“Plants bring us the love, the nourishing power of the sun, which is the same energy of all the stars, of all light. These cosmic energies emanated by plants thus nourish, sustain and make grow our own astral body. In this way the existence of plants is a great offering, a sacrifice.”
-Dr. Vasant Lad – The Yoga of Herbs



ASHWAGHANDA | withania somnifera

Rasa: bitter (tikta), astringent (kasaya), sweet (madhura)
Virya: heating (usna)
Vipaka: sweet (madhura)
Prabhava: aphrodisiac, rejuvenative, increases ojas
VK-P+ (in excess)
Dosage: 2-8 grams per day with warm milk, 10 grams as protection from radiation.

Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, rejuvenative, tonic, nervine, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.
Adaptogen, nerve exhaustion, emaciation
for general debility and sexual debility (mixed with shatavari for sexual impotence)

Rejuvenating to the vata sites in the body, bone marrow and B/T production.

Superb for treating chronic anxiety.


MACA | Lepidium meyenii

Rasa: sweet
Virya: warm, moist

Prabhava:
VKP
Dosage: 1-2 tsp. And up to 2 tbsp per day, break for two months, use a different adaptogen return.
Andean root and tuber crop.

Medicinal Uses: Increases the production of estrogen, testosterone,& progesterone, improves quality and motility of sperm, helps with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, fatigue, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, anemia, irregular menses, memory loss, adrenal fatigue. Maca is an immune tonic and a nutritive, used by theIncans for centuries. Red maca treats prostatic hyperplasia. Black maca higher in sugars, riboflavin & iron. Amino acids, saponins, alkaloids.


TULSI | HOLY BASIL | Ocimum sanctum

Rasa: pungent (katu), sweet (madhura)
Virya: warm

Prabhava: rasayana insure personal health, spiritual clarity & well being
VKP
Dosage: 40-60 drops 3 x per day, daily use is okay!

Medicinal Uses: used to treat situational depression, such as depression caused by a traumatic event. Adaptogen, antibacterial, carminative, diuretic, antidepressant, expectorant, galactagogue, antioxidant. In other words, it treats gas, ulcers, cramps, colds, influenza, coughs, sinusitis and protects from radiation and ADD/ADHD.


REISHI | Ganoderma lucidum

Rasa: bitter (tikta)
Virya: warming (usna)

Prabhava: ‘spirit plant’, good for people with disturbances to sleep and with anxiety, 6 types (blue/green, red, yellow, white, black& purple) each having a unique quality.
VK-P
Dosage: 80-100 drops, decoct: 1-2 oz. 32 oz. H2O, caps: 3 500-100 mg 3x daily
Medicinal Uses: adaptogenic, nervine, sedative, deficient qi, weakness, fatigue. Studied extensively, reishi is known to be an immunomodulating mushroom, that helps patients with immune dysregulation. It also assists with allergies. Stimulate 5 fold cancer fighting compounds. Treats altitude sickness. Lowers LDL & VLDL cholesterol and triglycerides, treats asthma caused by allergies, inhibits platelet clumping, hepatoprotective, and antiviral.


SHATAVARI | Asparagus racemosus

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: cooling
Vipaka: sweet
Prabhava: “she who possesses a hundred husbands”, a female reproductive rasayan (rejuvenative).
V-KP or ama in excess
Dosage: 250 mg -1 gram

Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, antibacterial, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, anti-inflammatory. Used to treat debility of the female organs: infertility, impotence, menopause, diarrhea, dysentery, stomach ulcers, hyperacidity, dehydration. A rasayan for Pitta and should be prepared with milk and ghee. Thirst relieving, fluid protecting powers. Soothes and calms Vata, with stiff joints & neck, muscle spasms. Lung tonic, galactagogue, immune tonic.
Used to treat anemia, vaginal dryness, dry skin and lack of libido (low estrogen).



