shodana therpaies):
  15. Wrong applications of enemas or bastis;
  16. Lack of exercise;
  17. Lack of sex or excess sex (Avyavāya or adhivyavāya);
  18. Sleeping during the day tine;
  19. Excess sitting;(1)
  20. Pregnancy - very common cause.

Similarly, the following are responsible for the aggravation of apāna vāyu (pelvic floor and recturm area)

  1. Use of rough, irregular and hard seats;
  2. Travelling in vehicles in a "bumpy" rides;
  3. Excessive indulgence in sex;
  4. Improper insertion of enema nozzle and frequent injury in the anal region;
  5. Frequent application of cold water (cold bathing);
  6. Rubbing the anus with rough toilet paper excessively, rags etc.;
  7. By continued excessive strain of trying to "push" to pass a bowel motion;
  8. Forcible attempt for passing flatus, urine and stool;
  9. Suppression of natural manifested urges;
  10. Miscarriage, pressure on the uterus during pregnancy and abnormal delivery (for women).

The apāna vāyu (pelvic floor functions of moving things) aggravated by the above mentioned factors, brings down the accumulated waste products and afflicts the anal sphincters. Because of this, piles are manifested in the sphincters.(1)

Different Shapes of Piles

In general, the characteristic shapes of piles caused by excessive aggravation of vata, pitta and kapha are:(1)

  1. Mustard seed
  2. Masa (black gram lentil)
  3. Mudga (mung lentil),
  4. Yava (barley)
  5. Kalāya (green pea)
  6. Pindi (like a pill)
  7. Tintikera (the fruit of Karira / Capparis decidua)
  8. Gostana (cow’s teet)
  9. (there are more shapes correlated with different substances)

Remove Constipation & Hard Stool

An important consideration is to ensure that the patient is not constipated and they do not have trouble passing bowel motions.

This stool should not be too hard or dry. The patient should not forcefully push to pass bowel motion. This may cause the haemorrhoid to rupture and bleed and not allow it to heal.

Different Types of Piles

Vata Type of Piles (Vātika Arśas)

Hetu (Causative Factors) of Vātika Type of Piles:

  1. Intake of astringent (kshaya), pungent (katu), bitter (tikta), dry (ruksa), cold (sheeta) and light (laghu) food;
  2. Habitual intake of food in extremely small quantities (pramitāśana), intake of less of food, intake of alcoholic drinks and indulgence in sex.
  3. Fasting, residing in cold country and cold season and physical exercise;
  4. Grief and exposure to sun and wind (drying).(1)

Rupa (Symptoms) of Vātika Arśas:

  1. Mass of the piles:
    • the mass of piles is dry, wrinkles, hard, rough, dry and greyish in colour;
    • these masses have sharp tips;
    • these are curved and with cracks on the surface;
    • these are spread irregularly.
  2.  The mass of piles is associated with pain, cramps, piercing pain (toda), itches, numbness and tingling sensation in excess;
  3. Oily (snigdha) and hot (usna) things give relief in this condition;
  4. The patient suffers from dysentery, abdominal distention and stiffness of pudendum, testicles, basti (bladder) region, pelvis and cardiac region; he also suffering from malaise and palpitation in excess;
  5. His flatus, urine and stool are constantly obstructed;
  6. He suffers from pain in thighs, lumbar region, back, trika (shoulder blade junction), pārśva (sides of the chest), kuksi (sides of the abdomen) and in the region of basti (bladder)
  7. He gets heating sensation in the heads;
  8. He suffers from sneezing, eructation, coryza, kasa, udāvarta, āyāma (āyāsa according to C.K Sen edition, which means indolence/laziness), consumption, oedema, fainting, anorexia, distate in mouth, timira (impairment of vision), itching, pain in the nose, ears and temporal region, and impairment of voice;
  9. They experience greyish, reddishness and roughness of nails, eyes, face, skin, urine and stool.(1)

Pitta Type of Piles (Paittika Arśas)

Hetu (Causative Factors) of Paittika Type of Piles:

  1. Intake of katu (pungent), usna (hot) and lavana (salty) food;
  2. Vyayama (excess exercise) and exposure to the heat of fire and sun;
  3. Residing in a place and season which are not cold;
  4. Intake of alcohol;
  5. Feeling envy;
  6. Intake of all types of drinks, food and drugs which are vidāhi (burning), tiksna (sharp).(1)

Rupa (Symptoms) of Paittika Arśas:

  1. Mass of the piles:
    • The mass of piles is soft, flabby, delicate and tender to touch;
    • The mass of piles is red, yellow, blue or black in colour;
    • The mass of piles is associated with excessive sweating and sticky discharge
  2. The discharge from the piles mass is visra (smelling like raw-meat), thin, yellow or red;
  3. There will be discharge of blood from the piles;
  4. The mass of piles is associated with burning sensation, itching, colic pain, pricking pain and suppuration;
  5. There will be relief by resorting to cold things;
  6. The stool of the patient is loose, yellow or green;
  7. The urine and stool are voided in large quantities, and these are yellow in colour and their smell is like that of raw meat;
  8. The individual suffers from morbid thirst, fever, asthma, fainting and disliking for food;
  9. The nails, eyes, skin, urine and stool of the patient are yellow in colour.(1)

Kapha Type of Piles (Kaphaja Arśas)

Hetu (Causative Factors) of Kaphaja Type of Piles:

  1. Madhura (sweet), snigdha (oily), sheeta (cold), lavana (salty), amla (sour) and guru (heavy) food;
  2. Lack of exercise, nitya rupana (day-time sleep) and over-indulgence lying and sitting;
  3. Exposure to easterly wind;
  4. Residing in cold place and during a cold season;
  5. Mental inactivity.(1)

Rupa (Symptoms) of Kaphaja Arśas:

  1. Mass of the piles:
    • The mass of piles is large in size, swollen, smooth, painless to touch, snigdha (oily), pale white, slimy, having stiffness, guru (heavy), rigid, benumbed, having constant oedema and excessive of itching;
  2. The discharge from the piles mass is in large quantity and continuous. This discharge is either reddish, white or red in colour; at times, there is slimy discharge;
  3. Urine and stool are heavy, slimy and white;
  4. The disease gets alleviated by ruksa (dry) and usna (hot) therapies;
  5. The patient has an excessive desire to pass stool with tenesmus (continual inclination to pass bowels);
  6. There is distension in the lower pelvic region;
  7. The patient suffers from sowing pain, nausea, excessive spitting, kasa (cough), arochi (anorexia), cold, heaviness, chardi (vomiting), dysuria, consumption, oedema, anaemia, fever associated with cold, stone and gravels in genito-urinary tract, a feeling as if the heart and sense organs are covered with sticky material, madhura (sweet) taste in the mouth and Prameha (diabetes)
  8. This is a very chronic condition;
  9. Kaphaja Arśas suppresses the power of digestion in excess and cause impotency;
  10. They are associated with acute diseases caused by ama;
  11. The nails, eyes, face, skin, urine and stool are white in colour.(1)

Arśa Caused by Simultaneous Aggravation Doshas

Of course, piles can caused by combination of two or three dosas.

