Herbal medicine for pagans


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Comment by David J. Mcessey on August 24, 2018 at 2:12pm
Comment by David J. Mcessey on March 2, 2014 at 1:41pm

Received this from Sphere Faena> Miami/Buenos Aires

Ayurveda Kitchen: A Holistic Method to Better Your Life / 

The term Ayurveda refers to a practice that works to attain longevity and a better quality of life through the use of medicinal herbs, yoga and a well balanced diet.

A sound diet is one of the most important parts of Ayuverda. The Hindu practice categorizes herbs, foods and beverages using five basic characteristics: taste, nutrients, energy, digestion and therapeutic effects.

Taste: The Sanskrit word for taste is Rasa. It means delight or essence, both of which promote the healing channel which, according to Ayurveda, extends from the mouth into the head and brings the essence (taste) to the brain. This essence stimulates prana, which in turn stimulates the agni or digestive fire.

Elements: There are six tastes—sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, or astringent. Everyone requires some amount of each of the six tastes in their diet. However, depending on each person's individual needs and on the season, one must adjust their taste to balance their dosha. The key is to have moderate amounts of each taste.

Energy (Virya): According to Ayurveda, this energy activates tastes. Foods and drinks create either cold or hot energy in the body. Each taste has an associated energy.

Post - Digestive (Vipak):Tastes may change at the end of the digestive process. According to Ayurveda, this is due to the agni (fire) juices in the digestive tract.

Special Properties (Vishisht Prabhav): Herbs have the most special properties, some are medicinal and others therapeutic.

Ayuverda encourages us to keep track of our dietary habits, taking note of the quality and quantity of our food; our hunger; the combinations of food we eat; the spices we use; our thoughts while eating, how long it takes us to eat; and how seasons, geography, our age and our sex affect how we eat. It also encourages us to keep track of our overall ama, a concept that refers to the multitude of factors that make for a good or poor diet.

The Ashtanga Hridayam, one of the canonical books of Ayurveda has this piece of advice: “Eat up to a third of your capacity, drink another third, and leave the last third open for God.”

For more information, please refer to the website http://ayurvedic-cooking.com/.

Tagged: cooking, Ayurveda, ayurveda cooking, health, nutrition, alternative health, healthcare, body, Hinduism

Comment by David J. Mcessey on October 28, 2013 at 12:37pm

Wondering about what was used for cloth dyes in ancient

times. Driving around and seeing the fall colours, hey can that

be used to make dyes. 

Comment by David J. Mcessey on August 20, 2013 at 11:06am

Mental Health & Brain boosters.


This ties into an article from Omni magazine from around 1980 dealing

with natural substances used as a brain booster.

any thoughts.

Comment by Jesse Lee Alexander on June 24, 2013 at 9:39pm

Having sore joints or back pain, make some Tiger Balm at home!

Ingredients: % by weight amt. needed for 56oz. batch

Menthol crystals 20% 9.6 oz.
Camphor blocks 32% 15.36 oz.
Bees wax 20% 9.6 oz.
Petroleum jelly 4% 1.92 oz.
oil of clove 8% 3.8 oz.
oil of cajuput 8% 3.8 oz.
oil of cinnamon 8% 3.8 oz.
( optional)ammonium hydroxide 1 oz.

Melt beeswax and petrolium jelly in a pot until completely liquified. Remove from heat, quickly stir in camphor blocks (may help to chop or grate camphor prior). Add rest of ingredients, stir until consistent, and camphor has melted. Pour into permanant container, and let congeal. The above will make a nice equivalent to the commercial . If ammonium hydroxide is added, it turns red, and adds a little more heat to it.

Comment by Jesse Lee Alexander on June 24, 2013 at 9:37pm

Also Matt a great herb for also used for insomnia would be Sassafras, you can brew up some Sassafras Tea, but be careful Sassafras is also a blood thinner and is considered a carcinogenic. but you cant beat a warm cup of Sassafras Tea to put you to sleep. Hopes this helps

Comment by David J. Mcessey on September 16, 2012 at 3:44pm
Comment by Akasha on September 1, 2011 at 1:39am
Any advice my lovelies for lessening bleeding of uterus after IUD put in....very annoying.I saw red raspberry leaf tea vaguely mentioned...BB
Comment by richard reynolds on August 21, 2011 at 10:55pm
Matthew:I will generaly use valerian as a sleep aid especialy on those stare at the ceiling nights.I grow my own in the garden and make an imasurate.But you can find a less potant version at the G.N.C.
Comment by richard reynolds on August 21, 2011 at 11:16am

I have a very old book with alot of recipies,Ive used some with great sucess and some I use often.would love to share these things but not sure how to format in an appropriate mannor.so if asked Ill share



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