Sparking an Organic Herbal Revolution & Prana Potent Herbs | Bharat Mitra #057

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Inside India’s Ayurvedic Herb Industry Lies Corruption, Adulteration and Poor Quality Herbs.

Renowned Ayurvedic practitioner Dylan Smith speaks with the founder of Organic India, a large successful multi-national Ayurvedic herbal company that is sparking a revolution in herbal medicine.
This company is a vehicle of consciousness and unity, just like Ayurvedic herbalism should be.
Through regenerative agriculture, Organic India are restoring the dignity to farmers and villages, enhancing the Pranic Power of Ayurvedic herbs and protecting endangered species of herbs.
This is a rich discussion exploring the subtle properties of Ayurvedic herbs.

ABOUT OUR GUEST: Bharat Mitra

Bharat Mitra is a visionary heart-centered entrepreneur, whose work manifests in many forms, including business, philanthropy, community co-creation and loving seva. In 1990 Divine Grace brought him to the feet of his master, Sri H.W.L. Poonja, Papaji, whom he has been inspired by and devoted to ever since.

He is the Founder of ORGANIC INDIA, a regenerative and wholly ethical company that, from its beginnings, has been guided by its vision to be a Vehicle of Consciousness in the corporate world. ORGANIC INDIA is now a thriving profitable business that works with thousands of small farmers across India, nourishing land, communities and livelihoods, producing a diverse range of organic Tulsi teas and wellness products retailed in over 30 countries.

Bharat Mitra

Bharat Mitra co-founded UPLIFT with his beloved wife and partner Bhavani Lev. Igniting love and consciousness around the globe, UPLIFT is a living invitation to the field of oneness and selfless service. Together with uniquely talented and gifted people from all walks of life, UPLIFT invites you to be a catalyst for greatness and part of a quantum leap for humanity as ONE uplifted community. UPLIFT is Unity, Peace and Love in a Field of Transcendence. (1)


In this Episode we Discuss:

The Genesis of Organic India: A large successful multi-national Ayurvedic herb company. 

This company is a vehicle of consciousness, light, love and unity.

About Papaji

The space from which Organic India emerged.

A rare being of purity and transmission of light.

The Vision and Mission of Organic India

The Corruption, Adulteration and Poor Quality of Ayurvedic Herbs in India

The contamination of Ayurvedic herbs in India with toxins.

The Importance of Growing Your Own Herbs

Dr Narendra Singh

Dr. Narendra Singh was an esteemed MD and researcher who spent more than forty years researching the healing properties of India’s medicinal herbs through modern scientific experiments and pharmaco-clinical trials.

Our whole herb philosophy is supported by Dr Narendra Singh’s extensive research that validates herbal medicines as most effective and active in their naturally occurring whole form; especially when grown organically and processed carefully to retain their innate phytochemistry.

The Prana of Herbs

More important than the formula

Herbal Extracts vs. Whole Herbs

Growing thousands of metric tons, primarily through tulsi.

Overhead shot of herbs in bowls

Tulsi: The Queen of Herbs

Coming to the rescue for villagers

Regenerative agriculture and an organic herbal revolution

Giving your Soma (flow of consciousness) to Herbs to Enhance Pranic Power

For more information check out our Podcast Episode on Soma with Thom Knoles

Bharat Mitra in a Field

The negative immigration due to hopelessness in the villages

And how Organic India is providing hope again to the villages and connect to the dignity of being a farmer.

Restoring Dignity for Rural Farmers

Using a financial model to initially motivate farmers to produce herbs.

Prematurely Harvesting Herbs

For greater yield before they become mature.
You lack the full medicinal value that comes at maturity.
A Tea Field in Doddabetta Peak, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India

Endangered Herbs

Such as Kutkti (Picrorhiza kurrora)

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Tonic Herbalism: Potent, Pure & Sustainable Herbs for Daily Invigoration | Mason Taylor #054

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Just as we need our daily bread, we need our daily herbs.

Herbs provide a subtle nutrition to the brain and the subtle tissues of our body. They invigorate us with prana (life-force) and create a state in our physiology that attracts the healing powers and support from nature.

Take advantage of the herbs around you and what is available to you with honour, reverence and gratitude.

When you deservingly nourish yourself with these precious medicinal materials, your life will flourish on all levels.

