So many times clients miss one of the most important elements of successful and true, deep healing. As long as they are focused on the current experience of symptoms in their body this becomes their reality. However, in order to change their situation they must take their attention away from thoughts of illness, pain, and stress. I believe this is one of the reasons that Ayurveda and Pancha Karma are so effective at creating vibrant health and reversing illness……it offers enjoyable, luxurious, yet therapeutic treatments that take your mind off of the illness and puts you in touch with the positive aspects of your bodymind. It connects you in a positive way to your inner wisdom and healer. When that happens, a shift can occur…..putting you in the best position for healing. skinetrin
Time and time again I have seen that once an individual changes their focus to what is possible, rather than what their current reality is small miracles begin to follow. It is best said in this quote: halluforte
“Don’t get lost in the diagnosis, the medicine, or in the statistics about what somebody else did about it. If you don’t feel good, it’s because you’re not thinking in a way that allows the Energy to flow. You could just get really, really mad at someone you love and make every muscle in your body stiff. And you would ask,”Why does my body feel this way?” And we say, because you’ve had a Vibrational tug-of-war going on…Stop looking for anything other than your mental and emotional state of being as answers to why you feel how you feel in your body. It is all Vibrational – no exception! And when you get that, then it doesn’t matter what diagnosis has been given to you – it doesn’t matter – it’s temporary”. http://hairmasticadvanced.com/
I know this is a stretch for many but if you are living with chronic illness, find some one who has successfully healed what you suffer with. They will tell you that the most important tool they used to get well was their mind, I recommend that you start working with a holistic, integrative practitioner that addresses all aspects of your wellbeing. One of the most detrimental places you can search for help is a “support group” where people sit around and talk about their problems and illness, it only serves to hold everyone in a vibrational “holding pattern”…stuck with their physical symptoms.
Move forward. Decide how you want it to be. Change your mind, change your reality,change your health!
With a bumper crop of raspberries growing in my back yard I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy their health benefits. Mostly, I gobble them up by the handful before they have a chance to make it into a recipe. However, I try to save some for one of my favorite Ayurvedic breakfast drinks….. Rose Milk Shake. (See the recipe below). These little berries are loaded with cancer fighting health benefits.
Raspberries are a delicious fruit and a very healthy whole food fruit as well. Research published in the May 2005 issue of the journal Biofactors shows that Raspberries are loaded with powerful phytonutrients and antioxidants that can support your immune system and help your body to ward off disease.
The antioxidants in Raspberries include ellagic acid which protects your cells from becoming damaged. Other nutrients in Raspberries include quercetin and other flavonoid molecules classified as anthocyanins, and they belong to the group of substances that give raspberries their red color. (Also found in grapes).
The anthocyanins in Raspberries are very powerful antioxidants that have antimicrobial properties as well, including the ability to prevent overgrowth of certain bacteria and fungi in the body such as Candida. The biggest contribution to raspberries’ antioxidant capacity is their ellagitannins, a family of compounds almost exclusive to the raspberry, which are reported to have anti-cancer activity.
Raspberries are a great source of manganese and vitamin C that help protect the body from oxygen-related damage. They are also a good source riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins and copper.
This is a cooling and refreshing drink for summer. When served warm, all body types can drink it year round. Rose petals are known to nourish the heart and calm the mind.
This recipe makes 2 cups
2 cups organic milk (you can use nutmilk, kapha should use lowfat)
2 tablespoons rose petal preserves (rose petal preserves and rose water are sold in most Indian stores)
1 tablespoon rose water
1 cup fresh raspberries.
Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Enjoy!
I know, it’s almost un-American to go to a picnic or BBQ and not see everyone’s favorite….potato salad. And a small helping ever once in a while is good for the soul. But you can also be the hit of the summer cookout season with a new updated version, that is packed with super nutrients and fiber, instead of empty calories and fat.
The classic white potato is an astringent food and mostly balancing to Kapha types, (for vata and pitta types it needs to be well cooked and seasoned). This recipe is a tasty hit, (thanks to the folks at Banyan Botanicals), and whenever I take it to a party folks are always excited for a something a little different. If you really want to make it your siganture dish try adding your favorite fresh herb from the garden. Fresh chopped cilantro garnish mixed in adds a nice cooling digstive energy, but you could add some fresh dill or thyme. You get the idea, add whatever herbs are good for your dosha, especially the cooling ones for pitta during the summer.
