Mind Herbs

The difference between Ayurvedic herbs and Western Medicine  is that the ayurvedic herbs make you feel alive and the western meds help you to feel functional. Ayurveda can work on its own in mind conditions or in conjunction with Western medicine or other therapies such as Tibetan Cranial, chiropractor care, or acupuncture.  There are some people who must be on Western medicine for mind conditions, but Ayurveda can still help. Ayurveda can help keep the liver strong and the blood clean since western meds can leave toxins which tax the liver and blood.  Ayurveda can also support good digestion which also becomes compromised with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications.  And Ayurveda has specific mind herbs to support sattvic or balanced mind functioning.  An ayurvedic practitioner will also make recommendations with diet, lifestyle and yoga practices to truly address the root cause of the mind imbalances. Herb tinctures are a great way to penetrate the nervous system deeply to have profound effects.   I now carry Vata Calming tinctures and Pitta soothing tinctures.  Move towards your healing, enlightening journey, by taking the first step of seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner.  Commit to the journey and you will feel profoundly different.

Immune Tincture

Tinctures are more readily absorbed by the body.  If  you are working with cold or flu symptoms, or compromised immunity then using this tincture will be very beneficial.  $20/bottle. I can mail out tinctures as well. This Immune tincture contains: ashwagandha, punarnava, guduchi, kapikacchu, tulsi, turmeric, lotus root, rose, licorice, pippali, and auslese wine.

New Tinctures coming soon: Enhance Digestion, Parasite Purge, Mind Grounding,  Lunar Mind.


What is true Healing?

Healing is ——
the lessening of fluctuations between rajas (over activity of the body/mind) and tamas (lethargy or inertia) and gradually arriving at SATTVA (balance, harmony).
One applies abhyasa (effort and discipline) and vairagya (detachment from outcome) in the process of lessening those fluctuations.
In that sweet spot of sattva is surrendering to your dharma, ultimate healing.
The process is gradual just like the quieting of Newton’s swinging cradle of balls.

If you would like to start or deepen your healing process, call me for a free 10 minute consultation to help you identify what ayurvedic or yogic therapies might be beneficial for you. If you decide that this is where you would like to start your journey, we can schedule a more in-depth appointment.

Strong Container to House the Flame of Awareness

We look out,
we look within (the heart),
and we witness;
as the witness we burn and heal the memories of parent’s imbalances &
we burn  our past life hurts & current life pains.
Create the 3rd dimension of witnessing to truly heal.
We need a strong container to house our strong flame of awareness,
we need a strong container + the flame of awareness to be with something (pain)  & be in witness mode,
we need a strong container to contain the newly transformed Energy
created from the transformation of pain to Love.

Liver Health – Love Your Liver

Liver Health – Love your Liver !

All drug activities and environmental toxins involve the liver, plasma, blood, and pancreas. The 2 most common sites for drug side effects are the GI tract, and the Nervous system. The liver is one of the most important and metabolically active organs in both Western Medicine and in Ayurved.

The functions of the liver include:

  • detoxification,
  • bile formation and excretion,
  • glycogen storage,
  • synthesis and metabolism of fats and proteins,
  • decomposition of RBC’s,
  • synthesis of plasma protein,
  • and hormone production.

The hepatocytes or liver cells are responsible for:

  • heme synthesis (for hemoglobin),
  • mediating the immunity in blood-borne diseases,
  • protein synthesis, protein storage,
  • breakdown of carbohydrates,
  • synthesis of cholesterol, bile salts, phospholipids,
  • detoxification and excretion of toxins (ama),
  • and the formation and secretion of bile.

The liver is the final step in breaking down food into the elements needed by the body.  The monosaccharides from breakdown of carbohydrates, the amino acids from the digestion of proteins, and the fatty acids from the digestion of fats all move into the liver, and specifically into the hepatocytes. The hepatocytes contain a high number of mitochondria, the organelles that generate ATP. Mitochondria take in all of these elemental substances and use them in the Krebs’s cycle or TCA cycle to produce ATP or energy.

Through the lens of Ayurved, we see the liver as converting the dissolved food into the 5 elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space to be used by the whole body.

The liver houses the Bhuta agnis or the elemental agnis which are the manifestations of the digestive fire.  All 5 transform ingested food into biologically useful substances. In other words, the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are broken down by the enzymes of the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and small intestine into a dissolved food entity, or chyme. Then the liver converts the dissolved food into the elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether to be used in the health of the organs and tissues. Rasa and Rakta come together and communicate in the liver. The liver, spleen and bone marrow are the seats of rakta srotamsi. When we improve the health of the liver in Ayurveda, we automatically improve the health of the rasa, and rakta, and improve immunity. We also improve digestion by working on the bhuta agnis, and consequently all nutrition is effectively extracted from the food we ingest. Emotional outlook is improved as the liver is the site of stored anger. Energy level is improved and overall health is improved when the liver is in good health.


