Ayurvedic Fertility, The Misaligned Superwoman & Juicy Radiance | Heather Grzych {Podcast #043)

Fertility is not only a physiological condition required to have a baby, but is also a crucial state for overall health and a way to utilise the potent energy that is available in a woman.

About Heather Grzych

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide To Fertility.

A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives.

Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


In this Episode we Discuss:

The Epidemic of Infertility

The Australian Department of Health reports 1 in every 6 Australian couples suffers from fertility problems, which they attribute to the decision to have children later in life as well as declining sperm count. 

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 percent, or 6.1 million, women in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant each year.

Male Infertility Epidemic

According to the largest and most comprehensive meta-analysis of its kind published in August 2017, sperm counts around the world declined by more than 50% between 1973 and 2013, and continue to shrink.

Feature Article: Sky Rocketing Male Infertility Skyrocketing Warns the Human Race

Fertility is not just about having a child, it’s a by-product of good health.

Re-identifying the role of a woman to benefit the women

The Misaligned Superwoman

  • The challenge to harmonise between the divine masculine and the divine feminine in the workplace.
  • Excess androgens (male hormones) in woman.
  • Women want success financially and in their job, but they are less successful at making babies.
  • Controlling a time to have a child.
  • Intellectual mind dominating the primal mind.
  • PCOS - excess androgens.

The Trend of Having Children Later In Life

Although we are extending our longevity as a species, we are not extending the age of our fertile window.

The Physical Benefits of Having a Child in Earlier Years

Freezing Eggs

Your Eggs Are In Your Grandmother / You (Woman) Are Born Containing Your Grandaughter

  • Modern science says that all your eggs in your ovaries. All of them.
  • You don’t grow new ones in your life.
  • While your grandmother was growing your mum, you were one of the follicles in her teeny tiny ovaries.
  • Ovarian Follicle - secretes hormones and has the potential to develop into healthy eggs that could be available for a future baby.
  • This oocyte may undergo divisions to form an ovum - a mature female reproductive cell, which can give rise to an embryo, usually only after fertilisation by a male cell.

If you are pregnant right now with a girl, you are carrying your daughter AND the of your future grandchild.

This is bija dosha - and why consciousness conception ie. preconception health is so important for your future generations (plural).

Don’t let the man off the hook either.

Smriti

Cellular memory of perfect health and enlivening health at a quantum level.

Sex During The Menstrual Period

  • The most inauspicious thing one can do according to Ayurveda.
  • Blocking the pathway and blocking the cleansing.
  • Reversing the flow towards upwards.
  • Reversing the energy.

Deep respect and honour for the very special event that is the menstrual cycle

Related Listening:

Podcast Episode 5 - Ayurveda for Menstruation, Pre-Conception and Conscious Conception with Dylan Smith and Laura Poole (Part 1) on MahaSoma Podcast

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Synthetic Hormonal Contraceptive contributing to causing infertility

Sex Fast

Not only to pull back the bow for stronger ojas and fertility, but a time to perform introspection on your sexual energy, sensations, arousal levels, emotions, desire for sex - where do I put my energy when I’m not having sex?

Good to practice pre-conception.

Fertility Awareness

Daisy: Natural Intelligent Fertility Tracker

Daysy is an intelligent fertility tracker that lets you get to know your very own menstrual cycle. Thanks to Daysy, you know exactly when you are in your fertile window and when you are not.

The technology-based temperature method used by Daysy is one of the most reliable methods in the world for fertility tracking.

 Daysy allows every woman who wants a health-conscious lifestyle to monitor her individual monthly cycle and determine her fertile and infertile days in natural harmony with her body.

Check it out HERE

The Ayurvedic View on Sex

How much to have and when.

Essential Elements for Conception

Garbha Sambhava Samagri

“Fetus forming ingredients”

  1. Rtu - ideal season, in terms of fertile period in a woman. Ideal climate in the garbhashaya (uterus and fallopian tubes) for the sperm to fertilise the ovum.
    • Sperm should enter the uterus a couple of days before ovulation. Ovulation is the release of egg or ovum from the ovary in woman.
    • Dvadasaratram: Day 12 when artava is manifested. Days 12-16 (fertile period) is the ideal kala for conception.
    • If not fertilised, the ovum gets distorted.
    • As lotus flower closes positively when the day is over, a woman's uterus contracts after the period of conception is over (thus, does not receive the seed).” S.S. Sarira Sthana, Ch 2.
  2. Kshetra - Fertile land. Mother. Healthy womb (uterus).
    • Good land for implantation to occurs. Implantation: the ovum which is coming towards to uterus following ovulation meets the sperm. Then fertilisation occurs. The fertilised ovum (sukra shonita) now comes into the uterine cavity and gets adhered in to the wall of the uterus.
    • Now, uterus is home for the garbha and growing foetus until it gets matured until delivery.  The first home of all living beings.
    • Treat diseases related to the uterus before conception so a healthy women allows for proper implantation.
  3. Ambu - Proper water supply for the land.
    • Rasa dhatu to supply nutrient for the foetus.
    • To create this: PK, shodana, nasika, pranayama, asana, ensuring spine is in good position always.
    • If this rasa to the garbha is cut off, the foetus doesn’t grow properly or one can find stunted growth or mal-formation.
    • Foetal circulation - the exchange centre of the two bloods of mother and foetus is the Jarayu (placenta). The circulation takes place trough the blood vessels of the mother drain and receiving through the umbilical cord of the foetus (nahbi) via the umbilical cord.
  4. Bija - healthy seed.

~ Susruta Samhita, Sarira Sthana, Ch 1 & 2.

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

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 makes the thyroid gland lazy, we want to address the root causes of the problem.

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.

Bhasmas (Ash of minerals and metals)

Powerful nano-particle 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.

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”

  • Pulse diagnosis detects 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.

Ethical Dairy

It may very well be available near you!

Try your local Hare Krsna farm.

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

The effect of light on the thyroid gland

The importance of Vitamin D

The Immune System and Auto-Immune Disorders

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

The best yoghurt culture

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

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)

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

HyperThyrodism

Premature cleansing

The Role Of The Gall Bladder

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

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Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Menstruation

Menstruation is an important gift and a blessing for the divine woman.

Every month, women have a unique opportunity to purity their body and cultivate physical and creative energy (shakti), for the month ahead. It is like pulling back the bow to launch into life with vitality.

In most cases, medicines, whether it be drugs or herbs, are needed for the menstrual cycle. All one needs is awareness of this natural stage in life, and how to live in harmony with it.

Ayurvedic Program for Menstruation

Take time off. REST

During the period of menstruating, activities need to be reduced to the essential so that the body, mind and spirit may flow in accord with the natural rhythms moon and 27 constellations (Naksatras).

  • If one is unable to rest for the whole period, one should take rest for at least the first 2 days.
  • Do not sleep during the day – This promotes sluggishness, poor circulation and blocks the channels. If you are undergoing Banana Purification, it is okay to sleep during the day.
  • Take it easy - Mental activity and psychical activity reduced. Especially 1st day when heavy bleeding is happening, take day off.  Avoid running and excessive exercise, laughing, hearing loud sounds (loud music, crowded places).

Retreating from the normal routine and everyday activities and stressors is necessary so that you may remain mindful of the great transformational experience of shedding the lining of the uterus (endometrium) so that it can be renewed once more.

Be Within Yourself

 Most gifted time to naturally slow down. Attune yourselves more inside. A time to go inward. Be more positive during this period.

This balances the colon, bladder and helps hormonal balance.

Vata Pacifying Regimes

  • Keep yourself warm, happy (chocolate not required for happiness) more oily foods (ghee).
  • Handle cravings comfortably – Some women naturally crave salt or sugar during this period. Try balance salt cravings, and if sugar cravings persist, a glass of hot water or warm milk with spices is an option.

Reduce Bathing

  • No baths, light shower is ideal.
  • Not cold or hot water, just luke warm – cold is good.
  • Shower is best skipped on first day and can be avoided during the whole period.

Why less bathing?

  • Activates lymphatic system (like parishek treatment). Also distributes energy to peripheral tissues (skin), when it should be preserved in apana vayu (pelvic floor) for the purification period.
  • Vata is prevalent during this time. Vata is dark, cold, excessively moves, erratic and ungrounded. The body at this times needs to be kept protected, cared for, grounded and stabilised with the least degree of intrusion so that the necessary discharge can be pulled by its own rhythm and completed without interruption.

No Swimming or Washing Hair During the Menstrual Cycle

  • We need to safeguard the body against the persuasive rhythm of the water element.
  • Water is one of the five powerful elements used to bless, cure, heal, nourish, nature and revive the body, mind and spirit. Water is sacred, powerful and has its own cosmic energy.
  • Water, guided by this cosmic energy, can influence the flow of the menstrual cycle to an exacerbated flow, like the calm, peaceful, smooth flowing body of water can turn into a tsunami, avalanche, hurricane or storm.
  • We want the fire element - the metaboliser and governor of blood, to flow in temp with its own rhythm and tune.

~ Some of these tachings beautiful articulated by Maya Tiwari

Avoid Constipation

Constipation can happen because your body’s elimination focus goes more towards the menstruation. To counter this:

    • Shodana Vati
    • Vata Pacifying regimes.
    • Do not suppress any natural urges, (burps, farts, defecation, urination, yawning, sneezing, etc.)
    • Drink 2-3 cups of hot-warm water in early morning.

