An Introduction to Ayurveda and Its Benefits.

An Introduction to Ayurveda and Its Benefits.

Balanced living, both physically and mentally, is the principle behind Ayurveda, the science of life.  I take this ancient wisdom and add a modern twist to accomodate our 21st lifestyles.  This article is an introduction to ayurveda.

Introduction to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a system of healing unlike any other, offering a unique approach to health care in the form of self-discovery. With its roots in ancient India, Ayurveda is a tradition thought to be over five thousand years old. Today, Ayurvedic medicine is respected by the government of India  and is offered in treatment centers and hospitals around the country.1 Join us as we explore Ayurveda’s westward expansion, its basic principles, and how the Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz can help you harness the power of Ayurveda to achieve your own optimal state of wellness.

What Is Ayurveda?

The name “Ayurveda” is derived from two words in Sanskrit, “ayuh” meaning “life” or “longevity” and “veda” meaning “science” or “sacred knowledge.” Ayurveda’s definition therefore roughly translates as “the science of longevity” or “the sacred knowledge of life.”

At its root, Ayurveda is a holistic tradition and way of living that can help each of us to claim and celebrate our capacity for wellness. Ayurveda can help us:

  • Sync up with our truest inner nature
  • Honor and develop our strengths
  • Hone in on our challenge areas
  • Redirect detrimental tendencies
  • Maintain balance in the face of adversity

In other words, Ayurveda is not simply about taking an herbal formula and waiting for the results. Instead, Ayurveda encourages you to be an active participant in your own journey toward healing. This involves learning about your relationship with the elements and the unique combinations they create called doshas, which we will explore below. First, let’s take a look at Ayurveda’s background.

The Benefits of Drinking Water from a Copper Vessel

The Benefits of Drinking Water from a Copper Vessel

According to Ayurveda, there are a host of benefits of drinking water from a copper vessel. Copper vessels have been used in many asian countries, mostly India, for thousands of years. Studieshave shown that drinking water from copper vessels offers many positive benefits.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered copper as the only solid material that kills bacteria and protects us from susceptible health risks.  Do know that all copper vessels are not treated equal.  The copper vessel must be made from 100% copper.  The bottle I choose to use is from COPPER H2O. Each of their copper bottles is shaped from a single sheet of 100% pure copper, with no joints or seams. The result is a bottle of exceptional quality.

 

 

Here are the top 10 reasons you should drink water from a copper vessel:

  1. Stimulates the Brain ~ Our brain works by transmitting impulses from one neuron to another.  The neurons are covered by a myelin sheath that sort of acts like a conductive agent.  Copper helps in phospholipids that are essential for the myelin sheaths.  Thereby, making your brain work faster and more efficiently.
  2. Slows Down Aging ~ Drinking water from a copper vessel can dramatically decrease the appearance of fine lines and slow down the appearance of aging.  Water stored in copper vessel is packed with very strong antioxidant and cell forming properties, copper fights free radicals and helps in the productions of new skin cells.
  3. Maintains Cardiovascular Health ~ Copper has been found to help minimize the risk of developing Heart Disease by regulating blood pressure, heart rate and lower’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Helps to prevent the build up of plaque in the arteries and dilates blood vessels for better blood flow to the heart.
  4. Supports the Thyroid Gland ~ Experts say the one of the most commonality among people with thyroid disease is the the low levels of copper in their bodies.  Copper is one of the most important trace minerals and plays and essential part in the function of the thyroid gland.  Drinking water from a copper vessel helps to make up for the deficiency and regulates the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
  5. Improves the Digestive System ~ Drinking water from a copper vessel helps the digestive system perform better.  It flushes out the stomach and digestive track and helps to detox the liver and kidneys, kills harmful bacteria and reduces inflammation in the stomach.  I start my day off by drinking water stored over night in my copper water bottle.
  6. Can Fight Off Cancer ~ Water stored in a copper vessel is loaded with anti-oxidants. According to the American Cancer Society the exact mechanism of how copper helps proven the onset of cancer is still not known but studies have shown that copper complexes have a considerable anti-cancer effect.
  7. Keeps Skin Healthy ~ Copper is the main component in the production of melanin in our bodies.  While melanin helps the body stay safe from sun damage, speeds up wound healing and covers scars, the production of new cells is a boon for smooth, blemish free and clear skin. Ayurveda experts say that drinking this water on a regular basis, especially in the morning on an empty stomach,  can make a significant difference in the health of your skin.
  8. Fights Arthritis and inflamed Joints ~ Copper has very potent anti-inflammatory properties. This asset is especially great to relieve aches and pains due to inflamed joints – like in the case of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Copper also has bone and immune system strengthening properties, making it the perfect remedy for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This is where drinking water infused with copper is a great way to find relief from the aches and pains of these diseases.
  9. Aids in Weight Loss ~ If your diet just doesn’t seem to be helping you lose weight, try drinking water stored in a copper vessel on a regular basis. Apart from fine tuning your digestive system to perform better, copper also helps your body break down fat and eliminate it more efficiently. Thereby helping your body keep only what it will use and throw out the rest.
  10. Builds a Strong Immune System ~ Copper is known to be oligodynamic in nature (the sterilizing effect of metals on bacteria), and can destroy bacteria very effectively. It is especially effective against E.coli and S.aureus – two bacteria that are commonly found in our environment and are known to cause severe illnesses in the human body. Known to help prevent common water borne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery and jaundice, copper has been touted as the cheapest solution to cleaning water in countries that do not have a good sanitation system.