Sweet Potato Salad
Boil whole or cut in several pieces:
4 c. sweet potatoes (2 large)
Whisk together in a small mixing bowl:
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger root, finely grated
½ tsp. organic lemon peel, finely grated
¼ c. fresh lemon juice (1 ½ lemons)
1½ tsps. raw honey
2-3 Tbsps. sesame oil
Salt to taste
When the potatoes are tender enough for a fork to go into them easily, drain off the water (I often save it for future use in soup stock), and peel the potatoes. The peels will come off easily using your fingers or a small knife. Cube the sweet potatoes into ½ inch pieces. Put them in a serving bowl and toss well with the dressing. Serve warm or cool.
One of the simplest pleasures in life is enjoying a beautifully prepared meal especially if there is a fine blend of tastes and spices dancing on the palate. Yet, many don’t realize the tremendous benefit that spices can have on your health. AS a matter of fact my four favorites below could be moved from the kitchen to the medicine cabinet,
Well, in my house the kitchen is the medicine cabinet. And this is true of most who live an ayurvedic lifestyle……spices are a frontline therapy for health and restoring balance. If you new to this idea, just take a peak at the list below and look at all the remedies one can get from just 4 spices.
Of course, like anything else, you should always check with a trained medical professional before embarking on a new alternative approach to healing, but spices have been around as a healing therapy for thousands of years and are very gentle yet, effective. These 4 spices are good for all ayurvedic constitutions.
Best for Dosha: All
Best for Conditions: digests bread, along with caraway,
fennel and dill relatives; colitis, gas, digestion,
abdominal pain, distention, for overeating and eating heavy foods.
Best for Dosha: All
Best for Conditions: Absorption of nutrients,
asthma, bronchitis, colds, cough, excellent for stomach complaints, hoarseness, indigestion, loss of taste, helps the spleen and pancreas, reduces Kapha in lungs and stomach, stimulates the mind, with milk it reduces mucus formation, detoxifies caffeine in coffee, nervous digestion, vomiting, headache, belching, acid indigestion, nausea, expels Vata in colon and digests foods in colon, convalescing from diarrhea, biliousness, respiratory disorders, involuntary urination.
Spiritual Uses: spiritual peace and purity; gives clarity and joy
Antidote: Helps digest foods if they create sluggish digestion.
Ice cream, milk, cold or sweet foods like bananas, coffee.
Best for Dosha: All
Best for Conditions: Griping, flatulent colic, rheumatism,
neuralgia, indigestion, vomiting, intestinal disorders,
removes excess Kapha, eyewash, conjunctivitis, relieves internal heat and thirst, skin/rash problems, urinary system
(cystitis, infections, etc.), sore throat, allergies,
hay fever, for all Pitta disorders, burning, juice for allergies,
and skin rashes (and externally as well);
antidotes hot pungent foods, bleeding hemorrhoids.
Used to balance very hot foods and spices (eg, chillies).
Best for Dosha: All
Best for Conditions: Abdominal pain (gas or indigestion),
menstrual cramps, hernia, diarrhea, colic, vomiting,
morning sickness, nausea, anorexia, cough, dry cough,
promotes semen, increases vision, raises agni, difficult
or burning urination, digestion-children and elderly;
promotes menstruation, nursing mothers-increases breast milk flow.
According to Ayurveda, Spring (kapha season) is the time to start incorporating more fresh greens and raw vegetables into our daily meal plans. But if your digestive fire (agni) is low, you’re a vata type, or have had increased stress…….you may have difficulty digesting and assimilating these types of foods. Raw foods do pack a powerhouse of enzymes and nutrients, but they also require a good strong digestive fire to break them down.
So how can you increase your greens and aide your digestion at the same time? This recipe fits the bill! Loaded with lots of digestive spices, and made into a soup, the vegetables are easy to digest because the blender has already broken them down into an easy to digest form, but also retains the nutrients.
And, it tastes delicious……isn’t that why we love to eat? We love to stimulate our senses and taste buds!
Green Curry Soup
1 1/2 cups filtered or spring water
1 cup tightly packed chopped spinach
1 cup chopped broccoli stalks
1/2 cup chopped leeks
4 – 6 soaked sundried tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp miso paste
1 tsp himalayan or celtic sea salt
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp cumin
2 tsp tumeric
1 tbsp tamari or nama shoyu
1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper
Blend the water, spinach, broccoli and leeks in a blender until smooth. (I recommend a Vita-mix blender, for the best textured soup. Visit: https://secure.vitamix.com/acb/stores/4/?COUPON=06-004346&store=1 ).
Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth. You can adjust the spices to taste.
This can be served chilled in the summer or in winter it’s nice to warm it up a little. If you are warming it on the stove, to preserve the enzymes, keep it on the lowest heat, stir constantly and make sure it doesn’t go over body temperature by dipping your finger in. It should be just warm, not steaming hot.
I like to garnish with a dab of organic plain yogurt or flaxseed oil and top with some crunchy kale chips.
Apr22In Honor of our blessed and beloved Mother Earth,The advice rings true for every day not just Earth DayDear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of your True Nature
Think long term
Go out on a limbRemember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go like leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Earth, fresh air, light,
Be content with your own natural beauty
drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!
By Ilan Shamir
HAPPY EARTH DAY 2010
…..And how are your expectations related to your life expectancy? Humor me as I play on this theme for a moment.
I read an article this morning that stated, ” Insurance statistics show that the average person has a life expectancy of less than three years after retirement if he/she doesn’t have any goals beyond retirement. The person that has a purpose or goal can expect to live up to nine years after retirement”.
It made me think, how does this concept play out with our quality of life and health in retirement? (For those that have goals and make it into their golden years). Is our current medical care system supporting healthy and vibrant living? What do we expect our health and retirement to be like? (Hopefully not more of this Medicare bickering).
I taught a class last evening and most of the participants had a baffled look on their faces for the first 30 minutes. They were hearing new thoughts, ideas, and holistic modalities (from a registered nurse), that were completely foreign to them. Finally a woman asked, “How come I’ve never heard of this? If these things can help get me off of medications, and I can be pain free, how come my doctors don’t know about this stuff”.
Fortunately for us, our time had come. If we bring the law of attraction into the mix, they must have been EXPECTING more for themselves, their health, and their life. We could not have attracted each other if we weren’t having thoughts and expectations of something “more”. I expected that the people who were ready to move forward with new information for their health and wellbeing would come to find me. I expected to be able to help and reach more people. I prayed to be led with my heart to be able to help more people, to relieve pain or suffering, (the reason I became a nurse many years ago). After twenty years of mainstream nursing I have been led as a professional healer and educator to give people the information they need to get out of the “sick-care” trap of mainstream medicine.
Yet without these new students having expectations, our meeting couldn’t have come to fruition. Laws of attraction wouldn’t line us up with out a vision from them. They decided to expect a solution beyond narcotics, surgery, and physical therapy. They decided to feel empowered and to take action and responsibility for a better and different outcome. They decided to put their trust in something new and unfamiliar.
They didn’t expect their doctor to have all the answers they needed. They didn’t expect to get better if they followed on the same path they had been on. They didn’t expect for their health insurance to make them feel better, or to pay for my classes, or to improve their quality of life.
So I’m wondering if our life expectancy has improved because we are a becoming a society that is shifting in a paradigm to expect more for ourselves, our health, and wellbeing? What are you expecting for your self, and your health?
If you are living with less than vibrant health, energy, and wellbeing are you doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting to get different results? Where can you shift your expectations? Just a wiggle…….to bring more of what you want to experience into your life?
Can you begin to dream of something different? This is the first step; to have a vison….no matter how small, that you can expect to see a different outcome than the one you are experiencing right now. Hold that vision every day, until it becomes and expectation. By the natural laws of the universe, your expectation will become a real and tangible evidence. With a different expectation you can shift the outcome of your health, your life, and your wellbeing.
Raw sauces and dressings are a great way to add flavor to your meals and they are packed with vital nutrients and enzymes. Just what we need to rev up our taste buds and meatbolism after a long winter. These are some of my newest favorites.
Creamy Red Pepper Miso DressingIngredients:1/2 C cashew pieces1/4 cup Mellow white miso
1 small/medium Red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 T. Toasted sesame oilPreparation:
Throw it all in the blender or Vitamix and process on high until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
I find myself adding this to dishes when I want to add some fresh greens to my meal but it’s too unbalancing to vata to add a cold raw salad. Add a spoon or two on a baked potato, on top of a bowl of kitchari, or to balance out a heavy bean burrito.
You can adjust all the ingredients to taste, or get creative and add some of your own favorite greens.
