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Ayurvedic Mantras Of Dazzling Hair

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Nowadays, many people rely on Ayurvedic remedies for treating common problems. And when it comes to hair problems, not everybody wants to use hard chemicals on their hair. Ayurveda has plenty of remedies that are good for hair growth and to maintain the quality of hair. It’s true that the traditional practice has lot of power packed secrets that can help you with almost any trouble.

Flaunting gorgeous hair is no exception. Ayurvedic treatment for hair growth has been around since ages, but it is only now that everyone has started to adopt these remedies. While believing on such a time-proven methodology, expect nothing but best results. Ayurveda solves the problems from the inside and not the outside alone.

  • Massaging the scalp regularly with medicated ayurvedic hair oil improves the nourishment of the scalp which helps to keep the hair long, lustrous, strong, shining and thick. Ayurvedic herbal hair oils are a blend of hair friendly herbs.Massaging hair with warm oil especially when done with oil infused with herbs,provides nourishment, alleviates dry scalp and enhances circulation. Coconut oil or Sesame oil, infused with herbs, helps to maintain the color and luster of hair.

  • It is important to regularly cleanse your scalp and hair. Always keep your hair and scalp clean to avoid clogged hair follicles and itching of scalp. Never use harsh shampoo to cleanse your hair, as it can lead to drying out the scalp and damaging the hair.Cleanse with a gentle herbal shampoo or baby soap and avoid over or excessive shampooing. Use fresh water to wash your hair and follow with a natural conditioner. Allow the hair to dry naturally rather than blow-drying it. It’s advisable to trim the hair regularly to take care of split ends and natural wear and tear.

  • Keeping a regular diet reflects the health of your hair. Irregular or unhealthy eating habits not only affect the hair, but also the overall performance of all of our system. Healthy eating and a healthy diet, both are equally important for effective digestion and absorption. Food should always be fresh and whole. Ayurveda stresses over the fact that everyone should have food in properly ventilated, calm, quiet corner and should only stay dedicated to eating while he is. Healthy and nutritious food improves body of hair, so a balanced assortment of nutrients is necessary to prevent premature hair loss and early graying.

  • Sleep is the most important and vital nutrient for the well being of a human body. irregular sleeping regimen cause a disturbance to the natural body clock. The body repairs tissues and reorganizes systems when it sleeps. Lack of sufficient sleep leads to poor health of hair, hence one should catch up on their sleeping schedules to maintain good health of the hair.

Reveal Natural Beauty Through Ayurveda

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We all face some type of skin problems somewhere in our life. Beautiful glowing smooth skin is enticing by every woman and appreciated by every man. However, the idea with Ayurveda is that once you give your beautiful skin and body exactly what it needs, you will reach a place of balance, where your health and your beauty will shine.

Ayurvedic beauty care is highly distinguished and there isn’t one particular treatment that works for every skin as Ayurveda tells us that the equation to achieve balance is different for every person which is contingent upon their body type and character.

“Not everyone is born with a perfect skin type, everyone has a different constitution of skin”.

But over time, the type of skin may change or alter because of external factors comprising of the climate, diet and lifestyle habits or pollution. These imbalances should also be taken care of when picking up a type of ayurvedic treatment for your skin.

Ayurveda is proved to make one’s skin clear, soft and glowing by eliminating the need and harmful effects of chemicals on skin. Glowing skin not only embellishes the self-confidence but also acts like an indicator for our health.

Here, we share a couple of ways in which you can not only protect your skin, but also improve the quality of your skin to glow throughout!

  • Adding organic milk to whole grains and green leafy veggies, has a tendency to nourish one’s complexion from within.

  • Drive the Internal hydration by drinking plenty of lukewarm water on regular basis.

  • Consuming more of juicy fruits and sweets are of great help as they cleanse your body from the inside as well as they are great to keep the body hydrated.

  • Including  little amounts of healthy fats like ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil in your diet, adds lubrication.

  • The best way to keep the skin lubricated and moisturized is by enjoying a warm self massage by the use of rich massage oil which is excellent to make the skin glow.

  • Having a proper sleeping regimen in a must so that your mind and body get the opportunity to rest and recharge.

