Pumpkin: Benefits, Uses & Properties in Ayurveda

Dylan Smith sitting with a pumpkin on his lap

We feel well grounded and nourished from a hot pumpkin soup.

The sweet soft sludge gracefully travels down our oesophagus to nourish our nervous system that is ever so prevalent in our gut, while the bright orange phytonutrient slush delivers antioxidants and microbial balancing effects to our digestion and it’s inhabitants (the microbiome).

Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo and it’s close relatives) when cooked has a sweet taste, sweet post-digestive effect and slightly heavy quality, which can balance Vata (bio-energy associated with movement) and ground the nervous system.

Ayurvedic Properties

Rasa (taste) - madhura (sweet taste)
(energy) - sheeta (cooling)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - madhura
Gunas -
 guru (heavy), ruksa (dry)

But beware, pumpkin is also drying so it can aggravate vata if you do not use spices (e.g. cumin, tamarind, pepper) and ghee (or a good quality oil).

Pumpkin also tends to cause constipation (vishtambhi) and contribute to rheumatoid arthritis (ama vat). I recommend to minimise pumpkin when Vata is out of balance.

It is also important to add spices and consume minimally for kapha (bio-energy associated with coherence, structure and stability), as pumpkin can be a little tamasic (dulling), create heaviness and ama (sticky toxic material).

Pumpkin is Actually a Fruit

Pumpkin (Kūshmāndi or Karkāru in Ayurveda) is actually a fruit according to Ayurveda and modern botany.  This is because it’s a product of the seed-bearing structure of flowering plants. 

This is also why there are some disputes about the actions of pumpkin in Ayurveda, because it’s therapeutic properties change whether it is raw or cooked and what part of the plant is used - fruit, flower, seeds, sap, stem or leaves (whole pumpkin plant is used medicinally).  Also, the fact that there are many varieties of pumpkin makes it more challenging to agree on it’s properties.

The Auspiciousness of Pumpkin

Pumpkin in Ayurveda is considered auspicious. It is one of the fruits offered during ceremony (puja) to activate specific divine forces of consciousness.

The pumpkin fruit is used to remove subtle negative influences called “dristi dosha.” This is why you’ll find pumpkins hanging from the ceilings of doorway entrances in India, to keep the subtle negative energies out of the house. If the pumpkin goes rotten unusually quickly, it is doing its job of absorbing these doshas. It is then replaced with a new demon protecting fruit for the next security shift.

Other Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Other benefits of the cooling fruit is the presence the phytonutrient carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body for a tremendous punch of antioxidants (molecules that inhibit the damaging effects of free radicals).

This also provides the capacity to help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, as well slowing down the signs of ageing, such as the formation of wrinkles.

It helps cure bleeding diseases.

It causes moistness and discharges from the channels (Syandi). (This is not always good).

It can help with tape and intestinal worms (krimi).

Skin Health — Health.com says carotenoids in pumpkins contain wrinkle-fighting pigments, which help hydrate and zap free radicals in your skin and help prevent them from causing damage. The vitamins as well as powerful enzymes help clean your skin.

Pumpkin Seeds

A special bonus in pumpkin seeds is the amino acid tryptophan, which, once in the brain, converts into serotonin, a nutrient that helps regulate brain function.

The seeds contain a concentrated source of minerals and vitamins, with 30 grams of protein, 8.82 milligrams of iron and 559 calories in every 100-gram serving, but no cholesterol.

The dietary fibre helps maintain regular waste elimination and helps keep the colon safe from diseases.

Have essential fatty acids that have been shown to support good prostate health and should be a health pitta-reducing and prostate pleasing diet.

The seeds are high in iron. They also contain good amounts of zinc and magnesium.

How to Eat Pumpkin

 The older the better, leave them on the vine for as long as possible, wait for the pumpkin to harden. Use spices and don’t eat too much.