I bunch/bag of baby spinach
1/2 b unch parsley or cilantro
2-3 teaspoons light, mellow miso
1/2 small yellow onion
Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Fresh grated turmeric to taste
Steam the spinach and parsley until just tender, only a minute or two. Place the greens and remaining ingredients in a blender, (best if you have a vita-mix for creating the smoothest texture. You can learn more about vita-mix here http://snipurl.com/uysho ). Blend on high until smooth, adding water if necessary. If using the vita-mix high speed will heat the sauce so that it is warm and ready to serve. In a regular blender you may have to warm the sauce before serving. Heat on low for the shortest amount of time to prevent over cooking and losing the nutrients.
Many think that therapeutic grade essentials oils are a new and recent development in the new age of alternative medicine, but they have been used medicinally for thousands of years. When I was recently told that my mammogram showed “abnormal” cells growing on my right breast, Frankincense was the first oil I reached for….along with a few herbs from my Ayurvedic pharmacy. I guess I will never know what actually worked or didn’t but there was no cancer when doctors performed the biopsy. For 15 years I have witnessed the healing power of therapeutic grade essential oils, in my own life and with my clients.
Now as a part of my daily self care routine I apply Frankincense oil to my shoulders, arms and breasts, after my shower, just before sitting for meditation. When the skin is warm and moist the oil is easily absorbed into the tissues, blood, and lymphatic system.
The following information comes from the BBC.
“The gift given by the wise men to the baby Jesus probably came across the deserts from Oman. The BBC’s Jeremy Howell visits the country to ask whether a commodity that was once worth its weight in gold could be reborn as a treatment for cancer.
Oman’s Land of Frankincense is an 11-hour drive southwards from the capital, Muscat.
Most of the journey is through Arabia’s Empty Quarter – hundreds of kilometres of flat, dun-coloured desert. Just when you are starting to think this is the only scenery you will ever see again, the Dhofar mountains appear in the distance.
On the other side are green valleys, with cows grazing in them. The Dhofar region catches the tail-end of India’s summer monsoons, and they make this the most verdant place on the Arabian peninsula.
Warm winters and showery summers are the perfect conditions for the Boswellia sacra tree to produce the sap called frankincense. These trees grow wild in Dhofar. A tour guide, Mohammed Al-Shahri took me to Wadi Dawkah, a valley 20 km inland from the main city of Salalah, to see a forest of them.
“The records show that frankincense was produced here as far back as 7,000 BC,” he says. He produces an army knife. He used to be a member of the Sultan’s Special Forces. With a practised flick, he cuts a strip of bark from the trunk of one of the Boswellia sacra trees. Pinpricks of milky-white sap appear on the wood and, very slowly, start to ooze out.Boswellia sacra produces the highest-quality frankincense
“This is the first cut. But you don’t gather this sap,” he says. “It releases whatever impurities are in the wood. The farmers return after two or three weeks and make a second, and a third, cut. Then the sap comes out yellow, or bright green, or brown or even black. They take this.”
Shortly afterwards, a frankincense farmer arrives in a pick-up truck. He is white-bearded, wearing a brown thobe and the traditional Omani, paisley-patterned turban.
He is 67-year-old Salem Mohammed from the Gidad family. Most of the Boswellia sacra trees grow on public land, but custom dictates that each forest is given to one of the local families to farm, and Wadi Dawkah is his turf.
He has an old, black, iron chisel with which he gouges out clumps of dried frankincense.
“We learnt about frankincense from our forefathers and they learnt it from theirs” he says. “The practice has been passed down through the generations. We exported the frankincense, and that’s how the families in Dhofar made their livings.”Salem Mohammed: Young people prefer careers in oil or government
And what an export trade it was. Frankincense was sent by camel train to Egypt, and from there to Europe. It was shipped from the ancient port of Sumharan to Persia, India and China. Religions adopted frankincense as a burnt offering.
That is why, according to Matthew’s Gospel in the Bible, the Wise Men brought it as a gift to the infant Jesus. Gold: for a king. Frankincense: for God. Myrrh: to embalm Jesus’ body after death.
The Roman Empire coveted the frankincense trade. In the first century BCE, Augustus Caesar sent 10,000 troops to invade what the Romans called Arabia Felix to find the source of frankincense and to control its production. The legions, marching from Yemen, were driven back by the heat and the aridity of the desert. They never found their Eldorado.
