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Saffron-Spiced Summer Squash: A Recipe Worth Its Weight in Gold

If you are looking for a new way to experience the beauty of autumn in your kitchen, reach for one of Ayurveda’s most revered spices: saffron. People are often intimidated by saffron because of its price. Yes, it is expensive, but like many things that have been held in high regard for centuries, good saffron is worth every penny.

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Seasonal Topics

Balancing Vata with a Fall Cleanse

  • By Janet Shivani Chase
  • Sep 20, 2018

The change in seasons has an especially strong impact on us, making it easier for imbalance to take root. As fall naturally stirs up vata, it is a perfect time for many of us to do a vata-soothing cleanse.  

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Women’s Health

How to Support Balanced Hormones with Ayurveda

  • By Anjali Deva
  • Sep 18, 2018

In our day and age, stress is an epidemic. Ayurveda provides us with tools that can help build resilience to the hormonal imbalances we are so susceptible to. The mind and body vacillate between two states, rest and digest (parasympathetic) and fight-or-flight (sympathetic), which we can liken to prakriti, our natural state, and vikriti, imbalance.

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Diet

Ayurveda for Vegans and the Perfect Vegan Kitchari Recipe

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Sep 14, 2018

There could be many reasons for someone to choose to eat a vegan diet or live a vegan lifestyle: health, ethics, and environmental concerns lie at the top of the list. Many yogis adopt this practice in conjunction with the ethical observance of ahimsa or non-harming, and in general, both yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda, seek out a sattvic diet—a diet containing pure foods that are high in prana or energy.

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Shatavari: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

  • By Breanna Potts
  • Sep 10, 2018

Thanks to its cooling, soothing, nourishing, and rejuvenating work throughout the entire physiology, the sattvic herb shatavari effectively balances both pitta and vata. While famous as a powerful female reproductive tonic, shatavari is equally beneficial to men, and its powers cross into other organs and tissue layers, helping to bring overall health and balance.

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Daily Routine

Ayurvedic Oil Massage: 4 Ways to Warm Your Oil

  • By Adena Rose Bright
  • Sep 06, 2018

One of the most important qualities of self-massage is using warm oil. It’s not just about moisturizing—it’s about getting the vata-balancing qualities of oily and warm into your life, and onto your skin. Here are four ways to warm your oil, guaranteeing a perfectly warm, but not-too-hot oil, that can be easily and quickly incorporated into your daily routine.

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Ghee—Everything You Need to Know about Clarified Butter

  • By Vrinda Devani, MD
  • Sep 04, 2018

Who doesn't love a heaping scoop of ghee melted over the top of their rice or kitchari? Yum! If you've ever been lucky enough to experience the rich, nourishing, and luxurious qualities of this golden nectar, you'll understand why ghee is a must-have in every Ayurvedic kitchen. But have you ever wondered why ghee is so highly revered in Ayurveda? We're going to demystify this deliciously healthy fat and cover everything from the history of ghee to its wide array of health benefits and uses.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

The Ayurvedic Way to Cultivate Self-Love

  • By Janet Shivani Chase
  • Aug 31, 2018

Each and every one of us is a beautiful, unique creation with perfectly unique characteristics.  Along with yoga, Ayurveda gives us what we need to balance both our body and mind and provides the doorway to self-realization. The more we know about ourselves and how we react to the environment around us, the more we create balance and well-being through our routine and practices. We can create space for wisdom and self-love.  

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Recipes & DIY

The Perfect Snacks for Each Dosha

  • By Claire Ragozzino
  • Aug 27, 2018

Knowing which snacks will bring balance rather than depletion can be helpful knowledge to have. Equally, building awareness and healthier routines around daily eating habits can take us out of the cycle of snacking as a lifestyle.

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Recipes & DIY

Seasonal Recipe: Hibiscus Cooler to Balance Pitta

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Aug 24, 2018

One delicious way of countering pitta’s heat is by introducing the three tastes known to soothe pitta dosha—sweet, bitter, and astringent. A hibiscus cooler is a refreshing and restorative tonic for pitta dosha, incorporating all three of its balancing flavors. 

