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6 Ways to Use Neem for Skin & Hair

When it comes to promoting healthy skin and a clear complexion, neem (Azadirachta indica) is one of the most effective herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. This herb’s famously bitter taste has been known to dramatically cool and pacify pitta and kapha when taken internally.

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Recipes & DIY

Adaptogen Recipes for Healthy Adrenals

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Jul 13, 2018

A sustained amount of stress makes it difficult for the body to maintain efficient function. While it’s still best to take care of the root cause of your stress, adaptogens will have your back until it’s possible. Their support is like an insurance policy for our stress hormones and adrenal glands, making sure they don’t become overworked.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Inversions in Yoga: Shifting Your Perspective

  • By Myra Lewin
  • Jul 10, 2018

When you are stuck in life, a shift in perspective can do wonders. Practicing an inversion may be just what you need to see the world from a different viewpoint.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Natural Beauty: Ayurvedic Face Massage and Marma Points

  • By Kristen Schneider
  • Jul 05, 2018

Our skin has a lot to teach us, and everything physical has a corresponding mental/emotional counterpart. Our skin is symbolic of how we see ourselves. If we see ourselves as flawed humans, this can manifest as flawed skin. If we’re angry, our skin can look angry and agitated.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Sacred Lunar Rituals for the Full and New Moons

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Jun 28, 2018

The lunar cycle is twenty-nine and a half days, and its undeniable potency has kept the moon as a keystone of ceremonies, traditions, and practices within cultures around the world. While there is a fair share of mythical stories and legends surrounding the moon, there is an equal amount of research seeking to find a scientific correlation behind the cycles of the moon and cycles of living things.

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Women’s Health

Practical Self-Care for Mothers

  • By Tami Hafzalla
  • Jun 26, 2018

Motherhood is a gift of immeasurable love. We are forever changed by the arrival of our precious child and instinctively inspired to offer our nurturance and care. The word “Mother” can be defined as: creator, protector, healer, one who provides nourishment and support, one who is earth connected, loving, steady, and stable.

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Women’s Health

3 Ways to Embrace the Divine Feminine of Ayurveda

  • By Katie Silcox
  • Jun 20, 2018

Divine feminine Ayurveda asks us to trust in our bodies, as they contain the intelligence of the cosmos, the intelligence of nature. This practice asks us to be responsible for ourselves and to find balance through our own resources.

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Recipes & DIY

Ayurvedic Oatmeal Recipes for Every Dosha

  • By Adena Rose Bright
  • Jun 18, 2018

Oatmeal may seem like a benign substance, but it certainly has obvious qualities to it. What do you think of when you visualize a bowl of oats for breakfast? Steaming, warm, and sweet, nourishing to your heart and soul? Or a sticky, gloppy, gooey mess? It can be both, depending on your Ayurvedic body-type!

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Yoga & Pranayama

A Breathing Practice for the Next Time You’re Stressed

  • By Rumin Jehangir
  • Jun 15, 2018

Stress happens. What we can try to do is recognize it in the early stages and find tools to cope when a stressful situation arises. Stress is usually connected to one or more dosha that is out of balance. One practice I have found helpful in recognizing “the stress buzz” sooner than later, or even when stress crash lands at the front door, is pranayama. Pranayama, an intentional practice of restraining and expanding the breath, is one of the 8 limbs of yoga.

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Recipes & DIY

Ayurvedic Tonics, Masks & Scrubs for Nourishing Your Skin

  • By Janet Shivani Chase
  • Jun 13, 2018

Ayurveda provides us with a simple adage, “If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” This is important to remember when choosing skin care products.

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Healthy Skin Tablets Undergo Clinical Trial

  • By Vrinda Devani, MD
  • Jun 08, 2018

Dr. Sivamani and his team conducted a four-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with Banyan Botanicals’ Healthy Skin formulation last spring of 2017. The trial enrolled thirty participants.

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Bitter Melon: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

  • By Breanna Potts
  • Jun 06, 2018

Bitter melon, or karela, has a long history of use that spans thousands of years and is a common ingredient in cuisines and traditional medicines across the globe. Its recognition is spreading in the West too, and it is increasingly possible that you may have bumped into it on the menu of a trendy restaurant, at your local farmer’s market, or in a scientific research article.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Do You Hit Snooze More on Mondays? Read This.