Blood and lymph mix in the sinusoids and the Kupffer cells filter out the toxins or ama. The nutrient rich blood is then sent to the heart via the inferior vena cava.  When the liver is overloaded with toxins, the liver pushes the lipid soluble toxins into the fat layer. Our nervous system is comprised of fat, particularly the white matter, and therefore these toxins can end up in our nervous system.  Examples of toxins that may get stored in the fat layer include: heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, food additives, pollutants, plastics, and other environment chemicals. The specific mechanism that does this is the smooth endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The liver sinusoids contain an abundance of smooth ER which is responsible for lipid and protein synthesis. This organelle pushes the excess toxins into the lipid layer.  Once they are in the fat layer, they are difficult to remove and the only way to remove them is to do a purification therapy that allows the body to enter a fat metabolism mode. In fat metabolism, the body uses the fat layer as a caloric resource and breaks it down. This causes the toxins which have been pushed there to be released into the blood and converted to water-soluble toxins for the kidneys to excrete. But if we take good care of the liver and avoid these types of toxins as much as possible, we will avoid the toxin deposition in the fat layer.


In Ayurveda, one of the first things we treat in any disease is the liver. There must be good liver health in order to extract nutrients efficiently from food and to generate ATP for energy. Some herbs that improve liver health are: guduchi, kutki, kalmegh, bringaraj, and aloe.  The bitter taste of greens aids the process of cleansing the liver and blood, removing toxins and parasites, and it enhances the release of digestive secretions and digestive enzymes. Yoga asanas that stimulate the digestive fire are: peacock (mayurasana), maha mudra, twists such as ardha matsyendrasana or bharadvajasana, marichyasana C or jathara parivrttiasana, focusing at the navel center (agni bhavana), Uddiyana bandha, agni sara, and nauli.  Massaging bringaraj oil over the liver marma point (yakrut) in a clockwise direction is also beneficial. Pranayama exercises which will help the liver include: alternate nostril breathing, and holds after the inhale and exhale. The hold after inhale builds the digestive fire, and the hold after the exhale allows the ama at the lower 3 chakras to be held in the fire longer.  Some meditation practices that will enhance the fire in the liver and in the GI tract include chanting the mantra, OM SURYA NAMAHA, or OM RAVAYE NAMAHA, or OM RAM NAMAHA. By bringing in these practices, you bring health to the liver, and you show your liver LOVE.

5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

5 Cool Ways To Stay Cool This Summer
1. Drink cooling herbal teas such as cumin, coriander, and fennel tea.
2. Eat cooling and more easily digestable meals such as kitchari and salads.
3. Consider applying cooling essential oils to the body, such as sandalwood and khus.
4. At bedtime, consider applying coconut oil to your scalp and feet
5. Perform a daily oil massage with cooling oils such as sunflower or coconut oil
See https://healthyayurveda.com/ayurvedic-perspective-5-cool-ways-to-stay-cool-this-summer/ for the complete article.

10 Tips for Healthy Digestion

1. Eat wholesome food.
2. Eat your meals at regular times.
3. Do not rush meals.
4. Appreciate your meals [i.e. the smell, taste, feel and appearance of the food].
5. Chew your food properly.
6. Start your meals with an appetizer like soup and end it with a sweet dish [i.e. payasam].
7. Avoid too much liquids just before and during meals.
8. Eat food with a pleasant and positive mind.
9. Consider eating while sitting in a cross-legged position [i.e. sukhasana pose].
10. Walk a few steps after finishing the meal.

See https://healthyayurveda.com/10-simple-considerations-for-optimal-digestion/ for the complete article.

Yogic Diet Vs Ayurvedic Diet

kitchariAccording to Dr. Frawley in his book, “Yoga and Ayurveda”,  there is a difference between Yogic and Ayurvedic diets.  Ayurveda brings about health and balance to the physical body through diet and lifestyle. An Ayurvedic diet aims to reduce all the doshas and consists of mainly cooked foods which are sattvic (balanced and pure) and a small amount of raw foods. A sattvic diet consists of natural, vegetarian foods grown in harmony with nature and cooked with love.

A yogic diet also consists of a sattvic diet, but  it contains more raw foods and has a different purpose.  “Yoga aims at helping us transcend body consciousness. … Yoga helps us move beyond bodily limitations. For this reason, most traditional yogic disciplines are ascetic in nature, including fasting, and light diet, raw foods, and detoxification measures as well as sensory deprivation, pranayama, and meditation.”  Raw foods especially fruits and nuts contain more air and ether elements and those foods bring about more lightness in our being.

So if you are trying to incorporate both into your life, how would one know if they should aim more for an Ayurvedic diet, or for the Yogic diet?  If you are mostly balanced in your Vata, Pitta, and Kapha energies and express mostly the positive qualities of those energies, and you have good agni (digestive power), then you can incorporate more raw foods and more of the Yogic aspect.  If you are experiencing low agni and doshic imbalances then you would seek to incorporate more of the Ayurvedic diet.  Check back soon at this website  for more information on specific foods and the pranic energies associated with those foods.