• Jan
    16

    Discover Natural Beauty through Traditional Ayurveda


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    Ayurveda an ancient timeless wisdom, that beauty and well being within and could not be achieved through anything that covers who truly you are. It is a practice based on centuries of careful observation and interpretation. Ayurveda teaches how to be healthy, happy and radiant with beauty.

    Ayurveda, a cross-road between the modern life and the ancient tradition helps in cultivating radiance, well being and beauty that everyone longs for. Ayurvedic beauty treatments include skin care, diet massage and exercise routines customized for each individual according to the specific needs.

    Ayurveda teaches that health and beauty are the life forces due to powerful energy orojas in every person and which brings bliss happiness, radiance or a glowing complexion shiny eyes or an inner beauty. Ayurvedic routines followed on daily basis (called Dincharya) and seasonally (called ritucharya) helps us to stay in balance. If we live in harmony and in tune with universal laws of nature the inner beauty unfolds naturally and protects our body and mind against unhealthy influences.

    An Ayurvedic Doctor can accurately determine and identify your constitution (prakruti), or your nature (vata, pitta, kapha) which could help you in routine for yourself-care basically to predict your skin type.

    Ayurveda emphasizes on inner beauty rather than the one that comes from cosmetics or anything that hides or masks your true self. Easy daily routines for skin care, hands, feet, hair and eyes helps in balancing the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) and increase vitality (ojas). Ayurvedic natural beauty treatments emphasizes that health and beauty go hand in hand. It includes waking up early, cleansing, bathing, exercise (Yoga) and a soothing self-applied oil massage (Abhyangam), spending few minutes for yourself and appreciating the gift of health.

    Ayurveda teaches daily and weekly skin care practices for glowing skin with inner and outer health, which in return helps in stimulating and cleansing the blood and lymph (primary fluids) that fees the skin. Regardless of Ayurvedic skin type, everyone experiences fluctuations in skin from day to day and season to season, an ayurvedic   oil massage nourishes the skin and considers a best beauty secret we have. Ayurvedic abhyanga oil is prepared from traditional Indian herbs and various ayurvedic herbal extracts are available in the form of creames, oils and moisturizers. Abhyangam is a daily full body massage but for a maximum benefit at least focus on head, face, hands and feet.

    ABHYANGA OILS

    • VATA- Ghee or Sesame base oil
    • PITTA – Ghee, Coconut oil or sunflower based oil
    • KAPHA – Mustard base oil

     BEAUTY ENHANCING HERBS

    • VATA- Turmeric root powder, fresh ginger, lotus root, basil, cloves, fresh orange peel.
    • PITTA- Turmeric root powder, licorice root, lemon grass,
    • KAPHA- Turmeric root powder, whole black pepper corns, fresh ginger, fresh lemon,  peel and cloves

    These could be used single or in any combination.

    Ayurvedic skin- care routine, abhyanga is followed by ubtan (Paste prepared from herbs, flours or coarse grind of legumes). It exfoliates the skin and firms the body. Traditional utan paste is prepared from traditional herbs like manjishtha and sandalwood that shed toxins naturally. Ubtan paste are even use on new born babies to cleans them of impurities and strengthen their co-ordination. Ubtan cleansers should be applied all over the body and left over 10-15minutes until it begins to dry and then rub it off.

    Ayurveda and yoga are sister disciplines. A tranquil mind and body free of stress and tension is the ultimate beauty secret. So practicing yoga and pranaya (Breathing exercise) in a daily routine or getting Shirodhara (oil dripping on the forehead) (Panchkarma procedure) done to release stress and results in a good glowing skin, good mood and new sense of serenity.

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  • Jan
    16

    Ayurvedic health secrets for kids in winters


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    According to Ayurveda, an ancient Hindu science, Health is a state of balance among body, mind, senses and soul. There are specific ways to promote children’s health and well being using Ayurveda principles.

    In Ayurveda We identify the signs of imminent illness, how to make the home chemical and allergen free, how to stock useful natural Ayurvdeic medicines, basically Ayurvdea provides effective health maintenance for children.

