Neem (Azadirachta indica) – Benefits and Uses

Benefits of Neem:

Skin Health
Known as the “Queen of the Skin,” Neem’s contribution in topical and internal support for skincare is one of Neem’s greatest glories. The calming, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties pacifies heat, redness, itchiness and all skin diseases. Apply a neem paste topically for skin diseases (see recipe below).

First-Aid
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal composition makes it a valuable first-aid tool not only to clean and disinfect wounds but also heal them. Keep a bottle of neem oil handy while camping.

Hair Care
Massaging neem oil into a scalp full of lice, or your dog with flees - then washing it off after 50 minutes is one of my favourite remedies.

Mosquito Repellantneem-mosquto
Lice and fleas aren’t the only pests that Neem repels. Keeping a bunch of neem leaves at the entry of a home is common in India to keep mosquitos out and purify the atmosphere.

High Prana
This may be new news to you, but most trees emit oxygen only in the day while at night they solely emit C02. There are only a handful of trees that emit oxygen 24/7. Neem is one of them.

Digestive Support
Neem with a high chlorophyll content and an action that kills bad bacteria makes Neem an awesome pro-biotic. Neem also balances acidity.

Oral Health
High chlorophyll also gets rid of foul odours such as bad breath and is commonly used in toothpastes and neem twigs themselves are used as toothbrushes.

 

 

One end of a neem twig is made like a brush by chewing it. Then one should brush their teeth.

More benefits...

Neem also is an effective blood and liver purifier, it helps reduce fever , diabetes and poisoning.

Ayurvedic Properties:

Taste (Rasa): Bitter, Astringent
Energy (Virya): Cooling
Post-Digestive Effect (Vipaka): Pungent
Qualities (Guna): Light, Dry

How to Make a Neem Paste (Topical Skin Application)

  1. Harvest neem leaves. If this is unavailable dry neem leaves or neem powder will do.
  2. Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder.
  3. Add 1 tea-spoon of salt – for excess fat (meda dhatu) or sluggish lymph.
  4. Mix this with 3/4 cup of yoghurt. Mix well then apply on body.

Contact me to order a Neem Paste preparation and if you’re in Sydney visit The Medicine Man for neem oil or powder (he ships within Australia).

Growing a neem tree in Sydney is challenging, but it's coming up slowly.

 

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, your curry, stir fry or to steam a meal. This is not ideal but for those who are time poor.

3. Prepare your meals in advance: For the days when you’re too busy or too tired to cook, prepare 2-3 meals in one go for that day or two. Just be sure to reheat it on the stove. This is not ideal, fresh is always best, but for those who are time poor. 

4. Stove Heating: Get familiar with it. Cooking and heating foods this way is faster than you think.

Expand Cooking Skills

5. Steam Oven: If it’s within your budget or you are doing up a new kitchen, consider getting this awesome new appliance.

6. Learn some quick and easy recipes: Some of quick favourites are Ayurvedic porridge for breakfast, kitchari for lunch/dinner or golden milk elixir for breakfast or dinner.

Detox and Revive

Even radiation in low levels are persistent and can accumulate in your body over time, eventually manifesting as diseases. Is it radiation that is causing your ailments? Avoiding microwaves, radiation and other toxins is ideal. Also supporting your body daily with herbs and foods to detox the toxins that we invariably encounter.

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“You are what you eat” is certainly true.

If you eat heavy, damp, leftover foods you will feel heavy, congested, dull and become prone to depression, sluggishness, fatigue and brain fog.

By comparison, if you eat light, prana-rich food cooked fresh with love you will feel light, energised and full of love!

But also consider how you eat.

In what environment do you eat? How fast do you eat it? How long after the previous meal are you eating it? How do you transform or cook it?

 

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 is uneven. If there is no water present, the food will not be heated but remain cool – a term dubbed “electrical whiplash.”

What Microwaves Do to Your Food

Zap Food Nutrition

Due to unsustainable farming practices, use of pesticides and soil depletion, our soils sadly lack nutrients, hence so does our food. So now, more than ever, we need to be ensuring proper nutrient intake from fresh foods prepared right.

If you use a microwave, what may have started as a nutritious plate of food has now devolved into “dead food.” The radiation waves bounce around the inside of your microwave oven and are absorbed into the food, destroying the nutritional content of your meal. The prana (life-force) has been stripped away.

Nutrients are lost and often what survives has become ‘inactive’ – meaning that your body is not able to access the nutrients remaining.

