Full Moon is the best time to prepare Dhanyaka Hima/ Coriander infusion.


Hima is a cold infusion also known as sheeta kashayam in Ayurveda.
A herb is kept in 6 times the amount of water for a whole night. The next morning the herbs are filtered through a cloth and this is called Hima.

This is done with herbs which can loose their active principles by heating and for those dravyas/herbs Hima kalpana/ cold infusion preparation is mentioned.

You will need
1. 25gm of Coriander sends. Coriander is called Dhanyaka in Sanskrit
2. 150 ml of pure water

How to make it:
1. Crush the Coriander/ Dhanyaka seeds in a coarse powder using a mortar and pestle
2. Add 6 x the amount of water (150ml).
3. Keep it overnight in a pot (earthen pot is best). Ideal is moonlight to add more cooling energy to it.
4. The next morning mix the seeds and water with your hands then strain through a muslin cloth.

Ayurvedic properties:
Rasa/taste: kashaya/ astringent, tikta/ bitter
Guna/ qualities: laghu/ light, snigdha/ unctuous
Virya/ potency: ushna/ hot
Vipaka/ post digestive taste: madhura/sweet
Effect on Dosha: Tridoshahara, balances all the three Doshas (Vata,Pitta,Kapha)

Take 10 to 30 mls, 2-3 x daily, can be taken with honey

Useful for thirst, relieves burning sensation, pitta disorder, indigestion, abdominal pain, clears srotas (bodily channels), in fever, indigestion, worm infestation

Reference Sharangdhara Samhita
Praataha Saasharkaro peyo himo dhaanyaka
sambhavaha/
Antardaaham mahaa thrishnam jayet sroto
Vishodhanam/

Translation: Dhanyaka Hima/ cold infusion of coriander seeds should be drunk in the morning with a little quantity of sugar (you can use coconut sugar) to get relief from burning sensations and excessive thirst. It also cleanse and detoxes all the bodily channels.

For any more questions on how to prepare Dhanyaka hima you are welcome to email us in info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

We look forward hearing from you

How are you feeling? Ready to hit the reset button on your digestive system and health? With the change of the seasons you may be experiencing flu like symptoms including mucus congestion and brain fog. These symptoms may impact your sleeping habits and energy levels, making it difficult to remain motivated throughout the day. According to Ayurvedic principles, the changing of the seasons is an excellent time to complete a Kitchari cleanse. As we move from autumn into winter, try your own Kitchari cleanse!

What is Kitchari?

Kitchari is an easy to digest, nutritionally wholesome, easy to make and tasty Ayurvedic recipe. A mixture of basmati rice, yellow slit mung dal, ghee and spices will provide your body with a cleansing meal.

Simple Kitchari Recipe:

1 Tbsp Ghee

2 Bay leaves

½ tsp Cumin seeds

½ tsp Fennel seeds

½ tsp Coriander powder

½ tsp Turmeric

½ tsp fresh grated Ginger root

2 pinches Asafoetida (hing powder)

½ – 1 cup Basmati rice

1 cup Split Yellow Mung dal

4-6 cups water (add more if needed)

Optional: Diced seasonal vegetables

Optional: Freshly squeezed lemon juice and freshly chopped Coriander leaves for serving.

 

Wash the rice and dhal separately in at least 3 changes of water, until the water is no longer murky. Heat the ghee, add the spices followed by turmeric on low heat stirring regularly to ensure the spices don’t burn. Add the rice and dhal and sauté for 2 minutes. Add water, bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Prepare the seasonal vegetables that suit your constitution by cutting them into small cubes. Add the vegetables and simmer for another 20 minutes, or until fully cooked.

 

Keys to the Kitchari cleanse:

  • Aim to eat only Kitchari for each meal during the duration of your cleanse. You can complete the fast for one day or extend it to three.
  • Cook a new batch of Kitchari daily, or every other day to keep as much prana in the food as possible.
  • Only eat when you are hungry! Keep at least 3 hours in between meals – no snacking.
  • Try intermittent fasting. Aim to wait 12 hours in between dinner and breakfast to help reset your digestive system.
  • Drink plenty of warm water and teas while completing the fast. This will aid your digestion and body detoxification and prevent constipation. Do not drink water during your meal, as it will slow down the digestion.
  • If you are not already, use this cleansing time to set up a morning and evening routine. Ayurvedic suggestions include oil pulling, tongue scraping, dry brushing, abhyanga oil massage, spending time in nature, meditation and gentle exercises such as yoga and walking. If you have questions regarding more routine tips please email us at info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au
  • In combination with your Kitchari cleanse, visit your Ayurvedic practitioner for advice concerning Ayurvedic herbs to complement your cleanse. Here at Lakshmi Ayurveda we make our own Kitchari packs available for purchasing, making preparing Kitchari even easier and more convenient for you!

 

We would love to hear about your Kitchari cleanse! Please post your comments and share your experiences with us or email the Lakshmi team at info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au.

We hope your Kitchari cleanse brings you enthusiasm and motivation moving into the winter season!

Happy cleansing,

Your Lakshmi Ayurveda Team

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.

Hridaya (Heart) an Ayurvedic Perspective

Did you know those 5 facts about the Hridaya?

  1. The word Hridaya is the Sanskrit word for the heart. It is derived from the 3 verbs.

Hru – means Harati (to receive from)

Da – means Dadati (to give)

Ya – means Yagati (to control)

  1. Ayurveda considers the Hridaya as one of the 10 important regions where the prana (life) exists (pranayatan). Ch. Su. 29/3

The Pranayatan 10 regions include the right and left temporal regions, Marmas – shiras (head), hridaya (heart), basti (bladder/kidneys), kantha (larynx and tracheal region), rakta (blood), shukra (semen), ojas (vital essence), and guda (anal region).

