Tisanes /herbal teas

Tisanes

With the commencement of lockdown and social distancing due to coronavirus, people have started making delicious food at home. So once you are done having heavy meals daily, take a sip of one of the three extremely simple Tisanes that I have shown in my video below.  They ‘ll detox your body as well as your digestive system.

Tisanes are getting popular and preferred over teas and coffees as they do not contain caffeine. Try to have them preferably the first thing in the morning.

HAPPY HEALTHY LIVING!

 

Herbal Decoction for viral fevers / seasonal flu

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With so many seasonal flu and viruses / viral fevers, cold and cough playing havoc in our lives and breaking down our immune system, this powerful herbal decoction acts like a magic potion. It is simple to make, and requires just two herbs. Even healthy people can drink it and boost their immunity. It is tried and tested and is also recommended in Ayurveda. Make it and experience its benefits yourself!!

I have been making this decoction for years. Whenever my kids fall ill I make this decoction and give it to every member of my family. By having this decoction, even the healthy members don’t get infected as it boosts immunity to a great extent.

I have specifically made this video as there is a rise in viruses all over the world and around us. The only remedy left (apart from maintaining good hygiene and sanitization) is to boost one’s immunity. Have fresh fruits and vegetables, eat freshly made home cooked food and if you are down with flu, try this herbal plant based decoction.

 

 

 

All about prosperity!

Ma Lakshmi is known as Goddess of Wealth and Fortune in India. She is one of the most important deities for people to pray and why not? Everybody needs money. Every human has a desire to have a prosperous life full of wealth and luxury. Everybody wants all the good things and all the happiness & pleasures that they see around themselves.

But, does everybody achieve all the desires one has? The answer is NO. Because despite having a certain amount of money and luxury, people tend to be jealous and greedy. Out of jealousy people gossip, spread false things about others, do wrong actions, manipulate situations, may even take extreme steps, deriving sadistic pleasures – you start feeling nice and accomplished when you see the other person sad, worried or victimized.

Do you think you can ever get prosperous by doing such things? You are knowingly and unknowingly inviting Alakshmi to yourself. Alakshmi is the opposite of Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and fortune while Alakshmi brings misfortune, hurdles, poverty and grief (Law of Duality).

Alakshmi comes when there is an accumulation of bad karmas. So if you think you can have lots of money & luxury and at the same time seek sadistic pleasures, you’re on the wrong track. Haven’t you seen people in depression in the wealthiest of families? Haven’t you read news about people doing heinous crimes in the most affluent class?

To be prosperous not only means just to have wealth but also having other types of luxuries like sound physical and mental health, peaceful mind, good family, cheerful atmosphere at home,  pleasant relations with others,  knowledge, etc.

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Enjoy all types of wealth

Hence, Lakshmi manifests Herself into eight forms, popularly known as Ashtalakshmi. She signifies eight different forms of wealth – prosperity, fertility, good luck, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny and power.

  1. Adi Lakshmi – Adi means the ‘source’. It means the wealth that supports a seeker to reach at his source – consciousness. In other words, it means spiritual wealth / knowledge. Whether a person believes it or not, happiness, bliss and peace  comes effortlessly by spirituality. With the blessings of Adi Lakshmi, a person attains a strong, focused, unwavering mind full of wisdom and strength.
  2. Dhana Lakshmi – Dhana means money. She is the giver of wealth in the form of money. With the help of money one acquires all the material things like big houses, expensive clothes, far away travels, exotic vacations, jewelries, etc.
  3. Dhanya Lakshmi – Dhanya means ‘grains’. She is the Goddess of agricultural wealth depicting fertile land, clean environment, good produce of crops, abundance of food. This also means prosperity in the form of food. The person would love to throw parties where sumptuous delicious  food is made and everyone enjoys it!  It denotes pleasures of life in relation to food, family and friends. A person might also be inclined to donate food in charity to the poor and needy .
  4. Gaja Lakshmi – Gaja means ‘elephant’. In this context elephant means cattle or animals. Prosperity in the form of animals might be linked to farmers owning a number of cattle, also people owning dairy farms and pleasures a person can receive from having pet animals, aquariums, farms etc.
  5. Santaan Lakshmi – Santaan means ‘offspring’. It means, wealth of having children, having a family. Having the fortune of giving birth to another life through you and also the happiness one gets from raising ones children, seeing them grow, watching them being successful in their endeavors, is immeasurable. Having sensitive and well character-ed kids with strong moral values definitely makes life rich for the parents.
  6. Dhairya Lakshmi – Dhairya means ‘patience’.Patience is a positive quality in a person. With patience one can achieve greatest things in life. It is a strength. An impatient person will be quarrelsome and will face hurdles in the smallest of things.
  7. Jaya Lakshmi – Jaya means ‘victory’. Victory means conquering hurdles of life to achieve success. Through courage comes victory. Courage, focus and clarity of thoughts leads to having a fulfilling life.
  8. Vidya Lakshmi – Vidya means ‘knowledge’. Knowledge here means knowledge of subjects like science, arts and everything that is material by nature.The degree one gets, the field one is in, the subjects one is passionate about- physics, mathematics, commerce, languages, history, etc. all comes under this category. And the pleasures and success that one acquires by studying and utilizing the knowledge of ones favorite subjects into wholesome careers and earning and enjoying life through it comes under Vidya Lakshmi.