AMERICAN GINSENG | Panax quinquefolius

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: slightly cool, moist

Prabhava: endocrine amphoteric and adaptogen (both immune stimulating & anti-inflammatory effects)
V-KP
Dosage: 3-9 gms

Medicinal Uses: adaptogen, antioxidant, bitter tonic, mild central nervous system, mild demulcent, hypoglycemic agent, immune amphoteric, corrects the dysfunction of the immune system (people who constantly catch colds). Chi tonic, demulcent, expectorant. Enhances erections. Stimulates stomach acids.



LICORICE | Glycyrrhiza glabra; Leguminosae

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: cooling
Vipaka: sweet
Prabhava:
VK+P-
Dosage: 250-500 mg.

Medicinal Uses: demulcent, expectorant, tonic, rejuvenative, laxative, sedative, emetic.
Licorice works as an effective expectorant. It has a synergistic quality when mixed with other herbs and is sattvic when added with ginger and cardamom. It is very nourishing to the adrenals glands!

You should use precaution if you have hypertension, edema or high Kapha. It can inhibit absorption of calcium and magnesium, and therefore should not be used often by women in perimenopause, menopause or people with osteoporosis/osteopenia.


ASTRAGALUS | Astragalus membranaceus

Rasa: sweet (madhura)
Virya: warm, moist
Vipaka:
Prabhava:
V-KP
Dosage:

Medicinal Uses: Spleen Qi tonic, wasting and thirsting caused by tuberculosis or diabetes, treats asthma, coughing with phlegm, cures 5 kinds of hemorrhoids, used to stop excessive sweating and nights sweats. Enhancing immune system function, wei qi deficiency the protective energy that prevents illnesses in Ayurveda is known as ojas. Illnesses like, mono, pneumonia, coxsackie B. Combined with milk thistle, schisandra, turmeric for hepatoprotective qualities. Improves cardiac flow.

Precautions: theoretical concern about using astragalus as an immune potentiator along w/ immunosuppressive medications. Use cautiously together


GUDUCHI | Tinospora cordifolia

Rasa: bitter (tikta), astringent (kashaya)
Virya: hot (usna)
Vipaka: sweet (madhura)
Prabhava:
VKP=
Dosage: 250-500 mg.

Medicinal Uses: Useful during recovery period after infectious diseases. Rejuvenative for Pitta (taken w/sugar), taken w/ ghee reduces Vata. Overall reduces ama which is a build up of toxins and oxidative stress that over time creates sluggishness and a suppressed immune system. Febrifuge, alternative (blood cleanser), diuretic, aphrodisiac, bitter tonic, antirheumatic. Best herb for enhancing immune function, used for Chronic Fatigue and A.I.D.S.!!

Precautions: use w/ care during pregnancy


RHODIOLA | Rhodiola rosea

Rasa: sweet (madhura), slightly bitter (tikta), spicy/pungent (katu)
Virya: cool, dry
Vipaka:
Prabhava:
VKP
Dosage: 40-60 drops, 1-2 tsp. Dried sifted root decoct 8-10 oz water steep 15 mins 3x daily, 2-4 capsules per day.

No drug interactions known*

Medicinal Uses: Cooling adaptogen (good for Pitta), unlikely to cause overstimulation, enhances alertness. Combined with cordyceps, reishi and holy basil for ADD. Treats amenorrhea & infertility caused by hormonal imbalances or stress. Because of its broad reaching effects it can be used for Alzheimer’s, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, diabetes and congestive heart failure


CORDYCEPS | cordyceps sinesis

Rasa: sweet (madhura)
Virya: slightly warm, moist
Properties: adaptogenic, antiasthmatic, hepatoprotective, hypocholesterolemic, immune system amphoteric, nephroprotective, sedative
Vipaka: usna slightly warming
Prabhava: immunostimulating polysaccharides
V-KP
Dosage: 20-40 drops up to 3x daily

Medicinal Uses: Used to treat deficient Yin and Yang in the kidneys from either excess physical exertion or debilitating disease. Infertility and healthy sexual functioning. Helps to improve lung function and lowers cholesterol.