Studies have shown that:

Doesn’t sound appetising at all, does it?

Alters the Molecular Structure

High frequencies in radio may be a good thing, but in microwaves the high frequencies of radiation create molecular friction which forcefully distorts and deforms the structure of the water molecules in food.

After you ingest the food the same thing happens to your body’s cells which creates a perfect environment for pathogens. You are what you eat, and after eating microwaved milk and vegetables, one study found a dramatic decrease in the levels of white and red blood cells and haemoglobin (the oxygen transport in blood).

The specific gigahertz frequency of radiation emitted by microwave ovens immediately affects the body’s heart rate. If you experience irregular heartbeat or any chest pain and regularly eat microwaved food, it might be best to stop “nuking” your food.

Causes Cancer

Plastic and paper containers used to heat microwave meals have been found to leach carcinogenic chemicals (BPA, PET, benzene, toluene and xylene) along with other harmful toxins into your food which is then absorbed by your body.

Even without plastic there is evidence that the altered molecular structure can have toxic effects on your DNA and lead to cancer. These geno-toxic effects can be the cause of unexplained headaches, anxiety, dizziness, vertigo, brain fog, depression, nausea, vision problems, tooth and jaw aching or constant thirst.

Becomes Tamasic

Ayurveda considers microwaved foods tamasic or that which causes inertia. The lack of life force makes the food heavy, typically causing depression, sluggishness and fatigue. The altered molecular structure of the food confuses the body’s intelligence causing cancer, brain fog, autoimmune disease and host of other issues. After the food becomes heavy it will turn to undigested food material (ama) which will lodge in a vulnerable channel or tissue in the body and initiate the disease process.

Want to know how to ditch the microwave for good?

Check out our 6 Tips to Ditch the Microwave Oven

 

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, which 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 improve your skin physiology to be able to absorb calcium and Vitamin D from the sun, as well as secrete your own calcium.

Not only are herbs effective in treating specific conditions, they are used to prevent ailments that you might be inheritably or environmentally exposed to.

How Long Do I Take Herbs For?

Some “Rasyana” herbs, especially those Raju family formulas, can be taken for a long time. Generally herbs can be taken for 3-6 months to correct the body’s intelligence, but this varies for each individual and you should consult with your practitioner.

While it’s impossible to list all of the herbs in Ayurveda, it is within our reach to offer some insight into the herbs that are prescribed at the Vital Veda clinic as well as the Raju Family Clinic in Hyderabad, South India.

All herbs from Vital Veda and the Raju Family Clinic are from reputable suppliers and manufactures that we have  thoroughly investigated to ensure proper hygiene, purification and effective formulation of herbs, from the farmer to the harvester to the manufacturer.

Please contact us if you’re unsure on the method of administration, dosage amount or where you can buy these uniquely powerful formulas.

Herbal Formulations

Abudari

Tumours. Cancer.

Agni 

Strengthens digestion and liver functioning and is especially good for removing undigested material in the digestive tract. It can also be applied externally for acne and skin conditions, to help remove ama (blockages) collecting in the pores.

A Raju Family Formula

Amlycure D.S. (AIML)

Capsules to correct and protect the liver. Gives strength to the liver and alleviates liver disorders.

Amrit Arista

A fermented wine preparation for chronic fever, general debility, chronic fatigue, gout, liver and spleen disorders, jaundice, anaemia and weakness of urinary bladder. It enkindles tissue metabolism.
Dosage – 5tsp after meals 2x/day or as prescribed.

Amyron (AIML)

Contributes to normal energy release and vitality. Nutritional Anaemia. General Debility. Convalescence. Anorexia. Oxidative Stress. Enriched With special nutrients for haemoglobin and red blood cells.

Ananda Sidhi Yog

Highly nourishing to the body and boosts immunity, strengthens and repairs all the seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) and gives all the refined nourishment you need for rapid healing. Very good for chronic coughs (strengthens the lungs) and restores physical vitality.
A Raju Family Formula

Anantandi Yog 

Supports stress, hormones and overall longevity. Particularly good for females. Supports fertility in woman.
Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix the powder with enough honey to make a paste.
A Raju Family Formula

Ashoka Arista

For female hormones and conditions such as leucorrhoea, vaginal discharge, menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, anaemia, prolapse of uterus affecting ovulation, infertility, endometriosis.

Ashwagandha Arista

For nervous system, mind and reproductive organs.
Helps with mental disorders, nervine disorders, insomnia, delirium, memory loss, post-partum weakness, fibromyalgia, nerve weakness, delirium, amnesia.

