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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


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)


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!

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.

Thursday October, 22 2015
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!

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Bronchitis – ajwain added to steam inhalation enhances breathing

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


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


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


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.

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!

Ayurveda and Aromatherapy: The Bath

The bath — what a great way to start your day!

While the water is running, you can brush the skin with a dry skin brush in circular motions from the extremities towards the heart. 

Since the essential oils are fast evaporating substances, you will ideally bind them in 1TBS honey or whipping cream. So get that mix ready to be added in the bath tub as soon as you step in. 

Different essential oils can help aid different conditions, depending on what your body requires most that day. Here are some suggestions:

  • If you ate heavier the night before, which may cause fluids retention the next morning, or if you wake up and feel a bit sluggish, you may want to use 3 drops each of cypress, juniper and grapefruit or orange. 
  • If you stayed up too late, did way too much the day before, ate too much of dry foods and maybe forgot to hydrate well enough, feel spacey and/or disconnected, try 3 drops each of ginger, rosewood and bergamot.
  • If you live in a hot climate, if you feel agitated and/or irritated for some reason, you may choose 3 drops each of lavender, sandalwood and rose. 

Bathing is a wonderful way to take time for yourself, relax, rejuvenate and collect. 


Check back weekly for more installments in the “Ayurveda and Aromatherapy” blog series. 

Ileana Studying Ayurveda in India through December

Hello from Jaipur, India! I am here through early December for a 6 week internship program in Ayurvedic Medicine. Continuing education is a very important aspect of my career. The internship is designed to deepen my diagnostic and treatment skills in order to better serve my patients in the future. 

I am indeed enjoying this internship at the Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic in Jaipur. It feels like a very gratifying experience to be able to deepen my knowledge in this field right here in Ayurveda’s country of birth.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, the “science of life” or longevity, is the holistic alternative science from India, and is more than 5,000 years old. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in the human existence, thus being the foundation of all others. Ayurveda is the most comprehensive medical system available. The ancient Ayurvedic system was astoundingly complete. Students could choose a  specialty from eight branches of medicine as follows: internal medicine, ears nose and throat, toxicology,pediatrics, surgery, psychiatry, aphrodisiacs, and rejuvenation.

Ayurveda is more than the original world medicine; it is a spiritual science. This is the most important aspect of Ayurveda. It suggests that true health is based on the healthy functioning of five areas of life: physical/mental health, career or life purpose, spiritual relationships (including personal and world ethics and fair trade), ecology, and spirituality.

The world of western health care has been profoundly impacted by Ayurveda in the recent years. Popular books by Deepak Chopra, MD., and others have drawn attention to the tremendous potential of this ancient healing system. Along with the potential to heal chronic conditions, Ayurveda promises to improve and maintain health and increase longevity.

As Yoga is considered to be the spiritual side of Ayurveda, likewise Ayurveda is the healing side of Yoga. Both Ayurveda and Yoga encompass a complete approach to the well being of the physical body, the mind and the spirit. They synergistically strive to help a person to reconnect to their true nature through direct experience.

Ayurveda comprehends health and disease as the end result of our interactions with our environment. It breaks down to the fact that harmonious interactions lead to health while disharmonious interactions lead to disease. Ayurveda is the science of creating and sustaining greater harmony with our environment through all of our senses.

In terms of Ayurveda, we are constantly creating and recreating our personal state of health each and every day based upon how we interact with the world, in terms of our belief system, thoughts, perceptions, and feelings, which ultimately determine our actions.

Determined at the moment of conception, our inner nature is called our constitution or Prakruti. This unique balance of energy stays with us for the rest of our lives. It determines what is in harmony with our nature and what will cause us to become unbalanced, sick and diseased. being knowledgeable of our constitution is of paramount importance to developing optimal health. Our constitution determines our reactions to different foods, colors, aromas, as well as general life habits.

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Ayurveda Today

Although Ayurveda is an ancient science of health and healing, it is as relevant today as when it was first described in writing more than 5,000 years ago. It was revealed for the purposes of preventing disease in those who are healthy and curing disease in those who are sick. The fundamental principles of healing  are still the same to this day, and as valid as ever.  The early Ayurvedic physicians have taught us the proper use of our five senses and the importance of adequate lifestyle in the healing process. Remarkably, these physicians described the same diseases people suffer from today including diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, cancer, digestive disease, and much more. They have given us detailed instructions regarding how to maximize the potential of the body to heal from each of these conditions.

Ayurveda is a complete health care science. In modern India, there are Ayurvedic hospitals along with Western hospitals, and practitioners of Ayurveda are fully licensed physicians. In the United States, the practice of Ayurveda is relatively new, gaining though more and more recognition, as more people are receiving the wonderful benefits of implementing Ayurveda into their lives.