All posts tagged: prana

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 …

Herbal Formulations – Nourishing Rasayanas

  “Rasayana” = “That which promotes longevity” These ancient rasayana formulas restore balance and strength to the physiology from the deepest, most unified levels of mind and body. With the growing popularity of Ayurveda in Australia, increasing numbers of people are discovering the health benefits of the herbs and the essential role they play in healing and prevention. Ayurvedic herbs are designed to help support the body’s natural functioning and healing. They build strength from within so that your body can heal itself. You can take an anti-acid tablet, whether it is natural or not, and this may put more alkaline in the body and block acid from secreting. The Ayurvedic approach is take herbs that make your body naturally do it’s own job of balancing PH levels, fixing the digestion so acid is not excessively produced, and more. You can take a calcium supplement, but in contrast Ayurveda would prescribe herbs and other measures to enkindle and balance your digestion so that you absorb calcium from foods and the sun and secrete your own calcium. Not …

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 …

Tulsi (Holy Basil) – The Queen of Herbs

Described as the most holy plant on earth in the ancient Vedic texts, tulsi is still revered today as holier than holy. For millennia, tulsi has been grown for spiritual purposes in the backyards of most Indian homes. Its branches are carved into beads and worn to enhance spiritual progress. Its fragrance is used to purify temples and the leaves are used in sacred ceremonies to honour God and heighten one’s awareness. What is not commonly known about the Tulsi plant are its best kept secrets, it’s medicinal value. It’s beneficial properties were originally undiscovered because the plant was so sacred that people wouldn’t ingest it out of reverence and respect. In Ayurveda, this miraculous plant literally links and heals one’s body, mind and spirit. English name: Holy Basil Botanical name: Ocimum Sanctum Also known as: The Queen of Herbs Adaptogen to Stress Interestingly, tulsi is both spiritual and medicinal for the same reasons. Tulsi not only helps protect the body from the degenerative effects of stress, but it also repairs the body from its …