Hay Fever Free Spring with Ayurveda


Hay fever which is also called as allergic rhinitis shows symptoms of runny nose, sneezing, itching eyes, scratchy throat, and itching, swelling, or hives on the skin. Often, people seem to have a cold. It is due to allergies to pollen or other substances during specific times of the year. Ayurveda looks at Hay fever as a Pitta-Kapha imbalance along with presence of toxins or Ama in the body.


  • Avoid cold and heavy foods like dairy, yoghurt, cheese early in the mornings or later in the evenings.
  • Avoid faulty food combinations like fruit and dairy.06072015_Re-Energise Tea Jar
  • Favour more general spices like turmeric, black pepper in foods.
  • Try and consume more hot soups and liquids. This helps to liquefy/melt the congested mucus.
  • A tea or decoction made from liquorice, black pepper, basil and ginger is taken twice daily before the hay fever season starts. This will help to prevent the onset of symptoms.
  • Consume plenty of steamed green vegetables or salads garnished with black pepper, basil, thyme, rosemary.


  • Pippali which is also known as long pepper is one of the best herbs to strengthen the immune system.turmeric
  • Turmeric when taken regularly will help to prevent onset of Hay fever. This can either be taken three times daily in warm water or mixed with honey.
  • Tulsi which is also known as Holy Basil is known as one of the best respiratory system rejuvenators. People with more congestion, runny nose will find this herb helpful.


  • Nasya, one of the Ayurveda Nasal treatments is very good for Hay Fever. Medicated 29078BSLRGB75Ayurvedic herbal oils are administered into the nostril after an energising massage and steaming to the face. This once again helps to cleanse and clear out any mucus congestion from the sinuses.
  • Ayurvedic Foot Massages are very helpful for people suffering from redness, burning, itching and watering of eyes.
  • Ayurvedic Abdominal Massages are also good if they have Ama or toxins in the body.


  • Energising breathing exercises like the cleansing breath exercise is the exercise of29024BSLRGB75
    choice for Hay Fever. This not only helps to cleanse and clarify the sinuses but also helps to strengthen the immune system.
  • Likewise the Breath of Fire also called Bhastrika breathing is very good.
  • Sun Salutation is the sequence of choice for this imbalance.
  • Neti or Nasal wash with a mild salt water solution with a few drops of sesame seed oil can be done regularly every morning.

Strengthen your Liver through Ayurveda

Ayurveda looks at liver as a Pitta Dosha organ. Once the food undergoes digestion in the stomach, it is then sent to the liver for further digestion. The liver also holds the digestive capacity of all the five elements: space, air, fire, water, earth. Therefore in Ayurveda we give immense importance to liver and its healthy status. When the heat in the body increases, the liver will be the first organ to be affected.

Keeping the liver healthy and functioning normally is an essential element towards a healthy and prolonged life.


  • Avoid all foods that increase heat or pitta in the body
  • Avoid excess of spicy, salty and sour foods as they increase heat
  • Favour tastes like natural sweets, bitter and astringent
  • Avoid excess alcohol, spicy oily foods and smokingh
  • Aloe vera is a very good liver cleanser. This can be taken as juice or gel
  • Anything that is green is bitter. Therefore all green salads are very good for the liver
  • Raisins soaked in water are also very good for the liver
  • Buttermilk with cumin powder also helps to remove heat from the liver


One of the best herbs known for its liver cleansing properties is Triphala. When taken on a regular basis it helps to remove the negative effects of alcohol on the liver. Ayurveda Pura Detox Mix is the best for such cleansing effects.

a-pile-of-fresh-turmeric-rootsTurmeric is another well known anti inflammatory herb that is taken to strengthen the liver functions.

Neem is not only good for the skin but for the liver too. It helps to purify the blood and therefore supports the functions of the liver.




Regular Foot Massages will help to remove the excess heat from the liver.

718Some Marma points or energy points that will help to strengthen the liver are: right knee, mid point on the forearms, points over the temple region, mid point of the wrists. These points can be massaged everyday in a circular fashion. Commence with anti clockwise circular strokes which are detoxifying followed by clock wise circular strokes which are nourishing. The best oil to use would be pure sesame seed oil. Alternatively coconut oil can also be used.

Abdominal Massages are also very good to help cleanse the liver.

