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The Ayurvedic Morning Routine to boost Your immunity

Everyday Regimen

An Ahoratra is the word used to describe 24 hrs in ayurveda, which like all Vedic sciences, provides a very scientific division of time. Dinacharya or daily schedule is the part which provides a beautifully described regular, disciplined, detailed regimen of the day for the optimal utilization of an amazing work resource of abundant energy i.e. the human body. This dinarcharya encompasses methods of the minute detoxification, rejuvenation of every single part of the body all that can be done during the day very easily to reduce ageing, maintaining energy levels, skin care, etc on a daily basis. (Watch video summary here)

Waking up

  • Ayurveda advises that the ideal time to wake up is Brahamamuhurutam i.e. 2 hours before sunrise, it is the most peaceful time in the morning when nature itself awakens to welcome the sun, our ultimate source of life and energy. Interestingly, Research suggests that it is time when the fewest robberies take place as it is the least time of any kind of stress making it the best time to meditate, study or research. ‘
  • This is an ideal case scenario, however how you can adapt it in present setting is to wake-up with school going kids i.e. between 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. for the people who already have kids, schedule your morning in such a way that you have time for self-preparation for  a busy day ahead. The point is here to have an ideal time gap between waking up and going to office to cleanse and then nourish the body.
  • Splashing of water on face should be done first thing after waking up, followed by rinsing of mouth, also fill your mouth with water and splash water on the eyes, this is very effective exercise for the eyes. All this has to be done with regular room temperature water. 
  • Proper voiding of bowel is quite essential and allot a specific time out for this because if u feel that there is no natural urge for defecation, you may need to sleep a bit more. However if u feel proper evacuation of stool doesn’t take place on its own, taking triphala a night before will help in regularization of the schedule. It is an effective detoxifier and it is not habit forming in most cases. Most of the other laxatives available in the market are habit forming and in case of regular usage end up drying the intestinal lumen, resulting in loss of essential electrolytes. Fruits like papaya, water-melon, pomegranate, maousambi, and beetroot are excellent gastro-cleansers and should be included in the diet in case of habitual constipation.
  • Cleansing the bowel first thing in the morning is mandatory for the release of toxins and to have a very light feeling. The position of squatting is very useful to relax the involuntary sphincter of the anus; one can use a small stool with the western lava oratory to improve the sitting posture on the toilet seat so as to relax the evacuating area of the lower body completely. Indians in general abide by this direction, however due to lack of proper toilet training skills in children nowadays , it has been noticed that school going children are developing unhealthy habits of afternoon cleansing of the bowel. This creates a lot of tamasic or negative energy in the body. Also if your stool is not well formed e.g. it is greasy, watery, discolored or spilt it may signify an inflammation of the digestive tract. Medical (ayurvedic) consultation should be done in these cases as there a lot of patients with chronic latent gastric infections which remain untreated for years

Cleansing the oral cavity

  • Ayurveda is one of the earliest medical sciences to talk about the benefits, significance, herbs and method of brushing which is as scientific as modern dental science. Gum care and tongue scrapping are two essential factors given, which only recently have been advertized by manufacturers of oral products.
  • A dental cleanser should be fibrous but not too hard to avoid injury to the gums. The cleansing medium should be mainly astringent & bitter but including a lit bit of sweetness. Kindly avoid toothpastes which are too sweet in taste.
  • The usage of salt should be limited to gargling as it is an excellent cleanser for soft tissues (like gums, base of tongue etc.) of the oral cavity but should not be rubbed into the teeth. Tongue scrapping is the best remedy for anyone suffering from bad breath or frequent throat infections as a lot of debris gets deposited there.

Oiling

  • Our largest organ skin like any other organ needs all-around nutrition and since it is the seat of vata; external nutrition needs to be oil based since oil is the best way to pacify vata. No matter how many moisturizers one may use there is no substitute for pure natural oil.
  • Oiling of the body is like a family tradition in India, for generations it has been used as a secret ingredient for beautiful skin and hair that Indians are known for in general. There is no better natural method to improve the tone of the body, increase vitality and vigor & decrease sensitivity to physical wear and tear.
  • Ideally should be done every day, however thrice a week in winters and twice in summers manages the body quite well.
  • Still if you are time pressed the five points should essentially be massaged with oil before taking bath. They are the naval, the sole of feet, the ears, the head (in particular the soft spot), hands and elbows. This should be part of daily or weekly chores and the earlier you start in life, the better it is for you.
  • Oils that are beneficial to use are sesame-seed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, mustard oil and almond oil. Keep on changing them and we will discuss about their seasonal utility in the ritucharya chapter.

