During winter it gets difficult to maintain good health due to temperature, germs from everyone sneezing and let’s face it we all tend to become extra lazy and sloth like! I love the imagery of winter – the shimmering snow, evenings cuddling in front of the fire, aaa aaa – bump – back to reality -often, it invites illness: flu, coughs, colds, and generally feeling run down. Here are a few tips and remedies to keep in your “Survival Kit” so that you can stay healthy all through the season.
It is essential to preserve a healthy diet and lifestyle during cold weather and here at Ashishveda we recommend the following traditional methods to keep you in good health even during winter.
- Ensure Vitamin C is prevalent in your diet at all times it supports tissue development, is a natural anti-inflammatory and supports the immune system.
- Blend Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary, add 1-2 drops on the bottom of each foot, or in a spray bottle, ( spray around you and your house). This is especially good for children going to school or nursery.
Tips for keeping to a healthy you
- Reduce portion sizes to half
- Eat more at lunch time
- Recipe Urad Daal Pancakes (contains Protein is suitable for vegans and is gluten free)
- one cup Urad Daal
- season according to taste
- ground cumin or ground cinnamon – add a pinch
- Oil to fry
Method : Wash Daal thoroughly. Soak Urad Daal for 5 hours. Blend it till very fine liquid batter. Add either ground cumin or ground cinnamon. Make pancakes in a heavy base pan. Be very gentle. Spread the batter carefully. Use oil all around the pancake so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Be gentle when turning it over to avoid breakages.
Add few drops of lemon juice or pink Himalayan salt, chocolate sauce or even maple syrup. Eat it warm. (you could also eat your favourite ice cream with it – yummy!).
Yoga for winter try Sarvangasana or Trikonasana
If your child displays non-normative behaviour such as heightened irritability or aggression towards other children this can become stressful for both you and your child. Many behavioural problems can be addressed with Ayurvedic changes in lifestyle and diet. You can improve problem behaviour considerably using a holistic Ayurvedic approach:
Ayurveda and aggression
Sometimes children learn destructive behaviour in the playground. Smacking others and other signs of aggression may be learnt behaviour. Yet an underlying imbalance can lower your child’s ability to tolerate external stimuli, making them more reactive.
In children as well as adults, a fiery temperament is a sign of a dominant pitta dosha. The doshas are the three life energies that suffuse and affect our minds and bodies. Pitta dosha is aggravated by hot and acidic foods. If your child is showing more irritable or aggressive behaviour, you might need to add more calming foods to his or her diet. Hot and salty food increase pitta, while sweet, bitter and astringent food placates pitta. Above all, avoid any caffeine intake.
Using Ayurveda to change disruptive behaviour
Because our brain chemistry is closely linked to and affected by what we feed our bodies, Ayurvedic diet can help to change disruptive behaviour. Cut refined sugar products out of your child’s diet. Sugar consumption is one of the leading causes of hyperactivity. Instead, use natural, pure sources of sweetness in your child’s food when necessary, such as dates or unprocessed honey. Dates are also a good source of other nutrients, including potassium.
An Ayurvedic diet can be paired with other Ayurvedic interventions to reduce disruptive behaviour. Teach your child Ayurvedic breathing techniques that he or she can use to create calm when the classroom or another environment feels overstimulating.
Using Ayurveda to help nervous children
Many children display high anxiety when they are dropped off at school. While most children acclimatise and this fear diminishes over time, sometimes children need a little extra help. According to Ayurveda, the vatta dosha of lightness and movement is associated with a nervous temperament. Wild oats are a good source of vatta-placating nutrients. Other natural calmatives for nervy children include herbs such as ashwagandha, bala, and Shatavari.
When considering Ayurvedic remedies to address your child’s behaviour, speak to your paediatrician to get the go-ahead on any unfamiliar herbal treatment.
Are you struggling with these or other behavioural problems in your child? Speak to Dr Ashish today to find a natural, holistic way forward.
Fill our dosha questionnaire or consult with Dr Ashish to find out what is in a vatta pacifying diet.
Young children are often full of exuberant energy, but it can become disruptive when a child always fights off sleep or has bedtime tantrums. Ayurvedic approaches to help children sleep include natural ways to help children sleep better, resulting in fewer night-time disturbances. Here are 5 Ayurvedic sleep remedies suitable for children:
- Combat vata-related sleep imbalance
In Ayurvedic tradition, the three doshas are the elemental energies that affect mind and body. The vata dosha is associated with wind and movement, and excess vata is often at the root of sleep imbalance. Children whose minds run as they get ready for bed should eat foods that balance vata, including warm, cooked meals that avoid stimulants such as sugar.
