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Tips & Advice

Discover tips & advice from our practitioners for health on a daily basis (beauty, health, tips by season, lifestyle, recipes..) inspired by herbal medicine!

December

Let Ayurvedic Wisdom help you enjoy the Spirit of the Season

December

Holidays are an exciting time of the year. Meeting friends and family, entertaining and planning festive meals, shopping for gifts, revisiting memories of past and creating new ones could be stressful at this time of the year.

Stress plays a role in the onset of every disease from the common cold to heart disease. Not only is stress invisible, it is created by the person who... read more

Turmeric latte

warming, healthy and delicious

Turmeric latte

Turmeric has been the subject of numerous scientific studies. Also called ‘the spice of life’, turmeric is well known in Ayurvedic medicine for its many virtues: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, it strengthens the immune system, helps digestion and certain skin diseases.

One delicious way to get more turmeric in your life with this perfect warming winter drink

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Focus on fall health

Our top 5 tips to bring internal harmony with the external fall weather

Focus on fall health

According to Ayurveda period from October to February is considered a Vata season. To prepare our bodies to the external weather conditions of blowing cold and dry winds, we need to strengthen our immune system with a fall cleanse.

Unlike the spring cleanse meant for detoxification of toxins accumulated due to heavier diet in winter, fall cleanse is designed to strengthen... read more

Ayurveda & recipe

Recipes for the cold season

Ayurveda & recipe

The seasons have an influence on the doshas, so it’s important to adapt to the nature. The Vata season in this part of Canada extends the months from October to February. The nature of Vata is cold, dry, light, unstable and erratic and therefore herbs, foods, beverages and lifestyle habits used to pacify Vata should be opposite in nature, i.e. warming, moistening, heavy, stable... read more

Guidelines to balance Vata

Ayurveda & fall

Guidelines to balance Vata

The nature of Vata is cold, dry, light, unstable and erratic and therefore herbs, foods, beverages and lifestyle habits used to pacify Vata should be opposite in nature, i.e. warming, moistening, heavy, stable and grounding.

Foods to Avoid
Fruits - dried fruit, cranberries, citrus, uncooked apples, unripe fruit
Vegetables - raw vegetables generally, mushrooms
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Ayurveda & Herbs Teas

Fall recipes

Ayurveda & Herbs Teas

Traditional Ayurvedic teas are made from herbs, spices or fruits that can be easily found in our kitchen cabinets. This fall, prefer herbal teas and hot spicy drinks.

Brew a cup of tea, to warm your heart and stay cozy during this change of season.


Fennel and ginger tea
prepare the body for the Vata season. In Ayurveda, ginger helps the body adjust to the... read more

Brahmi

Ayurvedic Herbs for the Mind

Brahmi

Mental rejuvenative herbs or Medhya Rasayanas are used in Ayurveda for addressing imbalances in memory and attention. These herbs provide powerful nourishment to the mind.

Brahmi also referred to as Bacopa monnieri, Herpestis monniera, water hyssop, and “Brahmi,” has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for centuries. Traditionally, it was used as a brain tonic... read more

Multipurpose Jojoba!

Sun, pool, outdoors & vacations

 Multipurpose Jojoba!

Moisturizing your skin in summer with oils is a great idea, Jojoba Oil was made for summer!
It balances the hydration level and soothes fragile skin caused by various sun exposures!

Acne After-sun, after swim Dry eczema, psoriasis Irritations Dry legs Cracked feet Lip care Elbows, ankles Sunburns

When traveling, jojoba could replace... read more

Summer and ayurveda

Stay cool this summer

Summer and ayurveda

As you switch to flip flops and outdoor weather, it is a best time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetable to prevent skin sensitivities, occasional digestive issues and mineral deficiencies. Below are favorite summer tips:

According to Ayurveda hot days of summer from June to September is a Pitta season. Pitta dosha is a one of the three psycho-physiological elements that... read more

Indian Lassi recipe

Summer Drink

Indian Lassi recipe

Summer in Ayurveda is the Pitta season which is dominated by heat. To balance this life-force in your body and mind, Ayurveda uses cooling foods. Lassi is a beverage highly recommended in Ayurveda to improve digestion and balances all the three doshas.
Lassi is best taken with lunch or shortly after lunch. It quenches thirst and contains lacto-bacilli, which are necessary... read more

Jal Jeera

Perfect drink for summer!