Nasyam

  • Nasyam or clearing the nasal tract with herbal remedies is another easy to do, yet profound method of maintaining health. The nasal tract is the first entry point of air in our body therefore gets first exposure to dust, change in temperature, chemicals etc. whatever is basically polluting the air. So therefore needs to be cleansed and nourished. Nasyam is the way to do that. Many of you may be remembering how your grandma used to insist on putting oil like almond oil (badam rogan) in the nostrils especially in the winters.
  • This works exceptionally well because in winters the moisture content of air goes very low so air gets dry and irritates the nasal tract, any other additional irritant like dust triggers allergic reaction causing allergic rhinitis (running nose) or allergic sinusitis (sinus, headache) which in further inflammation may lead to infection causing fever & further aggravating the symptoms.
  • You may have noticed this in the month of oct-nov when winter arrives biding adieu to autumn or in feb-march upon arrival of spring many of us fall ill exhibiting these very symptoms. The best way to prevent this is to start applying anu-tailam regularly in the morning and evening, one drop into each nostril thus conditioning and cleansing the nasal passage. Please remember to do this specially in the days of changing season. If u can make a habit if doing nasyam daily, it can easily lead to improved concentration and focus, proper breathing, as the nose is considered to be the door of the head in ayurveda. Nasa tu shirisho dwaram’

Humble water-your easy daily fix

  • Japanese people have researched and published papers on the benefit of drinking water on an empty stomach, this easy to do detox chore is one of the main-stay of panchmahabhoot chikitsha i.e. curing through the five elements.
  • What is important here to note is that the quantity of water varies from person to person also from season to season. It was very difficult to change mindset of my patients when the fashionable trend of drinking 8 litres of water per day started spreading like forest fire.
  • 1 glass of water empty stomach may be enough for Kapha-prakriti people, 11/2 glass is enough for vayu-predominant prakriti and pitta people can drink upto a litre of water at room-temperature.
  • Water stored overnight in a copper vessel works very well for people suffering from lack of energy. Warm-water with lemon is not advised for people suffering from acidity. It might be a questionable trend for loosing weight. I prefer plain warm water for advising to obese patients.
  • Kindly avoid the vicious routine of bed-tea by replacing it with cinnamon tea (dalchini) or fennel-tea (saunf), then switch to warm water and  consequently switch to glass of plain water . Bed-tea or coffee acts as a havoc to the physiological system of the body, it is one of the easiest primary observed factor in people suffering from chronic acidity, obesity, dry-cough, Vitamin-b12 deficiency, dental issues and even heart disease in some cases

Work-out

  • Ayurveda puts a great emphasis on having a daily workout schedule for everyone no matter the age or sex however anyone suffering from illness is exempted from this rule.
  • Stretching, doing asanas, working out, walking, sexual activity and laughing all are examples of Vyayam. Vyayam or exercise creates stability to the body &mind, resistance, flexibility, agility, lightness and hunger like no other.
  • It provides a natural mechanism to the body to fight Medhodusti which is related to leptin resistance, leptin is the satiety hormone produce by fat cells in the body which maintains amount of fat stored in the body. It does so by maintainting sensation of hunger and energy expenditure. In case of leptin resistance body slowly fails to respond to this mechanism thus there is excessive hunger & haphazard energy expenditure thus resulting in excessive fat storage in the body. This is the vicious circle of obesity explained time n again in ayurveda albeit using Sanskrit terms. However where there is a problem there is always a solution if we are willing to take it.
  • Exercise, yoga, walking are the first steps in this process. Ancient sages continuously caution about one arena of working out  that it should only be done to half to the body’s strength.
  • In case of panting, gasping of breath and over-persipiration, one should relax as stamina building should be a daily phenomenon.
  • Over-exercise can lead to even bigger problems than under exercising. it may lead to weakness, excessive thirst, lethargy, allergic respiratory disorders, fever, bleeding from nose etc. exercising at evening or night time tends to increase vata (air element) in the body and should be avoided.

Bathing

  • Many royals and not just of Indian origin were very diligent about their bathing rituals, there are folklores of Cleopatra using goat’s milk, rose & aloe Vera for bathing herself, many ayurvedic texts contain substantial information about various combination for bathing containing sandalwood, red sandal, milk, jasmine, champa, amla, reetha etc. for bathing as some of those texts were written for Rajaas.
  • Bathing in a way is a sensory pleasure for the sense of touch, a meditative process, why only sit and meditate when it is meditation in motion. It is said in Sanskrit that it is ideal to bathe like an elephant, which loves water and enjoys it whole-heartedly.  
  • Water carries a lot of energy in it depending upon area of sourcing like mountain water which is very restorative. Always check the temperature of water on legs first.
  • The Vedic way of bathing suggests using water at higher temperature for area below the naval, at medium temperature for between the naval and shoulders and at a lower temperature for face and the head as these are areas of vata, pitta and kapha respectively.
  • Alum is a very effective natural deodorizer & disinfectant which can be used in the water reservoir or rubbing upon sweat prone areas.