About Our Guest: Mason Taylor

Mason’s energy and intent for a long and happy life is infectious. A health educator at heart, he continues to pioneer the way for potent health and a robust personal practice. An avid sharer, connector, inspirer and philosophiser, Mason wakes up with a smile on his face, knowing that tonic herbs are changing lives. Mason is also the SuperFeast founder, daddy to Aiya and partner to Tahnee (General Manager at SuperFeast).

Mason Taylor holding a Reishi mushroom

In this Episode we Discuss:

Mason's morning routine (dinacharya).

Seasonal Routine (RtuCarya) to promote health

Summer energy: achievement and goal oriented vs. the reality of what your body wants to do (rest, serenity and leisure).

New Years resolution energy may not coincide with southern hemisphere summer time.

How to deal with end-of-year festivities according to Daoism.

Flowing effortlessly between seasons and utilising the available energies to our benefit.

Mason Taylor harvesting Schisandra Berries

Chinese Medicine, Taoism and Ayurveda

Similarities, differences and integrating various modalities of traditional medicine.

The three dantians - inner body awareness and optimal decision making.

The preservation and cultivation of the three treasures (Jing, Qi, Shen) and getting the Yin Yang flowing and transforming.

Kidneys: energy, liquid essence and ojas.

Diagram showing the location and functionalities of the three danteans

Tonic Herbs and Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine vs. Classical Chinese Medicine.  

The difference between toxic elemental heavy metals and medicinal heavy metals (bhasmas). 

Three levels of herbs: High, medium and inferior.

Pearl powder: properties and healing powers. Click HERE for more information on medicinal Pearls.

Cordyceps fungus: properties and health benefits.

SuperFeast Mushroom Products

Farming, natural sourcing & preservation of herbs

Sustainable farming/sourcing, scarcity and adulteration of herbs (Di Dao herbs vs. big-scale industry herb products).

The purification and extraction of herbs that brings about their most powerful and sacred healing properties.

Mushroom farming: the ideal medium and context to grow them.

Preservation and ‘shelf-life’ of herbs.

Mason Taylor harvesting Chaga Mushrooms in a forrest
Mason Taylor Holding a mushroom in the middle of the forrest
Selfie of Mason Taylor and Dylan Smith

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Shop Vitalveda products HERE

SuperFeast web site: HERE

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The Ancient and Stimulating Spice Industry | Ian Herbie Hemphill {Podcast #026}

About Ian Herbie Hemphill

Ian ‘Herbie’ Hemphill is an Australian foodie legend. He and his family have been educating us about spices and herbs for over 50 years. 3 Generations of herbs and spice Hemphills.

Ian Hemphill’s lifelong experience in the spice industry means we can gain the “inside story” into the ancient and stimulating spice industry.

Herbies have a product range of over 200 items, including over 100 spice blends, all developed by Herbie and made daily in the Herbie’s Spicery on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

The Hemphill's hobby is also their passion, their business, and their livelihood.

Ian is the author of books:

  • The Spice and Herb Bible.
  • “Spice Travels - A Spice merchant’s voyage of discovery” - Ians personal anecdotes and travel stories.
  • He runs Herbies TV.
  • Spice Notes.
  • Herbaceous.
  • Spicery.
  • Sticks, Seeds, Pods and Leaves.

Herbie & Liz wanted to achieve three main objectives for their business:

  1. To have the largest range of culinary herbs and spices in the Southern Hemisphere;
  2. To always search for the best quality and make 100% natural blends;
  3. and very important, was to educate consumers so they could judge for themselves.

In This Episode We Discuss

History of the Spice Trade

  • The worlds second oldest profession.
  • One of the most lucrative businesses.
  • It was used as a currency. - Using something with actual value.
  • Spices were used as a status symbol. 
  • Myths of spices about the way they were developed.
  • Pepper corn rent - pepper corns were used to pay rent. 
  • How have we lost our appreciation for this highly valuable commodity? Have we become numb and ignorant to the abundant healing power and importance of spices?
    • Mass marketing has reduced spices to commodity status. 
    • Adulteration means consumers are not exposed to true quality spices.

Adulteration and Quality

  • Food fraud.
  • Buying powdered spices.
  • Range of quality and variety of spices. - Depends on climate, place grown.
  • How is it packaged/stored? - spices in bulk bins, plastic, paper.
  • Herbie’s products contain No Added artificial ingredients or fillers of any kind. 
  • Herbies grind spices themselves except some chilli and turmeric.

How to become familiar with the spices we are using. 

Look and smell the spice each time we use them.