Yesterday, I was at my local coffee shop #jackscoffee and young man cut me in line. He was looking like he wanted to pull something and changed his mind. Me and the three ladies in #JacksCoffee had our keys between our fingers and our cell phones ready as weapons.

Will NYC become like it was in the 70’s? An example of desperation in desperate times.

In the late 90’s we watched the gilding of NYC, but when I was a child, New York City was unsafe. I recall going to Broadway to see the musical “Annie” with my grandmother and catching a glimpse of a homeless person exposing himself. This was fairly common to see on 42nd street in the early 80’s.

Now NYC like San Fran. has become impenetrable for artists to get a stake. Times like these offer opportunities to the brave.

I won’t leave this beautiful city. This is my home!


COSTA RICA RETREAT
MARCH 7-14, 2020

| MEDITATE | PRACTICE | SURF | CELEBRATE | CEREMONY |


The week in Dominical, Costa Rica will begin with morning meditation and contemplation, followed by a locally sourced breakfast, at the gorgeous Casa Nautika run by dear friends Jon Sam and Jessica Petrone. You will enjoy a variety of the following activities; daily Yoga, surfing, jungle – plant medicine walks at The Living Library. Evenings with live music, & led ceremony with Colleen Lila and Jessica Petrone, Eco-Psychologist.

Additional bookings for massage/thai bodywork, horseback rides on the beach and
ocean boat rides can also be made available per request.

The retreat will be book-ended with opening and closing ceremony. Both will include, live music, libations and traditional cacao ceremony. Cacao ceremony has been practiced by the indigenous people of the Amazon as a way to celebrate and feel good for ages.

Please see the list of benefits below ??

To register or reserve for this retreat please contact Colleen at:

colleenlilayoga@gmail.com


Retreat Cost:

private luxury suite/private bath: $2200 single/ $3900 double occupancy
jungle view room: $1800/ $3200 double occupancy
ocean view room: $1800/ $3200 double occupancy
???? shared room: $1300. (bunks)
???? the jungle den: $1800/ $3200 double occupancy


Lila (lee.luh) – unbridled play

Tandava (taan.duh.vah) – a dance

My Yoga method is a dance -a creative dance of unbridled joy that seeks to express reverence in an aligned flow practice, this practice both honors the human form, as well as the rich tradition of lineage that precedes and informs this practice. A tradition, which evolved over thousands of years of introspection and experimentation -and- in both large and small ways has been enhanced through our deepened understanding of alignment and body mechanics. Yet supported by the ancient understanding of the subtle body, human psychology and life-affirming spiritual philosophy.

My training draws upon the entire history of Yoga but arrives and expands with my deep respect and study of a Tantric system known as Kashmir Shaivism.





Namaste Friends,

Today I am laying in my very exquisite bed at the Panjim Heritage Inn in Panjim, Goa it’s the first time in two weeks I’ve had enough Wifi to upload images and write my newsletter.

I love it here, though if it weren’t for the Patil family I think getting around would be a real challenge. I have been fortunate to have their support and company while here. Many of the guidebooks and travel bloggers recommend places that are just awful, which is no surprise to the seasoned traveler.

If it weren’t for the Patil’s, I may have been subjected to every tourist trap imaginable. Often Indians recommend things they think Americans would like, ex., ketchup and french fries and less spicy food. They are often suprised that I prefer food the way they prepare it. I wonder if many western travelers require food and experiences that don’t fall far from their usual experience, which is odd to me, why bother travel if you only bring your world with you.

In any case I’ve been saved?.

While away, in America there have been bomb threats on leaders of the Democratic party and tragically yet another mass shooting at a Jewish temple. From here America looks like a violent and backwards place. Ironically, I was worried about being safe here – while most Indian’s won’t eat a cow let alone shoot up a school full of children or people in worship. You might think it unpatriotic to make a statement like this, but when I travel abroad I end up explaining and apologizing for my country and it’s current President. I come home to a very divided country with very little confidence in my ability to be an agent of change, even so I will make whatever efforts i can through meditation, Yoga and plant medicine.