Asthi Powder 

Strengthens the bones, joints and connective tissues by increasing calcium absorption in the body.
A Raju Family Formula
Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix with rose petal jam or honey, rose water + 1 drop of prandhara or as prescribed.

Bala Arista

“Bala” = “Strength.”
It is used in the treatment of Vata imbalance diseases such as neuralgia, hemiplegia, paraplegia, arthritis and spondylosis. It is also a very good nervine tonic as it improves strength of nerves, muscles and bones.

BGR-34

Manages blood sugar and diabetes, manages blood glucose, improves immunity, supports pancreas, powerful anti-oxidant and a great source of micro-nutrients.

Bocomo XT 

Helpful to reverse degeneration of the joints, bones and spine.

Black Medicine

For any skin abnormality such as all skin diseases, tumours, moles, sun damaged skin, skin cancers, tumours, shingles, eczema etc. Great disinfectant and for burns.

A Raju Family Formula

Click here to learn how to prepare black medicine.

Blue Pills 

Helps the body fight viruses or infections. Good for upper respiratory system, colds and anti-bacterial.
A Raju Family Formula

BVC Premium (Brihat Vata Chintamani Ras)

Jewels (Chintamani) are mixed with metallic preparations (bhasmas) to balance the central nervous system, vata and much more.
Dosage: 1 tablet crushed with honey early morning before sunrise or as prescribed.

Cervilon 

Effective for neck pain problems.

Chandraprabha Vati 

Chandra = Moon
Prabha = Luminous Glow
Vati = Pill
Chandraprabha vati = “The pill that gives the luminous glow of the moon.”

For genitourinary health. Stregnthens ojas (vitality), thus produces a luminous glow on the persons face. Indicated for diabetes and infertility caused by water stagnation in the water channels.

Dashamula Katutraya Kashayam

A very well known Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is widely used in the treatment of respiratory conditions. Particularly good for upper respiratory tract infections.

Dhanvantari Gutika

For gas in the body from digestive gasses to unwanted gas in joints.

Dhatu 

Restores and regenerates nerves, bones and tissues, because it nourishes and strengthens all seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) in the body. It is also good for improving calcium absorption.
A Raju Family Formula
Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix with equal amounts of rock/quality sugar + enough ghee to make a paste.

Eugynin-L 

Normalises hormonal balance in women and puts a stop to leucorrhea (white vaginal discharge). Good for all female hormonal issues.

Eve Care (Himalayan Brand)

Maintains health of the reproductive organs. It helps to support normal menstruation, relieves discomfort of menstrual symptoms, promotes regularity of ovarian hormones and serves as a uterine tonic.

Gallakol Tablets – Increases Lactation and Purifies Breast Milk.

This herbal nutritive tonic can be taken by the mother even if breast milk is slightly not 100%.
Dosage: 2 tabs 2-4x / day before meals or as needed.

Gandusha 

Medicated oil for “Oil Pulling.” Mothwash, swish and gargle to draw out toxins through the oral channels, rejuvenate the tissues, protect oral health, and remove excess acidity from the stomach and even toxins from the thyroid and brain.
A Raju Family Formula

Glucomap 

Stablises blood sugar in type II diabetes patients.

Gudnagar Kalpa 

Good for digestion and metabolism, blood purification, immunity, allergies, fungus and skin problems.
A Raju Family Formula

Ictarus

Liver issues.

Indukantem Kashayam 

Combats chronic fevers, indigestion and abdominal disorders.

Indukantam Ghritam 

Immunity, digestion.

Kaishore Guggul 

Blood purifier thus helpful for skin health. Joint health, natural blood cleanser, useful as supportive dietary herbal supplement in many health conditions such as diabetes and skin diseases. Helpful for cancer mixed with pitta and inflammatory toxins.

Kanchanaar Guggul 

Great anti-inflammatory. Supports the healthy function of the Thyroid and cleanses the lymphatic system. It also helps minimize the future accumulation of Kapha by enkindling the digestive fire and promoting healthy elimination. Helpful in cancer.

Kesha Rasayana 

Good for calcium absorption, healthy hair and skin, and strong bones—nourishes all the seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) in the body.
A Raju Family Formula

Kumkumadi Paste/Powder

Used for abhyanga oil (daily oil massage). It maximizes the oil’s ability to draw out impurities through the skin. This improves whole-body health significantly because the skin is connected to and supports every organ and bodily system.
A Raju Family Formula

Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix 5 grams of powder with 1 Litre of sesame or coconut oil, shake and leave in the sun/day light for 3-7 days, then you have medicated oil for self-massage.