Jal Jeera

Summer beverage recipe Jal Jeera/Cumin water
Jal means water and Jeera means cumin. In Ayurveda Cumin is digestive herb that helps against bloating, gas, heaviness etc. In summer due to Pitta season there is excess of heat and inflammation in the system. Cumin helps to cool the system and detoxifies the liver. The lemon in the drink has alkaline properties. Jal jeera helps to... read more

Guidelines for balancing Pitta

General guidelines

Guidelines for balancing Pitta

Pitta relates to the properties of heat in the body, represented by the archetypal qualities of the Sun. The nature of Pitta is hot, light, ascending and fast, and therefore herbs, foods, beverages and lifestyle habits used to pacify Pitta should be opposite in nature, i.e. cooling, heavy, descending, and relaxing.

Foods to Avoid
Fruits - in excess: citrus fruits (e.g.... read more

An Ayurvedic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Springs is here!

An Ayurvedic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Allergy is a hyperactive response of the immune system to specific allergens. Seasonal allergies can occur anytime but they occur most often during spring and early summer when plants and trees are flowering and producing pollens. These dramatic changes in the environment challenge the immune system. Researchers and doctors are still unclear why only some of the population is... read more

Ayurveda for Mom & Mom to be

Tips for Pre natal care

Ayurveda for Mom & Mom to be

According to Ayurveda, pregnancy is a time when everything the pregnant mother tastes, sees, touches, hears, and smells should be nourishing to the mother and child. Foods that are easily digested, nourish the tissues of mother and the unborn child and create a more settled state of mind.

There are very specific recommendations to bring about a state of balance in the... read more

Alternative to sport drinks

Good lymph flow & hydratation

Alternative to sport drinks

For good lymph flow, to favour toxin elimination, try our therapist’s and educator’s tips. Rock Berger, Nd, Hd.

In the morning before leaving the house, mix in a bottle:

700 ml spring water 300 ml pressed pink grapefruit juice (not from-concentrate juice that are too acidic) 30 ml Beautynorm ½ teasp. of Guérande sea salt (less sodium)

Drink... read more

Balancing Kapha

Ayurveda & Spring

Balancing Kapha

The nature of Kapha is cold, heavy, smooth, moist and dull and therefore herbs, foods, beverages and lifestyle habits used to pacify Kapha should be opposite in nature, i.e. warming, light, rough, dry and sharp.

Foods to Avoid

Fruits – most fruits are generally avoided because of their excessive water content and cooling nature, with the exception of those listed... read more

Kapha & Ayurveda

Top 5 tips

Kapha & Ayurveda

Spring is the time of renewal, rejuvenation and blossoms!
The sunlight and warmth has returned to us after long hours of staying indoors. An important message of spring is cleansing. We often feel a deep urge to get rid of old unwanted items and create a new space in our homes.

Ayurveda offers a great array of tools in the form of gentle detoxification and easy weight... read more

Hair & nails

Mirrors of health

Hair & nails

The condition of your hair and nails is often a reflection of your age, health, and how balanced your diet is.

Are your nails brittle and is your hair dull and prone to split ends? Being tired or sick, stress, ageing, or poor diet can cause deficiencies, affecting the appearance and texture of your hair and nails, and causing them to be weak.

B-group vitamins, sulfur... read more

Spring health and wellbeing

Ayurveda, kapha season & digestive tea

Spring health and wellbeing

According to Ayurveda, Spring is the most important season to detoxify the body.

Toxins can interrupt its biochemical balance, creating a fertile ground for allergies, flu, and other infections, or disturb the normal functioning of the liver and kidneys.
Herbal support may be used to strengthen appetite and digestion and rejuvenate liver to optimize the body’s... read more

Ashwagandha

Enjoy the taste & benefits

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha also known as Indian Ginseng has a wide range of benefits and significance in Ayurveda. Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years as a rejuvenative and Adaptogenic herb. In Sanskrit word “Ashwa” means horse and “Gandha” is vitality – a herb that promotes vitality and virility in its traditional use to support healthy male reproductive system.