No Sexual Activity

This will aggravate colon bladder and hamper normal flow. We the blood to be focused on staying in the pelvic region (apana vayu).

Intercourse during menstruation is considered the most inauspicious act according to Ayurveda. (Source: Caraka S, S.S)

No Self-Massage/Abhyanga

For the same reason as not bathing. Applying some oil as a moisturiser is fine.

Exercise

Nothing more than a 30 minute light walk (at least).

Light walk daily is great.

Hygiene

Tampons block the free passage and clear flow of menstrual flow. It aggravates Apana Vayu (the pelvic floor seat of Vata). Thus are not advised.

Only external organic absorbent pads should be used.
We recommend re-usable organic pads or organic period underpants.

Avoid Combing Hair and Cutting Nails

Grooming hair and nails is for times of extrovert. The vedas says women who cuts nails or hair during her period will promote her future offspring to have bone issues.

Avoid Gardening, Cooking and Being Near the Preparation of Food During the Menstrual Cycle

  • This is not due to the irrational thinking that menstrual blood is unclean, unhygienic or toxic.
  • Food and plant life is imbued with prana - a rising energy flowing up from the earth towards the sun and sky.
  • In contrast, the menstrual blood is instilled with apana vayu, the downward-flowing, bodily air pulled from the body by the magnetic forces of the earth.
  • These two powerful roles of nature do not harmonise together.
  • Plant-derived food is also Kapha in nature, earth element full of youth-giving energy that nourishes and builds the body (anabolic action).
  • Menstrual blood is dominated by Pitta and Vata, which fosters cleansing of the body and spirit and reduces tissues (catabolic).
  • It is unwise to introduce the rising, energising nature of food into the menstrual blood, or to mix the downward-flowing, cleansing energy of blood into our sustenance - including preparing food or eating heavy foods during the menstrual cycle.

~ Teachings beautiful articulated by Maya Tiwari

Diet

  • Simple warm, cooked and light food. Avoid meat.
  • Mono-diet as much as possible.
  • Milk rice is great, especially for those woman who have uncomfortable and rough periods..
  • No cold foods or drinks.

Further Listening

 Ayurveda for Menstruation, Pre-Conception and Conscious Conception with Dylan Smith and Laura Poole (Part 1) - Podcast Episode 5

The Pathways of Sexual, Spiritual & Creative Energies & Supremely Fulfilling Intimacy | John Gray {Podcast #039}

Relationships of love and service and having great loving sex are fantastic innate ways to express and outlet spiritual energy.

This potent energy must be directed appropriately for enlightenment, love, supreme fulfilment and a harmonious society.

Join the #1 bestselling relationship author of all time, plus expert on sex, Dr. John Gray, in this rich podcast episode!

About Dr. John Gray

John Gray is the author of the most well-known and trusted relationship book of all time, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. USA Today listed his book as one of the top 10 most influential books of the last quarter century. In hardcover, it was the #1 bestselling book of the 1990s. Dr. Gray’s books are translated into approximately 45 languages in more than 100 countries and continues to be a bestseller.

Dr. Gray has written over 20 books. His most recent book is Beyond Mars and Venus. His Mars/Venus book series has forever changed the way men and women view their relationships.

John helps men and women better understand and respect their differences in both personal and professional relationships. His approach combines specific communication techniques with healthy, nutritional choices that create the brain and body chemistry for lasting health, happiness and romance.

His many books, blogs and free online workshops at MarsVenus.com provide practical insights to improve relationships at all stages of life and love. An advocate of health and optimal brain function, he also provides natural solutions for overcoming depression, anxiety and stress to support increased energy, libido, hormonal balance and better sleep.

He has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and others. He has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today, and People. He was also the subject of a three-hour special hosted by Barbara Walters.

John Gray lives in Northern California was happily married for over 30 years from which came three grown daughters and four grandchildren. He is an avid follower of his own health and relationship advice.


In this Episode we Discuss:

The greeting that is “Jai Guru Deva”

How John transitioned from a pure celibate monk to a highly sexual beings, the worlds most successful relationship author and teacher on sex.

Channelling sexual energy up into the higher energy centres of the body.

Love making as a spiritual practice

  • Healthy skepticism - required for the modern healthcare system.
  • We are loosing our trust in doctors and public medicine.
  • Trust is essential. It brings in the ability for the patient to let go. Surrender.
  • Ayurveda is the opposite.
  • The incredible public trust is being threatened - patients tell doctors things they wouldn’t tell their spouse, within seconds of meeting them!
  • Patients are hungry for knowledge.

Having sex with a stranger vs. having sex with someone you love.

  1. Sex with a Stranger/Impersonal sex - Feeling love when having sex with strangers is fake love and not sustainable, one keeps searching. It is an addiction. You “love” something that doesn’t really nourish you. Masturbation is one of them. Off-the-chart dopamine levels.
  2. Sex with someone you love has a more balancing and dynamic chemical cocktail of hormones.

Used to be the "7 year itch." Then it was the 3 year itch. And now sometimes it’s the one night stand itch.

Expressing the Energy You Cultivate

Putting your energy out in the world and then it reciprocates back in. Cycling the love and cycling the energy. This benefits others in the world and in relationships. 

Getting so high also requires you to bring the energy down.

Gurus teaching celibacy but having sex.

Gurus getting vilified for having sex.

There’s nothing wrong with sex! But society condemns sex. Plus the gurus are teaching celibacy!

Penetrating into another person through listening

The dance of connecting and separating for alone time in a relationship.

Leisha Vidya - Faint remains of ignorance.

How to Have the Best Sex with the Same Person

This is the higher teaching.

Stimulating a woman to reach high oestrogen levels are a necessity for the woman’s body.

Rising together in unity in a Monogamous relationship.

How polyamories cannot sustain that passion with one person, due to the absence of skills to sustain polarity.

The importance of polarity to have a relationship of supreme love.

Burn outs in marriage due to loss of sex drive.

When kings had multiple wives

Meditation as a way to find what your mission is here on earth.

Semen Retention - To Open the Heart (but caution ⚠️ )

  • This is a highly advanced practice.
  • Suppressing the natural urges as an influential cause of disease.
  • John used to get prostate infections when practicing semen retention in the 80s. Any chronic inflection can later turn to cancer or swelling of the prostate gland.

John's (brief) approach to semen retention

  • Exercise certain muscle groups
  • Practice restraint - stop before the urge comes and connect with feeling of love and connection.
  • The objective is to ramp up the sexual energy till your heart opens up and you feel more love. When that love comes, let it relax and feel the love.
  • The role of woman - be in harmony with the man’s energy. Letting go of the attachment to orgasm.
  • To experience orgasmic energy happening to you, within other aspects of life, rather than you grabbing onto it and controlling it.

The Challenge of Women Masturbating

De-sensitising the clitoris and creating a release which causes an addiction to it which creates a “fantasy oestrogen.” Where connecting with a man creates more authentic oestrogen.

Gender Fluidity

  • Honouring our gender that our human body was blessed with (for those that were born with a definitive gender).
  • With the rise of consciousness and people becoming more spiritual aware, they are able to access both their feminine and masculine.
  • Gender confusion as a potential cause for divorce.
  • The trend of todays culture of women going more towards their masculine and men going more towards their feminine and what that means.

How men should talk about and express their emotions and feelings

Recommendations for those searching for their soul mate

Johns Favourite Books

Resources


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Gut Health for Mental Health + Microbiome Wisdom | Kriben Govender {Podcast #032}

An exciting area of modern science is exploring the connection between the gut and our brain. They are intimately connected.

The bi-directional communication pathway in us has been dubbed the gut-brain axis.

There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.

According to Ayurveda, 85%-99% of health concerns originate as digestive imbalance - "manda agni"

The collective of micro-organisms that dominate the human body, the microbiome, play a very large role in gut health, mental health, and basically all biological functions.

We are 90% bugs. Most of the cells in our body are microbial.

We need to get more familiar with the microbes that dominate our gut.

About Kirben Govender

Kriben Govender, is a Food Scientist, Registered Nutritionist and Founder of Nourishme Organics, a company specialising in Gut Health and Mitochondrial health-focused products and Allele Microbiome – a provider of cutting edge Metagenomic Stool Testing and Deuterium Testing. 

With more than 20 years of Food industry experience in the field of Research and Development, Quality Assurance and Procurement, Kriben intimately understands the food supply chain and the interaction between diet and the gut microbiome. He has personally visited more than 100 food processing sites across the world. Kriben is an expert in the art of making fermented foods like Kefir, Kombucha and fermented vegetable etc and was a Judge in the 2019 RASV Australia Food Awards.

He is the host of one of Australia's leading Nutrition Podcasts - The Gut Health Gurus Podcast  where he frequently interviews health experts from around the world.

In This Episode We Discuss

Kriben’s current anxiety and gut issues that are manifesting in the stressful times of COVID-19.

Kriben’s struggle with anxiety and depression

Then corporate work further exacerbating his stress.

Taking a nuclear anti-biotic which changed his mental health overnight.

He was suicidal and ready to end his life, then learnt about the gut-brain axis.

What is the Microbiome

The collective of microbiome - Bacteria, yeast, viruses parasites.

The gut-brain axis is a bi-directional communication pathway.

  • Most of the communication is going from gut to brain via the vegas nerve into the brain.
  • Stress can alter the micro-organisms in the gut.

