Monthly Archives: December 2014

Yoga 4 you

Mindful movements for body and soul

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There is a “connection” between our body, mind and the universe. This is a very holistic perspective of living life. And in that sense therefore Ayurveda and Yoga are like siblings –with a very holistic view of living life.

Hence in this section – we are going to talk about some yoga techniques and practice some yoga poses together!

 

Shake those early morning woes with these simple yoga poses !

  1. Marjariasana (Cat Pose)Come onto your fours. Form a table such that your back forms the table top and your hands and feet form the legs of the table.
  2. Keep your arms perpendicular to the floor, with the hands directly under the shoulders and flat on the ground; your knees are hip-width apart.
  3. Look straight ahead. As you inhale, raise your chin and tilt your head back, push your navel downwards and raise your tailbone. Hold the Cat pose and take long, deep breaths.
  4. Follow this by a countermovement: As you exhale, drop your chin to your chest and arch your back up as much as you can; relax the buttocks. Hold this pose for a few seconds before you return to the initial table-like stage.
  5. Continue five or six rounds before you come out of this yoga posture.

Benefits Of Cat Stretch (Marjariasana)

  • Brings flexibility to the spine
  • Strengthens wrists and shoulders
  • Massages the digestive organs and improves digestion
  • Tones the abdomen
  • Improves digestion
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Improves blood circulation

We hope you enjoyed reading these simple yet effective means of enriching our lives. If you have any experiences  or simple home remedies to share, any useful and/or favourite yoga poses please share those with us @ herbsatwork@gmail.com

Let our Food Be our Medicine

Some simple Home Remedies

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Did you know that Ginger is an effective remedy for Migraine?

There might be some relief for all those who suffer from Migraine. There is slow but promising evidence that Ginger is an efficacious treatment for migraine. While studies have been inconclusive, anecdotal evidence indicates that this inflammation fighter may help with the chronic and persistent pain experienced by headache sufferers.

 

For those who suffer with Migraine will agree- that it’s a throbbing headache that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Migraines can be caused by any number of things, including certain foods (cheeses, nuts, chocolate), alcohol (particularly wine), low blood sugar, and odors such as strong perfumes or cigarette smoke.

For thousands of years, healers have used ginger for nausea and cardiovascular health. Since both of these issues are prevalent in migraines, ginger is a good choice for headache suffers seeking a natural remedy.

A simple preparation given below can help in the treatment:

  1. 500 to 600 mgs of dried ginger taken at the onset of a migraine is an effective antidote to the headache. Repeat the dosage every four hours for four days. Including uncooked fresh ginger in the diet may benefit headache suffers to the point that migraines are no longer as severe or frequent.
  2. Ginger Tea – To make ginger tea, peel and grate fresh ginger root. Place it in boiling water and simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes (longer makes a stronger tea). Serve with lemon or drink plain.

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7 Benefits of Ginger that we never knew !!

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Ginger: Zingiber Officinale

Family: Zingiberaceae

 

Nothing beats cold in the winter like a piping hot cup of ginger tea. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, ginger root is extremely beneficial for health.

Here’s why you should have this spice that also belongs to the same family as cardamom and Turmeric.If you recall we did a section on benefits of Turmeric in our last edition !!

Health Benefits of Ginger

  1. Respiratory problems -Ginger’s antihistamine property helps in treating allergies. It is also known to inhibit airway contraction and help stimulate the secretion of mucus. Hence it is the herb of choice for persistent cough and sore throat associated with colds.
  2. Treating nausea and vomiting – Chewing on ginger could reduce nausea and vomiting. According to studies, ginger can treat sensations of nausea following surgery, and due to motion sickness, seasickness, etc. It is also beneficial for nausea as a result of adverse effect of chemotherapy.
  3. Remedy for loss of appetite – Fuel a dull appetite by eating fresh ginger just before you have your meal. So for moms complaining about their kids poor appetite – instead of running to doctors and trying various things; try this one out ! Ginger can get their digestive juices going and increase appetite.
  4. Aiding in digestion and an Anti-Flatulent- Had a large meal? Eat ginger. Ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and aids in digestion. It also helps break down the proteins in your food. Ginger protects your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion. Further, its carminative (gas expulsion) property provides relief from bloating and gas and helps reduce flatulence

Did you know?

Applying diluted ginger paste on the forehead is believed to relieve migraine headache??  The ability of ginger to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis helps relieve pain and inflammation in blood vessels thereby providing relief from migraine.

 

 

  1. Reduce menstrual pain- Ginger, when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, can reduce symptoms of menstrual pain in some women. Here are some tried and tested tips to relieve menstrual pain.
  2. Arthritis – The analgesic and anti-inflammatory property of ginger may help reduce joint pain of arthritis in some people. To help relieve muscle and joint ache, add some ginger oil into your bath.
  3. Preventing morning sickness -Some pregnant women may find ginger beneficial in preventing their morning sickness. But it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking it. Read more about how you can deal with morning sickness.

An Ayurvedic Winter!

