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Boost your immune system with Mudra

Akasha Mudra

In Ayurveda when elements in our body are disturbs they compromise our physical, mind balance and therefore our immune system. If we don’t take action, to boost our immune system, our homeostasis is compromised and with time if our unbalances are not treated can lead to diseases.

Mudras are hand gestures used through yoga practices as well as in yoga, pranayama, meditation or mantra recitation.

In the Vedic sciences, especially in Ayurveda and Yoga, each finger of our hands is associated with an element: space or ether, air, earth, fire, water. In a special hand gesture called Mudra

  • Your thumb represents the fire element
  • The index finger represents the air element
  • Your middle finger represents the element ether
  • The ring finger represents the earth element
  • The little finger represents the water element

It exists hundreds of mudras, some are done for health (to boost or sustain our immune system), others for wellbeing, some for creating certain other kinds of body processes and healing.

So for different aspects of life there are different mudras.

Why performing mudras?

They aim to bring back the elemental balance by guiding the flow of life energy within the body.

Depending upon the elements to be balanced, specific yoga mudras are practiced by manipulating the fingers. For example, to increase the water element in the body, varun mudra is practiced. Similarly, to reduce the air element in the body, Vayu mudra is practiced.

Science behind the mudras

The fingers of our hands are just like live wires of electric current. When the fingers touch others, it completes an electric circuit and the life energy flows through that circuit to balance the elements represented by those particular fingers.

Chin Mudra

Importance of mudra

Mudras act as catalysts and switches in the body to improve body functions like immune system. 

Concentration of mind is accomplished by mudras and regain lost energy

Mudras tell us the state of mind such as physical, mental and spiritual.  Deadly diseases like cancer, dementia, insomnia, diabetes, depression and minor diseases of cough and cold, vomiting, deficiency of vitamins and minerals can be cured or ease permanently. 

Mudras help to link the brain to the body, soothe pain, stimulate endorphins, change the mood and increase our vitality.  It also stimulates the brain, works on the nervous system, helps in relieving stress, improves concentration and lastly, it gives you a peaceful mind.

Classification of Mudra.

They can be classified into the five basic categories

Yogic:

According to Gheranda Samhita there are 25 mudras which give yogic accomplishments.

Spiritual:

Beneficial for concentration, knowledge, peace, generating love for humanity and so on.

These are gyan mudra, Dhyana mudra and Braham Anjali mudra.

Curative:

The mudras which are practiced boost immune system, curing diseases, to ward off the foreign elements from the body, to keep balance of elements in the body fall under this category. These are prana mudra, Apana mudra, Vayu mudra etc.

For religious purposes: the mudras which are practiced during performance of sacred and religious offerings are religious mudras. These are gyati mudras.

Customary:

When practiced these are beneficial for self and others. These are namaskar mudra, pranayama mudra.

Thus, the above mention mudras applied tension to the nerves or the neural which form the psycho neural circuits and it helps in balancing the five basic elements and reduce cough, cold, and bronchial infections. It also balancing the tension, and redirection of the internal energy effects the changes in veins, tendons, glands and sensory organs, to bring the body back to a healthy state.

Focus on Shiva linga mudra for your pratice:

Linga Mudra

Linga Mudra: interlocking the fingers of both hands together (knuckle pointing outward), then straightening the thumb.

This mudra is known to generate heat and improve the breathing capacity of the body. The vertical position of the thumb in this mudra is considered a symbol of the Hindu god Shiva

Meaning Of Shiva linga mudra

Shiva Lingam

Shiva Linga is the symbol of Shiva. The shape of the hands and the right thumb in linga mudra resembles that of the erect penis (phallus). In Sanskrit, the phallus is called Linga, hence the name of this mudra.

Fingers intertwined in linga mudra form the firm oval-shaped base that holds the shapeless structure upright. The intertwined fingers at the bottom represent the supreme power which contains the whole universe and the right thumb shows the creation.

In Hinduism, we therefore find the Shiva Lingam which is the most common among all the symbols of the god. The reason to worship Shiva Lingam comes from the fact that he symbolizes masculinity and has the power of creation. The lingam also rests on an oval shape which represents Yoni, the feminine power, because without it creation cannot take place

Benefits of Linga Mudra

The main benefit of Linga mudra is its ability to generate heat in your body. This generation of heat can help your body fight many infections, colds, mucus production, general lung disorders, bronchial colds and fever regulation.

Central heat helps you improve your metabolism and your respiratory functions. And regulating fever benefits your immunity and ability to fight infections. Linga mudra also has a few other benefits:

  • Effective in weight loss
  • Proven to be beneficial in increasing oxygen levels
  • Relieves colds and flu
  • Fights bacterial and viral infections
  • Reduces mucus production and mobilized accumulated mucus Fights
  • Infections and bronchial disorders
  • Improves digestion
  • Eliminates lethargy and laziness
  • Increases self-confidence and willpower
  • Boost immune system
  • Improve potency and sexual health
  • Can relieve menstruation in women

How to do Linga Mudra?

To begin, come into any comfortable position. Next, bring your hands in front of the chest.

Interlock the fingers of both hands so that the joint points outward. Point your right thumb up and take your left index finger and your left thumb around your right thumb. Join the fingertips of your left index finger and left thumb behind your right thumb.

You can also practice the linga mudra by raising your left thumb and encircling it with your right index finger and right thumb. You can rest your hand on your lap next to your solar plexus.

Ideally, this mudra should be practiced for 45 minutes a day. From cover to cover or in three parts of 15 minutes each. However, you can start by training in three parts, with 5 minutes in each part.

Body postures for performing the linga mudra

The linga mudra can be performed in different sitting and standing positions. You can sit in a chair with an erect spine and try this mudra. This is the most relaxed way to practice. However, in yoga style, perform a seated mudra in sukhasana, padmasana, or any other seated cross-legged pose. Cross-legged seated poses will improve your immunity, metabolism, and concentration. You can also sit in a Vajrasana which will improve digestion benefits.

However, if one wants, one can also do linga mudra while standing or walking. While doing this, stand straight with your legs hip-width apart. Keeping your spine straight, maintain your spine length, press your shoulders and push your head back in line with your hip.

Sukhasana pose to perform Linga Mudra

Effect on 3 Doshas

I remind you that the five fingers of your hands represent five elements (and therefore different groups of energies, Vata, pitta, Kapha,) fire, air, space, earth and water.

Linga Mudra‘s interlocking finger technique allows the air, space and earth elements to merge and overlap and allows the air and fire elements to stand out. This mudra will increase the interaction between the air and fire elements; air always helps the fire to spread. Fire represents the warmth and vitality of your body. This mudra uses the air element to stimulate the fire element and spread the force of vitality and vigor throughout your body and mind.

The Linga Mudra balances Pitta (air and fire) and Kapha (water and earth) in your body. Pitta stimulating nature (boosting digestion and metabolism) of the linga mudra will ensure, Kapha energies that are out of balance Excessive Kapha energies can cause problems such as depression, lethargy, asthma and weight gain.

A body and mind well balanced maintain our immune system. If you feel any disorders it is time to boost your immunity.

How long to practice?

Too much linga mudra can raise your body temperature beyond safe limits. Too much can upset the Pitta-Kapha balance and make you feel sluggish or feverish. Also, it can show side effects such as high blood pressure, profuse sweating, nausea, and dehydration.

Indeed, these sensations can be considered as parameters determining the duration. Once you start feeling these sensations, you definitely need to reduce your overall duration.

Each person has a different constitution, so if you start to feel hot sensations even before 45 minutes of practice, you will need to shorten your duration further. To start, do not try 45 minutes in a row, but in three parts of 15 minutes each.

When to practice?

Linga mudra can be practiced at any time, it’s just that you will need to make sure that before practicing your body temperature is normal and heart and respiratory vital signs are normal.

You can practice the linga mudra in the morning and in the evening. Morning and evening practice sessions will increase the benefits of the mudra on immunity and temperature regulation.

Since this mudra helps with digestion, it might be an instinct to practice directly after meals, but that would be a bad idea. The digestive benefit is more of an indirect benefit. However, is to raise your body temperature, which can be counterproductive on a full stomach.

The linga mudra also goes very well with meditation. Calm your mind and focus on clearing your negative thoughts. If necessary, use means such as single-pointed concentration, musical concentration, or even mantras. You can even sing simple affirmative slogans like, “I offer all negative qualities in the fire of transformation.”

Precautions and contradictions

To boost immune system is one thing but some precautions relating to the linga mudra have to be taken. Since mudra is a powerful body heat booster, you should not consume an excess of body warming foods like red meat, animal fat, processed foods and full fat dairy products before its practice.

Also, avoid activities that raise body temperature throughout your day, and especially after practicing the Linga Mudra. If you practice other training routines, you will also need to be careful about the selection and duration of your exercises.

You should avoid practicing linga mudra if you have conditions such as menopause, thyroid disorder, ulcer, hypertension, migraine or recent stroke.

Conclusion

Kilaka Mudra

So, the various types of yoga mudra may be practiced anytime, anyplace, in the bus, train, car, office or at home. It is suggested by experts that the yoga mudras should be practiced for minimum 24 minutes incessantly for good results. It can also be done for five minutes at a time as well.

To believe it, you must try it. There is nothing to lose and much to gain.

