Home Remedies with Almonds

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Known in Sanskrit as vatāda and in Hindi as badam, almonds are a source of antioxidant flavonoids and phenolics and are revered in Ayurveda for their building, strengthening, nervine and intelligence promoting properties. Here are a few home remedies to make use of this great super-food.

While enjoying almonds, remember that we depend upon bees to pollinate them. So eat your almonds and speak out for honeybees!

Remedies

  1. Asthma, pertussis, bronchitis: mix 10 drops of ginger juice, 10 drops of lemon juice and 1teaspoon of almond oil; take this 1 or 2 times a day.
  2. Constipation: chew some almonds with rosewater.
  3. To support digestion: eat 2 teaspoons of almond oil daily for 10 days.
  4. Sprains and muscle strains: Gently cook a clove of garlic in almond oil. Strain the oil and apply on the painful area.
  5. Chest pain: combine 2 teaspoons of almond oil and 1 teaspoon of rose oil and rub gently on the chest. (Chest pain should be evaluated by a doctor).
  6. Anemia: soak 10 almonds in water for overnight. Remove the skin and grind them to a paste. Eat this paste daily for about 3 months.
  7. For anxiety: soak 10 almonds in water overnight. Remove the skin and grind them to paste. Add 1 teaspoon of nutmeg and a pinch of dry ginger powder and eat daily.
  8. For improved concentration, soak a handful of almonds in in water overnight, next morning peel and and eat on an empty stomach.
  9. Dark circles: massage the area under the eyes with almond oil daily for at least 2 weeks.
  10. Hair health: massage the scalp with almond oil.
  11. Eye health: Take equal parts of almond, fennel seeds and tubinado sugar and grind to a fine powder in spice grinder or Vitamix. Store the mixture in a screw top glass jar. Take two tablespoons each night with a cup of warm milk, spiced with cardamom.
  12. Ojas Drink: Used for low ojas, pregnancy, low libido, debility and premature ejaculation. See recipes below.

Ojas Almond Restorative Drink

Serves 1, Sattvic, V-P-K+

Ingredients

  • 10 raw almonds
  • 1 cup pure water
  • 1 cup milk (unhomogenized if possible) (milk is highly rejuvenative when digested)
  • 1 Tablespoon organic rose petals (optional - rejuvenative)
  • 1 tsp ghee (rejuvenative)
  • 1/32 tsp saffron (increases digestion & rejuvenative)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (increases digestion)
  • pinch of black pepper (helps control the K)
  • ½ tsp of sweetener (increases lactose digestion)

Directions

  1. Soak almonds and water together overnight
  2. In the morning, drain off the water and rub the skins off the almonds.
  3. Bring the milk to a boil
  4. Pour the milk in the blender with the peeled almonds
  5. Add rose petals, ghee, saffron, cardamom, black pepper, and sweetener
  6. Blend until smooth.
  7. Drink 3-4 times a week as directed. Best done after Pancha Karma as part of rejuvenation.
  8. Watch if any signs of excess mucous/kapha, consult if so.

Non Dairy Almond Ojas Drink

Ingredients

  • 10 raw almonds
  • 2 cups pure water
  • 20 raisins
  • 1 Tablespoon organic rose petals (optional - rejuvenative)
  • 1 tsp ghee (rejuvenative)
  • 1/32 tsp saffron (increases digestion & rejuvenative)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (increases digestion)
  • pinch of black pepper (helps control the K)

Directions

  1. Soak almonds in 1 cup of water overnight, and soak raisins in 1 cup of water either overnight or for several hours
  2. In the morning, drain off the almond water and rub the skins off the almonds
  3. In a blender, add the raisins AND their soaking water with the drained and peeled almonds
  4. Add rose petals, ghee, saffron, cardamom, black pepper
  5. Blend until smooth
  6. Drink 3-4 times a week as directed. Best done after Pancha Karma as part of rejuvenation.
  7. Watch if any signs of excess mucus/kapha, consult if so.

For more nurturing and rejuvenating almond recipes see: Almond Pudding, Almond and Rice Dessert, Soma Horchata.

Alakananda Ma M.B., B.S. (Lond.) is a Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.

Enliven your holistic health! Visit Alakananda Ma in Alandi Ashram’s ayurvedic clinic to support the overall rejuvenation of your body, mind, and spirit. In-person and virtual appointments available. Book now!

Home Remedies for Sun Exposure

Photo by Sadananda

Photo by Sadananda

According to Ayurveda, sunbathing is good for health. However, it is best to bathe in the morning before 10 a.m. to get the best benefit from the sun's rays. If you must go out in the sun later than this, it is traditional to apply some coconut oil to your skin. You can also make your own medicated sun oil. Use 4 tablespoons each of Sandalwood, Manjista, neem and Shatavari. Add 4 cups of water and cook the water down to a cup. Add a cup of coconut oil and slowly cook until all the water has evaporated.

