Silver Pomegranate Ghee (Rajata Dadima Ghritam)

A divine herbal preparation performed in accordance with astrology. This medicated ghee is a rejuvenator and anti-aging rasayana.

A method passed down to Dylan Smith by his teachers, the Raju family. It involves abhishekam: pouring divine herbal substances on a pure silver Ganesh murti (statue/3D phenomenon of a consciousness state), then collecting the substances in a pure silver laksmi plate and preparing a medicated ghee from it.

Special mantras (primordial sounds) are chanted throughout this process to infuse vibrations into the highly receptive particles of the edible substances.

Dylan only conducts this procedure a few times a year as it has to be on on Sankashti Chaturthi (Ganesh’s anniversary) and when pomegranates are in season.

The Process

Teertam - offerings collected on a silver laksmi plate to be cooked into a medicated ghee (ghritam).

The finished product

How to Make Black Medicine

Black Medicine is a herbal preparation formulated by Mother Raju of the Raju Family.

Indicated for:
Any skin abnormality such as all skin diseases, tumours, moles, sun damaged skin, skin cancers, tumours, shingles, eczema etc. Great disinfectant and for burns.

How to Prepare Black Medicine

1. Ensure the black medicine is in powder form or close to it (small granules are ok). If it is in big crystals pound with mortar & pestle to break it up.

2. In a very small bowl, mix 1-4 pinches of black medicine (depending on size of surface area) with approx. equal amounts of water (very small amount, a few drops or more).

3. Mix a little with finger and leave in sun for about 1-2 hours. If no sun leave overnight or even longer until it becomes a paste.

4. Apply the paste to the prescribed area and leave on for as long as you can. 10-24 hours is ideal. Keep exposed (no clothes onto) as much as possible so as to not wipe off the skin paste.

You can also use the paste soon after mixing it with water. It will be much more fluid and not so much a paste, but if you want to apply the paste sooner then this is fine. More thick and paste like is better, but liquid is still effective.

Neem (Azadirachta indica) – Benefits and Uses

Benefits of Neem:

Skin Health
Known as the “Queen of the Skin,” Neem’s contribution in topical and internal support for skincare is one of Neem’s greatest glories. The calming, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties pacifies heat, redness, itchiness and all skin diseases. Apply a neem paste topically for skin diseases (see recipe below).

First-Aid
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal composition makes it a valuable first-aid tool not only to clean and disinfect wounds but also heal them. Keep a bottle of neem oil handy while camping.

Hair Care
Massaging neem oil into a scalp full of lice, or your dog with flees - then washing it off after 50 minutes is one of my favourite remedies.

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Lice and fleas aren’t the only pests that Neem repels. Keeping a bunch of neem leaves at the entry of a home is common in India to keep mosquitos out and purify the atmosphere.

High Prana
This may be new news to you, but most trees emit oxygen only in the day while at night they solely emit C02. There are only a handful of trees that emit oxygen 24/7. Neem is one of them.

Digestive Support
Neem with a high chlorophyll content and an action that kills bad bacteria makes Neem an awesome pro-biotic. Neem also balances acidity.

Oral Health
High chlorophyll also gets rid of foul odours such as bad breath and is commonly used in toothpastes and neem twigs themselves are used as toothbrushes.

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One end of a neem twig is made like a brush by chewing it. Then one should brush their teeth.

Eye Health
Boil neem leaves/powder + triphala, reduce the water and use as an eye wash in eye diseases such as irritated eyes and conjunctivitis.

More benefits...
Neem also is an effective blood and liver purifier, it helps reduce fever , diabetes and poisoning.

Ayurvedic Properties:

Taste (Rasa): Bitter, Astringent
Energy (Virya): Cooling
Post-Digestive Effect (Vipaka): Pungent
Qualities (Guna): Light, Dry

 

How to Make a Neem Paste (Topical Skin Application)

  1. Harvest neem leaves. If this is unavailable dry neem leaves or neem powder will do.
  2. Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder.
  3. Add 1 tea-spoon of salt – for excess fat (meda dhatu) or sluggish lymph.
  4. Mix this with 3/4 cup of yoghurt. Mix well then apply on body.