Drying Spices

  • To activate the natural enzymes and bring out the flavour.
  • The less moisture content of 10-12% of dried herbs compared to over 80% when it is fresh, preserve the herbs while retaining he volatile oils.
  • Must dry quickly or else mold can start growing if the moisture lingers during the process. But to fast the heat will destroy the volatile oils and flavours.

Organic vs. Non-organic

Is it so important with spices? How is the pesticide use in the spice industry?

Spices in Agriculture

Mono-culture vs. permaculture?

Tip for Cooking Spices

Don’t pour over steam as steam gets in, allows the volatile oils to oxidise or worse, create mould.

Saffron

Medicinal Uses

  • Vajikarana - Sukra vardhaka - aphrodisiac that increases reproductive tissue and strength.
  • Rakta dhatu (Blood Tissue Health) - Increases haemoglobin thus good for anaemia.
  • Heart - enhancing the lymph and blood tissues (rasa and rakta dhatus) encourages blood flow through the circulatory system. Good for angina (inadequate blood supply to the heart) and cardiac congestion.
  • Enhances purity as it is very sattvic herb, which enhances love and compassion.
  • For mental health and brain health.
  • Nervous disorders - rejuvenates majja (bone marrow) and sukra (reproductive) dhatu, thus good for vata and degenerative diseases.
  • Skin conditions such as discoloured patches of the face. External applciation.
  • Cures headache - topical application.
  • Ulcers, worms, vomiting.

Ayurvedic properties:

  • Rasa (taste) - katu, titkta (pungent, bitter)
  • Virya (energy) - usna (heating)
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - katu (pungent)
  • Gunas (Qualities) - snidgha, laghu (unctuousness, light)
  • Doshas - Tridoshic. Can heat pitta in excess.
  • Karma (Action): Yogavahi (catalyst)

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice! and most expensive commodity! more expensive than gold!

With a street value on average of around A$20,000 per kilo.

A double handful of saffron weighing about 1 kilo, will contain at least 200,000 stigmas. - the female organ on the flower, held by the male pollen/organ, called the stamen.

  • Hand picked.
  • Origin - Kashmir (5%), Iran (over 90% of worlds supply, 360 tones a year!), Spain ( biggest exporter, thus importer).
  • Different grades.
  • Best quality - Kashmir - is the whole stigma with a little bit of style.
  • Medium quality - Iran, afganistan.
  • Inferior quality - Persia.
  • Amount of land to produce how much stigmas - 5 acres/ kilo of saffron.
  • 170,000 flowers = 100kg flowers = 1kg dry saffron.

Herbie at a Kasmir saffron field

Adulteration

  • Safflower petals, corn silk, coconut fibre, and even dyed shredded crocus petals were passed off as saffron.
  • How to test? Dissolve water test. - Real saffron takes 15-60mins to release the golden hue. Artificial saffron releases a redder colour, and aroma is like sandalwood. Learn to test here.
  • In the past, there were saffron police in Germany

To use saffron:
Soak in warm milk, better not boiled.

Saffron purity test

Vanilla

  • World supply shortage.
  • From $50/kg to $500/kg.
  • Second most expensive spice in the world.
  • The most fluctuating spice in price.
  • Make your own Vanilla bean paste by simply warming 1 Tablespoon of glucose syrup and stirring in 1 teaspoon Vanilla bean powder.
  • Can only be pollinated by one particular bee that is native to Mexico, and that is also nearly extinct. 
  • During a shortage, Coca Cola used 20% of the vanilla supply for Vanilla Coke!
  • Curing vanilla is a complex process.
Herbie at a vanilla farm in Mexico

Black Pepper

Sanskrit: Maricha
Botanical Name: Piper Nigrum (Piperaceae)

Black pepper is much more than your common kitchen spice. It is one of the most popular herbs in Ayurvedic medicine that provides powerful medicinal actions beyond being just a spicy ingredient.

Named after one of the names of the sun, Maricha, it possess the same qualities as this spherical source of heat and light. It is warming, drying and stimulating to the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Digestion - stimulates agni (digestive fire), burns ama (undigested food material) relieves abdominal pain and helps remove parasites.
  • Lungs - Specific for cold, wet, damp, kapha conditions in the respiratory channel.
  • Circulation - stimulates the microcirculation in the capillaries and move stagnated blood
  • Fever - Helps “cook” the pathogens and then induce a sweat. Clears ama.