The first ten days of my trip were spent in the jungle outside of Belgaum where I was learning to identify the 60 most commonly used plants of the Westerns Ghats. It was a lot to take in. The next trip will be about learning to make medicine in traditional blends. I can’t absorb any more information but I have seen Ayurveda in practice within a family raised in the tradition, so I feel I have a better understanding of how it’s implemented in modern Indian society. Therefore, I can now apply it to my life in NYC.

Now that my son is almost done with college I am considering traveling for a full year. The below Yoga training may be my last for a year or two, unless I am able to host from a remote location. If you are considering joining me please register soon.

If planning to join me in Costa Rica, please reach out upon receipt of this email. I would like to secure some deposits as soon as possible.

I’ll be back to teaching on November 7th and look forward to connecting with you then.

With Love,
Colleen Lila


I’m reflecting back on my life and recognizing that it was rarely the joyful moments that changed my world view, at least not dramatically. It was the bitter pill. The lost relationship, the job, the loved one, the worst case scenario, and a flat tire, happening all at once. How I dealt, how I spoke to the people surrounding me. Anugraha~ the grace, that I allowed to flow through me despite my preference for something different.

The sunny vacation, the Yoga retreat or training may open a new portal in the mind and heart acting as a reminder to me of what a bigger life can look like. Providing, a dose of hope, an insight into a different reality, widening my sense of possibility, to allow me to soldier on with difficult conversations, setting stronger boundaries, and continuing to establish an unwavering connection to myself.

In 2018, my only resolution is for more peace in my home and in my inner circle ( and maybe that bit about gliding around looking winter fabulous). I’m no longer accepting nonsense or noise, it’s full steam ahead.

Many Blessings in 2018,
Colleen Lila

THE DEETS :: ONE WEEKEND A MONTH, JANUARY THRU AUGUST, FRIDAY 6-9/SAT. AND SUN. 11-6, 2 CLASSES PER WEEK, PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE = 200 HR. CERT. >>>NEW LIFE… JOIN US!
Weekend 1:: January 12-14th | Step Into the Forest of Insight, the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga | Origins of Surya Namaskar + Foundations of Teaching.
Weekend 2:: February 9-11th | The History & Origins of Yoga | A Bridge From Past to Present
Weekend 3:: March 16-18 | Ride the Wave of Consciousness | Wave Sequencing for Vinyasa
Weekend 4:: April 20-22 | Anatomy & Physiology with Dr. Abigail Ellsworth | Aromatherapy Workshop for Vata, Pitta + Kapha with Clinical Herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Aromatherapist, Ilana Sobo
Weekend 5:: May 18-20 | Principles of Teaching Restorative Yoga Poses with guest teacher, Judi Friedman, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and IAYT Certified (International Association of Yoga Therapists)
Weekend 6:: June 30-2 | Embrace the Divine Within | Meditation and Pranayama + Intelligent Sequencing and Cueing with Colleen Lila and Erinn Chang
Weekend 7:: July 13-15 | Surrender False Identity and Step Into Your Highest | Teaching Methodology & Practice w/ Colleen Lila
Weekend 8:: August 3-5 | Crossing the Threshold | Student Teaching


300 hr. YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

I have been working on creating this training for the past 4 years, but truthfully it’s work has been in process for more then 23 years of study practice and deep integration of the Yoga tradition.

