Herbal Sanjeevani Amlaki – Gift of good health!!

Amlaki - Gift of good health!!

Herbal Sanjeevani Amlaki – Festival Pack

This festival season give a gift of good health to your loved ones!!

A super food so effective in bolstering the performance of your internal body systems and yet so delicious that you can’t resist.

Herbal Sanjeevani presents Amlaki – a super snack that delivers health benefits in pristine form of Amlaki. No further need to break your budget for popping in multiple pills of health supplements.

Amlaki is a highly recognized herb in Ayurveda and:

  • A natural tonic for hair and skin that enhances collagen and elastin production
  • An adaptogen to positively boost your body’s response against stress
  • An excellent digestive, packed with fiber to help cleanse your digestive system
  • A natural tonic to improve eye-sight and to build up body defense system
  • A super food that is packed with antioxidants, alkaloids, enzymes, vitamins especially vitamin C, and minerals

Herbal Sanjeevani Amlaki consists of dried Amla (95%), infused with synergistic herbs (2%) and raw sugar (3%).There are no preservatives, no artificial additives, no artificial sweeteners, and no artificial taste enhancers.

Suitable for all age groups from 2 year onward, Herbal Sanjeevani Amlaki is available in various pack sizes of 50g, 75g, 100g.

A typical pack of 75 g would last for a week. Please write to us at health@herbalsanjeevani.com and we will deliver the product to you.

Herbal Sanjeevani Amlaki

Amlaki – Health and Beauty packed in one!


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Human Lifecycle and the Three Doshas!

The three Doshas as mentioned in our earlier posts can be described to direct behaviour and response of every human being to internal and external stimulations through environment, food, thoughts, and experiences. While a person will show one or a combination of two Doshas as their Prakruti, these three Doshas are intricately related to each other and function together to guide our existence.

As much as the three Doshas respectively guide different stages of our lifecycle, so they also lead different stages of a day’s cycle and of seasonal cycles. Hence, one should avoid respective Dosha aggravating factors to maintain best physical and mental states. Additionally, one should focus on respective Dosha reinstating factors to effectively utilise their characteristics such as creativity for Vata, strong digestion for Pitta, and good memory of Kapha.

Source: http://heymonicab.com/ayurveda-an-overview/three-doshas/

Vata Pitta and Kapha Doshas

Life cycle and the three Doshas

Kapha: In Ayurveda, it is believed that Kapha Dosha guides development from birth to adulthood (0-25 years). As Kapha Dosha manifests itself as the potential form of physical energy, it helps us store energy and experiences, nurture the body, and grow. In our early years, our learning is steep as nervine connections form at an exponential rate. As Kapha Dosha is fairly prominent, children are susceptible to excessive mucus related health issues such as cold, cough, pneumonia, and various allergies that fade away as time passes by. Plenty of sleep is required to assimilate food, learning, and re energise. Kapha Dosha predominates during winter and early spring  as well as during mornings (6 am – 10 am) and evenings (6pm -10 pm) in a day. 

Pitta: During adulthood (25-50 years), Pitta Dosha guides the functioning of our body and mind. Pitta Dosha is a physical energy of transformation and maintains a balance between the energies of motion (Vata) and potential (Kapha) in our body. During adulthood, an individual is believed to be of the age of “Karma” or working age. It explains the traits of high desire, motivation, enthusiasm, fire, and tendency to react strongly in the youth. As high levels of Pitta can lead to digestion related health problems, it is fairly common for the youth to suffer from digestion related ailments such as hyperacidity, ulcers, haemorrhoids, and hypertension. Good proportion and timely meal intake as well as a planned schedule would highly benefit people to utilise their energy on hand and stay healthy. Pitta Dosha predominates during late spring and summer seasons as well as during transition times of a day, 10 am – 2 pm and from 10 pm– 2 am. 

Vata: From 50 + years, human body observes transition from Pitta Dosha to Vata Dosha. Specifically from 50-75 years one could suffer from both Vata and Pitta imbalance and from 75 years onwards singularly Vata predominance is observed.

