Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Depression

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS may stop us from feeling unhappy, anxious or depressed but that doesn’t mean we then feel happy, radiant and fulfilled.

We just stop feeling. 

We stop feeling into our natural enthusiasm to have shared experiences with other people and other things (Love).
We stop feeling our desire to fulfil the need of the time and the needs of others (Dharma).
We stop feeling gratitude and even awareness for the beauty that permeates every single corner of life (Appreciation).
It’s no secret that anti-depressants inhibit our sex drive.
Through the alteration in cortisol and other hormones, antidepressants not only inhibit our ability to experience love, happiness and fulfilment but also weaken our immunity, making us more vulnerable to nasty diseases.
Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Depression
On the bright side, antidepressants can be life-saving medications in emergency situations.
They have an ability to provide a window of time and space for a person to put their life back together. Note this is short term, and too many people “stretch” this window of opportunity and become dependent and habituated to them
In recent years, the most prevalent mental illnesses in Australia have become Depression and Anxiety, and during the COVID-19 pandemic cases have risen exponentially worldwide.  Here at Vital Veda we have received many enquiries regarding natural remedies for anxiety and depression hence this article.
At Vital Veda, we never advise anyone to go off any medications if you are already taking any. 
We aim to make you feel better mentally, then only under the guidance of your doctor may you gradually wean off the medications if that is necessary for you.

Natural ways to Treat Anxiety and Depression

According to Ayurveda, there are a variety of natural remedies for anxiety and depression. 

At Vital Veda, we explore a variety of all-natural solutions to assist people in healing anxiety and depression without the need for antidepressants.

Here are just a few things to look at and consider.

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Meditate

Meditation will quickly allow for your mind to slow down, de-excite itself and achieve a state of inner calm.
Although there are several meditation techniques, Vedic Meditation is the one we recommend the most, due to its high effectiveness and how easy it is to actually learn it.
You can find a Vedic Meditation teacher close to you by clicking HERE and scrolling down to “Vedic Meditation”.

Self-Abhyanga Massage

A daily Abhyanga practice restores the balance of all biological agents, pacifies the nervous system and enhances well-being & longevity.
Your skin is your largest organ, plus it has more nerve endings than any other part of your body. So when you anoint oil on those nerve endings and massage them, it helps ground and strengthen the nervous system.

Find a full Abhyanga Massage guide HERE & Abhyanga Massage Oils HERE

Sunrise in Nepal

Wake up with the sun and go to sleep before 10pm

Waking up early in the day increases Sattva. This is the factor for purity, lightness of being and radiance in one's life. When Sattva dominates, tamas (inertia) which is the quality which leads to depression, diminishes.
When light shines, the darkness diminishes. Feed the light, and the darkness will starve itself out. 

Optimise your sleep

Many of the chemical imbalances that afflict the brain (which naturally often lead to depression, anxiety and stress) are caused by a lack of optimum sleep. Optimizing your sleep will allow for your brain to be rested and to remain strong. 

The lack of optimum sleep has many other consequences that go beyond these three conditions, but if you are trying to address these three, sleep can not be ignored.

Fresh food cooked with love.

Fresh food is full of Prana (life-force). This helps provide positivity in life (Sattva). Left over food, frozen food or microwaved food is tamas (inertia). It is dull, has a low value of Prana and therefore makes you feel low in life.

Herbs

Samadhi

Samadhi opens the physical channels and enlivens wholeness (unity) in the mind and body. It is particularly useful for those afflicted with mental stress, tension and anxiety.
It is also helpful for restoring calm during any stressful situation, including performance anxiety. It also balances Prana Vata (movement in head, central nervous system and life-force regulator).

Manasolassa Vati

It enhances mind-body coordination and connection. Helps pacify overactive and thinking minds, therefore assisting in cases where lack of sleep and insomnia are present. Helps with depression and is useful to transition off pharmaceutical antidepressants.

Drakshadi Kashayam

This nourishing tonic strengthens and stabilises the mind and body. Helps in nervous system disorders, depression, tiredness, dizziness, anxiety and schizophrenia. It is also helpful in the treatment of alcoholism and hangovers. 

Schedule a consultation

Dylan Smith (the head Ayurvedic practitioner here at Vital Veda) can help rectify the root cause of your ailment and liberate the mind and emotions so you can experience a radiant mind and participate in the richness of life.
Click HERE to schedule an online or in-person consultation. 
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Holistic Dentistry, Mouth as the Gateway to the Body, Mouth Breathing vs Nose Breathing & Sleep Apnea | Dr. Ron Ehrlich #060

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Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body.

Understand the jaw-dropping realization that your bite, mouth and jaw are highly influential in all your body ailments.

The mouth is the portal to the body. Optimise that.

About Our Guest: Dr. Ron Ehrlich

Dr. Ron Ehrlich, is one of Australia’s leading holistic health advocates, educators, a podcaster and an author, with over 40 years of clinical experience.
Dr Ron Ehrlich has developed a holistic approach to health and wellness, which includes a comprehensive model of how the various stresses of our modern world impacts our lives.
Dr Ron is in clinical practice and continues to see patients at his group practice, the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre in Sydney CBD.
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In 1996, Dr. Ron gained his Fellowship in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (FACNEM). He is immediate-Past President of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM).
Dr Ron is also co-founder and board member of Nourishing Australia, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to informing, educating and inspiring people about the critical importance of healthy soils, nutrient-dense foods, and sustainable farming, bringing together principles of holistic healthcare and holistic farm management for the health of people, communities and ultimately, our planet.
In 2019 he was awarded a Fellowship from the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (FASLM).
Dr Ron’s passion is to convert confusion to clarity and information to knowledge. To empowering individuals to fulfil their potential, take control of their health, build resilience and be the best you can be.