There is no such thing as a good and bad parasite or virus. It is all about harmony and balance.

 Some when out of balance can create disease.

The Important Purpose of Viruses in Nature

  • They are the only things that can quickly change our genome.
  • COVID-19 in problematic because it is novel - we have never been exposed to it and have not developed herd immunity to it.
  • Viruses are natures
  • Scientists have been using Corona viruses to implement gene therapy protocols for many years.

Mitochondria

  • Ancient microbes
  • Modern mitochondrial insults - nnEMF, chemicals, air pollution, artificial lighting, unclean water, over consumption of sugar.
  • Damaged mitochondria leads to poor immunity.

GABA in the Gut

  • Gamma-Aminobutyric acid - an amino acid produced by the brain.
  • Chief inhibitory neurotransmitter.
  • Reducing neuronal excitability - relaxation, reduces stress, increases calm, balances mood, alleviates pain and helps with sleep. - “The brakes of the brain.”
  • Responsible for the regulation of muscle tone.
  • Food sources - Kefir, yoghurt, whole grain, walnuts, almonds, citrus, berries, spinach, broccoli.

Seratonin

A study showed 95% of serotonin production occurs in the gut.

5-hydroxytryptamine receptors or 5-HT receptors, or serotonin receptors are derived from the gut.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) inhibits 5-HT re-uptake (reabsorption of the neurotransmitter - important because it allows for recycling of neurotransmitters and how their release lasts).

Dopamine

Responsible for cognitive functions such as decision making, attention, memory, motivation, and reward.

A study showed how Dopamine is produced in the gut by showing a "considerable urinary excretion of dopamine metabolites indicates that large amounts of dopamine are produced in unknown locations of the body."

Microbes affect how people metabolise these compounds, regulating the amount that circulates in the blood and brain.

Enteric Nervous System

  • Second brain. Located in the gut. A nervous system the size of a cats brain. All your nerve plexuses end in your gut.
  • Modulated peristalsis, going to the toilet.
  • Everything starts from umbilicus.

Butyrate / Butyric Acid and Leaky Gut

  • From butyric acid - a health beneficial short chain fatty acid.
  • It got its name from the latin word for butter, butyrum.
  • Your gut bacteria produces butyrate from prebiotic fibres in plant foods. Specifically clostridium butyricum.
  • While is was first discovered in butter, ghee is the highest source of this superfood.
  • Reduces anxiety and depression. Provides neuro-protective effects.
  • Helps digestion by maintaining integrity of the GI mucosa and gut lining.
    • Can plug a leaky gut.
    • Intestinal permeability - in a healthy barrier, tight functions are relaxed allowing water and nutrients to pass through.
    • It is the main energy source for colonocytes, the cells which make up your gut lining. - Unlike other cells in the body which use glucose (sugar) as the main energy source.
    • Colonocytes help provide an oxygen-free environment in which beneficial gut microbes thrive.
  • Inhibits growth of unwanted bacteria in the gut and interfered with the growth of toxic bacteria.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Encourages growth of the beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterirum.
  • Supports and regulates healthy bowel motions.
  • Supports the health of intestinal mucosa during inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Supports health cholesterol.
  • Increases cellular energy production.
  • Reduction in fatty tissue and hunger levels.

Triggers for leaky gut

Improve tight junctions in the gut lining

Flavanoids (fresh fruits), omega 3 fatty acids, sea-weed, glutamine (fermented veggies, broccoli, bone broth collagen peptides), sulforafan (broccoli and broccoli sprouts), vitamin D (sun), Vitamin A (cod liver oil, sardines), Zinc (oysters), Butyrate, sulforaphane, some probiotics (MegaSporeBiotic), and Kefir.

Circadian Medicine

  • Light signalling.
  • Reduce artificial blue light, especially after sunset, since that increases cortisol and reduces melatonin.
  • Use blue light blocking glasses. Both Kriben and I recommend RA optics (discount code: VITALVEDA)
  • Download iris tech to shield your computer screen from blue light.
  • Your digest fire (agni) is resulted by the sun. Have a good lunch and light dinner.
  • The light hitting your skin while you eat has an effect on digestion. - Beware of the light your are eating under - eat under natural light, and not under artificial light. This particularly effect blood glucose.

General Principles for Eating:

  • Whole foods, avoid packaged foods.
  • Fresh foods. Avoid left overs.
  • Eat local foods. Foods that are grown and sourced locally.
  • Relax and eat.

Kefir

  • Countless health benefits.
  • Two types: Milk Kefir and Water Kefit (vegan).
  • How to Make: Simply add 1tsp of kefir grains into a glass of 250ml milk, leave for 24 hours and strain. Then pass the yoghurt through a sieve, and keep the kefir grains for next time.
  • What are Kefir grains - symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Scientists can’t replicate the grains in labs. People replicate and share the grain amongst each other.
  • They replicate. Kriben hypothesises they found the the kefir grains in a stomach (biofilm) of a goat. Water kefir grains come from a type of cactus.
  • Around 15 strains of bacteria in water kefir.

Microbes are sensitive to Sattva (pure state of mind and consciousness)

  • There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.
  • Sattvic bugs. - sattvic lifestyle.
  • Spiritual people.
  • We are 90% bugs. Our consciousness impacts that.

Rhythmicity

  • Very emerging science, funnily enough, a key Ayurvedic recommendation for health and to balance vata.
  • Consistent and regular waking times, sleeping times, light exposure, eating times, bowel motions.

Resources

Nourish Me Organics - Shop, podcast, blog and more Discount code on kits: VITALVEDA

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The Vedic View on Mediums & Spirit Communicators

I respect “The Medical Medium (Anthony Williams),” I think his story is interesting and amazing, and I validate that the information he shares with the public is coming from “Spirit.”

I also support what he is sharing because it is helping the collective heal naturally.

However, I have always found the medical advice, particularly the treatment recommendations, rather ineffective and weak, (and of course non-individualised).

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s view on mediums explains why…

“There are some who try to use the supernatural power of creation by contacting the spirits world through a medium or by invoking spirits.

This represents a very limited level of strength because no spirit is in possession of the total power of nature.

There may be spirits more powerful than man, but invoking these spirits or acting as a medium for them is not a practice to be encouraged. There are two reasons for this:

  1. The power gained through these spirits is an insignificant, infinitesimal fraction of the poor of almighty nature;

  2. To receive this fraction of the power of nature one must give oneself completely to that spirit’s influence (for the spirit to co-operate).

Instead of giving oneself completely to a spirit and only gaining a small amount of power, one should give oneself completely to the divine Being (such as through meditation) and gain the unlimited, almighty power of nature.”

~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Thus, I have always valued more and found way more powerful the medical protocols provided by my Gurus, who are Ayurvedic doctors that are particularly well established in Being (at high levels of consciousness), thus have access to the unlimited, almighty power of nature which they implement in their Ayurvedic medicine.


Bees: Crucial Beeings for Health on Earth | Simon Mulvany {Podcast #031}

After listening to this podcast, I am sure you will look at a bee differently.

Your awareness of this creature who shares the earth with us will shift.

Bees are Natures Alchemists

Bees take all the most concentrated and refined products of plants and then concentrate and refine them further. Whilst human herbalists work roots, seeds, bark and leaves, Bees work with the bits we are just too clumsy to handle.

This podcast is more for the lame person who are not intimate with bees, rather than well seasoned bee keepers.

About Simon Mulvany

Simon is a solider on the front line protecting the bees, protecting our honey, protecting the Australian and worldwide economy of bee keepers, honey farmers, and protecting our environment! He is very knowledgeable on Melittology or Apicology, scientific study of bees.

Basically, Simon is a hippie who started writing fascinatingly intelligent blog posts about bees, including writing about imported and adulterated honey in Australia, which attracted a lawsuit against one of the big honey corporations.

He’s beyond passionate when it comes to bees. 🐝

In This Episode We Discuss

Bees are the most studied create on earth.

Bees mentioned in The Vedas

Flowers are representation of the cosmic energy of the sun.

Light workers of the sun.

They take that pollen into their dark hive and alchemise sun-golden amrit (nectar).

Bees are the collective consciousness of the flowers and further than that, the sun.

The buzzing sound of bees came from a goddess who resides in the heart chakra and emitted this buzzing, humming noise, imitated in Vedic chants, representing the primordial sound of the universe

"When the honey-lash comes bestowing gifts, there life's breath, and there immortality has settled down…Luster shall be sustained… O Asvins, lords of Brightness, anoint me with the honey of the bee, that I may speak forceful speech among men."
Honey whip of the Aswini twins in Arthava Veda

Vegan Policies and Honey & Bee Products

Interacting, cultivating and consuming bee products in a respectful and sustainable way can be more sustainable for the earth than avoiding honey. Rather than letting the bees go on suicide mission to pollinate broad acre mono-culture farms like almond farms.

Bee Venom Therapy

One of the first form of acupuncture.

Immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, nerve tissue balancing and more.

See the full benefits of Bee Venom Therapy here

Bees as a foundational important element in a healthy ecology

  • Our ecosystem will collapse without them.
  • At least 1/3 of all food is pollinated by bees!
  • At least 90 commercially grown crops depend upon bee pollination for survival.
  • Without bees, there would be no almonds, apples, blueberries, cherries, avocados, cucumbers, onions, grapefruit, oranges and pumpkins would also disappear.
  • 1 Bee would produce 3000 almonds.
  • Bees are the undisputed champions of the pollination world. And their secret weapon? Sight.

