Simple Ayurvedic habits for Cleansing and Detoxifying

In today’s modern world, cleansing and detoxifying have become quite popular.  With our toxic lifestyles, the intention behind this is well founded. So let’s incorporate some of the simple cleansing practices into our life with the help of these 4 simple cleansing tools:-

  1. Consume Green Leafy veggies like Spinach, Kale, Green Cabbage, Beet Greens, Watercress, etc.

These foods contain the bitter taste, which is mostly missing in our diets.  Green Leafy vegetables acts as a powerful detoxifying agent, which helps in reducing weight and water retention. With the diet today loaded hidden sugars, many people have become addicted and overeat foods with the sweet taste. This is one of the reasons why so many people have toxins today. So it is advised to lightly cook the greens with a pinch of turmeric and consume them.  Unless someone has a large vata imbalance, these greens can be consumed at least four times a week but are best cooked, not to be taken raw or cold as in a smoothie or juice.

  1. Use cooked apples, prunes and figs for breakfast to cleanse the bowels.

Having regular elimination is part of what brings the daily waste products out.  Prunes and Figs are well known to cleanse the bowels.  Soaking them overnight is ideal.  Another option is to cut an apple and cook them in 1/2 cup of water with 2-3 whole cloves on a low simmer covered until soft.  The cooked apples serves as a pre-biotic, providing food to nourish your intestinal in and out.  Ideally have the fruits for breakfast three times a week.

  1. Drink tea with mixture of Cumin-Coriander-Fennel seeds.

This tea has a mild diuretic action which cleanses the lymphatic tissue layer.  Those with more dryness in their body need to have less of it to avoid aggravating their inner dryness.  To prepare this tea take 1/3 tsp. each of dry roasted fennel, coriander and cumin seeds and steep in 1 cup of hot water for 4-6 minutes.

  1. Drink enough water throughout the day.

Water acts as a purifier which help in flushing out toxins while boosting immunity. Lack of hydration can create in building up of the toxins that can lead to diseases. Part of your daily cleansing should be proper consumption of water, ideally filtered and pure. Having warm water adds to deeper cleansing effect.

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Managing Seasonal Allergies by keeping your Immunity System strong

  1. Digestive support.

Your digestive support plays an important role in the feeding all the tissues, cells, and organs in the body. Eating less processed foods & sugar and focusing on more whole foods is always preferred. But there are also other simple things that boost your digestive health such as making sure you’re cooking with spices which act as a fuel to your digestive system. Eating at regular times and not skipping meals keeps your digestive system well calibrated. And not taking in too much liquids, especially iced drinks, with meals prevents you from inadvertently putting out your digestive system.

2. Exercise. Doing exercise not only promotes your immunity system but also enhances digestion and strengthens your tissue metabolism. Do not do exercise beyond your capacity as it could result in weakening of your immune system.

3. Proper hydration. It plays an important role not only in the whole body but also in preventing the body’s membranes from getting dry. Excess dryness can trigger a response in the body to create more protective fluids such as sinus mucus to counter the dryness. Lack of hydration can create in building up of the toxins that can lead to diseases.

4. Stress support Stress plays a major part in depleting of the immune system. Breathing exercises are recommended to reduce stress in Ayurveda. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body.

5. Proper sleep Researches show that people do best when they get a 6-8 hours sleep a day.Not enough sleep can give negative affects to the immune system. Having a healthy bedtime routine can mean- turning off electronics at least sixty minutes before bed, doing some gentle body stretches and taking five minutes to do deep breathing.

6. Massage Massage not only makes you feel relaxed but also helps in feeling energized throughout the day. Its helps in clearing off the stagnant lymph and toxins of the body and builds overall immunity system.

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Ritucharya – Seasonal Routine according to Ayurveda

Ritu means Season and Charya means do’s and don’ts (regime). Ritucharya is the observance of diet and regime according to the seasonal changes occurring in India. As we already know, our diet, activities and routine have a direct impact on our health. The environment we live in and the changing seasons also affect our health. The doshas keep changing according to the season. Hence it is important to make some changes in our diet and regime according to the season. There is diversity of seasons in India.