These types of piles manifest from mixed causative factors and create symptoms from each of the doshas.

Piles never occurs without the aggravation of all the three dosas (tribhih).(1)

It is the predominance of one or all the dosas that different type of piles are determined.(1)

Pre-Symptoms (Purva Rupa) of Piles:

  • Vistambha (absence of any movement) of the food,
  • Weakness,
  • Gurgling sound in the lower abdomen,
  • Emaciation,
  • Frequent eructation (belch);
  • Weakness in the thighs,
  • Voiding less of stool,
  • Sprue syndrome,
  • Anaemia,
  • Apprehension of the manifestation of udara roga (obstinate abdominal diseases).(1)

Classification of Piles:

Arśas are broadly classified into two groups according to Ayurveda:

  1. Dry piles / non-bleeding (suska)– caused by aggravated vata and kapha (kaphaja piles has different types of exudation, generally slimy material and no blood exudation).
  2. Exuding or wet piles / bleeding (ardra) – caused by predominance of rakta (blood) and pitta.(1)

Exudation of slimy material takes place even by the combination of causative factors of both dry and wet types of piles.

Ayurveda also acknowledges the two types of piles according to western medicine:

  1. Internal Piles - these are most common. It occurs 2-4cm from the opening of the anus. These are generally painless because there are less pain sensitive nerves in the rectum. These can differ in grades based on how the piles mass "hangs" or bulges from the anus.
  2. External Piles - occurs in the lower part of the anal canal. Painful because there are lots of nerve fibres which are responsible for pain.

One can have both internal and external piles together.

Haemorrhoids Associated with Jyotish (Vedic Astrology)

Here are some considerations in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology):

  • Rahu is vayu (air / vata dosha).
  • Shani (Saturn) is compressed vata. This can cause the piles to be prolonged.
  • Ketu is extreme heat. This increases the sensitivity of Pitta. Mangal (mars) is also similar to this heat.
  • Surya is good but may cause imbalance to pitta.
  • 8th house represents Guda marma (anus) and coccyx. If Shani is there, this can cause Vata problems and lead to Arśas. Mangal there can lead to amazing energy but blood related and pitta related disorders.
  • The naksatra and padas have to also be considered.

Treatments (Cikitsa)

Here is a whole list of the many different ayurvedic remedies for piles.

Ways to Promote Complete and Soft Bowel Motion

  1. Go to sleep before 10pm each night and sleep well.
  2. Take Shodana Vati each night before dinner.
  3. Meditate in the morning (and ideally twice a day). If it is uncomfortable to sit up, you can lie down.
  4. Light dinner with good fibre.
  5. Sip hot water in the morning
  6. Abhyaya Arista - a famous classical Ayurvedic herbal wine to soften stools and help with constipation. General dose. 25ml 2x/day after meals.

Sitz Baths

You can make a herbal decoction, mix with water until the temperature is luke warm and add that into a sitz bath.

Firstly, apply some oil to the pile and rectum area (see below).

Sit in the sitz bath with your rectum in it. You can buy online (ebay etc.) little sitz bath apparatuses that fit in your toilet seat.
Otherwise you get a large bucket and sit inside that.
Adding it to a bath tub is okay, however it will be too diluted since the bath tub takes a lot of liquid.

*Sitz bath should be cleaned properly. This is important to prevent any germs infecting the solution*

Piles Sitz Bath Ingredients:

(You can use any of these ingredients which are available).

  • 10-15 crushed shodana vati tablets per litre of water that you boil.
  • 2tsp Triphala powder if shodana vati is not available.
  • Salt - 1-3tsp. Salt is an excellent antibacterial and healing remedy. If you can use epsom salt (magnesium sulfate, not actually salt), that is best.
  • Neem powder or leaves - 1tsp. *Not to be taken for woman trying to conceive within one year.
  • Turmeric powder - 1tsp. *Not to be taken for woman trying to conceive within one year.
  • Radish leaves - a large handful.
  • Alum powder - 1tsp - Aluminium Potassium Sulphate/ Kalunite or Kalinite. A natural occurring mineral.
  • Moringa seeds - 1 TBSP.

Other herbs that can be utilised but these must be purified a specific way:
*Do not use the herbs below. This is for educational purposes only. Only use these herbs if they have been purified properly. 

  • Touch me not plant / Mimosa pudica / Sensitive plant - harvest a bunch of stems and leaves of this plant if available. Only for internal haemorrhoids.
  • Arka
  • Venu (bamboo)

Oil Application to Piles (Pre-Sitz Bath)

Mostly always in Ayurveda, before we do any form of svedana (sweating treatment), such as Sitz Bath, we need to oileate the area that is going to sweat.

So before going in a sitz bath, it is ideal to apply some oil to that area.
Note, if you don't apply anything topically, it is still beneficial to do the Sitz Bath alone.

Oils to apply piles pre-sitz bath:

  1. Varchas (pictured)

  2. Plain ghee
  3. Butter mixed with tulsi juice.
  4. Vishyandhana tailam
  5. Kasisadi tailam

Diet For Haemorrhoids

It is important to remember that nutrition can also be one of the many effective Ayurvedic remedies for piles. You simply need to understand what are the appropriate dietary choices that you need to make for yourself.
  • Cooling foods - thin lassi, bitter vegetables, coriander, healthy sweet vegetables, ghee.
  • Avoid heating foods - mustard, sesame, chilli, alcohol, coffee, fermented foods.
  • Pitta pacifying diet - to learn about Diet For Doshas, see Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition.
  • Ripe guava fruit - one of the best foods for the rectum in general.
  • Onion - for bleeding piles.
  • Ghee - use as cooking oil and on your food.
  • Vata pacifying diet - to ensure easy flow out the rectum.
  • Pomegranate - a good fruit to include into your diet when in season or if using as medicine, it is indicated to import.

Buttermilk / Thin Lassi: The Best Medicine

"There is no medicine, better than butter-milk, for the cure of piles..."

~ Caraka Samhita, Cikitsa Sthana, ch 14.

Note, the above quote is referring to piles caused by the predominance of aggravated vayu and kapha.

However, for all piles, butter milk is so important.

How you take butter milk depends on the doshas involved:

  1. From which fat is completely removed; - kapha, mandagni/low digestion, low strength.
  2. From which half of the fat is removed; - good for pitta, moderate power of agni, and if the patient has moderated strength.
  3. From which fat is not at all removed. – vayu, strong agni, patient has enough strength

"Piles in anus, once cured by the administration of takra, do not recur."

~ Caraka Samhita, Cikitsa Sthana, ch 14.

