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The Healing Temple now opened its doors in California!

The Healing Temple has moved to the bay area in beautiful Menlo Park, CA!

It is with much joy and gratitude that I made this recent move to CA in order to be closer to the Kerala Academy of Ayurveda where I have just embarked on a new journey of going through the Doctor of Ayurveda Program. It will take two and a half years of phenomenal teachings, internships in the US and India, consultations, hands on work and preparing the final dissertation.

Along with studying, I will continue to serve my new community being in private practice at The Healing Temple. I feel so lucky and grateful to Dr. Bill Tarr and his team at Peak Performance Chiropractic here in Menlo Park, CA, as they received me with open arms and are giving me a chance to establish my practice within theirs.

There is a lot to look forward to and to be grateful for!

On this note, I am sharing with you a recipe for a very yummy desert/snack from the vast Ayurvedic Healing Cuisine. So, here it is, the very basic Ojas Balls

Ingredients:

5 large Majool dates, pitted

2-3 Tbs almond butter

3 tsp cultured ghee

1 handful of any of the following: cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans or roasted sunflower seeds

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp cardamom powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp almond extract

1/4 cup granola ( please use a low sugar one with very few ingredients)

Directions:

Blend the granola, spices, extracts and the nuts until the granola is almost like flour and the nuts are chunky.

Chop the dates in small pieces. Add the almond butter and the ghee to the granola mixture. Using your hands, combine all ingredients as if kneading cookie dough.

If the mixture is too dry, add more ghee. If it is too wet, add more granola.

Turn the mix into individual balls. Place them in a glass container/jar and chill for 1 hour.

Before serving, let them get to room temperature and enjoy with your favorite tea or as a snack!

Open House and Client Appreciation Day!

The Healing Temple will have Open House and Clients Appreciation Day on December 5th from 4 to 9pm. Come join us for yummy bites to eat and drink, and for the launching of the Aromatherapy Bar!

The 100 percent pure, therapeutic grade essential oils will be sold exclusively through The Healing Temple at 11 W Patrick St. and Shabby Chic Boutique located at 9 W Patrick St.

Ileana will also be offering free of cost educational classes in Aromatherapy every Thursday, starting 12/3 and 12/10 in December. The classes will be held at The Healing Temple. Our wish is to empower our clients with knowledge about the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils so that they can become confident in the choices they make when purchasing and mixing them.

See you on December 5th!

Education Class in Aromatherapy Series – Free of Cost!

Join us on Thursday 12/3 for a free of cost educational class in Aromatherapy!

The class will be from 6-8pm at The Healing Temple.

We will talk about brief history of Aromatherapy, main ways to use the essential oils, how to mix essential oils and how to work with carrier oils for the purpose of topical applications (massage, facial oils).

There will be another free class on 12/10 at the same times and location. We will continue sharing recipes for different uses of the essential oils for diffusers, bath, scrubs, massages, skin care and hair.

Free educational classes in the fields of Ayurveda and Aromatherapy will be offered every Thursday from 6-8pm – please check back weekly for exact dates and locations. 

Join us for the “Ayurvedic Beauty Care Series” – How to make your own beauty care products!

Come and enjoy a night of relaxation and learn how to make your own beauty care products! You will be able to make your own and learn the recipe! This class is a value of $99 and its only $65! You will be instructed by the owner of the Healing Temple, Ileana Sutter, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. Our goal is to empower women with the knowledge of how to make their own beauty care products, how to better create and maintain health, wellbeing and beauty inside and out.

Details:
Thursday October, 22 2015
6-8pm
Shabby Chic Creative Studios & Beautique
9 W Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701

RSVP to the Facebook event here! 

The series will continue every Thursday through November/December on the following dates:

November 5

November 12

November 19

December 3

December 10

These handmade items will make the perfect gift for the holidays complete with your personal touch!

Welcome Lindsey Pratt to The Healing Temple!

Lindsey Pratt joins The Healing Temple as a Registered Massage Therapist. We are now happy to be able to provide new services, including couples massages!

“My passion is people and providing a nurturing touch. No individual is the same, so why should a massage be?,” Lindsey explains. “By providing specific treatments based on the clients’ needs, we can build a foundation for balance.”

Lindsey has studied at CSMS (Central Maryland School of Massage) for 720 hours, and has continued her studies in the following: Aromatherapy, Reiki 1 & 2, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM 12 meridians), sports massage and deep tissue, along with Hot Stone therapy. 