In this Episode we Discuss:

Dr. Ron’s morning routine (Dinacharya)

Bodily cleanses: rinsing of nasal passages, tongue scraping and gargles

6-10 rounds of salute to the sun (Surya Namaskar)

Rotational and extension movements

Intensive workout for 10 minutes

Dentistry as a profession

How Dr. Ron became introduced to holistic dentistry. 
Dentistry being the job with the highest suicide rate of all, and also the worst job for the practitioner’s health (according to the US Department of Labor) - 950 jobs were measured in this annual report.
The dangers of mercury and it still being used in patients' mouths for tooth fillings
Precautions a dentist can take on the job to reduce health risks.

Why is attending to the health of your mouth important?

Teeth are needed to chew food so as to make the nutrients more bioavailable to be absorbed and digested. 
  • New studies link a person’s ability to chew, to their cerebral cognitive function.
The size and shape of your mouth (and teeth) determines that of your upper airway, therefore it predisposes you to have (or not) certain bodily dysfunctions such as:
  • Mouth breathing instead of nasal breathing
  • Sleep disordered breathing (most common disorders being snoring or having sleep apneas but there is over 80 of them)
  • Other cardiac conditions due to oxygen deprivation.
Dentist looking into patient's mouth
An unbalanced bite, teeth clenching and/or teeth grinding may cause chronic musculoskeletal pains (chronic headaches, neck aches, etc.)
Gum health being connected to cardiovascular disease, strokes, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, low birth weight in children, some forms of cancer, erectile dysfunction and more.
The mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body and therefore it is key in building health and resilience throughout the body.
The two most common infections in the human body are in the mouth: gum disease and tooth decay.

The five pillars of health

Sleep, breathe, nurish, move and think. Further developed in Dr. Ron’s book (link available in “resources”).

Mouth Microbiome

There are approximately 700 different species of microbes in the mouth alone. 
The inside of the mouth is pink due to the proximity of many blood vessels to the surface of the skin. If the unhealthy microbiome enters your bloodstream then the toxins will be carried to the rest of the body perpetuating disease.
Illustration of the mouth's microbiome
Highly acidic foods and foods high in sugars and carbohydrates changing the mouth’s microbiome to be much more pathogenic (disease provoking).
Chewing fennel and cardamom seeds reduces the acidic quality in the mouth. 
Suizz studies on the effect of the stone age diet on the human mouth.

Snoring

Why is it that snoring occurs?

An ayurvedic solution to snoring is playing the didgeridoo, the conch shell or any long pipe for that matter, as they exercise the muscles around the pharynx and the back of the throat.

Using a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) to stop snoring and have better sleep quality (also serves as a solution for sleep apneas).

Why is breathing through your nose fundamental? Mouth breathing vs. Nose breathing. 

  • 60% of the nitric oxide in the body is being produced through paranasal breathing.
  • Snoring and sleep apneas and their relationship with Prana (life force).

Mouth taping: its origins as a russian breathing technique called Buteyko, how to properly do it, doing a diagnostic test and some of its possible outcomes.

Sleep Apnea according to Ayurveda

Sangha Srota Dusti - Pranavaha srota and udakavasrota.

Vitamin D deficiency can play a role in the manifestation of Sleep Apnea

Cikitsa (treatment):

  • Panchakarma - The five actions that profoundly eliminate toxins from the body and mind.
  • Swasaksantak leham, available in the Vital Veda shop HERE 
  • Smriti, available in the Vital Veda shop HERE
  • Sipping hot water. For more info on this read the following article on how to shed toxins from your body by drinking hot water HERE

Acidic drinks

The ayurvedic approach to starting the day.

Sodas and kombucha are very acidic and should be taken in moderation as they alter the pH of the mouth.

How frequently should we visit the dentist?

It is essential to get a comprehensive oral checkup to actually know how healthy your mouth currently is. 

“No pain, no problem” doesn’t apply to your mouth: 90% of oral health problems have no pain associated with them. 

If you have no fillings in your mouth, it is advised to go to the dentist once every 8 months or every year. If you have fillings, every 6 to 12 months. If you have a history of gum disease, every 4 to 6 months.

Toothpaste

Natural and unnatural. 

Most of them act like a soap / detergent and break up the mucosa of the mouth. 

Fluoride being present in toothpastes and yet ingestion being a health hazard. 

Organic toothpaste being a good alternative.

Practicing mindfulness while brushing your teeth. 

The use of charcoal being too abrasive and with little actual effectiveness.


Toothbrush with toothpaste on top

Flossing

Is it important to floss daily? It actually depends, but long story short: yes. 

Oil pulling for gingivitis and gum inflammation. For more information on Oil Pulling check out our article on this process, and you can also buy Gandusha Oil Pulling Oil in our shop HERE

Regenerative agriculture

It is a combined solution to harvest quality nutrient-dense foods, manage climate change and regenerate soils for future use.


