Ginger

You may have heard that one of the common uses for ginger is to alleviate nausea and stomach discomfort. Many people use candied ginger to settle an upset stomach perhaps because it neutralizes toxins and helps digestion. What you may not know is that ginger has heating qualities, good for vata and pitta constitutions. Ginger can alleviate inflammation that accompanies the common cold, it reduces sinus discomfort as well as congestion. So, I’ve been a bit obsessed with tea these days.read more

Fall = Vata season

 

ayurveda teaches that while we’re now entering Vata season,
some of us may be feeling a bit scattered, uneasy/anxious,
quick tempered and dehydrated.  This is the time of year we
need to ensure we are nourishing our bodies with warm, sweet,
grounding foods.  think beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin,
squashes and cooked oats. 
I think it is fascinating that many of the Vata balancing foods are
currently in season, nature knows what we need and is in ready 
supply. 
pumpkin curry or butternut squash soup? hmmm.       

spotted on a passing car

‘Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.’

mmmm

feeling anxious, scattered and stressed? need clarity or help falling asleep? or maybe some kinda boost? whether you’re looking to calm and relax or energize and entice there are scents that can do just that. lavender, and chamomile will relax your mind, camphor will clear your mind and mint and geranium will increase energy and give your libido a boost, respectively. even without massage, simply by incorporating the scent you can feel the effects. massage is a topic for another time.

snack anyone?

a glimpse at what I’m having today. it is unusual that I don’t have some sort of protein as well but you grab what you’ve got, right? still, with this you’re getting vitamin C, flavonoids, B vitamins, potassium, and magnesium to name a few, not to mention fiber and natural sugars giving you that nice afternoon pick-me-up. also, I learned recently that ayurveda believes that eating a banana/day on a somewhat regular basis can serve to naturally maintain the serotonin levels in the body. who knew?!