These are the eight forms of Ashtalakshmi. From here, one can realize that wealth doesn’t mean only money but also how happy one can be from the bottom of one’s heart – by means of having patience, courage, material and spiritual knowledge, raising kids by providing them good environment, by being social, by enjoying sumptuous food with friends and family, and by spending time with animals – one becomes sensitive to Nature, thus, enjoying ALL ASPECTS of life.

 

 

Edible flowers

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Since ancient times flowers have been used for various purposes in various activities like colouring, dyeing, decorations,infusions,in making medicines, decoctions to  the present times in cakes too.

Edible flowers provide lots of health benefits.They can be had in both raw and cooked forms.

I am sharing three recipes where edible flowers have been used in raw form to make awesome salads. They can be used as splendid party starters, specially for vegans!!

Is someone bothering you ?

Laws of karma are complex. While it is clear that you reap what you sow, some believe karmas affect us from our previous lives and some believe that everything happens in this lifetime only.
Somehow, I have always felt attracted towards concentrating on solutions. Also,having the fortune of meeting a lot of spiritual masters in my twenties might have altered my thought pattern.
Most people have experienced this common life situation where someone keeps troubling/bothering them. It becomes a painful situation and may even get out of hand.
But there are solutions for even the toughest situations; we just have to decode them.
There are some laws of the universe that we need to understand and one of them is the Law of Duality. – Day:Night , Good:Bad, Sweet:Sour , Beautiful:Ugly, Hot:Cold, Problem:Solution.
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Law of Duality
If someone is bothering you, the human body has only two responses – Fight : Flight.
Fight – Fight may lead to dangerous consequences or may aggravate the situation.
Flight – Flight means to run away or to avoid the person or situation.
But for how long can you run away from a person whom you meet everyday or every few days? This can be a very tough and uncomfortable  situation but the level of suffering is in your hands.
The solution is to increase your good deeds/ karmas. Start helping people as much as you can, indulge in charities, start some new project  or a hobby ( the idea is to get busy MENTALLY so that your whole ATTENTION  DIVERTS from that particular person to other GOOD THINGS that are constructive and positive in nature). Also by doing this you accumulate merits.
Karmically you will get so busy doing healthy activities, meeting new people, creating new situations, new friendships, getting aware about new things, gaining knowledge and bringing smiles to people. In a way you won’t realise that you have stopped thinking about the person troubling you anymore.
You may be seeing him/her everyday, but he/she wont be ALIVE IN YOUR MIND  in the form of negative thoughts.
Once you achieve THIS state of mind, that person won’t trouble you anymore.  Any attempts to provoke you would fail as you have become mentally powerful.
This helps you in understanding and applying one of the other laws – Law of Attraction.
The more positive your thoughts, the more positivity you will attract for yourself  and vice versa.
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In this situation you break your negative thought pattern by diverting your mind through engaging in positive activities, thus breaking the cycle.  By using the Law of Attraction, thinking good things, taking actions to help people, you provide yourself  with good days ahead and ultimately free yourself from the sufferings and the painful situation which you had that time.
This was a piece of advice given to me by one of the spiritual masters years ago.

Microgreens Salad

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Microgreens Salad

Continuing from my last blog, I am sharing a tasty healthy vegan, out of the box recipe for all age groups, that can be enhanced by microgreens.