- Combat pitta-related sleep disturbance
A child who wakes in the small hours and can’t get back to sleep might have a pitta-related imbalance. The fiery pitta dosha is aggravated by stimulation and heat-generating foods. Give your child more food (but keep the amount within a reasonable range due to natural sugars). Also, adopt a pitta-pacifying lifestyle. This means making sure your child is in bed and asleep before 10:00 p.m.
- Combat kapha-related excess sleep
Older children sometimes are hard to wake for school and seem tired no matter how much they sleep. This can be the result of excess kapha, which causes a slow and sluggish disposition. Heavy, cold foods (such as cold custard) can aggravate Kapha, so it’s best to give a child who needs excessive sleep lighter (though still substantial), warmer foods. It’s also important to make sure the child who has a kapha imbalance gets plenty of exercise.
- Avoid stimulants in general
Stimulants such as caffeine and sugar affect adults, creating a buzz of energy. Picture how much more excess energy is created in young bodies. Avoid giving your child food containing added sugar and avoid sources of caffeine (even dark/bitter chocolate is quite high in caffeine). This will ensure your child feels sleepier earlier and isn’t bouncing off the walls at 11 p.m.
- Walk your child through guided relaxation
Young, active minds respond well to stories, so turn bedtime into a relaxing story time. Tell your child to imagine a scene and describe somewhere peaceful and beautiful and calm and create a hushed, sleepy atmosphere. If your child becomes wise to this approach, you can also give your child a natural, sleep-time tea such as chamomile (if your child won’t fuss about the taste).
The above five Ayurvedic approaches will help your child to enjoy better, deeper sleep so that you can enjoy bedtime too. Contact Ashishveda now to get your life back.
Mothers of all ages face challenges that can take a toll on well-being. Natural changes in the body such as menopause cause great discomfort to mature women, while women of all ages may be affected at some point by physical and/or emotional imbalances that require therapeutic assistance. Traditional Ayurvedic healing takes a holistic approach to common physical and emotional challenges that mothers face. Here are five complaints that may be eased using an Ayurvedic approach:
- Mood Swings
Women of all ages experience mood swings, especially those related to the menstrual cycle. A combination of diet and Ayurvedic therapies can reduce mood swings, however. In Ayurvedic practice, purifying the body helps to restore balance, thus purifying panchakarma therapies that detoxify the body help moody mums even out their mood swings.
According to Ayurvedic tradition, it’s also advisable to make dietary adjustments and focus on light, easily-digested food at times when mood swings are most volatile.
In Ayurvedic tradition, imbalance is viewed as state of body and mind. The three doshas or life energies affect our bodies as well as minds, and if any is in severe excess or lack hormonal imbalance can result. Hormonal imbalance also occurs naturally with life changes such as menopause. Hormone Replacement Therapy is a non-Ayurvedic approach to this type of imbalance, but there are also herbal remedies (such as the Ayurvedic herb shatavari) that alleviate the most frustrating symptoms of imbalance (such as hot flashes).
Often hormonal imbalance goes hand in hand with depression. Feeling low and listless is also a sign of imbalance. Ayurvedic tradition offers multiple ways to alleviate depression. Mothers who have post-natal depression or another source of these feelings can learn Ayurvedic breathing techniques that promote calm and psychological wellbeing.
Besides lifestyle changes and practices, there are also foods and home remedies that help fight depression. Ashwagandha or winter cherry is one Ayurvedic herbal remedy that has been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression.
- Weight gain
Many women do not have sufficient time to exercise, juggling careers and family life. Weight gain is most often a result of imbalanced eating, too. An Ayurvedic eating plan that helps to create balance helps mothers restore wellbeing and a trimmer figure.
- Tired skin
Overworked mums often show their tiredness in their skin. A dull complexion can easily be improved and the skin can be rehydrated through an Ayurvedic hot steam treatment. Steam treatments detoxify the body, leaving skin brighter and healthier.
If you suffer any of the above complaints, start finding your way to wellness with the help of Ayurvedic nutrition and supportive, healing therapies.
Uninterrupted sitting over long periods can have negative effects on your health. In Ayurvedic tradition, balance is essential and the body needs a movement to balance the sedentary hours of the day. Here are 5 Ayurvedic exercises that you can do at your desk to maintain balance and good health:
- Seated crescent moon
Your neck can quickly become stiff if you are spending long hours hunched over a desk or screen. Loosen stiff neck muscles by doing this simple yoga-derived exercise. Stretch your arms above your head, clasping your hands together. Then tilt your head from side to side, touching each ear to the inside of your raised arms. This will relieve tension.