Recipe for Takra (Butter-Milk)

Very simple method:

  • Mix 1-2 tablespoons of plain, natural, regular organic cows yoghurt with 1 cup of water. Mix well with a fork or lightly blend.
  • Now you have plain butter-milk!
  • If you want, you can add extra cooling substances like rose water, fresh mint, fresh coriander. A pinch of salt is also good for piles.

There are other ways to prepare takra which are also valid.

Note, coconut yoghurt does not produce this therapeutic affect.

The Influence of Emotions and the Mind in Haemorrhoids

Emotions are correlated with the pitta dosha 🔥 .

If one with haemorrhoids is emotional or stressed, that will increase the pitta (inflammation) in the rectum.

Thus, it is important to maintain calm and meditate for those with haemorrhoids.

pic: Alpha Channeling

Illustration of nature elements sprouting from a human being

Herbal Remedies to Help Haemorrhoids

There are several Ayurvedic herbal remedies for piles that will effectively assist your body and enliven its healing:

Pykure

Great herbal formula to help reduce the inflammation in the rectum and help heal and eradicate the haemorrhoids.

Also works to soften the stool for easy passing.

Alternative to surgery for ano-rectal disorders.

Pykure also helps in:

  • Bleeding haemorrhoids (piles).
  • Fissures and Rectal Swelling.
  • Prolapse of rectum (pile mass).
  • Fistula in Ano.

Chiruvilwadi Kashayam

Chiruvilwadi Kashayam is a classical Ayurvedic decoction that helps reduce the inflammation in the rectum and helps heal non-bleeding haemorrhoids.

Helps in constipation.

*Should not be used in bleeding piles.

General dose: 3tsp +10tsp hot water 2x/day before meals. Recommended to take with Pykure for greater effect.*
*Please consult your health care practitioner before taking any herbal remedies.

Panchatikta Ghritam Guggulu

Helpful in kaphaja and paittika arśa.

  • Great anti-inflammatory.
  • Particularly useful for rasa and rakta dhatus (lymph and blood tissues).
  • Good for skin diseases.
  • Good for arthritis.
  • Purifies the blood.

Also help in tumour, fistula-in-Ano, abdominal distension, polyuria, tuberculosis, tastelessness, asthma, cervical lymphadenitis & lymphadenopathy, etc.

Other Ayurvedic Herbs that may be used:

  • Kankayan Vati
  • Pilex (Himalaya brand)
  • DusParsakadi Kashayam
  • Haemostatic Recipes if the piles are full pitta or very hot.

Please consult a quality Ayurvedic practitioner before taking any Ayurvedic medicines.

Ayurvedic Surgery: Thread Treatment (Ksāra Sūtra Karma)

  • A thread is smeared with herbal caustic alkali.
  • The thread is then tied onto the base of the pile mass and the pile falls out on its own (this can take 7 days).
  • The kshara (alkali) will help cut, curette and heal these conditions (also effective in fistula).
  • There is extensive pre-karma (pre-karma) and post karma to deal with this surgery.

Ayurvedic Consultation for Deeper Healing

We recommend you book in for an Ayurvedic consultation to go deeper and receive a treatment plan more specific to you.


Did you find these ayurvedic remedies for piles helpful? Have you tried any? Comment 👇

References:

  1. Caraka Samhita, Cikitsta Sthana, ch 14, Arśa.

Hemp (Bhañga) in Ayurveda

Dylan Smith surrounded by Cannabis Plants

Cannabis sativa or hemp is commonly referred to Bhañga भङ्ग in Ayurveda, but is also known as Vijaya विजय which means “victorious”, as it is victorious over so many diseases.

It’s bitter taste and heating potency (una virya) mitigates kapha (heaviness, sluggishness) and penetrates sharply to stimulate the digestion. It may be more suitable for those who are more grounded.
On the contrary, what mitigates kapha (earth element, grounded, heavy, oily), aggravates vata (air & space element, ungrounded, light, dry). Vata and Kapha are opposites.
Hence, according to Ayurveda, bhañga / hemp can produce constipation, confusion/delusion, intoxication, low libido, insomnia and make one talk in excess if it’s used in excess or in inappropriate formulas or with lack of wise herbal combinations.
Pitta   types also have to be aware because it is sharp and very heating, especially for those with an inflamed gut (IBS, IBD, Crohn’s etc.).
Ayurveda states that hemp, or Bhañga, is helpful for varieties of inflammation, anti-spasmodic, pain, epilepsy and the results on drop (atonic) seizures that I have seen in my patients are astonishing.
I am increasingly seeing oils being self-prescribed and used inappropriately to treat stress and nervous system disorders, which may weaken the nervous system in the long run.
Related reading - "CBD Oll: Is it really worth the highpe?" click HERE.

Each part of the plant produces various effects

The hemps seeds, more of a food than medicine, are more cooling, have a sweetness to them, and a pretty perfect balance of omega-3, -6 and -9 essential fatty acids. They can help in constipation (vāta anulomana), nutrient deficiency and rejuvenation (rasāyana).
Ayurveda mainly uses the flowering heads (Gañjā गञ्जा) and leaves.
I have been using organic flowers grown rather local to me, cooked into native organic macadamia oil on patients with joint and muscle pains with impressive effects. If you would like a bottle of oil to massage onto your load stricken body, click here.
One last thing to note about cannabis, which my guru commonly says to people who choose to consume it, is only consume it when you are in a happy/positive state of mind, and avoid it when you are depressed, anxious or ungrounded.

Get to know your herbs

I will be teaching about how to come across any plant, food, herb or substance, and be able to determine what it’s properties and qualities are; then be able to utilise that in a therapeutic or nourishing manner to any person or situation in your life.
Acting in the moment with what is available to YOU.
Learning principles for experiential knowledge.
Not needing to memorise theory, but owning the knowledge.
This will be taught in my online course: The Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition”.
Do you consume hemp in any form? How does it work for you? Comment below 👇

3 Actual Attributes About Apples to Apprehend

1. Apples are a dirty fruit

Apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated foods in the world.

Apples are ranked in the top 5 of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2021 "Dirty Dozen" list along with strawberries, spinach, kale, silver-beet/collard greens and nectarines as produce with the highest amount of toxic chemicals.

2. Pervasive synthetic waxes

Apples, even if organic! are coated with multiple edible synthetic waxes to make them look shiny and to seal the moisture to extend shelf life.

Waxed apples may look glossy, shiny and firm, but they could be soggy & tasteless under their skin.
Although these waxes are classified “edible” by government authorities who hardly care about your health or science, they are very hard to digest and chances are they will turn into a toxic sticky substance (“ama”) that leads to disease.
Ironically, apples have their own natural wax which actually supports digestion, but this is scrubbed & washed off during the cleaning process of some farms.
Synthetic waxes on apples are hard to wash off, and essentially you got to peel them off to remove them. This is a shame as you miss out on beneficial antioxidants and fibre that was intended to keep the doctor away everyday.

