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

Botanical name: Solanum nigrum Sanskrit name: Kakamachi English name: Black nightshade. Plant Description: This nightshade grows abundantly along the eastern fringe of Australia. It grows like a weed. It also grows in India, Americas and South Africa. It is native to Eurasia. Pant Identification: The berries grow in clusters. If a plant has only single berries, it may […]

Grapes (Draksa) – The Best Among Fruits

Grapes are the best among all the fruits and the most wholesome according to Ayurveda.* The sweet taste (rasa) and post-digestive effect (vipaka) nourish the physiology with strength. Whether it be: building tissues and energy for the emaciated and depleted, a juicy aphrodisiac, or providing mental strength to brush off negativity and mistaken intellect and rise […]

Elderberry Jam Recipe

Botanical name: Sambucus nigra (this is the common blackish-blue variety). Plant facts: The tree has hollow stems, which were used traditionally used as a straw to make flute like instruments. Elderberries have been shown by scientific studies to cure the common flu. This is more effective when made into a syrup or wine with other anti-bacterial spices like […]

The Psychology of a Ninth Month Old Foetus

At this tail end of the pregnancy, the foetus becomes endowed with all its characters – the five senses (gandharsadi), intelligence (buddhi) and the physical anatomy and physiology are basically fully developed. What the foetus also acquires at this time is an ability to remember it’s past lives. But along with these memories come an […]

The Power of Hanuman: Accessing The Superman Within You

While I will share with you a beautiful mythological story, the deeper significance and intended outcomes you can experience from this tale will also be shared. The Actual Purpose of Mythology The Gods and Goddesses of Indian “Mythology” are symbols of states of consciousness. Usually states of higher and expanded consciousness which are told in a […]

Do You Really Think The Sun Causes Skin Cancer?

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

About Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and holistic health educator based in Sydney, Australia, where he runs and operates the Vital Veda clinic for patients and for those who love to nourish themselves with precious herbal elixirs. Aimed at uncovering the root cause of ailments, Dylan shares wisdom through his podcast, teaching programs and […]