Contact me to order a Neem Paste preparation and if you’re in Sydney visit The Medicine Man for neem oil or powder (he ships within Australia).

Growing a neem tree in Sydney is challenging, but it's coming up slowly.

 

Sweet Lassi

Ingredients

1 tsp – 1 TBSP fresh plain yoghurt
1-1.5 cup water.
1 tsp rose water
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp quality sugar (optional)
1/4 tsp fresh cream

Method

Blend ingredients well and drink fresh.

Benefits of Lassi

  • Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic.
  • Lassi is the best alkaliser.
  • As Lassi improves digestion and absorption it ultimately supports calcium absorption and bone health.
  • Balances heat (pitta) and clear the physical channels.
  • It is the best remedy (with a pinch of salt) for haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • A great food to introduce dairy to a lactose intolerant person after they have corrected their agni.
  • Lassi is very hydrating, and a great drink to have with lunch.

 

Cooling Lassi

Ingredients

1 tsp – 1 TBSP yoghurt
1-1.5 cup water
1 tsp rose water
1 tsp coriander leaves finely chopped
1 tsp mint leaves finely chopped

Method

Blend all ingredients together well and drink fresh.

Benefits of Cooling Lassi

  • Helps with skin conditions such as eczema, hives and psoriasis.
  • Perhaps the most important food for pitta imbalance as it balances heat and clears the physical channels.
  • Lassi is very hydrating, and a great drink to have with lunch.
  • Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic.
  • Lassi is the best alkaliser.
  • As Lassi improves digestion and absorption it ultimately supports calcium absorption and bone health.
  • Plain lassi with a pinch of salt is the best remedy for haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • A great food to introduce dairy to a lactose intolerant person after they have corrected their agni.

 

Digestive Lassi

Ingredients

1 tsp – 1 TBSP yoghurt
1-1.5 cup water
1/2tsp roasted ground cumin powder
1/2tsp roasted ground ajwain powder
1/2 tsp black salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Method

Blend all ingredients together well and drink fresh.

Plain lassi containing just yoghurt and water is also very good.

Benefits of Digestive Lassi

  • Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic.
  • Helps in reflux and diarrhoea (in this case make it more thicker).
  • Lassi is the best alkaliser.
  • As Lassi improves digestion and absorption it ultimately supports calcium absorption and bone health.
  • Balances heat (pitta) and clear the physical channels.
  • It is the best remedy (with a pinch of salt) for haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • A great food to introduce dairy to a lactose intolerant person after they have corrected their agni.
  • Lassi is very hydrating, and a great drink to have with lunch.

 

Banana “Kadali” Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

serves 2

  • 2 large bananas
  • 3-6 medjool dates, stones removed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of almonds that have been soaked & skin removed. Roughly crushed.
  • Good pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Good pinch of crushed cardamom seeds.
  • 1/2-1 cup of water or coconut milk (optional)

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve at room temperature (since cold drinks and food put out Agni/digestive fire).

*Please note banana is best eaten alone. Combining Banana with some coconut oil (good to reduce the high blood sugar spikes from banana), cardamom and ghee is also fine. This recipe is for those who want to get a bit more creative and transition to a healthier banana smoothie option.

What Is Ayurveda

Ayurveda is growing in popularity in the Western world, with many people curious about their dosha (individual composition)  or learning about Ayurveda through their yoga practice. A universal system with it’s roots in India, this ancient science encompasses the entire natural world; nature, the body, mind and spirit. It involves a holistic approach to health and healing that is in harmony with nature. Ayurveda translates to the “science of life”, ayur meaning life and veda meaning knowledge or science.

