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Heart is the main support beam

In Ayurveda the heart is considered the “seat” of consciousness. The master Ayurvedic source text, the Charaka Samhita states, “hridaye chetana sthanam.” Translated it means, “the seat of consciousness is in the heart.”

The Ayurvedic texts also describe the heart as “Hrdaya.” b652aa646096a50a643371592e7c9578
This Sanskrit word consists of three parts — each with its own meaning:
Hr means to receive,
Da to give, and
Ya to move.

The essential qualities of the heart are contained within this Sanskrit name – receiving, giving and moving.
It is further described as Mahata – great,
and Artha – serving all purposes,
meaning in Ayurveda that it is an organ with a variety of important functions.
The texts of Charaka go on to describe the heart as, “indispensable for all mental and physical activities,” because the entire sense perception, in total, depends on the heart.
It is further described as Pranayatana —the seat of consciousness and the mind.
So important is the heart in Ayurveda that it is considered like the main support beam in a house; without that support, the house collapses.
Ayurvedic therapies help restore the connection between heart, mind and self. They include dietary, herbal, behavioral and environmental tactics that allow one to become more established in Sattva – a state of stable, enduring balance and happiness – sometimes described as a field of bliss.

आयुर्वेद शास्त्र में ह्रदय को चेतना का स्थान गया है I चरक आचार्य कहेते हैं की ह्रदय चेतना स्थानम I ह्रदय के अक्षर का मत्लब ही कुछ ऐसा होता है –

‘ ह्र ‘ का मतलब – लेना – ग्रहण करना ,
‘ द ‘ का मतलब – देना , और
‘ य ‘ का मतलब – गति या चालित करना

ह्रदय को महत और अर्थ भी कहा गया है, जिसका सीधा मतलब महान और जो सब कार्य करता है ऐसा होता है , इस तरह ह्रदय एक साथ बहोत सरे कार्यों का भार निभाता है I

चरक कहेते हैं की मानसिक अवं शारीरिक गतिविधिओं से ह्रदय को अलग करना नामुमकिन है, क्यूंकि सभी संवेदनाओ को लेना – ग्रहण करना , देना -भेजना या चलायमान रखना ये सभी कार्य ह्रदय में ही होते हैं I
ह्रदय को ” ” प्राणायतन ” भी कहा है , इस तरह ह्रदय शरिर का मुख्या आधारस्तंभ है, जिसके बिना पूरा घर – शरीर गिर जाता है I

आयुर्वेद की चिकित्सा से ह्रदय – मन अवं शारीर का योग्य संतुलन बना रहेता है , इस चिकित्सा में खान पान हर्बल आयुर्वेदिक औषधे और हमारी रेहान सेहन का मुख्य भाग रहता है, इन सबसे शरीर में ‘ सत्वित्कता ‘ निर्माण होती है जो की शारीर के सभी अवयवों का तालमेल बना कर अच्छा स्वस्त्य प्रदान करती है I

Unique Ayurveda Body & Face Scrub

Sometime beautiful things are around us but we dont see that eyesight. Ayurveda is around us, in our kitchen too.
So many herbs and spices are common in India’s kitchens. I found something good for the SKIN. yeah, almost everybody is very much sensitive for their looks n skin. And in spite of using those chemicals and harmful products of malls, we must turn our face to nature. Some time those inexpensive natural things works better then synthetic-un natural and costly beauty products.

Here in this post i m giving such very useful homemade Ayurveda remedy  for Refreshing skin – A unique Scrub for ur body.

it saves a ton of money and the finished product is quite rewarding.

This unique lemon,lentil,oil n sugar scrub can be used on both the body and face. It is ideal for rough spots like feet, knees, elbows and hands. It’s also great for nail beds and cuticles. To use on the face, this scrub works wonderfully for those with acne-prone skin. But, of course, the entire body can benefit from a lentil, essential oil, lemon and sugar exfoliation that leaves skin soft and insanely smooth. Indulge in this scrub from head to toe!

