A nourishing meal on a cold and rainy winter day.

Ingredients:

1 cup organic red lentils (washed)

5 cups water

2 tsp Lakshmi organic ghee

1 tsp of cumin seed

1tsp of yellow mustard seed

1/4 tsp of hing

1/2 tsp of turmeric

1 tsp mild masala powder

3/4 tsp of himalaya pink salt

1 diced onion

1 diced small tomato

3 bay leaves

How to make it: melt the ghee, sauté mustard and cumin seed until you hear them popping, add all the other spices. Add the diced onion and tomato, add the red lentils stir stir stir. Add the water and let it boil for approximately 20-30 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves. Eat by itself or serve with rice 🍚 or chapatti. Enjoy, with love from Lakshmi 🌺

info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au
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Do you feel foggy headed in the morning? Are you fatigued with low energy levels? Do you experience mood swings and overwhelmed under stress? Do you think that overall you could be feeling better? Check your tongue in the mirror – Have you got a furry white coated tongue?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you could be experiencing AMA (digestive toxins), and you’re not alone.

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How did you sleep last night?

Poorly, not long enough, or broken? Evidently, you are not alone. According to the Australian Sleep Health Foundation, up to 40% of adults indicate that they receive an inadequate night’s sleep.

The Samhitas, ancient Ayurvedic texts, consider sleep to be one of the three pillars that sustain life in the human body. It is considered the temporary detatchment of the mind from the senses (indriyas) and their objects of perception.

The traya upastamba, 3 life sustaining pillars, are:

  1. Ahara (Food)
  2. Nidra (Sleep)
  3. Brahmacharya (Controlled sexual life)

The causes of Nidra Naasa (Insomnia) include:

  • Increased Vata causes Nidranasa (Sleeplessness)
  • Increased Pitta causes Alpanidratha (disturbed sleep)
  • Chittotkanta (mental tension)
  • Asukhya sayya (an uncomfortable bed)
  • Satvo daaryam (mind not prepared for sleeping)
  • Rookshaannam (dry foods)
  • Kala swabhaava (time unsuitable for sleep)
  • Kshaya (malnutrition)
  • Vyaadhi (disease)
  • Vata pitta vriddhi (increased Vata and Pitta)

A good and restful sleep helps to increase our happiness, strength, nourishment, longevity, and vigour. Incorporate these tips into your life to improve your sleep!

Ayurvedic ways to Promote Nidra:

  1. Warm milk: add a pinch of nutmeg add some crushed blanched almonds
  2. Herbal tea: 1 part Tagara, 1 part valerian root powder, 1 part chamomile. Mix 1/4 of this powder with warm water before bedtime
  3. Chamomile tea
  4. Suggested Herbs: Ashwagandha, Tagara, and Jatamansi
  5. Abhyanga (oil massage)
  6. Padaabhyangam (foot massage) using Dhanvantara taila or ksheerabala tailam
  7. Shirodhara, shiropicchu, shirovasti, utsadana (special ayurvedic body treatments)
  8. Snana (warm bath)
  9. Listening to pleasant music, a comfortable atmosphere and bed
  10. Yogic asanas such as pascimotta sana and sirasa
  11. Putting sesame oil into the ear
  12. Put lepa (medicated paste) with Sandalwood on the head
  13. So-Hum mediation. Inhale with So and exhale with Hum while lying on the back and focusing your mind on the third eye

If you are suffering from sleeping problems, please email us at info@lakshmiayurveda.com.aufor more tips on how to improve your sleep patterns!

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Wishing you a good sleep, your Lakshmi team.