Keep your head covered and be especially careful if you have a bald spot. If you get burned, cucumber is a great remedy. Blend the cucumber and apply the pulp to the burned area. The cool astringency of cucumber will heal all but the worst burns. Aloe Vera is another well known burn remedy that comes from Ayurvedic tradition. For sun-damaged skin, you can make a medicated ghee (vegans can use coconut oil). Use 4 tablespoons each of sandalwood, manjista, neem and turmeric. Add 4 cups of water and cook the water down to a cup. Add a cup of ghee and slowly cook until all the water has evaporated. This medicated ghee can be applied to sun-damaged skin. If the damage does not clear up, see a dermatologist.

The following home remedies are also great for mild sunstroke, also known as "a touch of sun".

Drink plenty of Rehydration Tea. Recipe: 1 quart of filtered or spring water, 1/4 cup Mint, 1/6 cup Gotu Kola/ Brahmi, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 small squeeze lime.

Take 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel three times daily.

Apply sandalwood oil to the temples and navel.

If you have a headache, lie down in a room with the shades drawn and place a cool cloth on your forehead.

Prevention is better than cure. Wear a straw hat, drink plenty of room temperature water and cool mint tea. If you must do physical labor on hot days, try to start early and take a long lunch break.

Alakananda Ma M.B., B.S. (Lond.) is an Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.

Enliven your holistic health! Visit Alakananda Ma in Alandi Ashram’s ayurvedic clinic to support the overall rejuvenation of your body, mind, and spirit. In-person and virtual appointments available. Book now!

Home remedies for bites and stings

Brown Recluse Bites

As soon as you get bitten, apply a paste of clay and turmeric to the bite. Although yellow Ganges mud is the traditional remedy, Bentonite clay is also effective. Ordinary turmeric powder from the Indian grocery or supermarket is better than nothing, but has been stripped of many of its curcumins (active ingredients). Either use organic turmeric powder from your local natural foods store, or buy whole dried turmeric from the Indian grocery store and powder it with a mortar and pestle. Better still, use grated or pulped fresh turmeric root, available at Whole Foods or at good Indian grocery stores. Apply the poultice twice a day until your bite is completely healed. Turmeric will stain your skin yellow, but in a few days it will wear off.

What to do if you don't start the remedy right away:

In this case, your bite may have become severe, with swelling or ulceration. If any of your skin looks black, seek medical help. Necrosis (tissue death) can result from these bites, or a MRSA staph infection can be mistaken for a spider bite. If no blackening or ulcerationhas developed, apply the paste as above two or three times daily. Also drink turmeric tea made from 2 tsp. of grated fresh turmeric per cup of water or 1 tsp. organic or freshly grated turmeric powder per cup. Drink this tea three times daily. A patient of mine juiced fresh turmeric and drank the juice three times daily, using a straw to avoid staining his teeth yellow. You should see a steady improvement every time you apply the poultice. If your bite continues to get worse, or stays the same, without improving, go to the hospital. CAUTION!! If you are pregnant, DO NOT drink turmeric tea.

Bee stings

The above selfcare remedy works well with bee stings. Be sure to drink the turmeric tea as well as using the poultice.

Wasp and hornet stings

I have used this remedy successfully for a terrible hornet sting. Again, it is important to drink the tea as well as apply the poultice, if you have a severe sting.

Ant Bite

You can use the same poultice effectively on ant bites. If you have no clay available, a simple paste of turmeric and water will really help the pain, redness and swelling.

Black Widow Spider Bite

If you apply the clay and turmeric poultice immediately after you are bitten by the spider, it will draw out some of the poison, causing you to have a less severe systemic reaction to the bite. I have been bitten, and had the experience!

ALWAYS keep some medicinal turmeric on hand, both at home and in your backpacking First Aid kit.

Alakananda Ma M.B., B.S. (Lond.) is a Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.

Enliven your holistic health! Visit Alakananda Ma in Alandi Ashram’s ayurvedic clinic to support the overall rejuvenation of your body, mind, and spirit. In-person and virtual appointments available. Book now!

Peppermint Home Remedies

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Peppermint was a favourite home remedy when I was a child in Britain, even though we were unaware of its Ayurvedic properties. My siblings and I all suffered from motion sickness, for which the remedy of choice was sucking on Polo Mints. And our school nurse dispensed peppermint water for everything from stomachaches to headaches to fainting fits to menstrual cramps—and it usually worked! Here are some Ayurvedic peppermint home remedies. 

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