Food, Diet & Nutrition

Kakamachi (Solanum Nigrum / Black Nightshade) Uses + Jam Recipe

Botanical name: Solanum nigrum Sanskrit name: Kakamachi English name: Black nightshade. Plant Description: This nightshade grows abundantly along the eastern fringe of Australia. It grows like a weed. It also grows in India, Americas and South Africa. It is native to Eurasia. Pant Identification: The berries grow in clusters. If a plant has only single berries, it may be the poisonous Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), which rarely is found in Australia so don't worry ... READ MORE

Grapes (Draksa) – The Best Among Fruits

Grapes are the best among all the fruits and the most wholesome according to Ayurveda.* [siteorigin_widget class="Primrose_SOW_Heading"][/siteorigin_widget] The sweet taste (rasa) and post-digestive effect (vipaka) nourish the physiology with strength - whether it be building tissues and energy for the emaciated and depleted, a juicy aphrodisiac or providing mental strength to brush off negativity and mistaken intellect and rise above anxiety or depression. I like to use Draksadi Kashayam formula - ... READ MORE

Elderberry Jam Recipe

Botanical name: Sambucus nigra (this is the common blackish-blue variety). Plant facts: The tree has hollow stems, which were used traditionally used as a straw to make flute like instruments. Health Benefits of Elderberry Elderberries have been shown by scientific studies to cure the common flu. This is more effective when made into a syrup or wine with other anti-bacterial spices like ginger and turmeric. Antiviral components of elderberry fruit extract were tested and ... READ MORE

Do You Really Think The Sun Causes Skin Cancer?

The dominant belief today is that UV light causes melanoma (associated with skin cancer). Melanoma incidence has risen 23 times from 1935-2012, but dermatologists can’t put their finger on what is causing the current surge. The ironic thing is, skin cancer rates are getting higher while people are getting exponentially less sun and using more sunscreen. Let us find out why the surge in melanoma is occurring and learn from ... READ MORE

Melatonin: The Critical Hormone & How to Optimise It

Melatonin is an essential hormone that provides a multitude of benefits throughout the human body. Mistakenly it has been dubbed the hormone of sleep, but more accurately it is the "hormone of darkness," since it trains our circadian rhythms to the day and night cycles, a critical cycle to be aligned with for optimal health. Since the 2017 Nobel Prize was won for "Circadian Medicine," volumes of research are now showing melatonin is ... READ MORE

Amalaki (Embilica Officinalis) Uses & Benefits

Amalaki (Embilica officinalis) is not only considered by many to be Ayurveda's most potent fruit, but Amalaki is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda that is used extensively in formulations.  Nomenclature English: Indian GooseberrySanskrit: Amalaki, aka Amla (vernacular).Latin: Embilica officinalis or Pjullantus embilica (less common) Synonyms: Dhatri ("Mother" or "Nurse") - Amalaki is the ultimate carer and healer. Amrta ("Immortality") - There are only a few herbs which have the Amrta quality. Amalaki is like ... READ MORE

Amla Pickle (Recipe)

Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry) This recipe can be for lemon pickle by replacing lemons with amla. Amla is the common name for the fruit of the Amalaki plant (Embilica officinalis). This is not only considered by many to be Ayurvreda's most potent fruit, but Amalaki is also one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda. Tridoshic Fruit One of the marvels of Amalaki is that it contains all 6 tastes except salt. Thus this ... READ MORE

Cooling Lassi

Ingredients 1 tsp - 1 TBSP yoghurt 1-1.5 cup water 1 tsp rose water 1 tsp coriander leaves finely chopped 1 tsp mint leaves finely chopped Method Blend all ingredients together well and drink fresh. Benefits of Cooling Lassi Helps with skin conditions such as eczema, hives and psoriasis. Perhaps the most important food for pitta imbalance as it balances heat and clears the physical channels. Lassi is very hydrating, and ... READ MORE

Digestive Lassi

Ingredients 1 tsp - 1 TBSP yoghurt 1-1.5 cup water 1/2tsp roasted ground cumin powder 1/2tsp roasted ground ajwain powder 1/2 tsp black salt 1/2 tsp black pepper Method Blend all ingredients together well and drink fresh. Plain lassi containing just yoghurt and water is also very good. Benefits of Digestive Lassi Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic. Helps in reflux and diarrhoea (in this case make it more thicker). ... READ MORE

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 ... READ MORE