Grate raw coconut and squeeze milk out of it. Apply this milk over your lips and face. It adds grace and glow to your skin.
Dip a piece of cotton wool in unboiled milk and wipe on the face with it. It also cleans unseen dirt and goes down to pores.
Ingredients:- Sandal wood powder ,Turmeric powder & Milk Method of preparation:- Mix all the ingredients to form a paste. Apply this as face pack. This rejuvenates the skin
Numerous tips to reduce obesity have been mentioned in Ayurveda. The following ayurvedic tips help you to reduce the obesity.
Dosage: One should start with small quantity of about 10 grams or a tablespoon, taken with hot water early in the morning. A teaspoonful of fresh lemon juice may also be added.
Dosage: Take several times a day at regular intervals.
Take one glass of warm water and mix 1-2 teaspoonful of honey and one teaspoonful of lemon juice. Take this preparation daily before evacuation. It helps to purify the blood. It also helps to reduce fat and to clean the bowels.
Hair loss, thinning of hair and balding is some of the common hair problems. Many of us suffer from these ailments due to our modern lifestyle and diet. Ayurveda can be very beneficial in treating these conditions as it investigates the root cause of the problem. The causes for these hair conditions are:
So watch out carefully for these reasons! You may be overdoing one of them, and thus losing your beautiful hair.
Eyesight : Regular use of honey mixed with the carrot juice helps to improve the eyesight. It should be taken one hour before meals in the morning.
Cough : Mixture of equal quantities of honey and ginger juice is a good expectorant. It gives immediate relief in symptoms like cold, cough, sore throat, congestion of chest and runny nose.
Asthma : Mix half a gram of black pepper powder with honey and ginger juice mixture (equal quantity). Take this mixture at least three times a day. It helps to cure asthma.
Blood Pressure : Take one teaspoonful of garlic juice mixed with two teaspoonful of honey. It can be taken twice a day in the morning and evening. Regular use of this mixture is beneficial for high blood pressure.
Extra fat puts a strain on the heart, kidneys, liver and the joints such as the hips, knees and ankles and thus, overweight people are susceptible to several diseases like coronary thrombosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, gout, liver and gall bladder disorders. Chief cause of obesity is overeating, irregular eating habits and not following the rules of eating or mixing non-compatible food items in one meal.
To decrease weight and get rid of obesity three things must be kept in mind :
One teaspoonful of anise powder mixed with one or two teaspoonful of honey acts a very nice tonic for the heart. It strengthens the heart muscles and improves its functions.
Take 2-3 dry dates and soak them in water every morning. In the evening boil them in 250ml milk until half the quantity of milk remains. Cool and add one teaspoon honey as a sweetener. Eat the dates and drink the milk. This can be taken one hour before going to bed. Do not drink water for 2 hours after taking this tonic. This tonic helps to build all the 'Dhatus', gives strength to lungs, increases blood circulation, cleans the bowels and alleviates Vata and Pitta.
Ayurveda has its roots in India, dating back to about five thousand years. Essentially, it is a science that encompasses the health benefits of herbs, meditation, yoga, and massage. Ayurveda is based on the principle that every being on this earth, be it animate or inanimate, is the outcome of five basic elements, or Pancha Mahabhootas - Water, Air, Fire or Energy, Earth, and Sky. Ayurveda embodies the methods that help to achieve a balance between the body, mind and soul, which is absolutely crucial to stay in unison with nature.
According to Ayurveda, 'We are what we eat'! This ancient branch of science believes most of the common ailments are a result of poor nutrition. Ayurvedic nutrition is concerned importantly with the dietary requirements of individuals. Any anomaly in the body is thought to emanate in the digestive system, and therefore it become crucial not to cast aside even minor digestive complaints, as it could be indicative of a disease.
Ayurveda does not distinguish between food and medicine, the underlying belief that the absence of nutritive food or diet causes disease in the body. This can only be remedied with appropriate food, which becomes the medicine to heal the body of its ailment. All the same, Ayurveda holds sacrosanct, that each one of us are distinct, and our health is determined by our attitude and response to the conscious and unconscious inputs in life that one is subjected to.