I finally feel ready to launch my first ever 300hr Yoga Teacher Training at:
Breathe Pilates and Yoga
43 North Greeley
Chappaqua, NY

****Please note I am currently rebuilding my website so the details will be shared on social media and through email contact.****

Lila Tandava Heading

?WEEKEND I ~ SEPTEMBER 21-23 | SHAKTI THE CREATION MYTH + ADVANCED SEQUENCING LEVEL 2/3 POSTURES + ASSISTS

WEEKEND II ~ OCTOBER 19-21 | VIBRATION (SPANDA) + USING PULSATION FOR FASCIA RELEASE

WEEKEND III ~ NOVEMBER 9-11 | SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM + TEACHING YOGA IN THE MODERN AGE + YOGA FOR STRESS + YOGA NIDRA

WEEKEND IV ~ DECEMBER 14-16 | INTENTION (SAMKALPA) + POWER VS. PASSIVITY IN PRACTICE

WEEKEND V ~ JANUARY 25-27 | ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY | FASCIA BRAIN + CHRONIC ILLNESS & INFLAMMATION

WEEKEND VI ~ FEBRUARY 22-24 | ACTION (KRIYA) – PRIME MOVERS OF THE CORE, UNDERSTANDING THE PSOAS + YOGA FOR HEALTHY BACKS!

WEEKEND VII ~ MARCH 22-24 | YOGA FOR AGING BODIES : OSTEOPOROSIS, ARTHRITIS, and more…

WEEKEND VIII~ APRIL 26-28 | COMPASSION (KARUNA) WORKING WITH TRAUMA + CHRONIC ILLNESS

WEEKEND IX ~ MAY 17-19 | COURAGE (SUDANI) WORKING WITH ARCHETYPES | CREATING DYNAMIC SYMMETRY AND USING STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY FOR HEALING + REALIGNING

WEEKEND X ~ JUNE 6-8 | GRADUATION | TEACHING ADVANCED SEQUENCING + SPECIALTY YOGA


GUEST TEACHERS: DR. ABIGAIL ELLSWORTH, MICHELLE NAYELLI, CHRISTOPHER TOMPKINS AND MORE….

INVESTMENT: $4500. /$750. DEPOSIT


My passion for treating victims of trauma began with my own experience.
In our community, we use the word empath as a marker of kindness, intuitiveness, sensitivity -it implies being spiritually attuned.

I didn’t know until recently that origins of empathic tendencies are rooted in childhood abuse and neglect.

I had little knowledge of the link between empaths or co-dependents and Cluster B Personality Disorders.

While I knew a lot about PTSD, I didn’t know about a much more difficult to treat form of PTSD called, CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

CPTSD, is defined as repeated trauma experienced in a situation in which the individual cannot escape and is dependent on the abuser and often includes -a double bind or catch 22 scenario.


I didn’t know that empaths, are often the escapees of abusive families, and without treatment and knowledge -are the most vulnerable for re-enacting familiar abuse cycles with teachers, students, friends, and romantic partners who have Cluster B Personality Disorders.


But now that I know – I see the dynamic playing out everywhere.


The good news is Yoga and meditation have been proven to help people recover from PTSD and CPTSD.

It happens by a process of reclaimation. Feeling the feels, and telling the truth about the abuse. Then aligning the world view closer to reality and facing the truth by telling the story and re-experiencing it as it actually was. This requires abandoning coping mechanisms that once served the individual; such as, magical thinking and neurotic naivety. Then the individual can learn to keep themselves safe.

In order to begin to do this the brain needs to heal. Simple cues like; grounding into the feet, and using deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the somatic sensory cortex and helps to enlarge the hippocampus. While meditation improves the neurological pathways between the limbic and the prefrontal cortex, which increases memory and helps to restore vital function and reduces the intensity of emotional flashbacks.

In my up coming 300 hr Yoga training, we will discuss in great detail how to use Yoga as a tool for recovery. How to use trauma sensitive language and concepts, to help our students heal and to help ourselves become more real and identify unhealthy systems.

We will explore why and how we get stuck and how to inspire others.
We will learn about self-love and self-care which is often linked to diet or beauty regimens, these surface concerns barely scratch the surface of what keeps us repeating patterns that are less than ideal.

Self-care isn’t a discipline but rather an outpouring of intrinsic, unwavering self-worth.

First the work and then the payouts naturally unfold.


