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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

How Coloring Helps with Stress & Soothes the Doshas

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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Banyan Roots

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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Our Products

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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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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