Ayurvedic diet is centered on treating life's experiences as 'food' (for the body and the mind), which is assimilated into the body and contributes to its nourishment. This transformation of 'food' into nutrition is termed as 'Agni' or fire, which forms the edifice upon which the Ayurvedic system is built.
Spices and herbs form an integral part of Ayurvedic healing, mainly because of its power to be easily absorbed in the body. On the one hand, this enhances the digestive capacity of the body and on the other, cleanses it of its toxins, ensuring the cells in the body are empowered with the nutrition available in the diet. Ayurveda recommends that spices be consumed only after they are cooked.
An Ayurvedic diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fibrous food, which contribute to keeping the body energetic, glowing and in good health. An Ayurvedic diet is miserly with salt to prevent potential fluid retention and also discourages the intake of coffee, sodas, and alcohol.
Ayurvedic Tea is a healthy and medicinal beverage or drink, what ever you call it :), which is surely effective and helps in the balancing of digestive system.
Cumin - 1 tsp
coriander seeds - 1 tsp
fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Water - 3 cups
Honey to sweeten
Boil water, remove from flame and soak the ingredients, except honey, in it for about 5 minutes. Extract the liquid content, add honey to sweeten and serve. This ayurvedic tea is ideal for digestion and is very healthy too..
A remedy to prevent sinus allergies.
½ fresh piece of ginger
1 tablespoon Ghee
½ tablespoon Cumin seed
3-4 pepper corns
1 tablespoon of sugar
Heat the ghee in a saucepan and add the pepper corns, cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves and cumin seeds. Cook for a minute and add the tomato purée, salt, sugar. Boil for 5 minutes at low heat. Add grated coconut as garnish.
Bitter gourd is an ideal ayurvedic medicine for diabetes. This is an ayurvedic recipe using bitter gourd and coconut milk
Medium sized bitter gourd - 1
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Mustard seed - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Rock salt to taste
Curry Leaves - 6 to 8 sprigs
Trim the gourd, cut it into 2 and remove the seeds. Slice it thinly. Mix the coconut milk with water to make it thin and keep aside. Boil some water with salt and blanch the bitter gourd in it. Take it out and drain. In a heavy bottomed pot, heat the ghee until it becomes clear. Add the urad dal and brown mustard seeds to this.Saute till the dal turns golden brown and the mustard seeds start popping. When ready add the groud, turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well. Now to this add the coconut milk. Also crush the curry leaves and add to this. Simmer till heated enough and serve hot.
Try eating kicharee regularly: it is easy to digest, very nourishing and delicious with our hemp seed oil
1/3 cup split mung dal
2/3 cup basmati rice (or other grain)
3-4 cups of water (a ratio of 1:3 or 1:4).
1/2 tsp each of organic turmeric, ginger, roasted cumin and coriander. Adjust flavour to your preference.
Seasonal vegetables: spinach, peas, or seaweeds, shitake mushrooms for an all round healing, healthy and agni enkindling meal.
Simmer the mung dal and rice in the water. Add all the herbs and then the vegetables. The best practice is to cook it on a very low heat in a covered saucepan and DO NOT stir it after all the ingredients are added or it will go mushy.
Stir in a teaspoon of ghee or hemp seed oil at the end.
Bunch fresh coriander
1 tsp fennel seeds
Simmer for 1 hour
Helpful for reducing water retention, fluid accumulation and easing urinary difficulty.
