Grow The Glow – Ojas!

Ojas – The Essence Of Vitality

According to Ayurveda our life force energy and vitality come from Ojas, which is a Sanskrit term that can be translated as „essence of vitality.“ Ojas is what gives us energy, a glow, a healthy look. It is the energy that keeps our immune system running, which gives us strength, balance, and happiness.

Ojas will be created by your body through the proper and healthy digestion of food, it is linked to Prana which some Yogis might also hear about, and Tejas, which is the essence of fire. Prana is the essence of air and Ojas is the essence of water. Ojas is the seat of Prana -Tejas creates Ojas, Ojas is in charge of Prana, the vital force.

Qualities that every one of us would like to have in abundance, right? For many of us, our Ojas feels lower, and so we feel sad, weak, tired. We dream about what we all want to achieve and do but we are lacking the energy to step out there to live our Dharma.

Related to the Doshas, Kapha is normally very high in Ojas, while Vata is maybe lacking Ojas the most, easily. Signs of a balanced amount of Ojas are for example:

  • Glowing skin and eyes
  • A fit and healthy body constitution
  • A healthy amount of energy
  • Healthy and sharp senses
  • A strong immune system
  • Lack of pain or aches
  • A happy and positive mood and light mind
  • A creative, focused and clear mind
  • Overall well-being

While the lack of Ojas is manifesting in many imbalances you might already know, like cold hands and feet, dry skin (Vata), a heavy body feeling or slow mind (Kapha), being sick often, combined with infections (Pitta), a lack of focus, depression and so on.

Ojas can be restored through our diet.

Food is a simple way to keep our body healthy and balanced – even when so many are doubting it first. The qualities of Ojas are also the qualities you can search in your food to maintain more of this life force energy. Sweet, heavy, smooth, cool and fresh – foods like Avocado, banana, dates, and almonds. (A win for every day!)

We should eat fresh, locally grown and seasonal fruit and vegetables. Not too much raw food, food that is helpful for our own constitution. Organic foods. Whole foods.

We should avoid alcohol, drugs, stimulants, refined sugar and flour, microwave food and processed foods, canned, frozen, fried foods.

Foods that are building Ojas are:

  • Whole grains (preferred gluten-free)
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Mangoes
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet potatoes and Yams
  • Pumpkins (Hokkaido)
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Tofu
  • Soy milk
  • Soy yogurt
  • Almond milk
  • Almond yogurt
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts)
  • Mung beans
  • Leafy greens
  • Olive oil, sesame oil, and coconut oil
  • Ginger, turmeric, Ashwagandha, licorice, Amalaki

There are also some Ayurvedic recipes like Chyawanprash, which is a medical jam with herbs and fruits – Amla fruit, Ashwagandha root are some ingredients and are highly Ojas building.

Find my Chakra Fruit Salad recipe here:

https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/08/25/ayurvedic-chakra-salad-recipe/

Also, some tonic milk which you can drink daily can help you to build up Ojas, find my recipe here:

Grow The Glow Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 10 almonds, soaked overnight
  • 2 dates, soaked overnight
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Agave juice or Maple syrup

Instructions:

Add a tsp. of coconut oil into a small pot and warm with the spices, roast them for 5 minutes on medium heat. Pour the milk and agave juice, add the dates and almond and warm up lightly. Put your warm milk in a blender and mix until everything is blended well. The mixture will be creamy and foamy. Pour in a mug and add a pinch of cinnamon or cocoa on top, enjoy!

Also a healthy lifestyle and Ayurvedic routine are helpful – it is all about the balance! A regular sleeping schedule, cleansing techniques, meditation and Yoga, movement, fresh air and self massages with herbal oils are a good foundation to build Ojas.

Ojas is what we all should put first on our New Year´s resolution list!

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With Love and Light, 

Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk and how to find a peaceful night with Ayurveda

How to sleep better with Ayurveda 

Nowadays many people struggle with a good night´s sleep. We sit in front of screens all day long, we are stressed and our head has a hard time to calm down. Ayurvedically speaking, we have excess Vata and we live a lifestyle that doesn´t help us with that. So for our brain, it is impossible to relax. 

