Shelf life for different type of herbal material

I was in the situation to revise my herbal material storage and wish to make sure which of them are still safe to use after storing them during some time.

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shelf life or expiration date of herbal products, after the jar is opened

Like any other dietary or pharmaceutical product, herbal products also have shelf life, also called as expiration date. We have already learnt about the standard shelf life of Ayurvedic medicines. But the discussion there does not explain, the shelf life of the products once after the jar is opened and the product is exposed to air moisture etc. Let us find out the shelf life of such herbal products.  (more…)

Menstrual Cramps? 3 Simple Yoga Poses for Relief

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Nice recipe to alleviate menstrual cramps and pain without using drugs with natural therapy. Thank you, Kanya for wishing to help others. Thank you, my sister.


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An Interview with Ayurvedic Doctor by Elena Mariakhina

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My wife has interviewed our well-known local Ayurvedic doctor and written the article.

That interview has been published in british on-line blog Watkinsbooks.Com, the owners of «Mind Body Spirit» magazine. The topic is about Ayurvedic perspective onto human life and health.

I guess that is very beautiful and simple overview on what the Ayurveda is for modern humanity. Please read and share with those who wish to learn some starting ideas of Ayurveda.

An interview with Dr Jayarajan Kodikannath, the Director of Kerala Ayurveda Academy (USA) responsible for all academic programs conducted internationally by Kerala Ayurveda with a focus on bringing quality education on authentic Ayurveda across the globe; the Board Director of National Ayurvedic Medical Assosiation.

The link to the article is  here

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Natural Remedies

This page is collecting the natural means to aid in different unhealthy conditions – quick and safe aid and relief of symptoms but NOT for treatment purpose as soon as the last one requires deeper diagnosis and individual approach integrating all aspects as an usual way of Ayurvedic healing.

The ‘natural’ means made of no artificial, synthetic matters. No side effects are ever expected due to the holistic essense of natural ingredients. But as usual, everybody shall be utmost careful to test the remedies on themselves and watch any undesirable body-mind reactions (allergic or whatever).

The remedies mostly came from trusted sources – the books of recognized ayurvedic doctors, practitioners and scientists. Some of them are verified by myself or the people around me. But surely I was fortunate enough not to have a chance to use and try all of them. :)


1. Drink a cup of equal portions of plain fresh yogurt (no sugars, nothing) and plain water with 1/8 tsp of fresh ginger. [1]

2. Drink organic black coffee (no sugar, no milk) with lemon juice. [1]



[1] – Dr. Vasant Lad Ayurveda. The Science of Self-Healing





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In any kind of sports activity it is important to respect the principle of non-violence in relation to your body. Any physical activity training is useful to the development of cardiovascular system (cardiovascular training), muscular structures, bodily endurance and strength – running, biking, skiing, workout in sport facilities (in the fitness rooms and fitness areas in the park) you should always keep in mind the basic principles of health and safety. In the case of loading activity the important for the health principle is to respect and not exceed bodily limits.



Ekadasi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. Ekadasi 2012 – 2013 dates based on Hindu Lunar Calendar. Vaikunta Ekadasi 2012 is on December 23. Fasting on Ekadashi is considered highly auspicious and is believed to help in redemption of sins and in attaining Moksha. Below are the Ekadasi dates in 2012 – 2013.
The Ekadasi dates are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).
Ekadasi 2012
June 15, 2012 – Yogini Ekadasi
June 30, 2012 – Devshayani Ekadashi – Sayana Ekadasi - Ashadi Ekadasi

July 14, 2012 – Kamika Ekadasi

July 29, 2012 - Pavitra Ekadasi – Putrada Ekadashi
August 13, 2012 – Aja Ekadasi – Annada Ekadashi
August 27, 2012 – Padmini Ekadasi – Adika Masa Ekadasi
September 12, 2012 – Kamla Ekadasi – Adika Masa Ekadasi
October 11, 2012 – Indira Ekadasi
October 25, 2012 – Pasankusa Ekadashi
November 10, 2012 – Rama Ekadasi
November 24, 2012 – Prabodini Ekadasi – Uttahana Ekadashi
December 9, 2012 – Uttpatti Ekadashi  (Smarta)
December 10, 2012 - Uttpatti Ekadasi (Bhagavat)
December 23, 2012 – Mokshada Ekadasi  - Vaikunta Ekadasi
December 24, 2012 – Mokshada Ekadasi (Bhagavat only for some communities)