Resources

Dr. Ron’s podcast: “Unstressed with Dr. Ron Ehrlich” 

Dr. Ron’s book: “A life less stressed: the five pillars of health and wellness” - Free downloadable PDF HERE and Amazon link to purchase Kindle, audiobook or paperback editions HERE

Dr. Ron's website.

Dr. Ron’s Instagram: @drronehrlich.

Link to Bupa Dental Cremorne clinic (holistic dentistry) with Dr. Philip Stein in New South Wales HERE

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The Yoga of Time, Vedic Medicine & The Veda Mandala | Prashanti de Jager, Master Herbalist #059

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Prashanti’s clinical forte and specialty is his ability to use many of the “Vedic sciences” - Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Yoga, Vaastu (Vedic Architecture), Advaita and Dhanurveda (the yoga of warfare) to analyze, diagnose, treat and empower his clients.

The episode is for the “Vedic nerds”, as we explore with a scientifically eccentric perception, the richness that the Laws of Nature: The Veda, has to offer.
Prashanti has unique capabilities to perceive the subtle in all areas of life, as well as an expanded spectrum of awareness on the true depths of wisdom traditions.

About Our Guest: Prashanti de Jager

Prashanti’s clinical forte and specialty is his ability to use many of the “Vedic sciences” - Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Yoga, Vaastu (Vedic Architecture), Advaita, Dhanurveda (the yoga of warfare), too analyse, diagnose, treat and empower his clients. 

He shares these potent vedic sciences through The Veda Mandala.

This powerful “confluence of factors” is comparable to having a session with ten different wellness guides all at once. After earning many degrees from the University of Michigan in the fields of Math, Engineering, Biophysics and Emergency Medicine, and studying numerous adjunct healing modalities, Prashanti moved to India in 1990 to study Advaita and the Vedic Sciences.

Prashanti De Jager holding a herb in the Himalayas

On his travels, he experienced the very good fortune of a decade of sitting at the feet of epic paragons like Sri H.W.L. Poonja, Annamalai Swami, Lakshman Swami, the Dalai Lama, Urgen Tulku, Jamgong Kontrul Rinpoche, Hart de Fou, Kaviraj Vaidya Nanakchand Sharma, as well a dozens of eminent Yogis, Priests, Scientists and many truly empowered Grand Mothers.

Traveling all over India training as a Yogi, Clinician and an Ethnopharmacologist, he settled in Lucknow, North India, where he started to treat hundreds of locals and foreigners that came to him with a vast number of health issues.

To ensure high-quality formulas for his clients, he started an Ayurvedic herb company in 1993 in North India where he grew, wild-crafted and processed the herbs by hand. As the reputation for these herbs grew worldwide, a beautiful team/Vision called ‘Organic India’ emerged to serve the demand in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable way.

Besides being a Founder of Organic India, he also is a trustee on other projects like the Dunagiri Foundation Trust, instilling sustainable herbal wild-crafting amongst thousands of tribals in central India and also in the fragile ecosystems of the High Himalayas.

He edits & writes articles for numerous magazines and his own books, and teaches classes on herbs and Ayurvedic Medicine around the world.

He is one of Tulsi’s (holy basil) humans.

a.k.a. Haldi Baba (Haldi being turmeric) - Prashanti wrote one of the most comprehensive - spirit world view, on turmeric. “Turmeric The Ayurvedic Spice of Life”


In this Episode we Discuss:

Sahanau Vavatu

ॐ सह नाववतु। Om, May we all be protected

सह नौ भुनक्तु। May we all be nourished

सह वीर्यं करवावहै। May we work together with great energy

तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु May our intellect be sharpened (may our study be effective)

मा विद्विषावहै। Let there be no Animosity amongst us

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ Om, peace (in me), peace (in nature), peace (in divine forces)

Understanding the root value and spirit centric worldview of Sanskrit

Tripura Darshan (Three worldview)
  1. Spirit centric
  2. Energy centric
  3. Mass centric
Beginning of the Rig Veda
4 levels of Vat (Truth)
  1. Para-vak - the ultimate reality in the form of vibrations, of which thought and words are rough representations. It is the absolute expressed as transcendental           sound (Mantras come from here). 
  2. Pashyanthi vak - here you can have the spirit centric worldview. This is where creativity and genius are. The Heart is dominant.
  3. Madhyama vak - truth touches our minds. The middle between subtle thought and gross speech. The Throat is dominant.
  4. Vaikhari vak - truth touches our lips. Most people are here. Where words come out the mouth in the form of gross physical sound.

Vaastu Sastra

The Vedic science of harmonious design.

Vaastu is fundamental, it is at the base of the Veda Mandala because from Vaastu you can create every other science.

Vaca (calamus acorus)

To read our article on the many uses & benefits of Vaca click HERE

Two types of memory

  1. Episodic memory: centered around experiences and events
  2. Semantic/Terrain memory: memory of general knowledge (facts, ideas, concepts and the general meaning of things).

The importance of Dinacharya (daily routine)

The importance of waking up before the sunrise
The value that there is in watching the sunrise.
Surya Traataka:
Various practices to honour the sun.
Starting and watching the rising sun.
The frequency of light that a ghee lamp emits directly impacts the third eye.