There are 6 types of seasons namely :-

  1. Hemant Ritu – Early Winters
  2. Basant Ritu – Spring
  3. Gresham Ritu – Summers
  4. Varsha Ritu – Rainy
  5. Sharad Ritu – Autumn
  6. Shishir Ritu – Winter

Hemant Ritu (Margshirsh and Pausha that is from Mid-November to Mid -January) and Shishir Ritu (Maagh and Phalgun that is from Mid-January to Mid-March)

This is the time when winters start in India. The environment is dusty and visibility is less due to fog. According to Ayurveda, during this period there is increase in appetite due to which heavy food also gets easily digested.

Diet to be followed:

  • Include sweet and sour food in your diet. Increased vata gets obstructed due to cold weather outside and can digest the tissues. More intake to sweets and sour items can help in reducing the vata.
  • Jaggery can be included in the diet as it is considered to be very useful for the body in the winter season.
  • Diet including wheat or gram flour should be used. Milk products can be consumed.
  • Products from sugarcane can be taken.

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Regular oil massage should be done as our body tends to dry up easily this season.
  • Body massage using kesar powder (udavarthanam) can be done as it helps in removing toxins through skin.
  • People should indulge in regular exercise during this season.

Basant Ritu (Chaitra and Baishakh that is about Mid-March to Mid-May) – 

This season is commonly known as the spring season. Environment here is clear and non-dusty. In this season increased kapha is liquefied by the heat of the sun which causes decline in digestive system that causes diseases.

Diet to be followed:

  • Consume food which are easily digestible.
  • Heavy food must be restricted.
  • Oily food should not be consumed.
  • Honey should be consumed as it helps in avoiding diseases caused by kapha.
  • Barley should be consumed. Arishtas can also be consumed during this season.

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Sleeping during daytime should be restricted.
  • People should exercise regularly.
  • Uptan (facial) should be done.
  • Nasal medication can be taken.

Grishma Ritu (Jyasth and Aasadha that is about Mid-May to Mid-July)

Commonly known as summer season where heat is increased during this season. Due to which Kapha decreases and Vata increases day by day. Dehydration, exhaustion and lack of energy can be experienced during this season.

Diet to be followed:

  • Lot of liquids should be consumed during this season.
  • Milk and yogurt can be taken in this season.
  • Fresh juices, salads and buttermilk can be consumed in large quantities.
  • Drink cold water

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Avoid excessive physical workout.
  • Apply Chandan paste and bathe in cold water.
  • Sleeping during the day is permitted as nights are quite short during summer season.

Varsha Ritu (Shraavan and Bhadrapad that is between Mid-July to Mid-September)

Commonly known as rainy season. The digestive activity was already weak in the summer season but again it gets triggered during rainy season. Therefore all methods to mitigate the doshas and enhance the digestive activity must be adopted.

The body which is in the durbal avasta ( to purific the doshas and make the doshas healthy and remove the toxins the body Karkidaka chikitsa( monsoon ayurvedic treatment) are done. Mainly Panchakarma chikitsa are done in this period.

Diet to be followed:

  • Food that is easily digested should be consumed.
  • Pulses, soups and old grains should be consumed.
  • Green leafy vegetables must be taken in low quantity or can be avoided if possible.
  • Black pepper, lemon juice and ginger should be consumed to strengthen the digestive system.

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Panchakarma should be adopted during this season as it helps to enhance the digestive activity.
  • Apply Agarwood oil to the body.
  • Udavarthanam can be done during this season.
  • Avoid exertion.

Sharad Ritu (Ashvin and Kaartik that is between Mid-September to Mid-November)

Also known as autumn season. There is a sudden exposure to sunlight which increases pitta.

Diet to be followed:

  • Processed ghee with bitter herbs can be consumed.
  • Avoid heavy intake of food.
  • Wheat, barley and rice can be consumed.
  • Easily digestible food like honey, rice, gooseberry and cereals should be consumed.

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Udvartana of Chandan (sandalwood) must be applied.
  • Bathe in warm water.
  • Abstain from liquors.
  • Avoid sleeping during the day.
  • Engage in physical exercise.