3. Ayurvedic Properties of Apples

Apples in Ayurveda are known as Seva सेव

  • Rasa (taste): madura (sweet)
  • Virya (potency): sheeta (cooling)
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): madura (sweet)
  • Doshas: VP - K+
  • Gunas (qualities): guru (heavy)
  • Therapeutic affects: 
    • Apples help improve your taste capacity, hence digestion.
    • Apples provide aphrodisiac effects & increase semen.*

What apples to eat?

Of course organic, but unfortunately you will still get added waxes because national organic certification programs (like USDA) allows waxing of organic fruit if it is a non-synthetic, food grade substance (e.g beeswax, shellac), but these still cause ama.

Go explore and forage wild or feral apples.

The Snowy Mountains of NSW are absolutely flourishing at this time of year! We made apple pies, cakes, crumbles, charoset (a traditional Jewish recipe for passover, consisting of apples, wine and nuts) & apple scrap vinegar with cores & peels.
Wild apples are more common than you think.  If you harvest at the right time of the season before the birds do, you’ll have an abundance of days to keep the doctor away.

*Bhāvaprakāśa Pūrvakhanda

Cooked slices of Apple

Rock Salt: The Best Among Salts (Saindhava Lavana)

Himalayan Rock Salt

Amongst the fives types of salt (rock, sea, black, earth, alchemised), rock salt (Saindhava) is "the best" according to Ayurveda due to it's healing properties.

Rock Salt:

  1. Promotes agni (digestion)
  2. is aphrodisiac
  3. conducive for eye sight
  4. good for the heart
  5. alleviates all three doshas (bio-energies).(1)

Rock Salt is Uniquely NOT Heating

All varieties of salt are heating (usna virya), but rock salt is unique as it's not heating and doesn't cause burning sensation. Additionally, this type of salt carries a slightly sweet taste.

This is why rock salt does not aggravate pitta or the eyes.

More Benefits of Salt:

Like all salts, rock salt has several healing properties:

  • produces more moisture inside the body,
  • improves taste,
  • helps digestion,
  • can enter through minute pores (suksma), penetrates deep
  • promotes elimination of wastes.
  • Salt is helpful for vata.(1)

The Unsustainable Truth About Rock Salt

HOWEVER, if you live outside of Asia, I recommend you only use rock salt in small amounts.

Sure this trendy condiment looks good in pink on your kitchen table, but...

Eating Himalayan Rock Salt far from the Himalayas just doesn't make environmental sense, especially when there's locally produced mineral salts you can consume in its place.

Himalayan rock salt is a finite resource that is mined. This means once salt reserves are depleted, they will be gone. For good. Himalayan Rock Salt also has huge! food miles.

Eat Local Salts

In Australia, we have a wonderful range of mineral salts like the Murray River (you can get your flakes in pink to) and lake salt from Western Australia.

From Europe and USA you have lovely local sea salt available (although sea salt should be had in little quantities).

Diversify Your Salt Intake

Overall, consuming all gives types of salt (pancha lavana) is the best to ensure optimum mineral levels and maintain good health.

It is also wise to implement other salt vegetables like seaweed/kelp and saltbush.

Related Reading: Pass the Saltbush – Salt Grown on Land & In Gardens (Australian Bush Tucker)

Dylan Smith foraging seaweed

What is your favourite type of salt? Comment below👇


References:

  1. Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, Sutra Sthana

Aloe Vera: Benefits & Uses of The Hero Herb | Dr. Michael Hayley #047

Vital Veda Podcast Banner: Aloe Vera uses & benefits

Aloe Vera: A juicy medicinal succulent that you can implement into your diet and/or your herbal regimen.


Quality & Pure Aloe Vera Products

Aloe Vera Products by Hayley Nutrition: (Juice, cosmetics, plant) - Discount code: VITALVEDA

About Our Guest: Dr. Michael Hayley

Helping people discover the health-promoting benefits of pure, raw Aloe vera is more than a job; it is Dr. Haley’s mission and vision.

Dr. Haley’s health principles are based on science, tradition, and in line with the scriptures.

Dr. Haley owns and operates Stockton Aloe 1, makers and distributors of pure aloe vera drinks and personal care products. He also maintains his private chiropractic practice in Florida. 

Dr. Haley is an expert on phyto-nutrition and superfoods and teaches in the area of organic chemistry and nutrition.

He focuses on a deeper understanding of Aloe’s potential use in a variety of health and wellness needs.


In This Episode We Discuss:

Michael using Aloe Vera to mitigate a huge rope burn from sailing

The Ayurvedic Wisdom on Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has several ayurvedic uses & beneifts.

The name for Aloe Vera in Sanskrit is “Kumari” - meaning "young maiden", which reveals its affinity for the female menstrual cycle and its rejuvenating powers for maintaining youthfulness, particularly for women.

Ayurvedic Energetics of Aloe Vera

    • Rasa (taste) - bitter, sweet,
    • Virya (energy) - cold
    • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - sweet
    • Gunas (qualities) - guru (heavy), snigdha (unctuous), picheela (slimy).
    • Doshas: VPK - (as the gel and juice); dried gum powder (kala bola) aggravates V

It is considered to be a special herb because it has an affinity for all 7 dhatus, and regulates all three doshas.

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Female Hormones and Menstrual Health & Aloe Vera

  • The gel and juice are helpful when there is excess bleeding or clots.
  • Kumari purifies the liver which directly affects raktavaha srotas (blood channels) and the flow of pitta in the blood.
  • This blood cleansing effect also affect the artava srotas, the menstrual channel, as it is responsible for regulating the uterus.
  • Helps promote the onset of menstruation (Artavajanana).
  • It is rejuvenate and building for the female reproductive system.
  • Its cooling and unctuous properties make it very effective for treating the hot and dry symptoms of menopause (source: Bhavaprakasa).

Kumāri āsava - A classical Ayurvedic formulations great for gynaecological conditions.

Digestion & Aloe Vera

As it is a cooling and demulcent herb that directly clears pitta and heals mucous membranes it is a specific for hyperacidity, acid reflux, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, IBS, IBD, Chron’s, GERD and any bleeding from the intestines. It reduce the inflammation in the gut.

A lot of people are discovering Aloe Vera because they are on anti-acid medications such as Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), which can burden one with with adverse and addictive effects.

Very helpful in conditions with bleeding stools.

Aloe Vera also contains digestive enzymes.

It stimulates peristalsis.

Microbiome & Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera can help regulate bacteria levels in the intestines indicates use in Candida albicans and as a remedy for improving gastric and intestinal function. (Source: Bland 1985, Murray 1992, Bone 2003).

Aloe can help cool and accelerate healing in leaky gut.

A certain fibre in Aloe Vera promotes micro-biome health.

Kala Bol (Ayurvedic Laxative Preparation Using Aloe Vera)

The solid gum obtained after boiling the whole aloe leaf juice. It is a strong purgative. Becomes a black thick paste after boiling like guggulu.

