Olive tree

Foraging and Curing Olives

As we exit the northern solstice, “Uttarayana,” which is heat dominant (Agneya) , and transition into the southern solstice, Daksinayana, cooling and moon dominate (Saumya), here in Australia, the earth moves a little more away from the sun in the southward direction. Seasonal transition (RtuSandhi ऋतुसन्धि) is a significant event in Ayurveda. Not adapting to the outer environment and supporting your biological changes which […]

Haemorrhoids: An Ayurvedic Approach for Holistic Care

Haemorrhoids are no doubt uncomfortable. Also known as piles, haemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum. They can develop quickly from ordinary lifestyle and diet factors causing pain and severe discomfort. Haemorrhoids are actually quite common in both men and women. They affect about 1 in 20 Americans and half […]

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Hemp (Bhañga) in Ayurveda

Cannabis sativa or hemp is commonly referred to Bhañga भङ्ग in Ayurveda, but is also known as Vijaya विजय which means “victorious”, as it is victorious over so many diseases. It’s bitter taste and heating potency (uṢna virya) mitigates kapha (heaviness, sluggishness) and penetrates sharply to stimulate the digestion. It may be more suitable for […]

Dylan Smith, practitioner of Ayurveda, foraging apples

3 Actual Attributes About Apples to Apprehend

Apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated foods in the world. Apples are ranked in the top 5 of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2021 “Dirty Dozen” list along with strawberries, spinach, kale, silver-beet/collard greens and nectarines as produce with the highest amount of toxic chemicals. Apples, even if organic! are coated with multiple edible […]