Ashishveda Survival Kit!

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) download-9
  • one cup Urad Daal
  • season according to taste
  • ground cumin or ground cinnamon – add a pinch
  • lemon
  • 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 images-2

 

5 Ayurvedic approaches to help children sleep soundly

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

 

 

Nasya – Herbally Infused Oil – ideal for congestion and sinus problems

View my latest video blog post on Nasya.  The administration of herbally infused oil soothes and protects the nasal passages and helps relieve sinus congestion. Daily nasal lubrication helps to release tension in the head and relieve accumulated stress. Balancing for each Dosha  Vata, pitta, and Kapha, Nasya Oil is also traditionally said to improve quality of your voice, strengthen one’s vision and promote mental clarity.  Contact me for more information.

 

 

Knowing your Dosha

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

Three Ayurvedic Rules for Coffee Drinkers

In Ayurvedic practice, the three doshas – the primary life energies that make up body and mind – must be balanced for true health and harmony. Of the many things that aggravate or ease doshas, the foods we eat and beverages we drink can have profound effects. Many of us feel like we can’t even function without a daily cup of coffee, but it is important to know whether coffee will aid or hinder your health and mental clarity. Here are three rules for coffee drinkers from Ayurveda:

  • Have a cuppa if you’re kapha -The kapha dosha, associated with earthy solidity, responds well to coffee which has a mild diuretic effect. Signs of excess kapha include fluid retention and feeling low on motivation or foggy-headed. A good cup of quality coffee can help even the most lethargic kapha find the energy boost necessary to stay
  • Be moderate or avoid coffee if pitta or vata dominate, it is important to be more careful with your coffee intake than a primarily kapha person needs to be if your pitta or vata doshas tend towards excess. Vata types often suffer from digestive problems such as constipation. The diuretic effect of coffee reduces fluid in the body more, and thus can aggravate this health complaint. As for pitta, the heating effect of coffee and its bitterness can cause more pitta to build up and can worsen problems such as acid reflux.

 

  • Balance coffee intake with an Ayurvedic morning routine even if you can’t resist having an early morning cup of coffee, you can at least adopt an Ayurvedic morning routine that will compensate for any minor adverse effects. Drink a cup of hot water with the juice of one lemon each morning if possible. This alkalizes the body and helps to counteract the acidifying effect of coffee. Also eat a grounding breakfast that will counteract the tendency of coffee to make your mind race.

 

Coffee can be hard to resist, especially if you work in an office culture where a cup of stimulating coffee is always nearby. Know your dosha and use the three Ayurvedic rules for coffee drinkers and you should be able to keep enjoying this invigorating beverage.