Pure Organic Hing/ Asafoetida now available

Most of the Hing products available on the market contain wheat, rice flour and gum arabic. Try Lakshmi’s organic Hing powder without any additives.

It will not only give your food a wonderful flavour, it will help the digestion of your food and prevents bloating and wind.

The Ayurvedic properties are heating. light, and sharp and its helpful in reducing the Vata and Kapha dosha.

Externally it can be applied on the navel area in stomach aches – good for children

Hing is used in a small dose – one pinch over your meal will be enough.

Try this red lentil soup (suited for Vata, Pitta and Kapha constitution)

Ingredients:

1 cup organic red lentils

5 cups water

2 tsp of organic ghee

1tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp black mustard seeds

1 pinch of organic Hing

1 cloves garlic (optional)- finely chopped

5 curry leaves fresh or dried

1 small handful cilantro leaves chopped

1/2 tsp of organic turmeric powder

1 tsp of masala powder

salt for seasoning (optional)

Method of preparation:

Wash  the red lentils, add 4 cup of water and bring to boil. Cook on medium heat, uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir the beans regularly to prevent sticking.

Add another cup of water and continue to cook for another 10 minutes or until the beans are tender. Set aside

Heat the ghee in a frying pan until medium hot, then add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing. In a moment when the seeds pop stir in the garlic and brown slightly.

Add the curry leaves, cilantro, turmeric and masala powder. Mix quickly.

Stir this spice mixture into the soup and add salt (avoid salt for Kapha and Pitta)

Add some more water depending on how thick you want the soup.

Bring to boil for 2 minutes and serve with basmati rice or chapatti

* Red lentils are a good source of iron and are a good blood builder ad liver cleanser*

For enquiries call Karin ph: 0406810547 or email: info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

Organic Hing: $7.90

A healthy winter with Ayurveda

In comparison to the European winter Australia has mild temperatures but it also does get cold and damp especially in the evenings and mornings.

Because of the Ayurvedic rule that  ‘like attracts like’ in the winter season Kapha and Vata dosha are likely to aggravate and often result in weight gain, depression, cough and cold, sinusitis etc.

To stay healthy it is recommended to have an Ayurvedic consultation to plan a tailored program to suit your individual needs to stay healthy so you are able to enjoy this season.

A few tips below to stay balanced:

Favour a warm, nourishing diet to pacify Vata without aggravating Kapha

We’re designed to eat a little bit more in winter. However, it must be the right types of foods to nurture whilst minimising congestion. Rice, barley, rye, healthy oils (ghee, linseed, avocado, hemp, olive), and seasonal root vegetables in soups and stews are all recommended.

Avoid Vata aggravating non-seasonal food, such as salads and raw food in general. Avoid refrigerated water, lukewarm water aids in digestion.

Have a warm breakfast (porridge with a sprinkle of Kapha churna and honey is excellent), steamed vegetables, rice with a little ghee for lunch and at night time try some hot milk with warming spices such as ginger, cinnamon or cardamon.

Try some Lemongrass Tea

Ingredients: 4 glasses of water, 6-10 leaves of lemon grass, 1/4 tsp grounded pepper powder, a pinch of grated ginger , 1 pinch of turmeric powder

  • Boil the lemon grass in 4 cups of water
  • add pepper powder and crushed ginger and turmeric
  • let it steep for 2-3 minutes
  • optional: add natural sweetener

Stay warm

An Ayurvedic oil massage followed by a herbal steam is excellent to ward off the cold or ground yourself with a daily self-massage with a warm black sesame seed oil followed by a warm shower/ bath to prevent feelings of coldness, and stiff, aching joints. Use aromatherapy oils that are warm, pungent and uplifting such as camphor, cinnamon, cloves, cedar and frankincense.

Favour clothes which are bright, cheery colours, such as reds and oranges. Finally, always wear a hat outside as 60% of body heat is lost through the head.

Excercise

Avoid day sleeping as this will diminish your digestive fire and will make you feel heavy and sluggish.

Be up by 6.30-7am at the latest and to do some vigorous exercise to get the lymph moving preventing congestion. Some Sun Salutations are ideal as they build up heat and work all the major muscles

Ayurvedic herbal supplements / winter essentials

  1. Chyavanprash, Amalaki Rasayana and Ashwagandhaleha  are ideal over the winter month and will help to strengthen the lungs and boost the body’s immune system – preventing cough and colds.
  2. To help you get over a cough Sitopladi churna is a wonderful Ayurvedic formulation which is also liked and suited for children.
  3. Kapha and Vata churna – a warming spice mix which can be added to your meals.
  4. Vata taila, Kapha taila, black sesame oil – are wonderful oils to use for your daily self massage at home.
  5. Amalaki/ Indian gooseberry is the best source of Vitamin C and mostly beneficial during this season
  6. Try a stimulating Kapha tea in the morning and a Vata tea in the afternoon