Staying Warm During Winters

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Winter – The lazy season that does not allow one to get off the bed! It’s basically the season where one faces flu and is called the cold season, where contagious diseases are bound to spread.

Yet according to Ayurveda, winter isn’t as bad as it looks like. It is actually the best season to improve and increase immunity. It isn’t a weakening season if you know how to increase your immunity through a proper regimen.

In ayurvedic terms, immunity is directly associated with digestion system. One needs to have a strong digestion and good appetite to strengthen their immunity. Anything that weakens the digestion also weakens the immunity. So if you really want a healthy and illness free winter, try understanding your digestion system and work towards making it better, because no one would like to stay sick all day in bed!

Below are 2 major points that will help you have a great winter without having the need to keep up with doctors and medicines!

NOURISH YOUR BODY WITH INTELLIGENT FOODS

It is significant to treat your tummy with nourishing food especially during the cold freezing months of winter! It’s better to eat food that give warmth to your body. It is ideal to start your day with a light, warm and nutrient breakfast as it is better to break the fast of the night slowly. Don’t overeat, as your digestive system needs food to stimulate it, but if you have a lot of it, you may face acidity. Make your meal at noon “Intelligent” and have foods like cooked vegetables and whole grains. Your lunch should be the most filling meal of the day as this is when the digestive fire is the hottest at this time of the day. Coming down to the evening meals, it should be lighter than lunch. Season your food with spices as they are very beneficial for the digestion process. Also, avoid the intake of raw foods as it will make you feel cold and icy in the tummy. It is advisable to have warm cooked food, say a cup of soup or roasted veggies!

GETTING ALONG WITH NATURE

You might want to laze around on the bed during winters as long as possible and it might sound absurd, but continuing to stay under the covers increases the cold energy that gets out of balance during winters, hence making one feel cold and tired. What is emphasized the most in ayurveda is Exercising and the importance of it lies in the daily routine of practising it. Human body craves for routine. Exercising daily, eating food at a proper time and maintaining the same time to sleep will make your body respond to better digestion and greater immunity. The whole idea is to follow the principle of “Balaardh” to keep energy and stamina balanced at all times. Bala, meaning energy and Ardh, meaning half. Ayurveda recommends not to exert more than 50% of what you are capable of.

3 Yoga tips to Cool Off this Summer

Yoga 4 U – Mindful movements for body and soul

yogaCool off this summer with yoga, meditation and breathing techniques. Stay focused, healthy and happy with some simple practices. Summer time means different things for different people. A time to holiday, hit the beach, and relax. However you view summer, one thing is constant: it’s hot; really, really warm and muggy.

#1: The secret is in your breath – Sheetali Pranayama

breath1. Stick your tongue out and curl the sides of the tongue upward towards the center of the tongue.

2. Breathe in through the mouth, hold the breath and slowly exhale through the nose.

Repeat five to 10 times and voila you’ll find your body temperature cooling down.

pranayam#2 Sheetkari Pranayama

Lots of people find that Sheetkari helps to quench thirst. It also helps to cool the body. But of course it’s not a

substitute for water and hence please keep hydrated for sure.

1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb.

2. Exhale completely through the left nostril and then breathe in through the left nostril.

3. Close the left nostril with your little ring finger and exhale through the right.

shavasana #3 Relax with Shavasana – After a long day, do not forget to unwind in the evening Lie down in Shavasana near a wall – with your feet touching the wall. Raise your legs and rest your feet on the wall. After holding the posture for a minute or two, bring the legs down and rest in Shavasana. This yoga pose is refreshing and restorative. Since the heart is pumping out more blood, when the temperature is high, this yoga pose helps the heart by returning more blood back to the heart.

Caution: Those with high blood pressure and back problems should avoid this yoga posture. An easier alternative to this yoga pose is to pile up some pillows and rest your feet on them.

These are some of the practices which have been loved by our readers. We’d love to hear about how you use yoga to cool during the summer

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.

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.

Let our Food Be our Medicine

Some simple Home Remedies

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Presently it is the Winter Season or the “Vata” Season as we call in Ayurvedic parlance. The weather is cold and dry during this time of the year. This drop in temperature causes an effect on our respiratory tract as the mucociliary clearance is reduced and the respiratory tract is in general susceptible to infections. Some of the common infections that peak during winters are: Common cold, Cough, pharyngitis, laryngitis etc.