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Protect yourself this winter

with Jojoba Oil

Protect yourself this winter

Jojoba oil allows the skin to resist the cold and prevents it from drying up. With its high levels of vitamins E and essential fatty acids, this precious oil is highly used to nourish and repair damaged skin and hair. Jojoba oil absorbs easily into the skin, and delivers hydration and moisturization. Its exceptional moisturizing properties help the scarring process.

Our... read more

Ayurvedic approach to Joint disease

Self-Care

Ayurvedic approach to Joint disease

Joint disorders affect about 80% of the older individuals in North America however the symptoms are worse in the colder weather. The causative factors of joint pains may be due to obesity, improper use of joints, overuse of the joints, sports injury, stress or diet. Most commonly affected joints are knees, ankles, elbows, wrists, fingers and toes.

Ayurveda identifies two... read more

Tulsi

Tea, mind & body

Tulsi

Tulsi or Holy Basil is a herb native to India where it is valued as sacred plant. It is known for its adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Tulsi contains many phyto-chemicals that counteract the negative effect of stress, support body’s immune response.

Holy Basil tea is a very popular Ayurvedic remedy to treat lung, digestive disorders, colds, coughs and... read more

Stay healthy this winter

with Ayurveda

Stay healthy this winter

Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.

The winter season holds the perfect antidote to the fast-paced mobility of the summer and fall. This is a time to rest, reflect, hold space, vision, hibernate, withdraw some of our outwardly-focused energy and redirect it inward.

Winter season... read more

Ayurveda and Back to school

An Ayurvedic perspective

Ayurveda and Back to school

Over the summer, most families have been enjoying vacation and outdoors activities with late night fun in a relaxation mode. With the end of summer approaching in early September also brings the dawn of a new school year. While back-to-school season may signal excitement over new classrooms and a fresh wardrobe for most kids, for many parents it means stress around shopping budgets,... read more

Kick-start your day

with Miviton

Kick-start your day

Vacations are over: it’s time to go back to loaded days and school for all! Before the fall shows up and brings its change in temperature and light, strengthen your system for the colder weather and to overcome stress, fatigue and overwork with Holizen.

Teen & adult
Herring soft roe is to the sea what pollen is to the plant kingdom: a true concentrate of essential... read more

Shatavari drink

Ayurveda & woman health

Shatavari drink

Shatavari is an Ayurvedic herb, one of the most commonly used in India for women to balance the reproductive tissues and hormones. Used for the mood swings and irritability of PMS, menopausal hot flashes, fertility, supports normal production of breast milk for nursing mothers and to enhance libido. It is an herb of such potency that it is translated as “she who possesses 100... read more

Triphala

Ayurvedic herb uses

Triphala

According to Ayurvedic medicine, Triphala cleanses digestive system, treats constipation, improve nutrition absorption, assimilation and toxins elimination. It also aids in weight loss, inflammation reduction and regulating blood pressure.

For Seasonal Detoxification or Weight loss
Add 1 teaspoon of Triphala powder to a glass of water. Let it soak overnight and drink... read more

Amla

Beauty secrets from India

Amla

The health benefits of Indian Gooseberry, also known as Amla, can be attributed to its high vitamin C content.

Amla, among other things,is known to increases skin health, promotes healthier hair, increases vitality and, acts as an antioxidant.

Face
Amla mixed with hot water made into a paste and when cooled, apply on the face. Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse... read more

Silicon intake

For everyday welfare

Silicon intake

Silicon is one of the twelve major elements of the elemental composition of the body. It is the first shield of defense of the body. Its Fixation begins during fetal life in the brain, muscles and spleen, before diversifying to other organs and is found mainly in areas of growth and tissue regeneration.

Body silicon content closely related to the degree of aging decreases... read more

Khichari

Ayurvedic recipe

Khichari

A classical Ayurvedic panacea food, eaten whenever there is ill health or during a therapeutic regimen such as Panch Karma. There are an infinite array of variations, and based on the herbs and spices chosen, can be prepared to reduce vata, pitta or kapha.

Mung Dal is one the most cherished foods in Ayurveda. It is tridoshic; balancing all three doshas and, especially when... read more