 

  1. The hridaya is situated in between two mammary glands and is the essence of rakta (blood) and sleshma (kapha dosha). It has been conserved as a derivative of matraj bhava (maternal factor) by Charaka Ch. Sha. 4/15.

 

  1. Sushruta described the shape of hridaya is a like a reverse lotus (Su. Sha 4/32). The functioning of the heart has been described as a lotus which opens at day time and closes in the night. While asleep the cardiac output decreases.

 

  1. Did you know that all the 3 doshas are located in the hridaya? It is the seat of Vyana Vayu (responsible for our circulation), Sadhaka Pitta (represents the enzymes in the heart as well as emotions) and Avalambaka Kapha (represents interstitial fluid) and Ojas (8 drops).

Ojas is the essence of the dhatus (bodily tissues). It represents the energy required for all the functions of the body and mind. All the sense and motor organs, mind and life itself depends on ojas in their proper functioning.

The blood is nourished with oxygen in the lungs and is moved by the Vyana vayu. The heart is an organ which draws fluid including blood from all over the body and then supplies it to all the parts of the body.

 

The heart is the seat of the consciousness, the seat of knowledge, intellect and the mind,

In Ayurveda the brain can also be called hridaya, showing us that the heart and brain interact in a dynamic relationship, regulating many aspects of cognition and emotional experience.

A very good treatment for Hridroga (heart disease) is called Uro Vasti. The treatment involves the patient retaining warm medicated oil on a specific area of the chest over a specific period of time. The medicated oil used for this treatment are Balaashwagandhadi taila, Bala taila and Narayana taila.

The treatment is best done over a period of 7 days.

A heartfelt welcome to Lakshmi Ayurveda

Paada – means feet and heels
Dari/Darana – means cracking

Have you looked at your feet recently and thought your heels have had better times?

The Vayu located in the foot soles gets aggravated when one is frequently exposed to causative factors, causing roughness of the skin resulting in cracking. This is known as Padadari.

The Causative factors of Padadari, as mentioned in the Ancient Ayurvedic texts are:

• Intake of Vata aggravating diet
• Dry, rough, sharp, hot and spicy food such as junk food, oily food, deep fried, excess spices and high intake of raw food
• Certain activities like excessive walking, bare foot walking, walking with hard improper footwear, exposure to cold water, standing for a longer duration
• In summer, rainy, autumn and winter seasons
• Obesity
• Middle-aged women
• Diabetes
• Lack of a daily routine (Dinacharya)

Ayurvedic treatment principles:

1. Snehana/Oleation: application of medicated oil. Mix oils such as sesame oil, castor oil, Jatyadi taila mixed with equal part of Ashwagandha taila.
2. Daily foot massage (pada abhyanga): Use Kasa bowl (bronze bowl specifically for foot massage) or Kansa wand.
3. Svedana/Sudation: Soak and wash your feet with warm salt water.
4. Lepana/Paste application: Use herbs such as Manjistha, Neem, Yasthimadhu, Sandalwood and Haritaki. Apply daily for 20 minutes.
5. Moisturize: Use Beeswax (Madhucchistha), honey and Shatadhauta ghrita.
• Shatadhauta ghrita is amazing! This is ghee washed with water 100 times. This makes the ghee silky smooth and more butter like in consistency.
• Shatadhauta ghrita is wonderful to apply on cracked heels. Best mixed with herbs such as turmeric, licorice , neem and sandalwood powder.
• 1 cup of Shatadhauta ghrita with 3 tsp of turmeric is an effective combination.

If you are looking for more information about Padadari you are always welcome to email us on info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to look after your feet

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
Buddha

How lucky we are to have a lovely neighbour who has a fig tree in his garden.

Figs are called Anjeer in Hindi. Anjeer has such wonderful medicinal benefits  with such a high nutritional value.

Figs are a wonderful source of iron, rich in calcium (more than milk), potassium (more than bananas) and rich in dietary fibres.

The dried fruits are abundant in manganese, iron, magnesium, potassium, and thiamine. These fruits contain 17 different types of amino acids

 

The ayurvedic properties are sweet (madhura)/ astringent (kashaya) and cold (sheeta) in nature

Figs are great to relive constipation, piles, liver disorder, gum disease, high blood pressure and debility.

1.       Anjeer richness is iron makes it a perfect fruit to treat Anaemia.

2.       Taken in the morning with Pippali is helpful for Asthma,

3.       Chewing figs strengthens teeth, tongue and gums

4.       Anjeer alkalises the body blood and maintains proper ph of blood.

5.       The richness in calcium makes them ideal for heart, bones, digestive and reproductive health.

6.       For cold or sore throat boil dried figs, fenugreek and tulsi leaves. Reduce the water to ¼ and drink it lukewarm

7.       Figs are high in antioxidants and studies suggest the anti cancer properties.

So interesting about the fig tree has been mentioned and considered sacred in different religions and cultures around the world.

In Hindu philosophy the tree is sacred to different deities , the roots of one indian species represents Brahma the Creator, the leaves Shiva and the trunk Vishnu the preserver.

Adam and Eve used fig leaves to cover their nakedness. “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” (Genesis 3:7).

In ancient Egypt, pharaohs believed that when they died their souls would encounter a Fig tree at the edge of the desert, and that the goddess Hathor would emerge from the foliage to welcome them to heaven

Who would think of all this when eating a Fig!

Food is Medicine

Food is Conciousness

Figs are in season at the moment so this is the best time to eat this wholesome fruit. Also available at Lakshmi Ayurveda after your treatment 🙂

We look forward to welcoming you at Lakshmi Ayurveda

Warmly Karin and the Lakshmi team, info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au ph: 0406 810 547