Cleansing: regular purgation with castor oil will help to cleanse the liver and get rid of excess heat and toxins from this organ. Regular monthly fasting will give a break to liver and will help it to rejuvenate.



  • All poses that help to tone the abdominal organs are good.657
  • Forward bends, knee to chest pose help to massages and tone the liver.
  • Cobra pose, fish pose, wheel pose also help to strengthen the liver.
  • Moon salutations will help to remove excess heat
  • Breathing exercises best for the liver are cooling breath exercise, alternate nostril breathing and left nostril breathing.

Ayurveda Pura Academy Open Evening 12th November 2015

We would like to invite to our
Open Evening at Ayurveda Pura Academy
 12th November 2015 from 5-7pm.


Join us for some drinks, nibbles and an exciting evening of networking with like minded people. This also gives us an opportunity to celebrate the various awards and successes won by Ayurveda Pura and Dr Deepa Apte

Whether you would like to network with like-minded people, know more about Ayurveda or like to change your profession and become an Ayurvedic therapist/practitioner or a Yoga Teacher this evening will be for you!

During the event, Dr Deepa Apte will give an enlightening talk about Ayurveda in the Western world, ways of using social media to help further your practice, tips on how to setup your own practice and will also be available for Q&A afterwards. Our professional staff will be there to get all your questions answered. And to make this event even more valuable we will be offering special discounts on courses and have goody bags available.

Our onsite Health Cafe will be open for refreshments, snacks and/or dinner.

Please note that places are very limited and we can only accept RSVP but only if you really mean to attend this event.

We look forward to receive your registrations. Please RSVP by writing to Academy@AyurvedaPura.com or calling 0208 312 8383.

Venue Address: Ayurveda Pura Health Spa & Beauty Centre, Oval Square, 48 Newton Lodge, Greenwich Millennium Village, North Greenwich SE10 0BA

Dr Deepa’s Diary January 2015

Before I begin, here is wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! May this year bring all the joy and happiness you have been wishing for.  And talking about the New Year, it’s so hard to believe that we have already landed ourselves in 2015.

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Once upon a time a very long time ago, 2015 seemed like a date in the very very far future. But now here we are 2015 directly staring into our face! And now it’s our turn to make the best of it.

Here at Ayurveda Pura, we have been busy working to get the New Year all up and started!

wellbeing-kit-3675-edit detoxAs always we have a lot of offer you this January. Now that we have enjoyed Xmas and New Year celebration to our hearts content, now it’s time to for a gentle cleanse. As many of you may know or have read, Cancer Research UK are running a Dryathlon January to raise cancer awareness but most importantly to also help get our systems back in place. So why not add an Ayurvedic twist to the Dryathlon by going on an Ayurvedic Detox Dryathlon!  Read here to find out how!

For those who haven’t yet booked on the Facelift Massage Workshop or the Foot Massage Workshop, here is you chance to get the workshop at a discounted price. Do read the newsletter to find out how.

Also for those who are interested in the Ayurvedic Therapist Course and want to learn all about the wonderful Ayurvedic Therapies, the next course commences on 9th March 2015. There is still time to get the course at an early bird discount rate.

Once again here wishing everyone a great Year ahead, and I very much look forward to hearing about successes as the year goes along.

New Year Cleanse with Ayurveda Pura’s Daily Detox Kit

Ayurveda Pura’s Magic Mixes and Survival Kits:

Ayurveda Pura’s Magic Mixes are a fun and yet an effective way of bringing back balance into the body and mind!

These Magic Mixes can either mixed in herbal teas, juices, warm milk or water. They can also be sprinkled over salads as salad dressings. Or if you want to get innovative why not cook your food with the magic mixes

Daily Detox Magic Mix with Triphala, Ginger and Cinnamon

detoc mixIn Ayurveda, Triphala is known for its cleansing qualities. It helps to get rid of toxins which may lead to illness and in return helps to strengthen the digestive capacity.

Ginger is widely known as a detoxifying herb. It has fire like qualities and helps to melt out the toxins from the body. Both the herbs result in increase of mental and physical energy and enthusiasm.

Daily Detox Kit™

Tired of complicated cleansing routines? This is probably the easiest way to get rid of toxins from your body.