Pranayama

  • One of our most resplendent sciences, yoga has been seen through the eyes of the western world which has embraced it and made it its own. Yoga means the realization of the union of the body and mind. All asanas are a part of yoga , however yoga encompasses eight parts or angas that is why it is also called astanga yoga . asanas is only 1 part of that. These asana should be done only to one capacity of flexibility and should be gradually increased in difficulty. The basic aim is to relieve stress on various sections by relieving pressure, stretching and relaxing. The accumulated toxins in even the minutest muscle mass of the body gets eliminated. The internal organs tend to release their secretions at aappopriate time and adequate quantity.
  • Pranayama is the adept balance of prana and apana vayu i.e. energies on the top and bottom part of the body. This is achieved by practicing rhythmic breathing eexercises to ensure premium oxygenation of the body and eliminating toxins particularly from the respiratory and cardiac faculties of the body. 
  • Dhyana or Meditation is neither contemplation nor concentration as is perceived by many. It is mere thoughtlessness of the mind. Upon emptying the mind, one achieves the control of losing the sense of self without going to sleep. It is silent alertfulness and dynamic peace of the mind.  It can be done by everybody with or without the help of a guru. It should be practiced daily at least for 10 mins in morning and in the evening.

Exfoliation

  • Uddavartanam or udhgarshanam or ubatan has been an intergral part of the ancient beauty regime. Its importance in todays world becomes even more in cities where the amount of sub-particulate is so high that it tends to deposit between the pores of the skin thereby increasing the proncity to blackheads, acne etc. it should be done atleast once a week.
  • One of easy to make uddavartanam recipe is chokker aata(whole wheat) 1 part, oat meal (1part), Turmeric (1/8 part), Malai (1/2 part), Coconut oil (1/2 part), aloe vera gel (optional esp for acne porne skin (1/2 part) and rose water to keep the moisture intact. This should be applied with gentle small circular motions and washed off after half an hour to get rid of blemishes, marks and unwanted hair.

Self-grooming

  • Little things like combing, cutting nails and hair are clearly mentioned in acharya(routine care) as even though they might seem like unimportant chores yet they end up defining the standard of hygiene and health.
  • One might deduce that the substantial importance on personal hygiene ayurveda has laid upon has a greater purpose than only outer beauty.
  • ‘Body is the temple of mind” the realization of one’s self and the realization of the higher self both are going to be achieved through the medium of the physical body.
  • Personal grooming instills a lot of personal confidence good skin care and hair care regime makes the first impression of health. We live in a visual world where we have been programmed that looking good (that too in a certain way defined by the latest fashion) is a sure-shot way of success by never-ending advertisements from cosmetic companies.
  • It is actually the feel good part, feeling settled in one own body that radiance is not even comparable to all the cosmetics in the world.

Breakfast

  • The most important meal of the day, what you have in the breakfast ends up defining your whole day. Rushing to office having breakfast while driving, eating while standing all these little things seem very unimportant during the daily chores but they make you carve for caffeinated drinks because of the lack of energy in the body due to an improper assimilation of breakfast.
  • Food is a process of taking in energy from nature, it is the Bhautik (physical) aspect of the energy chain so if breakfast is hurried, there is unsatisfied craving for the bhautik that may linger on. Interestingly Bhautik also symbolizes consumerism so not just from the food aspect, but also one might end up craving for materialistic things like a car, a dress or may be jewel. You might end up making a totally irrational decision and taking a risk. So therefore breakfast is that important yes that important.
  • The ground rule here is to take something sweet in the morning and by sweet I do not mean ice-cream, I mean any food that has natural sugars but medium or low on glycemic index. That means it should have an instant as well as slow-release of glucose in the body to keep you active throughout the day.
  • Sweet or madhura rasa is one that produces a sense of satiety & satisfaction. This feeling of completeness is required in the morning as body goes through through required hours of fasting. Traditionally having a sweet breakfast is known as Naivedyam in south-india and kaleva in the northern India.
  • There is potent nushkha that I advise all my patients and have seen marvelous results with i.e. 5 almonds, 1 dry fig, 1  walnut and 4 raisins soaked for half and hour and to be eaten first thing in the morning. This combination is a sure-shot solution for vitamin deficiencies, cholesterol issues and works wonders for diabetics. People suffering from chronic back pain (after undergoing treatment for inflammation) can be maintained only on this formula and have seen great recoveries with this.
  • Other breakfast super-foods include honey, ripened coconut, coconut water, oats. These should be included off and on in your diet. Please take care of the quantity of breakfast as it should be of half or three-fourths of your full-stomach. Avoid fried in the morning as it might make you sleepy in the day