As Vata Dosha is the prime physical energy of movement, it guides the process of releasing energy in the body. With a predominant Vata Dosha, elderly are more prone to the imbalances such as insomnia, sensitivity to cold and dry temperatures, pains, less stable memory, and weak digestion systems. Hence, a defined daily schedule within peaceful settings is recommended to calm excess Vata. Autumn to Winter timings define seasonal cycle as well as 2 am to 6 am and 2 pm to 6 pm define daily cycle of Vata predominance.

Source: http://www.cezannescarrot.org/vol4iss2/a_weareallmadewaterearth.html

Kapha Dosha – Characteristics and the Balancing act!

Source: http://www.foodpyramid.com/ayurveda/kapha-dosha/

Kapha Dosha Characteristics

Kapha Dosha is the prime physical energy responsible for cohesion, growth, and nurturing of our physical and mental states. Physiologically, Kapha governs our built and all the fluidized movements such as fat tissue, lubricating fluids like synovial fluid in joints,  the mucous secretions in the digestive system and of the respiratory system. Pschologically Kapha Dosha governs the sense of attachment, level of patience, love, loyalty, thoughtfulness, and memory.

A balanced Kapha Dosha is exhibited with excellent stamina, good physique, immunity to diseases, and a stable emotional state pertaining to high levels of patience, loyalty, and affection. A balanced Kapha individual is fairly methodical, have good memory level, and can be categorised as deep thinkers. Kapha Dosha’s essential characteristics are binding and building, and this can often translate into slower metabolism and hence weight gaining tendency. An imbalanced Kapha when manifests in excess state can lead to congestion, fluid retention, sluggishness, and allergies. Kapha aggravation in emotional state is exhibited with a stubborn or greedy attitude.

Kapha Dosha people are usually uncomfortable in damp and cold weathers, resistant to sudden changes or any change, or through intake of cold temperature and cold natured substances. Some examples of unbalanced Kapha Dosha are:

  • All respiratory and synovial fluid related health disorders such as sinusitis, nasal congestion, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough
  • Lethargy, depression, excessive sleep, dullness, resistance to change of status quo even if existing situation is not favourable.
  • Lack of appetite, nausea, excessive salivation, indigestion, heavy and sticky stools
  • Long and slow menstrual cycles in females
  • Lymphatic congestion, edema, cold sweats, and excessive urination
  • Chronic Kapha may lead to extreme health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, stiffness in joints, and deep vein thrombosis
  • Heaviness in eyes, glaucoma, fibroid tumours, enlarged liver and spleen

Source: Bound for Bliss Yoga

Balancing Kapha Dosha

Kapha Dosha aggravation can happen in anybody, whether they are primarily Kapha Dosha and also in case Vata or Pitta Dosha are their prime governing energies.  Basic principle of Dosha governance is that like increases like, which means if you expose yourself to cold and damp settings on prolonged basis or intake excessive cold natured and cold temperature food, there are high chances of Kapha aggravation. Some triggers to increase Kapha are:

  • Sudden or excessive exposure to cold and damp conditions and cold food
  • Excessive consumption of heavy, oily, sugar, salt, and dairy
  • Excessive consumption of water and water retaining fruits/vegetables
  • Sedentary lifestyle, lack of stimulation, lack of physical activity, and excessive sleep
  • Unproportioned meals and excessive processed food consumption

To balance Kapha, once should practice a lifestyle that would enhance stimulation (mental and physical) and expose oneself to warm and dry conditions and foods. This can be incorporated by numerous methods such as dietary change, physical activity, regulating daily routine, meditation, external treatments of massage, and aroma therapy.

  • Regular mental stimulation and learning new skills and adding onto more experiences
  • Involving in rigorous physical activity or exercise in warm temperatures
  • Early to bed and early to rise daily routine to schedule to avoid snacking in night and hence avoid straining a weak digestive system
  • Dietary changes and focusing on Kapha opposite characteristics such as bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes and hot, light, dry, and sharp gunas
  • Self massage or Abhyanga with light and warm oils such as Mustard Oil, Corn Oil, or a proportioned mix of Sesame, Olive, and Coconut Oils.
Source: http://www.doctoroz.com/article/kapha-body-type-meal-plan

Kapha Rejuvenation Diet


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Pitta Dosha – Characteristics and the Balancing act!