Chyawanprash; De-Tox Herbal Tea; Daily Detox Magic Mix

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How to use this Kit:

Morning routine: Start off your day with the All Natural De-Tox Herbal Tea followed by two spoonfuls of the Award winning Chyawanprash and one teaspoon of your Organic Detox Magic Food Mix.

During the day take plenty of the De-Tox Herbal Tea especially after every snack and meal.

Evening Routine: Once again take Chyawanprash in hot water and one teaspoon of your Organic Detox Magic Food Mix just before bedtime.

For further benefits focus on more liquid foods such as soups, stews etc. Warm food is the key. Try a little Ayurvedic secret and avoid eating dairy and fruit together at the same time.

Detox could have never been easier!

Winter Blues and Ayurveda

Winter is a typical Vata and Kapha Season. Vata qualities are those of dryness and coldness. Kapha qualities are those of wetness and coldness. The aim is to reduce Vata and Kapha. This is best done through bringing in some warmth and heat via foods, herbs, massages, yoga and everyday life style.


  • Concentrate on warm foods which are well spiced. These can be plenty of soups and stews and nourishing foods.
  • Make a stimulating tea by boiling equal amounts of black pepper, cumin seeds, ginger and lemon juice. Filter the tea and consume it 2-3 times a day. This will help to bring back that enthusiasm and energy.
  • detox re-energiseConsume plenty of Detox Tea or Re- Energise Tea during the day.
  • Avoid cold foods and drinks first thing in the morning.  Replace this with a ginger and lemon tea. Ginger has fire like qualities so will help remove the lethargy and tiredness and lemon has cleansing qualities.


  • One of the best herbs during this season is Pippali. Also called as long pepper, this helps to stimulate the immune system and improves circulation.
  • Tulsi or holy basil is another herb really suited for the winter blues. It helps not only to lift up moods but also helps to strengthen the respiratory system therefore preventing colds, coughs and flus.
  • chyawanprash copyOne of the best food supplements during winter is Chyawanprash. Made of approximately 47 herbs this vegetarian supplement is the best companion for winter. One teaspoon taken in hot water as a hot herbal drink will give that much needed boost to your energy and make the body feel lighter and energetic. Added advantages are that it is one of the best Ayurvedic choices to strengthen the immune system


  • smo_0112_1Regular self massage at home with warm sesame seed oil will help to nourish the skin and the body.
  • Alternatively a whole body Abhyanga massage with your local massage therapist will help to remove those winter blues and add a spring in your step.
  • One of the best treatments during winter is Udvartana , Ayurvedic herbal scrub massage. Massaging the body with finely ground herbs and oils will not only stimulate dermal circulation, but will also ensure to prevent cellulite and improve metabolism by helping to remove the feeling of lethargy.


  • Stimulating yoga practices like the sun salutation is very helpful.
  • Follow this by warming breathing exercises like the Kapalabhati (cleansing breath exercise) or Bhastrika (breath of fire)


  • It may be cold out there but don’t let this stop you from going out. Include short walks in your daily routine. This will help to remove the heaviness and lethargy from the body.
  • One of the best activities during winter to keep those winter blues away is to go dancing or group activities like Zumba, Yoga, Pilates. It is essential that you spend more time around people than being alone.
  • If possible take up gentle fasting one day every two weeks. Consume plenty of warm liquids, soups and warm smoothies on this day.

Nabhi Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Abdominal Massage

Often in holistic massage systems, the abdominal area is not given enough attention as the rest of the body. Sometimes, this area may be completely left out during a massage session.

In Ayurveda, the abdominal/stomach region is viewed very differently. Immense importance is given to this local area. It is here that Agni or the digestive fire lives. This digestive fire is responsible for the digestion of all food eaten and its conversion into nutrients. Stimulating this Agni is one of the most important aims in Ayurveda.

When the Agni or digestive fire is strong and healthy, no toxin or Ama is formed. It is this Ama that is responsible for all diseases and ailments in the body.

Just the way the earth revolves around the sun, in Ayurveda we believe that our lives revolve around our Agni or digestive fire. It is interesting to observe that we wake up when the sun wakes or rises up. We go to sleep when the sun goes to sleep or sets down. Likewise our digestive fire also wakes up and goes to sleep with the sun.

Ayurveda has gifted us five approaches to balance and maintain life. These five approaches can also be used to maintain a healthy Agni:

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Out of these five approaches, massages are the most commonly used tool.