Copper is not innately utilized by our body. That is why too much of the metal can be detrimental. According to the FDA about 12mg/day is more than sufficient for the body to use without causing any harm. So, do not overdo the entire exercise. Drinking water twice or three times a day from a copper vessel is more than enough to reap its benefits. I also drink from my copper water bottle for 3 months and take a month off.  You can also drink copper infused water for 3 weeks and take a week off.  

Bringing Balance to Exhausted Adrenals

Bringing Balance to Exhausted Adrenals

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The Benefits of Ayurveda Self Massage

The Benefits of Ayurveda Self Massage

What is Abhyanga?

Abhyanga is the Sanskrit word for self-oil massage.  Looking deeper into the meaning, it means “movement of sustenance towards all the bodily tissues so they radiate health.”  Simply put, it means that when we stimulate the blood flow throughout our body and invigorate our senses, such as through massage, we radiate health.

I invite you to read and learn more about it here: Benefits of Self Massage in Ayurveda – Abhyanga | Banyan Botanicals.  Why is is so important?  What are the benefits?  You will be amazed!  I certainly was!  I have been practicing Abhyanga for about 3 months now.  I can see a difference in my skin and body for sure. To me, this is probably the most supreme act of sacred self-care. Do know, Ayurveda treatments can take anywhere form 1-6 months to see results.  Depends on the body.  Be patient.  It will be worth the wait.  I promise!

 

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing

Lets talk about dry brushing!  Did you know that the skin is the largest organ we have?  About 30% of our bodies toxins are removed from the skin.  Dead skin cells accumulate preventing the toxins from leaving our skin.  Dry brushing can help with this and it takes less then 5 minutes a day.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is the practice of brushing the body with a firm brush to brush away dry skin, increase circulation, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion,  reduce the appearance of cellulite and also aids the body in removing waste. don’t you?

Lymph nodes are responsible for detoxing our bodies.  When the lymph system is congested, you may experience digestive problems, weight gain, inflammation which could lead to illnesses.

So, what kind of dry-brush should you buy?  I suggest getting a brush with a long handle.  I like the handles that can be removed for more controlled brushing in reachable places. Look for natural bristles, no plastic.   I particularly like this Dry Brush  There  are others you can choose from as well.

How to Dry Brush:

  1. Stand in a shower or bath tub.  This way the dead skin can be rinsed down the drain.
  2. Begin by brushing your hand and then up the front and back of your arms with long strokes.
  3. Brush area several times, overlapping in order to remove all of the dead skin.
  4. Move towards the chest.  Use lighter strokes on delicate areas.
  5. Brush your stomach using counter clockwise circular strokes.
  6. Now go to your  feet .  Use circular motions around feet and ankles. Work your way up your legs with long strokes, back of buttocks and up your back.
  7. Spend more time on dry areas.