If you can get white pumpkins (such as Ash Gourd) these are much better medicinally and they don't aggravate the conditions mentioned earlier.

mercola.com and hyperlinked is scientific references.

Phytic Acid, The Anti-Nutrient in Beans We Should Attend To

Phytic acid, a compound present in beans and even some nuts, is called an anti-nutrient because it interferes with the absorption of minerals.

When you ingest beans in your GI Tract, the phytic acid in them latches onto mainly iron but also zinc and calcium, and removes these minerals from the body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Foods high in phytates are soy, pinto, kidney beans and peanuts. They have double the amount of phytate found in peas, lentils, chickpeas, white beans, walnuts and mung beans.

Solution: Soak The Beans

The phytic acid is released and removed from the bean when you soak for a minimum of 12 hours.

Whole mung (my favourite legume, the most sattvic/pure and an anti-flatulence bean/lentil) - soak for 2 -12 hours.
Split yellow mung - Soak for 1-5 hours.
Do not cook with the soaking water.

Soaking not only makes the food easier to digest and more nourishing, it makes the cooking time WAY quicker!

You can literally cook Kitchari in 10-15mins. (Kitchari is an essential Ayurvedic dish with mung and rice, recipe on my website). What more is that adding heat and cooking beans also helps eliminate phytic acid.

Again, the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, which has always said soak beans, lentils and nuts and cook them for optimal digestion, has now been proved by modern science. I mean it’s obvious right. You can feel it the difference.
Note phytic acid also has health benefits, so nature organised the soaking to remove only a percentage of the phytic acid from foods.

So don’t just avoid these foods, you must learn how to TRANSFORM every food/substance/plant/herb. This is the science of Agni. This is the science of Ayurveda.

What’s your favourite legume, nut or bean? Got any tasty tricks to share? Comment below

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


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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


The problem with probiotics

Plant Medicines

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

The Carnivore Diet


  • 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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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.


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.


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.


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.


Isabel's Website - waterislife.love

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


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


Water Keepers Alliance

The Blue Planet Project


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.”


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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Foraging & Eating Seaweed ~ Australian Golden Kelp

Dylan Smith foraging seaweed

Australian Algae Abundance

For us Australians, right on our doorstep floats an incredibly nutritious and regenerative aquatic plant that we can easily start foraging: Seaweed.

The good news is, nearly all of the vast diverse algae available from the salty waters of Australia are not only edible but also delicious and highly nutritious.

As it rolls up in waves and hits us while we swim, or takes up residence on our sandy beaches, we treat it like a nuisance. We get scared or repulsed by it. Local councils bulldoze the plant away. By foraging seaweed from your local beach you are effectively diverting organic matter from the tip that either-wise councils would be dumping.

We need to flow a little more love and value to these non-flowering algae that lacks true roots, leaves and vascular tissue.

Seaweeds are a very sustainable source of food - they don't need any dirt nor freshwater to grow. By foraging and introducing seaweeds in your diet, you are contributing towards more sustainable ways to consume food.

This post hopefully inspires you to get more close, personal and tangible with your local seaweeds as you learn foraging, preparation and culinary methods.

Foraging Guidelines & Etiquette

As with any type of foraging, their are rules and etiquette to be mindful of:

  1. Know the area you are foraging from -  It is important that you forage seaweed from somewhere that’s relatively clean and non-toxic. Does the council or anyone spray pesticides/poison there? Do animals typically eliminate their waste products there? For seaweeds, this means avoiding ocean sewage/pollution outlets and oceans that aren't copping a lot of industrial pollutants.
  2. Harvest sustainability - On the land, leave some to continue to grow and spread. Leave some for other humans and also the multiple creatures that use these organic substances as a home and food.
  3. Use a sharp knife - For plants, including some seaweeds, that attach strongly to their base. This ensures you don't damage the holdfast so they can re-grow.
  4. Check the Regulations - Where ever you go, they differ. Check out the legalities and ethics in Australia.