Why not to try instead of taking chemicals…I know to perform Mudra it is asking a minimum of effort and patience… The most important thing is it is natural and your work with your inner healing power. And that’s true that we don’t learn that at school 🙂

Enjoy your practice, do it with awareness, peace and meaning 🙂

And tele me in comment what you felt after yourpractice…

Hari Om

Take care

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5934951/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/398852/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29755225/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28285240/

https://escipub.com/gjr-2019-02-1605/

Books:

kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Siddhas Govindham Pages 185 – 209.

Yoga for daily life B Y K K Suman Pages 261-270- chakras

How to reduce rheumatisms with Ayurveda?

This article aims to share with you the fundamentals on rheumatisms. And I have been able to change in my dietary and behavioral lifestyle. I have also calm and soothe my rheumatism. They have practically disappeared in my lower back since I suffer of spondylolisthesis.

Rheumatism can be relieved. Dont’ stay in pain.

The origin of rheumatism

You have to be patient and persistent with dietary change. It takes time for your body to detoxify, especially if you haven’t done it for years.

I’ll explain a little bit what’s going on. You need to understand that inflammatory and autoimmune diseases start in the small intestine. It’s something very important because when you understand that your diet plays a huge role in your inflammatory diseases. It also play a role in your healing potential. I apply and it works for me.

Rheumatism co-factors

In fact we have what we call cofactors in our food

The co-factors are elements such as lactose or the consumption of cereals which will accentuate this inflammatory sensitivity. It may be a genetic sensitivity given by our mother, our father. It is important you draw up a kind of genealogical tree of inflammatory diseases on your mother’s and your father’s side. You will know if you have a more or less favorable genetic ground, bequeathed in inheritance. And then with which you will develop inflammatory diseases.

If I take my case, that’s exactly what happens. For example in my family we have a lot of cases of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, psoriasis, eczema. Besides, my brother developed it so I know there is a genetic background in my family that is conducive to developing inflammatory diseases.

I myself developed beyond rheumatism, osteoarthritis at the level of L4 / L5 linked to my spondylolisthesis. It’s just to say that sometimes and we have a genetic ground that will be sensitizing. We cannot fight against but reduce your cofactors.

This will not necessarily cure you, because we cannot change our genes. But in any case influence them and avoid constantly entering an inflammatory state and reproducing dietary errors that will degrade your condition.

Because as soon as you actually stop this diet, your inflammatory state will come back. You can do several tests on this, you will quickly realize it.

For example, I stopped eating dairy products. I will explain you later what I stopped eating. When I reintroduced thos products from time to time. I like dairy products, but real dairy products because it is beneficial for the intestinal flora. Although for some people, dairy products are not favorable.

Forget cow milk in case of rheumatism

The emunctories and our intestinal barrier

In the body we have several emunctories: the kidneys, the liver, the skin, the lungs, the intestines and also the mucous membranes.

The emunctories do not work properly due in part to the modern diet. Because in the modern diet there have been many genetic manipulations, therefore molecular, and the addition of many artificial additives.

Thus our digestive enzymes and our mucins, which are glycoproteins that create protection for our intestinal mucous membranes, are completely lost and can no longer do their job properly to digest large molecules. And these large molecules pass into the blood because our intestinal barrier is weakened. A intestinal barrier weakened lets them pass into the blood…hence food allergies.

Today, the objective of the industrialists is to cultivate cereals with better yields, which says better yields says good business… They develop species without diseases to have less loss of harvest and thus more profitability.

Cereals are prettier, bulkier, less diseased, but in terms of quality and nutrition, manufacturers don’t care. Their goals is to earn as much money as possible at the expense of our health. And often even their objective is to make us dependent on certain substances…like sugar for example.

What really matters to them is to be able to make a profit by selling in large quantities. And at the expense of nutritional quality.

The consequences

Results: we, poor humans eat this crap. Voluntary molecular modifications have completely modified the DNA of wheat. Among other things, and it is therefore normal that our enzymes, which have not evolved for ten thousand years, cannot digest these new molecules. This leads to poor digestion, poor assimilation and inevitably it pollutes our lymph, our blood, our tissues and our emunctory.

Our digestive enzymes have several enemies: poor diet, stress, tobacco, medical treatments and antibiotics. This pollution is very detrimental to our digestive system. This modern diet leads to the weakening of our digestive enzymes. Plus our way of life which is no longer in symbiosis with respect for our biological rhythm.

The large intestine

It the large intestine who has a major role in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

The small intestine is five to seven meters long than it really is and represents an area of ​​30 square meters between the folds and folds of the intestinal mucosa.

So it’s quite large since it’s roughly equivalent to a large handball field. And we have more than 100 billion bacteria that make up our microbiota.

It is one of the guarantors of our good health and it must therefore be pampered.

It is lined with a mucous membrane called the epithelium. The epithelium is itself composed of anterosite which are full of small cells which are juxtaposed to each other. It will in fact create what is called the intestinal barrier.

The role of the intestinal barrier

Its role is to be impermeable, i.e. not to allow large molecules and bacteria to pass into the blood so as not to contaminate our tissues.

The instestinal villi

Above each anterosite there are villi. They are a bit like the fibers of a carpet and which will come to select the elements which will be digested by the intestine.

The anterosite have their own means of defense since they have a whole bunch of tools at their fingertips to be able to face the invader.

For example, the intestinal mucous membranes are carpets of immune cells such as lymphocytes, white blood cells, for example.

The antero sites form a natural barrier and if they become distended this is where molecules and bacteria enter the blood. This distention is the case for celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome or intestinal permeability

The people who will have a genetic sensitivity in fact it is explained in a very simple way. They will have immune cells that include a molecular marker with HLA human leukoyte antigen. These are the glycoproteins I was telling you about earlier and which line the intestinal mucosa

So with an HLA type 2 it is when we recognize a cell as being exogenous to our interior. That is to say that it is a cell which will be identified as being a bacterium as being something unhealthy for the organism. And therefore our organism will attack it thanks to our immune system. And HLA type 1 is when we identify a cell that is part of us, so it is not attacked by our immune system.

People who have an HLA type 2 marker on their immune cells will actually have a communication problem between their cells. There will be erroneous messages that will be sent. And for example, a milk protein or gluten molecules will be identified as harmful, as being a virus or a bacterium. Then our system will recognize this molecule as being an antigen. We are going to develop our armada of cytokines which will alarm our immune system.

Except that when we use cytokines the tight junctions that stand out. You have understood it’s when you have an impermeable intestine, means that you have a problem with the tight junctions.

What studies, what solutions?

Scientific studies that have shown that people who had leaky gut actually had a microbiota that was completely disorganized. For this you can follow the Ayurvedic diet.

And a clinical doctor and biologist, Jean Seignalet has studied immunology for many years, also known for the hypotoxic diet. He conducted numerous tests on thousands of patients with high success rates. These tests showed that immune and rheumatic diseases were linked to diet.

The Ayurvedic diet is very simple:

Ayurvedic diet follow the basics of Nature

You will have to follow several rules. First, we will put aside all dairy products and their derivatives, creams, cheeses, yogurts.

On the other hand all vegetable dairy products are to be consumed.

Bemol, the buttermilk which can be eaten with certain herbs.

You must reduce your salt intake because it is found in too large quantities in prepared meals.

It is very important to take natural mineral salt. I put a tiny bit of it in my meals, I take Himalayan salt. It is also more assimilable by the body. You can also use unrefined natural sea salt harvested manually on a layer of clay.

In fact all the minerals and all and trace elements are kept inside.

Do not take refined salt because in refined salt, they add anti-caking agents which when heated turn into cyanide.

Stop eating deli meats. Since they are generally full of preservatives, salt, bad fats and difficult to assimilate since they clog the intestines.

You will also replace the oils with cold-pressed oils that will keep all their nutrients and vitamins.

It can be hemp oil, safflower oil, linseed oil which is very good when you have estrogen problems, coconut, etc.  

There’s plenty of oil on hand to replace.

Refined oils are saturated with bad fats. Choose cold pressed oil otherwise it is as you are consuming an empty oil without nutrients.

Remove all refined sugars and go for natural sugars like jaggery which is a complete sugar or honey. They are also very good for diabetics since it has a low glycemic index

Avoid consuming cereals such as wheat and corn.

We also eat legumes. You can eat “old” rice, harvest after 3 month ago. Even if manufacturers try to change its molecule, rice manages to return to its original state. It is not undergo this molecular transformation. So it comes back to its wild state, It doesn’t have acrylamide either. Acrylamide are molecules that modify the DNA of humans and especially during cooking.

There is a lot of acrylamide on the crust of bread also linked to cooking. It is therefore very very bad for the body.

Avoid anything cooked at high temperatures between 110 degrees and 180 degrees.

It is from 110 degrees that there is the Maillard reaction. It is a chemical transformation that will take place and create new chemical bonds between carbohydrates, proteins and amino acids. This creates what is called glycated protein which oxidizes the body, clogs and tires the kidneys.

All this creates inflammatory states in the body, which is why we favor gentle steam cooking.

You can completely brown your vegetables in olive oil by temporizing. The vegetables keep their crunch, their nutrients and their prana.

Prana in Ayurveda is the vital energy of the vegetable. So cook your food al dente and your vegetables will allow you to preserve the maximum of vitamins

Cow’s milk

Regarding cow’s milk, it is not made for humans.