Ayurvedic Properties

Rasa (taste) - Pungent, bitter
Virya (energy) - Hot
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - Sweet
Guna (quality) - Light, dry, sharp
Dosha effect VK-, P+

Cardamom

  • Distinct camphorous, eucalyptus-like, pungent and astringent aroma.
  • Perennial plant.
  • Dried in the dark.
  • One of Herbie’s favourite spices.
  • When buying ground cardamom, make sure it is only the seeds ground, since a lot of ground cardamom has the husks still.
  • Environmentally friendly to grow - since it grows in the shade in the rainforest, and doesn’t need to be irrigated.

Shortages of cardamom seeds

  • The importation of seeds of any kind has become more difficult due to new Australian bio-security regulations introduced recently. October 2019.
  • That combined with low harvests in India (Herbie’s source) and Guatemala (another major producer) you may have to stock up on whole green cardamom pods, and peel the husk away to avail yourself of the seeds as you need them.
  • That’s what Herbies is doing in order to continue to include ground cardamom in retail packs.

Elādwaya (Elettaria Cardamomum) / (Green Cardamom)

Sanskrit synonym: Suksmaila

Rasa (taste) – katu and madhura. (pungent and sweet)
Virya (energy) – Sita (cooling)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) – Madhura (sweet)
Guna (qualities) – laghu, ruksa (light, dry).
Doshas: KV-
Karma (action):

  • Pitta vata hara
    • Pitta hara due to sita virya
    • Vatahara due to madhura vipaka.
  • Swasa, Kasa (Asthma, dyspnoea)
  • Arsa (Piles)
  • Dysuria

Sthūla Ela (amomum subulatum) / (Black Cardamom)

Krsna Ela (Black Cardamom) has a very strong odor and camphor like quality.

Rasa (taste) – katu and slightly madhura. (pungent and sweet)
Virya (energy) – Usna (heating)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) – katu (pungent)
Guna (qualities) – laghu, ruksa (light, dry).
Doshas: KP- and Rakta- (pacifies blood)
Karma (action):

  • Vatakapha hara - Kapha hara due to usna virya and katu vipaka.
  • Deepana (enkindles agni)
  • Itching, thirst, nausea, poison, diseases of mutravaha (urinary tract)
  • Swasa, kasa, vomiting, headache.

Turmeric

Turmeric in the Spice Industry

  • Fresh vs dry - Dry is more potent, with the active ingredients concentrated. More pure.
  • Easy to grow, but hard to get a good quality. 
  • Extracts vs. Whole herbs - always go with whole herbs.

2 types of Turmeric:

  1. Madras turmeric - from Tamil Nadu. More light yellow in colour.
  2. Allepy turmeric - much darker in colour. Higher curcumin content, a more superior fresh turmeric flavour. More unctuous due higher cur cumin content.

Medicinal Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is the most thoroughly researched plant on this planet!

And I don’t blame the scientists for the 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.

Check out  the medicinal benefits and Ayurvedic perspective of turmeric HERE.

Native Australian Herbs and Spices

Australian Native Pepperberry (Tasmannia lanceolata)

Chilli

  • Didn’t come from Asia.
  • The pungent aroma of chilli and its hot, sinus-clearing, throat-searing substance called capsaicin permeated the air at India’s famous chilli market in Guntur, the largest chilli market in the world.
  • 50 acres dedicated to just the market!
  • Hundreds of tons of chillis.
  • Make sure they are fully dried to avoid mould. Dry to around 12% moisture content.
  • The sugar caramelises when you dry them to create a rich, robust and quite complex flavour. 

Pink pepper corns (Schinus molle)

In this podcast, Herbie mentioned it has a toxin in it. While this toxin may be present, I still forage pink pepper corns from the trees growing around the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.


Resources

Herbies

Check out the Spice Tours that Herbies run in India.

Watch the amusing video on a cardamom auction in India.


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Ayurvedic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Yay! You, your friend or family member is pregnant! Congratulations. I have written this guide and am here to assist you through this exciting (and sometimes scary) period of transition and growth.

According to Ayurveda, pregnancy and delivery can be the most rejuvenating experience of a women’s life, during which every cell of the mother’s body can be transformed. Unfortunately, in the west we did not get that knowledge and mothers often pay dearly with health concerns after a pregnancy.

During pregnancy, everything that the mother-to-be touches, smells, tastes, hears and sees has an imprinting influence on the foetus. Her actions not only form various health and physiological features of the future baby, but blueprint and dwell with the unborn human for their whole life which influences their health, even through old age.

