Be sure to follow these directions:
Do NOT do nasya right after using the neti pot.
Do NOT do it right after bathing. Wait at least an hour.
DO NOT do it when you have a sinus infection, a cold, or when there is inflammation or a lot of mucus present in the nose.
Before applying the oil, gently blow your nose.
Lie down on your bed, with your head off the edge. Apply 2 to 5 drops of nasya oil to each nostril, and GENTLY sniff it up, alternating nostrils.
Spend another minute or so lying there to let the oil get deep into your sinuses.
A little bit of oil typically gets into your throat. This is not a problem, just part of the process. When you get up you might have to scrape your throat and spit it out. You might need to blow your nose a few times. The practice can be clearing, so this is to be expected.
The effect will be that you will suffer less airborne allergies, and will have less colds, and it will make your head feel better in general.
Nasya oil is available from many companies who sell Ayurvedic herbal products.
Asparagus are high in nutrients like vitamin K (the blood clotting vitamin), folate (good for pregnant women), thiamine (vitamin B1), vitamin C, and many more. It is a natural diuretic and for that reason is a tonic for the urinary tract - very beneficial for people who suffer from UTI's - and an ideal food for spring when we might suffer from winter puffiness. It is considered an aphrodisiac. Vata types need to be moderate with this vegetable. Kaphas can eat lots of it.
I have been eating this recipe a lot lately, now that asparagus are back in season...
1 lb asparagus, rinsed and the hard ends broken off (of course you can
cut them off as well, but I like to break them, because then you
automatically snap off the part that is too hard to eat).
4 oz sliced crimini mushrooms
half of a large onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of ghee
salt to taste
juice of a half Meyer lemon
fresh black pepper
In a large skillet, melt the ghee on a medium flame. Add the sliced onion, sauté for a minute, then add the sliced crimini. Sauté together for another two minutes. I cut the asparagus in half to make it easier to move them around the pan, but you can leave them whole. Add them at this point. Mix them with the onion/crimini mixture, add a little salt, then cover and lower the flame. Let them cook for about five minutes. Then add the lemon juice and test an asparagus to see if it is cooked. Based on that you can cook them a little longer with the lid back on, or serve.
on particular symptoms of imbalance. This will be determined when you visit your practitioner. In order to be guided through these actions and prepare your body for letting go of what isn't needed, you will receive hours of massage and other treatments with oils and herbs to move the toxins from your deeper tissues.
It is important to allow space in your schedule when going through panchakarma. Rest and empty space in your day are an important part of panchakarma. When there is space and emptiness in your life, it will be experienced in your mind and body, and healing starts to happen. Toxicity, stagnation and trauma will surface and panchakarma supports their elimination. To let go of mental and emotional toxins it is highly recommended to meditate and cultivate the 'witness' state, so that old and not serving emotions and patterns can consciously be let go of. The result often is a spiritual rejuvenation - deeper levels of trust and more ease in surrendering to what life brings. To support letting go of physical toxins, melted ghee is ingested, which causes mobilization of toxins, that are mostly lipid-(fat)-soluble, from your body's tissues.
These are benefits you can experience from panchakarma treatment:
Have you been able to stay well in the past months? It can be challenging with all the rain and cold, and the flu and colds going around. And it isn't over yet. The season of the flowing waters is upon us, usually bringing colds and spring allergies.