5 Elements

In Ayurveda, the theory of five elements helps us to understand health and disease. These qualities of nature exist inside of us. It is the 5 elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth) that compose everything in the universe, including the human body.

Based on the ‘levels’ of the 5 elements within a given situation, whether it be human, plant or animal, Ayurveda will accordingly adjust diet & lifestyle factors to not only profoundly prevent disease but also teach one how to live in tune with nature and its cycles – for maximal health, longevity and to elevate ourselves into the higher realms of happiness – the ultimate goal in life.

3 Doshas

In order to live in harmony with nature, ayurveda guides you to tune in and get to know yourself. We each have a unique constitution that matches up with different aspects of nature, in ayurveda there are three constitutional types:

  • Vata: likened to winter – cold and dry. Your nervous system and body are dominated by air.
  • Pitta: likened to summer – hot, fiery, competitive and driven.
  • Kapha: likened to spring – retaining water, easy going, heavier set, mellow.

Ayurveda as Preventative Medicine

Intervening on the path of disease before serious manifestations of it occurs is at the foundation of Ayurvedic medicine. This involves mapping symptoms and tracing them back to their root cause.

Ayurveda has 6 stages of disease. The first stage is where toxins start to accumulate due to hampered bodily function or intelligence. Through certain Ayurvedic diagnostic methods, such as pulse diagnosis, this can be recognised early. Some Ayurvedic doctors can even detect hereditary factors by feeling the pulse, and from here implement diet, lifestyle and herbal measures to prevent this weak spot in the body from becoming vulnerable to disease.

If we look at western medicine, it usually will not step in until manifestation has happened. This is the 5th stage of disease according to Ayurveda, and has happened after 1. the toxins (Ama) has accumulated (sachaya) – 2. aggravated (prakopa) – 3. overflown and became more severe (prasara) – 4. relocated within the body (sthana samsraya) – 5. then it has has reacted and manifested (vyakti).

After diagnosis, there are a number of treatments that can begin to work on the root cause of disease and ultimately enliven and maintain vitality. This can range from simple dietary and lifestyle advice to advanced body treatments and herbal preparations.  To explore which treatments we have available, view our therapeutic menu, herbal remedies or contact us.

6 Tips to Ditch the Microwave Oven

We now know that microwaves have a seriously negative impact on our food and body, so how do we go about removing them from our kitchens and what methods of cooking and heating can be used instead?

You’ve decided to put your health first, so how do you replace the convenience of the microwave? It’s all about becoming more efficient in the kitchen, a skill you will surely develop.

Here are 6 simple steps to ditch the microwave oven for good…

Plan ahead

1. Soaking lentils and grains reduces their cooking time. You can soak them for about 2 hours and then a cook a dahl dish in 15 minutes. The classical Ayurvedic dish, Kitchari, takes even less time to cook. If you are cooking heavier lentils soak them for longer. The longer you soak, the quicker they will cook. Take care not to sprout the grains by soaking them for too long.

2. Pre-chop: Chop a bunch of veggies, grate fresh ginger and finely chop garlic and keep them categorised in containers ready to be thrown in the oven, your curry, stir fry or to steam a meal. This is not ideal but for those who are time poor.

3. Prepare your meals in advance: For the days when you’re too busy or too tired to cook, prepare 2-3 meals in one go for that day or two. Just be sure to reheat it on the stove. This is not ideal, fresh is always best, but for those who are time poor. 

4. Stove Heating: Get familiar with it. Cooking and heating foods this way is faster than you think.

Expand Cooking Skills

5. Steam Oven: If it’s within your budget or you are doing up a new kitchen, consider getting this awesome new appliance.

6. Learn some quick and easy recipes: Some of quick favourites are Ayurvedic porridge for breakfast, kitchari for lunch/dinner or golden milk elixir for breakfast or dinner.

Detox and Revive

Even radiation in low levels are persistent and can accumulate in your body over time, eventually manifesting as diseases. Is it radiation that is causing your ailments? Avoiding microwaves, radiation and other toxins is ideal. Also supporting your body daily with herbs and foods to detox the toxins that we invariably encounter.