Boil on coal for some consistency, then low flame for some consistency, then on heat for some consistency.

Put in thermal in cow dung cakes.

Use short term and always consult an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Aloe Vera for Liver Health

  • Jaundice.
  • Viral hepatitis.
  • Reduces inflammation in the spleen and liver (plihayakrdvrdhhihara).

Aloe Vera for Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Inner part of the gel promotes liver to release bile.

Aloe Vera can help to regulate blood sugar in diabetics and lipid levels in hyper-triglyceridaemia. (Plaskett 1996).

This may be because Aloe Vera Gel promotes the liver to stimulate bile release.

Malose, the sugar molecules in Aloe Vera lowers and stabilises blood sugar levels.

Skin Health and Aloe Vera

Helpful in eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, shingles, acne, and other ailments.

The gel contains polysaccharides that are specifically healing for the skin and mucous membranes (Murray 1992).

It has an affinity for bhrajaka pitta and enhances the quality of the skin;

used topically to treat psoriasis, ulcers, eczema, dermatitis and mouth ulcers.

One of the best Ayurvedic herbs for healing burns, scars, wounds and stretch marks.

Good internally for hot, inflamed condition; eczema, hives, ulcers, acne.

Face-lift action and anti-ageing.

Helpful for dark and white spots.

Granti (helps removes tumours), Cancer and Aloe Vera

Acemannan - acemannan causes macrophages to secrete more tumour necrosis (death to) factor.

Aloe Vera for Eye Health

Netra rogaghana - “destroys” eye diseases according to Ayurveda.

Applied topically it is very soothing for eye inflammation and eyelid swelling.

Vishpota - removes pustules.

Visa hará - reduces and pacifies poison.

Aloe Vera for Animals and Pets

The increased use of Aloe Vera in veterinary clinics.

Horses are using it for digestion - demonstrated by the calmness of the horses and improved bowel motions.

Different Parts of the Aloe Vera Plant

  • The inner gel part of the leaf is different to the rest of the plant.
    • This is a much safer part of the plant to ingest, potentially in your daily diet.
    • This is 95-97% water plus a balance of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, photo-chemicals, acemannan  a D-isomer mucopolysaccharide
  • The outer sap has an irritation and laxative effect.
    • This part of the leaf tastes very bitter.
    • This has a strong laxative effective.
    • You need to be cautious with amounts to take.
    • The is what is used for kala bol Ayurvedic strong laxative preparation.
  • Whole leaf gel is also available, which includes both of those components.

Other Forms of Aloe Vera

  • kala bol.
  • Arogyavarhini vati and kaishore guggulu are two other Ayurvedic preparations that contains Kumari.

How to Take Aloe Vera

  • Honouring your digestive power and fire (agni).
  • Mix with ginger, turmeric, cumin to make easier to digest.
  • Blend (slow speed) to make a drink.
  • Cut it up and use on food.

Various Species of Aloe Vera

There are over 250 species.

Common species to use includes:

  • Aloe indica/vera/barbadensis–Herba/ Succinum
  • Aloe arborescens.
  • Aloe vera barbadensis miller - king of Aloe.

Growing and Harvesting Your Own Aloe Vera + Preparations

  • How to purify Aloe Vera - let it bleed then soak it for a few minutes. The water will turn yellow.
  • Removing the bitter taste and strong laxative affect.
  • How to tell an Aloe Vera plant is healthy.

Preserving Aloe Vera

  • Freezing.
  • Fresh is best.

Aloe Vera Products

  • Additives and natural additives.
  • Preservatives and hidden chemicals.
  • Processing methods.
  • If a product says 100% Aloe Vera with no preservative or additives, that may be true, but they have possibly removed some of the good components.

References:

  • Bhavaprakash
  • Ayurvedic Medicine, Sebastian Pole

Resources

Quality & Pure Aloe Vera Products

Aloe Vera Products by Hayley Nutrition: (Juice, cosmetics, plant) - Discount code: VITALVEDA

Stockton 1 Aloe Vera - Aloe drink, personal care, supplements, plants.

Vital Veda Facebook Community - reach out to find someone with a spare Aloe Vera cutting or offer yourself if you have.


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Tattoos, Eating Disorders, Supplements, Breast Implants, Melatonin, Carnivore Diet & More | Coach Jake Carter {Podcast #044)

Get to know the dynamism of your human body, and many of the various relationships that it has with other people, the environment and various activities in the creation that is life.

About Jake Carter

Jake has taken the world by storm educating the masses in functional medicine and nutrition for a decade, marrying both traditional medicines with conventional advances.

Jake has taught in over 10 different countries, up the point of taking 54 flights in 2019 alone, teaching 20 different seminars.

Jake is notorious for breaking down global self-limiting beliefs and paradigms around health and fitness, to innervate individuals to prioritise all aspects of health; ranging from hormonal, lymphatic, gastrointestinal, psychological, environmental and metaphysical factors.

Jake has had the beautiful experience of working with chronically-ill, mothers struggling to conceive, businessmen-women through to professional athletes. 


In this Episode we Discuss:

Jake escaping Victorian borders during lockdown.

Skin Cancer

Pale white skin people increasing their ability to absorb the sun and get a tan. Sun and skin calluses to build resilience burning and harmony with the sun.

Causes of skin cancer

Using viruses to treat cancer and anti-biotic resistant bacteria.

The epidemic of depression and suicide.

The importance of bacteria and viruses for holistic health.

Candida supporting the health of Alezeimers

Bacteria to offset breast cancer.

Jake’s Story

Transitioning from a personal trainer focusing on hot abs, muscles and looks, to a holistic functional health practitioner.

The Potential Dangers of High Amounts of Exercise & Training

Don’t train within 40 hours of getting blood work done - as the inflammatory markers are higher + other changes in the body.

The balance of Working Out and Working In.

“You can only train as hard as you can recover.”

Eating Disorders

Orthorexia

An eating disorder where there is an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.

Anorexia, Eating Bulimia, Binge eating, and more.

Intuitive Eating.

The Epidemic of Body Dissatisfaction

Healing Eating Disorders

Zinc and it’s important role in taste, digestion, eating disorders, anorexia and rehabilitating from eating disorders.

Breaking down the rigidity of counting and eating food.

Sources of eating disorders - past abuse and a loss of elements of control.

Breast Implants

Significantly restoration of health and reduction of a variety of symptoms after getting breast implants removed.

Saline implants more associated with mould toxicology.

Silicon implants more associated with immune dis-regulation.

DNA snips - consider genetics when considering breast implants.

Applications post-surgery

  • Implement binders like Shodana Vati, Chlorella.
  • Glutathione post treatment.
  • Possible stimulating NRF2 pathways.
  • Low dose of EDTA, Vit C.

The deeper yearning and root cause - self-love, comfortable.