That being said, this is a time for the pregnant lady to relax, retreat and do what she desires. There should be minimal restrictions and rules (these are below). She should be treated like a queen (fellas, I know you always do) and follow her desires with little friction.

Alongside this pregnancy plan, we highly recommend couples to do the She Births Birthing Classes. Discount code: vitalveda10

Guidelines for Throughout the Whole Pregnancy

Flood your Life with Sattva

Everything the mum-to-be does should be sattvic for both the mother and child. 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 in abundance, while the hormone oxytocin (also known as the “bonding/loving hormone”) is simultaneously secreting. 

Recommendations to enhance sattva in her mind, body and spirit:

  • Fresh, seasonal whole-foods cooked with love is sattvic food.
  • Create a nourishing and calm environment in your home and avoid stimulating and toxic (rajasic) environments like loud music and polluted air.
  • Surround yourself with loving, like-minded people and avoid toxic relationships and people who stress you out.

Self-Oil-Massage - It is always better for the soon-to-be-mum to do self-massage rather than getting done by a practitioner. If you don't feel like it, no need to do self-abhyanga in the first 6 months.

If receiving a massage from a practitioner, it should be a very, very light abhyanga, without touching the belly.
Avoid all treatments from another practitioner in the first trimester and eighth month.

Learn how to do Self-Oil-Massage here

Daily Meditation - The key to a healthy pregnancy and happy mother and baby. The foetus also absorbs her peaceful and alert attitude. Vedic meditation is recommended.

Reduce EMF (Electro-Magnetic-Field) Exposure

Wireless devices emit signals (EMF) that communicate with our mitochondria and cause mitochondrial dysfunction, which is a birth for many diseases. It also generates free radicals, dehydrates our body and thrashes our adrenal stress index. You definitely don’t want to expose your vulnerable foetus to EMFs. Mainstream medicine already knows this by restricting x-rays etc., but has not yet realised the danger of wireless devices like mobile phones, laptops, wifi etc.

Ways to Reduce EMF

  • Turn your wifi, smart TVs, mobile phone off at night and when you are not using them.
  • Whenever your mobile phone is near your body, keep it on aeroplane mode.
  • Avoid high density EMF environments that are like being in a microwave. Offices for example.
  • Purchase Belly Armour - a comfy shielding material to wear when your out and about.
  • Neutralise nnEMFs with grounding in nature - barefoot on earth, walking on beach, swimming in natural bodies of ocean.

Reduce Ultrasounds

Unnecessary excess radiation. Studies show they do not improve birth outcomes. Get one mid-pregnancy, at 22 weeks to check body parts.

 

Reduce Aeroplanes

Studies showed flight attendants had a double chance of miscarriages because of the dense radiation exposure. What more is flying is probably the number one activity that aggravates vata the most.

 

Sleep On Your Left Side

Best to not sleep during the day, as proper night time sleep is essential.

 

Listen to Vedic Chants

Primordial sounds vibrate to the foetus to enliven desired aspects of consciousness. The vedic sounds also increase Sattva in the pregnant lady. Some good chants to listen to are the Bhagavad Gita and Hanuman mantras.

Balance Vata

The major theme during pregnancy is to balance vata, the energy of the nervous system. This is because the growth of the foetus and the process of giving birth is governed by Apana-Vata, the downward moving Sub-dosha of Vata. In cases of stress and tiredness, the upward-moving vata – called prana vata – has to step in and is redirected downward to support the needs of the baby. Lack of prana means lack of joyful feelings of pregnancy, which can leave the mum exhausted, depleted, tired and even depressed postpartum.

The key to balance vata is:

  1. Warmth (warm, cooked, nourishing foods, warm climate)
  2. Regularity (regular sleep times, meal times, meditation, regular bowel motions etc.)
  3. Rest - As much as possible. Times are designated to carry out work, travel or anything that requires strain (5th an 6th month).

All the recommendations in this article balance vata.

All 3 of your doshas are aggravated by the significant transition of pregnancy. 

Correcting imbalances while pregnant is much easier than once the child is born! Of course it would be ideal if the woman could balance the doshas before conception. 