20g of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosa)
20g of Amla (Emblica officinalis)
6 Shitake Mushrooms
Simmer in 3 pints water- 1/2 hour
Extract Amla and Shatavari
Add 1/2 cup organic pearl barley
Add root vegetables: Beetroots, carrots, potato
Add leeks, onions garlic
Add Seasonal greens- kale, spinach, nettles
Add ginger, rosemary, thyme, turmeric
Add 1-2 sticks kombu/ wakame
simmer for 45 mins
Adjust quantities and water as desired
Add any particular favourite vegetables or herbs
Eat broth in convalescence
Eat 1-2 x/ week for general immune tonification
Benefits digestion, allergies, fatigue, inflammatory conditions etc
3 tbs virgin coconut oil or ghee
1 tspn each of cumin, coriander, fennel seeds, mustard seed
1 inch piece of freshly chopped ginger
Pinch of asafoetida
Two to three vegetables of your choice, chopped (adjust quantity as needed, but approximately 300-400g of each type)
Cumin, turmeric and cinnamon to taste
Coconut milk or yoghurt, optional
Heat the oil or ghee in a large pan. Fry the cumin, coriander, fennel and mustard seeds in a high heat until brown and releasing a delicious smell. Other spices, as required, can be used. Add the ginger and asafoetida. Add chopped vegetables. Sauté until the vegetables are coated in the spiced oil. Add a little water and simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes or until done. Add cumin, turmeric, cinnamon powders to taste. Add any 'quick-to-cook' vegetables such as spinach and peas at the end for 3 minutes. You can also add coconut milk or yoghurt to make a creamier sauce.
2 inches washed seaweed (kombu)
1 tsp cumin powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp each of cumin seed, fennel seed and mustard seed
1 inch of freshly chopped ginger
One onion, chopped and 1 clove garlic optional
3 tbs ghee or virgin coconut oil for frying
1 pinch salt
Handful, fresh coriander Coconut milk or yoghurt, optional Wash the lentils and simmer them in pan for 40 minutes with some washed seaweed, the cumin powder and turmeric powder. In a separate pan heat the ghee or oil and fry in high heat the cumin, coriander, fennel and mustard seeds until brown and releasing a delicious smell. Add the ginger and asafoetida. (Onions and garlic can also be fried after the spices to make a more nourishing dish.) Pour this spiced oil into the lentil mixture (dhal). Add a pinch of salt and the fresh coriander. Coconut milk or yoghurt can be added as desired.
100g rice pudding rice (You can also try with black or red rice)
I litre of cow's, almond or rice milk (option of more)
3 tbs almond powder
7 strands of saffron
5 cardamom pods
Ghee, Virgin Coconut oil or honey, optional
Place the rice in a heavy pan and add the milk. Bring to boil and simmer for 1 hour. Add the almond powder. Add more milk as desired. (coconut milk is an interesting change). Soak the strands of saffron in a tablespoon of milk for 10 minutes to extract its golden pigment and then add to rice pudding. Add cardamom and rose jam. Serve and add ghee, virgin coconut oil or honey as desired.
You can also add grated carrots or beetroots to this recipe for a colourful and nourishing variation.
This is a very nourishing food for reducing vata and pitta, strengthening the tissues and building reproductive tissues.
These are very useful to accompany a meal to stimulate agni, reduce ama and facilitate digestion. They are a great complement to a tridoshic meal where members of a family have different dietary needs. This way a simple balancing meal can be prepared and then specific dosha regulating chutneys can be added as needed.
1 cup almond or rice milk 2 tsp organic almond powder 2 cardamom pods 5 strands saffron. pinch of nutmeg
Heat the above ingredients and add 1 tsp honey.
Take with 2 capsules of organic Ashwagandha at night for a restful sleep.
This helps to nourish the nervous system, reproductive system and helps you sleep. Pure Bliss!
200g rolled oats
100g virgin coconut oil
50g maple syrup
50g sunflower seeds
50g dessicated coconut
2 tablepoons fennel
Melt virgin coconut oil over a low heat. Remove from heat and add rolled oats, maple syrup, coconut, sunflower seeds and fennel seeds. Place in oiled baking tray. Heat at 200C for 20-25 mins. Allow to cool, Divide. Share.