    Winter the season when contagious diseases like flu, cold, bronchitis, asthma abound. In Ayurveda winter is the best season to improve immunity not a weakening season, actually s season when nature is ready to nurture us. Due to digestive level being really high, children actually feel hungrier and actually digest food better in winters.

    In winters, children should be eating immunity –boosting foods to assimilate them better, as it is a best season to take rasayanas like chyawanprash and other herbal products. Foods that are fresh organic, easy to digest, pure and wholesome like ghee (clarified butter), organic milk yogurt, vegetables, fruits, whole grains. Warm home cooked foods are ideal. Avoid cold foods, drinks as these douse the digestive fire and decreases immunity.

    Lifestyle impacts immunity as well, like staying up late, eating at irregular times, sleeping during day can affect digestion and immunity.

    Doing a daily massage for children enhances immunity as it stimulates all the organs of the body, flushes out impurities and builds the resistance to fight with a disease. So following Ayurvdeic dietaries guidelines and lifestyle fro each season can develop a state without disease when sickness is no longer a threat.

    So this winter try spending the cold season staying warm and healthy. Herbs like

    • Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum) Leaves are used to support upper respiratory tract function.
    • Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) Root is used as a Rasayana, dietary supplement. It promotes mental and physical health and helps emaciated children who don’t gain weight.
    • Trikatu (Piper Longum, Piper nigrum & Zingiber officinale or ginger root) again helps with respiratory problems.
    • Chyawanprash (Rasayana) Helps building the immune response to fight with the disease excellent in respiratory problems.
    • Honey: helps with sore throat, chest infections and clears the channels in flu and viral infections.

    These herbs alone or in combination help in cold season by keeping the kids warm and healthy. Advice from an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner is recommended.

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  • Jan
    16

    Ayurveda – a perfect solution for stress


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    From the moment you wake up in the morning you are exposed to external environmental conditions that in turn effect the internal environment of your body.  Whether it is the TV or radio, the people you speak to, the food you eat for breakfast or the car exhaust fumes you inhale in the morning traffic. The influences we are exposed to every day of our lives are endless and go on until our head hits the pillow at night.

    In today’s busy society our bodies are working overtime trying to digest all of these experiences.  The more stressful the experience on your body, the harder it has to work to deal with the change that has happened internally. The more healthy and in balance your body is, the better equipped it is to cope.

    Ayurveda is an ancient healing science that looks at your own individual constitution and how you can maintain optimum balance through diet, lifestyle and natural therapies.  It is about getting to know the natural tendencies that you are born with and these incorporate physical, mental and spiritual characteristics.  By learning the best ways to deal with our own body we can help combat all health issues, one of the most frequent in Western society being stress.  Stress is caused from many different factors, one being not adequately processing the external environment factors and repressing them somewhere in the body.  Often these are repressed as emotional blocks and when they are continually manifesting and not being dealt with, they aggravate the body in a physical manner and in turn cause more serious illnesses and diseases like Diabetes, High blood pressure, Depression, Migraine headaches, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy and heart diseases etc. But Ayurveda has an answer for all.

    One of the most beneficial treatments for moving all of these stagnant blockages is massage.  Ayurvedic massage is one of a series of different types of panchakarma therapies that will benefit any person in combating stress. Keraliya Panchakarma is a traditional course of Ayurvedic treatment that removes toxins from the body which have built up when our system can’t digest things properly (whether this is food or experiences).  Shirodhara is another panchakarma treatment where the patient lies with a stream of warm oil constantly flowing over the marma points on their forehead.  This treatment is extremely beneficial for calming the whole nervous system, increasing circulation and once again releasing anything that is manifesting somewhere and causing us harm. Another panchakarma therapy is a kati vasti – a dough wall is built around the spinal joint and filled with warm oil which in turn lubricates the joints and can relieve joint pain.  This treatment has seen immediate results for lower back pain – another common problem brought on by stress.

    Our lives are on a constant wave of ups and downs.  There is no such thing as being in perfect health but we should definitely strive toward getting to know our self and our health patterns and try to ride the wave of life rather than be continually dumped in the whitewash!  Through these Ayurvedic treatments and through discovering the best diet and lifestyle to suit your body’s needs, you can truly transform yourself and maintain a balance you never believed possible before.