Working

  • There is no medical science in the world that talks about the emphasis of working. The famous karma theory comprises not only the principle ‘you shall reap what you sow’ but also that ‘karma is supreme’. The human-being is bestowed with the largest brain amongst all living animals for this very purpose.
  • We are here for a specific work, there are glorified examples how a single leader or single human might shape the world, or how a teacher might shape the life of a student or how a mother takes care of her child. Each and every effort is equally important as it is the little droplets that fill the ocean.
  • There is a universal tradition of thanking god in case of something good happening and calling him in case of something bad happening, both these calls are for the unknown. The unknown can be related to someone somewhere doing a deed that is of some good to you. The gratefulness is for this unknown karma. Therefore every human on this planet must work it doesn’t necessarily state that every human must have a profession which pays him financially, yet he must work daily. Volunteer for the environment, feed the birds, water a plant or take care of an animal. These all are our responsibilities even if we don’t feel responsible. Economic and social development without keeping these principles in policy have led to disasters.
  • Karma theory also states that each work should be done with undivided attention and diligence to achieve maximum efficiency. There is greatness waiting to unravel itself when work becomes meditation. If you do what you love and if you love what you do, there is unbounded creativity waiting for you. Multi-tasking (though quite-famous nowadays) is not the ideal-case scenario. One thing to be done at one time. There is no substitute for training and discipline as fortune indeed favors the brave.
  • The word yoga has been described in the Bhagvad gita as Yogah to karmasu kaushalam i.e. doing each work with absolute skill is yoga. So working with a restful mind makes one a yogi.
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Your gut health matters in Ayurveda

Koshtha is nature of our alimentary canal or nature of our bowels ,
When Vata is predominant in your koshtha, the bowel movement is क्रूर:or hard, with difficulty in elimination and irregularity in clearing
When Pitta is predominant in your Kosh tha , the bowel movement is मृदु (mridu) or soft , that is soft and semi-solid faeces is eliminated more than once a day , even drinking of milk clears the bowel
When Kapha is predominant, the koshtha is मध्य (madhyam) the bowel movement is moderate , faeces is well formed , regulated (once a day)
सम (sama) is the ideal condition , which maintains gut health , which is like madhyam , regulated elimination of well formed faeces , which is the normal conditioning of the body, any imbalance in the sama will  lead to imbalance in koshtha , leading to ill-health in the body
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In which category does your Koshtha falls?
Answer in comments
Shall share tips to maintain gut health soon

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Ayurveda is the key to immunity!

It is on the Archives of this very blog where I had shared almost 3.5 years ago , when I had noticed that usual viral infection was seen prolonged in cases I was seeing , I had also suggest that only socio-cultural changes(which we are adopting now) more in accordance with the traditional system of medicine will be key in preventing a viral infection turn into an epidemic (read the blog published here)
What the current Covid pandemic is telling us that prevention is the only cure , this is infact the very first principle of Ayurveda that we have to preserve the health of the healthy , but on the contrary I see patients everyday who take antibiotics like the drop of the hat , infact even when we (in India) are entering Stage 3 , people are taking Brufen to pass thermal scans at airports , I am Ayurveda physician practicing here and I have sent most of my patients with a herbal concotion made with Immunomodulators and Adaptogens , which is sourced from seasonal and fresh herbs ( this so happened because I usually do this protection process in Oct/ March and was ready with most of the ingredients) so that even if they come in contact with the virus , it would be asymptomatic for them and it will pass out of the body, that is not a replacement for all precautions one has to take because it is a communicable infection , however we have herbs like Giloy ( Tinospora Cordifolia) & tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum) which have been researched a lot worldwide and have been shown to have anti-viral properties, which are available very easily across India, still there is a reluctance to try them as a prophylactic measure, the acceptance of Yoga and Ayurveda has always come from the west, may be the acceptance to use Ayurveda or the intellect of Ayurvedic Vaidyas will come from there as well…
Another example to showcase the value of the knowledge of Ayurveda is the scientific (western) validation of Intermittent fasting , ayurveda states that (lagham Param Aushadham) that translates that intermittent fasting is the best medicine, this is a written script from charak samhita and is one of the 10 basic lesson we study in ayurveda, infact observing seasonal fasts have always been a part of traditional system of Indian Living, may be we can rise above our religious and region-phobias to accept this science of life with socio-cultural measures of disease prevention as something that is our intellectual inheritance for all of the world and not just alternative therapeutic module..
May all stay safe Blessed & safe.

