Turmeric is a yellow, culinary spice widely used in South Asia. The health benefits of turmeric care derived from curcumin, the substance in turmeric which also provides its yellow color. Curcumin has a very powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The medical ingredients present create amy turmeric health benefits.
Aids metabolism and weight management anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant,anti-arthritic, blood purifier, improves digestion, prevents gas and bloating, lower cholesterol, is an excellent skin toner.
When you are cooking with turmeric is good idea to mix it with some black pepper oil and then stir in 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper. A basic curry powder can be made in 8 parts ground coriander, 4 parts ground cumin and 1 part each of turmeric and cayenne or paprika. You can decrease the canyon and paprika instead if you don’t want it spicy and tore this in glass container in your pantry for up to 6 months.
- 1 cup of water to a boil
- stir in a 1/4 teasponn of ground turmeric
- simmer for 10 minutes and strain before drinking.
- you can stir in honey, fresh lemon juice to add flavor.
Blend it into a smoothie or juice it. You can add a pinch or two of ground turmeric or on to two inches of raw free thumeraic to a flavorful smoothie.
- 4 cups dark leafy greens, spinach works well
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 lime, juiced
- 4 carrots, pealed and diced
- 1 apple, cored and diced
- 1 cup of strawberris
- 1 cup ice (optional)
This ancient Ayurvedic recipe that can be made a number of ways. it is essentially just a turmeric paste mixed with warm mil and oil or ghee. You can use any kind of milk for the recipe (dairy, goat, almond, oat, soy). To make the paste simply bring 1/2 cup filtered water to a low simmer and then mix in 1/4 cup of ground turmeric stirring constantly until it makes a thick paste (this can take 5-10 minutes) adding more water as needed. To make the golden thick paste this can take 5-10 minutes adding more water as needed.To make the golden milk mix medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in about 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee before drinking (you can also add other spices like cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and honey).
Dry skin brushing is the secret and has long been a part of Ayurveda cleansing philosophies. Ayurveda is a 5000 – year old science originating in India and is believed by many to be the oldest healing science.
Our skin is an organ of elimination, just like kidneys, lever and colon. It’s the largest organ of your body and it’s estimated that one of third or your doy’s daily impurities are excreted through the skin. Dry skin brushing helps the pores clear and skin active to assist the body in this cleansing process. If your skin becomes inactive, its ability to remove excess toxins is impaired. This places extra stress on other organs and on your body in general.
As we age, our bodies become less effective in shedding outer layers of dead skin build-up of dead skin can result in thick, dry and somewhat leathery look, which is often common with more mature skin. As well as exfoliating this outer layer, dry skin brushing also stimulates the sweat and oil glands, providing more moisture of the skin. It also keep young skin rest, vibrant and free breakouts.
- It’s best to dry brush first thin in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
- Use a natural bristle firm brush and a handle, which allows you to reach your entire back and easily brush the bottoms of your feet and the back of your legs. There are many options in dry brushes, just make sure to find one with natural bristles. You can probably find a brush in a local store, ore on line.
Step by step guide to dry skin brushing
- It’s best to dry brush in the morning before your shower.Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer stokes.
- Use natural bristled brush
- Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the lead, working towards your heart.
- Once you covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
- Next (using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out), brush your back.
- Last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon, chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
- Brush for about three to five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
- Always shower after your dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
- Keep a separate dry brush for every member of the family, and be sure to periodically wash it.
Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and one of the oldest existing systems of health, In Ayurveda, it’s believed that all persons are made up of the same primary elements that exist in nature: fire, water, earth, air and space. These are all present in each of us in different quantities, and this unique make-up called our dosha or constitution is what dictates our individual characteristics and experiences. Ayurveda teaches us how to make choices that are ideal for our body and mind, according to dosha.
1.Use Tongue Scraper:
In Ayurveda, health is closely linked with the presence or absence of toxins in the body. Using a tongue scraper first thin in the morning, before brushing your teeth, is considered an excellent way to remove toxins and bacteria that accumulate in the mouth while you sleep.
It’s used to improve not only your breath and overall oral health but your digestion as well. That’s because tongue scraping is said to enhance your sense of taste, and taste is actually the first step in the digestive process.
