What Is A Dosha?

What Is A Dosha?

What Is A Dosha? 

Ayurvedic Doshas (Vata, Kapha, Pitta) are composed of the elements and represent your constitution or the biological forces that govern the body. Everything you see, touch, taste, hear, and smell have qualities that relate to a Dosha.

Each and every person has a combination of these doshas and in most cases two are more prominent (e.g. Vata-Pitta or Pitta-Kapha). Understanding your unique Dosha is a key step towards building awareness of who and what you interact with on a daily basis and how these things interact with you.

The Vata Dosha has qualities that are: dry, cold, rough and changeable (there are many more). Air is Vata as it moves through the trees and is constantly changing in direction and speed. It can chap our skin and create dryness as well as bring a sense of coolness.A summer salad has Vata tendencies. The lettuce is course, rough, and cold compared to a hot cooked meal of lentils and rice. You may choose to add dry croutons and raisins creating a very Vata salad.

Vata Qualities: dry, cold, rough, changeable

Kapha is heavy, sweet, unctuous, steady, wet, etc. Kapha gives rise to our beloved desserts, heavy and sweet. If you add olive oil and avocados to your Vata salad you would be adding Kaphic qualities. A Kapha body-type is sturdy and large. Think of a NFL player. People with a Kaphic dosha tend to have a jovial essence to their personality.

Kapha Qualities: heavy, sweet, unctuous, steady, wet

Lastly, Pitta is hot, intense, pungent, sharp, etc. These show up in hot chilies, garlic, ginger and the sun. A summer peach visually mirrors the sun, bright and yellow, giving it a Pitta quality. A muscular body-type depicts Pitta’s nature along with driven and intense personality traits.

Pitta Qualities: hot, intense, pungent, sharp

Knowing your Dosha is half of the equation. The other half is understanding that separately, one or more of the three Doshas can be out of balance and cause dis-ease. For example, someone with a Pitta-Kapha Dosha could have a Vata imbalance. 

The qualities of the vitiated Dosha(s) give the practitioner a vivid picture of the healing that needs to take place. Having this information allows Ayurvedic practitioners to focus at the root of the imbalance.

There is another important piece of information. When working to heal your imbalance, you want to correct with the opposite qualities you currently posses. If you have too much of something, the worst thing to do is add more.

The following are examples for an Ayurvedic approach on digestion:

• If your digestions is challenged by a Vata imbalanced, you should favor warm foods and drinks; Unctuous, sweet, sour, and salty foods are the best.

• If Kapha is the culprit, a lighter diet with dry, warm foods and drinks are the best; Reach for foods with predominantly pungent, bitter, and astringent qualities.

• If your digestion has a pitta imbalance, go for cooler foods and drinks; Sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are what you need.

It is very important to note here that online forms to determine Doshas and imbalances may lead you off-course. Because of the mass amount of information available at your fingertips, it is imperative that you speak to a certified Ayurvedic practitioner to accurately diagnose imbalance.

Being able to correctly identify and interact with the qualities around you will exponentially aid in your journey to balanced health. The word Balance is used here because we are always working towards a harmonious approach to our health and the busy lives we live.

Living an Ayurvedic life-style is having the ability to create wholeness within our mind, body, and spirit. To clarify, spirit can be anything from the energy of universe, a higher power, or a belief in your higher-self. Without attention and intention to all three of these areas, you will find it challenging to find your harmonious balance.

It is because of the in-depth understanding of the body, mind, and spirit that people are turning to Ayurveda as their healing method. Ayurvedic consultations are comprehensive and each diagnosis is carefully and thoughtfully made.

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

Ayurvedic History

Ayurvedic History

Ayurvedic History 

For some of you, the word Ayurveda [ah-yer-VEY-duh] and its concepts are new. You might have heard a yoga teacher mention something about it, or perhaps a friend has been challenged with health problems and has turned to this ancient wisdom. Wherever you are on this spectrum, this article invites you to begin to build a foundation of Ayurvedic history and enable you to start on your path of holistic health and wellness practices.