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Our bouqet of offerings to the divine in you

Providing personalized Health care programmes in accordance with the Nadi , prakriti, desh, matra , kaalam etc and other ayurvedic parameters , we aim to simplify your lifestyle by empathetically pointing out the lifestyle changes you require, we forewarn you of potential health risks vis-a-vis preparing your body through diet& lifestyle changes for physiological well-being throughout the different stages of life.

our programmes include

  1. Early childhood development programme – to explore the hidden potential of the child through our comprehensive vedic examination of the child via Nadi
  2. Growth & Development Programme for children & young adults
  3. Teenage stress management programme – Pratham santulam
  4. Santulam for stress management for persons living in a corporate lifestyle
  5. the 3-month detox programme
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The one problem with Urban Vegetarians

Being an Ayurvedic physician , I get a lot of patients from the cities who follow a vegetarian urban diet pattern and are suffering from deficiencies. After seeing their nadi and analyzing their routine , it becomes very easy to conclude that most of them eat wheat (roti/bread) or rice only. this the one problem with urban vegetarians that the diet is based on either one or two grains . and having multi-grain bread or biscuits doesn’t at all compensate for (or even contribute to) the dietary requirement when one is following a strict vegetarian diet. Ayurveda says to have a meal based on a single grain . for eg. dal-rice is ok and so is dal-roti. as all grains have different digestion process so should not be consumed together.

one must eat other grains like barley, bajra and millets like ragi regularly for a balanced diet. ayurveda describes 18 basic dhanya grains and if all are consumed in any random  order . a vegetarian will not have any dietary deficiency.

Oats daliya in the morning, Bajra-khichdi in the morning, Ragi chilla for dinner , is a perfect example of a cosmopolitan grain diet

 

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Zucchini (Jugnu Petha)- cosmopolitan with ancient origins

Spend 5 minute on your health by spending 5 minutes in your kitchen with zucchini. it is called jugnu petha in hindi . it is member of the squash family. being very easy and versatile to cook, one can prepare variety of salads  and starters with it . However the recipe I am sharingwith you only requires 5 minutes is filing , warm, nutritious when cooked n iron pan . Here’s the recipe below:

  1. Take one medium size zuccine, wash it thoroughly
  2. Dice it bite -sized pieces
  3. Take 2 gms of ghee in an iron pan
  4. Once hot add cumen 3-4 gms after that add Zuccini
  5. Let it saute for 4-5 minutes
  6. if cooked in iron pan , the fibre rich veggie becomes fortified
  7. serve hot as a salad, sider or main course

zucchini is a very healthy veggie which is rich source of magnesium and full of fibre, is considered to eliminate toxins from the body according to Ayurveda.

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How an investment on an earthen pot could be a life saver this summer !

Water being a liquid takes the shape of the container it is poured.

Ayurveda has been advising that water also takes ‘guna’ of the ‘patra’ it has been kept in .  in simple words takes qualities of material of container .

Dr Tanya

Similarly, recent studies have shown how plastic containers (which are not of optimum quality) may induce carcinogens in water when subjected to high temperatures. water filters or storage containers are nowadays mostly made of plastic only, so how to do a ‘sanskar’ of water so that all these ill-effects can be worn off

Importance of the Humble Earthen Pot in Ayurveda

An earthen pot purifies water by not only removing the ill-effects but also changing the potency , the water molecule realigns itself into a more absorb-able  form, therefore reduces the deficiencies of essential minerals and ions in the body. it can be seen practically when the toxin deposit can be seen on the outer layer of the earthen container when water is kept for more than 6 hours. Regular intake of  water stored in mitrikapatram'(pot of earth)  reduces risk of gastro-intestinal disorders, decreases risk of developing urinary stones, boosts up metabolism, quenches thirst, cures dry mouth, freshens up mind.

Luckily we live in a country where we can still find a pot-maker or potter in our neighborhood  , so an investment of under Rs. 100 can be the best summer investment  starting this financial year…. be healthy be happy!

The Top tips for summer from Your Ayurvedic Doctor

  • Avoid refrigerated water as it is leading cause of creating dullness and obesity in the body
  • Say no to plastic containers to store water
  • It is good to hydrate, right way of hydration is very important
  • warm water in the best way to hydrate to be taken sip by sip
  • However in extreme summers, drinking water stored in an earthen container will not only hydrate but also keep excessive heat inside at bay
  • When you will start drinking water from the earthen pot you will tend to avoid frizzy drinks like cola etc which are extremely bad for your health
  • Go easy on foods with hot potency such as red chillies, vinegar, soy sauce
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10 Ayurvedic rules for Milk In diet

Hi!

