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  • An Ayurvedic Approach to Back Pain

    An Ayurvedic Approach to Back Pain

    However, while back pain might seem like a mysterious and insurmountable condition, Ayurveda believes that such pain is never something we should resign ourselves to—nor do we deserve to live in such a state. If we are attuned to both our internal state and our environment, we can identify sources of imbalance and institute effective lifestyle changes that can lead to long-lasting results.
  • What Is PCOS, and How Can Ayurveda Help Treat It?

    What Is PCOS, and How Can Ayurveda Help Treat It?

    While Western medicine typically recommends treatments that alter one’s hormone levels through an external source, such as birth control pills, Ayurveda offers remedies that work from within your body, training it to regain balance through natural means. Through Ayurvedic techniques, one can create a customized, holistic treatment plan, as opposed to the one-size-fits-all approach of Western medications, to make a long-term effect on the body’s ability...
  • Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: How Nutmeg Combats Insomnia, Inflammation & More

    Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: How Nutmeg Combats Insomnia, Inflammation & More

    When consumed in appropriate quantities, nutmeg provides a number of health and wellness benefits. In Ayurveda, nutmeg pacifies Vata and Kapha and aggravates Pitta due to its acidic, bitter and astringent qualities. A warming and nourishing spice, it is believed to stimulate appetite and digestion and to help one fall asleep.
  • How Ayurveda Can Boost Lung Health

    How Ayurveda Can Boost Lung Health

    An Ayurvedic perspective on lung health can help us formulate a targeted approach for maximizing our respiratory capacities and minimizing disease. Read on to find out more about what our lungs reveal about our greater constitution, and tips for how to best support this vital system.
  • The Gunas and Food: Maximizing a Sattvic Diet

    The Gunas and Food: Maximizing a Sattvic Diet

    Overall, to maintain a healthy internal balance, it is essential to prioritize a Sattvic diet and to minimize the amount of Rajasic and Tamasic foods you consume. A Sattvic diet will bring tranquility to the mind, health to the body and balance to the emotions.
  • What Ayurveda Tells Us About Drinking Coffee

    What Ayurveda Tells Us About Drinking Coffee

    An Ayurvedic perspective can help us understand the reasons for these differences. Contrary to popular culture, in Ayurveda, coffee is not a universal cure. While it is beneficial to some, it can aggravate and send others into states of imbalance. 
  • Ayurveda for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Relief

    Ayurveda for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Relief

    Ayurveda can help us understand the specific causes underlying our PMS and empower us to formulate a tailored response for treating our symptoms.
  • Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: Cayenne for Pain Relief, Immunity & Heart Health

    Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: Cayenne for Pain Relief, Immunity & Heart Health

    Also known as Capsicum annuum, cayenne is rich in Vitamins A and C, flavonoids, potassium, iron, magnesium and other nutrients, which endow it with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In Ayurvedic tradition, cayenne is used as a natural painkiller, detoxifier and overall immunity-booster.
  • What Is Gotu Kola (or Brahmi), & How Can It Promote Mental Clarity & Focus?

    What Is Gotu Kola (or Brahmi), & How Can It Promote Mental Clarity & Focus?

    Gotu kola—also known as brahmi, Centella asiatica and Indian pennywort—is a widely used Ayurvedic herb renowned for its benefits for the mind. Known as “the herb of enlightenment,” gotu kola is a powerful herb that is often used as a supplement to promote mental focus, concentration and clarity. But the benefits of this herb are not only mental—gotu kola is also known to help...
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day with an Ayurvedic Approach to Womanhood, Feelings, & Relationships

    Celebrate Mother’s Day with an Ayurvedic Approach to Womanhood, Feelings, & Relationships

    There are so many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day and the powers of womanhood, regardless of one’s status as a mother. For those looking to reflect or to learn different practices for honoring one’s womanhood, Ayurveda offers a number of insightful perspectives on women’s mental, physical and emotional well-being and health.
  • Gunas Deep Dive: How Can the Gunas Help Us Understand the Doshas?

    Gunas Deep Dive: How Can the Gunas Help Us Understand the Doshas?

    When you look at a flower, you might sense that it is bright, light or soft; when you encounter a stream, you know that it is cool, wet and fast-moving. All of these are qualities that can be attributed to specific gunas, the unique combination of which makes up all forms of matter. What differentiates one plant from another, or one person from another...
  • Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: Black Pepper for Brain Function, Heart Health & Circulation

    Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: Black Pepper for Brain Function, Heart Health & Circulation

    In Ayurvedic tradition, it is believed that black pepper increases internal heat, providing energizing and balancing effects. Full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, black pepper serves as a potent remedy for a wide number of health problems. Read on to learn more about the benefits of this versatile ingredient. 
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