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Healing Paint Colors for Your Ayurveda Type

Healing Paint Colors for Your Ayurveda Type

Now this is a truly healthy and healing paint: The paint itself is as pure as  possible and the 108 colors are designed to promote harmony and balance using  East Indian Ayurvedic color therapy. All this from a company that has been on  the leading edge of pure, green, safe products since the 1970s!  Mouse over the  108 colors chosen with this ancient wisdom in mind to see which colors resonate  with you and what they mean.

Visit the AFM  Safecoat site and click one at a time on the Ayurvedic types listed on the  left, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. You will see a list of colors to the right of the  picture of a room. Move your mouse over each color name to turn the room to that  color.

After you have found the colors that speak to you,  try this fun quiz to see which type you think you are from reading words! For me, I never figured out my Ayurvedic type from reading text about them,  or from all the quizzes  I have taken, but it was clear as a bell from looking  at the colors on the AFM Safecoat site.

By Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. Named one of the  top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine, Annie has authored four  books, including “Home Enlightenment” (Rodale Press, 2005) and “Better Basics  for the Home” (Three Rivers Press, 1999).

13 Ayurvedic Anti-Aging Herbs

13 Ayurvedic Anti-Aging Herbs

 

The  modern sciences are engaged in researching the products and formula for   anti aging property. Based on recent scientific findings, one  of the techniques  of anti-aging, for both women and men, is herbal  treatment. The total blueprint  of herbal anti aging treatment  is in   Ayurveda,  the ancient Indian system of medicine are called Vata, Pitta,  and Kapha.  According to this system, the secret to productive anti aging  is to maintain  Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in perfect equilibrium. Rasayana  is an exceptional  ayurvedic anti aging  treatment. This method involves  two faculties namely, kutipravesika and  vatatapika. Kutipravesika  attributes itself to restricting the person being  treated in a tiny  shelter with just one small door. The system also requires  small holes  instead of windows.

In Ayurvedic herbal treatment, anti aging means principally keeping up a   healthy body into herbal treatment and bringing down the operation of  aging,  degeneration and depreciation. The objective of herbal anti-aging  treatment is  to aim for a healthy aging mode, and to maintain both mind  and body working at  optimum level, so the treasures of old age can be  relished with peace of mind  and vitality.

Amla(Emblica Officinalis): Amla is the best Rasayana as   mentioned in the  Charaka samhita. Amla is the magical herbs with the  rich  in Vitamin C. It is believed to have good rejuvenating power. The  fruits of  Amla  is used to make the Chyawanprash (Herbal tonic) and best  Rasayana.  So daily intake of Amla and its products is good anti aging  property.

Ginger Family: The rhizomes of the ginger family  contain an  array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients.  Ginger contains  essential oils and spicy substances such as gingerol,  shogaol, zingerone and  capsaicin, all of which increase peripheral blood  flow. It reduce cellular  inflammation for anti-aging skin care  benefits.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizomes contain curcumin and  its  derivatives (curcuminoids) that are bright yellow in color. Their  hydrogenated  derivatives, tetrahydrocurcuminoids, are nearly colorless  materials. All of  them possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory  activity.

Galanga (Alpinia officinarum), also known as Galangal  or  Chinese ginger, contains essential oils, gingerols and a group of  pungent  substances, diarylheptanoids. Diarylheptanoids (and analogous  phenyl alkyl  ketones) possess excellent anti-arthritic properties due to  their arrest of  prostaglandin biosynthesis via inhibition of  5-lipoxygenase. Purified extracts  of galanga, which are composed  primarily of lower alkyl cinnamate esters, have  UV absorbing,  antioxidant and tyrosinase inhibiting properties.

Frankincense, Boswellia: Guggal (Boswellia serrata) has   been used for centuries as an arthritis treatment. This biochemical  mechanism  provides a way to formulate skin anti-aging products via the  incorporation of  extracts or isolated pure compounds.

Clove Family: Clove oil and clove buds have  applications as  toothache and muscular pain remedies. A number of plants  in this family,  notably Syzygium aromaticum, Syzygium corynocarpum and  Syzygium mallacense  contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory  constituents.

