ayurveda

Oil Pulling: The Basics


Oil pulling. It whitens your teeth, improves your breath, helps your skin and even helps increase energy. So why isn’t everyone doing it?

I’ve been oil pulling for about six months now and, being someone who has always been slightly OCD about oral health, I wanted to share this Ayurvedic practice because it genuinely works!

What is it?

Oil pulling is literally the practice of swishing about a tablespoon of oil around your mouth, first thing in a morning (and on an empty stomach in general) for about 15-20 minutes. It originated in India thousands of years ago, but has been increasingly used medically in the US and UK since the 1990s. The idea is that the scummy layer that builds up in your mouth overnight sticks in the oil so you can spit it out. This is different to just brushing your teeth in the morning, where you move the bacteria around your mouth a bit rather than completely removing it.

What are the benefits?

There are many claims worldwide from people who have experienced benefits from oil pulling, including help with skin conditions, arthritis, asthma, headaches, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems etc. However, the main and direct benefits of oil pulling are:

- Whiter teeth

- Healthier gums

- Less sensitive teeth

- Better breath

- Strengthens teeth, jaw and gums

- Prevents mouth bleeding and diseases

How do I do it?

If this sounds like something you think you’ll benefit from, this is how to get started:

1. Get some oil!

Traditionally, people oil pull with either sesame oil or coconut oil. I now alternate between the two, but I would recommend doing it with coconut oil as it has added health benefits and tastes nice!

2. When you wake up in the morning, before you brush your teeth, get one tablespoon of oil and put it in your mouth.

This might sound like an extra thing to do in the morning, but I find that I wake up and am oil pulling while I get showered/dressed. Once you then spit the oil out, you can brush your teeth.
Note: You must swish the oil round your mouth for at least 15 minutes, because otherwise all of the scum won’t get into the oil. You’ll know if you’ve done it right if the oil goes from being clear (when you first put it in your mouth) to being thicker and white.

3. Spit it out into the bin or toilet, not the sink.

When the bacteria is in the oil, it becomes pretty gross (even toxic, some say). So it needs to be spat out where it can be disposed of. Ideally you should spit it into the bin because the oil can clog up the pipes. However, I usually spit it into the toilet, and spray a bit of bathroom cleaner down there before I flush for good measure!

4. Inspect your clean, sparkly teeth and brush your teeth as normal.

It’s as simple as that! I will usually clean my tongue with an Ayurvedic tongue scraper after I oil pull, then brush my teeth with a toothpaste without Fluoride or Sodium Laureth Sulfate. However, you can just do whatever it is you usually do!

                                                         Enjoy! 

Chamomile, Rose or Lavender tea all reset the nervous system to {calm/chill mode}.
—  Lalah Delia

Ayurveda treatments incorporate many herbs and spices that are used for healing as you see in the image above. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term,“ Ayur means life or healing and the root word Veda means wisdom or knowledge.

Ayurveda’s first text of internal medicine was compiled around 200 B.C. and the 1st century A.D. titled the Charaka Samhita. Based on the ancient history of India, Ayurveda can be considered the first healing system or medicine of the world.

Ayurveda has always been well integrated with spirituality and shares many common tools with Yoga. Both Yoga and Ayurveda are really one practice or way of living, which are derived from Vedic teachings. They later formulated as independent sciences. Yoga and Ayurveda are part of the greater bharata (Indian) culture and should never really be studied or practiced as separate systems. ”

*Excerpt from Yoga & Ayurveda program manual by Mas Vidal - Dancing Shiva

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Mental Qualities (Gunas)

These are attributes of the mind and can be gauged by how one is feeling. These qualities show the capacity of the mind to perceive truth and act accordingly. One can say that these qualities reflect the level of development of the soul.


1. Sattva

Sattva is clarity.It brings about internalization of the mind, movement of the consciousness inward and unification of the head and heart. The mind that is still, calm, pure, focused but not feverish and harmonious is sattvic. Sattvic people tend to be harmonious and adaptable in nature. They are considerate of others, take care of themselves and their bodies, strive towards balance and enjoy a general peace of mind that keeps them healthy and happy. They tend to see the good in everything and look at life as a learning experience. Sattva can be improved by spiritual cultivation, yoga, meditation, chanting, mantra, sattvic diet and lifestyle, spending time in nature and living life in harmony with one’s constitution.


2. Rajas

Rajas is distraction or turbulence of the mind.It causes us to look outward and lose ourselves in the external world. Desire, disturbed thoughts, anger, ego, greed, envy are all rajas. The mind that is seeking stimulation is rajasic in nature. Rajasic people have good (sometimes excessive) energy and have a tendency to burn themselves out with excessive activity. They are often impatient and inconsistent in their general approach to life and tend to blame others for their problems.


3. Tamas

Tamas is heaviness, lethargy, dullness. It causes the mind to be clouded by fear and ignorance and results in an inability to perceive.The mind that is unfocused, inattentive, dull and dominated by subconscious forces, is tamasic in nature. Tamasic people tend to have blocked or stagnant energy and emotions. They are often caught in bad habits, addictions and attachments that they are unable to question.

