Make your own Digestive SVA Spice-Mix, and Mouth-Freshener with Fennel and Ajwain Seeds

Ill-health starts with poor digestion. Eating an easy-to-digest freshly prepared meal is ideal, but sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we may end up eating something heavy, or not-so-terribly-fresh, or suiting our body’s

needs. This SVA digestive spice mix is a simple and quick recipe that you can make and carry in your purse or pocket, and use throughout the day. It will keep your digestive fire well-stoked, and ensure that your meals are all properly absorbed and digested – whether you “cheat” or not!

Optimal digestion is when you make zero toxins, or ama, from the food you eat. Ama-free optimal digestion occurs when your digestive flame (pachakagni) is neither low nor too high. Due to stress, or when you eat heavy processed indigestive food, or left-overs, the digestive fire can go either low (mandagni), high (teekshnagni), or sometimes-low-sometimes-high (vishmagni).

Low agni (mandagni) makes ama; when you have low agni, it means you are not able to break-down and absorb all that you are eating, and you produce semi-digested toxic matters after you eat. You will usually feel lack of appetite, or feel heavy even after eating something very light, and in general not desire food.

If your digestive fire is high, then after consuming a meal, your body produces “amavisha” or poisonous acidic toxins, also known as free-radicals. When you have “teekshnagni” then no matter what you eat, you crave more! You will also crave sugar a lot. You may wake up hungry in the middle of the night.

If you have “vishmagni,” that is: if your digestive fire is sometimes slow and sometimes too high, then you will make both ama and amavisha. With “vishmagni,” you sometimes feel hungry and then at other times, not. You will experience a feeling of fullness alternating with a feeling of excessive hunger.

“Samagni” is the state of a balanced digestive fire – neither too low nor too high. When you have “samagni,” you have a balanced appetite for food, attuned with the needs of your body. After consuming a meal, you feel satiated, and blissful.

If you have not been experiencing the blissful state of “samagni” after consuming your meals, then you probably need to support your digestion. To have “samagni” you need to have “pachak pitta” and “pachak agni” in your stomach balanced out. Packak pitta is the fuel, while pachak agni is the flame in your stomach. The fuel feeds the flame, so your stomach can break down and cook the food.

This SVA recipe is very simple, consists of only 2 ingredients, but it works like a charm. Fennel cools off excess fuel or pachak pitta; while ajwain sharpens the flame, or pachak agni.

In an open pan, or in your toaster-over, dry toast Fennel and Ajwain seeds in the following proportions:

80% Fennel

20% Ajwain

Mix them. Let the mixture cool off. Then add to a container and it’s ready to be used.

Chewing a teaspoon at a time, after lunch or dinner. Or as needed. This spice mix also serves as a delicious natural mouth freshener!

Note: Fennel is highly estrogenic. If, for any reason, you restrict your intake of estrogenic foods, simply replace the Fennel seeds with Coriander seeds in the above recipe and follow the same steps.

Boost your Immunity to Ward-off Krimi-s!

 

Immunity is our armor against invading micro-organisms that can bring disease and even death.

The environment we live in is organic – it is alive with thousands of millions of micro-organisms that thrive along us. Many of these are life-supporting and helpful for the human physiology. But many are not. We get sick when our immunity goes down and our body becomes prone to contracting bacterial infections. Boosting our immunity is the foremost thing you can do as a preventative step.

Immunity, and the science of bacteriology were long ago fully understood by the vedic seers or rishi-s. Just like the rishi-s knew all about the planets in our galaxy discussing their impact on the environment long before Galileo invented the telescope, in the same way,  they knew all  about the yogini-s, or the friendly bacteria that help us thrive in health as well as the krimi-s, or the un-friendly bacteria that attack our immunity and bring over disease and even death. The rishi-s not only knew of these microorganisms but they also knew how to take care of them!

According to the ayurvedic texts, there are 3 primary ways of boosting your immunity so it can combat bacteria that imbalances your health:

1) Herbs and essential oils that carry the jantughna or bactericidal effect: using such ingredients to eliminate infectious bacteria in your environment as well as your body, for example your oral cavity, to minimize the risk of infection or contamination.

2) Supporting the body’s immune system or vyadi kchamatwa: one can have either general support of the overall immune system, or targeted support of specific organs and systems, so as to strengthen the body to resist a take care-over by krimi-s or harmful bacteria.

3) Prakriti vi-ghat: creating a non-supportive environment in the body or specific organs and systems so that infectious bacteria or krimi-s cannot grow and thrive.

Many essential oils like: camphor, peppermint, ajwain, and tulsi are  called krimigna and have known bactericidal effect that has been researched and confirmed by modern science. These are also called jantugna. 

These 4 ingredients are commonly used in herbal formulations in Ayurveda, but interestingly they are also used copiously in Ancient Vedic rituals in temples and fire ceremonies meant for cleansing the environment due to their jantugna or krimigna effect.

Using these essential oils directly on the skin is not recommended as they can burn the Soma of our skin and have side-effects. Vaidya Mishra has put together all these ingredients in a unique formula that uses their crystal form rather than the essential oil molecules. Tribindu is a classical formula named for the 3 ingredients that make it up: Camphor (1), Peppermint(2), and Ajwain(3). To make it even more powerful he has added Tulsi(4), or Holy Basil. Tribindu with Tulsi has a powerful krimigna effect on the environment. Cleaning the environment we live and work in is a first precautionary step towards supporting and creating immunity in our bodies .