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Seasonal Topics

3 Ayurvedic Tips for Back to School

  • By Felice Cruz
  • Aug 22, 2018

Inevitably, the change of season and return to school brings some challenges. The inertia of summer is replaced by a need to shift into a higher gear. Fortunately, Ayurveda gives us a practical framework, and Banyan Botanicals gives us some amazing herbal products to ease us into the schoolyear.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

How Coloring Helps with Stress & Soothes the Doshas

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Aug 17, 2018

When we are able to let go and simply be with the motions of coloring, we are able to create a sense of serenity, detached from our worries and thoughts, where the very act of coloring becomes its own reward. Colors can also offer healing properties. Just as each color has their own wavelength, they also have their own distinct vibration and can be used to balance the doshas. 

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Co-Creating Health with Bacopa

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Aug 15, 2018

The profound effects of bacopa (Bacopa monniera) are legendary. This herb is documented in ancient Indian texts as far back as the 6th century for being widely used to promote intellect and balance dis-ease of the mind.

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Immune Strong™—A New Herbal Blend for Year-Round Health

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Aug 13, 2018

Whatever the season, sometimes our immune system can use a little boost. We are excited to announce our new immune formula to help support your overall health and immunity. Please welcome Immune Strong to our family of herbal tablets and liquid extracts. With a superstar blend of Ayurvedic herbs traditionally used to support the immune system, this formula is a successor to Immune Support—with a few changes and improvements. 

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Sacred Lunar Rituals for the Full and New Moons

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Aug 09, 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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Bacopa: An Ayurvedic Brain Food

  • By Janet Shivani Chase
  • Aug 08, 2018

Bacopa/Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) is a wonderful herb that has been a highly praised rejuvenative for the brain for thousands of years. Bacopa calms and soothes the nervous system, supports the intellect, and maintains alertness and tranquility while providing energy to the brain. It has long been a favorite of students as it enhances learning, concentration, and memory.

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Daily Routine

5 Simple Tips for Natural Energy Throughout the Day

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Aug 06, 2018

The majority of us are overbooked and over-committed, which as a result, has left us feeling stressed, unhealthy, and not quite like ourselves. When we find ourselves deep into this storyline and ready to take action, we often prioritize the what over the when, thinking a cleanse and more yoga should do the trick. But as your parents knew all along, routine is what keeps you on track.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Yoga that Kids Will Love

  • By Felice Cruz
  • Aug 02, 2018

Yoga with children may, at first, seem like a bit of an oxymoron. And yet, they are natural yogis with a lot to teach us about yoga, and, perhaps, a lot to teach us about life. Children love to “imitate” animals and nature. They know how to BE a Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). They also make really good Cats (Marjaryasana) and Cows (Bitilasana), “meows” and “moos” included. They make beautiful Trees (Vrksasana) and growing flowers and bamboo blowing in the wind. Let your yoga space be a barnyard. Let it be a story. Let it be fun.

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Health Topics

Is Organic the Same as Non-GMO?

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Jul 31, 2018

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the similarities and differences between organic and non-GMO. We are here to answer all the questions you’ve perhaps been wondering about, starting with the common question, “What does non-GMO even mean?”

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Health Topics

Post-Workout Ayurvedic Smoothie Recipe

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Jul 27, 2018

Smoothies have become so synonymous with health and fitness that it’s hard to picture an exercise routine without a morning protein shake in hand. But when we consider what Ayurveda teaches us about digestion, along with what we know about our body’s response to exercise, we might change what we are tossing into the blender. 

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Health Topics

Should I Do a Liver Cleanse?

  • By Janet Shivani Chase
  • Jul 23, 2018

There are many types of liver cleanses and liver flushes promoted today. Would you benefit from doing a liver cleanse? As with anything in Ayurveda, it depends. As we are all unique, with specific health circumstances and constitutions, we need to look at our own situation before deciding.

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6 Ways to Use Neem for Skin & Hair

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Jul 18, 2018

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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