Tattoos

  • Used in ancient times and tribes.
  • Now increasing in popularity.
  • Huge element of heavy metals that we can acquire from tattoos.
  • Colour tattoos are more prone to health impacts.
  • Chemicals from tattoos leeching into the lymphatic tissue.
  • Metal - 5G conduction.
  • Those with tattoos are going to have to take binders and detox support for life. Chlorella periodosa and Shodana Vati to therapeutically chelate them.

Clothing to protect from nnEMF

Endometriosis

  • An inflammatory condition and immune dysfunction condition that can be debilitating.
  • Diagnosis is missed in 1 in 5 doctors.
  • Takes on average 7-12 years to get diagnosed.
  • Significantly correlated with sexual and physical abuse.
  • Good news is there is a lot you can do to help combat this.
  • Treatment to help with Endometriosis

Melatonin

  • Jake’s extreme dosage of melatonin.
  • Free radical scavenger.
  • Dramatically reduce the rate of proliferation of some cancer cells.
  • Protects neuronal damage from heavy metals like aluminium and mercury. - Chelates heavy metals.
  • Supports respiration.
  • Mitochondrial supporting agent.
  • Supports mucosa in the gut.
  • Chelating fluoride from the pineal gland.
  • Heightening the senses.
  • 3 different scientific papers showing melatonin helps C19.
  • Enterochromaffin cells in the intestinal mucosa secrete 400% more melatonin than the pineal gland.
  • Helps with mercury toxicity
  • Helps with breast cancer
  • The best anti-oxidant in the body.

Read more about Melatonin in this article: Melatonin: The Critical Hormone & How to Optimise It

Supplements

The problem with probiotics

Plant Medicines

Jakes experience with plant medicines to download information of medicine, learn and evolve.

The Carnivore Diet

Oxalates

  • An anti-nutrient - plant compounds that reduce the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients.
  • Absolutely correlated with kidney stones.
  • Related with autism. - Fungal aspects produced in oxalates.
  • Fibromyalgia and CFS - oxalates can bind onto heavy metals.

Foods very high in oxalates: almonds, spinach, okra, peanuts, chocolate, soy, beetroot, swisschard, rhubarb, cashews, sesame seeds.

Foods high in oxalates - eggplant, Jerusalem artichoke, potato, sweet  potato, yam, blackberry, citrus peel, pomegrate, start fruit, brazil seeds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachio, hemps, figs, guava, black tea, green tea, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, turmeric.

Vit B6 is dependant vitamin for oxalates.

Steven Gundry, M.D., says that consuming the lectin in beans and grains is

"like swallowing razor blades that literally cut the lining in our intestines."

Jakes meticulous research into medicine and Covid-19.

Jake’s content getting censored.

Integrity Facing Extinction

  • Due to emotionally fragility in the world.
  • Honouring your calling with courage to continue despite the consequence.
  • Choosing your actions on values, rather than personal gain.
  • The world has never needed integrity as much as it does right now.

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7 Ayurvedic Tips for a Healthy Voice

boy singing into a microphone

This article is relevant for anyone who makes noise with their mouth, especially singers, rappers, actors, speakers, speech therapists and anyone who wants to engage with others on a heartfelt level.

Our voice is the first thing people hear once we open our mouth. A healthy and attractive voice will resonate with the recipient(s) so as to divinely inspire them and elegantly create unity.

Our speech is also powerfully responsible for the actions in our lives.

This is how it works:

  1. The universe or cosmic intelligence has an intention.
  2. That intention bubbles up in our individuality.
  3. That intention arises into a “thought” in our mind. You get a desire for something. In fact every desire you get (when you are in a state of balance) is the desire of creative intelligence acting through you.
  4. This thought is expressed through speech.
  5. That speech becomes action.

Below are 7 Ayurvedic tips to keep your voice healthy, clear, smooth, firm and vibrant.

1. Nasya (Nasal Oil)

Sniffing medicated oil up the nose throughout the day is perhaps the most powerful tool for a healthy voice.

Regularly lubricating your head, neck and throat will help maintain a clear and firm voice.

It dilates the channels for vocal cords to vibrate easily and clearly.

This practice is an essential part of the Ayurvedic daily regimen (Dinacharya).

2. Optimise Digestion

Since your Larynx (“voice box”) sits in front of your food pipe and assists in the swallowing process, it is closely related to digestion.

Your state of digestion will be reflected in your voice.

Articles and online courses on my website contains ways to improve digestion and specifically heal, lubricate and nourish your throat region.

3. Oil Pulling (Gandusha/Kavala)

Oil Pulling involves swishing a specific oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes.

In Sanskrit, “Gandusha” means keeping the oil in the mouth, and “Kavala” means to swish it.

This delivers a catalogue of health benefits.

Not only is it another way to lubricate the head, neck and throat, but also oil is lipophilic, meaning it literally ‘pulls’ toxins out of the mouth and throat for greater clarity.

“Keeping of oil gargle provides strength in jaws and voice, development of the face, maximum taste and relish of food. One does not suffer from dryness of throat, lip cracking and teeth become firmly rooted. The teeth do not ache or become sensitive and can chew the hardest food items.”

~ Caraka Samhita Ch V -78 to 80.

4. Eat Ghee

Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking.

Using this clarified or purified butter in your cooking daily and adding onto your food is a great way to internally lubricate your whole body and clear the throat.

5. Liquorice (Yasthimadhu / Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Liquorice is a gem for your voice.

It aids digestion, calms your nervous system and soothes your throat.

Chew on a piece of liquorice root (very different to liquorice lollies), sip liquorice tea or take a herbal formula that includes liquorice.

6. Vaca Herb (Acorus Calamus/Sweet Flag)

Vaca in sanskrit literally means “speaking.”

It has a specific karma (action) of Lekhaniya (Scrapes out accumulations) - whether it is accumulations of mucous the vocal cords or respiratory system, or scraping pout impurities in the brain and mind.

Thus, this herb stimulates your voice, the power of your speech, self-expression and your intelligence, respiratory system + more. This is why it is a key ingredient in our Nasika nose drops oil.

Read more about Vaca here

acorus calamus (vaca) roots

7. Sip Hot Water

This simple yet incredibly powerful method not only melts toxins and flushes them out and cleanses your lymphatic system, but dilates the channels and vessels in your throat for greater clarity and ease in projecting your voice.

On that note, avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol that will dry out your throat.

Strictly avoid cold food and drinks as they will put out your digestive fire, contract and constrict your throat channels.

Like playing sport, you want to be nice and warmed up before going up ‘to play.’

Transition to sipping on some hot liquorice tea instead of ice cold “schooners” before you get up on stage, and you’ll be feeling (and singing) goooood.

Related Article: Shed Toxins with Hot Water

The Magic, Mystery & Science of Water | Isabel Friend #042

Vital Veda Podcast Banner: The Benefits, Magic, Mystery & Science of Water

You may think water is a simple molecule, such a basic element, but the truth is, Water is NOT simple. At all.

Water is actually profoundly complex and mysterious.