Sunrise in Nepal

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Yama (attitudes toward our environment)
Niyama (attitudes toward ourselves)
Asana (physical postures)
Pranayama (restraint or expansion of the breath)
Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)
Dharana (intention & intent): Tejas (Fire, energy, brilliance) is developed in this sixth limb.
Dhyana (meditation)
Samadhi (complete integration)

Vaidyas (Ayurvedic Physicians)

Balaraj Maharishi
He sent Prashanti to Tirumula around 1993 to find a very special majik plant and he found it!
Balaraj Maharishi and the first clinical trial of Ayurvedic medicines in the West: Link to read more HERE
Dr. Triguna
Famous pulse physician.

Siddhis - Divine Human Capabilities

How do humans achieve siddhis?
  • Past lives influencing siddhis.
  • Sampradaya - the core of the lineage that has sampradaya has a living goddess (vidya / supreme knowledge) at it’s core. Vidya comes from Pashyanthi vak.
  • Mantras call the Devis (divine beings) and Mahavidyas (10 aspects of mother divine)
  • Bhutas (any encapsulated intelligence with an agenda or energetic force) give siddhis. e.g. Nazi Germany was a Bhuta.
  • Bhutas hide in the life of your own identity. 
Studying elemental bhutas by going close to bush/forest fires and storms.
  • Studying how nature's elements are Beings.
Trigunas (Three Prime Attributes): Sattva (Purity), Rajas (Stimulation), Tamas (Inertia)

Rare, Endangered and Divine Healing Herbs

Divya Aushadhis (Divine Herbs)
Dronagiri Mountain in Tibetan Nitti Valley (where Hanuman picked up a mountain to heal wounds).

Once you're in Joshimath, you go left to Badrinath , to the right you go to Tibetan Nitti Valley. Half way up that valley to the right is Dronigeri. You can see at the top of the mountain Hanuman scooped a trench off the side.

Sanjeevani Booti - the herb Hanuman used to heal Lakshman according to the Ramayana. 
Astavarga -  8 High Himalayan deep nectar rejuvenation orchid herbs.

Very rare and hard to find. Prashanti is probably the only person in the world which produces a formula close to Astavarga (he calls it “Orchid Ojas”).

Hanuman holding mountain
Using “substitutes” for rare herbs.

Prashanti created a whole new metric scale to grade herbs and create the “Astavarga formula.”

The corruption & lies in the Ayurvedic herb industry.
The Processing of Herbs (Shodasha Samskāra):
  • Some of these herbs hate metal, e.g. Amalaki hates metal.
  • Preparing herbs after “lighting up” your chakras and chanting mantras.
  • Preparing herbs in the presence of or nearby Guru.
“The ultimate medicine made, is the medicine maker.”Becoming medicine via medicine making.

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Prashanti’s huge contribution to Tulsi
For more information on the many healing properties of Tulsi read our article HERE

Turmeric & building resilience in the body

When Prashanti “received the codes” for Turmeric.

Eating 30-40g of turmeric (haldi/haridra) & 10-20g of ashwagandha per day.

Difference between dried and fresh turmeric and ginger.

The myth that black pepper increases the absorption of turmeric. 

Trikatu (ginger, long pepper, and black pepper), especially ginger, is the spice that increases the absorption of turmeric.

To read more on Turmeric and its many health benefits click HERE 

Trikatu (Three Pungents)

  1. Ginger - Sattvic - To read more on Ginger click HERE.
  2. Pippali (Piper Longum) - bonfire rasayana (elixir) that has heat but also is a rasayana. It is agni (fire) and amrit (nectar) at the same time.
  3. Marica (Black Pepper) - the most rajasic (stimulating) of them all. Rajas agitates itself to decay. 

Herbal Formulas

Single Herbs vs Formulas.
3 herbs in a formula are great // 5-to-10-ingredients formulas can be challenging for the body.
  • More than three ingredients in a formula - can create confusion. 
But when you cook all together, even 50 ingredients, you can make it sama (healthy and compatible). e.g. preparations like Avaleham (paste), or Amrit/Aristam (herbal wine).

How to apply the principles of Ayurveda to every given situation

3 main concepts:
  • Kala - time.
  • Desa - place.
  • Patra - lineage.
E.g. Treating a 19-Year-Old San Francisco Goth Using the Principles of Ayurveda: Through fashion advice, advicing to wake up at 3am to go party and herb consumption. 
Diversity and curvature vs. straight line.
All the polarities coming into the singularity.
All chakras being in the heart chakra. 

The Puranas

  1. Exegesis - the methodology of how you read or interpret any ancient text or book. 
  2. Repetition - you see it all over the place.
  3. Hyperbolae - e.g. “If you stand on your head for 3 hours you will be enlightened”, said like that to remember, do not take it literally.
3 recurring themes in the Puranas (“The Old Things / Old Ones”)
  1. Tulsipurifies family karma. Points to the epi-genetic qualities of tulsi. Genes don’t change, but their expression changes.
  2. Sirsasana (Head stand).
  3. Ēkādaśi.
    • Literally means 11.
    • 11th lunar day, 2x/month.
    • There is one Purana all on Ēkādaśi.
    • Fasting not only fasting from food, but from the mundane, the heavy - feast on the light, energy and shakti.
    • It’s a great way to cyclically fast.

Prashanti’s Veda Mandala

The Veda Mandala - bringing all vedic sciences together, protecting their essence.
5 Principles for evolving:
  1. Pattern interrupt - e.g. rising run, winter solstice. 
  2. New frame of reference
  3. Trim story
  4. Curate memory 
  5. Shift identity.
Allowing for a truer understanding of “inauspicious” times.
The Veda Mandala
Shamshan sadhana
Practicing it at midnight on the ghats (river banks) of Varanasi.
When the world gets destroyed, Rudra (Lord Siva) maintains Varanasi. 

