Alternative Ayurvedic Home Remedies
ALLEVIATE ANGER & IRRITABILITY:
Oh my golly gosh GHEE!
This is one of the several methods to help pacify anger:
Apply a small amount of softened ghee to the insides of the nostrils (NASYA). Gently inhale upwards. The ghee sends a calming message to the brain. Notice how you feel how it soothes and dissolves irritability, brings tranquillity, mental clarity and vision.
Relaxing Bath: Warm water, 1/3 ginger cup; 1/3 baking soda cup- soak for 10/15 minutes
Almighty Almond Milk!
Soak 10 raw almonds overnight- peel and blend mixing 1 cup of warm milk. While blending add pinch of ginger, nutmeg and saffron.
QUICK CURE for CONSTIPATION!:
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” – Vasant Lad firmly beieves in the “apple power”! Eat a peeled apple 1 hour AFTER a meal- in most cases it will help regulise the bowels, clean the tongue and teeth. Good for all doshas.
Marvellous Milk and Ghee (best for Pitta and Vata Constipation)
1-2 teaspoons of ghee in warm organic (non homogenised) milk at bedtime- is very effective and gentle.
HOLY COW HANGOVERS!
Drink 1 glass water with 1 teasp lime juice, ½ teasp sugar, pinch of salt and ½ teasp of baking soda. This soothes pitta aggravation brought on by excess.
Easy Access: Coconut water. General soothing effect, hydrates, reduces nausea.
If neither of the above TRY: 1 glass of fresh orange juice- 1 teaspoon lime juice, pinch of cumin- alcohol helps with both drug and alcohol hangovers.
Drowsiness? Aching head? Burning stomach? No appetite?
Blend: 1 tablespoon fresh yogurt, 1 cup filtered water, pinch of cumin. Drink 3-4 times in the day. Prevents dehydration, relieves nausea, soothes burning in stomach, intestines.
FIRE IT UP! INCREASE YOUR AGNI:
Ginger Salt munch with a twist of Lime– before each meal chop ginger, squeeze of lime, pinch of salt and chew!
Bay leaf tea tipple– an after meal delight ;-):
Crush bay leaf, into hot water. Wait for 10 minutes then add pinch of cardamom and ENJOY!
CAUSE- increase of vata dosha (prana- the subtle form of vata in the mind)
Enjoy plain or with: pinch of nutmeg; or crush up some almonds add pinch of cardamon/nutmeg or…
Garlic milk!?! Not for the faint hearted! ¼ cup water; 1 clove of fresh chopped garlic. Boil gently.
Oh Cherry O cherry oh Baby!
Great for mental fatigue and stress which can create insomnia. Eat 10-20 cherries per day to help relieve conditions and help with sleep.
Coconut water! Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to coco and sip every 15 mins.
NOT –SO- NICE- NOSEBLEEDS:
Get greasy with ghee! Add a couple of drops of luke warm ghee to each nostril. Dip a cotton swab in to the jar of ghee and apply to nose. Ghee is hemostatic- stops bleeding.
Turmeric treasure! Use a teaspoon of turmeric in cooking or take as a tea infusion per day. Ayurvedic tradition states that if a pregnant woman takes turmeric regularly- the child will have fabulous skin for all his/her life!
LESS SOAP! In winter especially- use only once a week if you are not a sweaty person. If prone to sweat- use 2-4 times a week but no more.
Summer may need to increase but general rule is it is drying, can be damaging.
Best to use NEEM soap or SANDALWOOD.
MORE CHERRIES! Apply a pulp fresh cherries to your face as a mask- before going to bed. Leave for 15 minutes to TOTALLY rejuvenate complexion! TRY IT
Gargle with turmeric and pinch of salt.
Soothing herbal tea- ginger (2 parts), liquorice (2)and cinnamon (3)
TOP AYURVEDIC TRAVEL TIPS!
If you travel regularly – the following innovative suggestions may prove very helpful.
For HIGH FLYERS (Plane travellers)
It is suggested that NO FOOD is best on flights. This helps the body adjust the metabolism to a new time. Eating during the flight will create more bloating. Digestion is impaired at altitude due to lower pressure so the body can’t assimilate food. This can be a little more challenging when on long haul journeys. When travelling long distance it is suggested you eat fresh fruits (ideally one which are whole and not already cut up. Prepare yourself to rest.
TIP 2: drink Drink DRINK!
Take a small thermos and various herbal tea bags. Tulsi tea is the best as its known to stabilise all doshas especially vata which becomes unstable during travel. This keeps things nicely hydrated.
Abhyanga (self massage with sesame) before, during and after flying helps to ground the effects of severe vata aggravation. During flight- you can massage sesame oil in to the soles of your feet, then put a pair of socks on. I’ve NOT done this perosnally- but I hear it can help especially on flights over 10 hours.
SPECIFICALLY FOR JET LAG SUFFERERS:
TIP 1: MARVELLOUS MUNG BEANS!
TIP 2: Practice above 3 tips during flight.
When arriving at destination book a shirodara, abhyanga or body massage with your own sesame oil. Cranial sessions are also suggested.