Kichari (rice-mung stew)

Kichari, rice-mung stew (or porridge), is wonderfully light on digestion yet tasty and satisfying. It is often given to people who are ill or recovering from illness, like an Ayurvedic ‘chicken-soup’. If you’d like a follow along video to make this, here is me demonstrating how to make it at the Wise Things Festival. For[…]

Avoid these combinations (and ignore the myths)

Anyone vaguely interested in Ayurveda will know that digestion is key to health. Modern medical practitioners are also now realising this, with a widening range of health issues being attributed to an faulty gut microbiome (which is a major player in digestion).  We know that it is not just what you eat but how you[…]

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[…]