“He whose doshas are in balance, whose appetite is good, whose dhatus (tissues) are functioning normally, whose malas (waste products) are in balance, and whose mind and senses remain full of bliss, is called a healthy person.”  – Sushruta


Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word translated as Ayur “life” and Veda “knowledge,” or the science of life. Originating as a verbal tradition, this body of science was recorded and called the Vedas (c.1500-500 BCE)1. These texts are 4,000 years old and are now being verified by modern science.

Ayurveda evolved from a deep connection to consciousness and an understanding that all qualities and substances on this earth uniquely interact with each other and every living organism.

Although it originated in India, Ayurveda is a universal medical system that seeks the root of health imbalances through a systematic approach. It focuses on preventing chronic disease, both mental and physical, by focusing on the individual’s ideal health. Ayurvedic practices see that no two people are alike and should be treated as such.

The uniqueness of each individual is known as a constitution or Dosha (physiological elements or body type). Understanding your Dosha allows for you to correct and effectively balance your health; mind, body, and spirit.

There are three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each person has a combination of these doshas and in most cases two are more prominent (e.g. vata-pitta or pitta-kapha).

Doshas are combinations of the elements: earth, water, fire, air and Ayurveda also recognizes space, known as ether, as an element. These elements dictate specific qualities each dosha is known for.

To know and understand your dosha gives you a key to unlocking Ayurvedic wisdom that can bring you to optimal health. Although Doshas represent unique elemental physiologies of everyone, they are also everything you see, touch, hear, taste and smell. Everything we know can be broken down into elements.

Vata: Air, Space. Qualities: Light, dry, cold, subtle, moving, clear, coarse, rough, changeable

Pitta: Fire, Water. Qualities: Hot, sharp, intense, slightly moving, fluid, pungent, sour

Kapha: Earth, Water. Qualities: Heavy, moist, cool, sticky, slimy, unctuous, smooth, steady

It’s important to know that Ayurveda stems from a culture of traditions, rituals, and medicinal practices. This deep and beautiful wisdom aligns itself to the rhythms of nature, Vedic divinities, as well as a profound understanding of consciousness and meditation. Ayurveda is an umbrella for practices like Panchakarma (detoxification), Jyotish (Vedic astrology), Rasayanas (herbal remedies), pules diagnostic, prayer, chanting, amulets and gems as well as many other healing modalities and tools.

There are many changes and challenges faced by the global Ayurvedic community. In 1970, the Central Council for Ayurveda in India was formed to oversee the standards and practice, as well as the rapid growth of new Ayurvedic pharmaceutical and herbal companies in India.

The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), was founded in 2000 to further regulate Ayurvedic medicines in the USA. There are political, cultural, scientific, and legislative conversations happening right now that continue to solidify Ayurveda as a common practice here in the United States.

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

In the Moment Digestive Care

In the Moment Digestive Care

My Journey 

 

If you were to ask me two years ago “How is your digestion?” I would have sat you down and proceeded to let you know exactly how my digestion was doing… or should I say not doing. Painful, stomach aches during and after every meal, bloating, flatulence, loose elimination… and this repeated most days for years! I didn’t remember what it felt like to be pain-free and I had begun to believe that my discomfort and pain was me and this was just life. I had also chosen to eliminate dairy and gluten as these items seemed to be the only source I could think of that were causing my symptoms.

I didn’t remember what it felt like to be pain-free and I had begun to believe that my discomfort and pain was me and this was just life.

 

In 2014, I saw a recommended naturopathic doctor and was given a slew of supplements after blood tests resulted in lower than average vitamin and mineral levels. After several months I had spent over 5,000 dollars between doctor visits and vitamins, had no “diet” plan, no path for getting off supplements, and nothing that I could do for in-the-moment digestive care that would help ease my pain. Not to mention the anxiety and worry I would get before I even started to eat!

I will say that supplements helped me and I encourage others to take supplements and medication when needed. However, there should be an action plan and an understanding that routine and whole foods are the foundation of health.

My challenges put me on a path to explore and educate myself so I could heal. In that process I found Ayurveda. Think of Ayurveda as a grandmother who has a home remedy for everything. Burn your arm on the oven? Apply a paste of turmeric and honey. Constipation? Take raisins and prunes. Intestinal discomfort after eating? Drink a digestive Lassi! This brings me to our topic – the Lassi, aka Takra.