Cough

Cough is the most common respiratory infection and with almost everyone being found suffering from this ailment during winters. Acute cough is less than 3 weeks, but chronic cough is for a much longer duration and hence deserves medical supervision. So for an acute nagging cough – try one of our home remedies mentioned below before hopping on to the chemist for an Over the Counter Solution.

1. Ginger , Tulsi and Honey : Particularly useful for treatment of dry cough

a. Ginger juice

b. Tulsi Leaves

c. Honey

d. Black pepper

e. Turmeric

Preparation: Crush about 10-12 leaves of Tulsi along with juice extracted from a small piece of ginger. To this add an equal quantity of honey. Further add in some black pepper powder and little turmeric to this mixture. Consuming this paste at least thrice a day has a very soothing effect on the throat as it reduces congestion and thus helps in cough.

2. Flaxseeds and honey preparation: For nasty incessant cough

a. Flaxseed- 2 to 3 tablespoons

b. Honey – 2 to 3 tablespoons

c. Lemon juice – 2 to 3 tablespoons

Preparation: Boil about 2 to 3 tablespoons of flaxseeds in 1 cup of water. The water will start thickening slowly. At this juncture strain the liquid and add the same quantity of honey and lime juice to this mixture. Consume this mixture whenever there is a severe bout of cough.

3. Warm liquids with honey and turmeric

a. Hot milk or water

b. Turmeric power

c. Honey

Preparation : Boil a cup of water or hot milk. Add a tablespoon of turmeric power and honey into this cup. If you have a busy schedule then this is probably the simplest and easiest thing to do – just consume the above once before going off to bed at night. Turmeric has an antibacterial effect while honey helps in soothing the cough receptors.

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Turmeric: Curcuma Longa turmeric-spice-with-amazing-health-benefits Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native in southeast India, and needs temperatures between 20 °C and 30 °C (68 °F and 86 °F) and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.[3] Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes, and propagated from some of those rhizomes in the following season. Turmeric powder is a bright yellow powder made by dry grinding of mature turmeric rhizomes. It is used as a spice in Indian cuisine and curries, for dyeing, and to impart color to mustard condiments. Health Benefits of Turmeric One active ingredient in it is curcumin. It has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell. This widely researched component of turmeric is highly therapeutic and is used in various drugs and pharmaceutics mainly because of its immunity boosting and anti-oxidant properties. 1. Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound Curcumin down-regulates certain inflammatory transcription factors such as kappaB, enzymes such as cyclooxygenase 2 and 5 lipoxygenase, and cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF), interleukin-1 (IL-1) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) and hinders the development of these diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases 2. Curcumin significantly increases the anti-oxidant capacity of the body  Oxidative damage leads to generation of free radicals in our body which tend to react with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins or DNA.This is one of the main reasons behind ageing. Curcumin is a great anti-oxidant that not only neutralizes these free radicals but also triggers the activity of our body’s anti-oxidant enzymes. Thus it helps in delaying ageing and fighting age related diseases. 3. Turmeric is also known to be reducing the occurrence of various lifestyle related diseases like heart diseases and obesity. 4. Turmeric and honey in hot water is a useful home remedy for treating cough and cold 5. Turmeric for a glowing skin  Women in India use turmeric scrubs or and creams as curcumin acts as a potential anti-oxidant and provides a beautiful glow to the face.

Did you know?

Drinking turmeric tea daily may well increase your life span

Adding one teaspoon of turmeric powder to 4 cups of boiling water, simmering it for 10 minutes and adding honey to taste can do the trick.

Other benefits of Turmeric: Turmeric is considered a symbol of purity, prosperity, and fertility. Turmeric water is poured / offered to the gods in the temples as a part of Hindu ritual called Abhishekam. Turmeric has an important place in Indian weddings. Turmeric paste is applied to the bride and the groom as part of the haldi ceremony just before the wedding to give them fresh glowing skins and to ward off the evil eye. Thus, we see that a simple powder like Turmeric so commonly found and used in our daily lives is a powerful element that can be beneficial to us in so many ways.