Besides a general morning and night routine, there are some other helpful things you can do to release stress and find a calm and peaceful night. With that topic, I want to share a Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk recipe with you. It´s my number one sleep remedy treatment and my clients love it! 

A healthy evening Routine can help you to release stress and find better sleep. Your sleep quality will also increase the quality of your day, so try to change some habits and invest time into YOURSELF! Find here my top 4 hacks for a sweet night time:

  1. A hot bath with a relaxing oil massage before bed is helpful to stay away from your TV and phone, but also is grounding down your senses. A hot bathtub with candles, lavender or Jasmine scents will help you to find your center.
  2. Massaging your feet with warm oil is another perfect evening ritual when you don´t find time to take a bath. Our feet have a tremendous amount of nerve endings, massaging them will relax your whole body for good. 
  3. The Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk with Ashwagandha and nutmeg is also working in a vegan version. Nutmeg is a natural sleep remedy and Ashwagandha is calming and balancing our brain chemistry. The ritual of drinking a warm cup of delicious milk (almond milk is my favorite) will relax you and put you right to sleep. 
  4. A gentle Yoga practice and Pranayama practice in the evening. I always try to get stuff done until 7 p.m. and take some time on my mat. Alternate nostril breathing technique and Yin Yoga are wonderful to find peace. 

Let´s start our way to a healthy sleeping routine today. Start this evening with my magical milk receipe and maybe you will also find time for a hot bathtub on this rainy and foggy November evening. Here is my recipe for you: 

Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk

It tastes like a good Chai Latte! Promise!

Ingredients: 

· 1 cup plant milk of choice

· ¼ tsp. cinnamon

· ½ tsp. turmeric

· ¼ tsp. ground Ashwagandha 

· 1 pinch of cardamom

· 1 pinch of nutmeg

· 1 pinch of black pepper

· ½ tsp. virgin coconut oil 

· 1 tsp. agave juice or maple syrup

Preparations: 

1. Warm up the coconut oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat.

2. Whisk in turmeric, cinnamon, ashwagandha, cardamom, and nutmeg, and a pinch of fresh black pepper. Let the smell of spices fill up your kitchen and stir a bit until everything is a nice paste. 

3. Add the plant-based milk and let simmer for 5 minutes up to ten while stirring. Add the sweetener of choice. The longer you let the spices cook, the more helpful your sleep remedy is going to be! 

4. Pour your magical moon milk into your favorite mug, enjoy calm piano music and a good night´s story from an inspiring book. Ground down all your senses and have the best night´s rest! 

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Have a good night´s sleep and wonderful dreams! 

Namaste, 

Brace yourself – Winter is right around the corner!

Here are my Top 9 vital substances to stay healthy during the cold season!

Vital substances are the key to a strong immune defense, besides balanced nutrition and lifestyle. Here are 9 key vital substances for the upcoming colder months.

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is essential for our immune system, if you are lacking in Vitamin C intake, the risk to catch a cold is high. But even when you already caught something – Vitamin C can have a positive impact and will help to reduce the duration and severity!

You can find Vitamin C in fresh fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits and black currants, Kiwi, Acerola, and Aronia are high in Vitamin C. Sweet bell pepper and cabbage as well.

2. Vitamin A

Vitamin A and carotenoids (which are built in our digestive system and transform into Vitamin A) will keep your skin and mucous membrane healthy and are so a natural defense system against germs. Vitamin A is also building cells of your immune defense system.

You can find Vitamin A and carotenoids in colorful vegetables which are in season. Carrots, sweet bell pepper, broccoli and kale for example. Vitamin A needs also a bit of oil to unfold. Sesame oil and olive oil are perfect for the Winter season.

3. Vitamin D

Vitamin D or also cholecalciferol is one of the most important parts of our immune defense system. Your body can build this incredible vitamin by itself but needs sunshine for it!