A Takra is a ratio combination of 4:1 water and yogurt. This produces a very watered down drink that when taken has been know to soothe IBS, Crohn’s disease, hemorrhoids, tumors, diarrhea, anemia, urinary disorders, bloating, intestinal irritation, and much more. It also promotes the growth and proliferation of natural pro-biotics! When comfortable with this recipe you can play around with the ratio for a thicker Takra if that is preferred. Today I am highlighting a digestive Takra with cumin and organic yogurt!

For those of you who are already thinking “I can’t take yogurt, this isn’t for me!” Keep reading. Unless you have been diagnosed Lactose Intolerant by your doctor, this Takra can be for you too!

When indigestion is present, internal symptoms increase such acidic bile that your intestines cannot protect against, a deficiency of good bacteria, a low or absent digestive fire as well as other indications. This gives rise to lactose sensitivities as well as gluten and other foods [i.e. FODMAPS.] The villi and bacteria that live to protect your gut go M.I.A. and your once well-digested foods become your worst enemy! This is a domino effect and the outcome leads to bloating, flatulence, pain, loose elimination…The story of my life. It’s important to note that other organs like the liver or gallbladder may need attention as well. Although Takras are beneficial and can help, it’s important to get to the root of the problem.

Yogurt

Yogurt is fermented milk and considered a natural probiotic. This means that yogurt on its own promotes good intestinal bacteria as well as inhibits pathogenic organisms.
*If you are truly lactose intolerant, you can use fermented coconut yogurt.

Cumin

There are three types of cumin and here, I am working with brown cumin, commonly found in your grocer’s spice aisle. Cumin’s not so secret powers: assist in digestion, diuretic, antispasmodic and carminative.

A carminative herb contains volatile oils that assist with gastric emptying, peristalsis, relieves cramping and expels intestinal gas.

This recipe is a general guideline and specific herbal proportions can be tailored to your imbalances.

Recipe: Takes 10 minutes, or less!

Mix 1⁄2 cup organic plain yogurt, 2 cups room temperature water, 1⁄4 tsp ground cumin, 1⁄4 tsp salt in a blender for 1-2 minutes. Skim foam off the top. Repeat till foam is barely visible. This makes enough for two large glasses. Enjoy your savory cool and delicious drink!

Drink immediately – do not refrigerate.

Drink 30 minutes before eating to stimulate your digestion or directly after eating to help calm and cool digestion.

If you have any discomfort the first few times you take this Takra, THIS IS OKAY! It’s working – although it may seem counter-intuitive. Try adding more water to yogurt ratio.

Things to Consider

  • You can play around with dry roasting the cumin. There are three objectives for dry roasting. You have damp spices you want to dry, you are looking for a more subtle rounded flavor, and the internal effect is more or less potent for you when dried versus roasted.
  • Which yogurt to buy? Look for whole pasteurized organic milk. Straus and Pavel are good brands.
  • Why the salt? Salt acts as another agent in assimilation as well as adds electrolytes! Pink Himalayan salt is useful for those challenged by high- blood pressure.
  • Cumin is not the only spice you can add to you Lassi. There is room for creativity when you know what herbs and spices can help with your digestion.

Much love, Alexandra

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

 

 

A Sleep Routine that Works

A Sleep Routine that Works

How Doshic Imbalances Play A Role In Your Sleep

We find strength and vitality when we become aware of the subtle changes that occur in our bodies when we heal from a place of wholeness. To me, this is Ayurveda. When working towards balanced health it is very important to consider all of our senses, as a whole, to heel: Touch, Taste, Sight, Sound, and Smell.

The sleep routine that I am going to to share with you encompasses all five of our senses and plays a key role to a well deserved nights rest.

There are two main Doshic imbalances that can be the root cause of incongruent and broken sleep: Vata and Pitta. Vata imbalance will cause anxiety and worry making it Difficult to Fall Asleep (DFA). Pitta can cause an excess of heat in the body that will, in turn, create Early Morning Awakenings (EMA).