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  • Sep
    23

    Allergies – Nature’s solution to an everyday problem


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    What is Allergy?

    The immune system is the finest armour that nature has provided all human beings and it is designed to nurture and protect life by warding off and neutralizing all threats to life. In some people however, the immune system over reacts or becomes hyper sensitive to certain substances (allergens) triggering off a chain of unpleasant reactions (allergy). Sneezing, sinusitis, asthma and hay fever (allergic rhinitis) are examples of such unpleasant reactions.

    Allergy – The Ayurvedic prepective

    Ayurveda says that allergies are the outcome of a poor immune system and the presence of amavisha (toxins). When the body is fed too much or fed something that is not suitable for it, the digestive process is incomplete leading to the formation of ama (toxins). If the body does not change its dietary habits, ama keeps forming and eventually spills over into different tissues and organs in the body. Ama then reacts with these and gets transformed into amavisha. It is this amavisha that triggers off the allergic reactions when it comes into contact with allergens.

    The two-pronged approach of Ayurveda

    • do away with ama and amavisha,  and
    • bolster the immune system.

    Necessary changes in diet and dietary habits can take care of the first approach. To bolster the immune system, ayurveda requires that one undertake certain physical activities and use certain herbs. The physical activities include yoga and nasya treatment.

    Stress aggravates allergies and yoga is a sure antidote for stress. Yoga also employs many postures and breathing exercises that help in dispelling the accumulated ama. Nasya treatments can be done at home once you get the hang of it and involve the introduction of medicated oils or powders or plant extracts into the nose. A completely safe procedure, it flushes out the toxins and helps clear out and lubricate the sinus passageways.

    Herbs that help:

    • Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
      It has four distinct properties – growth promoter, immunostimulant, adaptogenic and anxiolytic. Ashwagandha is available as capsules, powder or in the form of lehyams (medicated jams).
    • Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia
      One of nature’s most potent immunomodulators, it supports the normal white blood cell structure, functions and levels in blood thereby supporting the immune system.
    • Turmeric – Cucuma longa
      Turmeric with warm milk has been the staple home remedy for cold and fever in India. Curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric is also a very potent antioxidant that slows down the aging process. Apart from using with milk, turmeric tea is a great way of warding off threats to your immune system.
    • Tulsi – Ocimum sanctum
      Loaded with antioxidants, it not only boosts the immune system, but also provides other benefits like stimulating the body and increasing physical endurance. Chewing fresh leaves or drinking tea by boiling a few dried leaves is one of the easiest ways to keep allergies away and keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check.
    • Mulethi – Glycyrrhiza glabra
      Liquorice boosts the immune system by boosting levels of interferons and, increasing production of lymphocytes and macrophages. Liquorice tea is a great way of bolstering your immune system.
    • Amla – Emblica officinalis
      A rich source of vitamin C, and one that reduces the inflamed vata, pitta and kapha, regular consumption of the fruit boosts immunity and rejuvenates the body. Powdered amla with a spoon of organic honey is probably the easiest and best way to enjoy the benefits of this fruit.
    • Chyawanprash
      A traditional Indian supplement incorporates amla and 36 other herbs to boost immunity and rejuvenate the body. As it contains an impressive group of herbs that boost immunity, a spoon of chyawanprash in the mornings with a glass of milk is more than enough to boost the immune system. This way, you do not need to collect all the herbs and have them individually.
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  • Sep
    23

    Tulsi – The holi herb that heals


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    Tulsi or the Holy Basil is a plant that is nurtured in every Indian home. There are two varieties of tulsi named Rama Tulsi (green leaves and stems) and Krishna tulsi (purple leaves and stems). Cobras and scorpions are put off by the smell of the plant and do not enter any place where the tulsi is planted. The leaves of the plant were an instant remedy to a variety of common illness; remedies that work wonderfully well to this very day. Unlike other vitalizers that stimulate the body and increase physical endurance, tulsi is free from caffeine or other stimulants.