And since human milk is not made for cows, it makes sense…

Cow’s milk is very concentrated in iron and calcium, which is far too much for your enzymes. Human milk is perfectly adapted in terms of its composition for humans.

Cow’s milk is made so that the calf develops very quickly, unlike a human who must mature very slowly and develop very slowly.

A cow’s milk in terms of its composition includes 80% casein. Casein is what we have in whey. You know when you heat butter, especially when making ghee, the foam that rises is casein. This mixture of impurities creates bloating, irritates the intestines and sometimes it can be silent and take years to come. Chooses ghee, and we will not feel the harmful effects of casein in our organism

Cow’s milk therefore contains 80% casein while human milk only contains 17%.

You realize the difference it’is a lot. It’s only on the order of a few percentages it can be counted in tens and tens and tens of percentage difference in terms of protein

Cow’s milk contains 32 grams of protein per liter and human milk 9 grams of protein per litre. We understand why it is complicated for a human to assimilate milk.

When milk proteins are split, insulin increases in order to be able to digest them. That’s why milk consumption would have a strong impact also for diabetics.

The cows are fed fermented wheat to increase their milk yield. This is called silage. This food ferments in the absence of oxygen and these wheats and corn acidify the food and therefore their milk by snowball effect will also acidify our intestine.

The cows are treated with hormones, antibiotics and all of this ends up in the milk.

Calcium and rheumatism

If you really become aware… You are the only actor of your health,... Stop milk. Because it really does not have anything good for you. And you can completely find other sources of calcium in plants.

Calcium from animal proteins is assimilated by the body between 30 to 40% by the human body, while plant calcium is assimilated at 70%.

Now you know what to do.

The reason is that it is natural, better for your health because it can be assimilated by your body. And it doesn’t mess with your microbiota.

Tofu, broccoli contain calcium, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chickpeas, dried figs.

And unwittingly the man will consume milk, milk proteins in his diet. When we start to look at the labels and read the compositions, there is lactose, milk powders in everything. In dark chocolate, food preparations… In short, there are really everywhere and why? You have to ask the manufacturers.

We must hunt down this milk powder and remove it from our diet. And don’t eat processed product, as raw as possible to be sure that there are no traces of lactose or other additives. These compounds are poison for us in the short term. , medium and long term.

Which cereals favored in his anti-rheumatism diet?

Barley and buckweat are good to eat to reduce rheumatism

Just like cereals which are no longer the same, like wheat, maize….

Because of the molecular modifications of cereals, our body does not assimilate them correctly or at all.

Wheat in particular contains what is called gliadin. So it is a molecule that will distend the tight junctions and pass more easily into the blood and the lymph. It will foul the tissues by causing an immune reaction. There are also certain short chain amino acids which will cause an influx of water and gas in the intestines.

This is why in case of intestinal permeability we avoid eating gluten.

On the other hand, old cereals such as spelt and small spelt do not have these problems. Manufacturers have little interest in them because they do not generate high yields. They are rich in vitamins and trace elements and easily assimilated by people who are theoretically intolerant to gluten. There is no gluten in spelt or buckwheat.

If you can, eat bread with old grains like spelt flour. Or when you make your winter soups introducing a little spelled will give them consistency and a good grain boost.

What else against rheumatism?

You can also include

Garlic: a recent study establishes that the micronutrients in garlic help in the prevention of bone changes linked to rheumatism.

Ginger, long pepper and black pepper: these last 3 help to correct digestion and metabolism. You can use them daily.

Barley is also interesting.

Drink lukewarm water as it improves digestion, relieves joints and improves flexibility.

Ayurveda studies each case in a unique way to prescribe the ideal treatments, according to your constitution and the stage reached. And for more information on this subject, you can contact me here.

See you soon for the next article here or podcast here .

Take care of yourself and become aware of what you eat. Your body will give it back to you.

References 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30014782/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24450456/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28473652/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32153673/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25003529/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24641286/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26384406/

Hay fever or allergic rhinitis

Hay fever is another immune system derangement and relates to hypersensitivity of the nervous system.

It is also showing a disorder in the digestive system.

Sneezing, coughing, fatigue…many hay fever’s symptoms

Vata type Hay fever

It is usually a Vata disorder because vata types are the most sensitive, however pitta and kapha types exists.

Vata allergies are cause by dust, wind, dryness and manifest more in autumn. Vata symptoms are cough with a little phlegm, headache, insomnia, restlessness and anxiety

Pitta type Hay fever

Pitta dosha is involved in the more severe allergies with toxic blood and symptoms or fever, red eyes and rashes.

Allergies of Pitta are caused by heat and sun light and manifest more in the summer. Pitta symptoms are burning eyes, thirst, fever, yellow nasal discharge and skin rashes.

Seasonal rhinitis allergy

Kapha type Hay fever

Kapha get allergies along with their general accumulation of dampness and mucus. Hay fever most often occurs in a weaker debilitated constitution.

Kapha allergies are cause by dampness and mold and manifest more in the spring. Kapha symptoms are abundant clear or white phlegm, dullness and heaviness.

Remedies to treat your allergies

Use the power of nature to heal hay fever

In acute conditions the treatment for allergies is similar to that for the common cold, with a detoxifying diet.

Then, dairy and other mucus forming foods should be avoided.

Between attacks, however, it is important to strengthen the immune system and the lungs, particularly for vata constitution.

For this tonification therapy, important ayurvedic herbs are ashwaghanda and bala; Chinese herbs are ginseng and astralagus and western comfrey root. Chyawanprash is a good general tonic to take.

First determine what is your allergies type

Because you need to choose the right treatment. If you have some doubts about it, ask an ayurvedic professional that I’m also.

All kinds of hay fever require special herbs to clear the sinuses, open the head and dispel phlegm.

Kapha, Pitta and Vata remedies

For kapha, the old standby Trikatu is good or dry ginger powder as a snuff.

Ayurvedic herbs include calamus, gotu kola, ginger, cloves, camphor (in very small amount) ephedra and bayberry. Calamus ghee applied in the nose is excellent. Gotu kola oil or ghee is similarly used for Pitta conditions.

Chinese herbs include magnolia flower, xanthium (cocklebur), mint, angelica, wild ginger and chrysanthemum. Additional western herbs are peppermint, sage, eucalyptus, wintergreen, bay leaves and mullein flowers. 

When Pitta is involves, bitters and blood cleansing herbs such as echinacea, barberry, dandelion and burdock must be added.

Essential oil like menthols, eucalyptus or camphor or a paste of spicy herbs like ginger can be applied to the temple or root of the nose. Sandalwood oil on the forehead is good when there are hot or febrile sensation.

For red, itchy eyes, ghee particularly made with triphala can be applied to the eyelids.

Triphala ghee is best and ghee by itself is helpful. Chamomile, eyebright or chrysanthemum in lukewarm infusions can be used to wash the eyes.

A good formula also for hay fever is gotu kola, calamus, angelica, wild ginger and licorice in equal parts of the powders.

Basil tea (particularly holy basil or tulsi) is good taken with honey. Coriander and cilantro (coriander leaf) are best for Pitta.

Vata and Kapha types can take this with honey. Also, a lung tonic can be taken.

Other good treatments

Herbal remedies for hay fever

Nasya therapy

Nasya therapy or nasal application of herbs and oils is important not only for hay fever and sinusitis but also for all diseases of the head and sinuses. Simply put 2 drops or medicated oil into the nostril with the help of eyedropper. Vata types should take licorice in sesame oil (name of the oil: anu tailam). Do it daily.

Pitta types should take gotu kola in sesame oil or Brahmi oil, and Kapha types should take calamus, eucalyptus or camphor in sesame oil.

Neti pot

Yoga employs a small pot for pouring water in the nose to clean the nostrils. This is called neti pot. Wash the nostrils with a saline solution, it works wonder in many allergies cases.

Usually, one takes about 1/8 teaspoon or a pinch of salt in the neti pot. But you can also add a little sesame oil and a little of the powder ginger or calamus for a stronger action. This opens the head and sinuses and remove phlegm and congestion. In very congested conditions a snuff of herbal powders or an application of oils works better than the neti pot.

Detoxifying: the ginger detox bath

Why ginger bath is so effective?:

  • Relaxes the body and mind
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Increases circulation
  • Promotes healthy digestion and metabolism
  • Induces sweating
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces aches, pains, soreness and swelling in the body
  • Decreases a fever
  • Reduces stress
  • Calms the mind
  • Enhances detoxification before, during and after a cleanse
  • Beneficial during illness
  • Beneficial in weight loss programs

How to make it?

  • 1/4 cup of organic dried ginger powder
  • Lavender and rosemary essential oils (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • Medicated massage oil to apply after the bath (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4 cup of plain, unscented Epsom salt
  1. Fulfill your tub with hot water.  If you are Pitta types use warm to avoid increasing Pitta.
  2. When the bathtub is about half way full, add the ginger, baking soda and Epsom salt, 5-7 drops of both the lavender and the rosemary essential oil (optional). 
  3. Dissolved all the ingredients into the hot water and stop fulfilling bath to the desired amount.
  4. Lie in the bath for a minimum of 15 minutes or until a sweat breaks
  5. Take a quick shower to rinse off any residue on your body. 
  6. Apply a medicated massage oil such as Vata Oil, Pitta Oil or Kapha Oil directly after drying off to heal and balance the body and nervous system also.  This is especially beneficial for Vata and Pitta types, due to the drying and heating potential respectively.