The Power of Tejas

Tejas =   

It signifies creative will power, splendor and brilliance. At the same time being a very grounded, intentional and spirited force. 

India, Powerful Holy Places and Herbs

Certain places where reality gets thin. Then and there you can see so much truth.

The holiest of holy temples in Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai and Manikarnika ghat in Varanasi.

Tirumala, an area around a Visnu temple (Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple) which is the most visited and wealthiest temple in the world.

Up the mountain from the city of Tirupati.

The Ramban herb - “Rama’s Arrows”
  • Prashanti was told by Balaraj Maharishi to find, identify and process it. Around 1993.
  • Not mentioned anywhere.
  • Prashanti was selling one leaf for $10-100.
  • Incredibly nootropic (cognitive enhancing). 
The Blue Lotus
  • Vertical element of integration.
  • Makes you feel like you are walking two inches off the ground. 
Kushta (Saussurea lappa)
  • Rasa - Bitter, pungent, sweet
  • Virya - Hot
  • Vipaka - Pungent.
  • Gunas - Dry, light, sharp.
  • The brother of Soma. Also going extinct. A high Himalayan Angelica.
Blue Lotus Flower

More on Powerful Vedic Wisdom

Haasta - the combination of Vastu, Jyotish and Ayurveda.
Non-linear knowledge: 

Prana in the Himalayas and the grace, you start receiving non-linear knowledge. 

Covid being part of a major transition that the world will undergo in the next 20 years. 

Prashanti’s definition of Dharma
The Yoga of Time
Solstice:
  • When the sun stops. “Sun stillness.”
  • Siva, masculin.
Winter solstice:
  • A time to dive deep and shift your identity, and then take action and dharma.
  • Adaptogenic herbs, build your ojas (Article on Ojas VV).
  • Take Ashtavarga around the start of winter solstice. Then don’t have to take it for the rest of the year.
  • Trees don’t dry out, they shift their juice from their periphery to their core.
  • Taking herbs.
Equinox:
  • Shakti, feminine.
  • Half way between the solstices.
  • When the energy is it’s fastest.
  • Power, shakti.
Navaratri - Nine nights of mother divine 

To read more on how to tap into mother divine and the regenerative forces of Navaratri click HERE

Saptaka-Charya - Rhythms of the week.


Resources

The Veda Mandala website

Prashanti's personal website

Prashanti's Instagram Account (@prashanti.veda.mandala)

Prashanti's Facebook Account

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Vaginal Microbiome, Youthful Genitals & Reproductive Essence | Angela Heap #058

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What constitutes a healthy vagina?

How much pubic hair? How much lubrication? What pH level? What bathing methods? - what are the ideal parameters for a healthy vagina for healthy hormonal, reproductive and general health, and how do you look after it?

How can men care for the seat of creative intelligence? The Vagina

You have probably heard about the gut microbiome, maybe even the skin and oral microbiome, but what about the vaginal microbiome?

Join Ayurvedic practitioner Dylan Smith, who is incredibly passionate about gynaecology and the female urino-genitary system, and Fertility Nutritionist Angela Heap, who is is establishing a very popular fertility clinic and following, in this juicy episode so you can increase your awareness of what a healthy vagina is, and how to look after it.

About Our Guest: Angela Heap

Angela is a Nutritionist with 12 years experience in fertility and pregnancy.
She runs a successful London based clinic and works internationally with clients.
Angela lectures on Fertility and Pregnancy for the British College of Nutritional Health, The British Association and The College of Naturopathic Medicine where she studied in 2005 and now trains Nutritional Therapists on how to use functional tests.

Angela also collaborates regularly with a UK Based genetic testing company LifecodeGX to present on female health and genes incorporating Dutch testing.

Angela Heap

Angela recently took part and lectured to peers in the Fertilty Masterclass which represented an in depth look into fertility for practitioners. She also represents labs in the UK on interviews on fertility.

In 2018 she presented on clinical fertility as part of one of the biggest international conference sponsored by UK labs Regenerus on Fertility and Pregnancy with prominent International Gynaecologists, Paediatricians, Doctors and Naturopathic Doctors in their field in ‘ The Gestational Journey’ in London. In 2019 she presented on Male Fertility at the International Congress of Nutritionist in Croatia. Angela is a speaker at the UK Fertility Show in the UK, and regularly collaborates with Urologists and Gynaecologists in the UK. Her area of special interest is multiple miscarriages,  IVF, Genetics, PCOS and Thyroid health. She has been interviewed for podcasts and has taken part in many fertility summits over the years.  She also writes for magazines on Fertility and pregnancy.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Angela’s morning routine (Dinacharya)

Angela’s story

How she developed a passion for the study of the reproductive system

Infertility and having a hard time getting pregnant

Hormonal, and IUD contraceptive methods disrupting the energy and natural essence of the female body (shakti).

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and it’s relationship with the daily intake of contraceptive pills

The effects of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) on energy levels of the female body.

  • Pushed to produce 12 months of eggs in a short period of time (14 days).
  • The liver is under so much stress to be able to produce the amount of follicles with the stimulatory drugs.

Menstrual cycles

Dietary recommendations to propeciate menstrual bleeding.

Energy levels fluctuating during the menstrual cycle.

