Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic wellness system practiced in India for over 5000 years. Some favorite Ayurvedic principals include:
• Know and embrace your essence and constitution • What heals, also prevents • Live in tune with nature • Connect with your body through exercise • Purify and cleanse • Think right, sleep well • Herbs work more powerfully in synergy.
Sustaining balance in one’s energy, personality, and physical body is considered vital, and attainable if one harnesses the healing powers in oneself and nature.
To this end, Ayurveda has developed a deep herbal knowledge. Eating colorful, flavorful food, spices, and herbs is the tradition, and is wise. We now know that spices like cumin and black pepper can enhance the digestive system, assist in the assimilation of micronutrients, and boost the effect of other herbs and spices consumed at the same time. The active constituents in many Ayurvedic herbs are fat soluble, and thus better able to enter tissues and cells when eaten during meals that contain fat. Consuming many non-inflammatory and nutritious herbs together is delicious illness prevention. In addition to their use in cooking, synergistic blends of herbs, spices, and oils can be given either topically, or more recently, in capsule form.
Some classic Ayurvedic treatments include:
• Holy Basil • Ashwagandha • Licorice • Sesame oil
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), also known as Tulsi, is a classic Ayurvedic herb with multiple traditional uses. It contains many essential oils, polyphenols and flavonoids. This plant is highly revered and considered holy. It is known to be adaptogenic and to impact measures of stress. It is helps keep breathing passages clear and prevent spasms. Recent human trials have proven it particularly useful for the lungs & lung capacity. It contains compounds like eugenol and caryophyllene and it has many other actions. Holy Basil is available in tea (US)/(CA) and capsules (CA).
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is used for many purposes. Studies suggest it mimics GABA in our brains, making it useful to support healthy sleep patterns and help those with mental stress.* Ashwagandha is also revitalizing and shown to maximize muscle strength and production of T4 and T3 thyroid hormones.
Sesame oil is considered sacred in many parts of India, and Ayurvedic herb treatments are often prepared in this delicious oil. It can be eaten, rubbed into the skin or used for massage, introduced into the nasal passages, or used for oral care. The oil has sesamol, sesamolin and sesamin components and is rich in antioxidants. Methodical oil pulling with sesame oil can help keep breath fresh and mouths healthy. Flora carefully produces raw sesame oil (US), a gently toasted sesame oil (US), and a hydrotherm™ oil made from lightly salted, toasted seeds (US).
What is your experience with Ayurveda?
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Holistic Nutritionist Dana Green Remedios, RHN, RNCP has a passion for helping others break through their blocks to greater health, wealth, and happiness, working with transformational mind-body tools. The Vancouver-based educator and coach answers your questions in English, French, and Spanish as a Specialist working in the Product Information Department at Flora, and is a regular contributor to the FloraHealthy blog.