*Note that you may or may not fall within these specific Doshic imbalances and it is very important to know and understand what your root imbalance is. This Sleep Routine contains general guidelines.


Sleep allows the nervous system to reset, replenish, and rejuvenate. Sleep gives our physical, emotional, and mental energy a chance to refill so the next day’s challenges can be fairly tended to. When you cannot get adequate sleep, all other forms of healing are stunted.


“Happiness and misery, growth and wasting, strength and weakness, virility and sterility, knowledge and ignorance, life and death all depend upon sleep.”

 

– Charaka


Your Sleep Routine

Start this Sleep Routine a half-hour before bedtime. If you have the time, this routine – I like to refer to this time as a ritual – can take upwards to an hour.

Getting to bed as early as possible (Before 10 PM) is very important, but not always achievable. If you are someone that usually falls asleep after 12 PM, try getting to sleep 15 or 30 minutes sooner. Small steps!

Touch: *This step should come before the others.

Abhyanga [Ab-he-yang-a] is a full-body, light massage with warm oils specifically recommended for your doshic imbalance with a hot shower afterward.

Alternatively, you can rub coconut oil on the bottoms of your feet. You can also add essential oils like lavender. Lavender is very gentle and generally can be used by most. Coconut oil is very cooling and a good oil to use in the summer for my Pitta friends.

Be aware when using essential oils topically as some may cause a reaction. It is important to accompany your essential oils with a base oil like coconut, jojoba, sunflower, sesame, etc. Again, be cautious when using anything on the skin. Do a test spot on the inner wrist first.

Taste:

Milk is a prominent healer in Ayurvedic medicine. Milk only takes 24 hours to penetrate the subtle levels in your body compared to a month for all other foods. Ayurvedic Medicine sees that having just a little something in your stomach when going to bed is a good thing.

Take a half glass or so of warm milk (can substitute with alternative milk) with a pinch of spices like cardamom and turmeric. Slowly heat your milk and spices to the first boil on the stove. Enjoy this drink in bed with music, dim lighting, and calming scents to relax your mind.

Sight:

As the sun sets and the sky grows dark so should your bedroom. Turn off overhead lighting and bright bed-side lighting. I like to cover my lamp with a blue or red scarf. Be careful with bulbs that will overheat and catch on fire! I also use my Himalayan Salt Lamp which gives me the perfect amount of dim lighting.

You are preparing your mind to rest. If you are using this Sleep Ritual to truly create better and deeper sleep, refraining from writing and reading is a must – for now! Activities like writing and reading will engage the mind. Try Yoga Nidra or listening to calming music.

Sound:

As we walk throughout our day we hear sounds, or frequencies, which can be measured in Hertz. It is proven that music played in specific Hertz can influence our brain and bring us to states of relaxation. When in bed and settling your mind, play music that will impact your brain in this way. Here is a song that that is said to mimic the frequencies present in nature when it is raining. Listen for 15-ish minutes before bed. This beautiful song will transport you to bliss. Click here.

Smell:

The nose is the quickest route to the brain. When you stop to smell a rose, all of your attention is collected and the sweet smell is everything in that moment. Do you have some fresh basil? Take a whiff! Your mind silences and that beautiful aroma holds your attention. Use your diffuser at night with aromas like lavender. Try Floracopeia’s Vata blend to truly relax you into blissful sleep.

Diffusers: There are many out there. Pay attention when you are purchasing yours. Look for the amount of water it can hold, timing options and whether it lights up. If light bothers you, you will want one that has an option for no light. Your room should be as dark as possible when you sleep.

No diffuser? That’s okay! Pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of essential oils.

Starting Something New

Whenever we start a new routine or ritual it can seem daunting and frustrating. It can also be rewarding and fun. Take what works for you now and leave the rest. Come back when you are ready for more!

Want to know which oil to use? Interested in self Abhyanga and Couples Abhyanga? Want a Sleep Routine that’s specifically designed for you?

Much love, Alexandra

For a personal journey and consultation please connect here.