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Imagine this – Tucking inside the mattresses, sipping a cup of hot tea and coffee (not to forget some pakodas with it!) and gorging on some hot gulab jamuns or gajar ka halwa this season. No guesses – it surely is the winter season and is worth all the wait – isn’t it?? It is a time of rest, storing and preparation. Rest from the bounty of the harvest and preparation for the vitality of the coming Spring. This is a time of being grounded, internalised and still. The weather is often cold, wet, cloudy and heavy and is dominated by the water element. These are all qualities that aggravate kapha; remember that kapha means ‘that which flourishes in water’. Kapha can affect the health of the kidneys, lungs, pancreas, mucus membranes, bladder, blood, synovial fluid, bodily secretions, lipids, ova and testes. This can lead to swellings and accumulations of mucus.

Recommended diet regimen:

Foods that should be consumed
Foods to be avoided
warm foods that are mildly spicy, slightly salty and nourishing Cold and dry foods – as they aggravate Vata
Cereals and pulses like porridge of oats, cornmeal and green gram. Rice and barley preparations Cold drinks
Although honey is sweet it is considered to be beneficial for kapha as it can encourage clearing of mucus.

 

 

Essentially, your diet should clear kapha but not aggravate vata. The digestive fire is usually stronger in winter as the cooler weather constricts the surface of the body and pushes the heat back in to the centre of the digestive system.
But living in winters ain’t easy- especially for our hair and skin.Whipping winds, dry air, and chilly temperatures can really do a number on soft skin and hair. Cold air outside and central heat indoors can strip moisture from strands and pores, making hair rough and skin itchy and dry. But endure cracked hands and Static-y hair no more. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts to ensure maximum good hair days and hence look good !

1. Switch from hot to warm water bath – It’s a myth that one needs a HOT water shower bath during winters. Hot water actually takes away the moisture from the skin , making it look dry and stetched. Turn the shower from hot to warm instead and see the difference !! Your skin feels fresh and this also helps to control the frizz and the static-y feeling in the hair.

2. Ensuring Shine and Bounce

In winters, with extra drying of the scalp and with frizz, your hair can tend to lose a lot of its shine and bounce. Brush out your hair to remove tangles and apply honey over the roots and hair. Cover up your hair in a shower cap or towel and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. This will help restore shine and bounce to dull damaged hair. This one treatment that you can not miss when your aim is winter hair care!

3. Pamper your hair and nourish them right! – While going to a spa for that awesome massage is certainly a good idea but it can prove heavy on the pocket. Hence an effective warm oil massage done regularly with good Hair oil is a small yet effective way to ensure free-flowing hair. There are several hair oils in the market, but look out for the ones with natural ingredients like Kliston Hair Oil which have nourishing ingredients like Brahmi, Amla, Methi , Bhringaraj etc.

Eye Care – An Ayurvedic Way

Eye care is precisely described in Ayurvedic scripture and folk practitioners have been prescribing a lot of herbal and natural remedies to keep your eyes bright, sharp and healthy. Let’s see what Ayurveda has to say about eye’s care.

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According to Ayurveda, the organ of eye is made of tej mahabhoot mainly. It means, it is the icon of fire principle in the body”. While in modern times, eyes are exposed to dirt, pollutants and other harmful substances, it is very important to take care of eyes since it is the most delicate part of our body. Here are some of the important tips to take care of your eyes to keep them healthier.

Tip #1: Blink eyes frequently. Blinking will keep your eyes lubricated with natural tears that are produced from the lacrimal glands. Dry eyes invite a lot of health issues and thus, blinking frequently keeps this problem at bay.

Tip #2: Don’t look at screens and monitors for longer duration. After certain period of time, look at farther things. This will make your eye muscles work better and your pupils practice focusing and de-focusing.

Tip #3: Rotate eyeballs three or four times in a day. Use the maximum orbit and rotate your eyeballs all around. This strengthens your eye muscles that in turn, keep eyes healthy and strong.

Tip #4: Tarpan method is said to be the best for eyes. It is a part of panchakarma, the cleansing process of the body as mentioned in ancient scriptures of Ayurveda such as Charaka Samhita, Sushrut Samhita and Ashtang Hridaya. In this, the eyes are surrounded by the walls of dough and then ghee is poured to fill the dough-made well. The Ayurvedic practitioner asks you to blink your eyes for certain number of times letting the medicated ghee go into the eyes. This nourishes the eyes and keeps eye ailments at bay, according to Ayurveda

Tip #5: Yoga such as Shirshasana helps keeping eyes healthy. The upside down pose (shirshasana) supplies the eyes with needed blood and so also oxygen and nutrients. The blood flows easily due to gravitational force and thus eyes remain healthy and bright.

Tip #6: Palming helps as it is practiced and advised by Ayurvedic experts. Putting palms on the eyes and gently pressing them and releasing works. Do not try hard. This strengthens the eye muscles and works as the best eye care in Ayurvedic way.

Tip #7: Certain Ayurvedic medicines with powerful formula work as the best eye care in Ayurveda. Jiwadaya Netraprabha is one of such potent Ayurvedic medicines that contains time tested and trusted herbs such as Amalaki, Kapoor and Madhu. These ingredients are separately described in Ayurvedic scriptures such as Dravyaguna. They possess great eye-caring properties and maintain the health of eyes.

With little care, you can take care of your eyes in an Ayurvedic way which is quite natural and benefiting.