5 Ayurvedic Spices Every Kitchen Should Have

(As published in the “Popular Lately” section of Elephant Journal)

I recently met an accomplished, Indian-born, western-trained Gastroenterologist at a graduation party I attended for my sister.

After sharing a little about how amazing it has been for me, as an American-born Indian, to not only discover, but have the opportunity to study Ayurveda, she was keenly interested to learn more.

“I work with the GI tract. We have so many complex procedures we take our patients through, but I so often find myself reminiscing back to my childhood days and all the simple, yet powerful solutions my grandmother used to possess to treat so many digestive ailments,” she confided.

Indeed, one of the most incredible discoveries for me from Ayurveda is how many tools it provides us to take our health into our own hands.  Continue reading

Ayurveda & Rakshanam: Protecting the Positive

Having officially discovered Ayurveda (the ancient Indian medical science and art of healing) as a 22 year old, and having grown up in mainstream American culture, I have definitely seen and been part of what I often think of as a “throw-away” society. In this modern society, which is  rapidly spreading all over the world, we constantly seek out the ‘latest and greatest,’ only to very quickly tire of our various toys. These ‘toys’ range from electronic gadgets, reflecting the most recent technological advances, to fad diets, to fashionable clothing, to designer watches and purses, to expensive vacations meant to relax us, but that only end up tiring us out even more, to relationships we pick up and then easily drop and replace for seemingly more interesting or otherwise attractive people. Reflecting on the biggest surprise from my studies of Ayurveda, I would have to say it has been the principle of “Svasthasya Svasthya Rakshanam.” “Svastha” is a Sanskrit word meaning “health,” and “protecting the health of the healthy” is the meaning of this phrase.  Continue reading