The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

4 Time Saving Tools for Your Kitchen

4 Time Saving Tools for Your Kitchen

4. Slow Cooker: A large amount of time can be spent in the kitchen preparing and cooking. This amount of attention is not always available to the majority of us. A slow cooker eliminates your need to stick around for the duration of the cook. Lentils, rice, churnas, veggies, and broth all go in at the same time and voila! You have breakfast, lunch or dinner ready and waiting for you. Bring a slow cooker to work and feed the office! Now you have no excuse not to eat freshly cooked warm and hardy meals.

Shout out to Vita-Clay! Set the timer before bed and wake up the next morning to hot cereal. Compact and easy to clean!

Is Your Kitchen Serving You?

Organizing and setting up my kitchen is one of my favorite things to do for myself as well as my clients. When you walk into your kitchen and start to prepare a meal, are your favorite spices front and center? Are they on a shelf organized for easy access or scattered here and there? Same thing goes for commonly used pots and pans, your “new” time efficient equipment and anything else you have been wanting to organize in your favor, but have not had the occasion or push to do so. Now is the time! These areas of your kitchen that need your attention become energy leaks and overall eliminate your excitement to be in the kitchen!

Vata, the most common imbalanced dosha, can be adjusted by simply implementing things like routine and organization. So, set up and cleanse your kitchen! Remove things that you are not using and are not serving you. Organize your pantry and cupboards with all your go-to’s at an arms reach. Use your spice grinder to pre-make churnas so it is instantly ready for use in soups or stir-frys. Become comfortable with your slow-cooker and immersion blender. Lastly, have an electric kettle in every room!

Much love, Alexandra

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

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4. Slow Cooker: A large amount of time can be spent in the kitchen preparing and cooking. This amount of attention is not always available to the majority of us. A slow cooker eliminates your need to stick around for the duration of the cook. Lentils, rice, churnas, veggies, and broth all go in at the same time and voila! You have breakfast, lunch or dinner ready and waiting for you. Bring a slow cooker to work and feed the office! Now you have no excuse not to eat freshly cooked warm and hardy meals.

Shout out to Vita-Clay! Set the timer before bed and wake up the next morning to hot cereal. Compact and easy to clean!

Is Your Kitchen Serving You?

Organizing and setting up my kitchen is one of my favorite things to do for myself as well as my clients. When you walk into your kitchen and start to prepare a meal, are your favorite spices front and center? Are they on a shelf organized for easy access or scattered here and there? Same thing goes for commonly used pots and pans, your “new” time efficient equipment and anything else you have been wanting to organize in your favor, but have not had the occasion or push to do so. Now is the time! These areas of your kitchen that need your attention become energy leaks and overall eliminate your excitement to be in the kitchen!

Vata, the most common imbalanced dosha, can be adjusted by simply implementing things like routine and organization. So, set up and cleanse your kitchen! Remove things that you are not using and are not serving you. Organize your pantry and cupboards with all your go-to’s at an arms reach. Use your spice grinder to pre-make churnas so it is instantly ready for use in soups or stir-frys. Become comfortable with your slow-cooker and immersion blender. Lastly, have an electric kettle in every room!

Much love, Alexandra

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

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The Herbal Academy’s six tips for storing your herbs.

Banyan Botanicals has bulk herbs at a great price.


4. Slow Cooker: A large amount of time can be spent in the kitchen preparing and cooking. This amount of attention is not always available to the majority of us. A slow cooker eliminates your need to stick around for the duration of the cook. Lentils, rice, churnas, veggies, and broth all go in at the same time and voila! You have breakfast, lunch or dinner ready and waiting for you. Bring a slow cooker to work and feed the office! Now you have no excuse not to eat freshly cooked warm and hardy meals.

Shout out to Vita-Clay! Set the timer before bed and wake up the next morning to hot cereal. Compact and easy to clean!

Is Your Kitchen Serving You?

Organizing and setting up my kitchen is one of my favorite things to do for myself as well as my clients. When you walk into your kitchen and start to prepare a meal, are your favorite spices front and center? Are they on a shelf organized for easy access or scattered here and there? Same thing goes for commonly used pots and pans, your “new” time efficient equipment and anything else you have been wanting to organize in your favor, but have not had the occasion or push to do so. Now is the time! These areas of your kitchen that need your attention become energy leaks and overall eliminate your excitement to be in the kitchen!