Ayurveda says “Don’t put anything on your skin that you cannot put on your tongue because just the way everything that you put on your tongue gets absorbed and reaches different parts of your body so will everything that you put on your skin get absorbed to the deepest tissues like bones”

This can be very well explained according to modern medical view. As we all know, our body is made up of cells including all organs and the skin. There exists an inter-cellular space between cells including those of the skin. Any substance e.g. oil applied to the skin gets absorbed through these inter-cellular spaces and reaches the deepest tissues including bones.

Therefore massage is a very strong tool for maintaining health and curing ailments.

The abdominal massage routine in Ayurveda is called: Nabhi Abhyanga.

This massage directly helps to stimulate and regulate Agni.

Importance of the abdominal area or the navel region in Ayurveda (also called as Nabhi):

  •  Nabhi is a marma point or energy point behind the navel region.
  • Agni or the digestive fire resides or lives behind the navel region in the area of the small intestine.
  • Therefore Nabhi Abhyanga literally means massaging the Nabhi Marma point to help regulate the Agni.
  • According to the Chakra system, the Manipura Chakra is also located behind the navel region. The natural element that corresponds with this Chakra is fire.
  • According to modern medicine all the main digestive enzymes are produced by the small intestine which is also located just behind the navel region.
  • The navel region or Nabhi Marma point is the first and the only point of contact and source of food, water and air for the foetus while it lives in the mother’s womb for 9 months.

Bearing the above points in mind, Ayurveda gives immense importance to this region and says that this point or area should be nourished from the very first days of a baby’s life and this should be continued life long. Any massage given to this area including the whole abdomen helps to regulate the Agni which in turn supports a healthy life.

Nabhi Abhyanga is useful for the following imbalances:

  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Under active thyroid
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • IBS
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence and gases
  • Lethargy
  • Tiredness
  • Ama – related conditions

Nabhi Abhyanga is very commonly given to women in the post natal period as it also helps to strengthen the abdominal wall and prevents unnecessary weight gain during this period.

Nabhi Abhyanga can also be included as a part of any weight loss programs or packages.


  • Excess heat in the body
  • Acidity/ ulcers

Abdominal massage is given in three positions:

  • The client lying prone on the back
  • The client turns and lies down on the right hand side
  • The client turns and lies down on left hand side.
  • Massaging in a sideward position helps to approach the internal organs easily as they tend to fall out towards the abdominal wall in this position.

Nabhi Abhyanga can be combined with other treatments to widen the treatment offers:

  • Nabhi Marma Abhyanga: Abominal massage with Marma Point therapy
  • Nabhi Udvartana: Abdominal herbal scrub massage
  • Nabhi Abhyanga and Lepa: Abdominal Massage with herbal mask or wrap application
  • Nabhi Abhyanga with Eranda Lepa: Abdominal Massage with Castor Oil Pack

Example of a simple weight loss program including Nabhi Abhyanga:

This routine is followed over a 6 week period.

  • An initial consultation and assessment of the client’s body type
  • Day 1:
    • Triphala 1 capsule and castor oil 1 table spoon in the evening before going to bed
  • Day 2:
    • Warm drinks and herbal drinks in the morning. Try and avoid any solid foods till 10am.
    • 10 or 11am: Nabhi Abhyanga
    • Plenty of warm drinks and ginger lemon tea for an hour after the massage.
    • Light lunch to be taken after an hour
    • Triphala, 1 capsule and castor oil, 1tablespoon again at bedtime.
  • The above sequence to be followed once every week for 5-6 weeks. This really helps towards gentle and yet effective and permanent weight loss.

It is strongly recommended that you consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner if you suffer from any ailments. The treatment protocol may change based on a person’s body constitution and disease.

Chyawanprash – Natural Ayurvedic Food Supplement

Regarded by many connoisseurs as the ultimate health supplement, Chyawanprash has been around for thousands of years. Chyawanprash is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal jam prepared according to an ancient Ayurvedic formula with multiple health benefits.
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Rasayana is a branch of Ayurveda which deals with all specialized approaches aimed at prolonging life, preventing aging and disease, elimination of all degenerative processes and promoting excellent health. Not only does Chyawanprash, as a formulation, find its place under this specialized subject but is foremost among all Rasayana formulations in Ayurveda.