 11 uses of tribindu.

1) Use it to help support your sinus pathways and discourage potential bacterial growth in your oral cavity –  apply on a scarf, wrap around your mouth and nose and gently inhale

2) Spray it in your room – on your couch, pillows, carpet, desk, or just in the air, to clean and refresh the air. You can also use an essential oil diffuser and squirt 2-3 times into the water and then plug it in for sustained delivery

3) Apply a small amount on your feet and massage in: when you have fatigue, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, the Tribindu will warm you up right away, enhancing circulation and thermogenesis.

4) Apply on sore achy muscles before and also after exercise to mobilize and evacuate toxic build-up and ease blow flow for enhanced mobility

5) Support your overall circulation and thermo-genesis, specially in cold weather, when you have to go out – apply on hands and feet before putting on gloves and socks.

6) Use it to ease away tension and stress from your neck and shoulder areas – spray 2-3 times and massage in. You can also use it on your lower or upper back areas

7) Use it to ward off insect bites or to soothe itchiness from bites: spray on insect bites or mosquito bites and massage – do not spray on an open wound or bite.

8)  Spray on joints – knees, elbows, wrists, ankles, finger joints, etc, morning and evening, to help maintain healthy joints free from toxic accumulation, and enhance mobility. Spray and gently massage.

9) Use it to relax: spray a few times into your bath water in the tub, dip in to relax.

10) Spray very little on your throat area when you feel you have an itchy throat and may be getting a cold. Or alternately spray onto a scarf, and inhale. If your skin gets itchy, wash off with warm/cool water right away.

11) You can also use the Tribindu to help ward off infections, for example, apply on your nails and fingers after clipping them.

Whichever way you use it, it is a great and safe household remedy to keep close by, rain or shine!

More ways of supporting and boosting your immunity

Another way of supporting your immune system is by increasing vyadi kchamatwa through eating a balanced alkalizing diet, such as the SVA diet. If you follow the SVA guidelines for diet and lifestyle,and then add immunity supporting herbs and spices such as Tulsi, Guduchi, Amla, Zinc (Yasad bhasma), then you maximize your chances of warding off bacterial infections.These can be taken in different ways: as tablets/capsules, or nectar drops, or roll-on applications. Vaidya has made it easy for us to choose from the delivery method that suits our needs best.

In the winter time, our physical channels shrink due to colder temperatures. Thus supporting the health of your channels is utmost in the Fall and the Winter. You can do many things to keep your detox pathways running as smoothly as possible to allow all the daily toxins to be evacuated from your body, and insuring that the nutrients you ingest reach their destination and support your immunity.

For this, consuming spices that support your channels is key. This is why Vaidya Mishra has put together the Shroto Shudhi tea and Shroto Shudhi Masala.

SVA daily protocol for vyadi kchamatwa

Here is what you can do:

For cooking, use Shroto Shudhi Masala in your meals (lunch and dinner).

At night, make and drink Shroto Shudhi tea after dinner.

In the mornings, start your day with Tulsi tea.

To keep your daily detox going smooth through bowel movements, add 1-2 tablets of Triphala or Prakrit or High Pitta Triphala – based on your preference or needs.

Do a daily massage with the Turmeric and Magnesium abhyanga oil – in the mornings at least on your limbs and lower back before shower.

Add to your daily drinking water: 2 drops of Immuno-Support, 2 drops of Amla, 2 drops of Guduchi, 2 drops of Zinc, and 2 drops of Tulsi.

Prakriti vighat is when one creates a targeted environment for the bacteria, for the krimi-s, to subdue and eliminate their growth. Vaidya Mishra explains that the best example for this is in the oral care he has formulated: his toothpastes and oral sprays. In these, he has brought together Gymnema, Neem, and Indian kino, along with other potent herbs, to cut the supply of sugar molecules to the bad bacteria that feed on it in. The SVADanta line contains these herbs to help support the mucus membrane and oral cavity, helping you also manage bad breath, and inflammation of the gums. Gymnema is called gurmar or literally sugar-killer. As soon as this herb reaches the oral cavity, it neutralizes all the residue of the sugar molecules, thus supporting the environment for the good bacteria to flourish. Once bad bacteria are deprived of sugar molecules to feed on, they die away. The result is a healthier oral cavity with fresh breath.

Be SVA-smart! Take the upper hand on krimi-s and boost your immunity with easy SVA protocols and products this winter. Write to us for more questions or comments!

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4.Essential oils are known to possess antimicrobial activity, which has been evaluated mainly in liquid medium. Systematic evaluation of the vapour activity was first reported by Maruzzella et al.7,8 and Kienholz9 in 1959. […] We therefore investigated a potential role for these oils as inhalation therapy, and determined the antibacterial activity of a wide variety of them against five pathogens: Haemophilus influenzae, penicillin-susceptible and -resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, by gaseous contact in an airtight box. Escherichia coli was used as a control.
“Antibacterial activity of essential oils and their major constituents against respiratory tract pathogens by gaseous contact.”  Shigeharu Inouyea, Toshio Takizawab and Hideyo Yamaguchia.   a Teikyo University Institute of Medical Mycology, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0395;
b Functional Foods R & D Laboratories, Meiji Seika Kaisha Ltd, Sakado, Saitama 350-0289, Japan