Milk is so intertwined with Ayurveda and Indian yogic tradition that it deserves a separate post altogether

Milk may also be milk from camel, goat, and buffalo, however, the most widely used milk that is considered to be essential is Cows Milk, I will explain why Cows milk is important in Ayurveda

1. As a Agarian community, cows are considered to be part of the family and taking care of cows is a part of yogic sadhana

2. Children are encouraged to play & bond with cows from a young age, so when children are in the same environment as the cow the milk that is produced is full of therapeutic, nutritional and immuno-boosting ingredients (Sattvic)

3. What has happened over time is that commercial, unethical practices of sourcing of cows milk have made it redundant & laden with chemicals (tamasic), hence more & more people are moving towards a diary free diet

4. The Native India (desi) cow is also now a rare breed , as most milk in the market is either from buffalo or a mixed BreedWhen we make medicines, we do procure milk from desi cow because milk is an essential ingredient in medicine making in Ayurveda

5. Do i prescribe milk for everyone ? No, I dont because of reasons (1-4) ,

Also, most people take milk in wrong combinations

What is a wrong combination of milk in Ayurveda?

6. Taking Milk with biscuits/cake/cookies/parantha/achaar is not recommended

7. Taking milk after or with Non-veg food is not recommended

8. Making white savoury sauce with milk is not recommended

To summarize , milk is a meal in itself, milk should not be taken with sour, salty foods, fruits, mushrooms, raddish, fish, onion & even not with tulsi

8. Taking milk in a wrong combination vitiates all Doshas and should be avoided on all accounts

How to take Milk?

9. Dates, Saffron, turmeric, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom accentuate the natural qualities of milk and make it more digestible, so if you like & can digest milk , take it with one or more above mentioned herbs/spices as a separate night -time meal

10. the Best time to take milk is in the evening or the night

Moringa -the Ayurvedic Super food

Hi !
This recipe features one of the most celebrated herbs of India , Called sahijana or subhajan or moringa oleifera
It can be used in more than 200 diseases mainly diabetes, PCOD , PCOS, nutritional anemia and what not but that is what vaidyas to decide …
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however let me take this opportunity to point out, as it is super food it should be taken as food like you would eat kale 🙂
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it is an excellent source of vitC (more than an orange)
it is rich souce of Vit A
It is an excellent source of iron, and vegan protein
It is rich in calcium, Vit B and folate complex ,
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And flourishes in june-oct , it is from a hardy tree, may be you can plant one where you find an empty space, this one is from tree in my app complex to my plate
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This recipe has pre-soaked chana dal (overnight), morning separately boil with some water to soften
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Separately
I washed the leaves thoroughly and roughly chopped them and add to a pan of sauteed onions , I added these leaves and once it starts to soften added cooked dal which would soak excess water and give the look like the dish in pic
Additional herbs you can add -cumin, dry mustard, coriander seeds,
Serving suggestions- with goan rice

The truth about oils – must read

Hi!
I see so many teenagers opting for a oil free or no oil diet and it is alarming for me,  it is a general misconception that eating natural oils with meals make you fat, this all started from 1970s  on recommendations at the behest of refined oil manufacturers and continued till the turn of the century, refined oil or oil generated from palm oil is not good for you, so if you are reading this and have not done it already, eliminate refined oils and include natural oils in your diet
Also, recent research  suggest that healthy oils in diet actually help in aiding weight loss , thus originated the ever famous #ketodiet … so most people are confused with dietary fads coming every now and then


Ayurveda the eternal science on dietary wisdom distinctly enlists the reason of including oils ( mainly sesame seed oil and coconut oil ) in your diet, also use of oils to treat specific disorders, therefore it is advisable to follow a science that has always stood up to test of time
The general benefits of oils are
1. Oils help in maintaining bone health, reduces bloating and dryness in the body (pacify vata)
2. They are great for skin and eliminating them from your diet leads to dry skin and may even increase active acne (twachaya)
3. They are thermogenic (ushna) thus aid in losing weight and maintenance of blood glucose levels in diabetics
4.they promote strength (Balvardhana) and reduce risk of strokes, depression and neurological disorders
5. They maintain help hormonal balance , prevent PCOD &PCOS , prevent infertility(yoni vishodhana)
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Anything in excess should be avoided , and same apply for oils
To summarize, thus include oils (sesame, coconut and olive oils ) in your diet as an essential part to cook with and garnish with
Comment for any query and shall also post about ghee, keep watching the space 🙂

Ayurveda Nutrition on Oils

Life hacks for a herbal living

Prepare yourself today for next season

Hi!
If there is one herb that is the most used home remedy throughout the world , it is mint, called putiha in sanskrit, it is a herb that grows abundantly throughout summer and monsoons , for last 6-7 years I have made a yearly habit of drying fresh mint leaves and storing them for winters then I add to food throughout the year…
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Because Delhi winters are very harsh for them and it is hard for them to survive
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It is an excellent idea to dry them between layers of thin mulmul chunni
Hardly takes 1-2 days
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This year because of regular blogging and that sense of adventure, I surprised myself
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This year and this weekend I made myself some home made mint essential oil, once made, I can add it to face masks, hair masks even making crackers, results were fantastic
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Take this tip, grow &store mint (dry/oil) , to have a wonderful year ahead 🙂
Tag someone who loves mint .
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P.S.- Comment if you want to make some for yourself