Change the bad habits and turn them in health daily lifestyle:

Here some general advices that you can practice for all constitution. Other specific practices exists specifically for your constitution. But you can apply that if you don’t want to go further in your personalized daily routine:

  • Wake up each day around 6-7am
  • Practice gandusha each morning with oil such your doshas
  • Scub your tongue each morning
  • Perform a self oil massage at least 2 times a week with oil.. depend on your constitution
  • 20-30 minutes daily exercises regimen each day such as walking, swimming, bicycling or yoga
  • Avoid daytime sleeping
  • Surya Namaskara (sun salutation)
  • Kapala Bati pranayama
  • Daily meditation

As you can see, many methods can be use to treat each allergy types. 

But choose one remedies on the list that most pertain to your symptoms, and also that you can realistically do. 

So, remember consistency is The key for an effective treatment! 

Since I’m sharing with you, you know that herbal remedies are a complimentary treatment to do with a healthy diet and lifestyle, however if you don’t have healthy diet and lifestyle you should think about it … changes required.  Without these changes, you will pacify the symptoms and not treated the root cause of the allergy. 

As always please contact me if you have any questions or comments!

And for more tips about your healthy lifestyle with ayurveda, practice with my blog.

References

The connection between seasonal allergies, food allergies, and rhinosinusitis: what is the evidence? – PubMed (nih.gov)

The relationship of rhinitis and asthma, sinusitis, food allergy, and eczema – PubMed (nih.gov)

[Respiratory allergies] – PubMed (nih.gov)

Seasonal ocular allergy and pollen counts – PubMed (nih.gov)

Seasonal allergic rhinitis and the role of apitherapy – PubMed (nih.gov)

Yagna therapy

Yagna

Yagna is an excellent practice that addresses many needs in our lives. It is a practice that can be easily integrated into our lives and for many curative and preventive benefits.

Many of us want to live healthy and sustainable lives. Many of us are also aware that our environment is crucial to our health.

And we can ask ourselves, what can I do for the environment?

Because we realize the influence of our environment on our health and well-being.

How can I protect myself and my family from pollution and its harmful effects on our health?

What can I change or bring to my lifestyle to be in harmony with nature?

Yagna’s philosophy

Yagna is done to impregnate oneself with good qualities

Find the inner union between the body and mind and the outside world by gathering around the Yagna.

Using our resources for the needy (money, time, knowledge, special skills)

Nature follows the principles of Yagna. No one keeps anything for himself.

In the Indian tradition, the environment is seen as an extension of our body and each has an impact on the other.

It is through our environment that we can feed, breathe, drink, take energy, and all this forms our body, our processes and our health.

Look at the water cycle, everything is transformed and then redistributed, so it is with our body and its environment.

Water cycle on Earth

Same with our body. The food produced by our environment is ingested by the mouth, arrives in the stomach, redistributes after transformation in the blood then the blood, the organs and our excretions return to the environment. And the environment produces new crops to continue the cycle.

We understand that the healthier and purer our environment is the more it nourishes us.

Our emotions and thoughts are also influenced by our environment.

Ayurveda has already defined the impact of the environment on our Vata, Pitta, Kapha doshas, as well as our thoughts, emotions and feelings.

What are the origins of Yagna

All Indian scripture describes importance of Yagya or Yagna. The Vedas describe in detail the benefits of yagna in curing various diseases and fulfilling one’s needs.

  • Aranyak
  • Ramayana
  • Mahabharat
  • Bagwat Geeta
  • Purana
  • Sikh, and other religions
  • Upanishad Brahmana

Different applications of Yagna

Yagna ceremony

We can perform Yagna for different purposes

  • For generation of Subtle energy,
  • Spiritual purposes
  • Material purposes
  • Mass consciousness purification
  • Environment balance and purification
  • Improvement of ailments and diseases

Yagna therapy is also mentioned in Atharvaveda:

  • For long healthy life and cure of diseases (3/11/1-8)
  • For worm infections (1/8; 5/29/4; 5/29/6,7,8,9)
  • For fever (1/12/2,3; 5/22/1,2; 5/22/10/13)
  • For mania (6/111/2)
  • For goiter (6/83/1-4; 7/78/4

Yagna Therapy involved many important components which provide healthy state which are discussed later in this article.

Medicines and herbs are vaporized by offering them into the sacrificial fire and they come in the body by inhalation, by gaseous form, through the nose, then the lungs and the pores of the skin.

Yagna is largely uses in Ayurveda like dhoomapana treatment

The inhalation of specific herbal medicinal-smoke (Dhoomapana) are done for various ailments:

  • fever,
  • pregnancy,
  • poisonous animals’ bites, etc.
  • and for diseases: mania, epilepsy, worm infections, syphilis, etc.

The inhalation of medicinal-smoke of a specific herbal-powder combination of neem leaves, Vacha (Acorus calamus), kushta (Saussurea costus ), haritaki, sassam (mustard), and gulgulu (Commiphora mukul-Engl.), destroys extreme fever in patients.

Etudes and proprieties of used plants

During Vedic time, yagna therapy was largely used for health benefits, improvements and treatments of ailments and diseases.

It is a very sophisticated therapeutic system

It exists 30 formulations of herbal mixtures for all diseases.

Mental health:  insomnia, OCD, depression, mental retardation, mental-illness, epilepsy, schizophrenia, …

Reproductive conditions: dysmenorrhea, for pregnant women, impotency, infertility

General:  fever, air-purifying (anti-Viral), obesity

Diseases and Organ: cancer, diabetes, thyroid, high blood pressure, asthma, tuberculosis, kidney diseases, liver diseases, H.I.V., skin diseases, eye diseases, neurological diseases, paralysis, piles, arthritis.

Here some of the studies of therapeutical properties of plants

Acorus calamus Linn.: phytoconstituents and bactericidal property – PubMed (nih.gov)

A review of therapeutic potential of Saussurea lappa-An endangered plant from Himalaya – PubMed (nih.gov)

Terminalia chebula Retz. Fruit Extracts Inhibit Bacterial Triggers of Some Autoimmune Diseases and Potentiate the Activity of Tetracycline – PubMed (nih.gov)

Guggulipid of Commiphora mukul, with antiallodynic and antihyperalgesic activities in both sciatic nerve and spinal nerve ligation models of neuropathic pain – PubMed (nih.gov)

Terminalia chebula Retz. Fruit Extracts Inhibit Bacterial Triggers of Some Autoimmune Diseases and Potentiate the Activity of Tetracycline – PubMed (nih.gov)

How Yagna works

Different names can be used for Yagna: Homa or Agnihotra

What are the causes of diseases?

Health is prime most need of everyone.

Science indicates two reasons for unhealthy state

External factors : pollution in air, water and food due to chemicals, pesticides, radiation, plastics, quality of breathing air…

All of this contribute to various diseases: cancer, skin diseases, lung diseases, digestive allergies or ailments…

Internal factors: negative thoughts and emotions, individually and collectively. It contributes to mental and emotional diseases like depression, stress, hormone and immune dependent diseases.

And both factors cause imbalance in the physical, mental and emotional well-being causing diseases.

Yagna: needs of the time

Yagna is a therapeutic system which can act on physical, mental, emotional and social level.

Indian Rishis developed Yagna Therapy which could act on all the levels simultaneously.

  • Healthy Family
  • Individual’s physical, mental and spiritual upliftment
  • Healthy society
  • Healthy environment

It may seem counterintuitive that yagna actually purifies the air but research on yagnas has shown them to reduce air pollution by reducing the concentration of particulate matter in air and the harmful gases and improving the moisture content in the atmosphere.

They have also been shown to reduce the harmful bacteria in the atmosphere significantly.

After the yagna, the environment is charged with prana and positive energy which nourishes all beings. Thus through yagna, the air around becomes purified, and as one breathes in pure air, one need not worry about pollution, smoke and indoor pollution and the related respiratory diseases common in the urban environments.

It is interesting to know that an average adult eats ~2 kg of food per day, drinks 2-3 litres of water and breathes 11,000 litres of air in a day! Thus the quality of air can have a significant impact on our health. 

Similarly it has been shown that Yagna ash can be used to purify water in water bodies and made fit for drinking by increasing the dissolved oxygen content, regulating the pH and removing the harmful bacteria in it. 

Yagna ash is also being used to cultivate organic food which is shown to have higher yield and higher nutritional value. With the emerging popularity of kitchen gardens and other methods of growing plants and food at homes or locally, one can explore yagna farming at home as well. There have been successful experiments around the globe on yagna farming with agnihotra by individuals.

Science of Yagna

Yagna also generates those 3 Basic types of energy

The 3 types of energy

Yagna Therapy treats diseases in 3 ways:

● Breathing of herbal vapors treat disease and bring healthy state

Herbal vapors generated from specially designed herbal mixtures for different diseases conditions enter into blood circulation very fast through lung. Fire potentiates and transform the herbal-phytoconstituents into very fine herbal vapors and hence they are delivered deep into diseased organ though blood circulation.

● Yagna Therapy heals negative thoughts and emotions

● Improves prana shakti (life-force vital energy)

Life is dependent on Prana. During disease Prana (vital force) goes down. Sun is the main source of Prana. Hence to connect and charge patient’s prana Yagya Therapy is performed during sunrise and sunset because all procedure and components of Yagya Therapy are woven such a way that patient get connected with Sun energy.