250g split mung lentil (or any other lentil)
440ml coconut milk
4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
6 spring onions
1 inch finely chopped fresh ginger
1 bunch coriander
10 peppermint leaves
4 keffir lime leaves
2 tsp ground coriander seed
Fry the ground coriander, fresh ginger and spring onions in the virgin coconut oil. Stir in the washed lentils and simmer in 250ml water for 20 mins. Add coconut milk and simmer for a further 20 minutes. Take off heat. Add grated peel of lime, juice of lime, finely chopped kefir lime leaves, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Add a pinch of salt. Leave to stew for 15 minutes. Serve with rice or noodles.
100g basmati rice
200ml coconut milk
50g dessicated coconut
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
Soak rice for 2 hours. Rinse rice thoroughly. Add to a good heavy saucepan and pour in the coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and stir well once. Add the saucepan lid and turn down to the lowest heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and add the virgin coconut oil. Leave to steam in its own aroma for 5 minutes and serve to delight. Lightly roast the dessicated coconut and sprinkle over each portion.
1 butternut squash cut into 1 inch chunks
2 carrots cut into 1 inch rounds
3 sweet potatoes cut into 2 inch wedges
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons coriander
2 teaspoons chilli flakes
4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
Grind the spices and blend together. Melt coconut oil and add vegetables so that they are coated in the oil. Add the crushed spices and a pinch of salt. Roast in an oven at 220C turning after 20 minutes until golden delicious after 40 minutes.
Big fresh bunch of asparagus 4 tablespoons coconut oil
Wash and then tail the fibrous stems of the asparagus. Warm the coconut oil in a pan and add a dram of water (about 4 tablespoons). Add the asparagus. Pop the covered pan into an oven. Braise in the oven for 20-30 minutes until caramelized. Add a pinch of salt or seagreens and enjoy.
Try this with courgettes or endive as well
75ml hemp seed oil
The juice and rind of 1 lemon
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 inch of fresh ginger
A handful of fresh parsley
1 inch of fresh ginger
A handful of fresh parsley
(To make a lighter dressing add some olive oil)
30% hemp seed oil
70% coconut butter
As coconut is solid between 10-25°C you can store in the fridge and use as a spread on bread, cooked potatoes or vegetables.
Lightly steam a bunch of asparagus and a broccoli head.
Toast some pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Add a bit of tamari as they cool.
Mix ingredients together and add 2 tablespoons hemp seed oil.
Add a sprinkle of paprika, salt and pepper to taste
Use this diet to help relieve nervous tension, cramps, pain, anxiety, insomnia, bloating, constipation, dryness
Dairy: all dairy products nourish the nervous system. Always boil milk before you drink it, mix with cardamom seeds and drink it warm. Don't take milk with a full meal or with fruit. Use organic milk. If allergic substitute with almond or rice milk. Avoid ice cream, powdered milks and soya milk.
Sweeteners: all sweet flavours are good for nourishing the nervous system. Reduce refined white sugar. Avoid all sugars if bloating is present.
Oils: all oils reduce dryness and nourish the nervous system. Emphasise Flax, hemp, sesame, ghee, olive, sunflower, evening primrose, borage and fish oils. Use these internally and externally.
Grains: rice (basmati, brown, wild), wheat, oats (cooked) and quinoa are very good for nourishing the nervous system. Amaranth is ok. Reduce intake of barley, corn, millet, buckwheat and rye as these are a bit drying and can be difficult to digest creating wind. Avoid the rest
Fruits: favour sweet, sour, or heavy fruits, such as berries, bananas, avocados, grapes, cherries, lemons, limes, fresh figs, peaches, melons, plums, pineapples, mangoes, and papayas. Cooked apples and pears are ok. Soaked prunes and raisins are ok. Avoid dried fruits, uncooked apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries as these can create wind.
Vegetables: asparagus, beets, cucumbers, carrots, and sweet potatoes are the best. Peas, green leafy vegetables, celery, summer squash, winter squash, and potatoes are best well cooked in oil or ghee with mild spices. Seaweeds are very beneficial. It's best to avoid the Brassica family; brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Also avoid Solanaceae family; peppers, aubergines, potatoes and tomatoes. Raw vegetables, especially onions are banned as these all create wind.
