Do you like it salty?

Lavana rasa or the salty taste is made from the water and fire elements.

Lavana rasa is balancing for Vata dosha but aggravating for Pitta and Kapha.
Salt is renowned for stimulating the digestion. If it is used wisely it is a medicine but when taken in excess it becomes a poison.

The Ayurvedic properties are:
Rasa (taste): salty
Virya (potency): heating apart from saindhava which is cooling
Vipaka (post digestive effect): sweet
Guna (qualities): heavy and wet
Dosha: increases Pitta and Kapha, Balancing for Vata

(The Ayurvedic properties vary according to the different type of salt)

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A little write up for the lovers of classical Ayurvedic text about Amenorrhea. Hopefully this will be interesting for the students of Ayurveda.

If you are you looking to deepen your understanding of Ayurveda in a practical and clinical setting you might like to read about the mentoring program offered at Lakshmi Ayurveda starting in February 2020.

In Ayurveda Amenorrhea is called (a Sanskrit word) Arajaska by Charaka and Lohitaksaya by Vagbhata.

Lohita is the synonym for rakta (blood). Lohita (Blood) + kshaya (decrease) = loss of blood

Meaning of Arajask is, Na + Rjaska = No menstrutation/ absence of menstruation.

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What can you do with mint leaves?

We have plenty of Mint in Lakshmis garden. 🌿🍃🌱

Mint is called Pudina in Sanskrit. It is a hardy perennial famous for its fragrance. The aromatic menthol wakes up the senses and decongest the orifices of the head. 😀
It is also calming and relaxing for the digestion. There are many varieties, spearmint and peppermint are the two common ones. 🌱🌿🍃

It’s Ayurvedic actions are:

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Have you got dandruff problems?

This oil is called Malahyadi thailam, an Ayurvedic oil for hair fall, dandruff but also helpful in alopecia areata.

The ingredients are:
Malati – Jasminum grandiflorum
Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
Asvaghna – Nerium indicium
Naktamala – Pongamia Pinnata
Sesames indicum/ cocus nucifera

This oil has been mentioned in the classical textbook called Bhaishajya Ratnavali.

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Sweetened rice flakes (Aval vilayiccatu)

Sweetened rice flakes are so easy to prepare and so delicious. It is a favourite tea time snack of Kerala.

Rice flakes are called prthuka in Sanskrit.
Rice flakes or also known as flattened rice it has very nourishing but also light qualities. In Hindi it is known as poha.

Rice flakes are made by parboiling rice to make it soft, it is then rolled out flat and dried out to make flakes. It has very little cooking time and is so fast to prepare.

The Ayurvedic properties are madhura (sweet) in taste and it has sheeta (cooling) and snighda (unctuous) qualities. It is also balya (strengthening) and brmhana (nourishing). It a great snack and best suited for Vata and Pitta.

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Preparing Aloe Vera juice for this hot day ☀️Fresh from the Lakshmi Garden. Known as Kumari in Ayurveda, Aloe Vera is great for preventing constipation, calming excessive heat in the body, encouraging hydration and can be used externally for burns and rashes – these are just a few, there are many other benefits!

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