Research has shown that electromagnetic radiations from devices are greatly reduced in the yagna environment. One experiences a great sense of relaxation and the mind feels fresh and free from constant engagement. 

During yagna is a greatly energizing and spiritually uplifting process. Thoughts and emotions are purified. The mind calms down and a sense of serenity dawns. The atmosphere feels vibrant. One experiences positive energy during the whole day. The aroma of the yagna fumes is also quite refreshing and sometimes acts as a natural perfume

Benefits of Yagna Therapy

  • Increase vitality in the air and all forms of life
  • Increase anti-oxydants
  • Cleaning environment
  • Purify water
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reduction in radiation
  • Purifies blood
  • Helps in diabetes, high blood pressure
  • Relieve stress
  • Removes negatives emotions like anger, jealousy, hatred…
  • Biological removal of pathogens
  • Increases negative ions
  • Parjanya varsha – soil nourishment
  • Subtle effect – remove animal instinct and awaken divinity
  • Cure different diseases especially mental diseases

Yagna and Hindu scriptures

Offerings for Yagna

In the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan Shree Krishna explains the philosophy and different kinds of yagna.

The vedas describe yagna as a means to fulfil one’s desires, attain happiness through health, wealth, peace, strength, fame and protection from natural calamities, diseases, and all unforeseen events. The vedas give different kinds of yagnas for fulfilling the various needs and desires of beings. 

In chapter 3 of the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan Shree Krishna says that the creation is sustained through yagna and by individuals performing their swadharma (our true nature).

He further states that it is through yagna that the divine forces and nature are pleased and nourished and they in turn nourish us and fulfil our desires. Thus by mutually serving and taking care of each other, there is prosperity and abundance everywhere and well being for all. 

Through yagna, one benefits not just oneself but also the environment.

If you wish to practice, feel free to contact me and i will enjoy to share with you.

Since i practice every morning, my mind is calm, i feel more confident and rooted.

Yagya Therapy: the evidences

YAGYOPATHY VERSUS ORAL AND IV DRUG ADMINISTRATION: EVALUATION FOR PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS USING COMPARTMENT MODELING | Journal of Biological Systems (worldscientific.com)

Gayatri Mantra Chanting Helps Generate Higher Antimicrobial Activity of Yagya’s Smoke | Interdisciplinary Journal of Yagya Research (dsvv.ac.in)

Yagya Therapy as adjunct care tended to normalized level of thyroid hormones in 18 thyroid patients after 40 days of treatment | Interdisciplinary Journal of Yagya Research (dsvv.ac.in)

Aromatherapy and Yagya Therapy for Mental Health | Interdisciplinary Journal of Yagya Research (dsvv.ac.in)

Yagya Therapy Treatment Reduced Blood Glucose Level in Diabetic Patients in 2 weeks – a Single Arm Study | Interdisciplinary Journal of Yagya Research (dsvv.ac.in)

A case study of the effect of Yagya on the level of stress and anxiety | Interdisciplinary Journal of Yagya Research (dsvv.ac.in)

Yagya Therapy for Sub-Clinical Hypothyroidism: A Case Study | Interdisciplinary Journal of Yagya Research (dsvv.ac.in)

Yagya Therapy as supportive care in cancer patients improved quality of life: Case studies | Interdisciplinary Journal of Yagya Research (dsvv.ac.in)

Ayurveda and cycle of time

Rejuvenate with proper cycle of time in proportion of your doshas

Ayurveda defines cycle of time in our life and especially in our daily life. If you want to get balance in your mind, body and soul you have to respect these cycles. They are cycles of your own nature but also the cycle of Mother Nature.

Have you ever found that if you sleep too much you feel heavy and lazy all day long?

Ayurveda has a fairly simple explanation for all of this. There is a natural ebb and flow in the natural world, including your own body and mind.

Do you feel hungry around 10 p.m?

Or maybe sometimes you wake up at 4 a.m worrying and have a hard time falling back asleep…

Vata, Pitta and Kapha are energetic forces that govern the tides of your life, and also your your day.

If you understand these forces, you can tune into the natural rhythms of the world. And make informed choices to help you to get healthy and harmonious life.

In other words, there is a vata, pitta and kapha hour of the day and a vata, pitta and kapha hour of the night. Understanding this allows you to choose activities, food choices, etc. That will support the dominant energy in and around you at that time.

Ayurveda and cycle of time

The ayurvedic cycle of Kapha time

Let’s start with the Kapha time of the day, as it always starts with the Kapha dosha.

Ayurveda teaches that it is best to get up in the morning before 6 a.m, because at 6 a.m. Kapha becomes dominant. Kapha is the energy of water and earth, and is therefore heavy and slow. If you wake up during kapha time, which is between 6.00 and 10.00, these qualities will increase in you. You will say “I overslept, and I struggled to wake up,”

It is better to get up before 6 a.m. and participate in a morning activity. You will to get your heart racing and start your day with energy.

Breakfast is actually a fairly light meal as it is still in Kapha time.

The ayurvedic cycle of Pitta time

Time runs out in Pitta, which starts at 10:00 am and continues until 2:00 pm.

Pitta governs productivity time, when the sun is highest in the sky and there is more heat in the natural world.

Pitta is the dosha of heat, for it is made of fire and water. At this time of day, heat naturally predominates in our body and mind. By harnessing this midday heat, we are determined to be productive and achieve our goals.

However, it is best to avoid spending time in direct sunlight at this time of day, especially engaging in vigorous activity in the sun>

If you are predominantly pitta, as those with a pitta nature are likely to experience an increase in heat symptoms in the body at this time. You can experienced burning indigestion, rashes, or even mood swings. And as mentioned above, lunch is the time when you can enjoy a big meal the most. As you are best able to digest it at this time, as digestion is a fiery process and will be supported by the heat of the meal

Your nature works with Nature

The ayurvedic cycle of Vata time

The pitta time of the day fades when Vata time begins, around 2:00 p.m. Vata continues until 6:00 p.m. as day gives way to night. Vata, which is made up of the elements air and space (ether), governs the transition time.

The naturally light and ethereal qualities of this time of day allow creativity and expansive thinking. Make it a great time to engage in creative pursuits and problem solving.

However, it can also be a time when people of a vata nature may experience restlessness, so choose a calm environment in which you can work while minimizing excessive sensory input such as bright lights and noise.

Instead, settle into a peaceful environment and grab a cup of herbal tea and a warm blanket. Vata is the most delicate of the doshas, ​​and the most likely to become imbalanced, as it is the dosha of movement. By keeping him at ease at this time of day, his creative gifts can manifest and imbalances avoided.

As the cycle continues and we move towards night, the dosha times repeat themselves.

Ayurvedic cycles of time at night

Kapha time

Kapha becomes dominant again from 6:00 p.m. at 10 p.m, when the water and earth elements accumulate again. These heavy qualities tell you it’s time to relax. Eat a light, early dinner (don’t overeat at dinner – avoid heavy foods), and settle in for the night.

Around 10 p.m, you have to sleep. By going to bed during the kapha hour, the heaviness of this hour will help you fall asleep easily and naturally.

In the last hour or two before bed (around 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.), only engage in calming activities that nourish and soothe you. No fuss, no painful conversation, no violent TV shows – or it can interfere with sleep! Instead, take a hot bath, sip tea by the fire, listen to soothing music, enjoy a light conversation with loved ones.

Pitta Time

At 10 p.m., I hope you are well in bed, sound asleep. This is important because Pitta regulates activity and while you sleep is no exception. The pitta time of the night is from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. It is important because this is the time of internal cleansing.

If you stay awake during this important time, you are missing out on the benefits of this hour of cleansing. In fact, if you’re still awake you might find that the food cravings kick in and find yourself in the fridge. Looking for ice cream or leftover pizza, as the digestive force is going to search for something to digest. . Your body will thank you for skipping this and falling asleep instead!

Vata Time

Vata Time returns from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m, marking another transition time. However, early morning vata time is not a time of creativity, but rather of receptivity. Yogis long ago discovered that this time of day, when air and ether dominate, is the best time for meditation, prayer, chanting, and other spiritual practices.

By getting up before 6:00 a.m, you are able to maximize this experience, spending that peaceful time of day in spiritual activities.

If you are still in bed, you may find that your sleep is light and disturbed, or that you wake up and find it difficult to close your mind. Meditation at this time can be a challenge for some, especially if you have a lot of vata in your nature or have a vata imbalance.

Using a mantra or affirmations, doing yoga and pranayama can be very helpful in calming the mind. Having a cup of warm milk in the evening before bed with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg is good. Do gentle yoga, or inhaling soothing essential oils such as lavender or jatamansi to calm the mind. You can aslo practice soothing pranayama like Nadi Shodhana.

By listening to nature’s signals and following her rhythms, she will reward you with health, balance and peace of mind.

References

[Physiology of the biological clock] – PubMed (nih.gov)

Biological rhythms: clocks for all times – PubMed (nih.gov)

Biological clocks and the digestive system – PubMed (nih.gov)

[Biological clocks of food] – PubMed (nih.gov)

Biological clocks: mechanisms and developments – PubMed (nih.gov)

Learn Your self and heal with Bhagavad Gita and Veda

Reading Bhagavad Gita help to understand our inner self

Therefore, according to the scriptures, Veda and Bhagavad Gita, the fundamental human problem is misplaced search for something in a place, where it is not available. 

