Food, Diet & Nutrition

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

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 ... READ MORE

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 ... READ MORE

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, ... READ MORE

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+ ... READ MORE