Ayurveda – The Science of Life

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Neena is a 37 year old gainfully employed mom with a multinational company. She is a busy hands-on mom at home and works 8-10 hours on her computer in office .With all the hard work she is slowly but steadily scaling the heights of success. She has her hands full and what this essentially means is that there is very little time with her for any physical activity. This further leads to irregular unhealthy eating habits, irregular sleeping hours and a very sedentary lifestyle.

Of late she has been experiencing discomfort – she was experiencing digestive distress during the day and a feeling of bloating whenever she ate anything. Nights would be spent lying awake and therefore her mind just kept racing in the dark. Through her past visits to an allopathic doctor she knew the tablet to be taken when the condition was bad, but the constant discomfort had become a way of life for Neena.

I am sure many of us will be able to relate with this way of life. Popping a pill only provides symptomatic temporary relief without addressing the core problem. But fortunately for our friend Neena – she came across Ayurveda.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a holistic Indian system of medicine that uses a constitutional model. It works to provide a flexible guidance to attain a state of positive health. Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit root words: Ayu, which means Life, and Veda, which means the Knowledge. Thus Ayurveda refers to the Science of life and it refers to a constitutional model of health used in India for more than 5,000 years.. Ayurveda is a fine blend of Science, Religion & Philosophy as well. Through its scientific approach to human life, Ayurveda works to harness the intricate abilities of human body and mind.

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How Ayurveda works?

The physiological and pharmacological concepts of Ayurveda are structured in “whole- someness”. Therefore, the Ayurvedic description of “human body” and the “drugs” are dealt from a holistic plane. Its guiding principle is that our constitutions (or prakuti) usually fall into one of three categories, called doshas, which correspond to combinations of the elements air, fire, water, ether (space) and earth. And this forms the basic premise for Ayurveda treatment – that all human body is made of the same elements as all of nature, and that most individuals’ bodies express a predominance of one element. This results in a particular physical build, appetite and set of personality qualities that constitute one’s dosha.

The three doshas are Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth).

Vata consists of the elements air and ether, which give us movement and activity. Pitta includes the elements fire and water, which are responsible for heat, appetite and digestion, and Kapha is characterized by the elements earth and water, which are responsible for water and other bodily fluids. Most of us have one or two primary doshas, but everyone contains all three in some measure. When the three body states are in perfect harmony, the individual enjoys good health, whereas an imbalance in the states causes disease. Ayurveda seeks to address this state of imbalance through a process of holistic healing.

Herbs are at the heart of Ayurvedic medication. Whole flowers, roots, stems and leaves are manually processed in various ways to discover their optimal potential. Over 15,000 herbs are mentioned in the scriptures of which only around 850 are commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine today. This ancient Indian medicine – is generally accepted to be the forerunner of all the great healing systems of the world.

Ayurvedic text, mentions nine branches in Ayurveda-general medicine, surgery, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and eye disease, toxicology, psychiatry, pediatrics, gynecology, sexology and virility. Some texts also reveal that ancient natural healers delved into plastic surgery. The physicians also study six systems of philosophy: logic, evolution and causality, yoga, moral behavior, pure knowledge and even the theory of the atom. Thus they gain a thorough grounding in such a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Each of the doshas mentioned above have unique characteristics and can be balanced with a few measures adopted in our lives. While we will delve about this in more detail in our subsequent issues, I am sure you would be keen to hear – what happened to Neena?

Evidence that it works

For Neena, taking an Ayurvedic view provided immediate relief from her most chronic symptoms and helped her form a healthier, customized set of habits. She avoided cold and raw foods (which had always made her feel ill) and began eating warm, cooked meals at regular times: hot oats and fruit in the morning; a hearty meal of cooked greens, grains at noon; and roasted root vegetables like beets and squash for evening meals. Her physician advised long walks and simple exercises to soothe her racing thoughts. Changing these aspects of her daily routine soon allowed her to fall asleep with ease, and her gas and bloating disappeared.

To conclude – Ayurveda essentially provides us a tool box which we can use to get out of our own body imbalances. The ingredients of this box are all around us and we just need to be conscious to absorb them into our lives and systems. In the next section let’s take a closer look at one such herb –so commonly found in our kitchens.