Livpar 

Assists general liver dysfunction, acute and chronic hepatitis, jaundice, fatty degeneration of liver, liver cirrhosis, liver damage due to alcohol or drugs. Also works on spleen.

Lumbaton Plus Soft Gel Capsules

Gives total freedom from low back pain.

Restores the freedom of movement, liberate from low back pain. This medicine is also administrated for joint pain, swelling and sprain. It is formulated using superior quality natural herbs.

  • Relieves pain and inflammation
  • Relieves sprain and muscular spasm
  • Nourishes the disc and prevents the degeneration.
  • Helps repair nerve damage.
  • Heals ligament injury

Mahatikta Ghrit

Mainly for skin inflammations and any skin disorders.. Anaemia. Good for post surgery to allow the body to heal. Tikta (bitter) herbs have a capability to enter minute channels which is required for healing.

Can come in medicated ghee plain or capsules.

Manasolassa Vati

Enhances mind-body coordination and connection. Pacifies overactive and thinking mind. Helps with sleep, insomnia and depression. Regulates blood pressure.
A Raju Family Formula

Migrakot (Kottakal Product)

Strengthens the head and treats migraine.

Mukta Pisti

Pearl powder processed with rose water in a golden mortar and pestle with specific mukta mantras.

Fires up neurons immediately. Balances heart palpitations as it immediately calms down and balances pitta by adapting to what is needed.  When pitta is depleted, fear and emotions sensitivity is higher as pitta is weak. Helps to bring someone back from unconscious state, panic attack, high anxiety, blood pressure issues.

Administration: 1 pinch on tongue or as prescribed.

Musalikhadiradi Kashayam

Balances female hormones and conditions like leucorrhoea and menorrhagia. Astringent action reduces excess bleeding.

Nasika 

A medicated oil to be inhaled up the nose to the brain (“Nasya”).
Nasika Clears, lubricates and protects the brain and sinuses and removes finer toxins everywhere. Good for prostate and urinary problems, calms the mind, strengthens the respiratory system, reduces inflammation, and increases immunity. Supports thyroid health and enhances all the sensory organs.
A Raju Family Formula
Dosage: Have on you so you can administer as many times per day (e.g. before exercise, pranayama, studying, driving etc.)
Don’t do right before food.

Nagadi Yog 

Good for many things including stress, longevity, and hormonal functions. Good for menstrual bleeding issues.
Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix the powder with enough honey to make a paste.
A Raju Family Formula

Neeri Tablets

A comprehensive formulation having different vital herbs in synergistic concentrations and combinations. Apart from flushing the urinary calculi of moderate size and eradicating the urinary infections, it prevents their recurrence. Neeri exerts anti-microbial & alkalizer properties and helps in calculus disintegration. Neeri reduces complication in prostatic enlargement by improving tonicity of urinary bladder. Neeri, also exerts provides anti-oxidant & rejuvenative activities thereby acting as nephroprotective. An Aimil product.

Neeri KFT

Natural kidney function toner fortified with a higher number of synergistically acting herbal extracts in maximum optimal concentration for overall improvement in kidney health. A friendly approach in diabetic and hypertensive patients that improves functional capacity of kidneys. This liquid can help delay the need of dialysis by reducing the progression rate of degeneration and tends improve repair renal cells injury. Also indicated for Nephritis, Impaired GFR, Anasarca, Odema & blood circulation issues. An Aimil product.

Netra Amrit (Black Eye Drops)

Indicated for any eye problems including conjunctivitis, dry eyes, irritated eyes, allergies eyes, styes, macular degeneration and more. A preventative Rasayana to protect against vision loss and degeneration.

To Administer:

  • Punch a hole in the top with a pin. Make the hole big.
  • Before bed, put one drop in one eye. You may have to squeeze hard as it is a thick paste. Yours eye will sting a little for 10-30 seconds.
  • When the stinging has subsided and you are able to administer to the other eye, drop one drop in the other eye.
  • Close your eyes while you lie on your back and go to sleep.
  • The drops may exude out the sides of your eyes. Don’t wipe your eye but you can wipe what falls onto your face.
    • Wake up with clarity!

A Raju family formula.
**Do not heat** as the drops contain honey.

Nirocil

Anti-viral. Treats shingles, infections.

