Ama - The root of most diseases

Ama is another big topic in Ayurveda. It is what makes us sick, what gives us diseases and what we need to eliminate from our bodies. Ama is the result of undigested matter that gets lodged in our bodies. Once it starts to accumulate in the body it will not only affect our body but our mind as well. If it is not removed it will result in any number of symptoms which ultimately if untreated can result in disease. Ayurveda states that all diseases begin as Ama. Once undigested matter accumulates in the body the digestive functions become weak and this leads to a weakened immune system. This is why a strong agni is so important as it is the strong fire of our agni that has the ability to diges

Agni - Our Digestive Fire

Ayurveda Describes Agni as a fire that burns within our digestive system. It transforms all food and sensations into energy, and absorbs the nutrients in food into our tissues. It is without a doubt the cornerstone of our health and well-being according to Ayurveda. Lets start with the most basic concept. Agni is our digestive fire that keeps us healthy, both physically and mentally. The food we eat and the other stimuli that we digest is like the wood for the fire. Just like any fire it needs to be respected and tended to in order for it to burn in a way that provides us with optimal power. When our Agni is over stimulated we become overheated and dry, and if we have too little we will lack

A Sore Throat Remedy

Do you ever wake up with a sore throat and swollen glands? I sometimes do in winter and have found the easiest and quickest remedy. Put some turmeric and salt in hot water and gargle. Swish it round in your mouth too and really try to get it as far back in your throat as you can. Do it several times and then don't eat or drink anything for at least 5 minutes. Cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper will also help as it removes all those nasty toxins that love to hang out there. Give it a try, it really does work. * Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and a natural antiseptic and is used in many Ayurvedic remedies.

The Sleepy Nutmeg

After spending hours staring at a computer screen writing my blog yesterday I was so wired that I couldn't sleep. I was lying in bed for ages and then finally got up and decided to give an Ayurvedic remedy that I had read about a try. I was also feeling a bit chilled from a cold that I have so decided to have a hot shower first. Then on to the remedy - hot milk with nutmeg. I only had soy milk as I had changed from cow's milk when I started to get the cold as its lighter and causes less congestion. So I heated some soy milk in a pan with about half a teaspoon of nutmeg. It was an interesting taste, not bad and much better than any medicine that's for sure. So I sat quietly sipped at my nutme

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the ancient art of healing and wellbeing that focuses on living naturally. Todays western approach to medicine and healing is to treat the disease but Ayurveda takes a different approach. Ayurveda does not wait for a disease to appear, it maintains the body on a day to day basis believing that "prevention is better than cure". It is a traditional approach to life that focus on the whole person, not just the anatomy. Ayurveda believes that we are the by products of how we live and the body type that we were born with. These individual body types have to be kept in balance in order to remain healthy and harmonious. Learning what is right and wrong for your individual body type i

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