The importance of Pollination

Water damaged building exposure is the key that turns normal sinus fungus into bad guy fungus.

This is how mould can be spread from partner to partner.

Native Indigenous Bee Species

  • Australia has over 1650 species of native bees.
  • They are essential pollinators. But they are driven away from this job mainly due to pesticides and insecticides.
  • They don’t live in hives, they live underground or in holes in trees.
  • To attract threatened indigenous bees, plant indigenous plants.
  • We cannot get much honey from the native bees.

The spiritual insight of observing bees

  • Live together in colonies.
  • No hierarchy.
  • If bees are dying or collapsing, it is giving us an indicator that us a species are doing something that opposes evolution.

Bee Hives are a Super Organism

They all have a very cohesive role.

Swarming

  • One of the most beautiful things Simon has seen.
  • How 90,000 mind work together in harmony.
  • It is their nature to swarm of honey bees. It is how the super organism reproduces.
  • Some people try to stop it because they invade other people property. Fair enough. But create empty boxes for the swarm to colonise or keep on building on their current hive.
  • The virgin queen mates with up to 80-100 drones (the male) mate during a swarm. Every drone that mates with the queen, dies. Sexual suicide.

Queen Bee

  • In most cases, the mother of ALL the bees in the hive. Can be 30,000-60,000 children! all who are siblings.
  • She lays 2000 eggs/day, that’s more than 1 per minute! And mostly all those eggs hatch.
  • Perhaps more appropriately called Mother Bee since she has no power of the colon.

Rudolf Steiner predicated a massive crisis of bees loosing their identity (ego) due to artificial insemination of queens.

He predicted a colony collapse disorder.

Big crisis in 70 years (1990).

Imagine not evolving past a teenager. People would forget how to be an adult.

Cuddle Death / Murder Ball

Killing the Queen bee when it is her time do step down from the throne. They kill her via friction and heat.

They do this same mechanism to wasps and the colonies.

Non-violent queen rearing; (raising queen bees)

  • Grafting Queen large - The process of transferring larva (after an egg hatches) from the worker cell of the breeder's hive to an artificial queen cell. The shape of the cell, along with the queenless condition of the hive receiving the newly grafted cells stimulates the workers to feed them a diet which make them develop into queens.
  • Wing clipping
    • 1. it will keep the colony from swarming. - The idea behind swarm prevention is that once the queen’s wings are clipped, she won’t be able to fly. When the swarm realises the queen isn’t with them, it returns to the hive. In the short term, this can buy you some time. But the colony retains the impulse to swarm even if the queen can’t come along. Eventually, the swarm will leave anyway, perhaps with a virgin queen.
    • The importance of swarming.
    • 2. It can indicate the year the queen was produced.
    • 3 It can be used to mark a particularly valuable queen.
    • Importance of wings: Bee wings contain rigid veins that strengthen the wing and carry hemolymph from the body cavity, through the wing, and back again. Some of the veins also have nerves running through them
  • and high rotation of queens (6-12 months commercially)

Sting vs. Non Sting

  • What determines a bee stinging someone or leaving them.
  • How bees anthropologically acquired stingers.
  • If you are slow and calm, you won’t get stung.
  • When someone is anxious and moving a lot, that will trigger the bees to sting you.
  • Smoke triggers the bees to move into the hive and say think there is a threat of fire, so will not sting as much.

Simons Solution:

Rather than one bee keeper with 200,000 hives or a big corporations having 200,000 hives, we need 200,000 bee keeps spread across … with honour and respect.

Why Urban Bee Keeping is thriving and bees aren’t getting diseases in urban areas.

How you can start bee keeping

  • Go on the Honey Map and see if you can get a swarm.
  • Find a mentor.
  • Attend a workshop.

Bee keeping Tip: Don’t stand infant of the bee hive when inspecting it and stopping the traffic. Give yourself some room from behind.

Flow Hive

  • Getting the honey out and not interfering with the hive. This is a benefit. Less stings may occur.
  • You crack it, and the honey comes out.
  • You still have to know how to inspect the hives and look after them.
  • You still have to find a mentor or do a bee keeping course.
  • They have sold over 50,000 flow hives.

Learn more about The Flow Hive

Tips to Support Bees, thus the environment, thus ourselves!

  • Plant more flowers.
  • Don’t use glyphosate.
  • Most seeds on the market have been dipped in insecticide. That is enough to kill thousands of bees. We recommend Diggers organic seeds.
  • Don’t pick the weeds as much.
  • Keep water out for bees - like a bird bath, but add rocks and sticks so they don’t drown.

Biggest Threats to Bees, thus our environment, thus ourselves!

  • Pesticides and insecticides
  • Monoculture farming
  • Fracking and distribution to the water table.
  • Non-Native Electro Magnetic Fields (nnEMF)
  • Mosquito spraying communities.

nnEMF Supports The Prevalence of Ticks (Parasites that Cause Lyme Disease) by Killing Bees and Insects.

  • The disappearance of bees and precious insects (especially pollinated ones) are due to herbicides and pesticides BUT ALSO, perhaps more alarmingly - non-native electro-magnetic frequencies (nnEMF).
  • Ticks are now taking over because they are very insensitive to frequencies of cell-phone radiation.
  • Insects are not. That is why you’ll find a circle of dead insects on the floor next to a satellite or 5G smart meter.
  • What controlled the tik population in the past is the birds. Birds eat ticks. But they can’t live on ticks alone, they need insects in their diet also.
  • So now, birds have dramatically reduced because they have no insects to eat.
  • Thus, ticks proliferate, and are providing the beginning stages of lyme disease epidemics.
  • German footage showed trees and whole forest dying just because the cell phone tower was put up. Many people are documenting dying plants and trees which are next to the smart meter or 5G tower. nnEMF clearly destroys life - plant life, insect life, human microbiology.

Glyphosate: A potent antibiotic.

Bees and Vision

  • The remarkable eyesight of bees has long been a source of fascination in the scientific community.
  • Even though humans can see more colours, bees have a much broader range of colour vision.
  • Their ability to see ultraviolet light gives them an advantage when seeking nectar.
  • Many patterns on flowers are invisible to humans. These nectar “bulls-eyes” are visible only to animals, such as bees, that have the ability to see ultra-violet light.
  • This “bee vision” makes finding nectar much easier.
  • Their colour vision is the fastest in the animal world-five times faster than humans.
  • They can distinguish each flower precisely. Tell the difference between them. And while flying at high speed.

Royal Jelly

  • Royal Jelly is made by nurse bees by metabolising pollen and honey.
  • Special glands in the heads of worker bees secrete the phlegm stuff, which gets fed to babies.
  • Bee milk - which looks like white snot. - More than half water, then proteins and sugars.
  • A developing queen bee is fed royal jelly exclusively—not pollen and honey like her proletarian sisters.
  • Original school of thought - what elevated a regular honey bee larva to a queen.
  • New Science - says it actually the substance of NOT feeding an immature queen pollen and honey is what makes her royal - Wenfu Mao, Mary A. Schuler, and May R. Berenbaum. 2015. A dietary phytochemical alters caste-associated gene expression in honey bees. Science Advances 1(7).
  • In humans it has been studied for its truly remarkable regenerative powers which appear to work on a wide range of endocrine glands.
  • Acetylcholine - nootropic (smart drug / cognitive enhancer).
  • Contains fatty aides that promote BDNF and promos neurogenesis.
  • Royal Jelly is hard to extract.

Propolis

  • In Greek, “Propolis” means “Protect the city.”
  • The most hygienic place in the world is the bee hive.
  • Propolis or bee glue is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with exudate gathered from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources.
  • Propolis is the blood of plants collected in the form of a range of tree resins.
  • It is the hive’s main defence against bacteria, viruses and moulds.
  • Bees clean their feet before entering the hive.
  • There are “security guards” are at the entrance of the hives to make sure everyone is clean.
  • It is particularly indicated in damp phlegmatic conditions of the mucus membranes.
  • Fantastic immune booster.
  • Great antibiotics - the development of resistance of the bacteria is practically impossible.
  • Good for topical applications for inflammatory conditions.
  • Ensure you are getting from a quality source since propolis can contain the toxins that the bees are keeping out!
  • Native Beeings - Australian Native Propolis which you can buy.
  • How to harvest propolis. Similar to a queen excluder

Propolis by Native Beeings

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Manuka Honey

  • The legal battle between New Zealand and Australia regarding who owns the right the Manuka honey.
  • Australia honey is higher quality than NZ as NZ add a insecticide to the hives.

Organic Honey

Organic Smorganic.

Like the Macro brand in Australia.

Heated Honey Is Poison

Any temperature above 37 degrees Celsius applied to honey renders is poison.

A study showed that when honey is heated, it produces a chemical called hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde (HMF), a substance linked in certain forms to toxicity and possible links to carcinogenic effects. Heating honey also alters its chemical contents in other ways (e.g. increases the peroxides, etc.). Peroxides are known for their unhealthy effect.

Learn more in the article: Honey - Nectar or Poison

Honey

America produces 160 million pounds of honey a year but eat 450 million pounds. The US Imports twice as much as it makes.

American packers blend honey with other honeys from the countries.

Somehow there is a surplus of honey. Where does that honey come from?

The production is erasing but consumption is increasing.

