Clear the Air
Updated: May 1, 2020
As we collectively try to reestablish a connection with our centers amidst this uncertain and tumultuous time, we at VedaHealth wanted to offer simple, soothing, and cleansing suggestions to enhance our wellness.
We first offer gratitude. Gratitude for a home, food, health and community of those we hold close and those we only know as we share this collective experience.
Second, in order to honor the blessings of our shelter and our good health, we practice self healing. We offer some simple methods towards cleansing the air around you and nourishing your immune system.
Take warm showers with eucalyptus essential oil. Eucalyptus is a natural respiratory cleanser , opening and invigorating the nasal passages. In a small bowl, put a few drops of the essential oil and place at the bottom of your shower. Eucalyptus is a natural The steam will lift up and fill your lungs with cleansing breaths
Boil citrus rinds on the stove to clear the air (instead of just throwing them out!). You can collect your lemon, grapefruit, and orange peels, add 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks, some cloves etc., and let them boil until the water evaporates. Then turn off the burner so rinds don’t burn. Don’t forget to give the fruits a good scrub to get rid of any possible pesticides.
A natural disinfectant, tea tree oil is something to keep by the door. It can be used as a hand sanitizer, or in a spray bottle (diluted with water) to release into the air or onto surfaces. (Be careful to not get any essential oil near the eyes).
With the mounting anxiety and inundation of media updates, we often find ourselves holding our breath. Now is the time to slow down and deepen your breathing.
Inhale deeply through the nose, into your belly, filling your lungs as you count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Hold at the top of the breath for 5 seconds. Then exhale, through the nose, for 5 seconds .Hold at the exhale end of cycle for 5 seconds, and then repeat.
GARLIC + GINGER
Both garlic and ginger are fundamental herbs within Ayurveda as they are both warming and clarifying.
Garlic binds toxins and flushes them through the digestive system , and promotes balancing of kapha (slowed digestion). Critical to healthy digestion, garlic helps to rebalance the intestinal natural flora.
Ginger stimulates circulation, and therefore increases agni ( digestive energy fire) . It also helps balance an excess of kapha (increased mucus), and pacifies a vitiated vata ( anxiety and constipation).
They both help to destroy ama (toxins).
Ayurveda teaches us that agni is at the root of every imbalance and disease, so it is integral that we stimulate it during this time.
GARLIC DROP RECIPE:
For those who don’t enjoy the taste of garlic, here is a way to make a quick booster.
Buy a glass medicine dropper bottle and sterilize it
Add 1 freshly peeled and smashed garlic clove to 2 ounces of boiling water, and let stew for 15 minutes
Strain the garlic-infused water into the sterilized dropper bottle
Let it cool down
Store in cool place if you do to use the whole bottle within one week, discard. Do not share bottles.
For your ears: to soothe, absorb and extract mucus
Lie on your side and fill one ear canal with garlic oil. Do not use a cotton ball just lie still for five minutes (or longer if time permits) fill it and lie still with that ear facing upward for several minutes.
Consider vedaPURE™ Garlic Oil Ear Console, that also contains Mullein
For your nose: to clear your sinuses and lubricate your nasal passages (nasya)
The home version is simply to place two drops of the garlic oil into each nostril
What is most important is that you listen to your body. Next week, we will explore the importance of a morning ritual. In the meantime, slow down, be patient, and try to get some rest.