And therefore, the intelligent approach is to search for something in a place where it is available.

Now the question is: 

Why do the human beings commit such a mistake

And make the life a soup and go from struggle to struggle to struggle. Why? 

The Vedas point out that these three basic needs are available within but hidden. 

They are covered like the treasure that is covered under the ground or like the borewell water which is under the ground. 

Struggling

One Swami who had an ashram, was struggling for water. Even an ordinary house, needs a lot of water. Imagine an ashram, where several members are there.

And that Swamiji dug all the ground, all over the ashram, to tap some source of water, he could not and he was struggling to get it from outside several places and 10 years he had to struggle sometime he gets, sometimes he does not. 

This is a real incident. And one day he was standing outside waiting for someone and one government official from water department came with some hydrometer instrument, which can detect the ground water, it seems. 

Then he said, why can’t we try and he asked the Swamiji to move a little bit standing on the gate and he kept the meter and found out that right underneath there is a huge and perennial source of water

He has dug everywhere except that place

So that Swamiji was jumping it seems like mokṣa. 

Why was the struggle for 10 years. What he wanted he had but it was covered. 

Similarly, the scriptures point out, we have the perennial borewell, which has got the permanent; what you call, source of these fundamental needs, viz., security, peace and happiness. But the problem is it is hidden by layers of covering

And sometimes the water is so deep, we have different layers, one clay layer, some rubble layer, some other layer. Similarly, it is covered. And therefore, what is required to get these three. 

What the Bhagavad Gita and Veda point out?

Remove the layers of covering and tap the borewell

Free your mind and body with discipline, read and understand Bhagavad Gita helps to get peace.

Tap the eternal spring of security, peace and happiness. May you tap from the eternal spring. And this process is called discovery. Discovery means what? Dissing the cover. 

Dissing means what, removing the cover

The Swamiji did not produce water, because water was already there. He only removed the covering which was between him and water. Now the next question is: what are the layers that cover these three, so that I can handle appropriately. If the cover is stone and rubbles, you have to use a different weapon, instrument; if it is wet clay, you have to use an appropriate instrument; depends upon the type of covering. 

The scriptures point out that there are three layers covering the spring security, peace and happiness within us is covered by three layers. The grossest, subtle and the subtlest, the finest layer and what are those three layers. 

They are known as: 

  • Malam: literally meaning impurity. 
  • No.2 vikṣepaḥ: means a extrovertedness and literally means disturbance; disturbance caused by extrovertedness. Outgoing tendency. 
  • And the third layer : avaraṇam, otherwise ajnanam, ignorance

Malam, vikṣepaḥ and ajnanam. 

Malam or impurity refers to varieties of mental problems, normally enumerated as the six fold impurities; six fold enemies, six fold obstacles to discover our inner joy. And those impurities are kamaḥ, krodhaḥ, lobhaḥ, mohaḥ, madaḥ, matsaryaḥ. 

You would have heard kamaḥ, (desire), krodhaḥ, (Anger); lobhaḥ (Greed); mohaḥ (delusion); madaḥ (arrogance or vanity); matsaryaḥ (jealousy or competitiveness). These are the main six fold impurities in the mind. They make the first layer of obstacles in unearthing our inner joy. 

Then the second layer of obstacle is, Vikṣepaḥ, the mental restlessness, mental wandering, mental extrovertedness is the second layer of obstacle, because of which I am not able to see; like when the water is turbulent, you cannot see the bottom of the river properly. If the water is muddied, you cannot see. That muddied water has got Malam (impurities). 

The turbulent water has got Vikṣepaḥ (obstacle). When these two are there, you do not see what is down below. Similarly when the mind has got impurities and turbulence, you cannot recognize the truth behind

And the third obstacle is called Ignorance; ignorance of the fact that I am the only source of these three. I am the spring of ananda (extreme happiness), the embodiment of security. I am full of, I have abundance of Shanti. This fact, I am ignorant. Ignorance is the third layer. 

Therefore what is required; remove these three layers. 

Three layers by appropriate: sadhana.

Bhagavad Gita is knowledge, practice it is liberation.

Sadhana means any discipline or exercise.

You may call it spiritual exercise, spiritual discipline, you have to practice. to remove these three obstacles.

And each discipline is called a yoga.

Yoga means that which unites the seeker with the destination.

Yoga means that which unites the seeker.

Me, with what?

The destination called security, peace and happiness. Like when the treasure-hunter uses different instruments, each one is like yoga because when obstacles are removed, who is united with whom?

The treasure-hunter is united with the treasure. So the hunter treasure-union is caused by this and that one which causes the union is called the Yoga. 

The whole Ramayaṇa is compared to a spiritual journey. We have to use three different disciplines or yogas to recover the treasure; to claim my own treasure. 

Three different disciplines or yoga to recover the treasure

And the three yogas prescribed in the scriptures.

Karma Yoga : to remove the first layer of obstacle.

The second yoga is called Upasana yoga to remove the second layer of obstacle.

The third one is called Jnana yoga to remove the third layer. 

Karma Yogena mala nivrithi, you can understand these three Sanskrit sentences. 

These three yogas do not bring anything but it connects me to my own treasure. It helps me claim my own wealth.

Like some people die, without writing proper will, and for the other survivor, to claim the property; it is his own property, their own property, but you have to go through so many procedures, and ultimately, what do you get. You do not get money, you have claimed the money which has been already yours. you are claiming your birthright

Thus three yogas are prescribed.

Karma Yoga is a life style consisting of proper action and proper attitude. What do you mean proper action? Any action which will primarily contribute to the reduction of kamaḥ, krodhaḥ, lobhaḥ, mohaḥ; instead of increasing them. Any action which will help in the reduction of the impurities is called proper action. 

And proper attitude is the right attitude towards the action as well as the result of the action. A healthy attitude towards the action and its result which will help me grow through every experience. Healthy attitude is that which will help me.

The 3 Yoga mentioned in Bhagavad gita

Read, understand Bhagavad Gita and make your own opinion.

Proper action plus proper attitude is Karma Yoga. 

Karma Yoga removes the first layer of impurity.

Then the second yoga is upasana Yoga; which consists of different types of meditations, different forms of meditations will help in quietening the mind. The extrovert, turbulent, restless, outgoing, wandering, fidgety mind has to have some relaxation. A stress-free mind is the result of Upasana yoga.

Removal of impurity can be translated as attaining purity.

Upasana Yoga will lead to Vikṣepaḥ nivṛttiḥ. Removal of restlessness which can be positively presented as attaining the steadiness of the mind; instead of wandering, the mind is steady and calm

And then comes the third Yoga called: Jnana yoga.

It consists of enquiry into my real nature.

Do I require Peace from outside or is my very nature is peaceful?

Or am I the ever secure Aatma (soul) ?

Do I need happiness from outside or can I tap it from myself?

So Jnana yoga consists of self-enquiry, Self-analysis, atma vicaraḥ.

And if a person goes through Karma Yoga, Upasana Yogaḥ and Jnana Yoga, all these three layers are removed.

And there is no option in these three, because we have all these three layers; in fact very very thick; thick layers we have got. And therefore, to help us ingoing through these three yoga, and also discover the inner security, peace and happiness, our scriptures guide us and these wonderful scriptures who guide us are called the Vedas. 

What the purpose of Vedas?

The Vedas are these wonderful scriptures whose only aim is helping us to tap our own wealth. 

Veda means source of knowledge, and these Vedas are revelations from the Source itself. Vedas have down to us through the Riṣhis. Rishis are the receiving centers; just as we have transmission station and receiving station.

Source: Swami Paramathananda’s Bhagavad Gita, Lectures in Chennai

References

Psychiatry and the Bhagavad Gita – Psychiatry in sacred texts – PubMed (nih.gov)

Impact of Bhagavad Gita Course on College Students: A Study Based on Students Feedback – PubMed (nih.gov)

Psychotherapy in the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu scriptural text – PubMed (nih.gov)

Stress and its Expression According to Contemporary Science and Ancient Indian Wisdom: Perseverative Cognition and the Pañca kośas – PubMed (nih.gov)

Physiological patterns during practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique compared with patterns while reading Sanskrit and a modern language – PubMed (nih.gov)

Why You Should Practice Yoga with Ayurveda ?

Divine Yoga

Ayurveda views the human body in terms of conscience, of information and energy  as being contained within a physical field of organs, tissues and channels.

Yoga considers asanas like static poses with energy conditions, which in turn are manifestations of consciousness.

The body is not simply physical, but it is only a point of physical concentration of forces which extend to the whole universe.

The physical body itself is mortal, and connected to larger energies and powers of immortality and eternity.

Although limited in size, its connections extend endlessly.

The Ayurvedic effects of the practice of asanas

According to the philosophy of yoga, the physical body is:

•   manifestation of consciousness.

•   a crystallization of karmic (behavioral) patterns created by the mind.

The key to working with the body is to understand the consciousness behind it, much of which lies outside of our ordinary consciousness.

•  Mindful asana practice

•  Not only the technical aspects of the postures,

•  But also of the mental and emotional states they create in us.

Ayurveda considers the body as a manifestation

•  doshas physical energies,

• pranic and psychological energies, factors of consciousness.

We can not examine the doshic impact of asanas only on a physical level, but we must also consider their psychological effects.

