Women’s Health Tips for You!

Another full weekend of Ayurvedic studies! This weekend we are continuing with Women’s Health as part of our Clinical Ayurvedic program at CA College of Ayurveda. I am filling my notebook and brain with all kinds of fabulous, natural treatments for the range of women’s health issues, including infections, PMS, and symptoms associated with menopause. If you want to learn about the Ayurvedic cures, send me a message! I can even design an individualized herbal formula for you, depending on your needs.

Seasonal Special! Abhyanga for just $50!!

As some of you know, I am in my second year of studies at CA College of Ayurveda–a very in depth Ayurvedic program. I recently completed my hours for my Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapies Course. I have been loving giving the Abhyangas (Ayurvedic massage). I find it incredibly healing for my clients as well as myself. While I am continuing to refine my process, I’d like to extend this Seasonal Special. From now til the end of 2014, one hour Abhyanga for just $50! This is a lovely traditional form of massage that utilizes lots of nourishing oils, balances the doshas (energies) of the body, and calms the nervous system. I am located in San Francisco, CA. Use the contact tab above and message me to make an appt.!
and a testimonial:
“Greta’s massage was hands down one of the best I’ve ever received. Her technique was well balanced, her pressure perfect, and it melted all of my stress away. I highly recommend seeing her and using her services!”
~Diana M.

Managing the sinuses in dry weather

Especially in drier climes, it’s not unusual to experience dry, irritated sinuses and nasal passages. Unfortunately, this condition is not only uncomfortable, it also compromises one’s pranic absorption. Blocked sinuses can contribute to depression, fatigue, and brain fog. An easy solution is performing neti every day and following up with a few drops of medicated herbal oil in each nostril. For neti make sure to use distilled water and get the water to body temperature. Use 1/4-1/2 tsp fine ground salt. If you get the temperature and salinity right, it should feel very pleasant–like hardly anything at all. I made a nice nasya oil with a sesame oil base, gotu kola, slippery elm, and fresh basil. If you are trained in making medicated oils, have at it! If not, you can buy pre-made nasya oils from Ayurvedic suppliers like Banyan Botanicals–or talk to our local Ayurvedic practitioner about it. Performing daily neti and following up with nasya oil has made a huge difference in my ability to breathe freely!

The Power of Probiotics

Radiolab: Gut Feelings

This is definitely worth a listen. More reasons to eat plenty of probiotics. Not only do they assist in proper food digestion, they may also be linked to a boost in serotonin and mood. In my personal experience, I have felt generally calmer and more clear-headed when I am getting a healthy supply of probiotics in conjunction with a good veggie-heavy diet and other wellness promoting practices. This episode was really cool! Give it a listen! Further affirmation of the Ayurvedic theory that all good health begins with great digestion.
Also, in terms of probiotic sources, there are many to choose from. I like Bubbies pickles and sauerkraut, homemade sauerkraut, kefir, umeboshi paste, and cultured cottage cheese or cream cheese. Diversity is a good thing, so eating from a variety of probiotic sources will give you more diverse strands.