Rasayana is a special therapy Ayurveda uses for rejuvenation of the body, mind and spirit. It’s one of the eight branches of classical Ayurveda, specializing in nutrition, immunology and care for the sick and elderly. One of the ways Rasayana enhances immunity is by the use of Lehams.
Prajakta, one of our most experienced and educated Ayurvedic affiliates, shares her top 5 herbs (and their corresponding Kottakkal products) that practitioners should have in their clinic for the autumn and winter season! Read more for herb and product information and links, along with tons of Sanskrit vocabulary! What Kottakkal products do you absolutely have to have for autumn?
Arishtams are herbal formulas fermented with jaggery, sugar, or honey. The fermentation generates 5 – 10% alcohol, which acts as a medium for extracting deeper qualities from the herbs. They are a perfect choice for winter as they warm digestion and provide many healing benefits.
Please view all twenty-six of our Arishtams
With the onset of cold weather, our ability to stay healthy is challenged. It’s especially true when the same ill-symptom occurs at the same time every year. Learning to recognize the early signals your body provides is key to preventing deeper health issues.
Prevention is the primary goal of Ayurveda, and being aware of the early symptom signals your body provides is essential. At the beginning of winter, the cold drying effects of vata are felt, as winter progresses the deeper cold of kapha settles in. This transition challenges our strength and immunity and manifests as colds, cough, fever, headache, sinus congestion, constipation, indigestion, insomnia, itchy dry skin, and body pain and stiffness
It can feel overwhelming to begin learning Ayurvedic practices and routines. You may ask yourself questions such as "How can I do an Ayurvedic morning routine if I have to go to work early/take my kids to school/exercise?" "How can I make time to meditate if I'm so tired in the morning or after work?"
The most important thing when first bringing Ayurveda into your life is to take one step at a time. It takes from 14 to 21 days of consistency for a new practice to become a habit. Go slowly and introduce the new practices and habits into your life one-by-one.
There tend to be SO many sweet and heavy foods during Christmas! From office parties to "friendsgiving" to time with family, it's hard not to over-indulge and accumulate Ama, the toxic waste-product of incomplete digestion.
Holidays can easily lead to over-eating, drinking alcohol and snacking and sleeping at irregular times, which promotes the build-up of Ama. If this process is left unchecked, you could face health problems and sickness.