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  • Mar
    11

    A complete sense of well being through Yoga and Ayurveda


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    Ayurveda and Yoga are related as Ayurveda is the science while Yoga is the practice of that science. Yoga came as a relief to the Western world as it brought concepts like meditation and bliss. Yoga was the most popular export of India in the 1950’s – 70’s. Accepted and practiced by celebrities, led to its greater coverage in the media leading to more public awareness. Ayurveda, by contrast was neglected as modern medicine was seen as a solution to all medical problems plaguing humans. With the limitations of modern medicines being felt and the emphasis being on disease prevention, the world is now turning to Ayurveda.

    Yoga and Ayurveda both are two integral parts of the same tree of the Vedic Knowledge, which envelops the lives of the human beings and the whole of the universe. To be precise Ayurveda is described in the Atharva and Rig Vedas while Yoga is from the Yajur Veda. Sattva, rajas and tamas are the trigunas on which both Ayurveda and Yoga are based on. The five basic elements or the pancha mahabhutas – air, water, earth, fire and space are again common to both. Both work towards making the body strong and healthy. The beauty of both lies in the fact that every individual on this planet can practice it on a daily basis within the confines of the their home.

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  • Aug
    21

    Connecting Mind & Body through Ayurvedic Lifestyle


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    Ayurveda is an ancient Indian form of alternative medicine, which is extremely efficient when it comes to balancing one’s well-being and developing spiritual potential. The basic concept of Ayurveda is that all matter is made up of the five elements: air, water, space, earth and fire. However, these concepts do not exist separately – they are always a combination of each other, with one or two elements dominating a given life form.

    Apart from the five basic elements, there are the Doshas, which are spiritual principles, reflected in each and everybody on earth. Doshas exist as kapha, pitta, and vata, and they are “in charge” of the nervous system, metabolism and bodily fluids, respectively. When the three Doshas work together creating harmony, an individual’s well-being is guaranteed. This is precisely what one should strive for by embracing Ayurvedic lifestyle.

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  • Dec
    05

    Misuse of Alternative Herbal Medicine in Today’s Era


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    Twenty years back, if you wanted to know about a particular subject, you needed to visit a library and refer through many books. Only a few individuals had that patience and persistence. Today, a mere click on the internet spews out information which goes beyond your needs. And it has changed the world like never before. With the limitations of modern medicine and the disadvantages of its long term use, people started looking for alternates. Today, the internet has a profusion of websites which deals with alternative medicine.

    An example would be Ayurveda. In the last 20 years Ayurveda has grown out of India and spread across the world. The Ayurvedic system of medicine treats patients using the holistic approach where, the cause is treated rather than the symptoms. This approach is beneficial to the body as unlike modern medicine, no strong chemicals or drugs are used. It is almost natural that with the increased use of natural medicines, there began its misuse and in some cases, the abuse of these medicines. The basic concepts of this system of medicine were forgotten by those indulging in the misuse of these medicines.

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  • Nov
    25

    Ayurveda & Nutritional Food Habits


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    It is interesting and mildly amusing that the more science develops, the more we seem to accept the wisdom of our ancestors. The inference being that with the passage of time and in a hurry to modernize, we lost our true bearings. As new diseases appear and, modern medicine becomes helpless to deal with certain diseases, humankind seeks solutions from the past.

    Ayurveda is a way of life and not just a system of medicine. Ayurveda literally means long life through knowledge. The knowledge being employed to strengthen the immune system and the body to ward off diseases and thus ensure a long healthy life. And, one of the cornerstones in this approach is good nutrition.

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  • Aug
    13

    Nature’s Boon for Humans in Ayurveda


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    Honey which is also called as “MADHU” has been described as nature’s most wonderful gift for humans in ayurveda. It has different effects on all the Doshas as it aggravates Vata, scrapes Kapha and normalizes raktapitta.

    In natural form honey contains sugar like fructose, glucose, sucrose, maltose, lactose, disaccharides & trisaccharides. Honey has also got contents like vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, amino acids, water & volatile aromatic substances.

    Honey a sweet natural product has high nutritional and medicinal values. Eight types of honey have been described in Ayurveda amongst which “Makshika” has been considered best and with immense medicinal properties. It is collected by small honey bees and is very light and dry natured and is considered most useful in Ayurveda.

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