Asafoetida (Hing) for Better Digestion and Circulation

Asafoetida (Hing) for Better Digestion and Circulation Asafoetida or Hing (botanical name Ferula narthex) is an essential ingredient in most Indian food that is almost unknown in the West. It is famous for its anthelminthic, stimulant, carminative (relieving flatulence), antiseptic, … Continue reading →

The Nightshade Family

The Nightshade Family The nightshade family of vegetables includes tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, chili peppers, white potatoes, and tobacco. They are called so because they grow at night, absorbing “deadly night energies”. Ayurveda says they should be avoided or minimized … Continue reading →

Acne – the Pitta Imbalance

Acne – the Pitta Imbalance See also Acne-Part two Acne vulgaris or cystic acne is large pimples, which show a Pitta or Kapha imbalance. It is aggravated by overconsumption of sweets, fats, oils, red meat, seafood, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco, … Continue reading →

The Four Stages of Life

The Four Stages of Life Yoga and Ayurveda divide human life into four stages of twenty five years each. Each stage has its appropriate behavior and activity that is the same for everyone. Stage of life                         Behavior               Period             Activity 1.    … Continue reading →

Kitchari – Your Body’s Reset Button

Kitchari – Your Body’s Reset Button Kitchari (Kicheri, Kichadi, Khichari), a soupy porridge made from rice and mung beans, is used to purify digestion and cleanse systemic toxins. Ayurvedic physicians often prescribe a kitchari diet before, during, and after panchakarma, … Continue reading →

Oil Massage (Abhyanga)

Oil Massage (Abhyanga) Abhyanga is one of the several purification techniques known as pancha karma. Applying oil to your skin lubricates, protects, detoxifies, and rejuvenates your skin and nervous system, while soothing your endocrine system. The best time to do … Continue reading →

Spice Therapy, Six Tastes.

Spice therapy, six tastes In Ayurveda, foods are classified into six tastes –sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Many foods have more than one taste–Turmeric, for example, contains three–bitter, pungent and astringent. Ayurvedic healers recommend that you include all … Continue reading →