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Benefits of Ginger


Ginger is a flowering plant whose ginger root and rhizome are used in different spices and traditional medicines. Its Latin name is Zingiber officinale. Ginger comes in the family of Zingiberaceae, to which also belong turmeric , cardamom and galangal and is probably native to southeastern Asia. Its generic name Zingiber was derived from the Greek Zingiberis, which comes from the Sanskrit name of the spice, Singabera which means “shaped like a horn”.

In India, Ayurvedic texts consider ginger to be one of the most important herbs available to mankind. Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe ginger as a powerful digestive aid since it fuels digestive fire, whets the appetite, and clears the body’s micro-circulatory channels. Ginger is also used in Ayurveda as a remedy for joint pain, nausea and motion sickness.

Here we give you some benefits of the Fresh Ginger :-

  1. Eliminates Nausea Chewing raw ginger is found to be very beneficial for people suffering from nausea. It’s helpful to cancer patients too who suffer from nausea during chemotherapy. Pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness can also be treated by consuming fresh ginger.
  2. Pain reductionGinger can provide pain relief from severe migraines and headaches. It works on migraine by stimulating the muscle contractions and controlling the inflammation in the blood vessels. Ginger has also been used to reduce the pain suffered by women during their menstrual cycle.
  3. Popular digestive aidGinger has been used as a digestive aid for more than 1000 years in ancient cultures. Its intestinal spasmolytic properties relaxes the gastro-intestinal muscles to soothe an upset stomach. Eating slices of ginger sprinkled with salt before meals can increase saliva flow to aid digestion and prevent stomach issues.
  4. Anti-Tumor Properties Ginger has certain properties that have the potential to kill certain cancer cells. Ginger has been proven to treat ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. A recent study showed that ginger not only killed the ovarian cancer cells but also prevented them from building up resistance to chemotherapy. They fight cancer because of Beta-Elemene which is an Anti-cancer pharmaceutical that is derived from ginger.
  5. Immunity Booster Ginger has immunity boosting properties that help in treating cold and coughs. It helps in calming the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection. It also works on sore throats and bronchitis. It includes thermogenic properties that help body warm up in winter seasons also promoting healthy sweating.

Now we provide you some benefits of Dry Ginger :-

  1. Soothes Sinus and Arthritis By making a paste of dry ginger with little milk and rubbing them against the sandalwood stone(or on any smooth stone) and applying this paste on the effected are can sooth sinus and cure headaches too. The same paste can be used for arthritis patients.
  2. Helps in controlling bacteria which causes diarrhea The bacteria found in diarrhea is the main reason of death in very high percentage of children and adolescents in developing countries. The toxins found in this bacteria are very poisonous.  Zingerone, a ginger based compound binds the toxins so that they cannot blend together with the gut, and thus helps to prevent death due to diarrhea.
  3. Provides gastro-intestinal relief Dried ginger has been an essential component in traditional medicine to provide relief from gastro-intestinal problems. Dry ginger can be used to eliminate flatulence from the intestines while relaxing the tract.
  4. Dry ginger for digestionDry ginger is very useful in proper functioning of digestion and due to which it induces in weight loss too. A mixture of dried ginger, hing and rock salt to a glass of warm water can relieve in indigestion.

Enjoy the showers of Ayurveda at Ayurvedic Village

 

Just when the rain casts it’s foreshadow, our hearts brim with excitement and enthusiasm awaiting the lovingly-enchanting drizzle that would drench us to the core. After all the longing and the ardent wait, the rain drops finally break through the dark clouds, showering it’s cascade and speckling the earth with its water balls, spreading the petrichor around and satisfying our minds and soul in true sense.

Our exhilarating hearts spring with joy, bringing in innumerable moments of happiness and pleasure, a child in each and every soul surfaces to the delight of each and every rain drop. This is nature’s unbiased gift that relishes every one of us, a nature’s way of quenching the flaming minds and souls engendered through the mundane drudgeries of life. It is important that we acknowledge the diverse perspectives of the monsoons and regard it with its true worth. Among all the essential things that the monsoons bring to the surface of nature and civic life, it serves an internal contentment to all of us and not just the Bollywood hero and heroines dancing on melodious tunes. And this contentment has the power to heel, our mind and soul, just like Ayurveda.