Nucart-OA 

Used for joint support and for treatment of osteoarthritis.

Ojo

Increases Ojas and is good for the heart.  Similar to Samadhi but a little stronger.  Useful for those aggravated by mental stress, tension and anxiety. It is also helpful for restoring calm during any stressful situation, including performance anxiety. Good for anything.
A Raju Family Formula

PH Ghee 

Protects and restores the internal tissues, promote hormone and PH balance and draws out the toxins. Brings powerful and rapid relief to menopausal dryness and sensitivity. Regular use can help to improve fertility during childbearing years.
A Raju Family Formula

Poweromin

Male libido, pre-mature ejaculation.

Prandhara Oil

Used in sinus or lung congestion, or can be taken in small doses internally for excess acidity and digestive blockages, or to prevent infection tendency.

Take to overcome nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence, spasmodic pain, respiratory issues, stomach infections. Good for respiratory issues, headache, fever.
Apply topically for toothache, headache and insect bite/itching.

Dosage: Steam Inhalation – 2 drops in a bowl of boiling water, cover head with towel and make the area air tight. Inhale in through nose, exhale out through mouth.
Mini steam inhalation – 1 dorp in mug, inhale steam and drink after.

A Raju Family Formula

Prabhakar Vati 

Provides strength to heart, lungs and nerves. Promotes sound sleep.
“Prabh” means “glow.” “Akara” is another name for “sun.”
These tablets make your heart function similar to a glowing sun. Everything moves around the sun and similarly the human heart.
A Raju Family Formula

Prameha Vati 

Regulates blood sugar levels and is very helpful in diabetes and for prevention.
A Raju Family Formula

Promactil 

Improves virility in men and tones up male reproductive organs. Purifies semen and increases sperm count. Especially important before conception.

Prostovin

Helps with enlarged prostate.

Punarnava Mandoora

Balances blood tissue and arteries.

Purodil 

Fights acne and pimples. Contributes to overall skin health. Controls skin infections and allergies.

Rasna Saptaka Kashayam

For vata. Spinal issues especially that includes nerves. Work effectively and quickly for pain.

Rhukot 

An anti-inflammatory agent and pain reliever. Helpful for joints.

Samadhi 

Opens the physical channels and enlivens wholeness (unity) in the mind and body. Particularly useful for those aggravated by mental stress, tension and anxiety. It is also helpful for restoring calm during any stressful situation, including performance anxiety. Balances Prana Vata.
A Raju Family Formula

Saptasaram Kwatham/Kashayam

it is for balancing Apana vata – vata (air/space) in the pelvic floor area. This be related to hips, lower back, or reproductive organs. It is good to remove pain whether it be musculo-skeltal issues or period pain. Generally good to balance female hormones.

Shallaki XT 

Cares for joints, supports the body’s natural inflammation response, provides an overall sense of well-being.  Useful in “Vata Rakta” (Gout) – where vitiated vata (poor circulation, decreased movement) and vitiated blood blocks the channels so that Ama (Uric acid and Sodium biurate) obstructs the pathway. This causes swelling leading to pain.
Shallaki (Boswella) breaks up scar tissue and puts back blood to that area for repair.

Shodana Vati 

A powerful detoxification agent and whole-body cleansing rasayana. Best free radical scavenger and anti-oxidant, eliminates ama (toxins), immune modulator and blood purifier. Also good for gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, tooth and oral problems, female problems, high cholesterol, chronic cough, eye disorders, addictions, and helps clear the skin.
A Raju Family Formula

Shoolagna Vati

For parasites, fever, headache, pain relief.
A Raju Family Formula

Smash It 

For unitary tract (UTI’s) and kidney stones.

Smriti 

Restores the memory of the Self and health, the innate intelligence and organizing power of the mind and body that gets overshadowed by stress and the “habit” of disease. Regular use increases consciousness, creativity, happiness, health, and balance in mind and body.
A Raju Family Formula

Vehicle of Administration/Anupana: Mix smirti powder with equal amounts of Raju concentrated Brahmi ghee + double amount of honey to ghee. e.g. 60 grams smriti powder + 60 gram Raju Brahmi Ghee + 120 grams honey. Or as prescribed.

Sphatika Bhasma – good for fibroids and more.

Sravananda Vati 

Tablets for ear health.
A Raju Family Formula

Strech-Nil 

For stretch marks.