Vitis: The grape family is well known for its potent   antioxidant constituents, especially procyanidins, found mostly in  seeds, and  resveratrol, concentrated in skins of red and black grapes.  suggests their  application for skin anti-aging benefits.

Trace Metals: About 30 elements are recognized as  essential  to life. Some are required in macroscopic amounts in  essentially all forms of  life: H, Na, K, Mg, Ca, C, N, O, P, S and Cl.  The others occur in trace or  ultra-trace quantities. Fe, Cu and Zn are  at the top end of this “trace” scale.  The modulation of these  metalloenzymes by appropriate trace metal topical  therapies can lead to  new skin anti-aging ingredients and their formulation  methodologies.

Rosemary: It contains some of the most promising active   agents, including rosmarinic acid, and diterpenes ursolic acid,  carnosic acid,  carnosol, oleanolic acid, hinokiol and seco-hinokiol,  rofficerone, and  amyrenones, which, due to their reported strong  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory  and tyrosinase inhibiting properties.

Licorice: Glycyrrhiza glabra contains some very  exciting  active agents  Glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhetinic acid, glabrol,  glabridins and  various liquiritins are most interesting for skin care  applications due to  their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and skin color  (melanin) reduction  benefits. Neem: Azadirachta indica has been recognized  for its  antibacterial, insecticidal, antimalarial, hypoglycemic, and   would-healing benefits. Recent work has shown neem extracts to possess  strong  antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties.

Andrographis: Neoandrographolide, one of the principal   diterpene lactones, isolated from a medicinal herb Andrographis  paniculata  actively inhibits suggests potential for skin anti-aging  applications for both  andrographolide and neoandrographolide.

Pomegranate: Punica granatum provides a wealth of  wonderful antioxidant and free radical  neutralizing ingredients, for  example, ellagic acid, gallagic acid, punicalins,  and punicalagins. All  are suitable for anti-aging applications, although some  are not  commercially available.

by Dr.  Ram Mani Bhandari, Contributor to Ayurveda  on Allthingshealing.com

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7 Ayurvedic Tips for Fighting the Common Cold

7 Ayurvedic Tips for Fighting the Common Cold

 

I am sure we all have our own little tricks for dealing with the common cold.  Some of us straightaway pop decongestant and sinus-relief tablets, others try to  blow it all out loud and clear.

Ayurveda, I have realised, offers some truly helpful advice for increasing  your immunity, so that the nuisance simply doesn’t happen—or at least bugs you  much less frequently. I’ve tried all these tips, with success. Sharing them with  you:

1. Keep your digestive machinery running smooth. If there is  constipation, a cold is usually not far behind. The reason: all that undigested  material is rotting inside your system, creating a ‘seedbed,’ so to say, for  agents of disease to thrive on.

2. Include ‘warming’ spices in your diet: specifically black  pepper and cumin. Freshly crushed black pepper, mixed with a spoonful of honey,  is a cold-fighter that generations have used.

3. Stewed fruits, such as apple, pears and peaches, cooked  with cloves and cinnamon, warm you up nicely and keep the a-tissues away!

4. Turmeric is my absolutely favourite spice for boosting  immunity. It has innumerable healing benefits, among which is its capacity to  destroy germs and ease inflammation. So, cook your greens, stews and stir-fries  with a touch of turmeric. You get both golden colour and healthy  respiration.

5. Avoid certain ‘mucus-forming foods’ such as yogurt and  cheese at night. They increase Kapha, which is associated with ‘congestive’ disorders.

6. Basil and honey make another powerful combination,  because both are known to boast antiseptic and immunity-boosting properties. How  about a soothing honey-basil tea? It’s delicious, too.

7. Here’s an obvious one, which surprisingly many people do not  follow: stay warm. When you have a cold, you should not sit in  an airconditioned room or wear skimpy clothes. Your body needs warmth and  protection to arm itself against the nasty cold.

Happy healing!

By Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential  Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003),  Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman’s book of comfort (New World Library, 2004),  and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House  India, 2011).

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