We know very little about water. It behaves anonymously, unlike anything in the universe. And its functions completely baffles scientists.

We are made of water. We are 99.92% water molecularly.

We need a strategy to optimise our water!

Post  Fukushima and mid-fracking. The water that most of the population are drinking, showering in and made up of is very low in quality. Stripped of it’s nature, structure and life-force.

We are literally bodies water living on a body of water. You better get to know yourself.

About Isabel Friend

Isabel Friend has a borderline obsessive fascination with water.

She teaches full time about water and facilitates ceremonies and host retreats about water all around the world.

She’s a public speaker, certified nutritionist, Mystic dance and Integral yoga teacher and Reiki master with a passion for understanding the power of earth-based living and 5 element integration.

She has also trained extensively in aromatherapy and herbalism.

With 10 years of experience in the field of health, her wellness philosophy centres around the idea of being close to nature.

She is a nerd who is passionate about bringing modern scientific understanding together with ancient ancestral wisdom in a way that grounds primal living strategies into our 21st century lifestyles.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Water is Profoundly Mysterious to Modern Science

  • The science of water completely baffles scientists because it is profoundly mysterious to modern science.
  • How water holds the answer to life’s mysteries.

64 Anomalies of Water

Water can push through hard surfaces like concrete.

Water floats as it becomes more dense.

Unlike any substance. Usually when a substance becomes more dense, it sinks!

Quantum Coherence Anomaly

Water molecules under extreme physical pressure  can arrange themselves into super small hexagonal states around a ring and enter into a Quantum tunnelling state - It can pass through SOLID walls - bilocate, trilocate but also sextolocate - the same water molecule can occupy more than 6 locations at once! Simultaneously present in multiple spaces.

This is similar to what is in the vedas are Siddhis (divine superhuman capabilities).

Water has the ability to communicate with water all around the world.

How we lack the full spectrum of elemental nourishment

All the 5 Elements (PanchaMahabhutas: Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth) are in Water.

The Water Element is Feminine

Water is the sacred communion of masculine and famine - Hydrogen and Oxygen.

The Fourth Phase of Water

  • The water that has a highly structured matrix of hexagonal clusters of water molecules.
  • Bulk water that is in formation, thus stores information.
  • Drinking, eating and absorbing fourth phase water shifts experience of hydration and therefor of being human altogether.
  • The crystalline state of water - it acts like a crystal.

Crystal

If it’s in a formation, they can store information.

Functions of a crystal - Absorb, Store, Eat, Amplify and Transduce.

Cosmic Phases of Water

Water inside star nurseries that give birth to stars and inside stars themselves.

Why it is so important to consume structured water

  • Influences the way our body generates energy (ATP).
  • Structured water allows more effective communication between our cells.
  • Longevity and DNA health - It determines the shape, the integrity and the electro-magnetic field of the DNA and the tele mores in the DNA.

Dr. Alexis Carrel

A a French surgeon and biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912 for pioneering vascular suturing techniques.

He showed the cell itself is immortal. It can live as long as it’s extra-cellular environment is optimal.

The Fifth Phase of Water

Ageing is Essentially the Body Drying Up

Is your body optimally retaining water?

You are not going to get hydrated and lubricated by drinking more water, it has to be a structured so that it going into the cells.

The Importance of Lubrication

High quality lipids and fats to maintain the cellular membranes and fluids so that out body can absorb specific beneficial kinds of hydrogen and water.

3 Kinds of Hydrogens

  1. Tritium - or hydrogen-3 is a rare and radioactive isotope of hydrogen
  2. Protium
  3. Deuterium - a heavier hydrogen. Double the mass of regular (Protium) hydrogen. If our channels our inadequately lubricated, we get sluggish etc.

The Importance of Proper Hydration for Mental Health

Only 20% of our brain function is neuro-chemical and 80% electrical. What is the electrical capacity of your osmotic flow? That is what influences mental health. And that as is influenced by proper hydration.

Phase Angle as form the measure electrical capacity of osmotic flow and hydration.

Dr. Van Annroy - A neurologist and psychologist who addresses hydration first. Even in cases as severe as bipolar disorder.

Cancer can be traced back to intra-cellular hydration.

Omega 3 vs. Omega 6 Oils

The First Signs of Dehydration

  • Brain fog
  • Sleepiness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • General irritability

Thirst is one of the last signals that you are hydration.

Fascia

A layer which covers and surrounds blood vessels, muscles and nerves.

  • Around 80% water. The other 20% is proteins and collagen.
  • Your fascia water is high structured. It is a breathing, moving web of structured gel.
  • One of your body’s main hydraulic pumps, the way your body delivers hydration to eery cell, and it delivers electrical signals faster than the nerves at the speed of light! (700 miles/hour).
  • Healthy fascia is essential to transport hydration.

The Epidemic of Chronic Dehydration

Within 5 minutes of drinking water, it becomes your blood

How to Structure (Thus Optimise) Your Water

  • Think how nature does it, then mimic nature.

Spring Water - Harvesting your own or getting it delivered

  • Go to a spring and harvest your own spring water. (See Resources below how to find a spring near you).
  • Ask the elders where a nearby spring is if you cannot find one.
  • So alive, energised and structured that makes you feel energised.

You can replace your entire body value water after drinking 5 gallons or drinking water for one month.

Hot Springs

  • Mineral dense hard water.
  • Good occasionally and medicinally.

Balneology

The practice of partaking of the waters. Water therapy.

Traditional hot spring spas for therapeutic use.

Filtering & Structuring Your Tap Water

To clear out toxins, neutralise chlorine, giving it prana.

Ways to Structure Water

  • Movement - especially vortex methods.
  • Near infrared radiation.
  • Magnetic.
  • The present of hydrophilic (water loving) surfaces like crystals.

How to Power a City’s Entire Electrical Grid from It’s Plumbing Alone

Spiralled copper pipes.

“Get a Filter, or Become the Filter”
~ Commonsense Proverb

BPA Free Plastic

BPA Free plastic has more Oestrogenic Agents than plastic with BPAs.

Reverse Osmosis

Dead water.

Alkaline Water

  • What makes the water alkaline? Does it have ionic minerals or has it been electrocuted by an ioniser machine to separate the hydrogen.
  • Drinking alkaline water long term hampers the digestion and causes excess detoxification of good tissues.
  • Testing the body’s pH level.

We Are Still Aquatic Beings

As a foetus, we had gills.

“We carry oceans within our selves in order to be able to adapt to walk on land.”
~ Isabel Friend

Marine Plasma

  • The primordial soup. An oceanic broth of everything necessary to sustain life that contains the entire periodic table of elements, DNA, RNA, fatty acids, the entire spectrum of genetic information going back to the primordial soup.
  • Marine life swims thousands of miles every year to get to this in the sea.
  • Found in a few different vortexes in the ocean.

The Origin of Water

Thermo-Haline Circulation

The oxygen we breathe is coming from the depths of the ocean.

