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A very hot day 🌞🌞🌞in Perth today (42C). If you are suffering from a Prickly heat rash or excessive sweating💧💧💧 this herb 🌿might be very beneficial for you. Read more

Our favourite herb from our Ayurvedic pharmacy for today is Ushira – Vetiveria zizanioides.

Ushira is a very cooling ❄️herb for the body and the mind. Charaka has categorised it as a varnya/ complexion promoting herb.

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Spiced buttermilk anyone?
Sambaram – a Kerala style buttermilk

Buttermilk is called Takra in Sanskrit.

Buttermilk is light, astringent and sour in taste. It mitigates Kapha and Vata and improves digestion.
It cleanses the channels (srotas), it is a mild diuretic and very useful in water retention, oedema, ascites and metabolic syndrome.

Adding fresh curry leaves 🌿to the buttermilk makes it very beneficial if you are suffering from IBS.

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What a beautiful summer day, a perfect day to dry some Dadima. 🌞🌞. They are in season 🌞🌞

Pomegranates are called Dadima in Sanskrit or Anar in Hindi.
The botanical name is Punica granatum.
This beautiful fruit is popular for its refreshing taste.

For medicinal purpose the fruit, bark of the fruit and the bark of the roots are used in Ayurveda.
It constituents (Fruit) are Vitamin C, Pectin, Sterols, Alkaloids, and Tannins. This could scientifically explain many of the Ayurvedic indications for pomegranate /dadima.

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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.

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Ayurveda and Alcohol 🌞🍷🍺🍷🍺🍷🍺🌞

I thought this would be a good topic for this time of the year, and we have some tips for the festive season for you.

After tobacco, alcohol is the second leading preventable cause of death and hospitalisation in Australia. It is estimated that Australians spent $14.1 billion each year on alcohol.

What does Ayurveda say about Alcohol?

Ayurveda has very detailed description about the intake of alcohol and Charaka Samhita has mentioned the Ayurvedic treatment of Alcoholism in the Chikitsa Sthana chapter 24.

Alcohol has the opposite gunas/ qualities of Ojas.

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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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