This wonder spice also known as Asafoetida is great for digestion, IBS, constipation, loss of appetite and many more uncomfortable symptoms we may be out of balance with. This spice is known to burn ama which are toxins built up in the body. It is great for a Vata imbalance as it reduces excess gas.

Hing can reduce growth of flora such as candida in the gut and help to get rid of worms as it has anti-viral properties. Hing can even fight a flu and encourage fertility…. what can this spice not do? Come along and visit our shop from 9am until 2pm Monday to Saturday to take a look around at all of our wonderful Ayurvedic products or book in with Karin our Ayurvedic practitioner to help find balance in your life with Ayurveda the science of life. We hope to see you soon!

The full moon is an auspicious time in Ayurveda, particularly for the making of ghee.

We will be offering a workshop on the next full moon, November 23rd, where you will learn how to make ghee. Listening to mantras, lighting candles and setting intentions are all part of the sacred act of making ghee – this is what makes the Lakshmi ghee so tasty and our best-selling product!

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Vati is a preparation where different medicinal substances are used to make tablets (vati) and pills (gutika). This is done either by cooking the powdered herbs with jaggery or guggulu or without cooking by macerating the powder with any liquid like honey and guggulu and then rolled into pills. They are made of one or more drugs of a plant, animal or mineral origin.

At Lakshmi’s kitchen we have prepared Eladi Vati/ Eladi Gutika

Ela/cardamon, tejapatra/bay leaves, dalchini/ cinnamon, pippali/ long pepper, sita/sugar, yasthimadhu/ licorice, dried dates, grapes and honey.

How to make it:
1. All of the first six ingredients are made into a a fine powder and kept aside (needs to be fine)
2. The dried dates and grapes are ground into a paste with a mortar and pestle
3. Then the fine powder is added and mixed uniformly
4. Add the honey and again mix well
5. The content is mad into little pills
6. The pills should be dried out (best in sunlight).

Best to prepare at the end of summer to be prepared for the season change (autumn/winter).

Relief cough and cold, fever, hiccup, vomiting, fainting, bleeding disorder (nose bleeding), spleen disorder, horse voice, loss of taste and this tablets are nourishing and calming.

Fresh prepared Eladi vati are available at Lakshmi Ayurveda. A natural approach to relief your cough and cold. Prepared with 100% organic ingredients.

For any questions or if you would like to try some please visit us at Lakshmi Ayurveda.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Wishing you a cough and cold free season!

Much Love the Lakshmi Ayurveda team 🙂

Medicated ghee and oil preparation – Sneha Kalpana

Sneha means fat or a fatty material. Ghee and oil are boiled with Kalka (herbal paste), Swarasa (juice) or Kwatha (herbal decoction) so the active therapeutic properties of the Dravya (herbs) enter into the ghee.

There are three components of sneha (ghee or oil) preparation:

1. Dravya (juice or other liquid decoction)
2. Kalka – a fine paste of the drugs (kashtausadhi)
3. Sneha – ghee or oil

Generally the rule is:

1 part – Kalka (paste)
4 parts – Sneha (oil or ghee)
16 parts – Dravya (liquid)

The Murchita Taila is heated over a moderate fire. Next add the Dravya and the Kalka. This mixture is stirred continuously to ensure the paste does not stick to the vessel. Once all the liquid has evaporated the mixture begins to evaporate. At this stage it must be stirred very carefully so the paste will not burn. There are 4 stages of Paka (cooking) mentioned in the text: Mridu, Madhyama, Khara and Dagdha Paka. Once the correct cooking stages is achieved the oil is filtered.

The pictures above demonstrate the Sneha Kalpana for Ksheerabala Thaila.
Reference for this oil is found in Astanga Hridaya Vatarakta Chikitsa.

1. Bala Kashaya 16 parts
2. Bala Kalka 1 part
3. Taila 4 parts
4. Ksheera 4 parts

Ksheerabala is used in:
– Vataroga such as (facial palsy, headaches, hemiplegia, ear pain, cataract, uterine disorder)
– Gout
– Rasayana

This oil can be used internally and externally for Nasya, Abhyanga and .