The energy and focus we put into the pose is as important as the pose itself.

We can see this in ordinary life in which what we feel on a psychological level determines how we move on a physical level.

The long-term patterns of sensations and energy determine the shape and rhythm of the body.

Each asana has its own structural effect.

Yoga asana therapy

The seated postures provide:

•   the stability of the spine

•   create flexibility in the back of the legs.

•   create parasympathetic stimulation,

=> they create a pleasant calming influence.

Standing poses increase overall strength and energy levels.

Backbends tend to:

•   excite us (sympathetic stimulation),

•   to increase the extension of the spine and to create strength in the erector muscles of the trunk.

•   Relaxation poses even out and calm the energies created by our asana practice.

All asanas, whether in groups or individually, have their own energy depending on what they do to the body.

The experience of an asana will vary depending on

•   of the constitution,

•   flexibility and the organic condition of the individual.

The effect of the asana is the combination of the structure of the asana, the same for everyone, and the person’s own body structure

•   which not only varies from one individual to another,

•    but also changes over time.

Asana as Pranic Energy

The physical body is a vehicle for our internal energies defined by Prana.

Asanas are vehicles through which Prana is directed.

An asana is not just a physical structure but an energy condition

The asana is like a car with Prana as its driving force.

It’s not just about having the right vehicle, it’s also about moving it the right way.

The Pranic impulse behind the asana is as important as the asana itself

This means that depending on how we direct our Prana, the same asana can take us to different places.

For example, a seated posture done with strong pranayama can have a very energizing effect, while with ordinary breathing it will calm us down or even put us to sleep.

Asana is not only structure and energy, but also reflects thought and the intention.

We could call asana a “reflective” or “mindful” form of exercise.

The effects of the same asana will vary depending on whether our mind is clear or cloudy and our emotions are calm or turbulent

Ayurvedic effects of asanas

Each asana has a particular effect in relation to the three doshas.

The 3 doshas

This is the same as how Ayurveda classifies foods according to their doshic effects as good or bad for Vata, Pitta and Kapha, depending on the tastes and elements that make up each food.

Asanas = structural capacity =. to increase or decrease the doshas.

Through the use of the breath, we can modify or even change the doshic effects of the asana.

And the importance of thought and intention in asana practice.

Asana + prana + mind = modifying a particular asana or adjusting the whole practice towards a particular doshic result.

Specific asanas + pranayama + meditation = complete internal balance can be created and maintained.

The doshic application of asanas is two fold

According to the constitution of the individual defined by his doshic type as Vata, Pitta and Kapha and their mixtures.

Relating to the impact of asanas on the doshas as general physiological functions.

Each dosha has its sites and actions in the body which the asanas will perform depending on their orientation.

Why Yoga practice should start with Ayurveda 

Ayurveda : Food is your first medicine

Ayurveda with Yoga helps us gain:

complete harmony and balance in body and mind 

• so that we can discover our true Self which is one with all.

Yoga is practiced today for health benefits as the main factor

• asanas and pranayama,

• sometimes extending to mantra, mindfulness and meditation to improve our psychological well-being.

What we may not know is that the healing aspect of yoga is traditionally based on Ayurveda,

India’s ancient natural healing system developed from the philosophy of yoga and Vedic knowledge as a medical application.

These two Vedic disciplines rely on each other, Ayurveda being the healing aspect of Yoga.

Yoga was originally conceived as the Vedic tradition of sadhana to promote Self-realization through mind control, as in the teachings of the Yoga Sutras of Rishi Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita of Sri Krishna. 

Ayurveda was conceived as the Vedic tradition of healing and wellness for body and mind, as described in the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita, the two oldest Ayurvedic texts.

over time, the two systems have undergone their own developments and diversifications, so many people, including yoga teachers, may not understand their links or how to use them together.

Ayurveda, like traditional yoga, views the universe in terms of two factors:

•        of Purusha – the consciousness principle or Higher Self, 

•        and Prakriti – the force of nature which governs all organic processes. 

Ayurveda extends the principles of yoga philosophy and cosmology to the functioning of body and mind to bring them to optimal function and harmony. 

Yoga and Ayurveda share the Vedic sciences:

•   of the five elements,

•   of the five pranas,

•   the spirit and the gunas (qualities of nature)

•   and many other related factors. 

Ayurveda like Yoga emphasizes the Atman or Higher Self as the ultimate repository of health and well-being.

Each of us has a unique body-mind constitution, just as we have our own specific personal karmas to deal with in life. 

No two people are exactly the same and therefore we must treat each individual differently according to their nature. 

We can’t just take mass prescriptions and get cured, but we have to meet each person’s needs which may be radically different from each other.

–        understand how the three doshas work in us

–        of Vata (air and ether),

–        Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water and earth)

These constitute our individual doshic prakriti or “mind-body type”,

Prakriti determines our particular needs in matters of:

•   food,

•   herbs,

•   exercise and lifestyle,

•   as well as our general tendency to illness.

The three gunas

In approaching the mind, we must understand how the three gunas affect the workings of the mind:

• of sattva (balance), rajas (aggression) and tamas (inertia)

According to Ayurveda, the gunas of rajas and tamas, which cause restlessness or boredom, are the disease-causing factors or doshas at the level of the mind that must be eliminated for emotional happiness and peace of mind. 

Yoga = development of sattva guna in the mind for mental acuity and as a foundation for meditation. 

Yamas and Niyamas of Yoga are the principles of the sattvic life.

These 2 systems are the understanding of our individual constitution according to Ayurveda in order to help guide our practice of Yoga. 

Ayurveda helps to put:

our yoga practice on a solid foundation,

• how to take care of our unique constitution through the three doshas and their variations in us and around us.

• help determine which yoga practices are best for us, from asanas to meditation.

Ayurveda helps us to understand the state of Agni or our biological fires,

• by the digestive fire (jatharagni)

• by extending to the pranic fire or the fire of the breath,

• in the fire of the mind

• and finally to the fire of awareness that arises in deep meditation.

Higher yoga practices involve:

to balance and develop the different levels of Agni

• offer enhanced levels of perception and consciousness – through Yogagni or the fire of Yoga.

What is the Fire of Yoga?

Benevolent/beneficial elements obtained through the practice of inner meditation, the elements by which all bonds born of illusion, including those of the practitioner’s body, are reduced to ashes.

Ayurveda details understanding of Prana and its five sub-types which govern the movement of energy in body and mind. 

Yoga asanas are manifestations of the five pranas

• Udana or upward movement,

• Apana or downward movement,

• Vyana or expansive movement and Samana or contraction movement,

• Prana being overall increased energy.

Ayurveda as a complete system of yogic medicine

Ayurveda = complete system of yogic medicine

• understanding of body and mind,

• determining the individual constitution,

• disease theory and diagnostic methods,

• and treatment methods that include diet, herbs, massage and Pancha Karma. 

Embraces all aspects of Yoga and meditation

• his psychological therapies.

Ayurveda stems from the Samkhya-Yoga philosophy and its principles rooted in

• the Purusha, the Higher Self which is the goal of Yoga practice.

Ayurveda recommends specific health regimens

• at the individual level,

• including daily practices,

• monthly and seasonal,

• and practices relating to the stage of life, from infancy to old age.

Yogic healing works best within the context of a complete yogic system of medicine provided by Ayurveda.

Using Ayurveda with yoga helps us achieve complete harmony and balance in body and mind so that we can discover our true Self which is one with all.

All yoga teachers should learn the basics of Ayurveda and all yoga students should seek Ayurvedic guidance to enhance their yoga practice.

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21 Best Ayurvedic Skin Care Tips

Skin care for glowing

Here are some proven cleanser habits and Ayurvedic holistic skin care tips that you can include in your daily life. I also share what I’m able to practicing on my patients, teach them too for very nice results!

Ayurveda is not just about herbal remedies. It’s a way of life. It’s about adopting lifestyle habits that will make you the most beautiful you. Ayurvedic lifestyle tips for glowing skin and heal

Ayurvedic lifestyle skincare for glowing skin and healed

1. Rest to care your skin

Go to bed early and get up early. Besides making you healthy and wise, this practice protects your beauty skin. Having too many late nights and not getting enough sleep increases the number of inflammatory cells in your body that worsen and trigger skin problems, such as acne and dermatitis. In addition, they disrupt the skin’s moisture system, causing dry skin and rapid aging. You have to follow a mindful approach to beauty care practice, and regenerate.

2. Diet : the first secret for glowing skin

Care your diet for healthy skin

Don’t mix incompatible foods

Food is medicine. But can turn into poison when the wrong combination is made. Avoid these incompatible foods to take care of your skin and your health:

Milk and fruit: even if you like your bowl of yogurt mixed with fruit, avoid it. Fruits are digested quickly and milk takes time to digest. Thus, during the processing time, the fruit curdles the milk and creates acidity.

Milk and meat: avoid consuming dairy products (including desserts) with fish and meat. Fish warms your body while milk cools it. The combination of these contrasting foods clogs the vital channels (srotas) of the body.

Cold drinks before, during, after a meal: avoid drinking iced or cold drinks. This is because cold weakens agni, the digestive fire, and causes stomach and digestive problems. This also applies to frozen yogurt and ice cream after (or before) meals.

Ghee and honey: the two, in the same quantity, produce opposite reactions in your body. As the ghee cools, the honey heats up, which can cause an imbalance.

