HERB OF THE MONTH:
Turmeric - the "anti" herb
Herbal self-care at home
These are some of Heather's favorite self-care and clean beauty products from trusted brands. You'll be surprised how simple and inexpensive caring for your beautiful body can be. Treat headaches, women's health, digestive, respiratory, skin and hair concerns, and more - all at home. Some of these may surprise you!
My friend tells me that my face smells like a yoga studio when I wear this, but my skin just loves the silky glow, especially in fall. It totally has ghee in it! So hydrating and luxurious!
Sunflower Seed Oil
365 by Whole Foods
No joke. This is one of the best ways to moisturize your skin, scalp and hair, or to do a self abhyanga (Ayurvedic topical oil treatment). I prefer applying it before a shower, but be careful and don't slip in the shower!
Lemon Ginger Tea
This tea works wonders for those days when you are wondering where your hunger went, and it can help curate your digestive juices to more fully process what you eat. Probably too strong for anyone with high pitta.
Yoni Steaming Box
If you've been wanting to create a v-steam setup for your house, well this seating platform is comfortable, environmentally friendly, and can probably be used as a plant holder if you ever want to hide it from your parents when they are visiting. Lol.
This herb is great for cleansing excess pitta and kapha, purifying the blood and lymph.
If you don't have a neti pot in your house yet, then you are really missing out. Sometimes your sinuses just need a little rinse, and this is way better than those little plastic saline nasal spray bottles you find at the drugstore. Use clean water, please!
Chaste Tree Berries
This herb has been found to improve PMS-related symptoms. This bag will provide you with you enough to give away to some of your friends too.
It may seem like this is the current "it" boy of Ayurvedic herbs, and that's because it's great for vata. And who doesn't have too much vata these days? But it's not a good idea take this one if you have a lot of toxicity in your gut, or if your pitta is high.
This Sanskrit word means "one hundred husbands". Enough said. Avoid if you have high kapha. You don't need to be friends with this herb. Often paired with ashwagandha to balance both estrogen and testosterone.
Aloe Vera Juice
Lily of the Desert
From a pimply face to those times when you are wondering where the heck your period went, aloe can be incredibly helpful at the right time in your cycle.
I've been using this one for years for home panchakarmas, and other Ayurvedic cleanse stuff. I wish it didn't come in plastic, but I can't find any others that aren't in plastic either. Let me know if you find one!
The Best Fertility Book
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Nasya Oil (nasal oil)
Your sense of smell is very important to your ability to detect subtle cues in the environment around you. Do not limit your perception by ignoring allergies or other sinus issues. Much like your outside skin can get dry or inflamed, so can your inside skin. The nostrils and sinus cavity need some love sometimes.
Tried-and-true gentle balancing formula to support cleansing and immune strength. Many people take this one every day, but using it for short periods of time may actually be more optimal. Everything loses its potency after a while. So do things with intention!
An herb that dulls one's ability to taste sugar. Very handy when one is trying to break a sugar addiction! (Who? Not me! Haha)
Nasya Oil (nasal oil)
Supports uncongested breathing. Can be uncomfortable for some people, so discuss with your practitioner first. Based on anu thailam. Your sense of smell is very important to your ability to detect subtle cues in the environment around you. Do not limit your perception by ignoring allergies or other sinus issues.
Organic Magic Balm
This product is legit magic when used topically on skin for headaches and sore throats when pitta is up.
Ten root herbs used for calming and bulking up the stool for someone experiencing deer-pellet poops. Can reestablish healthy excretion patterns and support the body's natural detoxification process. Can also be used for yoni steams for certain conditions.
Organic Turmeric Powder
Every modern home should have turmeric in it. Turmeric is in the ginger family and is one of the most powerful herbs to support a normal inflammation response. Can be added to food, consumed in a latte, or cooked into your favorite witches brew.
Many people have heard about how black pepper can help you assimilate certain herbs like turmeric better, but black pepper can be a little harsh for some more sensitive vata bodies, and a little hard on the liver. When you want to improve assimilation with high vata, pippali (long pepper) is a little more appropriate.