If you are interested in learning how to prepare Ayurvedic medicated ghee let us know. We look forward hearing from you

A wide range of classical Ayurvedic oils are available at Lakshmi Ayurveda
Have a beautiful day, the Lakshmi Ayurveda team

The beauty of Saffron

The Indian Saffron is cultivated in Kashmir, and is also known by the name Kesar, Kumkuma, or the latin name crocus sativus-stigmata.

It is a small perennial growing to about 20cm with violet leaves and each flower producing 3 stamens.

When Saffron is flowering the fields are filled with the most amazing violet/red glow. This is truly breathtaking.

To produce 1 gm of dried saffron it will take approximately 160 flowers no wonder it is such a costly herb.


The Ayurvedic properties/ energetic are

Rasa (taste): Katu (Pungent) and tikta (bitter)

Guna (qualities): light and unctuous

Virya (energy): ushna (hot)

Vipaka (post digestive effect): katu

Doshas: Tridoshahara (balances Vata,Pitta and Kapha)

Parts used: Stigma/ Stamen


Ayurvedic Actions

It is mostly known as Varnya (improves the complexion) and it is used for the treatment of acne, black head and a variety of skin disease.

It can be applied externally as a paste (when applied on forehead it relieves headache) and internally with milk and honey to improve the skin complexion.

Kumkuma is also the main ingredient of the beautiful Kumkumadi thailam (also available at Lakshmi Ayurveda).

There are so many uses of Kumkum/ Saffron acting beneficial on the heart, nerves, mind, reproductive system, blood (Anaemia), pain reducing and immunity increasing.

Other actions of this herb are

Deepana/ Pachana = digestive and increases the digestive fire

Kusthaghna = alleviates skin diseases

Sonitasthapana = alleviates bleeding

Sirorogajit = alleviates headaches

Rasayana = Rejuvenative


Saffron is a very sattvic herb, its action on the blood and the heart encourages compassion and love.

Saffron is also sacred to Lord Shiva and offered to him either raw or with milk.


This beautiful herb in its purest form and certified organic is available at Lakshmi’s shop:

We look forward to welcoming you at Lakshmi Ayurveda


Pregnant woman holding her belly

Ayurveda in perth

Ayurveda describes a regime to follow by the couple before pregnancy.

The first step towards a successful conception is the purification of the body (for male and female).

Panchakarma (purification treatment) aims to enhance the quality of the following 4 factors.

  1. Rtu (regular menstrual cycle)
  2. Beeja (Shukra and Arthava – healthy sperm and ovum)
  3. Ksheetra (healthy endometrial thickness)
  4. Ambu (sufficient and unobstructed blood circulation)

These factors are needed for conception. The Vedas contain very detailed description of the process to help and produce a healthy child.

This is a verse from the classical Ayurvedic text – Susruta Samhita Sarirasthana

Dhruvan caturnam sannidhyat
garbhah syat vidhi-purvakam
rtukestrambu -bijanam
samagryat ankuro yatha

In the process of bringing about a healthy crop, it is important that the season is appropriate, the soil be cured, the provision of water be optimum and the seed be of high quality.
Similarly, for conception it is important that the season and occasion be suitable, the woman and her womb be free of illness, the availability of nutrition for development of the foetus be optimum and the seed (sperm and ovum) be healthy and potent.

The Ayurvedic pre conception care is so rich in knowledge that I would very much recommend this to everyone planning a pregnancy. Not everyone has the opportunity to do a Panchakarma programme but there is so much else we can do. Such as following a suitable diet, dinacharya (daily routine), rtucharya (seasonal routine), ayurvedic medicines, yoga, ayurvedic body treatments (abhyanga, shirodhara …)

My heart was filled with joy when I have just received this email so I wanted to share this with you.
The email is from a lady who has done a classical panchakarma in December 2016.

Dear Karin,
It is so nice to hear from you and to learn that you are expanding and more people will be able to enjoy your wonderful treatments.
I also have some news for you – I am 12 week regnant and the baby is due in September. Actually, I got pregnant immediately after I finished panchakarma so thanks a lot to you and your team. I hope to see you again as soon as I am ready for my next panchakarma (not for the next baby but just for my personal health and well-being 🙂)
With best wishes,

With warm regards from Karin Lakshmi Ayurveda