You can find Vitamin D in Avocados, mushrooms like champignons, porcini, oyster mushrooms. Vegan butter is also enriched with Vitamin D. Spinach, kale and cauliflower have also Vitamin D amounts.

4. Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that works on many metabolism functions in our body. He is helping the immune system cells to defend our system. Also when you already caught a cold, a proper amount of zinc will help you to get back on track more quickly!

You will find zinc in nuts, different kinds of wheat, brown rice. Buckwheat, corn, oats, and linseeds are zinc supplier!

5. Vitamin E

Vitamin E or tocopherol is THE defense system for our cells and is destroying cell-destroying substances! It inhibits as well as inflammatory processes.

You can find Vitamin E in plant-based oils and seeds and nuts!

6. Vitamin B

The Vitamin B group contains riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6) and niacin (B3). B vitamins are essential for our mucosa and are building a barrier against bacteria and virus infections. Vitamin B 6 also supports the formation of immune cells in our bodies.

You can find Vitamin B in many legumes and leafy greens, vegetables. The more colorful your food, the better for your immune system!

7. Iron

Iron deficiency leads to a decrease in immune cells! Also, our gut bacteria need iron to survive and stay balanced!

You can find Iron in fennel, green vegetables, herbs, and legumes!

8. Selenium

Selenium is a trace element and helps to destroy harmful radicals. Cells with a supportive function to our immune system deficiency are also low when we havenßt enough Selenium in our diet!

You can find Selenium in brazil nut kernels, legumes, mushrooms, and grains.

9. Probiotics and Prebiotics

The main part of our immune defense system is sitting – in our intestines! Our intestinal flora grows billions of microorganisms and needs prebiotics to feed those! Probiotics are helpful to keep the intestinal flora balanced and healthy.

You can find prebiotics in oats, bananas, onions and also in Jerusalem artichokes and barley. Probiotics are in lactic acid foods like Kimchi, Sourkraut, and yogurt. Find my Ayurvedic – vegan Kimchi recipe here: https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/05/09/vegan-kimchi-recipe-from-ayurveda-with-love/

What else will keep your immune defense system strong and balanced?

  • Stay hydrated to keep your mucous membrane healthy. Warm tea, warm water and Nasya oil after Neti cleansing can balance your mucous membrane.
  • Washing hands regularly to reduce germ spreading.
  • Less stress – stress is weakening your immune system. Yoga, self-massages and a balanced time off will be supportive to your immune system.
  • Sports and fresh air are key to a balanced and strong immune system.
  • Air humidity – the air can be dry and crucial to your mucous membrane, a good air humidifier can help out here!
  • Warming spices and warm Food are what your body needs now during the cold season. Find a delicious recipe for hot and warming soup here: https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/03/16/the-period-cure-fho-real/

What is your secret to stay healthy and balanced during the cold season? Let us know in the comment section below!

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6 common facts about Ayurveda and TCM

Ayurveda has a history of more than 5,000 years, originated in the Indus Valley region of India. First, it was passed orally from family to family and generation to generation. Later it was recorded in the ancient Vedic books. The knowledge was spread along the silk road and influenced Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is originated in China. As the origin of history got lost, written records are available from 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture points history can be followed way back to Stone Age.

As you can see – there must be some similarities between Ayurveda and the ancient way of TCM. Both systems are holistic for sure and see the human as a whole. Let´s have a closer look!

1.) Connections to the tongue

Ayurveda and TCM both use tongue diagnosis. In TCM the tongue is a map to our organs. In Ayurveda, we also use cracks, color, coat of the tongue to have a closer look at the imbalances of our patients. TCM also recommends to brush the tongue and avoid certain drinks or food before having a tongue diagnosis. 

2.) The theory of elements 

Here is another common thing – TCM is separating the body in 5 elements. Ayurvedic theory is separating the body into 5 elements as well. In Ayurveda, we call it Vata (Ether & Air), Pitta (Fire & Water), Kapha (Earth & Water). In TCM it is Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. 

