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Winter Health (“vata” time of year)

December 23, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Conscious Livelihood, Mind Body Spirit, Uncategorized

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As well as experiencing dryer skin in this “Vata” time of year, do you find yourself more anxious, flighty and spacey?  It is probably more than “the Holidays.”  Your Vata dosha is more than likely out of balance, which merely means nature is delivering an abundance of vata like qualities in the form of cooler temperatures, and blustery winds.  This can tip us a bit over the edge emotionally and physically.

You don’t need to feel blown away by vata’s high season.  Choose nurturing lifestyle choices which will help keep you grounded. Read more »


Inner, Outer and Secret Beauty

July 05, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit

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You are refreshing and vital as the air; graceful and tender as sparkling
Water; lustrous and consuming as flames of fire, generous and enveloping
As space and stable and deep as the earth… You, elemental woman, are
Perfect beauty itself.

When we talk about beauty in the context of Ayurveda, it should be perfectly clear from the start that we are not talking about market-driven ideals of the moment.  In Ayurveda, inner and outer beauty are intimately related.  The more we nurture ourselves, the more radiant we become physically and expressively – regardless of our particular body shape or proportions.

In keeping with the general orientation of eastern philosophy and healing, beauty can be viewed as having three aspects; an outer, inner, and secret aspect. When one balances the outer and inner, one has accomplished the secret aspect.

Outer beauty is what we most commonly associate with the field of beauty.  It is the perfection of what is visually perceived.  It includes the obvious traits such as contours of the body, texture of the skin, and the quality of the hair and nails.  But in Ayurveda, it also includes grace in posture and movement and the subtle qualities of freshness, vitality and magnetizing brightness of being. Ayurveda has always understood beauty to be the product of general physical health and appropriate daily care.  It is not just a cosmetic event.  The emphasis is on self knowledge and development of positive routines and habits that literally bring out the best in ourselves.

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AYURVEDIC BEAUTY CARE

May 27, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit

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When we talk about beauty in the context of Ayurveda, it should be perfectly clear from the start that we are not talking about market-driven ideals of the moment.  In Ayurveda, inner and outer beauty are intimately related.  The more we nurture ourselves, the more radiant we become physically and expressively – regardless of our particular body shape or proportions.

In keeping with the general orientation of eastern philosophy and healing, beauty can be viewed as having three aspects; an outer, inner, and secret aspect. When one balances the outer and inner, one has accomplished the secret aspect.

Outer beauty is what we most commonly associate with the field of beauty.  It is the perfection of what is visually perceived.  It includes the obvious traits such as contours of the body, texture of the skin, and the quality of the hair and nails.  But in Ayurveda, it also includes grace in posture and movement and the subtle qualities of freshness and vitality and magnetizing brightness of being. Ayurveda has always understood beauty to be the product of general physical health and appropriate daily care.  It is not just a cosmetic event.  The emphasis is on self knowledge and development of positive routines and habits that literally will bring out the best in ourselves.

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5 Ways to Win the Battle Against Allergies Naturally

April 30, 2011 By: Janna Chin Category: Mind Body Spirit

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Allergy season is upon us again. 35 million American’s suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as “hay fever” and “seasonal allergic rhinitis.” These allergies occur when we inhale pollens and mold spores from flowers, trees, grass, and even weeds.

Some of us also suffer allergies indoors from dust mites and dander from our beloved four-legged friends.

No matter what the source, we all know what allergies feel like: itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, scratchy throat, headaches. The symptoms of allergies are to say the least, unpleasant. So we pop antihistamines for any relief we can get, even though we know that antihistamines and allergy medicines, although fast-acting, can have harmful side-effects and can do more damage than good in the long run.

As a long time allergy sufferer myself, I wanted to know more about what I could do to alleviate my allergy symptoms without drugs.

I believe in Ayurveda and natural remedies to strengthen the immune system so the body can fight allergies. I’ve written this article to share with you the natural ways you can feel better, without having to suffer from the unpleasant side-effects of taking drugs!

5 Ways to Win the Battle Against Allergies Naturally!

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Dry Brushing Your Skin to Help Detoxify

March 09, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit, Uncategorized

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Body exfoliation has long been part of Ayurveda’s deep-cleansing philosophy.  This technique helps slough off the dead skin cells thereby stimulating the release of toxins and leaving the skin glowing.  The rituals of skin care are important as a commitment to showing respect to our bodies and our selves.

Use a natural-bristle brush. Use circular motions around joint areas and upward, sweeping motions everywhere else, always moving toward the heart. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system which strengthens the immune system.

When exfoliating with a dry brush, start with the soles of your feet, brushing in a circular motion.  Gently brush the legs and arms with long motions toward the heart.  The back and abdomen come last with circular motions on the abdomen, starting at the top and moving toward the left around in a circle making the circle smaller and smaller.