Vaginal Microbiome

Conditioning the possibility of having a successful pregnancy.

pH levels determining which bacteria can thrive in the vagina (ideally has to be between 4.2 - 4.5)

  • The absence of oestrogen causes pH to go higher.

The lactobacillus crispatus bacteria working as an indicator of microbiome health in the vagina.

The presence of certain specific bacteria leading to early miscarriages:

  • Ureaplasma
  • Streptococcus

Bacterial Vaginosis: a precursor to candida or thrush; its causes and how to prevent. 

Vaginal swabbing: availability and the dangers of over-scanning and over-testing in general.

Lubrication of the reproductive tissues (Shukra)

Smell and fluid (discharge) of the vagina.

Proper genital hygiene

  • Market-sold vaginal douches - not recommended.

Pubic Hair

It functions as a sweat absorbent and a smell and pheromone carrier. 

Conscious conception

Optimizing overall health and fertility 

Thinking of reproduction as a pious thing, Yagya. This way:

  • Every cell in the body is involved in the process. 
  • The rest of the body gets distributed and engineered into that seed. 

Aligning the child's conception with astrology.

Contraception methods

Phexxi Gel to alter pH in the vagina.

Male-centered contraconception.

Fertility tracking: Daysy, Cervical Fluid and Temperature.

Ayurvedic wisdom to increase vaginal health

Yoni Pichu: administering Yoni Ghee in the vagina to improve overall health or Phalla Ghee specifically to increase fertility. 

Dhumapana (fumigation therapy) after shower to be kept clean

Resources

Angela’s current website HERE

Angela’s ebook “Boost our Fertility - The Natural Solution” for free HERE

If you want to get in touch with Angela do it via her Instagram: @fertilitynutritionist 

Women's health section of the Vital Veda shop HERE

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Sparking an Organic Herbal Revolution & Prana Potent Herbs | Bharat Mitra #057

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Inside India’s Ayurvedic Herb Industry Lies Corruption, Adulteration and Poor Quality Herbs.

Renowned Ayurvedic practitioner Dylan Smith speaks with the founder of Organic India, a large successful multi-national Ayurvedic herbal company that is sparking a revolution in herbal medicine.
This company is a vehicle of consciousness and unity, just like Ayurvedic herbalism should be.
Through regenerative agriculture, Organic India are restoring the dignity to farmers and villages, enhancing the Pranic Power of Ayurvedic herbs and protecting endangered species of herbs.
This is a rich discussion exploring the subtle properties of Ayurvedic herbs.

ABOUT OUR GUEST: Bharat Mitra

Bharat Mitra is a visionary heart-centered entrepreneur, whose work manifests in many forms, including business, philanthropy, community co-creation and loving seva. In 1990 Divine Grace brought him to the feet of his master, Sri H.W.L. Poonja, Papaji, whom he has been inspired by and devoted to ever since.

He is the Founder of ORGANIC INDIA, a regenerative and wholly ethical company that, from its beginnings, has been guided by its vision to be a Vehicle of Consciousness in the corporate world. ORGANIC INDIA is now a thriving profitable business that works with thousands of small farmers across India, nourishing land, communities and livelihoods, producing a diverse range of organic Tulsi teas and wellness products retailed in over 30 countries.

Bharat Mitra

Bharat Mitra co-founded UPLIFT with his beloved wife and partner Bhavani Lev. Igniting love and consciousness around the globe, UPLIFT is a living invitation to the field of oneness and selfless service. Together with uniquely talented and gifted people from all walks of life, UPLIFT invites you to be a catalyst for greatness and part of a quantum leap for humanity as ONE uplifted community. UPLIFT is Unity, Peace and Love in a Field of Transcendence. (1)


In this Episode we Discuss:

The Genesis of Organic India: A large successful multi-national Ayurvedic herb company. 

This company is a vehicle of consciousness, light, love and unity.

About Papaji

The space from which Organic India emerged.

A rare being of purity and transmission of light.

The Vision and Mission of Organic India

The Corruption, Adulteration and Poor Quality of Ayurvedic Herbs in India

The contamination of Ayurvedic herbs in India with toxins.

The Importance of Growing Your Own Herbs

Dr Narendra Singh

Dr. Narendra Singh was an esteemed MD and researcher who spent more than forty years researching the healing properties of India’s medicinal herbs through modern scientific experiments and pharmaco-clinical trials.

Our whole herb philosophy is supported by Dr Narendra Singh’s extensive research that validates herbal medicines as most effective and active in their naturally occurring whole form; especially when grown organically and processed carefully to retain their innate phytochemistry.

The Prana of Herbs

More important than the formula

Herbal Extracts vs. Whole Herbs

Growing thousands of metric tons, primarily through tulsi.

Overhead shot of herbs in bowls

Tulsi: The Queen of Herbs

Coming to the rescue for villagers

Regenerative agriculture and an organic herbal revolution

Giving your Soma (flow of consciousness) to Herbs to Enhance Pranic Power

For more information check out our Podcast Episode on Soma with Thom Knoles

Bharat Mitra in a Field

The negative immigration due to hopelessness in the villages

And how Organic India is providing hope again to the villages and connect to the dignity of being a farmer.

Restoring Dignity for Rural Farmers

Using a financial model to initially motivate farmers to produce herbs.