Learn more about our services here

Please help us welcome Lindsey to our team! For contact information, visit here

Ayurveda and Seasonal Influences

The intricate nature of the seasons is given by the course of the earth, sun and moon, while the human vitality is determined by the resulting variations.

The two most important transitional periods are between November 22nd to December 9th and again June 8th to 24th. During these times, there is a tendency toward physio-psychological vulnerabilities and stress. To restore balance in the mind and body, it is advised to observe fasting, meditation and prayers.

Early winter started around November 15th and lasts till January 15th. This is followed by the late winter which takes us to about March 15th.

Each season brings with it a predominant taste in the atmosphere, and each taste is made up of two elements in nature.

Early winter is marked by the prevalence of the sweet taste, and in order to maintain balance it is recommended during this time that we eat salty, bitter, astringent foods; moderate sour, warm, moderate unctuous foods in moderate quantities. The tastes  to avoid are sweet, excess sour, along with excess cold, dry or raw foods, also excess foods.

In the late winter it is recommended to consume substantial quantities of food, unctuous with the tastes sour, salty, moderate sweet. To be avoided are excess sweet, pungent, bitter, dry, cold, raw foods, and meager quantity of foods.

Due to planetary movements it looks like in the Northern Hemisphere we are strongest by nature in the period of January 10th to the 24th. 

Here is a recipe for a nutritious winter salad:

Millet and Quinoa Salad (serves 2 to 4, depending if side or main dish)

1/2 c millet

1/2 c quinoa

21/1 c boiling water

1 bay leaf

4 stalks celery

1 red bell pepper

1/4 c celery water

1 tsp sunflower oil

1 tsp lime juice

1/2 tbs minced fresh rosemary 

Wash grains and combine. Add to boiling water with the bay leaf. Cover and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes. Cut celery into 1/2″ pieces and boil in 1 c of water for 3 minutes; reserve water. Thinly slice bell pepper and marinate in 1/4 c celery water, oil, lime juice, and rosemary leaves for 30 min. In a large bowl, toss grains, celery, and marinated pepper mixture. Serve warm.

Spices as Medicine

Herbs and spices are the main medicinal agents in Ayurveda. Many health issues can be alleviated by adjusting the balance of diet. Recent studies suggest that spices can be effective health remedies just like cinnamon being effective against diabetes and in improving lipid metabolism; turmeric fights against cancer; ginger is effective in the treatment of arthritis.

Below are a few home remedies with spices from your kitchen shelf.

Cinnamon

Halitosis and Toothache – mouth gargle with  hot infusion of cinnamon twice daily

Diabetes – cinnamon tea twice daily

Cold and Cough – 1 cup hot cinnamon infusion mixed with 1 tsp ginger juice 3 to 4 times per day

Nausea and Vomiting – chew a small piece of cinnamon bark

Saffron

Painful menses and PMS – 5 to 8 strands can be taken with water on an empty stomach or before food 

Nutmeg

Pimples and cracks in the feet – apply a paste of nutmeg and milk on the affected area

Insomnia –  1/4 tsp nutmeg powder is taken with warm milk at night

Clove

Urinary tract infection – cold infusion of clove 5-10 ml is ingested every 15 min

Anorexia and Vomiting during pregnancy – hot clove infusion is given every few hours

Cardamom

Low energy – cardamom milk or cardamom tea

Halitosis –  chew a few cardamom deeds after each meal

Fresh Ginger

Anorexia, Indigestion – 1 tsp ginger juice mixed with salt taken before meals

Productive Cough – 1 tsp ginger juice with  pinch of turmeric taken 3-4 times a day

Nausea, Vomiting, Gastritis – 1 tsp ginger uce with a pinch of rock salt and asafetida (hing)

Dry Ginger Powder

Acute stomachache – drink  1/2 tsp dry ginger mixed in warm water

Fenugreek

Post partum period – 1 tsp fenugreek powder mixed with jaggery is taken to cleanse the uterus and to enhance lactation

Spasmodic pain due to indigestion – 1 tsp fenugreek powder mixed with curd

Leucorrhoea – fenugreek seeds are boiled in water, filtered , and used as vaginal wash

Localized edema and pain – topical application with a mix of fenugreek powder and mustard oil

Coriander Seeds

Burning micturition – frequent intake of small quantities of  cold infusion of coriander and cumin seeds

Swollen feet – hot infusion of coriander seeds taken 2-3 times per day

Ajwain

Bronchitis – ajwain added to steam inhalation enhances breathing

Recurrent cold – 1 tsp toasted ajwain seeds taken with warm water twic daily

Cumin

Indigestion, Abdominal distention – boil water with cumin, filter and drink 3-4 times daily