Vata, the most common imbalanced dosha, can be adjusted by simply implementing things like routine and organization. So, set up and cleanse your kitchen! Remove things that you are not using and are not serving you. Organize your pantry and cupboards with all your go-to’s at an arms reach. Use your spice grinder to pre-make churnas so it is instantly ready for use in soups or stir-frys. Become comfortable with your slow-cooker and immersion blender. Lastly, have an electric kettle in every room!

Much love, Alexandra

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

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4 Time-Saving Tools For Your kitchen

1. Hand Blender: If your hand blender is not already glued to your hand, make sure it is on your holiday wish list.

How to use: Submerge the blade under two or more inches of liquid (soup, broth) and blend! Be aware as you circulate your pot – if you happen to tip the blender to the side at too far of an angle you will splatter yummy liquid everywhere!

Why Blend?

When the digestion is weak it is recommended that food intake become very easy to assimilate. If you are experiencing symptoms of an unbalanced digestion blending your veggies and taking plain organic white rice can be part of your self-care plan.

There are other various reasons​ to blend. Vegetarian broths can be elevated by blending the carrots and onions to create a thicker base. Legume stews are often blended for a creamier consistency. What do you blend?

2. Electric kettle: I use this every day. Multiple times. Hot water is a huge resource in Ayurvedic health. Have you started your Hot Water Routine? Do you know which spices to use? Try taking a cup of hot water every half hour for the next few days. This will assist in purifying toxins through the body.

3. Spice Grinder: Many of the recipes you will be making as you start to play with Ayurvedic cuisine (Indian based flavors) will ask for powdered spices. You will be surprised at the rate in which you go through traditional spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, cardamom, cloves… You can use a coffee grinder as well, although you may get cardamom notes in your coffee!


The Herbal Academy’s six tips for storing your herbs.

Banyan Botanicals has bulk herbs at a great price.


4. Slow Cooker: A large amount of time can be spent in the kitchen preparing and cooking. This amount of attention is not always available to the majority of us. A slow cooker eliminates your need to stick around for the duration of the cook. Lentils, rice, churnas, veggies, and broth all go in at the same time and voila! You have breakfast, lunch or dinner ready and waiting for you. Bring a slow cooker to work and feed the office! Now you have no excuse not to eat freshly cooked warm and hardy meals.

Shout out to Vita-Clay! Set the timer before bed and wake up the next morning to hot cereal. Compact and easy to clean!

Is Your Kitchen Serving You?

Organizing and setting up my kitchen is one of my favorite things to do for myself as well as my clients. When you walk into your kitchen and start to prepare a meal, are your favorite spices front and center? Are they on a shelf organized for easy access or scattered here and there? Same thing goes for commonly used pots and pans, your “new” time efficient equipment and anything else you have been wanting to organize in your favor, but have not had the occasion or push to do so. Now is the time! These areas of your kitchen that need your attention become energy leaks and overall eliminate your excitement to be in the kitchen!

Vata, the most common imbalanced dosha, can be adjusted by simply implementing things like routine and organization. So, set up and cleanse your kitchen! Remove things that you are not using and are not serving you. Organize your pantry and cupboards with all your go-to’s at an arms reach. Use your spice grinder to pre-make churnas so it is instantly ready for use in soups or stir-frys. Become comfortable with your slow-cooker and immersion blender. Lastly, have an electric kettle in every room!

Much love, Alexandra

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

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Your Kitchen Is A Temple

During an appointment, we may talk about an internal purification as targeting your digestion, sleep and/or menstrual cycle, etc, but there are also many other ways to purify, ranging from cell phone cleanses to Ayurvedic Panchakarma. For now, I would like to step into your kitchen with you and give it a good ol’ Kitchen Cleanse. Did I spring clean you too soon? I’m not just writing about cobwebs in the corner. I want you to feel like your kitchen is providing you easy access to commonly used tools that will effectively reduce your time in the kitchen. Create a space you love to be in.

