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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep


There is nothing more frustrating than lying in bed staring at the ceiling, tired but unable to sleep.

A healthy, full night’s sleep is one of the essential supports of a healthy full life. When we get enough sleep, we have the opportunity to enter the next day with a sort of clean slate and renewed energy.

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Summer Recipes: Coconut Curry Chicken and Veg

The dry heat of the summer sun weakens our bodies.

This is the time of year to focus on foods which bring moisture and lubrication into our systems.

Coconut and lemongrass are both delicious summer ingredients and potent healers.

Coconut is moist and cool. It is building in nature and pacifies the dryness and weakness of Vata and the heat and inflammation of Pitta. It can make heavy, wet, cold symptoms of Kapha worse.

Lemongrass has proven very effective for soothing headaches, particularly migraines. For sufferers of migraines, the summer headaches are particularly common. It is also a digestive aid, relieving gas and bloating cause by Vata.

Ginger and turmeric are both very effective anti-inflammatories. They aid in digestion and have been shown to fight micro-organisms and purify the blood. Ginger is also a pain-reliever and eases constipation from the dryness of Vata aggravation.

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Feel Your Life: the 20 Gunas and Constitution

One of the main goals of Ayurveda is to bring us more into alignment with nature.

One of our innate tools we can use for this is sensation. By becoming more and more aware of our sensations, we bring ourselves into the present.

Discover sensations with this 6 minute meditation practice:

Understanding the 20 gunas is one very nice way to start to connect more with your experience and understand your connection to your environment.

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Recipe: Basil Almond Pesto

I love the taste of fresh basil pesto

But, I have a lot of Pitta in my constitution. I have a hard time with garlic and pine nuts. The parmesan cheese traditinally used in pesto is pretty channel clogging and Kapha provoking. I avoid eating it very often and don’t give it to my son who has had some skin and lung issues in the past.

So I created this Basil Almond Pesto recipe.

I know it’s definitely not traditional pesto, but this recipe is pretty delicious. The freshness of the taste of the almonds adds a wonderful and unexpected touch.

But, let’s look at what the medicinal benefits of the ingredients:

Basil is a member of the mint family and is a powerful antioxidant–especially when it isn’t heated. It is a warming herb, so it can be used to help soothe Vata and Kapha complaints.

There are many forms of basil. They are used in herbal traditions all over the world to treat asthma symptoms and digestive upset, to help stabilize blood sugar, to improve circulation and to boost  immunity.

Basil is also antibacterial. It can be used internally or topically to support healthy wound healing and may help fight viruses.

Raw Almonds which have been soaked overnight in room-temperature water and then peeled are sweet and delicious.

They are cooling in nature and soothe Pitta complaints. The are not too heavy and eaten in moderation should not be Kapha provoking. The soaking and peeling also makes them less Vata provoking than other nuts.

Almonds are nourishing and aphrodisiac. They are also laxative and help the body excrete excess water while still being moisturizing.

Olive oil is an amazing food especially when eaten raw. It is very good for lowering “bad” cholesterol and has scientifically proven strongly antimicrobial properties.

The slightly bitter flavor of high-quality, virgin olive oil (as opposed to the bitterness of a rancid or spoiled oil) soothes Pitta inflammation and supports the functioning of the liver. Because of it’s light, bitter, fresh flavor it is not Kapha-provoking, and it’s sweet oiliness pacifies Vata.

Leeks are sweet and Vata reducing. When cooked, they soothe air in the digestive tract (bloating and gas) without aggravating Pitta

Basil Almond Pesto

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