DIET and HERBS

Foods to Avoid Throughout the Whole Pregnancy

  • Papaya - Excess downward movement (Vata anulomana) and to much heat.
  • Pineapple - Certain enzymes which cause miscarriage and to much heat.
  • Undercooked meat (beef and pork) - A risk of contracting toxoplasmosis, parasitic disease that can infect the baby and produce many symptoms that vary from premature delivery and low birth weight, to malformations and mental retardation.
  • Raw and undercooked foods, especially leafy greens, beans and lentils.
  • Raw Fish and Seafood - includes sushi and all shellfish. Some bacteria like listeria and some parasites like anisakis can be found in contaminated seafood; they produce an intestinal infection, which can lead to dehydration. Fever and dehydration during pregnancy can be linked to abortion or preterm birth.
  • Seafood High in Mercury - The bigger and older the fish, the more likely that it’s contaminated with mercury. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages pregnant women to avoid swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, pregnant women should exceed two seafood meals per week.
  • Raw Eggs - Can be contaminated with harmful bacteria, especially salmonella, which can produce a severe intestinal infection that leads to high fever and dehydration, which can be harmful for the baby. Avoid all products that may contain raw eggs, such as homemade dressings, mayonnaise, and eggnog.
  • Caffeine - you should not exceed 200 mg per day. Caffeine is a stimulant, and it may increase your heart rate and your blood pressure, both of which are not recommended during pregnancy. It crosses the placenta to your baby, increasing its heart rate as well. This has been linked to prematurity, miscarriage, and low birth weight. A cup of coffee may contain anywhere from 150 to 400 mg of caffeine, depending on the type and brew.
  • Hot spicy foods.
  • Artificial flavours, preservatives and chemical additives.
  • Left-overs - Opposite to sattvic food (tamasic).
  • Excess honey - To heating.
  • Shodana Vati / Triphala / Laxatives / Excess detox foods/herbs - Laxative herbs that cause vata anulomana should strictly be avoided in the first trimester, and also avoided for the rest of pregnancy.

Foods to Avoid Part of the Pregnancy

  • Hing (Asafoetida) - Avoid in first trimester. Vata anulomana and sharp quality, breaks stagnation. Also no external application.
  • Turmeric - For the first 6 months for those sensitive like older pregnant ladies and those prone to miscarriages. A little turmeric is fine but excess is to heating.
  • Raisins in excess.

Indicated Diet

Other than the foods to avoid, don’t restrict yourself to much and honour cravings.
Remember, you are eating for two body types, so you should not follow a strict diet for one body type. Honour your unique cravings in moderation, especially from the fourth month when the cravings you experience are more likely those of the baby.

  • Sweet taste - It is the most sattvic or wholesome for the baby. Dates, fresh breads cooked without oils, whole grains, rice, fruits, quinoa, cooked beetroot, carrot, sweet potato, hot milk, porridge.
  • Ghee, coconut oil.
  • Hot milk - one of the most nourishing, immunity boosting and ojas building foods.
  • Kitchari
  • Almonds soaked overnight then peeled the following day.

Tips to Help with Constipation during Pregnancy

It is important to have daily morning bowel motions during pregnancy.

  • Eat citrus fruits like oranges and mandarins.
  • Pomegranate.
  • Lots of cooked leafy greens.
  • Psyllium husk is okay after first trimester, but consult a good practitioner regarding psyllium.

Herbs Indicated During Pregnancy

Samadhi (Enlivens Unity in Mind & Body)

Dhatu (Tissue Nourisher)

Smriti (Cellular Memory of Perfect Health)

Pregnancy Ghee (Sukhaprasava Ghritam)

Nasika (Nasal & Brain Oil)

Abhyanga Massage Oil

Abyanga Massage Oil (Coconut Based) 1 Litre

Special Phala Yoni Ghee

Yoni Ghee

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness happens because the foreign body (foetus) changes the hormones and system. Some people are not compatible with this.

This does not mean you are unhealthy, in fact, it is traditionally believed morning sickness makes a baby more stronger and helps it survive.

Nausea Remedies

  • Madiphal rasayana - A fruity liquid Ayurvedic preparation that you take a small sip of whenever nausea is there. (Pictured).
  • Citrus fruits like lime.
  • Honey + ginger.
  • Cut the skin of unripe green lemon with your finger nail and sniff it.
  • Clove, fennel and ajwain powder mixed in equal quantities with unheated honey. (little less ajwain ).

Month-By-Month Pregnancy Insight

First Trimester: Extra Careful

This month is the riskiest for miscarriage. Therefore follow all the rules and diet advice more strictly including lots of rest and avoiding stress, work, travel and sex.

Keep it a secret - Mainly for those who are first time pregnant or have been unsuccessful with conceiving or miscarriages. Ayurveda recommends this to avoid bad energy from external people, known as Dristi Dosha (“Bad Eye”).