Prematurely Harvesting Herbs

For greater yield before they become mature.
You lack the full medicinal value that comes at maturity.
A Tea Field in Doddabetta Peak, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India

Endangered Herbs

Such as Kutkti (Picrorhiza kurrora)

Resources

(1) Bio taken from PORTL

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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, bhañga 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.).
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 upcoming online course: “The Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition”.
Do you take hemp in any form? How is it for you? Comment below 👇

Tonic Herbalism: Potent, Pure & Sustainable Herbs for Daily Invigoration | Mason Taylor #054

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Just as we need our daily bread, we need our daily herbs.

Herbs provide a subtle nutrition to the brain and the subtle tissues of our body. They invigorate us with prana (life-force) and create a state in our physiology that attracts the healing powers and support from nature.

Take advantage of the herbs around you and what is available to you with honour, reverence and gratitude.

When you deservingly nourish yourself with these precious medicinal materials, your life will flourish on all levels.

About Our Guest: Mason Taylor

Mason’s energy and intent for a long and happy life is infectious. A health educator at heart, he continues to pioneer the way for potent health and a robust personal practice. An avid sharer, connector, inspirer and philosophiser, Mason wakes up with a smile on his face, knowing that tonic herbs are changing lives. Mason is also the SuperFeast founder, daddy to Aiya and partner to Tahnee (General Manager at SuperFeast).

Mason Taylor holding a Reishi mushroom

In this Episode we Discuss:

Mason's morning routine (dinacharya).

Seasonal Routine (RtuCarya) to promote health

Summer energy: achievement and goal oriented vs. the reality of what your body wants to do (rest, serenity and leisure).

New Years resolution energy may not coincide with southern hemisphere summer time.

How to deal with end-of-year festivities according to Daoism.

Flowing effortlessly between seasons and utilising the available energies to our benefit.

Mason Taylor harvesting Schisandra Berries

Chinese Medicine, Taoism and Ayurveda

Similarities, differences and integrating various modalities of traditional medicine.

The three dantians - inner body awareness and optimal decision making.

The preservation and cultivation of the three treasures (Jing, Qi, Shen) and getting the Yin Yang flowing and transforming.

Kidneys: energy, liquid essence and ojas.

Diagram showing the location and functionalities of the three danteans

Tonic Herbs and Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine vs. Classical Chinese Medicine.  

The difference between toxic elemental heavy metals and medicinal heavy metals (bhasmas). 

Three levels of herbs: High, medium and inferior.

Pearl powder: properties and healing powers. Click HERE for more information on medicinal Pearls.

Cordyceps fungus: properties and health benefits.

SuperFeast Mushroom Products

Farming, natural sourcing & preservation of herbs

Sustainable farming/sourcing, scarcity and adulteration of herbs (Di Dao herbs vs. big-scale industry herb products).

The purification and extraction of herbs that brings about their most powerful and sacred healing properties.

Mushroom farming: the ideal medium and context to grow them.

Preservation and ‘shelf-life’ of herbs.

Mason Taylor harvesting Chaga Mushrooms in a forrest
Mason Taylor Holding a mushroom in the middle of the forrest
Selfie of Mason Taylor and Dylan Smith

Resources

Shop Vitalveda products HERE

SuperFeast web site: HERE

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Poem to Tulsi (Holy Basil) – The Holiest of Herbs

Sri Tulsi
They say you are the Queen of herbs,
and no doubt thou shall see, that therapeutically.

My dear Holy Basil, you are far more than a queen. You are mother divine whose pungent and bitter leaves shine.

Your shakti (power) provides infinite adaptability. In times of stress, your ability to balance hormones marks my nervous system tremendously impressed.

O what a nourishing caress I feel in my chest when I sip tea invigorated with your potent Prana packed leaves. It’s those powerful volatile oils that spoils toxins that attempt to coil in the soil of my respiratory tract.
My lungs smile when we make eye contact.

Dear Ocinum sanctum, you bring glory to each and every one of my atoms.
For your speciality is to avert, any bacteria or virus that becomes a virulent jerk.
You even purify water. In times when clean structured water is repelled, you help intra-cellularly hydrate our dry thirsty cells.

You reduce inflammation, gift my taste buds with delicious sensations, provide mental alertness for optimum concentration, counter harmful electro-magnetic radiations and boost my immune system’s core foundation.

My dear Sri Tulsi.
It is now winter time and now more than ever I want you to be mine. I will surrender to you and honour you. Then offer you to my cup of hot water, and then into my agni ? .

Sri Tulsi Devi, considered by the Vedas as the most holy plant of earth, I hope every one else gets to experience your supreme medicinal worth.


Where to Get Tulsi

Grow Your Own Tusli

  • Reach out on The Vital Veda Facebook Community to see if anyone near you has a cutting they can share.
  • Try your local Indian grocery store for a tulsi seedling.
  • Try gumtree or ebay.
  • In Australia, Beautanicals may have tusli seedlings.

Organic India

Organic India is a wonderful brand that not only produces high quality organic tulsi, but they also regenerate Ayurvedic agriculture, village communities and protect endangered herbs.

Discount code: VITALVEDA

Turkey Tail: The Most Researched Mushroom Indigenous to Every Continent Except Antartica

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world, including the indigenous Australian bush where we came across it, near the east coast of New South Wales.

Immune System Booster

It is effectively empowers the immune system by significantly boosting killer T cells.

Thus, it is great to use as an adjunct therapy in cancer, not as a substitute, but in association with other treatments like radiation and chemotherapy (if you resort to this), and metabolic therapy + potent Ayurvedic herbal protocol.