Golden kelp (Ecklonia radiata) is a large brown to golden-brown seaweed up to 1.5 meters long.

The stem (stipe) is rounded and at the base has a holdfast that looks like the rooting part of a tree. This is not technically a root, but and anchoring device for the seaweed to hold steady underwater. You will get to know it very quickly after picking it up on the beach.


Golden kelp can be found all around Australia (see map below).

You will find it in big piles after big seas, mixed up with debris and other seaweeds on the beach.

Timing of Harvest

Just after high tide or after a storm where the sea leaves behind the fresh kelp.
Harvesting is in spring and autumn is more abundant because that's when they grow the most, but you can effectively find golden kelp all year round.

Please note it is best to collect seaweeds when they have naturally dislodged from their place on the seafloor. This is to ensure the least amount of disturbance to the marine ecology. This marine ecology also has significance when the kelp is in big biles on the beach, so even in this case, it should be collected in small amounts and from different places on the sand/rocks.

Do not to forage seaweed from the sea, but rather wait until it floats free.


Rinse all the sand off in a bucket or sink of cold water.

You can then leave it to dry in the sun on the floor, but ideally suspended on a drying rack or clothes line.

Sun Drying

According to Ole G. Mouritsen in his book Seaweeds: edible, available + sustainable – the UV light helps the polyphenols break down into simple tannins, which makes them taste better and further promote the digestive properties of kelp.

In 2-3 days, our seaweed was crispy dry, and turned from golden-brown to dark green.


There are a few ways to chop the kelp that I know of:

  1. Dry and then chop - this is much harder on the finger muscles and you'll need strong scissors.
  2. Chop while wet, then dehydrate. This is really only possibly if you have a mesh-like drying rack so they don't fall through, or a dehydrator. Note, you may need to use a dehydrator if the weather is very cold and moist.
  3. Marinate - This is a different way other than drying.
    1. Blanch into a large pot of boiling water for 10-30 seconds, it will turn bright green.
    2. Separate the stem from the fronds (like leaves).
    3. Cut stem into long thin strips like noodles, the stem is firmer than the fronds and should be cooked more.
    4. Cut the fronds into small squares, these parts are softer and go well on soups or stir-fries.

Preserve in a Jar Ready for Use

After chopping up a bit, add into a strong blender and blend into small granules.
It can be kept also in bigger pieces, but I like them as close to powder so I can easily add it into any dish.

Keep in a jar, ready for use.

I add these into any cooking pot (I add towards to end to only cook for a short while). I recommend cooking for a little bit, even just blanching will soften it.

Ayurvedic View on Kelp

Ayurvedic Properties of Golden Kelp

Rasa (Taste): Lavana (Salty) and Tikta (Bitter) (sometimes)

Virya (Potency): Usna (heating)

Doshas: V- PK+

  1. Vata: Seaweeds can be drying (ruksa guna), so better hydrate it (soak in water) or add to cooking with some water to pacify Vata. 
  2. Pitta: The usna virya (heating potency) of salt aggravates Pitta.
  3. Kapha: The liquid quality (dravam guna) that is immediately produced by lavana rasa and the slimy (picheela guna) in seaweed (which helps thicken up a soup) can increase kapha

Grounds the Nervous System

Sinking and heavy = grounding for nervous system. “Salt of the earth.”

The quality of moistness pacifies the vata and nourishes the nervous system.

More Medicinal Qualties

  • Deepana - Enkindles and strengthens the Agni (digestive fire)
  • Pachana - Digests the Ama
  • Chedana - expulsion of the doshas
  • Bhedana (breaking)
  • Vikasi Sroto Sodhaka - (suksma) - Antispasmodic. Loosens the joints. These herbs destroy the tone of the joints by loosening the ligaments. - Can be medicinal or damaging, thus must be used the right way.
  • Sareera mardavakaraSoftening in the body, due to jala mahabhuta.
  • Samshodana - purificatory
  • Dhatu Saithilyakaracause looseness of the dhatu.

