Quench the flames of pitta this summer

I love the summer.  Being a vata-predominant, not-well-covered body type, I find myself cold for 90% of the year in the UK.  So come summer, my whole body relaxes and I feel like a basking lizard absorbing all the warmth and sunlight to keep me going for the rest of the year.  I know that[…]

Vegetables

Boost immunity, reduce stress, stay strong

There is no doubt this is a testing time for everyone around the globe. Along with the obvious physical concerns, there can be financial and emotional stress to deal with. Many of us are not just concerned for ourselves but also our loved ones. While feeling generally calm and optimistic, I do also find my[…]

Grass Pollen

Hay fever be gone

The hay fever season is almost with us much to the chagrin of those who suffer with it.  There is a lot that can be done to prevent and help with hay fever in Ayurveda, do read on! There are different variations of hay fever Any dosha can be responsible for hay fever.  If one[…]

Shadow Work

Exploring my shadow

It started years ago, with a fear that my heart burn was stomach cancer. This wasn’t the first time that I had convinced myself that an ailment was cancer. This time, I was really gripped by this and sought out my Ayurvedic Practitioner. She predicted, correctly, that the reflux would soon settle but suggested that[…]

Flapjacks

Sugar free fruit flapjacks

These contain no refined sugar and just a tiny amount of maple/agave syrup, which can be omitted altogether if you’re being ultra sugar free! They are tasty and moreish though, not nearly as worthy as they sound.

travel hot air balloon

To travel is to live – but don’t let it cost your health

Many of us love to travel and find that a change of scene, a rest or an expanse of mind all help to boost our health.  The travelling itself can take its toll, however, and has long been documented in Ayurveda as something to watch out for.  All the principle texts of Ayurveda list travel[…]

Vata constitution - vata imbalance

Understanding your health – in pictures

We all have a constitution.   This is our basic, unchanging elemental makeup that is set at conception and remains the same throughout life.   In Ayurveda we see the constitution in terms of the 5 basic elements: earth, water, fire, air and space.  These elements are often seen in the mind and body in combinations which[…]

5 adaptogens

Conquer stress with my five favourite adaptogens

Stress is getting to most of us Do I need to describe stress to you?  I doubt it.  In my consultations, I routinely ask my clients to rate their stress levels out of 10 and nearly everyone answers above 5. Here’s how adaptogens can help. Familiar effects of ongoing stress are insomnia, anxiety, depression and[…]

You’re not what you eat, you’re what you digest

Not all woods burn the same in a fire, do they?  The same can be said about foods we put in our ‘digestive fire’.  Some burn (or digest) easily, some are more difficult.  This important aspect of food often gets overlooked.  What you’re eating may on paper be very nutritious but if you can’t digest[…]