Listen my nutrition podcast series to care your guts and therefore your entire metabolism.

3. Stay Hydrated : Drink tea

It is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drink water and also sip herbal tea in between. Brew tea with herbs like chamomile, ginger or lemon and drink it in the afternoon to keep your digestion healthy. And a healthy digestive system is essential for glowing skin.

4. Consume vegetables for skin care

Vegetables rich in water can be digested easily and full of antioxydant. Vegetables such as carrots, radishes, lettuce, asparagus and fennel tips and cucumber are beneficial for all skin types. These are revered as purifiers.

9. Consumes seeds and nuts

Seeds and nuts for skin nourishing

Seeds and nuts aren’t just for birds. In fact, adding them to your diet regularly keeps your skin healthy. They contain healthy fats that are good for your cardiovascular system as well as your skin as they also contain omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Regularly consume sunflower seeds, almonds, pistachios and flaxseeds for glowing skin.

10. Reduce sugar and salt

High salt intake affects your blood pressure, which, in turn, increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Also, excess sugar and salt damage your skin’s collagen and elastin and these two compounds keep your skin elastic, toned and is anti-aging.

Stop sugar because it has an impact on insulin production which tends to get an oily skin.

5. Exercise for skin care

Not only is it good for your heart and lungs, but it’s also the key to a beautiful care routine and glowing skin. Exercise stimulates blood circulation, which in turn nourishes your skin cells and flushes out harmful free radicals and toxins.

6. Reduce your  stress

More than physical stress, mental stress can harm skin health. Controlled breathing exercises are a great way to release stress and calm your mind. Before going to bed, do a simple breathing exercise like Nadi shodana. Get peaceful mind before to sleep will help your body to rejuvenate better.

7. Meditate

You must be wondering how this can make your skin beautiful and glowing. Well, meditation helps calm your mind. When your mind is at rest, positive energy or “prana” flows through your body, flooding your cells with vital energy. It not only reduces stress but also rejuvenates your skin.

8. Moisturize your skin

Keeping your skin hydrated is crucial. In addition to drinking enough water, treat yourself with oil massages. Oil massage or Abhyanga is an essential part of Ayurvedic skincare routine. Massaging your skin with plant oils not only relaxes your muscles and tissues, nourishes them, and also stimulates blood and lymph circulation. Take a hot shower after at least 20 minutes…

It is a good practice for skin toner.

In the evening there is no need to apply a cream before going to bed because it is during the night that the skin regenerates… if you apply a cream you clog the pores which do not cannot perform their regenerative work properly during rest.

11. Protect your skin from too much sun exposure

While a little sun exposure is a necessity to give your skin and bones the daily dose of vitamin D, too much exposure can be harmful. UV rays can cause tanning, sunburn, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Whenever you go out, don’t forget to apply sunscreen, use an umbrella, hat or scarf to protect your skin.

In addition to improving your lifestyle habits, you need to stop smearing your skin with chemicals every day. Instead, switch to natural ingredients and remedies to keep it healthy. You will find these ingredients easily in your kitchen or refrigerator. Let’s look at a few.

 After these few principles, let’s move on to practice!

Skin care natural recipe

Natural skin care: no chemical use !

12. Orange to improve your complexion

Orange peel contains vitamin C and antioxidants that keep your skin clear and luminous. It is the perfect ingredient to make the Ayurvedic face mask for oily skin. It also minimizes acne breakouts. Dry the orange peels in the sun and powder them to use on your skin.

What do you need ?

• 1 tablespoon powdered orange zest

• 2 tablespoons yogurt

Method

1. Mix the powder and yogurt.

2. Use a brush to apply it evenly on your face and neck.

3. Keep it for 20 minutes.

4. Wash.

13. Sandalwood and Turmeric for Acne Control

Sandalwood and turmeric are revered in Ayurveda for their antibacterial properties. Both are also widely used in Ayurvedic skin care. They kill acne-causing bacteria, cleanse the skin, tighten pores and prevent inflammation.

What do you need

• 1 tbsp sandalwood powder

• ½ tbsp turmeric

• 2-3 tbsp honey (adjust according to consistency)

Method

1. Mix all ingredients together in a wooden bowl. glass.

2. Make a creamy paste.

3. Apply all over face and hold until dry.

4. Wash in cold water.

 14. Raw Potato for Pigmentation

Potato contains starch and has mild bleaching properties that help naturally fade pigmentation, dark spots and scars. Moreover, it also contains useful enzymes that prevent premature aging.

What do you need

• 1 potato

• Cotton ball

Method

1. Grate the potato and extract the juice.

2. Dip the cotton ball in potato juice and apply on the affected area.

3. Leave on overnight.

4. Wash the next day.

15. Fenugreek  for anti-aging

Fenugreek leaves contain essential vitamins and minerals that are effective in treating many skin problems, including wrinkles. You can use both fenugreek leaves and seeds. Your skin absorbs it easily and you will see visible results with daily use.

What do you need

A handful of fresh fenugreek leaves (or 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds)

Method

1. Grind the fenugreek leaves and make a fine paste.

2. Apply a thin layer of paste evenly all over the face.

3. If you are using fenugreek seeds, boil them in water and apply the water with cotton.

4. Leave for 30 minutes or one hour.

5. Wash off with lukewarm water.

16. Ghee massage for anti-aging benefits

Ghee has multiple benefits. It improves digestion and eliminates toxins from your system. And when you apply it to your face, it stimulates collagen production, keeps your skin hydrated and slows down the aging process.

What do you need

• ½ teaspoon of pure cow’s ghee

• A few drops of water

Method

1. Mix water and ghee.

2. Apply the mixture to your face and massage for 10 minutes in circular motions.

3. Let your skin absorb it for at least half an hour.

4. You can leave it overnight if you want.

5. Wash with a mild cleanser.

17. Tulsi Leaves for Instant Glow 

The benefits of tulsi are second to none. From fighting common ailments to keeping your skin healthy, this wondrous herb holds a special place in Ayurvedic skin treatment. Tulsi leaves can even out your skin tone and make your skin glow.

What do you need

• A handful of tulsi (basil) leaves

• 1 tablespoon raw milk

Method

1. Grind the tulsi leaves to make a paste.

2. Mix well with raw milk to give it a pasty consistency.

3. Apply face mask and leave for 20 minutes.

4. Wash in cold water.

18. Chickpea flour for dark spots removal

Chickpea flour or besan is readily available in Indian kitchens and has amazing cleansing and antimicrobial properties. It is best to remove dark spots, tan and pigmentation.

What do you need

• 2 tbsp gram flour

• ½ tsp lemon juice (diluted)

• 1 tsp milk (or yoghurt or cream)

Method

1. Mix well all the ingredients and spread the sachet on your face. Avoid the eyes.

3. Allow to dry completely.

4. Wash off with lukewarm water.

19. Chamomile and soil for skin toner

Chamomile is known for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. When mixed with fuller’soil or multani mitti, it tightens pores, prevents breakouts and tones your skin to make it clear and bright.

What do you need

• 1 cup chamomile tea (steep strong)

• 1 tbsp soil

• 2 tsp honey

Method

1. Combine all ingredients and make a paste.

2. Distribute evenly over your face and neck.

3. Leave on until it dries, then wash off with lukewarm water.

20. Sandalwood and Yogurt: Cleanser and Moisturizer

Sandalwood is a common ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine for glowing skin. It deeply cleanses it, kills germs and bacteria, and leaves it fresh and luminous. Yogurt has a brightening and moisturizing effect on your skin. It reduces blemishes and extra fat.

What do you need

• 1 tsp white sandalwood powder

• ½ tsp milk

• ½ tsp yogurt

• ½ tsp turmeric powder

Method

1. Combine all ingredients to make a paste.

2. Use a brush to spread it evenly all over your face and neck.

3. Leave on for 20 minutes or until it’s dry and your skin feels taut.

4. Wash in cold water.

21. Saffron and Aloe Vera for glowing skin

Aloe Vera for skin healing

Saffron or kesar is among the most expensive spices in the world. It’s a time-tested spice that nourishes your skin and keeps it radiant and blemish-free. Aloe vera soothes your skin and reduces inflammation.

What do you need

• A pinch of saffron strands

• 1 teaspoon of milk

• 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel

Method

1. Soak the saffron strands in milk. Leave to act all night.

2. Next day, mix well with aloe vera gel.

3. Apply on your face for half an hour.

4. Rinse with cold water.

Coming back to nature and immersing yourself in its healing source is the best way to say “I love you” to your skin. You don’t need to follow all the Ayurvedic healing tips at once. Try adopting these habits slowly.

But taking care of your skin isn’t just about masks, the beauty of your skin also comes from the quality of the food you eat and the quality of your digestion…

If you feel some disorders with your digestion, join my facebook group to undertsand why and solve it or listen my nutrition podcast series.

References:

Effects of cosmetics on the skin microbiome of facial cheeks with different hydration levels – Lee – 2018 – MicrobiologyOpen – Wiley Online Library

A Study of the Possible Harmful Effects of Cosmetic Beauty Products on Human Health – PubMed (nih.gov)

Determination of Metallic Impurities by ICP-MS Technique in Eyeshadows Purchased in Poland. Part I – PubMed (nih.gov)

Cosmetics | Free Full-Text | The Impact of Routine Skin Care on the Quality of Life | HTML (mdpi.com)

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