~ Karmas of Lavana Rasa that apply to Golden Kelp

  • It strengthens the immune system.
  • Stimulates kidney function.
  • It's tikta rasa can help reduce inflammation.

Seaweed has been shown to protect the body against radiation and environmental pollutants 

Very High in Minerals

Kelp contain minerals, trace elements, vitamins, and amino acids.

Basically no other group of plants contains more minerals and nutrients than seaweed. 

Kelp contains about 30 minerals. Kelp is packed with iodine, calcium, sulfur, silicon, phosphorus, iron, sodium, barium, boron, chromium, lithium, potassium, aluminum, strontium, bismuth, magnesium, copper, chloride, zinc, manganese, nickel, silver, vanadium, chlorine, cobalt, gallium, tin and zirconium. It contains vitamin C, E, D, K and B complex. Thus, it is a wise food for people who have mineral deficiencies.

Iodine found in kelp has been shown to boost metabolism and support the thyroid in cases of hypothyroidism.

The high amounts of calcium and magnesium found in seaweed promotes bone health and the magnesium helps the body to absorb calcium.

High in Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is a pigment that absorbs sunlight (photosynthesis), transforms it along with minerals, water and carbon dioxide to produce food for the plant itself to grow. It also is what gives plants their green colour.

  • Helps increase the production of red blood cells.
  • According to a study, chlorophyll contains antioxidant and anti-mutagenic properties that may benefit your health by fighting free radicals throughout your body.
  • Lower your risk of cancer — Helps in inducing apoptosis, according to a research published in Nutrition Research.
  • Manage arthritis — Evidence has shown anti-inflammatory properties to help with chronic inflammation.
  • Fight free radicals — According to the Journal of Food Science, dietary chlorophyll contains antioxidant and antimutagenic properties that may benefit your health by fighting free radicals throughout your body.12
  • Kill pathogenic yeast — Oral thrush, caused by the yeast strain Candida albicans, may be treated by consuming chlorophyll, according to a study.
  • Manage your weight — Studies indicated that the procedure was able to help suppress test subjects' hunger by intensifying signals of satiety.
  • Reduce body odor — It may help eliminate bad fishy odour by reducing the amount of thrimethylamines excreted by your body, a study showed. It even helped ease chronic constipation as a positive side effect.

Horticultural Uses

Seaweeds are excellent fertilisers- you can add straight into the compost or bury into the ground to distribute plenty of minerals to your soil.

Further Information and Resources

Foraging legend in Sydney Diego Bonetto talks about Golden Kelp

Milkwood did a great article about Seaweed in Australia

There are little enterprises like Sea Health Products, who have been foraging seaweed & golden kelp in the waves at Narooma for decades, have a commercial drying facility in a valley and have based an entire business around this "weed." So when you find it fresh, take some of that goodness home with you.


The recommended resources for further learning above.

Do you have a seaweed you forage or a recipe? Comment below 👇

Related Reading: Foraging and Curing Olives

The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Vital Veda; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program. 

Is Your Morning Shower Toxic for Your Health?

Hot water opens the skins pores and allows the volatile toxic compounds that are abundant in tap water to be absorbed through the skin and lungs.

Lungs - there is plenty of space. Thus, it is a common place for ama (toxins and undigested food materials) to deposit and lodge.

The skin - the largest organ of the body with a large surface area where these toxins can directly enter the bloodstream without being processed by the liver.

This is why in Ayurveda, herbs are trans-dermally administered via medicated oils, pastes (lepams) etc. - to bypass the liver and effectively deliver medicine deep into the tissues.

You are now using organic cosmetics, soaps, shampoos etc., Great! but you are still flooding yourself with toxins that absorb into the blood and reap havoc throughout the body.

