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Top 6 Energizing Herbs to Help Kick your Caffeine Habit

Have you been wanting to give up your morning coffee, but just can’t seem to find a decent replacement for that essential jumpstart?  You may be comforted to hear that you are definitely not alone.  In fact, it is claimed that about 83% of adults in America are coffee drinkers.  It’s really no surprise with its tempting aroma, its unique taste and of course its ability to create physical energy and mental alertness almost instantly.  Unfortunately, many studies have shown the long list of negative effects that regular use of this substance will bring.  According to Ayurveda, coffee and caffeine alike are tri-doshically provoking, meaning that no matter your body type, caffeine will cause imbalance overtime (in some folks quicker than others).  Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Home Remedies 101: CCF Tea

In the world of Ayurvedic medicine, CCF Tea leads the way as a digestive remedy that is powerful, yet gentle enough for all dosha and body types to use on a daily basis.  This savory, but oh so tasty tea is perfect for drinking between meals to flush toxins from the system, kindle the Agni or digestive fire, and reduce chronic symptoms of indigestion such as gas, bloating, cramping, hyperacidity and malabsorption.  Its natural diuretic properties also make this tea a great tonic for the kidneys and bladder, reducing fluid retention and swelling in the body.  Continue reading »

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Anantamul: Indian Sarsaparilla and its Multitude of Health Benefits

Anantamul, also referred to as Sariva or Indian Sarsaparilla, has a wide range of uses from rejuvenation and nourishing the tissues, to cleansing and detoxifying the body.  Its robust red color indicates the powerful effect it has on the blood, specifically to cool and purify this vital tissue.  Its variability in actions allow it to treat a plethora of disorders including all skin disorders (acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc), infertility, miscarriage, inflammation, excessive heat, toxins, low energy, low libido and so much more.  In fact, Anantamul’s versatility can also be seen in its ability to treat all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) simultaneously. Continue reading »

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The Ayurvedic Body Clock: Organs and Dosha Alignment with Time

According to Ayurveda, our body is completely aligned with the times of day in regards to our vital organs.  Every hour is related to a specific organ(s), and therefore the organ will be at its most powerful energy at its respective times.  Further, the time each organ is spiking can reveal to us the best time for treatment, as well as the mostly likely time an imbalance may occur.  Knowing one’s internal body clock can help us align our daily activities in order to allow optimal functioning and therefore optimal health. Continue reading »

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The Many Health Benefits of Pranayama and How to Begin your Practice

Pranayama is the powerful practice of controlling one’s breath.  The health benefits are quite substantial, and generally speaking, include healing the mind, the nervous system and of course the physical body.  Since Pranayama works so intimately with the subtle, energetic body, it is of great importance to utilize the many different breathing variations properly.  This will allow one to reap the full benefits of the practice, as well as avoid harming the system further.  Whatever your goals are for establishing a Pranayama practice, this article will share a bit of ancient knowledge with you to help get you started!

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7 Steps to Rejuvenation after a Cleanse

In order to obtain optimal results after an Ayurvedic cleanse, one must utilize the appropriate steps in order to rejuvenate and energize the body and mind.  If you miss out on this essential “post-cleanse” phase, you not only deprive yourself of the juiciness that these “rasayana” or rejuvenation therapies bring, but you also leave the tissues depleted, the digestion weak, the immunity low and the energy drained.  Therefore Ayurveda not only focuses on detoxification, but puts equal emphasis on building and rejuvenation.
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Springtime Breakfast Scramble Recipe

Ayurvedic Breakfast ScrambleAlthough I love my oats, groats and porridges in the morning, these meals can be a bit too heavy for me during the lightness of the Spring and Summer seasons.  I really adore this recipe as it is packed with protein, without the heaviness that can sometimes go with this vital nutrient.  In fact, eating this breakfast scramble leaves me feeling light and energized, while sustaining my appetite for quite a bit.  Whether your goal is weight loss or just to eat a bit healthier, this breakfast scramble can be a great addition to your morning routine!   Continue reading »

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