Turmeric like you've never seen it before, in leaf form. . Widely used in cooking, it is also one of the most comprehensive and powerful herbal medicines in Ayurvedic treatments. . It benefits and/or treats: skin health; weight loss; inflammations; gastro-intestinal issues; menstrual issues; cystic fybrosis; heart health; cancer; depression and the mind.
Apple Compote for two. . 4 hard apples; peeled and cubed; 1tsp cinnamon; 1 tbsp brown sugar; 1 cinnamon stick; 2 cups of water; mint leaf. . Add cinnamon powder, sugar and apples to boiling water. Cook till softened. . Place in glass, add the jus from cooking, garnish with mint leaf. . Photo with thanks to @oneworldayurveda
Ayurvedic medicine has eight branches, being the two bookends of life and everything that can happen to a human life in the interim. . Let's look at one of them––the beginning of life. In pre-conception, Ayurveda recommends a cleanse for both parents. It then looks after mum during pregnancy and labour. Finally both mother and infant are cared for during the first two years of the baby's life. . Photo with thanks to @ursefied007
Today's treatment is Upanaham, which is used for pain relief, osteo arthritis, swelling, bursitis. Beneficial for heel pain. . Medicated oil is applied to the affected area, followed by a herbal paste. Herbal leaves are used to cover the paste, which in turn is then wrapped in a cotton bandage and left, before being washed off with lukewarm water.
Pose of the week: Parsvakonasana, side-angle pose. . Standing poses are the foundation of our yoga practice. As a beginner make this your starting point. . Strong legs make you feel strong, able and more of an adult. Embracing our adulthood brings confidence, which in turn makes us better people. . This pose not only strengthens us, but also stretches the spine, the muscles between the ribs and the waist. . Indicated for infertility, sciatica, menstrual discomfort, constipation, low back ache and osteoporosis.
Brahmi is used to describe two distinct herbs, Centella Asiatica––aka Indian Pennywort or Gotu Kola––as well as Bacopa Monnieri. . Brahmi is a Sanskrit word that refers to the feminine essence of universal consciousness as well as the creative potential that emerges from pure awareness. . Both of the herbs that bear the name Brahmi are thought to promote subtle awareness and sattva (the pure essence of consciousness). They are also both highly revered for their mind-enhancing properties and their support of the nervous system as a whole. . Brahmi is used to: Open and clarify the mind Strengthen memory and intellect Support focus and concentration Encourage a balanced emotional state Promote daytime energy and nighttime sleep Support healthy blood cells Promote healthy skin and hair. . Balances Vata, Pitta, Kapha
OWA's Desi (20) always has a ready smile on her face. . With us since one year, she still lives with her parents and her siblings. . Here she's sweetly bringing us our herbal tea. . Photo, with thanks, to @ursefied007
Every afternoon we'll take you for a stroll through the surrounding area––in the village we'll explain the local culture and walk through the rice fields which are stunning whatever the time of year. . Photo with thanks to @ayurveda4me
Swedana, or steam treatment is one of the 'PurvaKarmas', or preparatory treatments building up to Panchakarma, the five methods of cleansing the body. . These methods lose their efficacy if the body's toxins and waste-materials have not been loosened and carried by the blood-stream to the gastro-intestinal tract. We do this through steam treatments and various massages. . Here, the body is covered in medicinal herbs, such as moringa and then steamed in a steam cabinet. . The head is never steamed as we don't want to heat it unduly.