It’s really interesting to draw an analogy between the monsoons and Ayurveda, inter-relating its heeling qualities, in terms of its essence and not just the physical recuperation. Just go and succumb yourself to the unmatchable rejuvenation- Panchkarma!Every drop of oil trickling down slowly in the centre of your forehead will touch upon every internal hidden ailment, caressing it and gently pushing you towards its spiritual healing, bringing in a mental elevation and finally making you transcend to the epitome and peace, calm and relaxation, just like the rains do to every mind and soul. Ayurveda serves more than just a healing process; it’s an approach that needs to be embraced and lived and needs to have its own rhythm. It’s a world of thoughts, beliefs and holistic science that needs faith, dedication, time and serenity. It’s almost impossible to imagine a space in today’s city atmosphere that would allow us such peace and tranquillity to permeate into the spiritual world of Ayurveda and enter its beautiful nature where one can have a dialogue with oneself.

If one intends to subject oneself to Ayurvedic spirituality and is in quest of isolation, ‘Ayurvedic Village’ is your destination. Ayurvedic Village, located in Morbe, Panvel offers a space that can allow us a short-term escape from the bustling city, inviting us in the world of Ayurvedic wellness therapies and beauty treatments, healing us from within. It’s a holistic wellness centre stretched across a vast piece of land amid greenery and nature’s beauty, enveloped by foliage and fresh breeze. Just imagine the view of the showering rains while one is being showered with the boon of Ayurveda- It’s a true bliss!

Importance of Sleep according to Ayurveda

 

According to Sushruta, Ahara, Nidra and Brahmacharya are the three pillars of body among which Nidra is one of the integral part of human being.

A proper Nidra / sleep keep a person rejuvenated and keep the body and mind in healthy state, in this extravagant and hectic life of humans.

Nidra nasha/insomnia is considered as one of the major health hazards the world is facing in the current era. A huge amount of happiness in life could be attained by a sound sleep.

The disease (insomnia) has become quite common, 85% of urban population are not getting adequate sleep.

According to Sushruta Samhita, Happiness, unhappiness, strength, weakness, nourishment, emaciation, vitality, sterility, knowledge, ignorance, life and death all these happen due to proper and improper sleep.

A proper sleep at proper time for a proper period is required for the well being of a human being as it helps to increase the strength, vigour and complexion of the body. All vital organs in our body need adequate rest to function properly, and a person to stay healthy vice-versa excessive sleep harms the body & takes away both happiness and longevity.

Day sleeping is not advised in ayurveda, it is one of the main causes for diabetes but it is advised in certain conditions like when a person is exhausted by work, sexual act, excessive alcohol and if the season is very hot (summer).

So from today make sure you get a good night’s sleep.

In next article, we will see the types of Nidra/Sleep and treatments for Nidra nasha / insomnia.

Yoga and Ayurveda – A complete approach for optimal health and wellness

 

Yoga and Ayurveda each have immense benefits and have always proved beneficial to mankind. But, what is noteworthy is that even when they are independent, they are interrelated. Originating from the vedas, Yoga is incepted from the Yajur veda while Ayurveda is incepted from Atharva and Rig veda. While Yoga is the spiritual face of Ayurveda, Ayurveda is the healing face of Yoga. Together when these disciplines are practiced, in sync with nature, the benefits derived are infinite.
Although both of them are not an instant fix to any health problem, they are more of a kind of journey that will take its own course of time, but combat the root of the problem, while having positive side effects like giving inner peace and creating positive energy around us. They touch on all the aspects of mind, body and soul, thereby making each one of us a better human being.
Practicing only the various poses of Yoga and meditation is only 50 percent of the healing regime. The other 50 percent benefit can be garnered by effectively implementing the principles of Ayurveda in one’s life. Ayurveda’s treatments like Abhyangam and Shirodhara can be incorporated to improve one’s practice of Yoga. Balancing the components of the body like having satvik food habits, aromatherapy, detox programs etc. will help in creating the desired environment for the body, which when created will give the optimal solution required.
Tomorrow is the 2nd International Yoga Day and such is the power of Yoga and Ayurveda that people outside India also have incorporated this change in their day to day life for a better tomorrow.