Ayurveda, uses herbs and spices to aid the body in the digestive process, (dipana, enhances agni,while pacana, burns ama /toxins). Many of these spices have been widely used by culinary traditions around the globe but little is understood about the various medicinal benefits of these herbs apart from flavor enhancement.

Below is a list of the most common Ayurvedic kitchen herbs and the benefits of each. Use them skillfully and keep your digestive system working smoothly.

Some things you should know about Herbology in the Ayurvedic tradition: K= kapha, P= pitta, V= vata. The symbol – means reduces and + means increases. Vipaka- refers to the post-digestive effect, which is the ultimate effect the herb has on the body and therefore the dosa. This effect takes place in the second stage of digestion in the lower small intestine. Generally, a pungent vipaka is good for kapha and vata (so long as it’s not too drying, or too often) and increases pitta, which is already firey, sweet vipaka is good for vata and pitta, but is building and therefore not good for kapha. Sour vipaka is good for vata.
Virya, refers to the temperature of the herb, we generally describe these as being either, heating (usna) or cooling (sheeta), vata and kapha dosha benefit from a usna virya or heating effect, whereas, pitta requires a sheet vireo. Understanding, the virya of each herb makes all difference when choosing herbs for the individual. Which is why I have compiled a list of the most common kitchen herbs listing benefits, special effects (prabhava) and the post digestive effect.
GINGER- zingiber officinale, KV-P, used for all vikruti (imbalances)- KVP, vipaka- sweet, Virya- heating.

Therapeutic Actions: digestive stimulant, rejuvenative, carminative, aphrodisiac, vasodilator, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, anti-cholesterol, expectorant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, promotes voice.

Traditionally used for, colds, flus, abdominal pain, indigestion, vomiting, nausea, hemorrhoids, motion sickness, belching, arthritis, heart disease, headaches, hypothermia, laryngitis.

Widely used for it’s ability to alleviate motion sickness, but also for it’s anti-microbial and antioxidant properties. Ginger stimulates peripheral circulation. I use it in formula to move medicine into the deeper and peripheral tissues, this action is called a catalyst.

TURMERIC- curcuma longa, K-PV+ (in excess), in moderation


it is tridoshara. Vipaka- pungent, Virya- heating

Therapeutic Actions: alterative (‘blood cleaning’), antibiotic,
antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antioxidant,
antiseptic, antispasmodic, cardiovascular stimulant, carminative,
stimulant,vulnerary, analgesic (pain relieving).

Traditionally used for indigestion, poor circulation, skin disorders and lung issues, such as bronchitis and coughs, rheumatoid disorders and arthritis, infections, hemorrhoids, parasites, gallstones and anemia, IBS, yeast infections, has anti-hepatotoxic effects. High in Magnesium, silicon and potassium.

Widely used for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits. this plant has been studied at length for it’s positive effect in protecting the brain from developing plaque. For more information on these finding read this PubMed article here. Precautions, Turmeric is a blood thinner and is the source for drugs such as Wayfarin. If already using blood thinners speak with your Dr. about dosages.

NOTE* 100mg-1500mg considered a medicinal dose!

BLACK PEPPER- piper nigrum, KV-P+, Used to reduce Kapha and Vata, Vipaka- pungent, Virya- heating

Therapeutic Actions: stimulant, expectorant, carminative, febrifuge,
anthelmintic, emmenagogue.

Traditionally used as a way to reduce toxic accumulation
in the intestines. Used to increase metabolic action,
sinus congestion, poor circulation,
amenorrhea, and helps ti increase absorption of nutrients.

Black pepper is one of the most useful stimulants because it adds a penetrating power to other herbs aiding and promoting absorption. In fact, black pepper with turmeric increases bioavailability by 90%!!! Black pepper is heating and can further aggravate Pitta dosa, therefore incases where pitta is activated pippali (long pepper) is a better choice.

CUMIN- cumimum cyminum, KV-P= (in excess P +),
Vipaka- pungent, Virya- mildly heating. Primarily for rasa (plasma) and rakta (blood).

