“All things are the differential apparatus of one infinity.”
Hello fellow travelers. This month’s CSA tries to focus primarily on Ayurvedic herbs and applications as well as some traditional herbs used in non-traditional ways.
Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic healing that originated in India. The main concept is that the body must be in balance with the five primordial energies: earth, air, fire, water, and ether, as well as with itself. True ayurvedic treatment must include diet, life/activity routine, psychotherapeutic practice, massage, and botanical medicine. We have no intention of claiming true Vedic practice or understanding, but simply to provide some time-tested formulas for common conditions as well as have a little fun trying new things. Even a cursory knowledge of Ayurveda takes a goodly amount of study and introspection which we encourage everyone to explore, but for now, here is this other thing. Enjoy.
As I Began to Love Myself
by Charlie Chaplin
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.
As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.
As I began to love myself I recognised that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!
Sumac & Lemon Verbena Drink
The Staghorn sumac is a non-poisonous variety of Sumac tree that produces a sour red berry in late autumn. Though it is not traditionally an Ayurvedic medicine it is used as a sour spice in many Indian and Arabic dishes. Sumac has several beneficial properties including being anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, along with a laundry list of other beneficial attributes, but for the purpose of this exercise, we will focus on its sour astringent flavor.
The drink we have formulated combines Sumac powder and Lemon verbena leaf. We begin by infusing one tablespoon of drink mix in a quart of water as we would any tea. It is strongly recommended that honey or raw sugar be added once finished to balance the tartness of the drink. Let cool and serve as an iced drink as you would lemon aid.
Dosha Balancing Soap
Contains Only: Saponified oils of Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, & Castor Oil. Aloe Vera Juice, Sodium Hydroxide, Silk, Bentonite Clay, Turmeric, & Gotu Kola Powder. Blend of Eucalyptus & Orange Essential Oils.
|Based on the traditional Ayurveda practice, we have crafted a powerful soap for balancing each Dosha. Ayurveda soaps use ingredients which are designed to nourish the skin, to relax and firm the skin, deep cleanse, and help restore the elasticity of the skin.
Tips to help you start each day filled with positive energy:
Do not bathe in a hurry; take your time.
Practice deep breathing in your bath.
Try to relax, so that both mind and body benefit from the bath.
Dosha: Each of three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern physiological activity.
Calamus Root Nasya
Nasya is a type of panchakarma or cleansing practice used in Ayurveda. Quite simply, it involves ingesting small amounts of medicated oil through the nasal passage (that’s right folks, it goes up your nose). This may seem a bit strange to those of us raised in the West, but we, the adventurous few of the Bailiwick CSA know it is worth a try.
Calamus root is a semi-aquatic, aromatic, perennial that grows wild throughout India. In this context, it is used as a stimulating aromatic that helps to clear focus and invigorate the mind. As the nasal passage is the fastest route to the brain a few drops per nostril will usually do the trick.
External and internal oiling is a big part of the Ayurvedic tradition. This oil is a special blend of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) infused sesame oil. This formula is used to address a variety of complaints. It opens the pranic channels to release pent-up anxiety through the crown chakra allowing for treatment of insomnia, stress, and nervousness to create a mental calm and clarity.
A small amount of out is poured into the hand and massaged into the forehead, temples and the base of the neck after a stressful day or before bedtime. A side benefit of this oil combination is that it has been known to aid in hair follicle growth resulting in a thicker more lustrous hair. For this application, we would pour a larger amount and work it into the scalp as closely as possible. A daily application is best done before showering making certain to rinse out the remaining oil from the hair.
Holy Basil Tea
Holy Basil, Skullcap, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, & Wood Betony.
Specifically developed to be used as a nervine to soothe and calm the body and mind. The primary herb is Holy Basil, for stress relief, followed by Lemon Balm, for anxiety, Lemon Verbena, for insomnia, & Wood Betony, for tension. To reap the full benefit of this tea, steep over low to medium heat. The longer the herbs have to infuse, the stronger the tea will be.
Not for those who are pregnant or nursing.
We hope you enjoyed this month’s share!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us right away!
Many thanks from,
Josh & Becky Wentworth-Kuhn