Source: http://www.foodpyramid.com/ayurveda/pitta-dosha/

Pitta Dosha physical and mental characteristics

Pitta Dosha as a physical energy guides transformation in our physical and mental states. Physiologically, Pitta Dosha governs the force of metabolism, hence digestion, absorption of food and maintaining body temperature. Psychologically, Pitta Dosha governs  our perceptions and emotions such as joy, anger, motivation, enthusiasm, and courage.

A balanced Pitta Dosha is exhibited with excellent digestion, good appetite, balanced hormonal levels, sharpness in thoughts, an active body, glowing skin, excellent eyesight and intelligence levels. On the contrary an unbalanced Pitta would exhibit in increased state as high levels of heat in body and in decreased state with cold and dry characteristics. Pitta Dosha people are usually highly uncomfortable in hot weather, through skipping meals, or through intake of hot natured substances. Some examples of unbalanced Pitta Dosha are:

  • Hyperacidity, heart burn, diarrhea, and gastric ulcers (extreme). Very high levels of hunger and thirst.
  • Redness and inflammation of skin, rashes, and eczema. Redness of eyes.
  • Hot flushes and high blood pressure. Sharp pain in body or joints
  • Emotionally exhibited with high levels of anger, frustration, jealousy, hatred, and impatience
  • Low levels of Pitta is exhibited with poor digestion, cold and dry state, low stamina and with fatigue

Balancing Pitta Dosha

Pitta Dosha aggravation can happen in anybody, whether they are primarily Pitta Dosha and also in case Vata or Kapha Dosha are their prime governing energies.  Basic principle of Dosha governance is that like increases like, which means if you expose yourself to hot temperatures or intake excessive hot natured food, there are high chances of Pitta aggravation. Some triggers to increase Pitta are:

  • Sudden or excessive exposure to hot temperatures and The Sun
  • Erratic timings of meal consumption or skipping them altogether
  • Excessive consumption of hot natured foods and of Salty, Pungent, and Sour Tastes
  • Excessive stress and involvement in multiple activities at the same time

To balance Pitta, once should practice a lifestyle that would cool you down. This can be incorporated by numerous methods such as dietary change, physical activity, regulating daily routine, meditation, external treatments of massage, and aroma therapy. However, the most important act to balance Pitta Dosha would mean to balance the energy levels and hence utilise in the most optimum way.

  • Regular meditation with focus on breathing to calm down the mind.
  • Brisk walking or running in natural set-ups, swimming,  and recreational sports twice or three times a week.
  • Early to bed and early to rise daily routine to schedule to avoid snacking in night and utilise time in effective manner.
  • Dietary changes and focusing on Pitta opposite gunas such as Sweet, Bitter, Astringent, and Cold.
  • Self massage or Abhyanga with cooling oils such as Coconut Oil and Olive Oil.
Source: http://www.doctoroz.com/article/pitta-body-type-meal-plan

Pitta Rejuvenation Diet

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Vata Dosha – Characteristics and the balancing act

Source: http://www.foodpyramid.com/ayurveda/vata-dosha/

Physical and Personal characteristics of Vata Dosha!

Vata Dosha is the prime physical energy guiding motion of our physical being such as respiratory, nervine, vocal, muscular, and circulatory and mental being such as creativity and communication.

A balanced Vata Dosha is exhibited in controlled external and internal motions such as absorption and elimination of food and water, menstruation cycle in females, blood pressure levels, physical energy level, and high level of creativity. On the contrary an unbalanced Vata would have erratic motion, exhibited as excessive flow, blocked flow, or very low flow. Some examples of unbalanced Vata are listed below:

  • Dryness in terms of constipation and hard stools
  • Excessive weight loss or weight gain
  • Highly emotional and vulnerable to surroundings and people
  • Excessive dry skin and lips
  • Lack of focus and emptiness in thoughts
  • Irregular Menstrual cycle
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive and sharp pains
Source: Bound for Bliss Yoga

Vata Dosha Balancing

Balancing Vata Dosha

Vata imbalance can occur due to various reasons, some are listed below:

  • Sudden or excessive changes in lifestyle involving meal composition, timings, and way of ingestion
  • Physical changes observed during menarche, menopause, and post delivery
  • Extreme climatic conditions involving very cold and hot temperatures
  • Excessive stress and involvement in multiple activities at the same time