Stresscom

Capsules which help relieve stress, general debility, fatigue, anxiety, neurosis and premature old age related syndromes etc. The capsules contains Ashwagandha as the main ingredient which is harvested and processed in a specific method that is pure and potent. It is an effective anti-stress agent and one of the most  highly acclaimed adaptogens – energising the body when it needs it during the day, and calming overactive nerves for easy and restful sleep at night. It has a herbal intelligence that increases or decreases stress hormones like cortisol depending on the body’s need at any given time.
It also aids in improving immunity of the body and physical stamina of individuals.
Swashkastantak Yog 

Strengthens the immune system particularly during a cold or virus and fights infection, as well as for more chronic situations where stronger immunity is needed. It is also very helpful for allergies (especially when taken preventatively).
A Raju Family Formula

Swaskasantak Lehyam 

Improves "rasa and prana" health. Rasa is plasma, the dhatu or tissue, that comes first before blood. And prana is "life force" for proper oxygenation. It is particularly effective for helping coughs and congestion problems.
A Raju Family Formula

Tridoshic Digestive Tea

Increases digestive re and promotes complete digestion of food, including the backlog of earlier undigested food. Helps in colic and digestion disturbances, bloating, gas and nausea.

Formulated and packed by Vital Veda in collaboration with the Raju family. Made with organic herbs, mantras and love.
Ingredients: Shatapushpa, Jeeraka, Dhanyaaka, Shunti, Pancha-lavana salt, Amalaki, Ajwain, Haritaki, Bhumiamalaki, Methi, Maricha, Pippali, Yasthimadhu, Hing, Lavagna, Krshna Ela, Ela, Tvak.

Dosage: Mix 1 pinch - 1/2 tsp in a cup of boiling water, steep and sip hot.

Ural BPH

Helps in enlarged prostate. A more modern herbal formula using extracts of herbs.

(Vailya) Rasnadi Kashayam

All vata disorders. Anti-inflmmatory and helps joints.

Varanadi Kashayam

Uterine problems, fibroids, urogenital system, thyroid.

Varchas

External apply to skin for minor and superficial scars, burns, cut and wounds. Indicated for pitta skin, dry skin, rashes, itching, psoriasis.

Vimpak Special

Aphrodisiac for males. Increases sperm count and libido.

Visora 

For skin conditions, itchy skin and Pitta disorders. If you have been prescribed this, Takra Dhara is probably a good treatment for you.

Womans Sitz Bath

Boil 2 heaped Tablespoons in a large pot of water (5-10 L) and reduce the water to half. Then add this decoction into a baby pool or bucket and add some more water. Then sit in the bucket with the water level up to your navel. Sit for 20 - 48 minutes and let the bath into reproductive organs.

Good for fertility, menopause, post-natal and female hormone issues.

Zandopa 

Enhances neurological function. Specifically, for chronic neurological conditions.

Zeotone

Bone and joint health.

Zulcer

Reduces the acid levels in the stomach and all over the body.

Disclaimer:

Pregnant woman should check which herbs can be taken as some are contra-indicated during pregnancy and conception.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Dylan Smith. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice. They are intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dylan Smith and his community. Dylan Smith encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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 quality in us based on the Ayurvedic law of “like increases like.”

2. Detox and Heal the Body

Some Ayurvedic foods are prized for their powerful medicinal properties. Ayurveda valuably teaches us how to use food as medicine.

3. Directly nourish ‘Ojas’

Ojas is the vital essence of our body that translates to “vitality.”
A plentiful reserve of Ojas is reflected in the lustre of the eyes and skin (like the glow in a baby), strong physical strength, immunity and libido, good digestion, vigour and spirituality.

'Ojas' is considered to be the most refined product of digestion. Every food must metabolise through all the body’s tissues before it can become Ojas.

Ojas: a bio-celestial liquid substance that (predominately) resides in the heart, as well as all over the body in a less concentrated matter.

Building Ojas is an art. Perhaps one of the best ways to consistently build Ojas is to eat a diet of fresh unprocessed, seasonal whole foods, and have a balanced agni to support the process. A handful of special foods (some listed below) even metabolise to nourish and build Ojas directly.

The Super Seven!

The seven Ayurvedic super foods I have chosen genuinely are super. They aren’t just packed with a dense hit nutrients, minerals and essential constituents, but actually promote and support your bodies natural intelligence to absorb and produce its own required constituents itself! Further, The Super Seven promote strength, immunity, peace and contentment in the body and mind. And best of all, they are readily available to everyone! Here they are…

1. Hot Water

I am about to reveal to you a very special Ayurvedic purification technique that is excellent for eliminating toxins from the body’s system…
It sounds very simple, but you’ll find that is has a powerful influence in purifying and strengthening the gastrointestinal tract, as well as detoxing and rejuvenating the major systems of the body.

