All posts tagged: ayurveda

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 …

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, …

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 …

Banana Treatment by The Raju Family

Powerful therapy for promoting perfect health ~ Banana Treatment is a powerful therapy that cleanses the entire physiology and restores gynaecological health. “BT” is recommended for women to undertake while on their menstrual cycle who have gynecological health issues, to balance hormones, to enhance fertility or to profoundly purify the physiology. It is also available for women who will not be menstruating at the time of visit. What is Banana Treatment? Banana Treatment (BT) is mostly done during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Ayurveda views the menstrual cycle as a deep detox and profound purification that a woman is blessed to have once a month. This unique treatment that is exclusively perform by the Raju Family enhances this purification process. Banana Treatment involves taking herbs specially prepared with bananas during each day of the menstrual flow, along with a special, simple diet and plenty of rest so that the body can devote all it’s energy to clearing and healing. The treatment draws out toxins from all over the body into the menstrual blood through which they are expelled. A single banana treatment done properly during menstruation …

Honey – Nectar or Poison?

Honey, nature’s sweet nectar, was considered by the ancient Vedic sages as one of the most exceptional food items available to mankind. It constitutes unique medicinal properties par excellence. And all this certainly still prevails today, but only when used properly. In stark contrast, honey when heated is considered fatal and is classified as poison. Not only did ancient vedic sages clearly warn civilisations about this, but now modern science is proving ancient wisdom by confirming the toxicity of heated honey. I understand that these words condemning heated honey seem harsh, radical and perhaps rather shocking. But many sages (who are considered authentic authorities on the science of life that is Ayurveda) used these exact words for this topic. And by the way, this language was rarely used. I personally consider heated honey as the #1 Biggest Flaw in The Post Modern Era Diet. The Importance of Honey Honey is a medicine, not so much a food. Honey is only good in little quantities. This is “because of properties like difficult digestibility, dryness and astringency.”(1) …

7 tips to avoid Ama over Christmas and the Silly Season

Festive season is here! and along with it an abundance of edible delights seem to be just about everywhere! It is hard not to over indulge and accumulate Ama, the toxic waste-product of incomplete digestion. Tempting sweets and mouth watering food platters that pull you in by the eyes and nose can lead you to over-eat and snack at irregular times, promoting the accumulation of Ama. Ama is a sticky, thick, mucus-like substance that if not cleaned out, will clog bodily channels and vitiate the “weak part” (Kavyaguna) in your body. Joints are typical weak spots, but the ama will vitiate different tissues and areas depending on the person. Some people may experience respiratory symptoms, constipation, gas, bloating, skin rashes or breakouts, congested lymphatic system, weight gain or stress. The accumulation of ama is the first of The Six Stages of Disease (Shat Kriya Kala) according to Ayurveda. After that, it will eventually manifest into disease and more full blown clinical features. This is the beauty of the prevention aspect of Ayurveda. It can detect …

Valium – The Most Ambiguous Drug Ever

Do you occasionally take Valium? I bet you know people who do? People take it “only occasionally” during plane travel, or when sleep is really being a nuisance. However Valium, aka Diazepam, is actually not good for sleep, or stress, or anxiety, at all. Valium belongs to a class of chemicals called benzodiazepines, which are used as both tranquillisers and sleeping pills. These substances were greeted in their day as revolutionary. At the height of its immense popularity, Valium was said to account for a whopping one-quarter of all new prescriptions written in USA! The job of a benzodiazepine is to activate the brain’s GABA receptors – which provides a sedative effect for stress, sleep and anxiety. Interestingly, studies in Europe showed certain peptides (proteins) in cow’s milk also activate the brain’s GABA receptors. This is why good ol’ fashion Ayurvedic Golden Milk, just like grandma used whip up for you, and which is now a fad (however hipsters are replacing cows milk with other “milks” which don’t have these peptides), is a potent sleep tonic …

Nature Deficit Disorder

Yep it’s actually a thing. This contemporary phenomenon, “Nature Deficit Disorder,” is slightly controversial in the medical industry in regards to it being recognised as a mental disorder. Richard Louv, an author who came up with this “phrase” has stated: “Nature-deficit disorder is not meant to be a medical diagnosis but rather to serve as a description of the human costs of alienation from the natural world.” And boy what health costs it can have… Youngers generations are being at risk of having a shorter lifespan. Behavioural problems are developing as well as Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) and depression. Studies from the University of Illinois is showing a strong link to ADD, and recently studies in USA showed classrooms and other forms of education that used outdoor classrooms and other forms of experiential education produced significant student gain in social studies, science, language, arts and math. Eye problems like myopia (short-sighted) due to lack of exposure to bright (natural outdoor) light are at jeopardy.(3,4). Childhood obesity is a growing problem and an influential cause of it is …

The Power of Mother Divine and Navratri

“Divinity blossoms where woman are respected.” ~ Manu Smriti (ancient Ayurvedic text on gynaecology) In the Vedic calendar, this time of the year is when the collective invokes the Mother Divine aspect of consciousness. Mother Divine or Universal Mother is commonly reffered to as “Durga” (remover of miseries), or “Devi” (goddess), or “Shakti” (feminine energy or power) in the vedas. There are many ways to invoke the Mother Divine in us and in the collective. Aspects of Mother Divine To Invoke: (for both females and males) Gracefulness, elegance, invincibility, capability. (Durga) Feminine counterpart of the “destruction operator” in the universe. – Like a stern mother ensuring we are following the laws of nature, or else, some destruction will occur to shake us up. (Durga) Abundance. Increase of flow. (Lakshmi) Music, art, culture. Feminine aspect of creation. (Saraswati) Education and knowledge. Personify divine knowledge. (Saraswati) Infinite adaptability and infinite organising power. (Shakti) Nourishing, nurturing, protecting. Navratri October 1 is the first day of a vedic festival called “Navratri.” “Nav(a)” = Nine. “Ratri” = Night. The festival “Navratri” is the 9 Nights of Mother Divine. This is …

Feature Food: Banana (“Kadali”)

There are two species of Banana’s – Musa acuminata (the common fruit) and Musa balbisiana (plantain or green banana that’s used as a vegetable). Additionally there are hybrids and offsprings, but they all stem from these 2 original wild species. I will share the Ayurvedic view of the common Banana fruit (Musa acuminata), known as “Kadali” in Sanskrit. The Benefits: “Banana cures obesity, kapha, diseases of the vagina, causes constipation, improves colour and destroys poisoning.” (Lodhradi Gana).(1) Banana is a good remedy for depression and a great replacement to snacking on chocolate as a comfort food. When depression is caused by quality of dryness, bananas actually grant courage and fortitude.- (This does not mean to indulge in Banana when feeling down, eat everything in moderation). It mitigates Pitta due to sweet taste, however if eaten in excess can increase pitta. It increases stomach acid – beneficial for those with too little acid. High in Potassium – Potassium levels are important for those whose sodium/salt intake is high and for nerves and muscles. High in Vitamin B6 – …