Have any of you been told to "Take your pills every day at the same time?" or "Make sure to have a regular mealtime or bedtime? In Ayurveda, having a regular routine or "dinacharya" is important
and helps to create stability in the body.
One aspect of dinacharya is the morning routine, which begins with eliminating the wastes from the body through urination, defecation and blowing of the nose. This should be followed by good oral hygiene which should consist of scraping the tongue, brushing the teeth and performing an oral swish using an herb infused oil that promotes good oral health (I will discuss this in the next newsletter). For now, I would like to focus on tongue scraping because some of you have inquired about it at Ease. Tongue scraping is used in Ayurveda for many reasons other than the obvious to prevent bad breath by ridding the tongue of unwanted bacterial waste. Tongue scraping is also used to rid the body of excess Kapha dosha which could make one feel congested, heavy in both mind and body. Tongue scraping is also used to stimulate the bowels to help one eliminate their wastes in a timely manner. In my practice, I regularly introduce tongue scraping for all of the aforementioned reasons but also to teach my clients the importance of meeting your body's needs at the beginning of the day. For example, a white residue that comes off the tongue could indicate excess kapha while a yellowish color could indicate excess pitta while a grayish/brownish color could indicate excess vata. One could use this information to balance the dosha in excess through diet and lifestyle for that day. Ease will now be providing tongue scrapers for purchase. Please come in for a consultation and learn more about how to achieve your health goals through diet and lifestyle.
Blessings, Dr. Paula
In Ayurveda, organic oils are routinely used to balance one's constitution and to rid the body of toxins. These oils can be massaged into the skin followed by steaming (called abhyanga), placed in
the nose using nasya oil or placed in the mouth called oil pulling.
Oil pulling is part of the daily morning regimen (called dinacharya) that begins with cleaning of the tongue using a tongue scraper (see August Newsletter for details) followed by brushing of the teeth. Once the tongue and teeth are cleaned, oil pulling is performed using one tablespoon of an organic cold pressed oil infused with Ayurvedic herbs. This small amount of oil is placed into the mouth and swished around (not swallowed) for a minimum of five minutes and then spit out followed by a rinse with water; the time of the pulling should be increased over time to about twenty minutes to maximize its effects. Oil pulling has been demonstrated to promote good oral hygiene by: preventing cavities, reducing gingivitis, decreasing plaque binding to the teeth and oral surfaces, decreasing microbial count in the mouth, freshening breath and by strengthening the teeth and gums. Shanbhag, 2017: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198813/?report=printable
Ease now offers Daily Swish by Banyan Botanicals in single use (12mL) or 8 fl oz bottles (which should last for about one month). During my consultations, I have been providing to my clients (free of charge) a Banyan Botanical Tongue Scraper (sold at Ease for $8).
For the next month, I will be giving to my clients-both new and returning-free samples of the Daily Swish (single use) as a "thank you". Please stop in for a consultation so you can learn more about how Ayurveda can help you achieve your health goals.
Blessings, Dr. Paula
As we move into the fall season, the colors of this season are absolutely breathtaking! Even though our eyes see brilliant colors, other parts of our body may be experiencing the other
qualities of fall; dryness, turbulence through the howling winds, and coldness. Because each of us is unique, some of us may experience more anxiety or sleepless nights in the fall, drying of the
skin or cold feeling to the body, or absentmindedness. This is common at this time of year.
Ayurveda pays a lot of attention to the fall and winter seasons and has many remedies to help us move through and enjoy these seasons with excellent health. One way Ayurveda helps us to keep the body and mind healthy during the fall and winter seasons is to massage the body daily with warm sesame oil called abhyanga. Not only is this used in Ayurveda to keep the skin and body moisturized, it is a way to nourish and strengthen the nervous system to reduce anxiety. With abhyanga, the body is massaged for about 10-20 minutes with warm sesame oil BEFORE stepping into the shower-opposite of what we do in our society. When stepping into a warm shower or dry sauna, it is imperative to steam the body for a minimum of 10 minutes to allow for the oil to penetrate deeply into your tissues. Afterwards, the body is rinsed with water-no soaping-and the body is gently dried with a towel with a light dabbing motion. The intention is to keep the remaining oil on the body to allow for the sesame oil to produce its nourishing and warming effects in the body without damaging your clothing. Ease now offers organic cold pressed sesame oil infused with herbs by Banyan Botanicals for purchase.
Blessings, Dr. Paula
Oh the aromas of the holidays, baked apples, pumpkin pies, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves galore! We use our senses of sound, touch, sight, taste and smell to thrive. Misuse of the senses through underutilization, over-utilization can lead to imbalances in the body. One of the goals of Ayurveda is to keep the senses balanced and we do this through diet, lifestyle and through the use of aromatic essential oils and soaps. Lavender, eucalyptus and sandalwood are commonly used to relax the mind, create a sense of tranquility and provide protection to the body through their anti-fungal, antiseptic properties and respiratory effects. Ease sells lavender, eucalyptus and sandalwood essential oils or soaps. I commonly recommend the use of lavender to promote sleep and reduce anxiety.
Blessings, Dr. Paula
Holiday Blessings to Everyone of All Faiths!
I wanted to write about the importance of food and how Ayurveda uses food to heal the body and maintain good health. In Ayurveda, we pay close attention to the types of foods we eat daily, seasonally and during one’s current stage of life to counterbalance any disturbances in the body. Because it is the winter season and the qualities are drying and cold, it is important to nourish the body and mind with warming and heavier foods like root vegetables.
As a gift to all of you, I am providing a delicious and nutritious recipe to enjoy during the winter months called “Orange Soup”.
In a large pot, combine 32oz of chicken broth (salted to taste), ¼ tsp black pepper, one sweet potato (peeled and quartered), half of a white onion (quartered), two carrots (peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces) and one inch of fresh ginger (peeled and diced). With lid on pot, simmer on low-medium heat for about one hour or until all vegetables are soft. Blend the contents into a thick soup using a blender or blending wand. Salt to taste.
Pay attention to the qualities of the soup and how your body responds to it.
Enjoy! Dr. Paula
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