What you’ll need:

2 cup of fine crushed Urad Dal (White lentil) +  504121752008273051_Fe4cpcR4_c
1 cup of white sugar +
1/4cup Almond Oil +
1/4 cup Coconut Oil +
1/2 cup olive oil +
1/2 cup Honey +
2 cup of Lemon Juice

Instructions: 
Add lemon juice and all oil in to a bowl, Add the honey and stir quickly until the ingredients bind together into a medium thick consistency.

You can add or subtract the amount of  oil and honey that you use depending on how thick you want your scrub to be. Add in the sugar and White lentil and mix.

As a body scrub:

Apply to body, paying extra close attention to elbows, knees, feet and hands (nails and cuticles especially) and rub in circular motions for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse. Enjoy the silky softness of your impossibly smooth skin.

As a face scrub:

lemon-sugar-scrub-3wm_thumb3_thumbThe scrub is also great for the face, but use with gentle circular motions. This scrub is ideal for people who suffer from breakouts and acne as all of the ingredients are highly beneficial to acne prone skin. Lemon tightens pores and evens out the skin tone, sugar removes dead skin cells and cleans pores, olive oil heals acne scaring, and honey prevents future breakouts.

To use, follow the same recipe instructions then apply to clean face in gentle, circular motions. Be cautious of using on open wounds as the lemon may sting. Leave on for 7-10 minutes and rinse with cool water.

Benefits of the Ingredients:

Urad dal- easily remove dead skin cells that make the skin look dull and lackluster. It quickly removes the superficial dead skin cells to reveal the fresh ones underneath. Skin instantly looks more youthful

Lemon – A natural source of Vitamin C; an ingredient commonly used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone; A natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion.

Sugar – A natural exfoliator; a natural source of glycolic acid which evens out skin tone, cleans pores, and improves overall skin texture by removing dead, dull skin cells.

Olive Oil – High in Vitamin E which soothes and heals skin; a natural moisturizing ingredient often used for it’s anti-aging benefits.

Almond oil – i is rich in vitamins A, E and D, and also contains linoleic and oleic acids.Best nourishment for skin.

Coconut oil – its used as a skin moisturizer, helping with dry skin.

Honey – A natural source of anti-oxidants making it a perfect ingredients for age prevention n  a natural humectant so it locks water into the skin keeping the complexion hydrated; the antibacterial properties benefit acne-prone skin by reducing breakouts.

lemon_honeyEnjoy the vitalize lustrous n Glowing skin with this amazing scrub….!!! Let me know if you try it and how it works for you and happy bathing!!!

Benefits of Walking

Early to bed and early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy as well as wise. And that is not merely an age-old saying. It works in daily life too. Read on to know how.

1. Time to Exercise

Waking up early gives you the time to exercise. You can easily go for a jog, do a few laps in the pool, practice yoga or hit the gym with plenty of time at hand.

2. Time to Meditate

There is nothing like beginning the day with a dose of meditation. It will help calm your mind and sharpen your reflexes to keep you going through your busy schedule of work.

3. Experience the Charm of Early Morning

Only an early morning person knows the charm and serenity that those hours offer. The silence, the birds chirping, the absence of cars honking, and the sunrise are all advantages only early rising can offer.

4. Increase Productivity and Efficiency

A study conducted at the Texas University in 2008 revealed that early risers are more prone to be productive and efficient at work. In fact, students who wake up early are known to get higher grades than those who wake up late.

5. Eating Breakfast

breakfast  is known to be the most important meal of the day. Often, you may land up skipping it if you are running late for work. An early start to the day ensures that this significant meal is never given the slip.

6. Less Stress

Giving you ample time to get ready on time, waking up early ensures that you suffer less stress. Beat the traffic and drive to work at ease.