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Gajayurveda

Hi
The Gaj or the elephant is so majestic and so intriguing that the study of elephants was given a separate section of subject matter and it was known as ‘Gajayurveda ‘
Said to have been first documented by Nakul at  the time of Mahabharata, most of scriptures are lost, but one evidence that is still found written by Rishi Palakapya which is Gajsamhita and it has 160 chapters and talks in detail about the upkeep and even diseases of elephants, so there were very much  like human subjects or should be treated like one would treat a human patient 🙂
It is from this ancient treatise that comes the chapter of the elephants memory
It is believed that they even remember how humans were created and going by how they are being treated right now, they will remember how humans lost their humanity

I seriously think this kind of sheer cruelty is not good for the social health, and towards an Animal of such intelligence and magnificence can very well evoke the wrath of nature and Ayurveda speaks about collective bad karma brings about disease and suffering (Janpadudhavansa) and these acts bring a chill to me because we have totally lost the sense of responsibility towards mother earth

Ancient Indians were not only well versed in the Indian system of medicine Ayurveda but seem to have disciplines specifically for certain animals like elephants or horses titled “Gajayurveda” or “Hayayurveda”.

This has been brought out in certain ancient manuscripts found on the subject, according to Director of the National Mission for Manuscripts Sudha Gopalakrishnan.

“The huge database of manuscripts which have gathered now shows that we have large number of works on every field of medicine including veterinary science,” she added.

The Gajayurveda also known as Hastiayurveda or Gajachikitsa and is attributed to sage Palakapya a contemporary of King Dasharatha of Ramayana according to Indian myths.

His treatise has 160 chapters with four sections. Eighteen chapters concerned with ‘maharoga’ or critical diseases, 72 chapters taking up the minor diseases or “kshudraroga” which elephants may suffer from.

As many as thirty four chapters have been given to surgery or “shalya” of elephants and thirty six chapters deal with general up keep of elephants.

The Gajayurveda is mentioned in the Agnipurana and Kshiraswamina’s eleventh century commentary on the Amarakosha.

A manuscript of Gajayurveda which was commissioned by King Amar Singh II of Mewar and written by Bhattakrishnadasa in the early 18th century with beautiful Mewar style illustrations on the reverse side of each folio was exhibited early this month at an exhibition on the Indian Manuscript Tradition in Germany.

Shalihotra is considered an ancient authority on horses and horse breeding and number of works like Hayayurveda, Salihotrasamihita, Ashvaprasna and Ashvalakshnashastra are attributed to him.

Ashvalakshnashastra tells people what are the signs to look for and how to choose the best horse. The owner of a horse with “chakra” (ring) on the back predicts his becoming a king.

His treatise “Shalihotra Shastra” gives history of horse rearing and horse trading in India, lists breeds of horses and various veterniary medicines and practices.

Hayayurveda which is mentioned in Agnipurana, Matsyapurana and Garudapurana was even translated into Persian, Arabic, Tibetan and English.

There is a manuscript of Shalihotra Shastra in mahajani, modi and devnagari script in Rajasthan of nineteenth century with exquisite illustrations of horses

Unique musings from Ayurveda Doctor

Ayurveda & significance of Ganga

Hi!
Today is Ganga Dusshera, or Gangavataran, it is supposed to be the day the holy Ganga arrived on earth, and eventually greened up the Rocky Himalayas with its heavenly properties and it is in fact where some of the most revered Ayurvedic herbs are found.
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Ganga jal has got special significance in hearts of vaidyas as it is where Ayurveda thrives and many significant chapters of Ayurveda have been written here
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When first lockdown was announced all I could think was that how much Gangajal I have at home ? nothing about essentials,.all I could think of was Gangajal
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What is significance of Gangajal?
India, historically has had so many ups and downs and most Indians have been taught to store some Gangajal at home because It doesn’t go bad when stored for a long time and also because of its unique properties.
The scientific community took it upon itself to dispel these theories as myths but upon research it was found that Ganga water actually had rich oxygen content and a natural occuring virus called Bacteriophage which kills Bacteria and prevents water from rotting
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Over the years we have polluted it with chemical & industrial waste, what this lockdown has done it has #reset our relationship with ecology and Ganga right now is in its purest form
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For me Gangajal is the spirit of Ayurveda, majestic, ever flowing, ever giving and beautiful
This post is a wish that it remains that way forever, wishing you a happy Ganga Dusshera