For more information on winter health please contact info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au or call Karin: 0406810547

 

The Art of Living – a transformational workshop

AoLBrochure
Part One – 3 day course
26th to 28th of August in Perth
for more information please see the attached brochure or contact Karin info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

“It is every human being’s birthright to live
in a disease free body and a stress free mind.
Yet, neither at school nor at home have we been
taught how to deal with our negative emotions.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

During the workshop you will learn about the Sudarshan Kriya a unique breathing technique, yoga, relaxation and meditation. At the end of the course you will be equipped to practice at home

There will also be a talk about a wholesome Ayurvedic diet which is presented by Lakshmi Ayurveda on Sunday 28th of August at 2.30pm.

Sudarshan Kriya is one of the most comprehensive breathing techniques derived from the yogic science of breath and taught by the Art of Living Foundation. It is traditionally understood to use specific rhythms of the breath to eliminate stress, support the various organs and systems within the body, transform overpowering emotions and restore peace of mind. According to the yogic science of breath, impurities which accumulate in the cells
cause sluggishness and promote disease. The Sudarshan Kriya oxygenates the cells and rapidly flushes out impurities. Physically, the cells are vitalised; emotionally one feels a sense of balance and contentment.

Pathya Ahara/ wholesome diet conducive to health


Food equals Life – The body is the product of food

And he knew that food was Brahman
From food all beings are born
by food they live and into food they return
Upanishad 3.2

Ahara/ Food has been worshipped since ancient times as the giver and sustainer of life
A statement by Charaka ”the self controlled man can life for a hundred years free from disease through the intake of hita ahara/ wholesome diet.
In Ayurveda the physical body is called Kaya. The sanskrit word Kaya can be translated that the body is a build up of food.
Already 5000 years ago Ayurveda has recognised that the body is the result or an outcome of the food we eat.

Food can be the cause (nidana) of a disease
Food can be the treatment (chikitsa) of a disease

Wholesome food and drinks have good colour, smell, taste and are pleasing to the senses and conducive to health, if taken in accordance with the ayurvedic rules.
According to Ayurveda – complexion, clarity, good voice, longevity, happiness, satisfaction, nourishment, mental/ physical strength and intellect are all conditioned by food.

Ayurveda recognises six different tastes

1.MADHURA/ SWEET
2.AMLA/SOUR
3.LAVANA/SALTY
4.KATU/ HOT
5.TIKTA/BITTER
6.KASAYA/ ASTRINGENT

The six different taste are important and should be present in the daily diet. The different rasa/ taste can be used to bring equilibrium to the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).

Some of the Ayurvedic rules for food intake:
1. Intake of food should be warm
2. Food should be unctuous
3. Food should be in proper quantity
4. Intake of food should only be after digestion of the previous meal
5. The food should not have contradictory potencies e.g sour and sweet food such as fruit and milk
6. Intake of food should be in a proper place and seated
7. Intake of food should be without hurry or worry
8. Intake of food should not be too fast or too slow
9. One should take the food while not talking or laughing

Want to know your body constitution and see what foods and taste is most beneficial for you.
You are welcome for a consultation at Lakshmi Ayurveda
Consultation price: 90 minutes ($85)
Private Health fund rebate!
For bookings call Karin 0406810547

Food Prayer

Brahmaapanam Brahmahavir Brahmaagnau Brahmanaahutam
Brahmaivatena Gantavyam Brahmakarma Samaadhinaa

Aham Vaishvanaro Bhootvaa Praaninaam Dehamaashritah
Praanapaana Samaayuktah Pachaamyannam Chaturvidham

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Bhagavad Gita Ch. 4 verse 24

The act of offering is Brahman. The offering itself is Brahman. The offering is done by Brahman in the sacred fire which is Brahman. He alone attains Brahman who, in all actions, is fully absorbed in Brahman.

“I am Vaishnavara, existing as fire God in the bodies of living beings. Being associated with ingoing and outgoing life breaths, I will digest all the four different types of food
and purify them.”

An inspiring formulation – Organic Chyavanprash (Nectar For Life)

Chyawanaprash is an inspiring formulation. Since its known inception dating back to 1500 BC to the present age, it has remained one of the most popular and well known ayurvedic formulations. Chyawanaprash manifests the entire human quest for immortality and freedom from disease and prevention of ageing. The formulation as a whole is an expression of a blessing from the Rigveda `jeevema shardah shatam´.
The word Chywanaprash is composed of two words chyawana and prasha. The former, stands for the name of a sage and prasha denotes a drug or diet which is suitable for ingestion. Chyawanaprash is outstanding and Charaka has listed it among the foremost formulations listed in chapter one of the Chikitsasthana.