And both systems have a similar way to find those elements in the human body. Here is a TCM description: 

  1. Solid structures such as bones, flesh, skin, tissue, and hair represent earth form.
  2. Water forms saliva, urine, semen, blood, and sweat.
  3. Fire forms hunger, thirst, and sleep.
  4. Air takes care of breathing like expansion, contraction, and suppression.
  5. Space takes care of physical attraction and fear.

3.) Pulse Diagnose 

Both Ayurveda and TCM use Pulse diagnose to find imbalances. 

Ayurveda describes the Doshas in our Pulses, while TCM describes 29 different Pulses in the human body. The goal is the same: to have a closer look at the individual and its imbalances to find a unique treatment. 

4.) The causes of illness

In TCM the evils are external in origin but can penetrate deeply into the body, as they do in Ayurveda.

The Six Evils are:

  • Wind
  • Cold
  • Damp
  • Heat
  • Summer Heat
  • Dryness

In Ayurveda Dryness and Wind and everything that is aggravating Vata is the root of 60% of all illnesses. 30% are related to Pitta Dosha and just 10% can be found related to Kapha Dosha. 

5.) Tastes and properties 

TCM describes different tastes in herbs and nutrition as well. Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Sour, Salty, Astringent and Bland. In Ayurveda, we describe Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent. 

6.) Dietary and Nutritional guidelines 

Just have a look at the common TCM guidelines for eating habits and what should be avoided:

General Eating Habits   

  •   Eat in a calm and relaxed atmosphere and do not rush your meal
  •  Avoid intense interactions at mealtime, including television and reading
  •  Chewing food thoroughly supports spleen qi
  •  Don’t eat meals late at night
  • Avoid overconsumption and excessive fasting

  Avoid:

  •  Raw, cold food, and iced beverages
  •  Excessive dairy
  •  Oily, greasy, and fried foods
  •  Refined sugar and limit overly sweet foods like fruit
  •  Refined carbohydrates
  •  Excessive alcohol intake
  •  Excessive meat consumption

I am sure you can find here all the nutrition facts, you already read about Ayurvedic nutrition!

What do you think? What do you prefer? What do you practice? I would like to read some of your personal experiences in the comment section below! 

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Have a beautiful new week & lovely greetings, 

Best Ayurveda Quotes To Fall In Love With Ayurveda

From Ayurveda with love is all about – falling in love with this ancient science! Of course! And as we just dived into a new season, let´s fall in love with this ancient, medical system to maintain balance and health!

I have here a collection of my favorite Ayurveda Quotes and they are also book reccomendations at the same time.

Every quote comes from an author I would totally suggest to read books from and dive deeper into Ayurvedic knowledge! Some have a deep key essence of what Ayurveda is! Some are perfect to get started.

The days are getting now longer, darker and being relaxed at home with a cup of turmeric latte is the perfect moment to read all the books we want to!

Find my top 10 Ayurveda quotes today:

“The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.”

―Shubhra Krishan

“A well-lived day is medicine unto itself.”

―Acharya Shunya

“The Ayurvedic route to great health involves two simple steps:

1. Doing less;

2. Being more.”

―Shubhra Krishan

“As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be really healed. Ayurveda gives us the means.”

―David Frawley

“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.”

― Sebastian Pole

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

―Ayurvedic proverb

“Ayurveda teaches us to cherish our innate-nature – “to love and honor who we are”, not as what people think or tell us, “who we should be.”

―Prana Gogia

“Ayurveda is the science of life and it has a very basic, simple kind of approach, which is that we are part of the universe and the universe is intelligent and the human body is part of the cosmic body.”

―Deepak Chopra

“From its ancient origins in India, Ayurveda has now spread all over the world. Its teaching uses a blend of herbal medicine, massage, nutrition, spiritual insight, practical experience, scientific analysis, and artistic creativity to guide us to a balanced fulfilled life style.”