Honey is the supreme essence of the plants and the life sap of the sun.

Adulteration of Honey

  • Diluting honey with cheap syrups.
  • Syrups from corn or sugarcane started 25 years ago. USA.
  • The Chinese discovered syrups measured by rice is not detectable by detecting methods.
  • In 2007 the US Government declared “Chinas producers were unfairly jumping honey on the US market.”
  • So they put a huge tariff on Chinese honey. Tripled the price if it came from China.
  • But then, China shipped to Malaysia, and they shipped to USA.
  • Chinese were selling for half the price that Americans could produce it.
  • In 2008, the US did something about it.
  • The largest food fraud case in the US history. When the German company imported Russian honey that was tested as Chinese honey. Alfred F Wolf, hamburg based.
  • Purchase Order 995. “Polish Light Amber Honey.”
  • A PO for polish honey.
  • Lab tests identified this honey was adulterated with a prohibited anti-biotic, Chloramphenicol. Fed to bees to keep them healthy. Can be fatal for people who eat it. That is why it is illegal in the US to import food products that contain it.
  • 82 - 95% of the honey he was retaking into the US was part of a scheme.
  • Honey testing lab in Germany. Germany is the second biggest consumer after USA.

Capilano/Allowrie (Honey Brand that Adulterates) and their lawsuit with Simon

  • Now known as Hive & Wellness
  • Sold a lot to China.
  • Australian honey blended with Chinese and other foreign honey at a discount price - often to unwary Australian consumers.
  • They were suing Simon because he exposed their business practice.
  • Simon acquired test results from one of the world’s most accomplished laboratories confirming cheap imported supermarket honey, including Allowrie honey, is adulterated.
  • As a consequence the ACCC have notified Simon and advise they have re-opened their investigation into how Australian supermarkets can still continue to sell fake honey.
  • This could have become one of the biggest defamation cases in Australia’s legal history and has the potential to create legal precedent that further protects our right to free speech.
  • How we can help - email them.

Bee Pollen

  • a pellet of field-gathered flower pollen packed by worker honeybees.
  • Pollen plant sperm, or if you prefer - the reproductive essence of plants.
  • Used as the primary food source for the hive.
  • It is a true super food and unlike many is perfect for people with weak digestion.
  • With 27 trace elements and a host of vitamins including A,D, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and Folic Acid.
  • It is strengthening and warming.
  • Good aphrodisiac and to increase the lust for life.
  • Sustainable - If we take only what is excess.
  • Adulteration - all pollen overseas has to be radiated.
  • Amber drop honey - pollen from NSW.
  • B1 third - pollen from Australia.

Amber Drop Honey, Bee Pollen from Western Australia

How to Take It
Start with a pinch of granules to ensure no adverse reaction and in crease by a ¼ of a teaspoon until you reach the recommended serving size of between 5g-10g per day.

• Sprinkle over your morning muesli
• Add it into smoothies or juices
• Include it in your protein balls
• Sprinkle over fresh cut fruit and yoghurt
• Enjoy straight

Beemunity

product by LifeCykel - a supplement for bees. Animal immunity extracts.

The Beemunity™ extract is a mix of native Australian mushrooms and native Australian bush foods from Arnhem land.

The extracts are to promote pollination and rejuvenation of thousands of acres of lost forestry and vegetation.

By increasing the bees immune systems so that the bees live longer meaning a healthier more resilient hive.


Conclusion

Take Action

Make a conscious effort to not use toxic chemicals like roundup

Buy organic where possible

With the drought and fires leave water out with a stick or rock in it so the bees don’t drown, plant a sunflower garden, appreciate the bee as there are not many left, write a petition to your local and state government to ban pesticides.


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Mould: The Hidden Stealth Fungi You Need To Know About | Dr. Jill Crista {Podcast #030}

Mould. A hidden and pernicious stealth fungi that most people are not paying enough attention to.

Not only the mould itself and it’s spores, but the mycotoxins! - which are the gas excretions of mould!, and it is this biotoxin, amongst other things, that has the potential to chronically impact our health.

About Dr. Jill Crista

Dr. Jill Crista is a naturopathic doctor, best-selling author, and nationally recognised health educator on mold and mold-related illness.

Her passion is to improve health through education, bridging gaps between medical research and clinical practice.

She writes books and offers online courses for those wanting to gain actionable steps to conquer health challenges related to exposure too toxic mold.

In This Episode We Discuss

What Exactly is Mould

  • Mould is not all bad we need mould - Purpose on the planet: to recycle and decompose.
  • But it is useful outside, not inside. We don’t want it inside.
  • One of the oldest living creatures on the planet, mould is an adept survivor.
  • It is a fungi.
  • It has a tendency to come back again and again.

Mycotoxins - most dangerous

  • “Gas bombs” / “mould farts” / “exhaust of mould.”
  • Only made when mould feels threatened. When competition arises in the field of micro-organisms. Mycotoxins manifest only when other species are trying to get rid of it or compete with it.
  • They are used in weapons by militarises around the world.
  • Mycotoxins have no detectable order. They have no scent.
  • They drive deeper into the body compared to spores and spore fragments. Mycotoxins soak into body systems - further down into respiratory passages.
  • 50x smaller than an average spore.
  • Our skin has poor defence against mycotoxins.
  • Can be ingested in the foods we eat - they wear down our intestinal lining and organs.
  • Can be contributor to rain allergies.

Ways mycotoxins affect living beings:

  • Mitochondrial damage
  • Crosses into the brain and weakens the BBB.
  • Crosses the placenta and becomes active inside the uterus (bio-activate in-utero).
  • Detectable in breast milk.
  • Their goal: to destroy other life. Thus, they are toxic to skin, eyes, biofilms, respiratory system, liver, kidneys, myelin sheath (nervous system insulator).
  • Deplete DHA (body’s protective fat).
  • More!

Mycotoxins are Fat Soluble

Particularly dangerous to the heart and arteries and the thyroid.

The good news, Ayurveda has effective therapies to detox fat soluble toxins.

Healthy fats - Eating copious, clean, correct fats.

Step 1: AVOIDANCE

Categories of Avoidance:

  1. Habitat
  2. Air Quality - air filters that traps spores AND cleans mycotoxins.
  3. Foods to Avoid
  4. Beverages To Avoid
  5. Supplements and Medication Caution
  6. Hobbies and Habits

Biofilms (Slimy glue like protective sheaths).

Locations & Ayurvedic Treatment:

Sinuses - Nasya

Mouth - Gandusha (Oil Pulling)

Lungs - Nasya, Steam Inhalation, Panchakarma

Intestines (Gut flora) - Basti (Enema), Panchakarma

Vagina - Yoni Pichu, Panchakarma

Eyes - Netra Tarpana

Skin - Abhyanga

anywhere there is microbiome.

Biofilms are naturally occurring bacterial colonies, both in the human body and in the environment.

Mould creates a biofilm in your body. You bring the problem with you where you go.

Mould creates toxic breath

Water damaged building exposure is the key that turns normal sinus fungus into bad guy fungus.

This is how mould can be spread from partner to partner.

Mud Baths

to detox the skin and balance the biofilm. Dr. Jill recommends high pro-biotic and enzymatic Moor mud for detox by Torf Spa.

How oversasntisiation contributes to mould by crating an imbalanced micro-biome

How oversasntisiation contributes to mould by crating an imbalanced micro-biome.

Can we become immune to mould?

and other environmental toxins like EMF, pesticides, heavy metals etc. - It depends on your immune system, and how much you want to fill up your cup with these toxins.

Mould written about in the bible

Seen as a body and a spiritual illness.

Mould mentioned in Ayurveda, under the category of “Krimi.”

Mould in the livestock food chain, killing animals

Mould causes cravings

  • The simpler the carbs, the better. But mould would really prefer you go straight for the sugar.
  • People on long-term steroid medication, mold in the gut becomes a dense biofilm.
  • This biofilm hosts the gut fungus candida - which steals the nutrients for itself, leaving our intestine deprived.
  • Mold sufferers are craving these carbs and sugars because the candida is stealing it!
  • Ayurveda and Candia = agnimandya.
    • Ama accumulates in apana vata in the lower digestive tract.
    • It ferments and putrefies and inhibits beneficial flora from proliferating.
    • Under these conditions, yeast can spread freely.
    • Then is the intestinal aborsorbtion of ama into the blood and liver. Then into the 7 dhatus.
    • Treatments: 1. Restore agni. 2. Build immunity and remove ama.

Permutability

Mould weakens the gut brain barrier and weak blood brain barrier (BBB), which can make someone hypersensitive to foods with sulphur, grains, sulphur, environmental toxins.

Mold sickness is hard to identify. So here are some tips:

  • an allergy could actually be mould at the core. If a normally healthy person has either moved or taken a new job, and the next season develops a new allergy.
  • If symptoms are worse on rainy days, after snow melt, barometric pressure changes and after eating carbs.

Mould increases sensitivity to EMF

It creates mitochondrial dysfunction and depletes glutathione.

Native EMF, such as exercise and movement, can trigger symptoms with someone with mould!

When we move our body (exercise) it triggers good EMF which activates symptoms to those sensitive. Thus, people become lazy. They get toxic from exercise.

Dr. Jill sees that most of those who are sensitive to EMF have nature deficient disorder.