Dry brushing is best done before a bath or shower, and it is optimum to follow with a body oil, such as Better Botanicals’ Ayurvedic Hydrating Body Oil.

Once a week, treat yourself to Better Botanicals’ Jojoba Clarifying scrub for face and body.

“To see beauty as the face of love rather than the arbitrary
gift of fortune is…to enlarge our sense of life’s possibilities.”


Herb of the Month – Amla

February 09, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit

Amla Herb

English Name:        Indian Gooseberry, Emblic Myrobalan
Hindu Name:        Amla
Sanskrit Name:        Amalakai
Botanical Name:    Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthus emblica, Euphorbiaceae

Amla (Amalakai) is a jivaniya herb or life-giving herb.  The amla fruit and its versatile strengths are considered to work like a mother.  This nutritive plant provides extreme protection against the harshness of the environment making your hair strong and preventing premature graying.  Caring for all of your hair needs, its potent anti-oxidants provide shine and luster, while the rich mineral content prevents breakage and hair loss.

The amla fruit is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C providing the equivalent of 26 oranges, and it is said to increase vitality or rasa (the sweetness of life).  It has been known to enhance cellular growth causing the hair to grow thick and full.  It helps reduce the pitta dosha (characteristic), which in Ayurveda is the dosha that is responsible for hair loss and graying when it is out of balance.

Amla is a natural astringent and skin toner that works on both hair and skin.  It helps to promote luxuriant hair even as it controls hair loss.  It may also remove mild dandruff from hair scalp while giving body to the hair.

Amla  is one of the world’s oldest and most effective natural hair conditioners.  It provides a protective coating and helps make your hair shiny.  A good oil massage with Better Botanicals Herbal Hair Oil (with Amla) also helps stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth.


Detoxification – for radiant skin and long life

January 26, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit

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In addition to the external toxins that assault the body daily, our own bodies produce toxins, called metabolic waste products as a result of digestion and respiration. Although many mainstream doctors feel that the body is capable of detoxifying itself without “intervention,” we are impacted by many more pollutants than ever before.

In 2000, the Environmental Working Group and Commonweal began the Human Toxome Project to analyze human tissues for chemicals that enter the body. Utilizing the latest technology, the project thus far has shown that all 75 participants ranging in age from newborn to the elderly tested positive for a combined total of 455 out of 528 chemicals.

As the skin is the largest organ of the body, it is imperative that we are conscious of what we put on it. That includes some of the more “technologically advanced” ingredients touted by many skin care lines. It is tempting to grab a bottle of the “latest, greatest” product with the “latest, greatest” ingredient(s), but “buyer beware.”

Most molecules are too small to penetrate the skin, (And do you really want them penetrating deeply into the skin?), some ingredients (Vitamin C) are highly unstable and lose any effectiveness they might have had very quickly, and some ingredients actually cancel out their effectiveness by being utilized together. Be a knowledgeable consumer and don’t be taken in by the “hype premium.”

There are many different methods of detoxifying – from merely eliminating the obvious toxic contenders from our body to the most extreme case of water fasting, the latter of which has resulted in death if not medically supervised.

Certain asanas in yoga (see this newsletter’s article on “twists”) help the natural detoxification process by increasing circulation, compressing and twisting organs, and encouraging relaxation.

One needs to know that extremities of any kind are considered stressful from the Ayurvedic standpoint and therefore not encouraged. In Ayurveda, the treatment of Panchakarma is utilized to release physical and emotional toxicity, restoring the body’s natural balance and health.

A conservative, environmentally friendly approach is to eat organically as much as possible starting with animal products (including dairy) that are free from antibiotics, hormones and ideally as cruelty free as possible. Eating less animal food is always a good idea… moving toward organic fruits and vegetables is a close second. It costs more but in the long run, your life is worth the investment.

Many skin diseases, on some level, can be attributed to accumulated toxins and until a person is willing to go beyond the external remedies, there can be no permanent change. This includes dietary changes as well as a “mental fast.” You must consistently cleanse, nourish, and lubricate the body internally as well as externally if you want to have truly flawless and radiant skin and hair. REMEMBER, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT– OR DON’T EAT!


Ayurveda: Balancing the Vata Season

October 21, 2010 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit

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“Her long, silken tresses like the lustrous plumage of a black
Swan, a simmering swarm of bees, spill down like the dark
Rain-swollen clouds.”

- Shivalilamrit

Ayurveda may be a 5,000 year-old approach to holistic health, but its message strikes a refreshing tone in today’s culture.  Ayurveda emphasizes beauty from within; not from cosmetics or anything that tries to cover up the authentic “you”.  Part of beauty and feeling beautiful is to accept and love ourselves as we are. Read more »




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