7. Set Routine

Once you get into the habit of rising early, you are able to set a routine and that obviously leads to better productivity not only at work, but also on the home front and as an individual.

8. Brighter Mood

Early risers are known to be happier and more optimistic than night owls. The latter are known to suffer depression, insomnia and pessimism. The bright start with exercise and optimism is bound to keep you feeling energised and optimistic all day.

9. Better Health

Proper routine and exercise are known factors in ensuring better health in the long run. Waking up early ensures you set aside time to work out. Late risers lack the advantage of time for this.

10. Better Finances

Improved health, enhanced productivity and ameliorated energy can only result in one thing – a higher rate of success. And when this happens in your career, can financial triumph be far behind? So, rise early to kickstart a really great way of doing well in the professional sphere as well.

The benefits of waking up early are myriad. It doesn’t take much to change your lifestyle to avail these benefits. After all, personal and professional well-being, and ultimate success are what everyone seeks. So, why not adopt a healthier way of living and reap those benefits?

Periodic Table of Vitamins

With new gimmcky health products hitting the shelf daily, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish those that are beneficial from those that are not.

As an essential source of nutrients, vitamins do play an important role in our health. Below is a guide of the important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and some tips on where they can be found.

Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally. There are 13 vitamins your body needs. They are vitamins A,D,E,K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). You can usually get all your vitamins from the foods you eat. Your body can also make vitamins D and K. People who eat a vegetarian diet may need to take a vitamin B12 supplement.

  • Each vitamin has specific jobs. If you have low levels of certain vitamins, you may develop a deficiency disease. For example, if you don’t get enough vitamin D, you could develop rickets. Some vitamins may help prevent medical problems. Vitamin A prevents night blindness.
  • The best way to get enough vitamins is to eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods. In some cases, you may need to take a daily multivitamin for optimal health. However, high doses of some vitamins can make you sick.

There are 13 essential vitamins. That means they are needed for the body to function. They are:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folate (folic acid)

Vitamins are grouped into two categories:

  • Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body’s fatty tissue.
  • Water-soluble vitamins must be used by the body right away. Any left over water-soluble vitamins leave the body through the urine. Vitamin B12 is the only water-soluble vitamin that can be stored in the liver for many years.

Function

Each vitamin has specific functions. You can develop health problems (deficiency disease) if you do not get enough of a particular vitamin.
Vitamin A – helps form and maintain healthy teeth, bones, soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin.
Vitamin B6 – is also called pyridoxine. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 is needed to help the body use protein. Vitamin B6 helps form red blood cells and maintain brain function, among other things.
vitamin B12 –  like the other B vitamins, is important for metabolism. It also helps form red blood cells and maintain thecentral nervous system.
vitamin C –  also called ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant that promotes healthy teeth and gums. It helps the body absorb iron and maintain healthy tissue. It also promotes wound healing.
vitamin D – is also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” since it is made by the body after being in the sun. Ten to 15 minutes of sunshine 3 times a week is enough to produce the body’s requirement of vitamin D. However, many people living in sunny climates still do not make enough vitamin D and need more from their diet or supplements. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which you need for the normal development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones. It also helps maintain proper blood levels of calcium  and phosphorous.
vitamin E –  is an antioxidant also known as tocopherol. It plays a role in the formation of red blood cells and helps the body use vitamin K.
Vitmin K –  is not listed among the essential vitamins, but without it blood would not stick together (coagulate). Some studies suggest that it helps promote strong bones in the elderly.
Biotin –  is essential for the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, and in the production of hormones and cholesterol.
Niacin –  is a B vitamin that helps maintain healthy skin and nerves. It is also has cholesterol-lowering effects.
Folate –  works with vitamin B12 to help form red blood cells. It is necessary for the production of DNA, which controls tissue growth and cell function. Any woman who is pregnant should be sure to get enough folate. Low levels of folate are linked to birth defects such as spina-bifida. Many foods are now fortified with folic acid.
Panthothenic Acid –  is essential for the metabolism of food. It is also plays a role in the production of hormones and cholesterol.
Riboflavin –  (B2) works with the other B vitamins. It is important for body growth and the production of red blood cells.
Thiamine  (B1) helps the body cells change carbohydrates into energy. It is also essential for heart function and healthy nerve cells.