Anorexia – drink 1 glass buttermilk mixed with 1 tsp crushed cumin seeds or powder and a pinch of rock salt

Turmeric

External wounds and insect bites – apply a paste of turmeric powder and water on affected areas

Cold and Cough – 1/4 tsp turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk

Black Pepper

Cough and asthma – black pepper is taken with honey

Sore throat – gargling with warm water which was boiled with black pepper corns and rock salt
 

Fennel

Diarrhea – take 1 tsp fennel seed and 1/2 tsp ginger powder taken with warm water 2-3 times a day

Abdominal distention in infants –  5-6 drops of cold infusion of fennel seeds should be given before nursing to prevent abdominal distention and loose motions

Burning sensation and dryness in the throat, excessive thirst – fennel and coriander decoctin to be consumed 2-3 times a da

Ayurvedic Best Medicine: DEVOTION

Devotion is considered the major healing practice in Ayurveda, because it is only through devotional meditations and prayer (sadhana) prescribed by one’s spiritual teacher or guru that karmic diseases can be erased and one can merge with his/hers beloved form of God. For spiritual healing, a personal or devotional approach is of paramount importance.

Faith develops Self-Worth. The highest form of Self-Worth is Self Realization, meaning that the Self is Divine. This is an essential tool that prevents  the mind from developing intellectual errors. To commit an intellectual error means to doubt one’s true Self and results in seeing objects as eternal. It is through devotion and attention to the eternal Divine state of life that one heals and prevents disease ultimately developing Self-Realization.

The scriptures say there are three aspects of knowing the truth: the words of a guru, the words of the scripture and the experiences of the student. It is only when all these criteria are met that one feels confident that something is true. It is in this state that one sees all as themselves. The Divine Self is all that exists. No separation exists and no cause for longing or wanting can arise. When longing cease to be, no disease or suffering can develop.

Suffering only appears from seeing something separate from oneself and wishing to make it yours. sadness arises because one misses that from which they believe they are separated. Once the veil of illusion dissipates and we can see through, the cause of suffering vanishes.

This is the Vedantic purpose of life and the Ayurvedic one as well.

Therefore following one’s personal spiritual path is the best Ayurvedic medicine.

Body Scrubs and Packs with the Use of Aromatherapy

Just like face packs or masks the body packs remove impurities an improve skin texture providing a good toning treatment, even slimming. They are very easy to do at home and the essential oils are perfect ingredients to use both because of their incontestable therapeutic value and because of their beautiful aromatic qualities.

Clay is a great absorbent, acting like a magnet to all toxins and debris in the skin. Over the lace you will lie down on with plastic. Mix around 7 oz green or white clay with enough water to make a paste of the consistency of yogurt. In another bowl mix well the yolk of an egg with 10 drops of essential oil. Use lemon or grapefruit to remove impurities, lavender to relax , or rosemary for stimulation. Then mix this well into the clay paste and smooth it all over your body. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and sponge it off with warm water. You can now soak in a bath with essential oils or simply shower. Ideally you follow with a massage oil.

Body scrubs are also easy to do at home. They are designed to remove dead skin cells, allowing the new skin to be exposed, giving the skin improved color and texture. The base is one handful of almond meal and one of ground oatmeal. To this mix you can add 2-4 drops each of sandalwood essential oil and evening primrose for dry skin; or 2-4 drops each of rosemary and lavender for oily skin; or 2-4 drops each  thyme oil and lemon oil for blemished skin. make the mix into a paste which you then rub all over your skin paying more attention to knees, elbows, heels. Rinse off in the shower or bath and then use a body oil. Enjoy!

Ayurveda and Aromatherapy: The Bedroom

“The bedroom” is the place to sleep or play – up to you.

To keep your bedroom smelling romantic, you can make up a mix to use separately from the general house formula. It can be sprayed in the air and/or on the carpets, pillows.

Here is a recipe:

  • Ylang-Ylang 1 drop
  • Palma Rosa * drops
  • Nutmeg 2 drops
  • Lime 4 drops
  • Neroli 3 drops

For general bedroom use, please feel free to choose chamomile, lavender, geranium, lemon in a difuser.

You can also place cotton wool balls in the corners of your wardrobe with your favorite smell on it. Aim for a subtle aroma just to keep the air fresh.

Bed linens can be washed,dried and/or stored with essential oils.

Have fun and be creative!