―Sebastian Pole

„Be friendly to all creatures, reconcile the angry, console the frightened, be merciful to the poor and be truthful.“

Ayurvedic Proverb

What is your favorite Ayurveda quote? Share with us in the comment section below!

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From my heart to yours,

Namaste,

We are on vacation….

For two weeks this blog is going to be more quiet! We are traveling for a while through beautiful and inspiring South Korea! Searching delicious food, wellness treatments and massages, beauty and skin care! There is so much to explore!

So if you can´t catch us here via mail or comment, please be patient, we will come back to you as soon as we are back!

Wishing you a beautiful start into the new season, love and good vibes!

Namaste,

Ayurvedic Transition to Autumn

Preparing your body for autumn

Days are getting shorter, mornings and evenings getting colder…✨

As you might recognized, since the last week of July the mornings and evenings are cooler, and since the beginning of August the days got shorter, sometimes the sun is glowing already golden in the evening hours. Vata season starts exactly around that time of the year and so we are heading into a new season – autumn is close!

Our body starts to get cravings for warm and grounding food by itself and instead of your leafy summer greens, you might think about a bowl of mashed poatoes for lunch instead. Your body is telling you that it is time for a shift and need carbs to build layers of fat in your body.

This change of your metabolism can cause dry skin, especially when your Dosha is Vata! Daily oil massages before bed will keep your skin nourished. I suggest sesame oil or another warm, nourishing oil. The vitality of your skin will fade in autumn and so your sensitive face skin needs extra love and attention!

Get yourself an oil cleanser, fermented foam cleanser and a nourishing toner before you apply lotion onto your skin. It will let your skin look healthy, glowing and not so pale.

How does it come that your skin get dry now so quickly?

Your body protects itself from heat loss and is reducing the blood flow – especially in your legs, arms and skin. But with massages, oil and extra love you can support your skin and body to don´t feel freezy and dried out.

Lifestyle & Nutrition tips for late summer and early fall

Start to wear layers of clothes and warm socks. Keep your body warm at night and if you experience cold feet, wear socks to avoid insomnia. To keep your circulation up, start your morning with dry brushing and a warm shower. Use a nourishing lotion or dry oil. And for sure…the biggest part – change your diet into a fall friendly one!

Your stomach gains now more blood and you will feel a natural cravings for ingredients like garlic, potatos and with a smart nutrition change you can prepare your body for flu season which starts around November.

Prefer now food and recipes with the following ingredients:

Sweet potatoes, potatoes, porridge and overnight oats

Beets, carrots and pumpkin

Mushrooms

Garlic, ginger and onions, turmeric  and salt

Lemons, apples, pears, grapes, plums

Almonds, cashews

Avoid dry food and cold food like:

Walnuts, hazelnuts

Celery, parsley

Asparagus

Cracker, Chips, Popcorn

Granola, Muesli

And last but not least, support your body with herbs!

  • Chyvanprash can help your immune system to stay balanced
  • Ashwagandha is calming your mind
  • Amalaki to cool down your Pitta in late summer and feel more balanced
  • Licorice root – helps you to soothe dryness

I also love to start September with a week of Kitchari cleansing – I mostly eat a big bowl of Ayurvedic porridge for breakfast, Kitchari with warm sesame oil instead of Ghee for lunch and a small bowl of warm soup in the evening. I prefer here soups with vegetables like potatoes, squash and Miso soup! Kimchi Jigae is also something that works for me and my Vata clients as well!

Find here two of my recipes which are perfect for this season:

A warming and nourishing soup:

Start your day with this delicious and grounding porridge:

You can join my free and exclusive Facebook group end of September if you want to detox, lose weight or just want to start a new healthy way of eating and lifestyle! The group is limited to 10 peeps so that I have enough time to take care of all your individual needs!

More infos coming soon,

when you read this, I am already traveling and this blog will be silence for two weeks! 🙂

Have the best time,

From my heart to yours,

Namaste!