Food Sources

FAT-SOLUBLE VITAMINS-
Vitamin A:

  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Cream
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Cod
  • Halibut fish oil

Vitamin D:

  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Cream
  • Fortified milk
  • Fish
  • Oysters
  • Cereals

Vitamin E:

  • Wheat germ
  • Corn
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Olives
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Vegetable oils and products made from vegetable oils, such as margarine

Vitamin K:

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Soybeans
  • Cereals

WATER-SOLUBLE VITAMINS

Folate:

  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Fortified foods

Niacin (B3):

  • Dairy products
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Lean meats
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Legumes
  • Enriched breads and cereals

Pantothenic acid and biotin

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Dairy products
  • Whole-grain cereals
  • Legumes
  • Yeast
  • Broccoli and other vegetables in the cabbage family
  • White and sweet potatoes
  • Lean beef

Thiamine (B1):

  • Fortified breads, cereals, and pasta
  • Whole grains
  • Lean meats
  • Fish
  • Dried beans
  • Peas
  • Soybeans
  • Dairy products
  • Fruits and vegetables

Vitamin B12:

  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Poultry
  • Shellfish
  • Milk and milk products

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Turnip and other greens
  • Sweet and white potatoes
  • Cantaloupe

Most other fruits and vegetables contain some vitamin C; fish and milk contain small amounts.

Side Effects

Many people think that if some is good, a lot is better. This is not always the case. High doses of certain vitamins can be poisonous. Ask your doctor what is best for you.

Recommendations

The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine establish recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) for vitamins. The recommendations reflect how much of each nutrient you should receive on a daily basis, based on the known nutritional needs of practically all healthy people.
The best way to get the daily requirement of essential vitamins is to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods from the food guide pyramid.
Specific recommendations for each vitamin depend on age, gender, and other factors (such as pregnancy).

Ayurveda philosophy on types of Diet

According to the ancient wisdom science of Ayurveda, a diet can be considered to be right and beneficial for the body when it adheres to natural norms.

The natural diet needs to be able to maintain the natural well being of an individual. At the same time, the diet should be supportive enough to combat an ailment.Overdoing of the following diet types is discouraged.

Rough Diet: A diet that is rough and dry by nature tends to decrease the stamina of the individual. This kind of diet interferes with the natural manifestation of digestion and assimilation of food. This may lead to increased flatus and abdominal gas formation and improper evacuation of bowels.

As rough and dry diet aggravates the vatta dosha—or the air body humor—ailments like constipation, joint pains, dryness in the digestive tract, or dry skin might crop up.

In the long run, this kind of diet could rob you off the natural glow and radiance.

Oily Diet: Oily and unctuous foods when made a part of your daily diet can be rather disheartening. When you are taking in these kinds of foods more often, there is aggravation and imbalance of the kapha dosha, or the phlegm humor of the body.

Other than gaining unwanted pounds and becoming obese, there are other dilemmas like heaviness in the abdomen and chest region, lethargy, loss of natural hunger, and increased salivation.

Hot Diet: When you are taking more foods that are particularly hot in potency, you are bound to experience increased burning sensation within your body. Ailments like hyperacidity, skin disease with hemorrhage, and mental anxiety may turn up.

The hot food when taken continuously for a long stretch of time tends to amplify your body heat, and in the process the pitta dosha becomes vitiated. This in turn may lead to physical and mental weakness, vertigo, and lassitude.

Cold Diet: Some foods that are cold in potency, if taken for longer times, may smother your gastric fire. As a consequence, indigestion prevails. This suppression of the gastric fire then leads to anorexia and occasional nausea. There may be joint stiffness, blocking of the sinuses, and intolerance towards environmental cold.