- Lower back stretch
The lower back carries a lot of pressure when the spine is not aligned. This lower back stretch will help ward off back pain. Sitting in your office chair, with your legs hip-width apart, bend from the crease of your hips, bringing your torso down so that you are lying face forwards across your knees. Make sure to completely relax your neck. This will relieve pressure on your lower back.
- Warrior Two
This is best to keep for private moments at the office, if you are in a shared space, as it is more active than the preceding exercises.
To do the yoga pose Warrior Two in the office, place your chair against a wall so it can’t slip. Place your one leg, heel flat, on the chair, with your leg bent close to 90 degrees at the knee. Your other leg should be placed firmly on the office floor, stretched out so that you are balanced. Raise your arms and reach out in front and behind of you, keeping your raised arms parallel to the floor, as though you are reaching towards the horizon. Hold and release. This is an energizing, invigorating pose.
- Seated Twist
This is another great Ayurvedic office exercise to do when your back feels tight and you feel as though you have reduced flexibility. Sitting in your office chair, with your feet forward on the ground, place your right hand on your left knee. Inhale, and as you exhale, twist your body from the upper spine, to look over your shoulder while your legs remain facing forwards. Then swap sides. This is a great exercise for freeing your back muscles.
- Chest and shoulder opener
This exercise helps to correct any hunched posture. Sitting up straight, reach your arms behind yourself and clasp hands behind your back. If your chair does not have an open back, you will need to stand up. Clasping your hands together, pull your arms downwards and away from you, pulling your shoulders back and drawing your shoulder blades together. Hold and release. This helps to open the chest and reduces slouching.
All five of these Ayurvedic desk exercises borrow from well-known yoga poses. Practice these in spare moments at your desk to relieve muscular tension, boost focus and maintain good posture. Why not attend one of my Yoga classes held every Sunday?
The Benefits of Fertility Massage
Check out my recent video post – an overview
- Increases circulation to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes
- Increases circulation to the digestive system thereby enhancing immune system
- Promotes hormonal balance
- Helps the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood, tissues and scar tissue
- Helps to reposition a tilted uterus
Ayurveda is based on the principles of three doshas. Doshas are the energies that make up every individual, which perform different physiological functions in the body:
The 3 Dosha types:
1. Vata Dosha — Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.
- In – There is creativity and vitality.
- Out – Can produce fear and anxiety.
2. Pitta Dosha — Energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and your body’s temperature.
- In – Leads to contentment and intelligence.
- Out-: Can cause ulcers and anger.
3. Kapha Dosha — Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.
- In – Expressed as love and forgiveness.
- Out -: Can lead to insecurity and envy.
Find out your dosha here
Balancing your hormones is essential to maintain a healthy, happy you.
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In the heart of winter opportunistic colds and infections create painful sinuses and discomfort. Ayurvedic medicine provides natural ways to keep the common cold away. Aryuvedic cold remedies have been used for thousands of years and provide all-natural alternatives to filling your body with caffeine and other unhealthy stimulants. When you feel a sore throat or blocked sinuses coming on, try these natural remedies.
A warming, natural tea
The foods you eat have a potent effect on the three life energies or doshas – kapha, vata and pitta. The watery kapha dosha is associated with dampness and health complaints such as excessive mucous. Try drinking a warm mug of hot water steeped with natural ginger root, a slice of fresh lemon and a dash of turmeric each morning. The spiciness that is a property of pitta counteracts the excess of kapha that is associated with colds. Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic, and ginger has excellent antibacterial properties.
A sinus-clearing warm oil treatment
Nasya is an Ayurvedic treatment that entails the application of natural, warm medicated oil to the nasal passage. This helps to lubricate the sinuses and keep them from getting dry. If you have been using a saline spray for sinusitis, it is especially important to lubricate your sinuses again to avoid irritation and discomfort
Natural Ayurvedic health supplements
Warming, naturally antibacterial foods are effective as a preventative measure against colds and flu. But a little extra support is often helpful. Natural nasal drops containing extracts of healing herbs and plants can be taken to alleviate congestion, while anti-inflammatory powders such as Trikatu powder can be taken with honey to ease discomfort. If you are unsure what natural Ayurvedic treatment to take, consult with your practitioner for advice.
Colds are a niggling cause of discomfort and can worsen if left untreated. So stay healthy and boost your immune system naturally with Ayurveda during the colder winter months. Contact me for more details.