- Start nasya, which is the administration of oil through the nostril. Nasya removes the toxins from the head resulting in more clarity of the mind, reduced stress and prevention of wrinkles in the face. It is regularly used in ayurveda to treat stress, headaches, anxiety, sleep disorders, sinusitis, colds, allergies and depression. The two most common oils used for nasya are sesame oil and ghee (clarified butter). Apply a small amount in the nostrils and then breathe in while intermittently pinching the nose so that the oil goes up into the nasal passages. The ideal times for doing nasya are first thing in the morning and a couple of hours before bedtime
Pain is the result of toxins that accumulate in different parts of the body, like the joints, sinuses, muscles, nerves, etc. According to ayurveda, this is a result of undigested food that accumulates in the stomach overnight due to poor digestion. The key to relieving pain is the removal of these digestive impurities that are embedded in the body. There are two simple teas that remove digestive toxins that you can drink throughout the day to help relieve pain:
- Detox tea is one of my favorite tools for removing toxins. The combination of ingredients helps to improve digestion and “unclog” the channels in our body by removing digestive impurities. The key is to make the tea fresh every morning, place it in a thermos, and take small sips of it throughout the day. It is best to drink it warm or hot.
Directions: Boil 4-5 cups of water in the morning. Add the following ingredients to the water and continue to let it boil for about 5 minutes with the lid on.
- ½ teaspoon whole cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon whole coriander seeds
- ½ teaspoon whole fennel seeds
- One inch of fresh ginger root (if you have a tendency toward acid reflux or a burning sensation in your stomach, exclude the ginger)
Strain out the seeds and ginger and then pour the liquid into a thermos. If the tea is too strong or if you experience some initial discomfort, reduce the amount of seeds to ¼ teaspoon for 2 weeks and then increase it back to ½ teaspoon.
- Tulsi tea is your other option; it is made of dried holy basil leaves. Holy basil is considered to be one of the most important herbs in ayurveda. It is used for many different conditions, but its ability to fight stress has led modern herbalists to label it as an adaptogen.
Adaptogens are a class of herbs that help the body fight stress by reducing the production of “stress hormones” that result in the fight-or-flight response. Adaptogens increase the body’s natural resistance to stress and holy basil is one of the oldest known adaptogens. In addition to being used as a stress buster, tulsi tea has been used for thousands of year to remove toxins from the ears, nose, throat, lungs, joints and stomach. It also helps boost memory and improve the immune system.
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