The guiding principle of balancing is as simple as practicing directly opposite characteristics of Vata Dosha. This can be incorporated by numerous methods such as dietary change, physical activity, regulating daily routine, meditation, external treatments of massage, and aroma therapy. However, the most important act to balance Vata Dosha includes maintaining a calm and scheduled lifestyle. This can be achieved by:

  • Inclusion of moderate and calming physical activity such as yoga, swimming, and walking
  • Prioritising and focussing on few tasks or things that really matter rather than investing oneself in multiple projects
  • Establishing and following a daily routine of activity, sleep, and food intake
  • Dietary changes and focusing on Vata opposite gunas such as warm, moist, heavy, and oily

    Source: http://www.doctoroz.com/article/vata-body-type-meal-plan

    Vata Rejuvenation Diet

  • Regular self massage by warming oils such as sesame oil and ghee. In Ayurveda, it is known as Abhyanga. Shared below is an excellent demonstration of conducting Abhyanga.

Benefits of Breastfeeding your new born!!

Breastfeeding not only provides an infant with all the necessary macro and micro nutrients but also with bioactive compounds, antibodies, essential enzymes to boost digestive system, and hormones.

Did you know that breastmilk from a mother of premature baby is packed up with more calories, proteins, fats, anti-bodies, and anti-inflammatory agents than mother of a full-term baby?

Here is an infographic highlighting how beneficial breastfeeding is for both mother and an infant. Also, read on the small section on beliefs and myths!!

Breastfeeding health benefits for mother and newborn!

Breastfeeding health benefits for mother and newborn!

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Ayurveda in our Daily Lives – Holy Basil “Tulsi”

Holy Basil or “Tulsi” as is most commonly known in India is the sacred most plant that can be found in most of Indian households. Not only Tulsi has incomparable health benefits, its pollens are known to contain that essential scent that keeps the microbes away and purifies the surroundings. Nearly every aerial part of Tulsi is packed with essential nutrients that boost the strength of the body and nurture it inside out. Following infographics list the Health Benefits of Tulsi.

Source: http://www.holisticsutra.com/blog/benefits-of-tulsi-holy-basil/

Health benefits of Tulsi The Holy Basil and its uses to nurture the body.

There are several different varieties of Basil, out of which “Tulsi” is most commonly found and most revered in India. To learn more about Basil family, refer to infographic below.

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Basil, essential components, origin, and health benefits

Apart from its medicinal usage, Basil is also known as an Adaptogen to relieve stress, relax your mind and body, and as a nervine tonic to sharpen memory.

Source: http://www.healthesoilcsa.org/wonders-of-tulsi.html

Different varieties of Basil

While Basil is an essential aromatic herb in most cuisines, it can also be consumed as tea with few leaves soaked in warm water over a period. For health conditions such as cold/flu, Tulsi can be boiled in water/milk along with other herbs to result in a decoction. Tulsi or Holy Basil leaves can be preserved in dry powder form and consumed with water or sprinkled over food preparations.

Weight Loss Don’ts!!

Talking about weight loss, here is what you should not be doing!! Focus on the right things and loose weight in a natural way. At Herbal Sanjeevani, we will work with you to maintain a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) ratio and loose weight in a sustainable, natural, and healthy way.

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Doing right things to loose weight naturally!

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Ayurveda Dosha – Know your body and mind type!

In Ayurveda, all bodily functions and parts of the body are believed to be composed of five basic elements of the Earth, Fire, Space, Water, and Air. These five elements interact with each other to result in three predominant physical energy forms called The Doshas.

Source: http://axiomayurveda.com/principles-of-ayurveda/

How five basic elements combine to form the three basic physical energies. Panchmahabhutas and Tridoshas.

Every individual would have all three Doshas present in their most balanced state. However, the proportion of these Doshas varies from one individual to another making every person unique. Your Dosha would determine how your body would respond to various internal and external factors such as environment, food, and situations that it is exposed to on a daily basis. The most dominant proportion is generally described to guide a person’s Dosha, for example one can be described as “Pitta” Dosha if they have Pitta Dosha say at 55%, while Vata at 30% and Kapha at 15%.