Prop the foot end of your bed up 8cm to that you are on a slight tilt towards your head. This helps prevent miscarriage.

Pumsavana Ayruvedic nasal therapy can be given in the second month to strengthen the foetus and the mother's ability to carry.

4th Month: Dhauhrda (“Two Hearts”)

According to Ayurveda, in the fourth month the foetus’s heart is endowed with consciousness and the senses are said to develop.
This month is known asDhauhrda,” which means two hearts. This is because through the arteries, the heart of the foetus is connected with that of the mother. Thus, through these vessels (dhamanis), the feelings of the foetus is transferred to the mother. The mother may feel unusual desires during this period, which are probably the desires of the child. It is advisable to give a pregnant woman what ever she desires.

During this month the women should never sleep during the day as proper night sleep is essential.

Foetal Development:

By the end of this month, the foetus is about 8-10 inches in length and weighs 200 grams or more. The mother will probably start to “show” now. The ears are functioning, and there is evidence that the foetus hears quite a bit; the mother’s voice and heartbeat as well as external noise. The umbilical cord has become an engineering marvel, transporting 280L of fluids per day and completing a round-trip of fluids every 30 seconds.

Anguli (finger), Jathara (GIT) and Katipradesha (pelvic regions) forms in the foetus.

5th and 6th Month: Lenient Time

If you have to work or have sex during pregnancy, this is the time. During sex woman should be on their back only and do not strain abdomen.

You may start Yoni Pichu this month if vata (dryness) is high in the vagina, but please consult a quality practitioner before this.

Foetal Development:

  • End of 5th month - Complete formation of Prusta Vamsa (vertebral column). Why Susruta samhita described to perform Upaveshan samskara (string belt) at 5th months in infants.
  • During 6th month - Mukha (face), nasika (nose), srota (ear), bones and cartilages are formed.
  • From the 6th month, the Buddhi (intelligence) starts to form so whatever you stress or actions you perform, you will give this to the baby.
  • Oil and sweat glands are functioning.
  • The delicate skin of the growing baby is protected from the foetal waters by a special ointment called “vernix.” If the baby were born in the month and given the proper care, he would survive.

7th Month: Nearly there

This month is in maintenance mode for a meticulous part of the pregnancy: the 8th month.

Foetus Development:
The baby now uses the four senses of vision, hearing, taste and touch. They can recognise his mother's voice.

8th Month: Vital Time for Increased Rest

The 8th month is very delicate. Where the subtle nutrient fluid called “Ojas,  that supports vitality and immunity, is transferred from foetus to the mother and back and forth.
This process should not be disturbed as it can leave the baby without or with low Ojas.
Thus, you need to get as much rest as possible and avoid what you are meant to avoid and enhance sattva.

Foetus Development:

  • The skin begins to thicken, with a layer of fat stored underneath for insulation and nourishment.
  • Antibodies increasingly build up.
  • The baby absorbs a3.7L) of amniotic fluid per day; the fluid is completely replaced every three hours.

9th Month: It's Coming!

Foetus Completely Developed:
This month the foetus is endowed with all characters and attains complete development. It can remember it's previous birth (purvajanma) which influences the quality of development.

The baby's heart is pumping 300 gallons of blood per day. They are fully capable of life outside the womb.

Research studies have concluded that an easy birth is highly dependant on a relaxed mind. Thus, surrendering the process of labour is key to a quick birth, as well as meditation.

Yoni Ghee

Soak an organic tampon in Yoni Ghee and then insert into vagina.
This softens and relaxes cervix.
Leave overnight or half the night. Changing it over once is good. Can do every 2-3 nights.
You can start this practice called yoni pichu at 37 weeks pregnant.

Can also do matra basti (small nourishing oil enema) with Special Phala Yoni Ghee.

Yoni Ghee

Pregnancy Ghee (Sukha Prasava Ghritam)

Literally meaning  "Easy to Deliver Ghee", this medicated ghee helps prepare the body for birth and the quicken the delivery and make it smoother.

Dose: 2tsp 2x/day before meals or with hot milk. 

Also massage on belly in clockwise motion during labour for easier delivery.

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Small Nourishing Enemas "Matra Basti"

Matra Bastis can be given every second day for women that are healthy.

25ml before sleep and retain to absorb. This is to reduce the vata, strengthen the system and nourish the foetus with another lubricating fluid that is medicated.
*Only quality matra basti oil should only be used such as Vital Veda's/Raju's Special Matra Basti Oil or Deva 21 Oilor Special Phala Ghee.