Ekadasi 2013

January 8, 2013 - Saphala Ekadasi
January 22, 2013 – Putrada Ekadasi 
February 21, 2013 - Jaya Ekadasi - Bhoumi and Bheeshma Ekadasi
March 8, 2013 – Vijaya Ekadashi
March 23, 2013 – Amalaki Ekadasi – Amalki Ekadashi
April 6, 2013 – Papmochani Ekadasi

May 5, 2013 – Varuthini Ekadashi

May 21, 2013 – Mohini Ekadasi
June 4, 2013 – Apara Ekadashi

June 19, 2013 – Bhim Ekadasi – Bhima Nirjala Ekadasi

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What is Ayurveda?

The word Ayurveda is Sanskrit word and composed out of two parts. “Ayus” means Life, “Veda” means Knowledge, Wisdom, Science. Thus the term meaning can be translated as a “Science/Wisdom of Life”.

Ayurveda is the ancient science and art of human bodily and mental health. This ancient holistic medicine implies an emphasis on preventive approach to maintain balanced healthy state but has the second goal is to care of diseased person to help to return their healthy balance.

There are main concepts:

  • Individualized approach to the person – each person has unique physical and psychic (mind-body) constitution.
  • Ayurveda is integral study, considers and uses all the aspects of human being – gross physical body and subtle parts which are literally mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects.
  • Personal responsibility and active deliberate participation of the individual in recovering and health maintenance.
  • Methods of Ayurveda are natural (naturophatic), believing that besides gross components and actions of particular natural things whether it is water, food, herbs or herbal formulations, there is subtle vital energy behind them – Prana which brings special but significant effects and properties. In contrast, artificial chemically synthesized drugs and food are devoid of righteous subtle properties and can thus cause multiple side effects and even new diseases.
  • It is cost-effective. As soon as you learn your own unique being and comprehend  the concepts of Ayurveda you can use its methods to maintain the healthy balance though your whole life free of charge.
  • It works.

“Science of Life” teaches us how to preserve health in wide sense and bring happiness and satisfaction in our lives.

Which tools does Ayurveda mostly rely on to return balance and preserve health?

Appropriate changes in life routines, lifestyle, diet, exercises, meditation, natural procedures of body works like oil massage, sauna, sweating etc. go first. As Ayurveda relies on integral, complex approach in most cases those methods are used all together. Then if those methods above are not enough in case of worse disbalance, special methods of fasting, cleansing, herbs intake are used.

Having a consultation with ayurvedic doctor or practitioner you would be able to recognize your natural balance (body-mind constitution), comprehend the causes of current disbalance and get advice on how to change your lifestyle, diet, routines, exercise etc. to address disorders. From that point, you are on the way to your health and better living. That is not going to be fast jump but rather slow but steady progress which completely depends on your own efforts. But the result is as strong and significant as the efforts invested. Besides the health improvement you will learn your own mind and body and will be able to control and master them for all your life.

To simplify there are three basic tools of health – proper movement, proper breathing, proper nourishment.

Proper movement – our body is made to live in movement (not in still sitting behind computer for whole day five days a week); our mind is made to generate proper thoughts and emotions and function in proper pace and rythm.

Proper breathing – our body does live only while it is properly provided with life energy – Prana. One of the physical aspects of Prana is oxygen which we breathe in to enrich our blood with. Subtle aspects of life energy are even more important. Correct breathing is the most important for the health and the best instrument to control mind and body state.

Proper nourishment – with water, food, air components (oxygen, nitrogen etc.), impressions getting though all five sense organs.