Bringing Balance to Exhausted Adrenals

Bringing Balance to Exhausted Adrenals

A 19 year old female ( vata – pitta prakriti ) comes to you wanting help getting back to balance. She has late nights, either studying or spending time with her friends, and has a poor diet (candy and bagged chips are incredibly convenient). But she became concerned about […]

This Four-Ingredient Topping Will Enhance the Flavor of (Almost) Anything

This Four-Ingredient Topping Will Enhance the Flavor of (Almost) Anything


I love this topping!  You can literally put it on anything! Let me know if you make it and what you used it for.  It is packed with god for you Omega-3’s.

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May 14, 2018
Greg DuPree

Sometimes all you need is a little sprinkle of something truly transformative to elevate a dish from simple to sublime. No, I’m not referring to my personal favorite, flaky salt. I’m talking about a special blend made from just four better-for-you ingredients.

This fragrant concoction of walnuts and flaxseed meal is a game-changer when scattered over roasted vegetables of all kinds, from asparagus to root vegetables. It can also add zing to raw vegetables like radishes or ripe summer tomatoes. Just a dash can perk up a mixed salad, roasted salmon, or a simply seared steak. It essentially acts as a gluten-free and more flavorful and healthy alternative to breadcrumbs. I even use it to top my morning porridge, whether I’m going with oats or quinoa. The magical perk about this easy topper is that it works with both sweet and savory dishes.

The Flaxseed-Walnut Crumble starts with a big handful of walnuts. Toss them with coconut oil and turmeric then toast in the oven to further bring out their fragrant nuttiness. Walnuts are packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3s and are also rich in antioxidants. Coconut oil, a good fat when consumed in moderation, adds a hint sweetness, plus the fatty acids found in the oil can kill harmful bacteria and viruses. Turmeric brings a kick to the mix but also its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Once the walnuts cool, it’s simply combined with flaxseed meal and a pinch of salt in a food processor. The outcome looks like golden, good-for-you breadcrumbs.

Make a batch and store in an airtight container. It’ll be there for you when you want to add a healthful flavor boost to your dishes or perk up the basics.

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.


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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10 Ayurvedic Solutions for Thinning Hair

10 Ayurvedic Solutions for Thinning Hair

Below is a fantastic article with great tips to not only help minimizing thinning hair, but to help promote new hair growth.  My hokistic go to is the Somaderm Gel.  Not only is my hair growing in places where I have lost it, I also sleep through the night and I am dreaming again,  I also wake up refreshed and remember my dreams.  My skin texture is so much bitter, and my eysight has even gotten better.  I am also regaining muscle mass.  Find out more here: The Gel.

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THERE’S NO SHAME in a little shedding, but if your scalp is looking sparse — and your drain is looking like it could use a blowout — it could be a sign that something is off’ internally, which means it’s time to take action. We love this natural and holistic approach from ayurvedic expert and author Sahara Rose.

Thinning hair is the worst and something we’ve all dealt with at some point in our lives. I remember deep in my raw-vegan days when my vata imbalance was spiraling out of control (though I didn’t know it yet). I’d see handfuls of hair coming out in the shower and literally be afraid of conditioning my hair because of the amount of hair loss that followed. Luckily, ayurveda has many tips for bringing back our hair flow, so we can look like lustrous goddesses.

Eat warming and grounding foods. Steer clear from excess cold, dry and raw foods, which can cause a vata imbalance. Vata is a cold, dry energy, therefore we must counterbalance it with warm, moist foods. Cook your salad and have a soup on the side. Drink hot water with your green juice. Use room temperature instead of frozen fruits in your smoothie. Warm up your body so your digestion can work more effectively, allowing you to absorb more nutrients.

Take amla, Indian gooseberry. Amla is the most popular ayurvedic treatment for hair loss and is also commonly used as a hair oil. Amla is filled with numerous minerals specific for hair growth. It is extremely rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Amla makes hair stronger, healthier and prevents grays. You can find amla oil at many Indian supermarkets for a hair mask or take it in powder or supplement form from a reputable, organic source.

Massage with brahmi. Brahmi (centella asiatica) is an ayurvedic herb commonly used for intelligence and alertness. However, the oil also stimulates blood circulation in the head. Massage brahmi oil (also called gotu kola) in your scalp and let sit overnight. Wash the next morning for lustrous hair.

Rinse with neem. Neem (margosa leaves) are commonly used in ayurveda to promote hair growth, as well as silky, shiny hair. Combine several drops of neem oil in water and rinse it in your hair. Rinse out with water. Repeat weekly as a wonderful hair treatment.

Snack on sesame seeds and tahini (sesame seed paste). Sesame seeds are a wonderful source of magnesium, calcium and essential fatty acids for hair-growth. I love putting tahini on my vegetables, salad, fruits and everything in between. If you like nut butter, you’ll love tahini.

Avoid caffeine. Caffeine dehydrates the body, creating excess vata, which can lead to hair loss. Instead, start your day with hot water, turmeric and lemon.

Steer clear of spicy, fried and oily foods. These foods might imbalance your pitta (fire) dosha, causing hair loss.

Take sips of warm water throughout the day. Instead of drinking a lot of water at once, sip gradually so you can absorb the H20 and rehydrate your colon.

Drink carrot juice and eat carrots. These veggies are known to promote hair growth.

Don’t stress yourself out. Stress is the number one cause of hair loss. Stay grounded and keep taking care of yourself. You shall overcome this, queen!