Therapeutic Actions: carminative, alterative, stimulant,
antispasmodic, galactagogue, aphrodisiac.

Cumin has the special action (Prabhava) of balancing all dosas, it can be added to any combined formula to
harmonize the actions of other plants.
It is especially effective on the 5 bhuta agnis, which are the liver enzymes. Combined with Fennel, this herb acts as a powerful galactagogue, prompting lactations and reducing colic. There are no precautions. Daily use is recommended for assimilation and absorption of nutrients.

CORIANDER/CILANTRO- coriandrum sativum, PKV=, Vipaka- sweet, Virya- mildly heating
Bladder and skin.

Therapeutic Actions: diuretic, alterative, diaphoretic,
carminative, stimulant, antiseptic.

Coriander has a special action of helping to balance pitta dosa
i.e. too much fire in your energy, heat in your face, spreading
rashes, rage and judgment. It has the ability to stimulate digestion
without aggravating pitta dosa.

Traditionally used to treat saamapitta
disorders (toxic heat) and Vata disorders of the blood and urine,
such as, bladder infections.

Coriander is the seed of Cilantro. Cilantro is said to aide in the removal
of heavy metals from the blood and tissues, because of it’s high levels on selenium.
‘It is both a chelator – moving heavy metals out of the body and a mobilizer, moving mercury and other heavy metals from deeper stores to more readily removal areas’ -National Integrated Health Associates. To read more on removing neurotoxins from the body read this article.

FENNEL: foeniculum vulgare, VK-P=, Vipaka- sweet, Virya- slightly heating rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscle), majja (nerves). Tridoshic spice.

Therapeutic Actions: carminative, stomachic, diuretic, digestive stimulant, antispasmodic, expectorant,
galactagogue.

Fennel is indicated whenever there is digestive trouble and can be used safely by all ages. Excellent for all kinds of colic pain. The fruit or bulb has a tonic effect for the nervous system and is sattvic for the mind.It has the social effect (prabhava) for being helpful in lactation. There are no precautions for this herb.


CARDAMON: elettaria cardamomum, VK-P=, Vipaka- sweet, Virya- cooling cardamon

Therapeutic Actions: expectorant, carminative, stomachic, diaphoretic, digestive, stimulant, mild-antiseptic.

Cardamon, highly regarded as a digestive spice. It’s increases digestive enzymes, which we call agni in Ayurveda. It is a highly effective spice for balancing vata related digestive issues, of irregularity. Cardamon is safe for nursing mothers to drink, for digestive relief passing through the milk to relive colic symptoms. It is believed to cleanse the 5 pranas of the body directly working with prana and samana vayu. Cardamon taken with caffeine helps to reduce the toxicity of caffeine on the liver.

CINNAMON: cinnamomum zeylanicum, VK-P+, Vipaka- sweet, Virya- heating. Works on (dhatus),

rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscle), majja (nervous system).

Therapeutic Actions: diaphoretic, carminative, stimulant, expectorant, diuretic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, analgesic, alterative, vermifuge.

Cinnamon is traditionally used as an expectorant helping to break up mucus, relive congestion of colds and flus. Also helpful for chronic lung disorders and recent evidence suggests its excellent for stabilizing blood sugar levels. High doses should be avoided when pregnant. It is also known to reduce arterial tension, so should be avoided where cases of extreme low blood pressure are a concern.


GARLIC:allium sattivum, VK-P+, Vipaka- sweet in raw form/pungent in dry or oily form, Virya- heating, rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), media (adipose tissue), majja (nervous system), sukra/artava (reproductive).

Therapeutic Actions: stimulant/catalyst, expectorant, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, antibiotic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, anti-parasitic, rejuvenate, alterative, hypotensive.

Traditionally used to alleviate colds and flus but in contraindicated for pittas dues to it’s highly rajasic nature. But can be roasted with oil to lessen the rajas qualities. It is also good for controlling cholesterol and also good for helping to manage arteriosclerosis. It is an APHRODISIAC so bring on the garlic breath!!




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