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Nourish the Body & Mind, Sesame Love

You say sesame seeds, and I say my nana (maternal grandfather) and his blazer pocket.  The three are forever synonymous in my mind.  They go together like sesame seeds melded together with honey— remember the little rectangular “candies” wrapped in rice paper and twisted in clear plastic. They were always stashed in my Nana’s navy blazer. Each one slightly tacky and perfectly gooey from traveling on his day-long adventures. Even into my adult years, out came the little one bite wonders from his navy blazer. The treat never grew old. Just gooier and gooier between my teeth. When I formally started studying Ayurveda, sesame seeds took on a whole new light. What was once associated with “Nana candy”, was now seen as nourishing and detoxifying food for the body and mind. In class, if we weren’t talking about how to cook with them we were talking about using their oil in treatments for the skin, mouth, throat, nose, and ears. I quickly learned how revered these tiny seeds were in Ayurveda. Touted for their not only for their …

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Prevent Constipation – 5 Tips 

In the fall aka vata season, when the external environment runs dry, internally, we too can become dry. Leading to imbalances such as dry skin and constipation. Constipation is when there is difficulty in, lack of, or irregularity with elimination, which can result in ama or a build up of toxins with the body.  According to Ayurveda, it is a vata imbalance. Often connected to excessive dryness and cold within the colon. Constipation can also be due to not enough fiber in the diet, too much dry or crunchy foods, dehydration or a  lack of good fat to name a few. If you are experiencing constipation, here are 5 tips that can help with and/or prevent constipation 

Digestive Fire: Keep it Kindling with Fennel Seeds

Used by many cultures as a digestive aid, fennel, or shatapushpa, means what possess a hundred flowers in Sanskrit. Found growing wild along California highways, this tall, aromatic plant with brightly colored yellow flowers is edible from its’ bulb, stalk, fronds, and seeds. Used medicinally for centuries, fennel is associated with longevity and strength. This could be due to fennel’s ability to helps the gut digest. Allowing for better absorption and assimilation of nutrients. To become stronger and live longer healthier lives.