Spices: Most of them, especially; asafoetida, cardamom, cumin, coriander, ginger, fennel, dill, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, black pepper all help reduce gas and spasms in the digestive system.
Nuts: all nuts and seeds are good in moderation, especially soaked.
Beans: avoid all beans, except for marinated tofu and mung lentils and occasionally red lentils.
Meat and fish: chicken, turkey, eggs and seafood are fine; beef should be avoided.
Use this diet to help clear skin inflammations, itching, joint pain, hot flushes, acidity, ulcers, anger, irritation, infections, fever, late spring
Dairy: Milk, butter, and ghee are good for pacifying heat. Avoid yogurt, cheese, sour cream, and cultured buttermilk; these sour tastes aggravate inflammation. Sweeteners: All sweeteners are good except for honey and molasses.
Oils: Flax, hemp, borage, evening primrose, olive, sunflower, and coconut oils are best. Reduce sesame, almond, and corn oil, all of which increase heat.
Grains: Wheat, basmati rice, barley and oats are anti-inflammatory. Reduce corn, rye, millet, and brown rice as they are a little heating.
Fruits: Favour sweet fruits such as grapes, limes, cherries, melons, avocado, coconut, pomegranates, mangoes, apples, berries, sweet and fully ripened oranges, pineapples, and plums. Reduce sour fruits such as grapefruits, lemons, olives, papayas and sour, not-yet-ripened oranges, pineapples, and plums as they can increase heat and acidity.
Vegetables: Favour asparagus, cucumber, cooked beetroots, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, okra, lettuce, sprouted beans, peas, green beans. Avoid Solanaceae nightshade family; hot peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, potato (some is ok). Also avoid Allium family; especially raw onions, garlic, radishes. Also avoid and raw beetroots, raw spinach and mustard greens as these all increase heat and acidity.
Beans: Avoid all beans except for tofu and mung lentils. Especially avoid peanuts as these can create inflammation.
Spices: Cinnamon, coriander, dill, aniseed, cardamom, fennel, turmeric, fresh ginger and small amounts of black pepper are good, but the following spices strongly increase heat and should be taken in moderation: Asafoetida, dry ginger, cumin, fenugreek, clove, celery seed, salt, and mustard seed. Chilli peppers and cayenne should be avoided.
Meat and Fish: Chicken, pheasant, and turkey are preferable; but beef, seafood, and egg yolk increase inflammation.
Superfoods: Chlorella, Spirulina, Wheat grass, Barley grass, Kalamath lake algae, seaweeds all help to cool the system and clear inflammation.
Use this diet to help clear mucus, heaviness, sinus congestion, think tongue coating, tiredness, sluggishness, high cholesterol, oedema and during winter months
Dairy: Low-fat milk is better. Always boil milk before you drink it (making it easier to digest) and take it warm. Do not take milk with a full meal, or with sour or salty food. Add some cardamom or ginger to whole milk before boiling it to help reduce any mucus generating properties. Use goat's milk or water milk down 50/50. A little ghee (clarified butter) is fine. Avoid eggs, cheese, yoghurt and buffalo milk.
Fruits: Lighter fruits, such as apples and pears, are better. Reduce sweet, heavy or sour fruits such as oranges, bananas, pineapples, figs, dates, avocados, coconuts, and melons, as these fruits increase mucus.
Sweeteners: Use a little honey (2 tsp/day) as it helps to reduce mucus. Reduce all other sugar products.
Beans: All beans are fine, except tofu as it is very cold.
Nuts: Reduce all nuts as they are too oily.
Oils: Reduce all oils but flax, corn and sunflower is ok.
Grains: Increase barley, corn, buckwheat, quinoa and millet as these are slightly drying or warming. Avoid or do not take too much wheat, rice, or oats, as they increase heaviness and mucus.
Spices: Include all spices except for salt. Salt increases water retention and mucus whereas spices increase warmth in the body.
Vegetables: Increase asparagus, aubergine, beetroots, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, garlic, ginger, green leaves, kale, onion, potato, pumpkin, radish, sprouts. Reduce okra, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and summer squash as these increase fluids.