It is a complete LIVE FOOD, hence its nutritional value increases multifold. The recipe includes ingredients like sprouts, dry fruits and freshly grown microgreens, which are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. You can have it in your breakfast or lunch every day and see the difference in your energy levels, mood, physical and mental make-up while decrease in symptoms of diseases.

It is easy to make, does’nt require any cooking and is fit for lazy people who want good health without cooking food.

 

Microgreens

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Microgreens

Microgreens are vegetables ,herbs, pulses, lentils or grains greens harvested just after a pair of leaves have developed. They are more than sprouts but less than saplings typically ranging anywhere between 3 cm to 10 cm varying according to plant type.

Microgreens are quite in fashion these days. With the increase in deficiency of vitamins and minerals and increase in cancer in humans, they are in high demand.

Microgreens are packed with nutrients and are rich in antioxidants. Because they have to be eaten raw, there is no loss of nutrients (as they are not cooked). They come under vegan category.

I am posting a video with step by step method on how to grow soilless microgreens below:

Body Shaming ???

I have traveled a lot since my childhood and never have I noticed such things until recent times. Today even small scale workers are so ‘”body conscious”. The most common topic of discussion wherever i travel, whether locally or abroad ,people are always talking about how to reduce  their waist, trim their thighs and ‘look’ fit! Strangely, no one is ever satisfied with whatever they have.

“You’re fat, you’re plump, you are so skinny , you are disproportionate, you’re pear shaped, look at your thighs and to add on, you’re dark skinned, you’re wheatish, you have a broad nose!!” There is just no end to this body shaming. How unfortunate it is to see that everyone (both men and women) has silently fallen into this dark trap!

It’s good to be fit but it is sick to think and blab about it all the time. The whole world cannot get slim altogether, it is just impossible. Because weight loss will awaken different energies in that person.

The science of Ayurveda can educate people as to why we all do not look the same. So look at your own constitution before fitting into a pre-set mould. According to Ayurveda, there are three types of personalities. – vata, pitta and kapha. All these types have their own INHERENT CHARACTERISTICS which will not change.

Vata type – A vata person WILL be slim and always have a lean body. They tend to lose weight very quickly. Their skin is dry. Will be energetic  and will do things hastily/quickly.

Pitta type – They have an athletic built,  with medium frame , hot tempered. Their weight is generally steady. They can’t tolerate hot weather.

Kapha type – They are stout, strong, tend to gain weight easily, build excess weight, have fluid retention, like to have oily food.

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These are the natural characteristics of the three personalities and if we all try to become slim, we all would be going against our inherent traits. The world would really collapse ! It would be really difficult for pitta and kapha types to reduce and even harder to maintain the lost weight because inherently they are prone to gaining weight. Whereas for vata types, it will be hard for them to gain weight as they are naturally slim. In a way, everyone is trying to become what they are not.

This results in unhappiness, frustration, distress, dissatisfaction and unpleasantness. This obsession about one’s own body weight is no less than a mental disease that has infected the whole human race!

Why can’t everyone be as is and just  concentrate on internal health? One might be plump but disease free!!One might be slim but have enormous stamina!! It’s good to have a  great body and  great external looks but not to the point of being obsessed about it.

WHY CANT WE ALL TRY TO ACHIEVE OPTIMUM HEALTH INSTEAD OF OPTIMUM WEIGHT?
There are many ways to achieve good physical and mental health .Going for treks, doing Hatha Yoga, Pilates, swimming, participating in marathon races, obstacle races, cycling, going to health retreats etc instead of striving hard day and night, trying out crazy diets to attain unrealistic bodies that cannot sustain themselves.

I am sure that by changing our mindset and thought process, we can embrace our  individuality, we all would be able to achieve great healthy bodies and not just healthy-looking bodies!

 

Abhay Daan – Ever heard about it?

Daan means charity and in every religion, charity has been given a special place to accumulate spiritual as well as material merits/benefits. It is rightly said that whatever you give (good or bad) comes back to you ten times in return.

You may have seen people doing meritorious activities like giving food to poor , water to thirsty people, donating money to hospitals, educating the girl child, giving away books and stationary items, building temples , wells, parks, planting trees etc but one needs MONEY to do charity of this kind.

Even to educate someone, YOU need to be educated and for that also you need money or have some financial standing to educate yourself.

But there is one charity where even “A BEGGAR CAN GIVE TO A KING” and that is “ABHAY DAAN”.

Abhay means ‘fearless’.To make someone fearless by one’s own speech, by motivating the other person to face any tough situation fearlessly is called Abhay daan.