Herbs that are best in controlling Diabetes

Healing herbs and edible flowers (handcarved olive tree mortar and pestle)
  1. Fenugreek (Methi): Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which help lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. It is seen that fenugreek seeds can improve most metabolic symptoms associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in people by lowering blood glucose levels. It contains trigonelline, which is known to reduce blood sugar level. Soak the seeds in water overnight or powdered them and consume it with buttermilk.
  1. Bitter Gourd (Karela): It contains substances with anti-diabetic properties. These substances work individually or together to help reduce blood sugar levels. Karela is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C and Iron and its regular use prevents complication associated with diabetes such as eye complications and defective metabolism of carbohydrates.
  1. Jambu fruit (jamun): Its seed contains jamboline, which controls the excessive conversion of starch to sugar. Seed powder can be used with water or buttermilk. It reduces the quantity of sugar in urine.
  1. Bael leaves: They are scientifically proven to be anti-diabetic. Extract the fresh juice of bael leaves and consume it with a pinch of pepper.
  1. Garlic: Garlic contains sulfur compounds which dilate blood vessels. It is this effect that reduces blood pressure. The same compounds help in the metabolism and protect against oxidative damage and even high cholesterol.

 

  1. Cinnamon (Dalchini): Cinnamon bark improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and can reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

  1. Indian goose berry (Amala): One tsp of its juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, taken daily for 2 months, enables a person to secrete natural insulin.

The Mother of all Ayurvedic therapies- Padabhyanga/foot massage

 

indian doctors doing traditional ayurvedic oil foot massage

Since our feet connect the body with earth, it is believed that  one’s body and soul are embodied in the feet. In Ayurveda, a foot massage or so-called ‘Padabhyanga’ is said to be regarded as the mother of all therapies. Here are the few benefits of Foot Massage-

 

  1. Padabhyanga removes roughness, stiffness, dryness, numbness of the foot and leg, tiredness of the foot, strengthening the foot, offering stability to the foot, and it makes the feet more attractive.

 

  1. Padabhyanga treatment provides several benefits to the body as a whole. It helps in improving and maintaining good eyesight, cures sciatica, prevents cracks in the foot, improves blood circulation, removes contraction of muscles, ligaments and vessels of the feet.

 

  1. Foot massage also heals the vital points in the body, soothes the nerves, relieves foot pain, prevents occurrence of various foot ailments, and helps in easy locomotion.

 

  1. It activates our immune system, improves hearing capacity, promotes sound sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, balances doshas.

 

  1. Helps in alleviating diabetic neuropathy, cures headaches, activates metabolism, relieves hypertension, prevents onset of degeneration.

 

  1. It is said that Padabhyanga releases many blocks that hold back energy, which should otherwise be flowing freely throughout the body.

Ayurveda’s Rejuvenation Herb- Manjistha

 

Manjistha is a valuable herb in Ayurveda. Manjistha has excellent due to its blood purifying anti-oxidant properties.Manjistha means bright red, which has got its name from its red roots. It has very good effects on the circulatory system, arterial system and the excretory system. Here is why Manjistha is known as the best herb in Ayurveda

  1. Manjistha helps heal inflammation and gives a smooth and even skin tone. When externally used as a paste either alone or with honey, it keeps the skin glowing, removes pimples, freckles and discoloration.

 

  1. Manjistha quickens healing when certain wounds are washed with the extraction of Manjistha herb and is dressed with solid extract. Chronic and non-healing wounds can also be treated with Manjistha.

 

  1. It helps in treating varicose veins, eczema, bruising, and bleeding disorders. An external splint of Manjistha can be applied during fractures.

 

  1. Manjistha works well during diarrhea and when combined with lodhra skin powder.The herb is beneficial in gastrointestinal ailments like dyspepsia, loss of appetite, worm infestations, aids digestion, and kills toxins.

 

  1. Manjistha acts a blood purifier, it controls irritation of nerves and pacifies mind. The extraction of Manjistha is also beneficial in treating gout, when combined with other herbs.

 

  1. It is also seen that Manjistha has visible effects on female reproductive organs, and hence is used to treat problems like irregular menstruation, etc. Manjistha improves menstrual bleeding disorders and relieves pain.

 

  1. Manjistha is also excellent diabetic patients and is useful in the  treatment of urinary calculi.