Chyawanaprash is the superior of all rasayana formulations. Rasayana is the seventh branch of Ayurveda which deals with the prevention of aging, disease and minimization of degenerative processes and aiming to prolong life. It covers the three modern medical branches of immunology, metabolism and endocrinology.
Directions for use: Take 1-2tsp daily, followed by warm water/milk/ herbal tea

Benefits and uses:
• Preserves youth and slows down ageing
• counters debilitating and ageing disorders
• strengthens the immune system
• excellent rejuvenator for body and mind
• it purifies and develops the seven body tissues (dhatus)
• best all round elixir

Organic Chyavanprash 250 gm $22

Mythology of Chyawanaprash
According to Mahabharata
Puloma the wife of Bhrigu was at home by herself when a monster entered the heritage and tried to ravish her. Puloma was pregnant at that time and out of fear and anxiety, she aborted and the baby boy was born prematurely. He was named Chyawana and due to the premature birth, he was physically very weak. In his later life he was getting married to King Sharyatis´ young and beautiful daughter Sunkanya. Sometime after the marriage, the Ashwini twins offered him a medicine to regain his youth so he could be happy with his young beautiful wife Sunkanya. After taking the medicine Chyawana regained his youth and the formulation was named Chyawanaprash after the name of Chyawana.

Organic Ghee/ Ghrta now available!

Traditional Organic Ghee 200gm – $18.90

How to use ghee:
Add ghee to your cooking, it is viewed as a superior cooking fat as it doesnt burn during cooking or digestion. According to Indian tadition, ghee, when fried with spices, takes on the properties of those spices and diffuses them throughout the food (yogavahi).
Herbs can be added to the ghee to enhance their healing effects

Some health benefits of Ghee according to Ayurveda
+ promotes learning and memory
+ anti aging
+ balances excess stomach acid
+ increases fertility
+ vitalising and rejuvenating
+ good for eye sight, complexion, voice and beauty

Quote from the Charaka Samhita
“Intake of ghee is prescribed for those whose bodily constitution is dominated by vata and pitta, who is suffering from diseases due to the vitiation by vata and pitta, those desirous of good eye sight, those suffering from phthisis and consumption, the old, children, the weak, those desirous of longevity, those desirous of strength, good complexion, voice, nourishment, progeny, tenderness, lustre, ojas, memory, intelligence, power of digestion, wisdom, proper functioning of sense organs and those afflicted with injuries due to burns, by weapons, poisons and fire” (Charaka Samhita Su 13/14; Ch Su 13/ 41-43).

How to make your own ghee
Preparing Ghee, from Diet and Nutrition: Himalayan Mountain Cookery (Himalayan Institue)
To make ghee, place one pound of unsalted butter in a saucepan until it boils; then lower the heat. When the white foam of milk solids which will accumulate on the top begins to collapse and thicken, start skimming it off. Do not disturb the bottom of the pan, as some of these solids will also sink and can be left in the pot until after the ghee is poured off. As the butter continues to boil, watch the oily portion to see when it becomes clear, and watch the sediment on the bottom to see when it turns a golden brown. Be careful this does not scorch and ruin the ghee. When all the water is evaporated, the sound of the cooking will change from one of boiling to one of frying, and the bubbling will stop. When only the clear, hissing oil and the golden sediment remain, the ghee is ready. At this point the temperature will begin to rise quickly so remove the pan from the heat, and let it sit for a moment. During this time, the hot fat will turn the sediment a little darker. Pour the ghee off into an earthenware, glass or metal container for use near the stove.

Panchakarma the ”Soul” of Ayurveda

Panchakarma is a Sanskrit term that translates as the five (pancha) actions (karma) necessary to cleanse the body of accumulated waste material.
Panchakarma is a bio-cleansing regimen intended to eliminate the toxic elements from the body and thereby enhances the immunity and revitalises the whole body.
Panchakarma treatment is unique in its ability to eliminate water based toxins as well as fat soluble toxins from the tissues.
Through a series of therapeutic procedures that are tailored to the individual, it helps to release, melt, loosen , mobilise and eliminate toxins and impurities from all the bodily tissues.
Several benefits of Panchakarma
• cleanses the digestive tract
• increases energy and vitality
• increases happiness
• improves digestion, assimilation
• improves fertility
• strengthens the endocrine system
• balances the mind
• strengthen the immune system
• reduces stress and anxiety
• Detoxifies the liver and blood
• Improves complexion and skin tone

Panchkarma available at Lakshmi Ayurveda
Virechana/ purgation treatment
Basti/ medicated enema treatment
Nasya treatment