Even if you have only dipped your toes into the healing world of Ayurveda, you have probably noticed that although there many wonderful holistic tools, it can be challenging to implement this ancient wisdom. True holistic health takes time and can ask for significant life-patterns and routines to be changed and altered. My goal with you now and always is to offer bite-size pieces and ways to implement what you are learning so that these changes are achievable and long-lasting​. So, let’s get into your kitchen!

4 Time-Saving Tools For Your kitchen

1. Hand Blender: If your hand blender is not already glued to your hand, make sure it is on your holiday wish list.

How to use: Submerge the blade under two or more inches of liquid (soup, broth) and blend! Be aware as you circulate your pot – if you happen to tip the blender to the side at too far of an angle you will splatter yummy liquid everywhere!

Why Blend?

When the digestion is weak it is recommended that food intake become very easy to assimilate. If you are experiencing symptoms of an unbalanced digestion blending your veggies and taking plain organic white rice can be part of your self-care plan.

There are other various reasons​ to blend. Vegetarian broths can be elevated by blending the carrots and onions to create a thicker base. Legume stews are often blended for a creamier consistency. What do you blend?

2. Electric kettle: I use this every day. Multiple times. Hot water is a huge resource in Ayurvedic health. Have you started your Hot Water Routine? Do you know which spices to use? Try taking a cup of hot water every half hour for the next few days. This will assist in purifying toxins through the body.

3. Spice Grinder: Many of the recipes you will be making as you start to play with Ayurvedic cuisine (Indian based flavors) will ask for powdered spices. You will be surprised at the rate in which you go through traditional spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, cardamom, cloves… You can use a coffee grinder as well, although you may get cardamom notes in your coffee!


The Herbal Academy’s six tips for storing your herbs.

Banyan Botanicals has bulk herbs at a great price.


4. Slow Cooker: A large amount of time can be spent in the kitchen preparing and cooking. This amount of attention is not always available to the majority of us. A slow cooker eliminates your need to stick around for the duration of the cook. Lentils, rice, churnas, veggies, and broth all go in at the same time and voila! You have breakfast, lunch or dinner ready and waiting for you. Bring a slow cooker to work and feed the office! Now you have no excuse not to eat freshly cooked warm and hardy meals.

Shout out to Vita-Clay! Set the timer before bed and wake up the next morning to hot cereal. Compact and easy to clean!

Is Your Kitchen Serving You?

Organizing and setting up my kitchen is one of my favorite things to do for myself as well as my clients. When you walk into your kitchen and start to prepare a meal, are your favorite spices front and center? Are they on a shelf organized for easy access or scattered here and there? Same thing goes for commonly used pots and pans, your “new” time efficient equipment and anything else you have been wanting to organize in your favor, but have not had the occasion or push to do so. Now is the time! These areas of your kitchen that need your attention become energy leaks and overall eliminate your excitement to be in the kitchen!

Vata, the most common imbalanced dosha, can be adjusted by simply implementing things like routine and organization. So, set up and cleanse your kitchen! Remove things that you are not using and are not serving you. Organize your pantry and cupboards with all your go-to’s at an arms reach. Use your spice grinder to pre-make churnas so it is instantly ready for use in soups or stir-frys. Become comfortable with your slow-cooker and immersion blender. Lastly, have an electric kettle in every room!

Much love, Alexandra

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

4 Tools to Reboot Your Digestive Tract!

4 Tools to Reboot Your Digestive Tract!

Toxic Digestion

Our intestinal microflora lives on the first half-inch of our intestinal skin. This skin is miles long offering a huge amount of space for over 200 different species of microbes. These microbes react to exactly what we are thinking about, feeling and responding to, everything we eat and every environment we put ourselves in.

Our intestinal skin is the barrier between that which we consume (physically and mentally/ from the environment) and what becomes a part of us (what our body uses for energy, sustenance, and stores for later use). If our barrier becomes weak and unable to protect us from outsiders, we see symptoms of indigestion, Leaky Gut, Crohn’s disease, Candida and much more. Many of us are living with huge amounts of irritation in our gut causing our immune system to work over-time. This usually causes symptoms of inflammation – an underlying culprit for autoimmune diseases, colds, flu, brain fog, sleep, and elimination disturbances.. the list goes on!