The most natural composition of a person’s guiding physical energies is their innate nature, or potential or”Prakruti”. A person’s Prakruti is highly dependent on their parent’s Prakruti and can also be described as the basic constituent of all three Doshas, when he/she was born.

Since Doshas are dynamic energies guiding the functioning of our body and mind, the proportion keeps on changing. At any specific time, the proportion of a person’s Doshas is known as “Vikruti”. An imbalance in Doshas can result into large gaps between their present state Dosha composition, which is “Vikruti” and their innate nature, which is “Prakruti”. This is also the “ill” state of body and mind.

Ayurveda’s healing philosophy is based on maintaining your innate nature or balance of Dosha’s. Hence, the way of life, which would further translate into activities, environment, and food intake is defined for different “Doshas”, would help one to achieve their balanced state. This is also the happy state of body and mind.

Identifying your Dosha or body type leads to a deeper understanding of how your body is structured and hence find ways to maintain your best state of health. The link below provides a detailed list of questions to identify the governing Dosha’s as per your mental and physical set-up.

Dosha Identification Questionnaire

Once Dosha is identified, your specific characteristics can be effectively utilized. In the posts to follow, we will share more information specific to each Dosha and provide details on how to effectively utilize the characteristics  to heal quickly and to maintain the best state of mind and your well being.

Human life cycle and the three Doshas

As Kapha Dosha manifests itself as the potential state and hence storing energy in body. In Ayurveda, it is believed that Kapha Dosha guides development from birth to adulthood (16 -18 years). It is responsible for our physical development as well as in mental growth guiding our maturity levels.

During adulthood (16-45 years), Pitta Dosha guides the functioning and development of our body and mind. Pitta Dosha is known to maintain the balance between motion and static.

Vata Dosha represents motion and is responsible for the release of energy. From 45-50 years onward, Vata Dosha dominates the functioning of our body and guides our physical and mental responses.

Source: http://kaivalya-ayurveda.com/uncategorized/the-wonders-of-triphala/

Ayurveda in our daily lives – TRIPHALA

Health Benefits of Triphala

Triphala is a powerful Ayurvedic Rasayana (Herbal elixir known to promote longevity and rejuvenation) and essentially a mix of three powerful   herbs Amlaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki. It is known to deeply cleanse our system out of waste and toxins and significantly boost the immune system. Triphala has powerful antioxidants to rejuvenate, inhibit inflammation, promote healthy build of body cells, and for blood purification.

Triphala is known to promote vision and help reduce the defects of nearsightedness and farsightedness. All three components inside Triphala have been individually known to produce remarkable effect and impart glow to skin and hair. Triphala is most commonly known for its positive effect on the functioning of gastro intestinal tract. This results in a good digestive system, colon cleansing, fighting constipation, and hence weight loss in a healthy way.

Triphala’s constituents are themselves powerful herbs in Ayurveda. And the mixture develops synergistic effect to help one fight all three Doshas of “Vata”, “Pitta”, and “Kapha”.  Regular consumption of Triphala  reenergizes, nourishs, rejuvenates, and builds a strong immune system.

Source: http://newdrugapprovals.org/2014/02/08/triphala-a-digestive-miracle/

Triphala constituents and health benefits

Modes of consumption and Caution

Triphala should be consumed in moderation with recommended dosage of nearly 2-4 grams in powdered or tablet form when you just begin consuming it and depending on your age group. Triphala can be consumed with luke warm water just before the bed or early in morning as it suits your body. Triphala dosage can be slowly increased to two times depending on how your body reacts and for constipation the amount should be increased as well. While younger should limit to 3-4 gram per day, elderly (65+) can consume up to 8 gram per day as well.

Diarrhea, headache, gas, nausea, and tiredness could be the side-effects of consuming Triphala for its cleansing impact on the body. Additionally, Triphala is known to allow energy flow down of our system and hence the effect for first time users or for excessive dosage. In such cases, Triphala consumption should be stopped for a couple of days and then resumed with decreased dosage.

Triphala has a cleansing effect on digestive and supports cardio vascular systems. It should be consumed in consultation with an Ayurvedic physician in special health conditions such as pregnancy, sensitive digestive system, diabetes, or others.

Triphala health benefits infographic