How to bring on labour (if not coming)

  • Abdominal massage - Using a medicated ghee called “Sukha Prasava Ghritam or normal ghee or coconut oil (inferior), apply the ghee on the stomach and massage slowly and lightly in a clockwise direction downward towards the vagina.
  • Ensure you are taking Sukha Prasava Ghritam (“easy to deliver ghee”).
  • Eggplant parmigiana has been reported to bring on labour effectively for many woman.
  • Eat more cumin and leafy vegetables.

IT'S HERE!!

Postpartum, after the baby has exited the womb, is perhaps the most important time to implement Ayurvedic interventions and practices to rejuvenate mum and ensure proper nutrient and immune accumulation for the baby.

See my Ayurvedic Post Natal Care Plan Here

We highly recommend couples to do the She Births Birthing Classes and pregnancy support. Discount code: vitalveda10

Recommended Listening

References:

  • The Raju family
  • Foetal development - Paippalada’s GARBHOPANISHAD, A brief treatise on emberyo and fetus, translated by Dr. Durga Prasad Dash



Podcast: Rhythms and Cycles in Nature – Exploring the Innate Stages of Life

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Natures intelligence is constantly prevailing our life.

The elements rotate in dominating segments of the day. Each season uniquely effects our body. Elemental influences govern the different generational age groups in life.

How in tune are we with our own nature to progress in life with minimal friction?

How do we prepare our body for healthy adulthood, reproduction, smooth menopause and comfortable “elder years”?

Join Ayurvedic master Vaidya Krishna Raju as he is interviewed by Matt Ringrose to dissect the elegant sequence of life.

Vaidya Raju will share how to access and utilise the power of these crucial life-transitioning periods with simple, accessible and powerful actions for you to live a rewarding and vital life.

About Vaidya Krishna Raju

The Raju Family are internationally renowned leading experts in authentic Ayurveda (the science of health and longevity).

Practising for over 13 generations, they specialise in creating very effective and individualised treatments using precise knowledge and application of rare and powerful herbal formulas.

Vaidya Krishna Raju is the director and head doctor at his family clinic in Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to treatment of the seemingly incurable.

About Matt Ringrose

Matt is the founder of Bondi Meditation Center. Matt came to meditation from an entrepreneurial and corporate background. It changed his life so postiively that he transitioned to dedicate his life to sharing this transformative knowledge with others. Matt is now committed to passing on this ancient Vedid knowledge in a way which is practical, enjoyable and relevant to modern life.

Show Summary and Notes

The importance of the menstrual cycle.

Regimen for menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle is according to the 27 star constellations (nakshatras), rather than the moon.

The moon's influence on the mind.

A males hormonal cycle.

Menopause - requirements for smooth transition.

Abhyanga (Oil massage) to prevent and treat 90% of menopausal symptoms, the best tool to balance vata + more.

Overview of Vata, Pitta, Kapha - the role of these 3 bio-intelligences.

The importance of baby massage.

Banana Treatment: Powerful therapy for promoting perfect health. For PMS, infertility and all hormones issues.

“Jaggery Medicine” given by the Raju for infertility as a treatment back in muslim empire.

The role of Ayurvedic herbs.

The two types of immunity. Congenital and acquired.

Pulse Diagnosis - a profound tool for knowledge. 

Self-Pulse for healing, reducing stress and anxiety plus more. Lesson on that here.

Seasonal cycles, daily cycles, ageing cycles - all intertwined. 

Seasonal pathology. State of doshas in each season.

Daily bowel movement for regular purification.

Dinacharya:

Heart Attack - What is actually happening during the protection mechanism.

Cholesterol Issues - Liver is producing fatty liver in even skinny people due to dryness. Ghee is one solution.

Ghee - benefits. Muscle and blood vessel elasticity. No sclerotic changes = no heart attack + more.

Why soldiers used to apply oil on the soles of the feet while they sleep.

Different metals to boost immune system or skill your enemy slowly.

Bhasmas - metallic preparations for medicine.

Smriti preparation - featuring gold bhasma.

Squatting while urinating to prevent prostate enlargement.

Treatment for constricted urinary tubes in males.

Panchakarma (detox and rejuvenation) - good for anything but should not be given for acute conditions.

Migraines and chronic headaches - causes, pathology, treatment and prevention.

Cooling Lassi

Ingredients

2 tsp – 2 TBSP yoghurt
1-1.5 cup 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.