Category Archives: Healthy Living

Basti: The Ayurvedic Enema and its Multitude of Health Benefits and Uses

If you are familiar with Ayurveda you may have heard of the term Basti.  Basti’s literal translation is “bladder”, however, the Basti therapy referred to in Ayurveda is often talking about the application of the herbal enema.  As a direct pathway into the colon, the Ayurvedic enema is very powerful for treating a number of issues and ailments, as well as cleansing toxins (ama) from the intestines.  Since the colon is the home of Vata dosha, more often than not, Basti is used to treat Vata disorders including constipation, dryness, depletion, insomnia, nervous system disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis, and the like.  Although it is considered the main treatment for Vata, different herbs and substances can be utilized to target other doshas and imbalances as well.  Continue reading »

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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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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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Ayurvedic Facial Diagnosis: What are the Lines on your Face Revealing about your Health?

Although they say you should not judge a book by its cover, it is true that you can read a lot into one’s health by examining the lines on their face.  In Ayurveda, facial diagnosis is a common practice and powerful diagnostic tool, just as reading the tongue, nails and pulse.  Often this is done as a complimentary practice to confirm ideas and findings, but also can reveal hidden secrets that may not have been so clear.  By reading the lines on a person’s face, one can reveal current disorders, past history of disorders, or even potential disorders to come.  Since the lines do not tend to appear overnight, these telltale signs are often revealing chronic (long-term) issues such as malabsorption, low liver energy, weakness in the kidneys, adrenal fatigue and even emotional disturbances such as unresolved grief. Continue reading »

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How to Give Up your Daily Coffee Habit with Ayurveda

If you are like most individuals, giving up your daily coffee habit is not an easy task to accomplish.  Of course there is the physical addiction and dependency that the caffeine creates, the mentally addictive aspect, and simply the ritual around drinking that warm cup each morning to start your day.  Even the aroma of coffee may spark your nostalgic desire for this all too popular beverage.  With all of these factors, along with the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that can last 7-14 days on average, it is no wonder why giving up coffee is such a hard goal to tackle (and unfortunately often failed). Continue reading »

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14 Ways to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

healthy holiday tipsHolidays are a special time of year for family, friends and celebration.  Unfortunately it also can be a time for over-eating, over-drinking, over-working and over-stressing.  Between the endless shopping adventures, traveling, pot-lucks and parties; one is likely to spiral themselves into a season of out-of-control food, drink and stress binge.  Continue reading »

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An Ayurvedic Nighttime Routine for a Calm Mind and Sound Sleep

calming-bathJust as it is essential to have a consistent and healthy routine for the daytime (known as Dinacharya in Ayurveda), it is equally as essential to have a soothing nighttime routine in order to wind-down and de-stress each night before bed.  By welcoming in calming activities in the evening time, we are allowing the energy to ground and the mind to quiet.  The stress that has accumulated throughout the day is able to be processed and released, allowing us to sleep deeper, longer and more soundly.  With sleep disorders being one of the most prevalent issues I encounter as a practitioner, this article should be able to help those of all ages and body-types as we bring a bit more intention and attention to our nightly habits. Continue reading »

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