Chyawanprash is named after a great sage called Chyawan who had become very old, but once more became young and strong by taking this preparation. According to the legend, Chyawan married a very young and beautiful princess. But he soon realized that he would become a burden to her and sought help from the celestial physicians. They worked on an herbal preparation that made him young and strong again.  Hence this herbal preparation was called Chyawanprash.

 Chyawanprash which has been used and treasured in India for thousands of years consists of forty seven ingredients out of which Amla (Emblica officinalis) or Indian Gooseberry is the main ingredient. Chyawanprash is well known as an immunity booster, antioxidant, rejuvenator, a great source of vitamin C and a very good energy provider. It is made from natural herbs, fruits and spices and has been the preferred antioxidant to fight free radicals in the body.

The ingredients of Chyawanprash have been very scientifically divided into the following categories:

  • Pradhana Dravya (main ingredient): Amla (Emblica officianalis) or Indian gooseberry constitutes the main ingredient of the formulation.
  • Samsadhana Dravya (processing ingredients):  These ingredients helps to process the main ingredient i.e. Amla. Some examples are: Pippali (Long Pepper), Draksha (Vitis vinifera), Bala (Sida Cordifolia) etc.
  • Yamaka Dravya (ingredients as lipid media): This set of ingredients helps to treat Amla fruits. The process, which is also called lipophilization, helps to promote tissue penetration of the main ingredient. Clarified butter and sesame oil fall under this category.
  • Samvahaka Dravya (preservative ingredients):  This group of ingredients not only acts as a carrier for the main and supportive ingredients but also helps preserve the clinical efficacy of the main ingredient (Amla).
  • Prakshepa Dravya (flavoring ingredients): These ingredients are also termed as balancing drugs. They help balance the Doshas  and Dhatus (tissues) in the body. Herbs that fall under this category are saffron, cinnamon, pippali etc.

Indian Gooseberry:
or India Gooseberry, which is the main ingredient, is highly regarded for its health and nutritional benefits.

  • Its juice contains almost 30 times as much vitamin C as orange juice. Its fruit contains moisture, proteins, minerals (calcium, phosphorous, iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin and vitamin C), fibers and carbohydrates and therefore a very effective antioxidant and rejuvenator.
  • It has been  mainly used as a Rasayana to prevent aging, and promote health to eyes and hair.
  • Its use is also recommended in heart diseases and other debilitating conditions.
  • It is also known to improve intelligence and memory.

Classical method of preparation:

All herbs that fall under the Samsadhana group are first changed into powder form and boiled to make a herbal decoction.

  • The fruits of Amla (Emblica officinalis) or Indian gooseberry are tied in a cloth to make a bag and suspended in the above decoction. As a result of this procedure the Amla fruits are softened.
  • The pulp of the fruit is separated from the seeds. This pulp is then fried in clarified butter and sesame oil (Yamaka group).
  • This fried pulp is then added to syrup of Samvahaka group.
  • Finally, ground ingredients from the Prakshepa group are added.
  • The whole procedure may take up to several days and the final product is a sweet sour tasting herbal tonic with a jam like consistency.


Chyawanprash is used for preventive and therapeutic purposes. According to Charaka Samhita (the ancient ayurvedic text book for internal medicine) Chyawanprash is very beneficial in the following conditions:

  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Renal conditions
  • Chest diseases
  • Gout
  • Excessive thirst
  • Urinary disorders
  • Disorders of he reproductive system

Chyawanprash has been very thoroughly studied and has been labeled as the best antioxidant ever to be researched and used.


  • Chyawanprash helps promote digestion and relieve nausea.
  • Ingredients like Amla and cinnamon help to treat hyperacidity, flatulence and dyspepsia

Immune System:

  • Due to its high vitamin C content, Chyawanprash is well known to enhance the immune system and thereby reducing the incidence of common infections like cough, cold and fever.

Brain and heart:

  • Amla is a very good cardiac stimulant and helps in the smooth functioning of the heart.
  • Chyawanprash nourishes the brain cells and promotes intelligence and memory.
  • It also has a calming effect on the nervous system thereby aiding in stress relief.

Respiratory system:

  • Chyawanprash helps in the smooth functioning of the respiratory system by maintaining moisture balance and stimulating the metabolism.
  • It is very good to prevent coughs and colds.
  • It is also known to reduce symptoms of asthma.

