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Ojas is an essential substance formed through the digestive process. It is the pure essence or nectar formed within our bodies from the digestive process. We are also born with a given amount of ojas from our parents. Ojas is our strength, vitality, and vigor, it is also our immunity.
Ojas forms through a complex digestive process which encompasses seven layers of tissue known as dhātus. The seven dhātus loosely translate as lymph, blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerve, and reproductive. During digestion, a small amount of nutrients nourishes each of the seven dhātus. When digestion is healthy so are the dhātus and therefore ojas becomes stronger. Ojas is also known as the pure form of kapha and also described as strength, vitality, and vigor.
What are the First Steps Toward Building Ojas?
Eating seasonally fresh organic foods combined with healthy digestion is how you build strong ojas. As bees selectively collect nectar from various fruits and flowers, we too should collect and consume quality nutritious foods.
If you have weak digestion and experience gas, bloating, acidity, loose stool, constipation, abdominal pain, etc. this is your signal the foods you are eating are not for you. It is recommended to consider eating only foods that help you feel better. If you have trouble knowing which foods are best, then an Ayurvedic Consultation can help improve your digestion and therefore build ojas.
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One of the most senior Ayurvedic experts of our time, Padma Bushan Dr. P.K. Warrier the Managing Trustee and Medical Director of the 118-year-old Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, India talks briefly on the Ayurvedic potential for the current coronavirus pandemic.
Herbal steam inhalation is a great way to help open congested sinuses and bronchial airways caused by a cold, flu, or allergy. Herbal steams are also used before Nasya therapies to help open the nasal airway.
The steam from the boiling water is often sufficient to help congestion; however, by adding herbs that help respiratory disorders, the effect is far more notable.