All posts tagged: ghee

Yagya – Communing with the Divine

Yagya, typically involving a fire ceremony but can also be something as simple as exercise or eating your meal, is the way in which we commune with nature’s intelligence to invoke an effect of greater purification, unity and love. Yagya is like the cosmic mobile phone. It is the way in which we summon the divine. We are communing. It is a communication procedure by which we are requesting an order. Everything in nature revolves around the principle of reciprocity. When we make a request (with intent) through consciousness, we are trigging a spontaneous phenomena of reciprocity. When we understand this principle and we incorporate agni (fire), agni becomes the transmuter, the purifier but also the deliverer of the message of the intent. Agni metabolises intent into manifestation. In Yagya, we offer that intent with things we hold precious to us such as ghee, sandalwood, turmeric, flowers and other various substances from the earth. These things which we are offering to the fire hold a very sattvic (pure) quality that when transmuted from its gross …

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 – …

Bed-Time Golden Milk Tonic

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This nightly sleep aid and anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating one of the most nourishing foods: cows milk, with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge overnight. Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep? If you are having trouble getting to sleep, waking up throughout the night, or any sleep disturbances, this Ayurvedic remedy will reduces your stress to allow you to switch off. Supersede the Stress Insomnia, which can increase the risk of most degenerative diseases,(1) is mostly caused by stress. When we are under stress, cortisol levels (stress fighting hormones), do not decrease, rather, they keep us revved up throughout the night, and we don’t have the energy to calm them back down. Modern science has once again proved ancient wisdom by showing milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%(2). The improvements of sleep are remarkable: Promotes deeper sleep (3) Supports more restorative sleep (3) Provides relaxation …

Mung Dahl Recipe

Mung is an easy to digest lentil that provides adequate protein. Used for both cleansing and building in Ayurveda, one can eat mung dahl everyday and not only will you gain complete nutrition and satisfaction, but soon this will be the stuff you crave! Anti-Flatulence Mung is the only legumes that is “vata balancing.” This means that, unlike every other type of beans or lentils, they will not produce any intestinal gas. They naturally are much easier to cook, digest, and assimilate. Promotes Sattva (“Purity”) Sattva is a quality in us that translates to “purity.” If Sattva is increased, then so is our inner stillness, clarity of mind and contentment. Love radiates and flows back to us in abundance, while the hormone oxytocin (also known as the “bonding or loving hormone”) is simultaneously secreting. Fresh, seasonal whole foods are predominately Sattvic, thus increases the Sattvic quality in us, based on the Ayurvedic law of “Like Increases Like.” This is why Mung Dahl is considered to facilitate spiritual growth and effectively detox the body. It has long been used to nourish babies and …

Ayurvedic Immunisation Over Vaccination For Babies

With the recent heat caused by Robert De Niro’s controversial anti-vaccine documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe being pulled out of the Tribeca Film Festival, interest and suspicion has stirred up in the pharmaceutical vaccine industry. So in due course, I will share with you an Ayurvedic way of immunisation. Vaccinations are a very sensitive topic. I will not blab on about the pharmaceutical industry, only briefly talk about some of the science associated with vaccinations. What Is Actually In A Vaccination? Take away the propaganda, take away the new age jargon – just look at the science. Lets look at some of the ingredients of most vaccines: Formaldehyde (well known-carcinogenic) Aluminium (extremely toxic, known neuro-toxin) Thimerosal is a Mercury containing preservative Anti-Biotics Egg Protein – many vaccines are prepared using chicken eggs. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) other heavy metals, unknown elements, germs that were not intended to be there. These are put into a baby who has a weak and vulnerable immune system. This is further dangerous because injections bypass portals of immune defence to penetrate deeper into the body. If you were to take a bottle and fill it with these …

7 Ayurvedic Super Foods

According to modern science, food nutritionists, food industry leaders and dieticians, so called “superfoods” aren’t exactly “super.” Wikipedia describes that “Superfood is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits..” The European Union has even prohibited the marketing of products as “superfoods,” unless accompanied by a specific medical claim supported by credible scientific research.(1) Not particularly inspiring…so I will redefine the word from an Ayurvedic perspective. First of all, there is no need to exaggerate that foods are “super.” Whatever one uniquely needs will be their superfood. Additionally, everything is actually superfood if you know how to transform and use it. In general, for a food to be “super” it must: 1.Promote ‘Sattva’ – Sattva is a quality in us that translates to “purity.” If Sattva is increased, then so is our inner stillness, clarity of mind and contentment. Love radiates and flows back to us in abundance, while the hormone oxytocin (also known as the “bonding hormone”) is simultaneously secreting. Fresh, seasonal whole foods are predominately Sattvic, thus increases the Sattvic …

KITCHARI: The Essential & Delicious Ayurvedic Dish

Beyond all other Indian meals, there is one considered to facilitate spiritual growth and effectively detox the body. Kitchari, pronounced Kich-ah-ree, has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick, and the healthy during special times of detox, cleansing, and deep spiritual practice. A simple porridge like blend of lentils, rice and spices, kitchari is a comfort and health food that has many nourishing and cleansing benefits. Everyone should eat Kitchari at least a couple to a few times a week to reset digestion and nourish your body and mind. Ingredients: Split yellow mung beans along with a long grain white, basmati, or red rice and a blend of traditional Indian spices. Why White Rice? White Rice is easier to digest because the husk has been milled off. While brown rice supplies more nutrients, the husk makes brown rice a little harder to digest. During cleansing, it is important to be gentle on an already compromised digestion. Generally brown rice is also ok. Red Rice is the best choice because it is most easily digested and is …

The Lowdown On GHEE

What is Ghee? Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking. Ghee is clarified or purified butter. Butter is boiled in a specific way & the lactose components & milk solids are separated and strained to produce this concentrated golden substance, ghee. Hence, no-one is allergic to ghee. It’s a totally new product after the cooking process. Today’s western health scene is becoming aware and finally recognising the benefits of this “superfood,” that has been used in India for centuries. Let me explain the many benefits of using ghee in your everyday cooking… The History of Ghee For centuries it has been used as a cooking fat and a food ingredient, but true Ayurvedic tradition uses it in various medicinal preparations. It is still today used in ritual as an esteemed offering. The Rk Veda (a 3,500 year-old ancient Sanskrit scripture) says: This is the secret name of ghee: “Tongue of the gods” “Navel of immortality.” “Streams of ghee caress the burning wood.” “Agni, the fire, loves them and is satisfied.” This …