Leche Dorada

LECHE DORADA O “GOLDEN MILK”

La leche dorada es leche con cúrcuma, siendo esta especia la estrella de todas las especias en la India y sobretodo en la medicina ayurvedica. Es un antibiotico natural, antinflamatorio, mejora la circulación y en estaciones invernales es maravillosa por sus propiedades de fluidificar las mucosidades, por lo que si tienes un catarro o fiebre te ayudara, especialmente si la mezclas con un poco de canela. Ademas si tienes problemas para conciliar el sueño, prepara la leche dorada antes de acostarte y podrás tener un dormir reparador. Y si eso no es todo, ademas es antioxidante,digestiva, desintoxica el hígado, así que es un must si estas en una dieta detox. Muy necesario es mezclarla con un poco de pimienta negra, que permite la absorción de todas las propiedades hermosas que ya les describí. Ah! y muy importante no cocinar la cúrcuma, la agrego siempre al final que ya la leche ha hervido, al igual que la miel si la utilizan.

INGREDIENTES

PARA LA PASTA

  • ½ taza de agua filtrada
  • ¼ taza de curcuma en polvo
  • ½ cucharadita de pimienta negra
  • ½ cucharadita pizca de canela en polvo

PARA LA LECHE

  • 2 tazas leche de coco o almendras 
  • 1 cucharada rasa de la pasta de curcuma
  • Miel de palma  , nectar de agave o azucar de caña cualquier endulzante natural

PREPARACION

PARA LA PASTA

  • Calentar la ½ taza de agua, una vez caliente mezclarla con la cúrcuma,pimienta y canela hasta que forme una pasta.Usualmente se calienta en el fuego pero da un saborcito mas amargo que no me gusta mucho, pero experimenten.
  • Esta pasta la puedes guardar en el refrigerador y utilizarla cuando la necesites.

PARA LA LECHE DORADA

  • Calentar la leche vegetal en una olla pequeña, y cuando ya haya hervido, agregar la cucharada rasa de la pasta de cúrcuma, revolver bien hasta disolver.
  • Retirar del fuego y mezclar con miel, néctar de agave o azúcar de caña natural de tu preferencia, no uses en lo posible endulzante.
  • Servir y beber de inmediato.
Sri Lanka. Yoga retreat in Ulpotha

Hello my loves! Happy New Year! Hope 2017 started with positive vibes and you surrounded by magic :) I want to share my thoughts from a  recent trip to Sri Lanka. I have never been to that part of the world, but I’ve always  been captivated by Eastern Traditions and religions, Ayurveda medicine and simple natural way of living. Someone told me that in my past life I was a monk living in Indian ashram somewhere in 6 century. Don’t ask me why so specific haha but I do believe in reincarnation, past lives and karma. I believe that all life matters and we didn't ‘just’ appear out of nowhere to live on Earth. We all have a purpose, a reason to be here. Each one of us are SO unique, we are all here to bring more love and unity. We all have soul that do not die with our physical body but continues its journey through the Universe and eventually comes back to the Earth. 

 The place I was staying called Ulpotha - its a small village in the middle of the jungle. I lived without electricity, hot water, cell phone reception, TV, coffee, wine etc.. well,  you get the picture :) Its only me,  my body and my mind  that didn’t get stimulated by social media, news, youtube. I did yoga twice a day, meditated every morning infront  of my favorite Ganesh (pic below) sometimes accompany by monkeys. I walked barefoot , eat organic fresh vegetarian food that grown in the garden. There is no fridge so the produce  is as fresh as picked the same morning. I signed up for every day ayurveda treatments that were performed by local villagers. The ayurveda doctor is from a near by clinic. He sees his patients for free you only need to give him leaves from a sacred bodhi tree in exchange for his service. 

It was a very basic way of living: eating fresh food, drinking coconut water, pure water that comes directly from the spring, connecting with people that at the beginning of my arrival were complete strangers but by the time I had to go back home I was crying saying Good Byes. We shared so many moments that were deeply spiritual, we cried together when meditation was very intense, we danced with blindfolds - and when you really dance like no one is watching is a very powerful experience. 

We hiked to the rock and as we watched the sun go down and a full moon rise at the same time it was like nothing you can imagine. I felt the heart of the Earth, the power of Mother Nature, I felt SO grateful to be alive and having this experience.  


This trip was very important and came at the right time in my life. I needed to get away and focus on myself. I put myself outside of my comfort zone. It wasn’t easy to do that. But as we know if you live comfortable you don’t grow. I’m all about challenges, growing, self developing, learning and discovering. 

OM Shanti 

· e k a m ·

“Vinyasa means "breathing system.” Without vinyasa, don’t do asana.
When vinyasa is perfect, the mind is under control. That’s the main thing-controlling the mind. That’s the method Patanjali described. The scriptures say that prana and apana are made equal by keeping the ratio of inhalation and exhalation equal and by following the breath in the nostrils with the mind. If you practice this way, gradually mind comes under control’’. -Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

To YOU,
I am hoping you will be in deep meditation.
Breathe in it, sleep in it, live in it.
Let meditation be your very existence.
That’s when it’s HAPPENING.
There’s no doing, ONLY being it. 
BE IN DEEP MEDITATION.

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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.