   Solid Diet: Regularly taking more hard and solid foods can be constipating. This kind of food is difficult to move down the alimentary canal and makes digestion worse. Digestion becomes very slow, or there may be indigestion and discontent.

Liquid Diet: Ayurveda limits intake of water and other liquids along with food mainly because this interferes with the normal burning of the gastric fire. Also, there are a number of ailments that may crop up in the process. This includes ailments like respiratory afflictions of frequent cough and colds, decreased immunity, or indigestion.

Ayurveda has a practical approach towards diet and lifestyle balance, wherein the emphasis is on moderation and optimum intake which is obligatory to gaining as well as maintaining natural wellness and longevity.

The “How” on eating… – An Ayurveda View

Most Important thing about food is that– the state of our mind when we eat is much more important than what we eat.

Food will affect you differently if you eat joyously, happily, or if you eat when you are filled with sadness and worry.

If you are eating in a worried state, then even the best food will have a poisonous effect. And if you are eating with joy then it is possible that sometimes even poison may not be able to have its total effect on you. It is very possible. So what state of mind you eat in is important.

We live in worry for twenty-four hours a day. It is a miracle how the food we eat gets digested, how existence manages it in spite of us! We have no wish to digest it. It is absolutely a miracle how it gets digested. And how we remain alive! This is also a miracle! Our state of mind should be graceful and blissful.

But in our houses the dining table is in the most gloomy state. The wife waits the whole day for her husband to come home to eat and all the emotional sickness she has gathered in twenty-four hours comes out just when the husband is eating. She does not know that she is doing the work of an enemy. She does not know that she is serving poison on her husband’s plate.

The husband is also afraid and worried after the whole day’s work — he somehow dumps the food into his stomach and leaves. He has no idea that the act which he has finished so quickly and has run away from should have been a prayerful one. It was not an act which should have been done in a hurry. It should have been done in the same way as someone entering a temple, or as someone kneeling to pray, or as someone sitting to play his veena, or as somebody singing a song for the beloved.

This act is even more important: he is giving food to his body. It should be done in a state of tremendous blissfulness. It should be a loving and prayerful act.

The more happily and joyously and the more relaxed and without worry a person can take his meal, the more his food starts becoming the right food. 

A violent diet does not only mean that a man eats non-vegetarian food. It is also a violent diet when a man eats with anger. Both of these things are violent. While eating in anger, in suffering, in worry, man is also eating violently. He does not realize at all that just as he is violent when eating the flesh of something else, so when his own flesh burns up inside due to anger and worry, violence is present there too. Then the food which he is eating cannot be non-violent.

The other part of right food is that you should eat in a very peaceful, a very joyful state. If you are not in such a state, then it is better to wait until you are and not to eat for a while. When the mind is absolutely ready, only then should one take his meals. For how long will the mind not be ready? If you are aware enough to wait then at the most it can remain hungry for only one day — but we have never bothered to listen to it.

We have made eating food a completely mechanical process. One has to put food into the body and then leave the dining table. It is no longer a psychological process; that is dangerous.

Ayurveda says, On the body level, the right food should be healthy, non-stimulating and non-violent; on the psychological level the mind should be in a blissful state, graceful and joyous; and on the level of the soul there should be a feeling of gratefulness, of thankfulness. These three things make food the right food.

We are eating food, we are drinking water, we are breathing — we should have a sense of gratefulness about all this. Towards the whole life, towards the whole world, towards the whole universe, towards the whole nature, towards the divine, there should be a feeling of gratefulness — “I have received one more day to live. Once more I have received food to eat. For one more day I am seeing the sun, seeing the flowers blossoming. I am again alive today.” 

This feeling, this feeling of gratitude, should be there in all aspects of life — and very particularly with diet. Only then can one’s diet become the right diet.