Ayurveda originated more than 2,500 years ago with contributions from Hindus and Buddhists alike. The word 'ayu' means life, and 'veda' means knowledge or learning. Ayurveda translates to 'Knowledge of Life'.
Ayurvedic treatment starts with an internal purification process, followed by a special diet, herbal remedies, massage therapy, yoga and meditation.
To Boost Your Memory...
Eat soaked almonds. Soak 8-10 almonds in water overnight and consume them on an empty stomach in the morning.
- Rich in healthy fats
- Rich in proteins
- Rich in antioxidants
- Rich in magnesium & zinc
For Better Oral Health...
Try Oil Pulling. Swish oil in the mouth for 2-5 minutes to promote oral health and hygiene. You could use sesame oil, coconut oil, or sunflower oil.
Oil pulling helps in:
- Reducing harmful bacteria
- promoting a healthy pH balance
- detoxifying the body
- supporting healthy gums
Disclaimer: Oil pulling should not replace regular brushing and flossing but rather used as a complementary practice to support good oral hygiene.
To Freshen Your Breath...
Mouthwash with cardamom water. Boil cardamom pods in water, let it cool, and then strain out the pods. Use mixture as a mouthwash to freshen breath and kill bacteria.
According to Ayurveda, bad breath can be caused by a built up of toxins in the mouth or digestive system.
Cardamom water helps by:
- Having antimicrobial properties
- aiding digestion & reducing inflammation
To Reduce Congestion...
Roast carom seeds. Dry roast carom seeds in a pan until they turn brown and release their aroma. Once roasted, wrap them in a thin cloth and place them on your chest or nose as a warm compress.
According to Ayurveda, roasted carom seeds ("ajwain") can help relieve congestion in the respiratory system, including the nose and chest.
Roast carom seeds have:
- Antimicrobial & anti-inflammatory properties.
Roasted carom seeds release thymol that helps to loosen mucus and phlegm, making breathing easier. The warmth of the seeds can also soothe irritated tissues in the nose and throat, relieving congestion.
Apply hing (asafoetida) paste. Mix a thick paste of asafoetida and water. Apply this paste to the naval and massage it. This stimulates the digestive system and helps relieve constipation.
According to Ayurveda, hing is believed to have medicinal properties to aid digestion.
- Anti-inflammatory properties
The naval is considered a powerful point in the body, where several important energy channels, also known as nadi's coverage.
Disclaimer: individual results may vary. Consult a healthcare practitioner before trying new remedies or treatments. Always do a patch test before applying anything new to the skin.
To Improve Digestion...
Drink a Ghee Mixture
Take one teaspoon of ghee, add it to warm milk (plant-based is ok, too) or water, and drink it an hour before bed. This helps to lubricate the digestive tract and stimulate bowel movement.
According to Ayurveda, constipation is often caused by an imbalance in the digestive system, usually caused by factors such as stress, dehydration, and poor diet.
- Antimicrobial & anti-inflammatory properties
Disclaimer: It is important to note that while ghee can be helpful for constipation, it is also high in calories and saturated fat, so it should be consumed in moderation.
To Look Younger...
You can eat a date for dessert or as a snack. You could even substitute date syrup instead of processed sugar for baking and cooking.
According to Ayurveda, dates are considered to be a 'rasayana' or rejuvenating food that can help promote longevity and delay the signs of ageing.
Dates help by being:
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Rich in Vitamins & Minerals
- High anti-inflammatory properties