Chlorine and disinfection by products in your tap water irritate the mucous membranes, disrupt the skins microbial balance, clog the skins pores, strip the natural oils from your hair and create dry, itchy skin.

These volatile toxins also damage the structure of your home, imagine what they can do to your body!

The best way to prevent volatile compounds entering your blood stream during bathing is to install a whole home water filtration system.

Luckily my friend and genius, Dr Marc, has developed one of the best whole home water filtration + re-structuring systems on the planet.

You deserve the best. A whole home system can protect your family from harmful toxins and provide you with the life-force, prana filled water you deserve.


Extreme Wellness Filters: The World's Best Water Filters

Why It’s Far More Important to Filter Bathing Water than Drinking Water

Dylan Smith bathing in a waterfall

Many people use a filter for their drinking water, yet don’t realise it’s far more important to assure that their bathing water quality is optimum by also filtering their bathing water.

Here are The 10 top reasons why it’s more important to filter your shower and bath water, than your drinking water:

1) You’re exposed to a much greater volume of water and hence toxic chemical load through bathing than drinking.

2) Bathing in heated water leads to out-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxic disinfectant by-products which are inhaled.

3) Hot water opens pores and allows volatile compounds to be absorbed through the large surface area of the skin and lungs.

4) Toxic compounds absorbed through the lungs and skin enter directly into the bloodstream without being processed by the liver.

5) Toxic compounds irritate the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, mouth, respiratory tract and vagina (if you have one).

6) Toxic compounds reduce the skin's water-holding capacity, aggravate eczema, dandruff and atopic dermatitis, and contribute to dry, itchy skin.

7) Toxic compounds in bathing water disrupt your skin’s microbial balance which makes it harder to keep your skin healthy.

8) Toxins in your bathing water strip the natural oils from your hair and accelerate hair loss while making hair dry, brittle and less manageable.

9) Minerals in hard water prevent soap fully lathering, this leaves soapy film clogging your pores and coating your hair.

10) Toxic compounds released into the air by hot showers and baths spread throughout the house causing damage and erosion.

Diagram of Extreme Walter filters portraying the compounds in low quality water

But it's not all bad news...

Here's 3 things you can do today to avoid more toxicity from your shower and bath.

a) You can try to reduce your toxic exposure to the compounds in poor-quality-bathing-water by taking shorter or less frequent showers, having colder showers, shutting the water off while soaping up and ensuring you use an exhaust fan and have adequate ventilation during bathing.

b) You can also fill a bath with very hot water and leave it to cool down and then bathe after the toxic gases have evaporated (be sure to use an exhaust fan).

c) The very best way to reduce your toxic exposure from bathing (and drinking) water that has poor quality filtering or no filtering at all is to use a whole house filtration system that works with both HOT and cold water.

Here's 3 things you can do today to avoid more toxicity from your shower and bath.

The Problem:

Many water filtration systems on the market are expensive, low quality, unscientific and not all of them work in both hot and cold water.

The Solution:

My friend, Dr Marc has been researching wellness and integrative medicine and for more than 30 years and this has led him to become a world expert on water.

A New Integration:

After many years searching for the world’s best water filter, Dr Marc has integrated the best water filtration technology and equipment to produce the Extreme Wellness Water Filter System.

This system removes all chlorine, pesticides, heavy metals, parasites, bacteria, sediment, viruses, microbes and toxic chemicals. These filters are so powerful they have even been tested to remove radio-active waste!

And best of all, the micro-pore technology allows for extremely rapid flow filters and use with both hot and cold water, meaning you can filter water for your shower, bath, dishwasher and washing machine all at once without any interruption in flow.

Rigorously tested, backed and approved by some of the world’s leading epidemiology, radioactivity labs and toxicology organisations (including the Louis Pasteur Institute) this system has my full approval.

As you know, I only ever endorse the highest quality products for my community and these get my full approval.