It raises base immune function, and especially post-treatment when the body needs to recover.

Two polysaccharide complexes in Turkey Tail are getting a great deal of scientific attention, PSK (or "Kreskin") and PSP, for their cancer-blasting effects, making Turkey Tail the most extensively researched of all medicinal mushrooms with large scale clinical trials.

A seven-year, NIH-funded clinical study in 2011 found that Turkey Tail mycelium improves immune function when dosed daily to women with stage I–III breast cancer.

The immune response including an increase of cancer-fighting cells was dose-dependent, with no adverse effects.

A Common Conventional Treatment for Cancer in Japan

PSK is now approved in Japan to treat cancer, and is often prescribed and paid for by Japan’s national health care system for those undergoing chemotherapy. However, I recommend you take the whole herb, rather than an extract.

In addition to breast cancer, Turkey Tail has been found to hold promise for other cancers, including stomach, colorectal, lung, esophageal, nasopharyngeal, cervical, and uterine.

Helps Treat Infections

Turkey tail is also being used to treat many different infections, including aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, E. coli, HIV, Herpes, and streptococcus pneumonia, and is hepatoprotective. It may also be useful for chronic fatigue.

Turkey Tail Tea

  1. Wipe the dirt of the mushroom.
  2. Rip it up a bit to open the mushroom and it’s medicinal properties.
  3. Boil it in water on low heat for a long period of time and make a decoction.
  4. Sip and enjoy.

Here is a great video for the tea.

References:

Dr. Joespeh Mercola
Clinical Study in US


The Health Benefits of Copper & Ayurvedic Uses

Copper, known as Tamra in Ayurveda, has a multitude of medicinal benefits and is utilised in a diverse range of ways.

Benefits of Copper

Anti-septic, Anti-microbial, Anti-fungal and Anti-viral.

In 2008, copper was recognised by the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) as the first metallic antimicrobial agent.

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology looked at 650 UCU patients and the hospital rooms they were staying in.

Half the rooms has copper-surface objects and the other half did not. 

The research found that the rooms with copper-surfaced objects had half the incidences of infection compared to the rooms without copper. Especially MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph infections). 

Another study published in 2012 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology found that copper alloy surfaces reduced the “microbial burden” - the bacteria counts (colony forming units) found of surfaces by 83%.

Copper not only is toxic to bad bacteria, it also provides important enzymes that are needed for the healthy microbes in though to survive.

Controls Dehydration

So you do not loose essential elements. Copper has a protective quality protects. It helps prevent wrinkles and support supple skin.

Drinking water from a copper bottle or cup is the best way to get copper this way.

Unblocks Blockages

Copper has a quality of unblocking vitiated channels in the body. It particular is useful in diseases of the ears, dizziness, and ENT disorders.

In these cases, copper bhasama (see below) in combination with other herbs taken internally is the way to use copper.

Anti-Poison

In Ayurveda, copper in combination with other herbs for internal helps deal with poisoning.

In the same way copper also strengthens the heart. 

Tamra Bhasma (Copper Calcified Ash)

As with all bhasmas (minerals that are purified and calcified in a very specific process into ash), the therapeutic use of copper bhasma radically changes depending on what other herbs it is mixed with.

Uses of Tamra Bhasma

Laxative, heals ulcers, easy for digestion, scarificant, effective in anaemia, enlargement of the abdomen, piles, fever, leprosy, cough, dyspnoea, consumption, hyperacidity, dropsy, parasites and colic.

Ayurvedic Properties of Tamra Bhasma

(When properly prepared)

Rasa: Kashaya (astringent), madhura (sweet), slightly tikta (bitter) (vaghbata) and amla (sour) (bhavaprakash)
Virya: sheeta (cooling)
Vipaka: Katu (pungent)
Doshas: PK-

Qualities of Good Copper

  • Unctuous
  • Soft
  • Withstands hard beating
  • Free from iron and lead
  • Ideal for converting into bhasma.

Qualities of Bad Copper

That which is black, dry, rough, very hard, white, not withstanding hard beating, mixed with iron and lead (impurities) is considered bad.

Ways to Utilise Copper

Store Water in Copper

Leave water in a copper cup overnight and drink it the next morning.

Keep water in a copper water bottle and drink it throughout the day.

We recommend Valka Yoga for pure and quality copper.
Discount code: VITALVEDA for 10% off your order.

Scrape Your Tongue with a Copper Tongue Scraper

Invigorate your mouth with essential minerals while removing bad bacteria with one of the most anti-bacterial metals during Tongue Scraping.

Make to sure to use a Pure Copper Tongue Scraper.

Copper Furnishing

Implement copper furnishings around your house, especially in bacteria rich environments like bathrooms.

Copper In Ayurvedic Herbal Formulas

This is where copper truely shines. A complex procedure of purification and calcification to make copper ash (bhasma) is then added into various formulas of herbs. Only seek a quality Ayurvedic practitioner who has experience with Bhasmas.

Overhead shot of herbs in bowls

Synonyms of Tamra

Audumbara, sully, udumbara, rauipriya, mlecchamukha and surya paraya namaka - all synonyms of Surya.

Copper Origin According to the Veda

The semen of Kartikeya which fell on the ground became converted to Tamra.

References:

Bhavaprakash and Sarngadhara Samhita for action of copper.