All posts tagged: home remedy

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 …

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 …

Summer Regimen

“Quantity of water gets reduced by the strong heat of the sun, rivers have very little water, trees have no shade under them because of falling of ripened leaves; the leaves, bark and entwining ceepers are all dried up.” – Astanga Samgraha, ch. 4 (27-37) Summertime… and the living is easy.. It’s also hot and dry! and it is wise to protect yourself by keeping cool, and work in harmony with this season to thrive during it. Imagine feeling prime The very hot sun takes away the strength of the earth, and all things on this earth. Scientists call this “thermal accumulation,” and particularly in the second half of summer you may begin to feel inner heat accumulate. Summer Pathogenesis The heat in your body rises, which can result in dry skin, sensitive, irritated, and dried out sinuses. You may notice your sinuses beginning to run a lot. Creating reactive mucus is the body’s response to this dryness. You may experience looser stools – the body’s response to to remove the heat. Your intestinal villi might be …

Waning The Winter Woes

Become immune to the common cold or flu – Prevent it!, but if it does hit you, DO NOT resist it, rather, accept it, and apply some of the tactics listed in this article to actually make the flu work for you! In Australia we are now smack bang in the middle of winter, and so many people are getting the cold and flu symptoms. What Exactly Is The Flu? The flu is not a disease that calls for panic or that needs to be “treated”. The flu is a natural detoxification that the body’s intelligence wisely instigates to “clean the house” (the body). So do not suppress it! Your body “vents” (clears) toxins 24hrs a day, but sometimes (particularly as the seasons become colder) it gets overwhelmed and opens up all the vents for immediate clearing. This clearing comes in many forms: perspiration, breathing, sweating, rashes, diarrhea, colds, flus and so on. So we must facilitate this process of “cleaning the house” by allowing and assisting the toxins to be eliminated. Unfortunately people aren’t facilitating …

Cough & Cold Home Remedy: Honey + Spice Paste

This is a simple and very tasty paste that you can make up and jar it to have on hold, especially for the autumn-winter-early spring time of year. This cough and cold remedy increases immunity and fights infections. Recipe: 1 tablespoon of Honey* 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp cardamom powder 10 drops of fresh ginger juice or 1/4tsp ginger powder Mix a large batch of this up, keep it in a glass jar ready for use. Dosage: Lick 1tsp 2-3x a day or when needed. *Honey should be unheated (not above body temperature). Ensure the honey you buy is extracted this way.  Most honeys in the supermarkets, even health food stores (organic included!) will be extracted at temperatures higher than 37 degrees. I suggest going to your local farmers market and speaking to the apiarist. To learn What Exactly Is The Flu, + more simple home remedies, click HERE