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Breathe Free Balm—A Warming Herbal Chest Rub

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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Daily Routine

What Happens When You Clean Your Tongue?

  • By Kathy Jo Staheli, AD
  • Apr 25, 2018

The tongue is a unique organ. Lying between the interior world and the exterior world, it has a direct connection to the digestive system, especially the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. It is a map and diagnostic tool that can be used to find imbalances and discover constitutional makeup.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

11 Ayurvedic Tips to Improve Focus

  • By Adrian Nowland
  • Apr 23, 2018

When mental clarity and focus are a challenge, it is difficult to live to our fullest. Increased vata is often associated with inhibited concentration, however sugar imbalances (more often associated with increased pitta or kapha) can also play a role.

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Recipes & DIY

Seasonal Recipe: Creamy Greens with Turmeric & Fenugreek

  • By Rumin Jehangir
  • Apr 19, 2018

This is a great spring dish for all doshas, but especially kapha. The element of fire, or transformation, can help to melt or dry up the mucus-y, wet, cold, and heavy qualities associated with kapha dosha.

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5 Ashwagandha Studies You Should Know About

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Apr 17, 2018

Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known and widly used Ayurvedic herbs. And for good reason! It is great for so many functions in the body—from sleep, energy, and stress, to rejuvenation, muscle strength, and joint health.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Going Deeper with Dhyana & Meditation

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Apr 16, 2018

As we climb to the seventh limb of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, we come to meditation, and ultimately dhyana, the state of total awareness.

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Recipes & DIY

Seasonal Recipe: Sattvic Green Soup for Spring

  • By Claire Ragozzino
  • Apr 13, 2018

The dance of the seasons is beautifully observed in the nourishment that nature provides. As the snow and ice melt, little buds of green sprout through the earth again, signaling a time for lightening up after a dense and inward winter. With kapha season at play, choosing foods that are lightly cooked, warming, and incorporate the tastes of pungent, bitter, and astringent assist the body in moving through the sluggish qualities that accumulate through winter.

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Co-Creating Health with the Ashwagandha Plant

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Apr 11, 2018

Ashwagandha is one of the most revered and prized herbs in the Ayurveda pharmacopoeia. It’s known as the premier Ayurvedic rasayana (or rejuvenative) tonic because of its superior ability to nourish the whole body and mind. Maximizing the body's ability to resist stress, it enables the body to reserve and sustain vital energy throughout the day while promoting sound, restful sleep at night. Here lies ashwagandha’s magnificent advantage: it increases energy and vitality while helping to calm the mind.

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What You Need to Know About Oil Pulling & Our Daily Swish Oil

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Apr 09, 2018

Oil pulling is not just a daily practice that only the Ayurvedic community loves. Many in the dental and medical community, along with the American society at large, are picking up on and talking about for its many benefits.Though it is a growing movement, it has been used for thousands of years and for good reason.

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Seasonal Topics

The Taste of Spring: Why Bitter Is So Important

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Apr 04, 2018

Whether consuming a bitter food, culinary spice, or medicinal herb, one of the primary actions we’re invoking with this taste is detoxification. Bitters are categorically alterative herbs which means they purify and bring chemical balance to the blood. This makes them especially useful for supporting the body’s natural defenses, no matter what the challenge may be. And as our main organ of detoxification is the liver, the bitter taste also encourages its function and an enhanced flow of bile. This helps keep our body’s own method for self-cleaning intact.

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Ayurveda 101

5 Reasons to Start Putting Oil in Your Nose

  • By Rumin Jehangir
  • Apr 02, 2018

According to Ayurveda, the sinus cavity is the gateway to the brain, mind, and consciousness. To address imbalances related to memory, the emotions, thoughts, and imbalances above the clavicle bone, treatments like nasya are often administered. Nasya, the practice of lubricating the nasal cavities and sinuses by gently placing a few drops of herbal and non-herbal oil into each nostril, can be self-administered or given by an Ayurvedic practitioner. It can aid with mental and emotional stress, as well as tension in the head, throat, neck, jaw, and shoulders.

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Dharana and the Power of Focus

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Mar 30, 2018

What is the cost of having a distracted mind? We pay a price to have all these shiny objects at our disposal. The ability to focus on a single thought or object seems to be rare as we become more adept to multi-tasking. As we explore dharana, or concentration, the fifth of the eight limbs of yoga that Patanjali wrote about in The Yoga Sutras, we will look at the benefits of having the ability to simply concentrate. 

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Moringa Oleifera—A Superfood for All Ages

  • By Vrinda Devani, MD
  • Mar 29, 2018

Moringa, the powdered leaves of the Moringa oleifera plant, hits headlines over and over again for its superb nutritious content. Rightly so—it truly is a superfood. The leaves, in particular, are exceptionally nutritious.

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Recipes & DIY

Seasonal Recipe: Spring Kitchari & Crispy Okra Fries

  • By Rumin Jehangir
  • Mar 28, 2018

Spring season is about shedding, letting go of the prior season’s heaviness. Incorporating vegetables into kitchari adds more of the air element and necessary fiber, supporting digestion and adding more of the recommended tastes for kapha season. 

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleansing

  • By Claire Ragozzino
  • Mar 26, 2018

Often times, when we’re feeling funky after overeating or adopting poor habits during travel and stressful times, we look towards a cleanse as a quick solution to losing weight or looking better. However, these quick goals are often clues into deeper desires that can be teased out and supported during your cleanse. Getting clear on these desires and setting your intentions before you embark is a powerful way to focus your energy during your cleanse.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Ayurvedic Asana: 9 Yoga Poses for Cleansing

  • By Adrian Nowland
  • Mar 23, 2018

The purpose of yoga is to align the mind, body, and breath, creating stability, calmness, clarity, and a sense of inner peace. When we bring together the mind, body, and breath, we access the opportunity to be present in this moment rather than spending time spinning our wheels in the what-ifs of the future and the regrets of the past.

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Introducing FairWild Triphala

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Mar 20, 2018

How often do we think about the wild plants that make up a formula such as triphala, and how those three special fruits—amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki—are obtained? How were they grown? Who harvested them? These are important questions to ask when buying any herbal product, but especially when buying products sourced from the wild, like our beloved triphala. We at Banyan are proud to launch our first FairWild certified formula, Triphala, using FairWild certified bibhitaki.

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Ayurveda 101

Why Ayurvedic Cleansing Is Unique and How It Really Works

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Mar 19, 2018

Among the juice fasts, liver cleanses, and 10-day detoxes lives the traditional Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse. It’s hard to know if there were dietary trends at the time of Ayurveda’s origin over 5,000 years ago, but it’s safe to say this cleanse has stood the test of time. Its relevance, wholeness, and effectiveness tells us there’s nothing trendy about it.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Eliminating Distractions with the Practice of Pratyahara

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Mar 16, 2018

Our journey moves from outward to inward as we dive into the topic of pratyahara, the fifth limb of yoga. Often quickly glazed over or ignored completely, pratyahara is the gateway to what we are looking for. After all the attention and effort applied to the previous four limbs, limb five opens the door to where the magic resides. It is within. 

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