All the elements are born from water.

Further benefits of Structured Water

  • You need 20-50% less water when using structured water in agriculture - less pesticides, healthier minerals in soil, healthier plants.
  • Food can be grown anywhere - we can put an end to world hunger.
  • Renewable energy - if the pipes to transfer water were switched to pipes implemented with vortex technology to make it spiral - it could generate renewable and sustainable energy. You can get pipes like this from AliveWater.com

The Current Economic and Social Situation on Water

Water is the Key to Solving Climate Change

Water Sheds

Getting to know where your water comes from.

Water conservation, water justice and water democracy.

Supporting activists and guardians that are on the front line.

De-Salinated Water

Isabels Water Retreats

Gathering at sacred water sights and completely immersing in the magic, science and mystery of water.

Resources

Isabel's Website - waterislife.love

Extreme Wellness Water Filter - the world's best water filter.

findaspring.com

fracktracker.org - Ensure your spring water is not contaminated by tracking.

Waterkeeper.org

Water Keepers Alliance

The Blue Planet Project

caringforourwatersheds.com

internationalrivers.org - fighting to give rivers themselves human rights.

Water Needs You ~ Here's How to Help - Guide to taking action on the water crisis.

Related Article: Why It's Far More Important to Filter Bathing Water That Drinking Water


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Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda | Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum #040

Vital Veda Podcast Benner: Episode on Ayurveda for the Thyroid

Thyroid Disease is one of the most common health problems that we face.

The thyroid gland is the only gland whose hormones affect every cell in the body.
In reverse, anything in the body that is not in balance, will affect the thyroid.

There are epidemics of hypothyroidism (low/under-active thyroid). Especially western countries.
15 million people in US alone have hypothyroidism and don’t even know it!
Hashimotos is currently the #1 Auto-Immune disorder.

Rather than giving medications, which make the thyroid gland lazy, we want to address with Ayurveda the root issues that allow for the thyroid to malfunction.  

About Marianne Teitelbaum

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum has been in private practice for over 30 years.

She has studied with several Ayurvedic doctors, including Stuart Rothenberg, M.D., and Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra.

The recipient of the Prana Ayushudi Award in 2013, she lectures and writes extensively about Ayurvedic treatments for all diseases.

She has been using in-depth principles of Ayurveda in her practice with outstanding results with all health problems.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Marianne’s Guru: Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra

Most of the Shakhadwipi Brahmins who settled in India still practice Ayurveda today. Just as Acharya P.V. Sharma, a famous Ayurvedic scholar, is of Shakhadwipi descent, Vaidya R K. Mishra’s ancestors issued from these migrant Shakhadwipi families.

Sastras (Ancient texts) left the texts open for Vaidyas to later add to in the future.

Overmedication of modern westerns causing lots of problems.

The trend of Americans rejecting herbs when taken orally due to a debilitated liver.

  • Similarly, modern Americans were becoming victims of Panchakarma as they couldn’t handle the detox methods.
  • Prepare the channels before detox.
  • Ensure agni is proper.

“Natural” synthetic supplements and “Nutraceuticals”

  • Isolated active ingredients synthetically made in a lab at a much higher dose - this comes riddled with side effects for the liver and kidneys.
  • e.g. Vitamin supplements, zinc supplements, curcumin extracts, herbal extracts etc.
  • These are not bad, but not ideal to take long term.
  • Ayurveda, on the contrary, provides natural, holistic and very effective treatments for ailments of the Thyroid.

Bhasmas (Ash of minerals and metals)

Powerful nano-particle Ayurvedic medicine that can penetrate well. They can go to certain places that regular herbs cannot.

The Epidemic of HypoThyroid Disease

(Low/Sluggish or Under-active Thyroid)

Hashimotos: The #1 Auto-Immune Disease

Thyroid Medication

  • How taking thyroid medication makes your thyroid gland lazy. It is not addressing the root cause of the problem.
  • How to get off the medication gradually as their thyroid comes back to life and proper function.

The thyroid gland is the only gland whose hormones affect every cell in the body.

In reverse, anything in the body that is off, will affect the thyroid. Here's where Ayurveda plays a major role, enlivening the cellular memory of optimum health and acting as a support for the thyroid.

The effect of mercury on the thyroid

Mercury goes immediately to the thyroid gland instead of the iodine.

The effect of fluoride on the thyroid

  • Fluoride in tap water - Fluoride an endocrine disruptor in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function." This altered function can involve your thyroid, parathyroid, and pineal glands, as well as your adrenals, pancreas, and pituitary.

Fluoride has the ability to:

  • Mimic thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Damage the cells of your thyroid gland
  • Disrupt conversion from the inactive form of the thyroid hormone (T4) to the active form (T3) 

Chlorine is also in the same family as iodine - and can displace iodine in your thyroid gland  (iodine is used to create T4 and convert T4 to T3.

The effect of the contraceptive pill on the thyroid

  • Low prana, non-intelligent hormones mimicking chemicals.
  • Causing lost of breast cancer, not allowing thyroid to work + many other issues.

Coffees effect on the thyroid gland.

Ionised salts effect on the thyroid gland.

Instead of synthetic iodine, eat kelp or seafood.

Are women more effected with hypothyroidism than men?

  • They may have more stress, and fluctuating hormones.
  • Maybe because they attend to their health more? 

Why blood tests may not detect thyroid imbalance but rather report “normal”

  • Ayurveda, by means of the Pulse diagnosis, allows for the detection of imbalances in the thyroid earlier on in the disease process.
  • Ayurveda has Six Stages of Disease.
  • The thyroid panels that doctors are performing are not comprehensive enough.

The effect of Soy on the thyroid gland

Especially unfermented soy is not good for overall health.

The Health Implications of Veganism

  • There’s something missing.
  • You may feel wonderful a couple years… but it has ill implications for health.
  • Our whole body is animal protein.

Over Heated Liver

Constant heating can lead to autoimmune conditions.

The Seven Tissues (Dhatus) and Ojas

Learn more about Ojas HERE.

Ethical Dairy

It may very well be available near you!

Try your local Hare Krsna farm.

Marianne has sources of ethical dairy in USA in her book.

The effect of light on the thyroid gland

The importance of Vitamin D

The Immune System and Auto-Immune Disorders

  • The three components of the immune system.
  • Auto-immune is loss of intelligence.

The best yoghurt culture

  • The reductionist approach of probiotics.
  • The best way to consume yoghurt.

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)

  • A very enlightened plant.
  • Very easy to grow. Get a cutting of the stem and grow it.
  • Prevents the cytokine storm - fantastic for auto-immune.
  • One of the amrita (immortal) herbs.
  • “The great protector.”

HyperThyrodism

Premature cleansing

The Role Of The Gall Bladder

  • An overlooks organ.
  • Weak thyroid = the gall bladder doesn’t empty properly.
  • So the cholesterol becomes imbalanced.

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