2. Try oil pulling:
Oil pulling is the practice of using sesame or coconut oil as mouthwash, swinish it around in your mouth for anywhere of 10 to 20 minutes. This is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual that has become more popular in recent years as more people become aware of its many health advantages. Oil puling detoxifies the body by puling toxins from the mouth. It’s excellent for the teeth and gums and also has teeth-whitening and breath-freshening effects. When done regularly, oil pulling has a rejuvenating effect and helps to enhance the senses. Ayurveda gives a lot of importance to the tongue, which is believed to be intimately connected to various body organs. Purifying the tongue with oil therapy is thus believed be beneficial for the whole body.
3. Practice self massage with body oil:
Abhyanga is a luxurious Ayurvedic ritual that involves self massage with warm oil all over the body. It feels jus as amazing and relaxing as it sounds!
This wonderful practice has many benefits, other than the obvious: well-hydrated, baby-soft skin. When warm oil is absorbed into the skin it’s believed to nourish all parts of the body, enhance circulation, and stimulate the lymphatic system. The act of self-massage itself is nurturing ritual involving the sense of touch, and important healing tool in Ayurveda.
Traditionally, either coconut oil or sesame oil are used, depending on your particular dosha. The oil should be lightly heated for better absorption and then gently massaged into the skin from head to toe, going in circular motions and always moving toward the heart. You can relax for about 10 minutes afterward to allow the oil to absorb into the skin prior a bath or shower. It’s both purifying and invigorating!
4. Rise with the sun:
Ayurveda encourages us to rise early ideally, before sunrise, or before 6:00 A.M. In Ayurveda it’s believed that we should live our lives in rhythm with the sun cycles as we are deeply connected to nature.
Vata the dosha that is made up on the elements of air and space, is responsable for movement and this is a time when our energy levels are optimum and our brain is active. In other words, it’s an ideal time for spiritual practice or exercise. Performing sun salutations or yoga asanas are a great way to start the day.
5. Eat mindful:
Ayurveda teaches us that it’s not just what we eat that is important but how we eat allow for this. We are so used to rushing from one activity to the next that often we find ourselves eating our meals at our desks at work, or scarfing down dinner while watching TV or answering emails.
In Ayurveda food is considered sacrade and should be honored and eaten with intention. Mindful eating requires us to slow down and honor the food we are putting into our body. This act of slowing down is similar to the pause between breaths, and the same intention that we practice doing yoga.
Eating is such an essential part of our lives we should be giving it the same time and consideration we give to other activities.
Women’s Underwear had two functions in the 18th century: “Hygienic and Structural”. So begins undressed, the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The showcase which is loosely chronological but also thematic, charts the evolution of the most personal of garments and our relationship to it. How it has helped us for centuries portray our best self to the outside world; how it has shifted which changing body ideas; how it helps us to conceal or subvert; and even how it has trickled into our everyday wardrobe.
Reflecting the changing body ideas of the times, the exhibition moves from elaborate padding and wiring, to simple bras and the Thirties that aimed to “separate and define” breasts for a “slim and feminine” shape, to the padded bras of the Fifties, made to create “alluring, feminine curves”
At times is difficult to tell which era a piece originates from. One waist-trainer style corset, made from a cellular cotton called “aertex” could be seen today on any Kardashian Instagram, but was actually made in 1888 and sold with the tagline “cloth with air”, which at Stella Mccartney lace bodice has a 19th century nostalgia.
The other less functional use of lingerie comes to the fore, as the allure of fabrics including silk, lace and PVC, receives some attention, grouped in themes including Temptation and Transformation. From 19th century bodices that were “shocking” by contemporary standards to rubberized black stockings, lingerie as a tool to titillate and arouse is also given plenty of attention, complete with a graphic hologram that looses layers as you watch.
Meanwhile underwear inspired by John Galliano, for Givenchy and Els Schiaparelli accompany Juicy Couture tracks and velvet. “dinner pyjamas” from the Thirties and blurring o lines between underwear and outwear is also explored. Hero pieces span the decades: Muslin drawers owned by Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, in the 19th century; a plaster fig leaf made to conceal the modesty of the V&A’s cast of Michelangelo’s David to avoid causing offense; a silk and lace dressing gown worn by Bond girl Berenice Marlohe is Skyfall and all demonstrate the powerful impact of lingerie upon our perceptions of beauty, sensuality and shape.
Picture credit: Victor and Albert Museum, London.