Caucasian woman using cell phone in bed

Ways to Prevent Mould From Growing in Your House

Mould can grow on a surface when moisture is there for 24-48 hours. To prevent that from manifesting:

  • Do not leave wet towels or swimmers on a wooden surface like a wooden chair, wooden tablet, window sill etc.
  • Clean up right after a spill on wood.
  • Use the kitchen fan on.
  • When having a hot (steamy) shower, use the exhaust fan.
  • Use a dehumidifier on the lower levels of your house and monitor your humidity.
  • Don’t have cupboard boxes on the floor in store rooms.
  • Don’t store your possession under your bed. Let there be a free flow underneath.
  • When building storage units, put it on stilts so there is space underneath.
  • Build with bricks, not sticks (wood).
  • Get an air filter. Or use your lungs. However, one you can change, and the other you can’t. Change the filter regularly.
  • “Dust with gusto” - dust your house.

Dust - one of the easiest ways to feed mold.

Add high indoor humidity and you’ve just fed and watered mold spores.

Humidity Control

If you have a dusty humid environment, you are a successful mould farmer. Get a dehumidifier! It is worth the cost.

Cooking food - turn the vent on. Taking a shower ? Turn the vent on. High outdoor humidity? Close up and turn on the AC and use a dehumidifier. All basements need dehumidifiers.

Prevention

Mold’s weaknesses:

  • dryness
  • sunlight
  • air movement - don’t use under your bed as storage.
  • dust-free spaces
  • lack of clutter
  • mould-killing essential oils

The importance and power of sunlight to prevent and treat mould illness - in buildings and humans.

Mould in wine

Grapes are very prone to mould.

Drink wine that are independently testing for mycotoxins.

Mould in Food

Also look out for mould in foods, and pet food.

Testing for Mould

  • Dr. Jill Cristas questionar.
  • Urine test for mycotoxins. Mycotoxins that leave the body. But not for all as some people have impaired detox symptoms they can’t get these toxins transported to the urine.  - Reduces foods high in mycotoxins before doing this test.
    • such as the Great Plains MycoTOX profile and Vibrant Wellness both use good technology.
    • Since sick patients may have their mycotoxins sitting in their cells and not being eliminated, do not take glutathione or binders for 48 hours before the test, so the test shows true levels.
    • Blood tests - including Immune globulin reaction to candida albicans for candida overgrowth.
  • Shoe maker eye test.
  • Stool - can check for fungal overgrowth in the gut, which means fungus burdening all over the body. Don’t take probiotics before this test.
  • organic acid - Great Plains -
  • Natural Killer Cell function test - how active they are. below 7 = deeply affected.
  • MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staph) and the sample should be sent to Microbiology DX in Massachusetts. - For CIRS. Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.

Treatment

Glutathione

  • Liver anti-oxidant.
  • Particularly good for ischemic liver or ischemic hepatitis (Insufficient blood flow using liver injury).
  • Rids the body of toxins, chemicals, environmental pollutants and more.

Herbs and Foods

  • Neem boosts natural glutathione production, necessary to clean unwanted biofilms out of the small intestine. It cleans the intestinal villi. It supports proliferation of good intestinal bacteria without supports growth of bad intestinal bacteria.
  • Triphala - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5567597/
  • Anand Sid Yog
  • Guduchi - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3644751/
  • Amalaki - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994578/
  • Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
  • Kutki - one of Ayurveda’s primary liver tonics.
  • Manjistha
  • Shilajit
  • Turmeric boosts detox enzymes like glutathione and superoxide dismutase.
  • Beetroot - boost liver enzymes, superoxide dismutase (an enzyme with anti-oxidant activity) and glutathione.

Alapha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

  • An naturally occurring fatty acid.
  • Anti-oxidant - protects you from the violent process of your cells (in your entire body) getting hit, thus damaged by free-radicals thousands of times a day.
  • Enhances insulin sensitivity
  • Good for auto-immune disease - restores T-cell function. Good for Lupus, RA.
  • Gluthathione rejuvenator - good for when you have used up glutathione.
  • Foods - spinach, broccoli, kidneys, liver, heart.
  • Supplment.

Other treatments

Honey, Propolis, colloidal silver, Prandhara.

The importance of not jumping the gun, and first getting the mould under control before trying to fight, kill or eliminate it. 

If you begin killing mould (in your body) without any preparation, you will get sicker.

Dr. Jill’s Treatment Approach

Avoid - get out of the mould environment. Especially if you have become habituated to that environment.

Protect

Repair

Fight

Herxheimer Reactions

Occurs after a major mold die-off when the killed critters spill their toxic, inflammatory guts all over the place. You get sicker because the body tries to clean up the mess, but it can’t keep up.

Herx isn’t always necessary. More frictionless healing. No pain no gain is a myth - same with healing. Don’t push yourself. Honour rest - that will promote healing.

Healing is Messy

A deeper issue and more damaging issue might be getting although a more acute and superficial imbalance has manifested or re-manifested from the past.

If basic bodily functions are improving, (energy, sleep, digestion, mental state), you’re on the right path.

Buildings

  • Hire a building biologist or certified mould inspector.
  • Get a qualified remediator to remove the mould. Then test again independently.

People who need to Stay Out of Mould

  • pregnant women
  • women who are breastfeeding
  • young children
  • people with respiratory conditions
  • peoples with liver disease
  • people with kidney disease
  • people with immune deficiency
  • people with cancer
  • genetically mould sensitive (canaries in the coal mine)

Prevalence in Mould in Society & Buildings:

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) in USA estimates that 1 out of 4 buildings had enough water damage to grow toxic mould, that negatively affect human health.
  • Australia - 50% or more have water damage.
  • Waterproofing starts to fail in 7-10 years - Nicole Bhiljsma.

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Astrological Gems | Jay Boyle: The Worlds Most Experienced Gem Stone Buyer {Podcast #028}

Experience the Power of Superior Quality Gem Stones

One of the planet’s most precious offerings to humanity.

About Jay Boyle & Astrological Gem

Astrological Gem takes their mission statement very seriously:

To get the right gemstones to the right people - for the right purpose.

To always do this with honesty, integrity, and with complete customer satisfaction.

For the last 40 years, Astrological Gem has been serving the worldwide community of Vedic astrologers and their clients by providing top quality, natural gemstones for Jyotish (Vedic astrology) and Ayurveda.

Jay, travels internationally to purchase these gemstones at the source - often directly at the mines - so that he can acquire the world's best selection of vibrant, finely cut stones at the lowest prices possible.

On these buying trips, Jay selects from such a vast and great quantity of stones. Because of this, he is able to find and select those exceptional 1-2% of stones that are Jyotish Quality and have a sweet, sattvic (pure) feel.

He brings them to clients at prices that jewellers often pay.

Jay is a Graduate-in-Residence Gemologist of the prestigious Gemological Institute of America with 43 years of experience in every area of the gem business.

In addition to his impeccable professional qualifications, Jay's involvement with meditation and inner work has created an appreciation of the finer, more subtle aspects of selecting gemstones with that sweet, sattvic feel. You can have complete confidence when you allow Jay to select your astrological and healing gems.

In This Episode We Discuss

Gem Stone Clarity Scale

  • Flawless gemstones - high quality for Jyotish quality.
  • Type 1 clarity (eye flawless) - diamonds only jyotish stones.
  • Type 2 gemstones (it is not easy to find clean varieties of these species) - Sapphires, Ruby, termoniline except for rubellite (red turmaline), garnets, spinels.
  • Type 3 gemstone - emerald.

It is difficult to impossible to find an eye flawless emerald. Jay in his extensive experience has never found one, and he has been looking for one for his entire career.

Eye Flawless - A grade someone with good, young vision can look at the gemstones and not see any inclusions (spots, cuts, healed fracture etc.).

Diamond Grading System

  • VVS1
  • VVS2

The Unwritten Code in The Gem Stone Business

Take advantageous of a more naive buyer

“Gem stone sellers, and marketers, probably from the beginning of time Dylan, have exaggerated and obfuscated… to take advantageous of a buyer… That is kind of the unwritten code of the gemstone business…"

The false knowledge in books and on the internet on gems.

Jays Experience in the Gem Industry

  • Jay has purchased thousands of Rubys approaching super flawlessness at 10 power magnitude with light-assist.
  • Why Jay knows more than the average person on Jyotishi gemstones.
  • Being a qualified gemologist doesn’t make one an expert.
  • Jay started in 1980, after practicing meditation for 5 years.
  • Jay changed the  em market and profits of buying at the source so they could sell the stones to customers at the lowest price possible with complete disclosure with enhancements and treatments of the stones.
  • Jay has bought more gems than anyone alive.

Jay’s pseudo-scientific experiential explanation of how gems interact with our physiology

A frequency of vibration of light within the gemstone, that can be measured, but it also functioning a deep, deep fundamental level.

What Makes a Jyotishi Quality Gem, thus effective:

  • High degree of flawlessness.
  • Gems should not be heat treated or radiated, (emerald is an exception).
  • Good saturation of colour for the species. But not always the richest colour.
  • Sweet Sattvic nature of a gem - Tasting the sweet sattvic nature of gemstones in the abdomen.

Jay’s experience with wearing an emerald for mercury - strengthens his second house - makes more money, strengthens his tenth house - his career.
He communicated better.

Why you should refrain form buying gems in India.

Dylan's experience with buying an emerald for his Jyotish

First getting ripped off in India the buying a superior gem form Astrological Gem that I love.

