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The Ayurvedic concept of Srotas the bodily channels. The internal transport system of our body fluids.

The Sanskrit word is derived from the root ‘su sravane’ meaning to exude, to ooze, to filter to permeate.

Srotas can be sthula (gross, macropscopic) and sukshma (microscopic).

A srotas is a passage, path, road or a highway there are thousands of srotamsi (srotamsi is plural for srotas).
Those small srotamsi come together and create a larger channel (srotas) such as the respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary or gastrointestinal tract.
Srotas are the inner transport system of the body which provide platform for activities for the doshas, dhatus, agni, malas, ojas, prana…
Ayurvedic classics proclaim “Srotomayam hi shariram” means that the living body is a channel system and/or is comprised of innumerable channels.
The srotas is a system in which some tissue is formed; some material is metabolized, secreted or transported. Charak has described that Srotamsi are channels which transport the dhatus (asthayi or poshya dhatu) which are subjected to transformation.
Acharya Sushruta and Vagbhat both have compared srotas to the extremely fine passages and pores present in the lotus stem, through which rasadi poshya dhatu circulate all over the body and provide nutrition to the body.

Each srotas has a:
1. Soto mula (root, where it originates from).
2. Sroto marga (passage)
3. Sroto mukha (opening)

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We talked about the creeper Mandukaparni/ Gotu kola a few days back, lets look at Brahmi/ bacopa monnieri today 🙂

The Sanskrit word Brahmi is derived from ‘brahma’ the creator of the universe.

Mandukaparni/ Centella asiatica is different from Brahmi. It can be confusing as in some parts of India the name Brahmi applies to Mandukaparni.
Bacopa monieri is considered as the true Brahmi.

Ayurvedic properties are:
Rasa: tikta and kashaya
Guna: laghu (light) and sara(laxative)
Virya: sheeta
Vipaka: madhura
Prabhava/ special potency: alleviates apasmara/ epilepsy and unmada/ hysteria
Dosha: Tridosha mainly Kaphapittahara, can increase Vata in excess

It’s Ayurvedic actions are:

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It’s a bit of a windy and rainy day in Perth today. A perfect day for an Almond Date Drink (Ojas Drink)

Ingredients:
10 almonds – blanched skin removed
5 dates
1/4 tsp of ginger powder
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 pinch of cinnamon powder
200 mls of hot water

How to make it:

1. Soak almonds and dates in hot water for a 1-2 hours hours.

2. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth
3. Add this mixture (together with the water) to a pot and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat.
4. Serve warm

Enjoy this nourishing drink
With love your Lakshmi Ayurveda team

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This is a continuity from our Facebook post from last week about Dhatus/ body tissues the Saptadhatus.

Dhatu is that which supports the sarira (body), manas (mind), and prana (life).

Dhatus exist in two forms sthayi dhatu (well formed dhatus which supports the body) and asthayi dhatus which are seen to support the former by nourishing, sustaining and maintaining them.

There are three laws of Dhatu nourishment
1.Ksheera dadhi nyaya – law of complete transformation
2.Kedara kulya nyaya – law of field irrigation
3.Khale kapota nyaya – law of heap of grains and pigeons.

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Make your own Triphala Mouth Wash 🦷

Do you suffer from dental plaque, gingivitis, mouth ulcers or dental caries? 🦷🦷🦷

Teeth are considered an updadhatu of Asthi dhatu (bone tissue).

In Ayurveda it is mentioned that the tooth eruption (dantopatti kala) is best when a child is 8 months old.

Names of various teeth have been given by Kashapya. These are: Rajadanta, Vasta, Damstra, and Hanavya. The middle two teeth are Rajadanta (incisor) and are considered sacred. Teeth by the side of Rajadanta are called Vasta (canines) and other teeth by the side of it are called Damstra (pre-molar). The rest are called Hanavya (molar) and named because are helpful in mastication.

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Ayurveda for your 🐶 Dog

Did you know that Ayurveda can be used for animals?

Many of us grow up with an animal that holds a special place in our heart. Often times it is a dog – truly “Man’s best friend.” Just as we care about the health of our children, we want to ensure our dogs are happy and healthy. Just as diet and lifestyle are important to remain balanced in our lives, we suggest you try to follow a basic eating and exercising routine for your dog.

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