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By your motivating speech you can make a person stand tall in the toughest situations.

 

You need not have a formal education or immense wealth to do this charity. This is the beauty of this daan!  You seriously do not require anything- no money, no food, no water, no physical item, no soil, no temple, no education, nothing. Absolutely nothing!!

Just a motivating speech- to a person who is in fear due to a troubled situation s/he is going through; and by your calm speech and sweet words, their HEART and MIND feel a sense of relief.

According to our scriptures, this charity is of exceptional importance. It is easier to have people donate money, food and land but people who offer protection from fear are rare.

Abhay daan is considered to be more fruitful than feeding thousands of people or donating any amount of material things to the poor for their comfort. Why? because MENTAL comfort is far more important than PHYSICAL comfort.

Abhay daan is indestructible because it is not material / physical in nature. Any other charity can be destroyed with time…food can turn sour and spoiled, water can be contaminated, buildings can catch fire, trees can be uprooted by storms, money can be stolen because these items are physical in nature. But Abhay daan is beyond physical dimensions. Since it involves a direct transfer from one’s heart and mind to another person’s heart and mind by the mode of  calming and motivating speech, it cannot be destroyed by any means hence its merit /punya stays for a long time.

One must strive to do this kind of charity whenever possible.

Aashirwaad – The lost blessings!

Words are powerful! If there is one thing that stays with us, it’s words! And so are blessings. They have the power to transform your entire life. Strong positive words have a profound effect on your MIND. They have the capability to change your mood, your day… your entire self. They are pleasant to hear, boosts your spirits, changes your thought process and transforms your life.

In olden times, the elders in the family subconsciously understood and utilized this power in the form of blessings. Blessings are phrases or boons in which every word is so positive that it leaves a deep impact on your conscious and sub-conscious mind. During festivals and get-togethers, the natural response to a greeting would be a blessing. A profound blessing!

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Positive words can bloom a person just like flowers in a desert

Some of the common and most heard of blessings are (and also where can we use them in modern times)

  • Ayushmaan bhavah (आयुष्मान भवः) –  May you have a long life.
  • Cheeranjeevi bhavah (चिरंजीवी भवः) – May you live eternally.
  • Yashasvi bhavah (यशस्वी भवः) – May you attain eternal success.  This blessing can be given when someone is joining a  school/college/job or starting a new venture for the first time.
  • Vijayi bhavah (विजयी भवः) – May you be victorious. This blessing was used when going for wars. We can give this blessing now for a sports-person or a student going for a tournament/match representing his school/college/district/state/country.
  • Aarogya bhavah (आरोग्य भवः) – May you have good health. Especially in today’s disease ridden world, this blessing is a must for all and definitely for people suffering from ill health.
  • Sukhi bhavah (सुखी भवः) – May you always be in a pleasant state. Universally applicable, with anger, arrogance and rage on the brim of conversations, we are all in desperate need of this blessing!
  • Chakravarti bhavah (चक्रवर्ती भव:) – May your kingdom spread in all the four directions.  This blessing is perfect for businessmen, entrepreneurs, CEOs and for personal ventures.
  • Keertimaan bhavah (कीर्तिमान भवः) – May you be famous!
  • Akhand Saubhaagyavati bhavah (अखंड सौभाग्यवती भवः) – May auspicious fortune bestow upon you eternally.  This blessing is given to women only.

Think about how many times we have actually received these blessings in our life. Why is this beautiful tradition of Aashirwaad getting lost?

It is lost because of the degradation of human nature. The darkness inside men and women restricted them to say good things as they couldn’t tolerate progress of others. As a result, everybody has stopped giving blessings to each other. To add more, criticism and fault-finding is a prominent feature in today’s interactions and feelings towards another. THAT is WHY we humans are suffering… because all we hear is negative things all day.

Criticisms in bounty, praises so rare. To live in such  an environment continuously is devastating. Ultimately, one”s confidence decreases, self-esteem and morale goes down, living a life-like a battle until your soul is crushed.

But there is a way out! Start blessing!! YOURSELF  FIRST!! Bless your family, your environment, your neighborhood. After all, it is you who have to live happily and  blessings do have an effect on your mind and heart, eventually effecting your psychological and physical well-being.

Revive these lost blessings and its culture in your life. Bless your sons and daughters, brothers and sisters in every occasion you meet. Who knows, whose life gets transformed by the power of your blessings.