All you have to do is sip hot water frequently throughout the day.

Sipping frequently (rather than focusing on quantity) flushes the lymphatic system, softens hardened tissues (just like hot water will soften leather, unlike cold water) and dilates channels and deeply hydrates the body. It also heals and repairs the digestive system.
In a short time you’ll begin to appreciate the soothing and balancing effect of this technique. Once you have gotten used to it, you will look forward to drinking hot water on a frequent basis.

“Hot water is the most superfood.”
~ Dr. J.R. Raju.

 

 

2. Ghee

Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking. Ghee is clarified or purified butter. With all the lactose components & milk solids removed, no-one is allergic to ghee.
Ghee is light to digest and has the special quality of enkindling Agni and supports fat metabolism. It effectively detoxes the gut and is an effective source of internal lubrication.
This concentrated golden substance is highly Sattvic and directly nourishes Ojas.
Click HERE for more on the benefits of ghee

3. Cows Milk

Dairy has a bad name in the press these days. With people increasingly claiming dairy intolerances, it has become perilous in todays new-age health scene.

Let me clarify two reasons why this has developed:

1. The dairy industry in the west is increasingly producing homogenised milk from poorly treated, stress inundated cows that are being fed grains. Further, the milk is pasteurised the wrong way, with added chemicals, pesticides, preservatives and anti-biotic’s.

2. A lot of kids drink cold homogenised milk with sugar filled processed cereals, and topping it off with some fruit in their bowl or having a glass of OJ on the side – a highly “un-ayurvedic” recipe for an incompatible digestive disaster.

Hence, people develop a dairy intolerance. And it may only hit them down the track. Possibly when they finally begin to tune into their own body and become more conscious.

Let me also add, if you believe and accept the notion that “dairy is bad,” you negatively charge the micro-biome in the foods, stress out your own body and if when you eat dairy with guilt it will not digest well due to lack of harmonious compatibility. Mind is the culprit here.

However, Ayurveda on the other hand prizes dairy as one of the most medicinal and nourishing foods and one of the most anabolic foods that directly builds Ojas. Rest assured, it is not a requirement for anybody to drink milk all the time, but if someone is in need of strength or Ojas, milk is one of Ayurveda’s top choices.

What more, it is a classic Ayurveda sleep remedy to drink boiled milk with spices before bed, also having a profound stress reducing action. Modern science has proved ancient wisdom by showing cows milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%.(2)

Cows are considered sacred animals in India and cow milk is highly revered in Ayurveda as one of the most Sattvic of foods.

Please note: milk should always be boiled with equal amounts of water and un-homogenised and preferably organic. This will make it easier to digest.

If you have difficulty with cow’s milk don’t worry, first correct your agni, then slowly introduce dairy. (Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner). Also, there are six other superfoods on the list to choose from!

 

4. Lassi

Lassi is buttermilk, or diluted yoghurt.

  • 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.
  • 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.

*Yoghurt should be fresh.
Ratios of Yoghurt : Water: 1:4, 1:6, or 1:14.

Lassi recipe here

5. Honey

Honey is super Sattivc and directly nourishes our own life-nectar, Ojas. It is actually more of a medicine than a food. Due to its richness, it should be taken in moderation.

On the other hand, Ayurveda teaches that honey will be poisonous when heated above body temperature (that means no honey in hot teas, hot porridge, cooking with honey etc.) as it perniciously clogs the channels. This is why is it always important to purchase honey that is extracted at low temperatures.

Learn more: Honey: Nectar or Poison

6. 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.

Turmeric has a vast catalogue of health benefits, but here is an essential summary on why to use Turmeric as medicine in your daily cooking:

  • It is the best anti-inflammatory.
  • It regulates mood and boosts cognitive function.
  • Protects the gut and stomach lining.
  • Supports joints: (pain, stiffness, swelling, arthritis) and healthy blood.
  • Since turmeric is anti-carcinogenic, it is vital to use when cooking meat due to the high risk of carcinogenic properties in most meat these days.

Turmeric powder is best advised, always with a pinch of black pepper, as black pepper increases the absorption of turmeric by an astonishing 2000%!(3)

Learn More: The Essential Uses of Turmeric

7. Almonds

Almonds are also Sattvic and help to maintain our Ojas. They are a good source of zinc, strengthen the body and grounding for the mind. But they are also quite rich and heavy, so again, moderation is the key. Half a handful of almonds a day is enough. To make them lighter and easier to digest, always soak almonds overnight in water and remove their skins the next day.

