Nasya is considered one of the five most powerful therapies in Ayurveda. What is nasya? The nasal inhalation of herbalized oils into the sinuses, which has many benefits. In my opinion, the most unique benefit is supporting cleansing of lymphatic vessels in the brain called the sagittal sinus or tarpaka kapha. The saggital sinus is
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Average Reading Time: 5 minutes, 17 seconds Sinus complaints are incredibly common at all times of the year. Poor air quality, winter dryness and pollens in the spring and fall leave few unaffected. Anyone who deals with sinus issues knows that it is incredibly uncomfortable, and it is very difficult to function normally when experiencing
According to Ayurveda, the delicate skin of the nasal passages and the Eustachian tubes of the ears require lubrication to stay healthy, balanced and protected in the colder months. Traditionally, a saline or salt water solution was used during neti to flush the sinuses. Salt water is very drying to the skin and will dehydrate
After doing the Daily Home Oil Massage, lubricate your ears, cervical lymph and nasal passages as described below. Lubricate the Eustachian Tubes & Cervical Lymph Use an eye dropper or tincture dropper to place a few drops of body temperature oil in the ears before bed for an incredibly easy way to keep the sinuses,
Sadhaka is the heart asking the mind to listen to its feelings rather than the thoughts and emotions of the mind. It is the heart saying it is now time for me to hold the reigns and drive this chariot. It’s time to stop thinking and worrying and start feeling.
Did you know that your brain has its own lymphatic system (called glymphatics) and that there are easy ways to keep it running smoothly? I have written numerous articles on the newly discovered lymphatic vessels that drain toxins from the brain while you sleep (three pounds per year!). But this is just the tip of
How often do you resist the impulse to pass gas, burp, yawn, or sleep? Or suppress the desire to pee, poo, or shed a tear? Habitually and often unconsciously, we commonly find ourselves suppressing natural urges such as these, thinking nothing of it. According to Vāgbhata (one of the most influential classical writers of Ayurveda),
Migraines are pressure headaches, making them much different than tension headaches. They come as a result of vasodilation of the cerebral arteries which increases intracranial and arterial pressure, resulting in a pressure headache. A tension headache typically results when the muscles in the neck and shoulders tighten, usually due to stress clamping down on the
The seventh sense, as proposed by Jonathan Kipnis, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Virginia, may be our most important sense—as it may be the one keeping us alive! (1) We all know about the five senses, taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight. The sixth sense is said to govern movement, position in
More and more parents are asking, “What can I do preventatively now to keep my family healthy this year?” Over the years, I have streamlined 5 basic lifestyle tips based on the five-thousand-year-old, time-tested medical system of Ayurveda. These are all outlined in my book, Perfect Health for Kids, and I have summarized them here.
Many of us look forward to our travels plans all year, but all too often we find ourselves needing a vacation after the vacation! Travel-related circadian stress can take a major toll on the body, revealing physiological weak links that creep to the surface. Sleep issues often rear their ugly head, and digestion often slows
Since the 1920s, the scientific community has said that humans could only distinguish around 10,000 different odors, but new research suggests that number is way off. New science suggests the human nose can detect one trillion different odors—talk about smelling the flowers! (1) Scroll down for a chart of essential oils for each season and