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Ayurvedic Ear Oil 

"Using ear oil strengthens the immune system and keeps your lymphs and sinuses moist and nourished. This helps prevent colds, infections and allergies. And just as powerful as the nourishing oil are the immune building, anti inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits of garlic.

Ayurvedic Ear Oil Recipe

1/3 cup organic virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic – chopped

 Directions:

  1. Throw the oil and chopped garlic into a pot and bring it to a simmer.
  2.  Let the oil bubble and pop to release all the liquid. Press the garlic with a fork to help it release. It’s done when the oil doesn’t pop anymore, it should take about 5 minutes.
  3. Once your garlic oil is done cooking, let it cool, and then strain to separate it from the garlic.
  4.  Lastly, pour the strained liquid into an eyedropper bottle or old tincture glass.

 Use:

  • Before using ear oil, always run the bottle under hot water to warm the oil. This makes the experience quite soothing.
  •  Drop in enough oil to fill one ear and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Now tilt the head and allow the oil to drain out, and do the other side for another 5 minutes.
  • It’s a good idea to start doing this once every few weeks to keep your ears clear and your immune system strong. If you’re already sick, fill your ears once every hour, until your symptoms go away, you will feel better so quickly.
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Late Summer Cooling Kitchari

Summer just can’t seem to quit us here in sunny San Diego. It was 100 degrees in my neighborhood, & I do not have a/c. The pug & I have been laying low, & trying to stay cool. 

Lucky for us, Ayurveda offers many ways to keep balanced with the seasons - through the right foods, drinks, self care routines, yoga, breath work & more. As summer is the season for "Pitta" this unwavering heat can increase aggression, irritability, & inflammation, making these hot temperatures that much more unbearable. 

Today over at Vegenista’s Kitchen, I am offering up some tips to help keep you cool, calm & collected until this crazy heat wave passes. I’ve also got a brand new "Cooling Summer Kitchari" recipe made with the right combination of cooling, bitter, astringent & sweet tastes to help balance out the body, & help you shed any excess  Pitta “heat” that has accumulated within. 

This recipe, along with a few other tips should help you to ride out this heat wave cool, calm & collected. 

Food is the best medicine. No, actually, laughter is the best medicine, unless you’re really hungry.
—  Dr. Tom quoted from Eat Taste Heal: An Ayurvedic Guidebook and Cookbook for Modern Living- by Thomas Yarema (M.D.), Daniel Rhoda, Chef Johnny Brannigan
Kapha

You can read more about Ayurveda here, and more take the Dosha Test here.

     Kapha is made of two elements - earth and water. Because of this, kapha is solid, stable, strong, dense, moist, heavy, cold, slow, and smooth. Kapha people are typically very kind, compassionate, and dreamy. One famous example of a typical Kapha person is Oprah.

     Kapha Imbalances can manifest as obesity, lethargy, slow metabolism and appetite, recurring colds and excess mucus, water retention, a desire to sit and do nothing, sweet or salt cravings, and foggy and clouded emotions, lethargy, trouble waking up, having difficulty letting go, and feeling possessive or greedy.

Herbs and diet to decrease Kapha: Cinnamon, cayenne, cardamom, black pepper, spicy foods, avoid moist foods like bananas, avoid sweet fruits, avoid nuts, small meal portions, fasting (when appropriate), little salt, little sugar, and little fat.

Crystals to decrease Kapha: Carnelian, petrified wood, and red jasper.

Lifestyle to decrease Kapha: Moderate to heavy exercise, waking early, remaining active throughout the day, regular eating times, saunas, stimulating activities, and staying warm and dry. 

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Herbs and diet to increase Kapha: Eat plenty of healthy fats, drink plenty of water, fruits, heavy foods, liquorice root, ginseng, and astragalus root.

Crystals to increase Kapha: Hematite, magnetic lodestone, obsidian, and black onyx.

Lifestyle to increase Kapha: Grounding, taking deep breaths throughout the day, get plenty of rest,  and light exercise only.