Our digestive tract continues to evolve, but let’s not think that our bodily evolution is in stride with our current industrial society. A rise in the last 20 years concerning obesity and diabetes, as well as more recent intolerances like lactose and gluten, are all symptoms that are flourishing with no signs of deceleration. From toxicity in our soils, GMOs, pesticides, chemicals and medications in our drinking water (contaminant levels are determined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA) and flat out high costs for natural and organic foods… it’s no wonder why our bodies are reacting in negative ways. These environmental variables play an important role in our gut health. Our gut is THE place where decisions about our health are determined.

Are you living with pain and discomfort and think it’s “normal?” It’s not. And you can start to change how you feel on a daily basis.

Let’s look at our internal kiln

It’s Pitta’s firey and heating qualities that cook our food. If our digestive fire is low or completely put out, what we consume next is so important! For some, your digestion is like a rock! For years you have been able to push through, eat what you want and get away with it! For others (like myself) we need to be pickier about when we eat, but can consume most things. For most, you have started to remove major players like wheat, milk, cheese, and nightshades. Removing these options speaks to your symptoms and caring for the root of the problem is where our Ayurvedic tools come into play.

Here are 4 key tools that will assist you in healing and balancing your digestion.

1) Chyawanprash

Go to this website now! Lotus Blooming Herbs is an amazing company that provides top of the line herbal products. All herbs are resourced responsibly, certified organic and pesticide free. Chyawanprash has a paste-like consistency licked one spoonful at a time. It is an ancient combination of 25 herbs (dependent on formula) that support your digestive fire. Excess heat in our bodies – not always connected to our digestive fire – is a huge debilitating factor to our health as a whole (think inflammation, rashes, eczema), but Lotus Blooming Herb’s Chyawanprash is specifically formulated with this in mind.

2) Hot Water Routine

Many of us are continuously reaching for a cleanse to strip toxins and impurities that bog down our digestive tract. When this happens we also strip good microbes and disrupt the villi that live on our intestinal skin.

Sipping on hot water every 30 minutes throughout the day can have a massive effect on gently decreasing and moving along unwanted sludge and visitors. Stop after 6pm so you’re not waking up in the middle of the night to pee! Also great for weight loss!

Try adding whole spices like Fennel, cumin, and coriander. This combination is a diuretic and pulls out toxins when you urinate.

*Try a tablespoon of this blend from Banyan in a quart-sized thermos.

Warning: when you use a cleanse to clean your digestive tract you’re sending toxins back into the bloodstream to then be eliminated through the intestinal tract. If your digestive tract is not working at its fullest potential, these toxins will be recirculated back into the body and stored in your fat cells. Our brain is 60% fat. Hello, brain fog!

3) Peya – Rice Porridge

This is a recipe that is so easily digested and wonderfully filling. Good for anyone with inconsistent and loose elimination, recovering from being ill or working to rebuild and balance their digestion.

Basic Recipe:
4 cups of water
1/4 cup White Basmati Rice (organic if possible)

Cook until rice resembling a porridge consistency. 1-2 hours should be enough. This recipe can be jazzed up – feel free to play around with spices.

Savory: bone broth, ginger, turmeric

Sweet: cardamom pods (do not eat), cinnamon, maple syrup or honey.

4) Stewed Apples

Apples can be hard on the digestion for those working to calm an unbalanced Vata. Cooking apples and adding spices, however, is an amazing way to ground Vata, increase appetite, and kindle our digestive fire! This is best eaten in the morning to break-your-fast!

Basic Recipe:

1 cut and peeled apple
2 cloves
1-ish teaspoons of ghee

Cover the pot with an inch of water. Add apple and 2 cloves. Cover pot. Bring the heat to medium. Let apples boil for 10-ish minutes or until very soft. Discard the lovely cloves, add ghee and enjoy. If apples need more cooking, watch that the water does not evaporate -add more water.

Much love, Alexandra

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

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