If you’re looking to up-level the wellbeing of yourself and your family, I firmly believe a whole house system is the best way to go.  You deserve the best.


Protein Pancakes (Gluten Free)

High protein savoury pancakes that is primarily made of Urad (black gram lentil) – is known to be like “meat for a vegetarian.

Medicinal Qualities: 

  • Doshas: This pancakes are good for Kapha & Pitta.
  • Season: Especially great in winter and cold climates.
  • Male Aphrodisiac – Helpful to increase sperm count in men.
  • Can be a little hard to digest. 

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  1. Besan (chickpea) flour – 1/4 cup
  2. Urad flour – 3/4 cup
  3. Onion (chopped) – 1
  4. Salt – per taste
  5. Ajwain Seeds – 1 tsp
  6. Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  7. Tumeric – ¼ tsp
  8. Water – 1 to 2 cups
  9. Ghee or oil for cooking
  10. Fresh Coriander for garnishing
  11. Squeeze of lemon juice ?

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  1. In a large bowl mix flour, onion, salt, ajwain, turmeric & cumin seeds
  2. Add water & mix well to make a batter, ensuring no lumps of flour remain
  3. Heat tawa or non stick pan and drizzle on 1 teaspoon of ghee
  4. Spoon 2-3 tbsp of batter onto pan and spread to make a pancake
  5. Shallow fry for about ½ minute. Press down with spatula

6. Flip over and cook on other side for ½ minute

7. Spoon a little more oil or ghee on the sides of the pancake to make it crisp

8. Flip it one more time for about 10 seconds

9. Serve hot with chutney

10 Garnish: With a squeeze of lemon and fresh coriander. ? ?

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Nasturtium: Medicinal Benefits of this Easy to Grow (& Find) Vegetable

This pungent pepper-like tasting plant (Tropaeolum Majus) is highly relevant and valuable right now in this pandemic time.

Not only because this edible herbaceous annual is in season (probably growing wild on a patch near you), but also nasturtium leaves are a rich source of vitamin C (see below for impressive amounts) and holds anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Natural Anti-Biotic

The lush leaves have greater anti-biotic activity than the other parts of the plant, particularly helpful in urinary and respiratory tract infections.

Studies show nasturtiums inhibit the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced inflammatory response in primary human cells of the immune system.

Respiratory Health

Nasturtium also supports respiratory health - particularly in upper respiratory infections. The pungent taste (Katu rasa) reduces catarrh formation and expels phlegm.

If you ever feel a sore throat coming, eat a few nasturtium leaves lightly cooked to prevent.

Note: stalks also contain these properties to a lesser degree, and like most veggies, the smaller and younger the leaves, the more medicinal effect.

To Cook With

Chop the leaves and stalk finely and add to the hot dish after you turn the flame off and allow the heat of the food to blanch the nasturtium.

Garnish the beautiful raw flowers on your ready-made dish to brighten it up and add a tinge of pungency.

Generous Flower

What more? - the sweet nectar in the fiery flower attracts bees! (Win for all!)

Vitamin C Amounts

  • Nasturtium leaves: 200 to 465 mg per 100 gm (very rich).(1)
  • Nasturtium Stalks: 100–160 mg per 100 gm, (also a rich source).(1)
  • 1 orange = 100mg.(2)
  • 1.5 cups of kale = 120mg Vitamin C.(2)

Ayurvedic Energetics

  • Rasa - Katu, Tika
  • Virya - Usna
  • Vipaka - Katu
  • Gunas - Sasneha, Tiksna, Laghu, Kara

(Ayurvedic energetics determined by Dylan Smith. If anyone has insights/comments on these, please share below in the comments!)

Have you every used Nasturtium in food? If so how? Do you forage it? If so where? Comment below.


  1. https://www.nature.com/articles/153683b0
  2. https://www.self.com/gallery/10-foods-that-have-more-vitamin-c-than-an-orange