  • By Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda)
  • Jun 04, 2018

If you’ve ever experienced jet lag, you know that it brings a host of complications, inluding digestive trouble, mental fogginess, and even mood swings. Recent studies suggest that travelers who frequently cross time zones also have trouble with weight gain and metabolic issues. What you might not know is that you may be suffering from jet lag even when you don’t travel.

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Recipes & DIY

Delicious Blended Greens Recipe

  • By Myra Lewin
  • Jun 01, 2018

Served on their own, greens can be quite vata-provoking. This recipe for blended greens is meant to be served with a slightly greater portion of a sweet, augmenting vegetable—like sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, beets, or carrots. The combination of these vegetables balances the doshas, brings in all rasa, and it tastes delicious!

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Diet

The Truth about Ayurvedic Food Combining

  • By Kristen Schneider
  • May 29, 2018

Ayurveda teaches us that our gut health is a determining factor of our overall health, and it’s important to learn how to keep our agni, or digestive fire, strong and efficient. Our agni is a big soup of acid, bile, and enzymes that help transform food into usable energy. Maintaining a balanced agni translates into better digestion, elimination, and immune function.

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Health Topics

How to Fast the Ayurvedic Way

  • By Janet Shivani Chase
  • May 25, 2018

Ayurveda has a long tradition of utilizing fasting as a vital practice for maintaining and regaining health. In our society, fasting is often viewed as a type of denial or deprivation, but you can instead choose to see fasting as a gift to yourself: a much needed rest from the constant barrage of foods and experiences you take into your body. Welcome to the Ayurvedic approach to fasting.

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Recipes & DIY

Red Lentils with Basil Recipe

  • By Myra Lewin
  • May 23, 2018

Melt ghee in a saucepan and add the spices, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes until the aroma is released. Add salt and red lentils and stir until well coated. Add water and basil. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils are very soft.

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Ayurveda 101

Why Self-Care Is Not Optional—It’s Crucial

  • By Monica Bloom
  • May 22, 2018

The goal is not to give everything of ourselves away to everybody else so that we are left a tired, sloggy, irritated, burnt out mess. Nope. Because then we bring crummy energy, lack of presence, and even resentment to those things that should be full of love and joy! We might even be too sick or tired to show up. And that's not living!

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Breathe Free Balm—A Warming Herbal Chest Rub

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • May 17, 2018

A soothing rub to nourish the lungs and sinuses is a staple in many household cabinets. Adults and children alike want to be able to do the most basic function—breathe—with the greatest ease. It is vital to our daily and nightly life.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Traveling with Ayurveda: Taking Your Routine on the Go

  • By Myra Lewin
  • May 14, 2018

The movement that comes from any form of high-speed travel, especially airplanes, increases the air element. Daily routines are often left behind, resulting in irregularity in mind and body.

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Fennel: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

  • By Jamie Sandhurst
  • May 10, 2018

As an herb with a long, rich history of culinary use, fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) doesn’t need much introduction. With a nutty, sweet flavor reminiscent of licorice or anise, and its strong, slightly sweet fragrance, fennel seeds have been a favorite ingredient in cuisine for centuries... But have you heard of the numerous healthful benefits that it provides?

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Ayurveda 101

A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

  • By Kathryn Templeton
  • May 08, 2018

When I think of the challenges to meditation, it seems silly. After all, we just have to sit down in a comortable place and be still, quiet our random thoughts, and breathe. OMG! It may seem simple, but in truth it is the hardest thing for most of us to do. Why? Now that is a great question, and within that answer are my top three tips for folks who are new to meditation.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

12 Ways to Stay Grounded in a Digital World

  • By Sarah Hutchinson
  • May 01, 2018

The elements of the virtual world are ether and air. Prana, the life force, flows virtually as we exchange information and energy with the internet and our phones. But that prana is ungrounded, dispersed, and often undirected. The result? Aggravated vata dosha, the primary imbalance of our time.

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Recipes & DIY

Lemon Moringa Latte Recipe: A Caffeine-Free Energy Boost

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Apr 30, 2018

This latte recipe uses ingredients that complement the natural flavor and qualities of moringa. It is an energizing alternative to caffeinated lattes, such as those using espresso or green or black tea. And while it’s a great morning drink to enjoy while you read or journal, it could also be a great midday pick-me-up that won’t leave you with the lingering effects of caffeine.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Samadhi: Connecting with Your Source

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Apr 27, 2018

We have reached the pinnacle of our journey through the eight limbs of yoga according to Patanjali—the author of The Yoga Sutras. The final limb on our journey is samadhi, and the literal definition of this Sanskrit word is “to bring everything together.”

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