ALWAY STROKE TOWARDS YOUR HEART

After you have dry brushed, follow with either a lukewarm shower then a self massage with your favorite oil.  No time for a shower? No worries!  Just follow with a self massage using your favorite oil.  When it comes to oils, check out the oils at Banyan Botanicals.

Have you tried dry brushing?   I have been dry brushing for about a year now.  I have noticed a big difference in my skin and the way I feel. If you have not tried it, do you think you will? Share your thoughts.  I would love to hear them.

 

 

The numerous benefits of oil pulling extend beyond just the mouth.

Believe me, I was skeptical.  I have been researching Oil Pulling for quite some time now.  It wasn’t until I happened upon Banyan Botanicals that I decided to try it.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It was not half as bad as I thought. Did you know that oil pulling kills the bad bacteria while keeping the good bacteria we need.  Traditional mouthwash kills it all.   I suggest starting with 5 minutes and work your way up to 20 minutes.  I “swish”  while I am getting ready in the morning.  You will be surprised how fast 20 minutes goes by.  I suggest using the Banyan Botanicals Daily Swish Mouth Rinse. It has a combination of both sesame oil and coconut oil.  Also herbs and both peppermint and spearmint essential oils.  The flavor is very refreshing.  Remember to spit in the trash can when finished.  The oil can eventually ruin the pipe in your home.

Maybe you’ve heard of oil pulling, but you’re not sure what it means or how it’s done. Here are the basics of this simple practice based on an ancient technique to help you decide if it’s for you.

What Is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is the act of taking a small amount of oil and swishing it around one’s teeth and gums—not unlike an Ayurvedic mouthwash. The difference is that with oil pulling, the oil is not simply cleaning the mouth, it is a time-tested method for improving oral hygiene that is endorsed not only by Ayurvedic practitioners, but western doctors and dentists too, including WebMD.1

The Benefits

The numerous benefits of oil pulling extend beyond just the mouth. Here is a breakdown of the benefits of oil pulling.

  • Teeth and gums. With all of the food and drinks we consume, it’s easy for particles to become trapped in the teeth and gums, leading to potential tooth pain and other unpleasant results. Oil pulling helps maintain a normal mouth pH and oral flora, keeping microbes, plaque, and decay from building within the mouth while strengthening the teeth and their enamel.
  • Sinuses. Sinuses can easily become bogged down, especially for those who are sensitive to dust and pollen. Swishing oil promotes overall sinus health, allowing the sinuses to remain free and clear.
  • Clear breathing. Breathing is a necessary part of life, and who doesn’t love a nice deep breath when stress starts to build up? The regular practice of oil pulling has been shown to not just freshen the breath, but to also reduce dryness and wheezing, making breathing even easier.
  • Joints. Practicing oil pulling on a regular basis can help with joint comfort and flexibility. Dentists talk about how the health of the mouth is indicative of the whole body’s well-being. Oil pulling helps bring moisture to the teeth, which in turn bring moisture to the rest of the body through the exoskeletal system.
  • Jaw muscles. Oil pulling helps provide a low-key but efficient workout for the neck, jaw, and mandibles, keeping those areas more flexible. Additionally, the soothing presence of oil that is absorbed through the inside of the mouth helps relax the jaw and neck and prevents dryness.
  • Detoxification. Pulling oil supports the body’s natural ability to remove toxins.
  • Skin. The presence of oil helps keep the skin hydrated and promotes an environment for skin to thrive.
  • Routine. Cleansing and refreshing for the breath, the practice of oil pulling is a wonderful addition to your daily routine! The ritualistic aspect of it is not only beneficial for oral hygiene but also for adding a sense of groundedness and balance to your daily life.

How to Do Oil Pulling

In the morning on an empty stomach, start by putting 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth. Ayurveda traditionally recommends sesame oil to support healthy teeth and bones. Initially the oil may not have a pleasant taste, but you will get used to this. Swish the oil in the mouth, moving it around both sides; also move the oil in front of, behind, and through the teeth. Continue the process for 15–20 minutes, until the oil has become thin and whitish in color. Then spit it out in the trash or toilet, rather than down the drain, to avoid clogging, and rinse the mouth with warm water, brushing if desired. Do not swallow the oil.

If these benefits sound like they are for you, give oil pulling a try!

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