Appreciation, Gratitude and Love For Your Stone

It is very important to love your astrological gemstone. Gems don’t just work for us, they work with us. Loving your gemstone will help to activate it. It will love you right back.

Charlottes experience with her yellow sapphire changing colour and size

Wearing second hand stones

  • Gem stones carrying other people’s karma and energy.
  • Organic gemstones like coral and pearl should never be worn second hand as they absorb others karma and energy.
  • According to Jay, other crystal gemstones can be purified if they are flawless and purified the right way. I personally can’t fully agree with this at the moment.

Purifying gemstones for great power

  • Soaking gems in salt water with intention + more.
  • Pundits (vedic priests) blessing the stone with mantras (primordial sounds) and ceremony.

The importance of ceremony and blessings when initially wearing you gem for the first time.

Side effects and Negative Effects from wearing gems

In most cases, due to a poor prescription from a Jyotishi.

Sustainability

  • Gemstones are sustainable and positive in nature.
  • Horrible possibilities of war and enslaving, doesn’t exist in the coloured stone industry. If that happens, it is in diamond industry in Africa.
  • Gem industry is giving back to the community.

One of the best gemstones Jay has ever came across

A 103 carrot top gem quality, lemon yellow, flawless, yellow sapphire. Worth about $600K today.

Nava Graham Ratna - Nine Planets and Gems

  1. Sun - Maanikya (Ruby)
  2. Moon - Muktaphala (Pearl - well formed and free of blemishes).
  3. Mars - Vidruma (Coral)
  4. Buddh (Mercury) - gaarutmata/marakata (emerald) - marakata = shiny.
  5. Guru (Jupiter) - pusparaga (topaz) / Pushyaraaga (yellow sapphire)
  6. Venus - vajra (diamond)
  7. Saturn - nila / indraneela (sapphire / blue sapphire)
  8. Rahu - Dolomite / gomEdhikam / Ceylone / Hessonite
  9. Ketu - Vaidurya (cat’s eye) - polished into a cabochon (shaped and polished) that displays a narrow band of concentrated light going across the width of the stone.

- Source: Bhavprakash

1. Surya (Sun) - Ruby

The anticipated benefits include increased brightness, brilliance, fame, respect as an authority figure, integration with the divine and the highest sense of Self, benefit to father figures, and personal power.

2. Chandra (Moon) - Muktaphala (Pearl)

The Moon signifies our emotions – it is watery, changing, cyclical energy. Mind. Feminine.

Strengthening with Vedic pearls leads to emotional balance, peace, intuition, benefit to mother figures, benefit to home life, and sometimes benefit to vehicles and transportation as well.  Strengthening the Moon is frequently described as soothing, calming, cooling and balancing when achieved by wearing a top-quality pearl.

See my article of the medicinal benefits of pearl. - Medicine on many levels.

A note on natural pearls by Jay.

True, genuine Natural Pearls are nearly impossible to find today.  They were available up until the early 20th century, but through over-fishing and pollution, they have become extinct. Generally, the only supply of natural pearls is the estate market for natural pearl strands.  Unfortunately, these are previously worn and are drilled so they are not suitable for Jyotish purposes.

Very, very rarely I come upon a Certified Natural freshwater pearl. Usually, the size range is from 1-2 carats and occasionally up to around 4 carats.  Because of their rarity, these natural pearls are quite expensive.

Natural Pearls are virtually extinct, however, we are very pleased to be able to offer some rare, exceptional, smaller sized Natural Pearls. Click on the images below for a pop-up window containing further details.

Jays carer with natural pearls

  • For the last 20 years, Jay has only been able to buy 3 natural salt-water pearls in his whole carer that are decent quality, rounded natural salt water pearls.
  • Jay has sold about 50 high wallet natural fresh water pearls in his career.

Jyotish Quality Chinese Tissue-Nucleated pearls are 100% natural cultured pearls with an insignificant centralized nucleus (nacre all the way through). Jay thinks these have as good an effect on Jyotish than natural pearls.

Moonstone is an Uparatna, or secondary gemstone, for the Moon.

3. Mangal (Mars) - (Vidruma) Coral

Mars is the planet of physical endurance, assertiveness, courage, and overcoming battles.  Because Mars is associated with war, it is considered one of the natural malefic planets in Vedic Astrology. 

Red Coral - an increase in vitality, motivation, strength, courage, athletic ability, power, and victory.

4. Buddh (Mercury) - gaarutmata/marakata (emerald)

marakata = shiny.

Communication.  It is the planet of words, speech, business transactions, numbers, travel, and humour.

Emerald - clarity – better communication skills, enhanced speech and writing, and clearer thinking are commonly experienced results.  It is said to enhance business success, sense of humor, efficient travel, and rapid processing of information.

(Green Tourmaline and Peridot are secondary choices).

Varies greatly in quality and price.

5. Guru (Jupiter) - Pushyaraaga (Yellow Sapphire)

Expansion. Guru - great wisdom, enlightenment, abundance, happiness, and spiritual mastery.

Teacher of the devas.

Yellow sapphire - wealth, expansiveness, education, wisdom, health of children, enlightenment, fortune, education, and generosity. 

UpaRatna: Yellow topaz (pusparaga) and citrine are secondary choices.

Irradiated Yellow Sapphire vs. Authentic Yellow Sapphire.

  • Radiating the stone for it to get a a more saturated colour but it is an unstable orbit that slowly degrades and slowly looses its colour over time.
  • Indian dealers love irradiated yellow sapphires.
  • Test for authenticity - Carry a candle with you, and ask the buyer to heat the stone. If it is radiated it will inflame the radiation.

6. Shukra (Venus) - Vajra (Diamond)

Love. Creativity, fine arts, beauty, gemstones, jewellery, luxury, romance, marriage, the reproductive system, opulence, and refinement of the senses.

Teacher of the raksasas.

Diamond - Healthier relationships, increased creative potential, more luxury, and more personal refinement. 

Health and well-being of the wife, and women in general.

UpaRatna: (White Sapphire, White Zircon, and Phenakite are secondary choices.) 

6. Shukra (Venus) - Vajra (Diamond)

Love. Creativity, fine arts, beauty, gemstones, jewellery, luxury, romance, marriage, the reproductive system, opulence, and refinement of the senses.

Teacher of the raksasas.

Diamond - Healthier relationships, increased creative potential, more luxury, and more personal refinement. 

Health and well-being of the wife, and women in general.

UpaRatna: (White Sapphire, White Zircon, and Phenakite are secondary choices.) 

7. Shani (Saturn) - Nila / Indraneela (Sapphire / Blue sapphire)

Saturn is one of the most misunderstood planets in Vedic Astrology.

Many people are fearful of its power, because its influence is weighty, heavy, and tangible.  Saturn is a teacher. A time to go inwards, purify and increase sattva.

Excellent results can be achieved if channeling Saturn energy into the body is done wisely.

Blue Sapphire - can increase focus, discipline, work ethic, routine, organisation, commitment, and follow-through. 

Shani in its auspicious form represents some of the highest qualities of humanity, such as spiritual practice and long term self-discipline

UpaRatna: Blue Spinel, Iolite, and Amethyst are secondary choices.

8. Rahu - Dolomite / GomEdhikam / Ceylone / Hessonite

Rahu and Ketu are not actually planets, but technically, mathematical points in space.  They are responsible for eclipses, which may be why they are commonly referred to as “shadow planets.”

Rahu signifies material goods, deception, fame, intoxication, and attachment.

Like increases like.

Hessonite (Gomed). - Promotes fame and wealth. Protection.

May produce side effects if not carefully prescribed, especially if one is not in a Rahu mahadasha (planetary period), verify with a Vedic Astrologer.

If you are able to maintain a great deal of personal and spiritual awareness when wearing a hessonite, it can help to bring about an increase in recognition, wealth, and power.

UpRatna: Spessartite

9. Ketu - Vaidurya (Cat’s Eye)

South node of the moon, and signifies enlightenment, liberation, spiritual development, non-attachment, and non-material/invisible influences.

Cat’s Eye (Chrysoberyl) - Promote spiritual development, higher knowledge, transcendence, and connection to the divine.

This gemstone may produce side effects if not carefully prescribed, especially if one is not in a Ketu mahadasha (planetary period), so we recommend verifying with a Jyothishi.

No UpaRatna for Ketu.


Resources

Astrological Gem Website - Blog, Catalogue & Info.

Jyotishis we recommend.

Mention Vital Veda for a discount on gems from Astrological Gem


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The Ancient and Stimulating Spice Industry | Ian Herbie Hemphill {Podcast #026}

About Ian Herbie Hemphill

Ian ‘Herbie’ Hemphill is an Australian foodie legend. He and his family have been educating us about spices and herbs for over 50 years. 3 Generations of herbs and spice Hemphills.

Ian Hemphill’s lifelong experience in the spice industry means we can gain the “inside story” into the ancient and stimulating spice industry.

Herbies have a product range of over 200 items, including over 100 spice blends, all developed by Herbie and made daily in the Herbie’s Spicery on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

The Hemphill's hobby is also their passion, their business, and their livelihood.

Ian is the author of books:

  • The Spice and Herb Bible.
  • “Spice Travels - A Spice merchant’s voyage of discovery” - Ians personal anecdotes and travel stories.
  • He runs Herbies TV.
  • Spice Notes.
  • Herbaceous.
  • Spicery.
  • Sticks, Seeds, Pods and Leaves.