Good health is the most valuable possession you could possibly have!
Panchakarma promotes health in diseased and healthy people
Charaka Siddhi Sthana 1/53

For bookings and enquiries please call Karin ph: 0406810547

Narikela / Cocos nucifera – A Summer Beverage

100 % pure coconut water now available! No added sugar or preservatives.
Narikela or coconut is truly one of nature’s gifts. The coconut tree is referred to as the ‘tree of life’, ‘tree of heaven’, or ‘tree of abundance” reflective of its essentiality to everyday life.
In India every auspicious occasion is recommended by offering prayers to the Lord along with coconut. During a ritual worship, gods and goddesses are invoked with the holy offering of Narikela as a symbolic expression.
Ayurveda has documented around 60 Sanskrit names of coconut/ Narikela. The exact meaning of the word “Narikela” is that which has flowers and fruits with long tendrils.
The Ayurvedic properties of Narikela are madhura/ sweet in taste, sweet in the post digestive taste (vipaka) and has a cold potency (virya). It has a special potency (prabhava) as it promotes hair growth and is a very effective hair oil, for example Neelibhringadi taila.
It alleviates Vata and Pitta dosha. Many ailments such as fever, acid gastritis, loss of taste, vomiting, colic, fainting and diarrhoea can be treated with Narikela.
Cocounut is also used in conditions like depletion of body tissues/ dhatus, burning sensation, urinary problems, increases the urine output, quenches thirst and rejuvenates the body cells.
Use coconut water: This is probably the most cooling and healthy natural drink one can have every day especially during the summer season.

Coconut Water Nutrition per 100 ml
Energy 95KJ
Moisture (g) 97.0
Protein (g) 0.1
Fat (g) 0
Sugar (g) 4.1
Dietary fibre (g) 0
Potassium (mg) 50
Iron (mg) 99.85
Cholesterol 0

Ayurveda Spring detox

According to Ayurveda good health is dependent upon our capability to fully digest food. When the digestive capacity known as agni is balanced we create healthy tissues (dhatus), eliminate waste products (kitta) and produce a subtle essence called Ojas.
If the agni is weakened there will be an accumulation of toxic residue which is known as Ama.
Ama is considered the be the root cause of most disease.
Do you think you might have Ama after the winter? Symptoms of Ama are fatigue, heaviness, no enthusiasm, indigestion, constipation, loss of taste and appetite, tongue coating, headaches, brain fog/ poor concentration, joint pain, muscle ache and skin problems. By removing Ama from the body and mind we bring a higher state of being to our lives.
Try a simple home detox
1. For a minimum of 1 week eat light food – Kitchari is ideal. Avoid Ama producing food such as ice cream, yoghurt and curds.
2. Drink hot water with fresh ginger, cumin, fennel seeds and black pepper
3. Avoid Caffeine and alcohol
5. Take ayurvedic herbal remedies such as Trikatu and Triphala after each meal
6. If you are prone to constipation take a teaspoon of castor oil with a pinch of dry ginger in a glass of hot water at night
7. Yoga and meditation are ideal to detox the mind as well as the body

You will notice changes once the Ama is digested such as the feeling of lightness, enthusiasm and the senses are more alert and active

Health is the condition of wisdom and the signs of happiness
Charaka Samhita

Dhanwantari’s Ayurvedic Kitchen

Mung Bean Kitchari
A nourishing, cleansing meal of Mung Dhal, Basmati rice, medicinal spices and ghee

The split yellow mung bean, also known as yellow mung is simply the whole green mung bean with the green hull removed and split.
It is considered the very best bean in the Ayurvedic diet. They are Tridoshic (good for all body types), detoxifying, nourishing and satisfying.
It provides the body with one of the best high protein foods and is easy to digest. Kitchari simply means rice and bean mixture.
The prominent tastes (rasas) of this sattvic Kitchari recipe are sweet (madhura), pungent (katu) and astringent (kashaya).

Kitchari Recipe
1/4 cup split yellow mung beans
1/4 cup white Basmati rice
1 and 3/4 cups of water
1/4 inch slice fresh ginger
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 heaped tsp ghee
1 pinch Hing
1 slice of live

Method:
The beans do not need soaking in water. Combine the rice with the mung beans and wash twice.
1. Bring the water to boil in a saucepan. Add mung beans, basmati rice, fresh ginger. Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes until tender with porridge like consistency.
2. Melt the ghee in a saucepan. Add all the spices stir until slightly browned. Then mix into rice and beans. This is important to release the energy of the spices. Cook for about 20 minutes. As an option add dices vegetables.
3. Top with freshly chopped coriander and serve and enjoy!

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