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“You are what you eat” is certainly true.

If you eat heavy, damp, leftover foods you will feel heavy, congested, dull and become prone to depression, sluggishness, fatigue and brain fog.

By comparison, if you eat light, prana-rich food cooked fresh with love you will feel light, energised and full of love!

But also consider how you eat.

In what environment do you eat? How fast do you eat it? How long after the previous meal are you eating it? How do you transform or cook it?

 

Microwave Ovens ![Danger]! – Are you still using them?

Are you sacrificing your health for a modern convenience?

Sure, microwaves may seem like a quick and easy solution to cook or heat your food, but healthier cooking methods aren’t that much slower. Plus, by choosing a cooking method that is better for you, you’ll cultivate a love for the ritual of cooking and quickly become a wiz at it. On top of mastering new cooking skills, your body will benefit from the energy and vitality present in a freshly cooked meal. Not convinced? Here’s more about why microwaves have no place anywhere near your food.

How Microwaves Work

Microwaves are essentially radiation bombarding your food and producing heat through causing the water molecules inside to violently vibrate at extremely high frequencies.

Unlike a conventional oven, the microwave environment itself is not actually hot. You can feel this for yourself after the ‘ding’. It’s the water content in food that is heating up the rest of the food and as water is not evenly dispersed in food, that is why the heating in microwaved food is uneven. If there is no water present, the food will not be heated but remain cool – a term dubbed “electrical whiplash.”

What Microwaves Do to Your Food

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Due to unsustainable farming practices, use of pesticides and soil depletion, our soils sadly lack nutrients, hence so does our food. So now, more than ever, we need to be ensuring proper nutrient intake from fresh foods prepared right.

If you use a microwave, what may have started as a nutritious plate of food has now devolved into “dead food.” The radiation waves bounce around the inside of your microwave oven and are absorbed into the food, destroying the nutritional content of your meal. The prana (life-force) has been stripped away.

Nutrients are lost and often what survives has become ‘inactive’ – meaning that your body is not able to access the nutrients remaining.

Studies have shown that:

Doesn’t sound appetising at all, does it?

Alters the Molecular Structure

High frequencies in radio may be a good thing, but in microwaves the high frequencies of radiation create molecular friction which forcefully distorts and deforms the structure of the water molecules in food.

After you ingest the food the same thing happens to your body’s cells which creates a perfect environment for pathogens. You are what you eat, and after eating microwaved milk and vegetables, one study found a dramatic decrease in the levels of white and red blood cells and haemoglobin (the oxygen transport in blood).

The specific gigahertz frequency of radiation emitted by microwave ovens immediately affects the body’s heart rate. If you experience irregular heartbeat or any chest pain and regularly eat microwaved food, it might be best to stop “nuking” your food.

Causes Cancer

Plastic and paper containers used to heat microwave meals have been found to leach carcinogenic chemicals (BPA, PET, benzene, toluene and xylene) along with other harmful toxins into your food which is then absorbed by your body.

Even without plastic there is evidence that the altered molecular structure can have toxic effects on your DNA and lead to cancer. These geno-toxic effects can be the cause of unexplained headaches, anxiety, dizziness, vertigo, brain fog, depression, nausea, vision problems, tooth and jaw aching or constant thirst.

Becomes Tamasic

Ayurveda considers microwaved foods tamasic or that which causes inertia. The lack of life force makes the food heavy, typically causing depression, sluggishness and fatigue. The altered molecular structure of the food confuses the body’s intelligence causing cancer, brain fog, autoimmune disease and host of other issues. After the food becomes heavy it will turn to undigested food material (ama) which will lodge in a vulnerable channel or tissue in the body and initiate the disease process.

Want to know how to ditch the microwave for good?

Check out our 6 Tips to Ditch the Microwave Oven