Ayurveda is the ancient science of health and wellness that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda is widely practiced internationally and is gaining recognition as a complete holistic field of medicine. Ayurveda has very specific recommendations for maintaining physiological balance during each season. During summer months the physiologic dosha, Pitta becomes accumulated in … Continue reading Ayurvedic Summer Health by Dr. Christie Smirl
Smoothies have been all the rage for quite some time now. The smoothie health craze has created a different way of obtaining nutrition, which at first glance seems "Oh so good". I remember the first time I walked into a popularized smoothie retailer and ordered a concoction that sounded like a really healthy meal. I … Continue reading Avoid smoothies that cause disease by following Ayurveda and Dr. Christie’s basic rules.
Sage for Smudging and Wellness by Christie Smirl Sage (Salvia apiana) is a perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United Sates and northwestern Mexico. Sage belongs to the mint family with rosemary, oregano, lavendar, thyme and basil. Native Americans call sage qaashil in Luiseno, shihtaay or palhtaay in Kumeyaay , kasilile in Tongva, … Continue reading Sage for Smudging and Wellness by Christie Smirl
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has been revered as a sacred plant that has numerous healing properties. This sacred plant has been used for thousands of years for it’s mind enhancing properties (medhya) and physical benefits earning the names “The Elixir of Life” and “Mother Medicine of Nature”. Tulsi is praised as the embodiment … Continue reading TULSI – HOLY BASIL by Christie Smirl
Hingvashtak is a classical Ayurvedic blend of vata-soothing herbs that support the entire digestive system. Vata is cold, light and dry, qualities that in excess can inhibit proper digestive function creating gas, bloating and inflammation. Hingvashtak contains herbs that are warming and grounding to effectively counter balance numberous digestive imbalances. Hingvashtak kindles the digestive fire, … Continue reading Hingvashtak for Healthy Digestion by Christie Smirl