Oman’s frankincense trade went into decline three centuries ago, when Portugal fought Oman for dominance of the sea routes in the Indian and the Pacific Oceans.Salalah’s Haffa souk: The place to buy Omani brands such as Royal Hougari
Nowadays, hardly any Omani frankincense is exported. Partly, this is because bulk buyers, such as the Roman Catholic Church, buy cheaper Somalian varieties. Partly, it is because Omanis now produce so little.
“Years ago, 20 families farmed frankincense in this area,” says Salem Mohammed Gidad. “But the younger generation can get well-paid jobs in the government and the oil companies, with pensions. Now, only three people still produce frankincense around here. The trade is really, really tiny!”
But immunologist Mahmoud Suhail is hoping to open a new chapter in the history of frankincense.
Scientists have observed that there is some agent within frankincense which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. He is trying to find out what this is.The Catholic church mostly buys Somalian frankincense
“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” he says. “It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be.
“Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”
Working with frankincense could revolutionise the treatment of cancer. Currently, with chemotherapy, doctors blast the area around a tumour to kill the cancer, but that also kills healthy cells, and weakens the patient. Treatment with frankincense could eradicate the cancerous cells alone and let the others live.
The task now is to isolate the agent within frankincense which, apparently, works this wonder. Some ingredients of frankincense are allergenic, so you cannot give a patient the whole thing.FRANKINCENSE FACTS*Boswellia sacra grows in Oman, Yemen and Somalia*Other Boswellia species grow in Africa and India*The tree may have been named after John Boswell, the uncle of Samuel Johnson’s biographer*In ancient Egypt frankincense was thought to be sweat of the godsSource: The Pharmaceutical Journal
Dr Suhail (who is originally from Iraq) has teamed up with medical scientists from the University of Oklahoma for the task.
In his laboratory in Salalah, he extracts the essential oil from locally produced frankincense. Then, he separates the oil into its constituent agents, such as Boswellic acid.
“There are 17 active agents in frankincense essential oil,” says Dr Suhail. “We are using a process of elimination. We have cancer sufferers – for example, a horse in South Africa – and we are giving them tiny doses of each agent until we find the one which works.”
“Some scientists think Boswellic acid is the key ingredient. But I think this is wrong. Many other essential oils – like oil from sandalwood – contain Boswellic acid, but they don’t have this effect on cancer cells. So we are starting afresh.”
The trials will take months to conduct and whatever results come out of them will take longer still to be verified. But this is a blink of the eye in the history of frankincense.
Nine thousand years ago, Omanis gathered it and burnt it for its curative and cleansing properties. It could be a key to the medical science of tomorrow.
Jeremy Howell reports for Middle East Business Report on BBC World News.
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If managing stress in a more appropriate and health promoting way is on your list od resolutions for 2010, you may be exploring the idea of adding meditation or relaxation techniques to your self care routine. Both offer numerous health benefits when practiced on a fairly consistent basis. In Ayurveda, watching television on the couch is not considered part of an active relaxation practice.
We often think of a glass of wine, a relaxing meal with family or friends, or enjoying a good book on a Sunday morning as relaxing. But true relaxation is a regular practice that is cultivated and is defined by evoking and stimulating the relaxation response. Some forms of conscious and guided relaxation may become meditation. Many meditators find that their practice benefits from using a relaxation techniques that assists in accessing inner stillness. Yet some forms of meditation are anything but relaxing. Ultimately the difference lies in the practitioners intention and purpose.
All conscious relaxation techniques offer the practitioner a method for slowly relaxing all the major muscle groups in the body. The intention is to stimulate the relaxation response: deeper, slower breathing and other physiological changes that help you experience the whole body as relaxed. Techniques include autogenic training, progressive muscle relaxation, and body scanning. All these techniques bring an awareness and softening of the body through atttention to specific areas.
Meditation is a form of mind training, usually presented in one of three forms: concentration, mindfulness, and contemplation. Mediatation operates on a fundamental principle that the mind determines your quality of life. It is a practice that aligns your mind, teaching to see what is just as it is and freeing oneself from reactive conditioning. Meditation is offered to relieve the mind from it’s busy programming of day to day events allowing the present moment to be accepted just as it is without needing to respond or react to it.
In either case, meditation and relaxation are both tools which offer stress relief and numerous health benefits when practiced regularly. Many yoga centers and holistic health practitioners offer classes in both modalities. The beauty of these self care techniques is that they are low cost, (about the same as a co-pay at your doctor) , offer a community of like-minded friends also on a healing path, and once you learn the basics you can practice at home and reap the long term benefits.