If you are in any doubt about your health please be sure to consult an Ayurvedic Practitioner or your local health physician.

References:
(1)  "Superfood 'ban' comes into effect". BBC News. 2007-06-28.
(2) The Open Sleep Journal. 2009;2:128-32
(3) Research done at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India Planta Med. 1998 May;64 (4):353-6. PMID: 9619120

article originally published on Welcome Earth

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. It's 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 heals and links 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 also repairs the body from the damage done.

These are the properties of an adaptogen and tulsi is emerging as one of the world’s finest.

Tulsi treats the body at such a deep level that it steps in before the symptoms arrive, preventing stress from manifesting into disease. There is no doubt that stress is the leading cause of disease and western science is combating this by recommending a daily adaptogen.

Choosing An Adaptogen

While most stress-fighting adaptogens have hidden stimulating properties, few claim the ability to rejuvenate rather than stimulate.

Before choosing your daily adaptogen, take the product before bed. If you cannot sleep after taking it, it may be a stimulant in disguise, (e.g. ginseng) and not a pure enough adaptogen to be taken daily.

Tulsi has rejuvenating properties that boosts energy in the morning and because it is not a stimulant, supports deep restful sleep when taken before bed.

Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Viral

“How can you cure Ebola disease?” someone asked my teacher in a lecture in late 2014, when the largest Ebola epidemic in history was affecting West Africa.

Dr. Padma Raju replied: “Dip Tulsi leaves in hot water and chew, this is what they really need [in Africa] now.”
This is because Tulsi’s specific/special action (“Prabhava’’) is anti-bacterial and anti-viral and that it removes parasites from the gut (“Krimighna”).

Prana & Respiratory Health

This plant is full of Prana. This is why famously it’s principle use is for the respiratory system. Hence, it is great for cough, bronchitis, asthma, immunity and to wane fever.

In Ayurveda, we give Tulsi tea/water as a last resort for a miracle if a disease seems impossible to tackle. We also give it to people before they are about to die to bestow Prana (life-force) in them.

Water Purifier

Tulsi's broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, which includes activity against a range of human and animal pathogens, suggests it can be used as a water purifier. Additionally add a small amount of Nirmali Seeds (Strychnos Potatorum) to purify water.

And the List Goes On...

Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-stress, anti-arthtritic agent, tulsi is good for anything! In addition, tulsi has been reported to lower blood pressure, boost immunity, reduce ulcers, treat allergies, cancer, infertility, diabetes and cholesterol.

Studies have shown that tulsi protects healthy cells from the toxicity of radiation and chemotherapy.

As western science continues its investigation, it will be difficult to find a condition that tulsi will not be helpful in. This is why it is the Queen of herbs.

Fresh Is Best - Capture Full Potency

A lot of the really powerful constituents are mainly in the volatile oils like eugenol and ursolic acid.

Volatile oils means the chemicals dissipate out of the air. So to capture these volatile oils (where the full potency of Tulsi resides), it should be ingested hours after harvest or as a special type of extract.

Fresh usage - Dip fresh leaves in some water and chew or brew in a tea.

Alternative to fresh - You can use it as a critical extract as the volatile oils are saved. Use half the formula of extract, plus half of the whole herb.

It is always important to use whole herbs to receive microbes and enhance biochemical intelligence, so the body can properly absorb the full spectrum of these powerful chemicals and in a safe manner (avoiding side effects).

Where Can I Get Tulsi?

Plants - In Australia, you can buy seeds (germinate them first) or seedling pots from The Herb Store, Beautanicals or Green Friends, or possibly your local local Indian Grocery.

Growing and using your own Tulsi is a very rewarding ritual. They say it really tests you a gardener’s devotion because the plant is SO sensitive to all energies and intentions.

Teas - Tea bags are readily available across the globe, go for the original tulsi, not flavoured. I drink Organic India Tulsi if I can't get fresh.

Properties

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent and Bitter
  • Virya (potency): Hot
  • Vipaka (post digestive effect): Pungent
  • Gunas (quality): Dry and light.
  • Doshas: Balances VPK. Increases pitta in excess.

Tulsi and Amla full moon yagya
photo: offerings to Tulsi part of a ceremony at the renown Raju clinic, Hyderabad, India.