Herbie & Liz wanted to achieve three main objectives for their business:

  1. To have the largest range of culinary herbs and spices in the Southern Hemisphere;
  2. To always search for the best quality and make 100% natural blends;
  3. and very important, was to educate consumers so they could judge for themselves.

In This Episode We Discuss

History of the Spice Trade

  • The worlds second oldest profession.
  • One of the most lucrative businesses.
  • It was used as a currency. - Using something with actual value.
  • Spices were used as a status symbol. 
  • Myths of spices about the way they were developed.
  • Pepper corn rent - pepper corns were used to pay rent. 
  • How have we lost our appreciation for this highly valuable commodity? Have we become numb and ignorant to the abundant healing power and importance of spices?
    • Mass marketing has reduced spices to commodity status. 
    • Adulteration means consumers are not exposed to true quality spices.

Adulteration and Quality

  • Food fraud.
  • Buying powdered spices.
  • Range of quality and variety of spices. - Depends on climate, place grown.
  • How is it packaged/stored? - spices in bulk bins, plastic, paper.
  • Herbie’s products contain No Added artificial ingredients or fillers of any kind. 
  • Herbies grind spices themselves except some chilli and turmeric.

How to become familiar with the spices we are using. 

Look and smell the spice each time we use them.

Drying Spices

  • To activate the natural enzymes and bring out the flavour.
  • The less moisture content of 10-12% of dried herbs compared to over 80% when it is fresh, preserve the herbs while retaining he volatile oils.
  • Must dry quickly or else mold can start growing if the moisture lingers during the process. But to fast the heat will destroy the volatile oils and flavours.

Organic vs. Non-organic

Is it so important with spices? How is the pesticide use in the spice industry?

Spices in Agriculture

Mono-culture vs. permaculture?

Tip for Cooking Spices

Don’t pour over steam as steam gets in, allows the volatile oils to oxidise or worse, create mould.

Saffron

Medicinal Uses

  • Vajikarana - Sukra vardhaka - aphrodisiac that increases reproductive tissue and strength.
  • Rakta dhatu (Blood Tissue Health) - Increases haemoglobin thus good for anaemia.
  • Heart - enhancing the lymph and blood tissues (rasa and rakta dhatus) encourages blood flow through the circulatory system. Good for angina (inadequate blood supply to the heart) and cardiac congestion.
  • Enhances purity as it is very sattvic herb, which enhances love and compassion.
  • For mental health and brain health.
  • Nervous disorders - rejuvenates majja (bone marrow) and sukra (reproductive) dhatu, thus good for vata and degenerative diseases.
  • Skin conditions such as discoloured patches of the face. External applciation.
  • Cures headache - topical application.
  • Ulcers, worms, vomiting.

Ayurvedic properties:

  • Rasa (taste) - katu, titkta (pungent, bitter)
  • Virya (energy) - usna (heating)
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - katu (pungent)
  • Gunas (Qualities) - snidgha, laghu (unctuousness, light)
  • Doshas - Tridoshic. Can heat pitta in excess.
  • Karma (Action): Yogavahi (catalyst)

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice! and most expensive commodity! more expensive than gold!

With a street value on average of around A$20,000 per kilo.

A double handful of saffron weighing about 1 kilo, will contain at least 200,000 stigmas. - the female organ on the flower, held by the male pollen/organ, called the stamen.

  • Hand picked.
  • Origin - Kashmir (5%), Iran (over 90% of worlds supply, 360 tones a year!), Spain ( biggest exporter, thus importer).
  • Different grades.
  • Best quality - Kashmir - is the whole stigma with a little bit of style.
  • Medium quality - Iran, afganistan.
  • Inferior quality - Persia.
  • Amount of land to produce how much stigmas - 5 acres/ kilo of saffron.
  • 170,000 flowers = 100kg flowers = 1kg dry saffron.

Herbie at a Kasmir saffron field

Adulteration

  • Safflower petals, corn silk, coconut fibre, and even dyed shredded crocus petals were passed off as saffron.
  • How to test? Dissolve water test. - Real saffron takes 15-60mins to release the golden hue. Artificial saffron releases a redder colour, and aroma is like sandalwood. Learn to test here.
  • In the past, there were saffron police in Germany

To use saffron:
Soak in warm milk, better not boiled.

Saffron purity test

Vanilla

  • World supply shortage.
  • From $50/kg to $500/kg.
  • Second most expensive spice in the world.
  • The most fluctuating spice in price.
  • Make your own Vanilla bean paste by simply warming 1 Tablespoon of glucose syrup and stirring in 1 teaspoon Vanilla bean powder.
  • Can only be pollinated by one particular bee that is native to Mexico, and that is also nearly extinct. 
  • During a shortage, Coca Cola used 20% of the vanilla supply for Vanilla Coke!
  • Curing vanilla is a complex process.
Herbie at a vanilla farm in Mexico

Black Pepper

Sanskrit: Maricha
Botanical Name: Piper Nigrum (Piperaceae)

Black pepper is much more than your common kitchen spice. It is one of the most popular herbs in Ayurvedic medicine that provides powerful medicinal actions beyond being just a spicy ingredient.

Named after one of the names of the sun, Maricha, it possess the same qualities as this spherical source of heat and light. It is warming, drying and stimulating to the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Digestion - stimulates agni (digestive fire), burns ama (undigested food material) relieves abdominal pain and helps remove parasites.
  • Lungs - Specific for cold, wet, damp, kapha conditions in the respiratory channel.
  • Circulation - stimulates the microcirculation in the capillaries and move stagnated blood
  • Fever - Helps “cook” the pathogens and then induce a sweat. Clears ama.

Ayurvedic Properties

Rasa (taste) - Pungent, bitter
Virya (energy) - Hot
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - Sweet
Guna (quality) - Light, dry, sharp
Dosha effect VK-, P+

Cardamom

  • Distinct camphorous, eucalyptus-like, pungent and astringent aroma.
  • Perennial plant.
  • Dried in the dark.
  • One of Herbie’s favourite spices.
  • When buying ground cardamom, make sure it is only the seeds ground, since a lot of ground cardamom has the husks still.
  • Environmentally friendly to grow - since it grows in the shade in the rainforest, and doesn’t need to be irrigated.

Shortages of cardamom seeds

  • The importation of seeds of any kind has become more difficult due to new Australian bio-security regulations introduced recently. October 2019.
  • That combined with low harvests in India (Herbie’s source) and Guatemala (another major producer) you may have to stock up on whole green cardamom pods, and peel the husk away to avail yourself of the seeds as you need them.
  • That’s what Herbies is doing in order to continue to include ground cardamom in retail packs.

Elādwaya (Elettaria Cardamomum) / (Green Cardamom)

Sanskrit synonym: Suksmaila

Rasa (taste) – katu and madhura. (pungent and sweet)
Virya (energy) – Sita (cooling)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) – Madhura (sweet)
Guna (qualities) – laghu, ruksa (light, dry).
Doshas: KV-
Karma (action):

  • Pitta vata hara
    • Pitta hara due to sita virya
    • Vatahara due to madhura vipaka.
  • Swasa, Kasa (Asthma, dyspnoea)
  • Arsa (Piles)
  • Dysuria

Sthūla Ela (amomum subulatum) / (Black Cardamom)

Krsna Ela (Black Cardamom) has a very strong odor and camphor like quality.

Rasa (taste) – katu and slightly madhura. (pungent and sweet)
Virya (energy) – Usna (heating)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) – katu (pungent)
Guna (qualities) – laghu, ruksa (light, dry).
Doshas: KP- and Rakta- (pacifies blood)
Karma (action):

  • Vatakapha hara - Kapha hara due to usna virya and katu vipaka.
  • Deepana (enkindles agni)
  • Itching, thirst, nausea, poison, diseases of mutravaha (urinary tract)
  • Swasa, kasa, vomiting, headache.

Turmeric

Turmeric in the Spice Industry

  • Fresh vs dry - Dry is more potent, with the active ingredients concentrated. More pure.
  • Easy to grow, but hard to get a good quality. 
  • Extracts vs. Whole herbs - always go with whole herbs.

2 types of Turmeric:

  1. Madras turmeric - from Tamil Nadu. More light yellow in colour.
  2. Allepy turmeric - much darker in colour. Higher curcumin content, a more superior fresh turmeric flavour. More unctuous due higher cur cumin content.

Medicinal Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is the most thoroughly researched plant on this planet!

And I don’t blame the scientists for the 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.

Check out  the medicinal benefits and Ayurvedic perspective of turmeric HERE.

Native Australian Herbs and Spices

Australian Native Pepperberry (Tasmannia lanceolata)

Chilli

  • Didn’t come from Asia.
  • The pungent aroma of chilli and its hot, sinus-clearing, throat-searing substance called capsaicin permeated the air at India’s famous chilli market in Guntur, the largest chilli market in the world.
  • 50 acres dedicated to just the market!
  • Hundreds of tons of chillis.
  • Make sure they are fully dried to avoid mould. Dry to around 12% moisture content.
  • The sugar caramelises when you dry them to create a rich, robust and quite complex flavour. 

Pink pepper corns (Schinus molle)

In this podcast, Herbie mentioned it has a toxin in it. While this toxin may be present, I still forage pink pepper corns from the trees growing around the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.


Resources

Herbies

Check out the Spice Tours that Herbies run in India.

Watch the amusing video on a cardamom auction in India.


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