The Amazing cold drink of Ayurveda

The Amazing cold drink of Ayurveda
‘Sattu’
There are two common varieties
Jau or Channa Satu
Jau is made from roasted Jawar seeds or Sorghum or ‘new quinoa’ as labeled by the west
It is gluten free millet rich in fibre and micro nutrients

Channa sattu is made from roasted chickpea flour which is rich source of vegan protein & folates

Method & benefits of Ayurvedic Seasonal Nutrition

So both are examples of wholesome goodness, after all Ayurveda is the mother of the modern diet fads
Method& benefits –
1. Roasted jawar or jau powder or Roasted chickpea flour is mixed with water and a bit of honey or jaggery to make this wonderful cold drink of water
2.it is nutrient dense and enriched because of roasted grains
3. Jau or jowar is first line of treatment for loosing weight or reducing ama(toxins) in the body , so jau ka sattu aids in loosing weight and reducing toxins
4. Great for people with acne prone skin as jau is cooling for the body and reduces inflammatory causing compounds
5. Both Channa satu & jau sattu are called Brain foods by the indigenous tribal population of India
6. Ayurveda guides us that they are great for reducing vata & ama
So great for people with joint pains, acne, skin disorders, kidney disorders, obesity & insulin resistance ailments
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So take one glass per day by mixing 2-3 spoons of sattu powder with water daily for a nutri loaded Ayurvedic summer coolant

Delightful Pumpkin Surprise – Gold standard Ayurvedic recipe

Pumpkin chutney

So the pumpkin is another gold standard ayurvedic ingredient, one should cook more with in the kitchen,
It is rich in Magnesium , copper & potassium
And high in fibre & vitA
It pacifies all three doshas and is great for keeping hunger of the Pitta at bay
It is a must for summer regimen as it is cooling & refreshing
But admit it we all have difficulty feeding this to our children
So here’s a recipe
That has been adapted for the modern living with ancient roots
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Remove the rind and seeds from the pumpkin  (they also have medicinal use and for the reason of not going too abstract shall include in separate recipe)
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Take the pulp of the pumpkin and dice into cubes or bite size pieces.
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In a pan take 1/2 tsp ghee add 1sp fennel (saunf) seeds and 1sp fenugreek ( methidana) seeds
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Now add diced pumpkin , cook on slow flame till pumpkin turn soft one may add water to prevent from sticking
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One can also bake the pumpkin pieces in the oven after adding the first tempering to give texture to the pumpkin pieces
My daughter shows more interest in Owen cooked as pan-cooked is too soft for her preference
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Later, add a double tadka (tempering) with black mustard (rai) seeds & kadi patta later to add some depth in flavour
In the end I added some jaggery to make it yummy so that my kid would it
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Anchoor or dry-mango powder adds another dimension to this (optional)
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Serve with poori or on its own or like a chutney
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Do tag me if you make this recipe
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Tangy, Healthy Tamarind Rice Recipe

Hi !
Today is Buddh poornima
To celebrate the life of a true yogi Gautam ‘Buddh’, Buddh was one of the revered sages of the Golden period of Ayurveda , as Buddhism
Spread so did yoga & Ayurveda
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He is honoured by all vaidyas and is revered in Ayurveda for his teaching
Sending you love &light
Although tradition suggests that we ought to make sweet rice pudding today, I wanted to make something refreshing so opted for Tamarind Rice
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Pre prep –
Boil 1cup rice
Soak tamarind 20g
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In a steel wok take some sesame/mustard oil, add some black pepper 1-2 cloves 1 Tejpatra, black mustard seeds (rai) and kadi patta
And peanuts (optional) (avoid in. Ase of allergies)
Replace with white gram
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Add finely chopped seasonal veggies (today I added carrots,zucchini and some mushroom)
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Add salt according to taste a pinch of turmeric & red chilli (optional)
Cook till soft
Add water from soaked tamarind to
the pan and

Then add 1 cup boiled rice
Serve hot

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Coriander fresh for garnishing

Tag someone who will love the recipe
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Happy Buddh poornima

Simple (personalized) recipes to boost immunity and maintain health

Hi
So I have been getting a lot of queries on simple home remedies one can do for various ailments , while it is difficult to prescribe so many home remedies , I am sharing with you Kadha recipes which you can take depending upon any imbalance you are balance
*If you have aggravated vata, you may tend to have bloating , tiredness and restlessness, then you should drink Vata Kadha

Vata kadha


*If you have aggravated Pitta , you may tend to have acidity or burning sensations in the body, then you should have my Pitta Kadha

Pitta kadha


* If kapha is aggravated , it causes dullness, laziness , excessive sleepiness in the body, then the Kapha Tea is right for you


*If you have any queries DM

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