Hair, skin, bones and teeth:

  • Chyawanprash helps improve skin complexion and prevent skin infections.
  •  It promotes hair growth and helps in calcium absorption and hence strengthening bones and teeth.

Chyawanprash as a liver tonic:

  • The presence of herbs like Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Amla (Indian gooseberry), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) makes Chaywanprash a very good liver tonic.

Effects on Doshas:

  • Chyawanprash helps to balance all the three Doshas.
  • It has a marked effect on Kapha which governs the defense systems and plays a role in stabilization of all systems of the body.
  • This formulation is fit for all Dosha types and perhaps through all seasons of the year.

How to take Chyawanprash:

Chyawanprash has a sweet and sour taste and a jam like consistency. It is traditionally taken with milk once a day where by 1 table spoon is mixed in a cup of warm milk. It can also be taken on its own. Because of its jam like consistency it can also be taken as a bread spread on toast, crackers or bread.

In short, Chyawanprash is an Ayurvedic herbal tonic that is very high in vitamin C content and helps strengthen the immune system hence protecting the body from everyday infections like cough, fever and cold. It helps revitalize the mind and body and is the best health supplement to fight stress. It has beneficial qualities for all age groups and men and women alike. It is a must have foodstuff that is not only safe and good but tastes great too.

Dr Deepa’s Diary December 2014

With Christmas approaching, everyone is slowly getting into the festive spirit. Highlights of my life for the last month include varying interesting events.

Ayurveda Pura Open Evening
The evening which took place on 13th November was a great success. It was absolutely lovely to see some old faces and very exciting to meet some new lovely people. Here are some photos. We had people travelling from far distances to attend the evening. The atmosphere was absolutely exhilarating and exciting.

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Ayurveda Pura Meet Up Day
Something exciting for the New Year is an Ayurveda Day. This is to let everyone know that from next year onwards we will be organising Ayurveda Pura Meet Up Day which will take place once a year. The aim of this day is to bring many like minded people together and also to hold short talks and lectures for the attendees. And all these exciting events will take place from our very own Ayurveda Pura Health Spa in London.


Deepa Apte On TV
Also I am very excited to let you all know that Zee TV, the famous and most watched Asian TV Channel Zee Companion have once again invited me as a guest on their

Show. The show is live and will be aired on 29th December 2014. So anyone with ZEE TV at home, do remember to watch it.

Also please don’t forget to look at our special offers for Christmas and New Year. Some very exciting offers including up to 50% discount on certain Spa Treatments

And while you are enjoying festive season, here is wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

Stress Management Through Ayurveda

Modern lifestyles cause an increase in stress disorders. The kind of jobs people do are not always causing the problem, it can be family, friends or social life. Ayurveda looks at external influences and how they affect a particular body type. How a person reacts is down to their internal constitution. Anything that affects the mind will affect the body. Stress is caused by impatience and an inability to find solutions.

Stress is seen as a Vata (air) and Pitta (fire) imbalance. The increase in heat in the body causes sweating and breathlessness – that is fire and air together.


  •  Spicy, salty and bitter increase feelings of restlessness and as the heat in the body increases.
  • Sweet and sour help to pacify and restore balance. Sweet flavours from nature such as fruit and vegetables rather than from chocolate or cakes are better.
  • Drinking cumin tea is good for stress and high blood pressure and reduces air and fire. Ginger and Lemon tea is also very good to combat stress.


  •  Massage is very good for reducing stress in the body. In Ayurveda we use oil therapies to calm down the mind by pacifying air and fire. Oil is heavy so it reduces fire. We never use anything cold, always warm.
  • Touch through relaxing massage helps reduce air movement. The direction of hair growth – always away from the body to relax muscles. If you wanted an energising massage you would go against the direction of hair growth, increasing the energy in the body.
  • Pinda Sveda: Ayurvedic herbal bolus treatment helps to calm down the nervous system and also helps to nourish it thereby bringing balance into the active mind and body.
  • Foot Massages: when done regularly this will help to release excess heat in the body and prevent recurrent headaches, sweating etc.


  • When people get very stressed they forget to breathe and their lung capacity goes down.
  • One of the best things to combat stress are breathing exercises.
  • Yoga concentrates on breathing and positions such as cobra and fish extend the body, expanding the chest and letting more oxygen in. Oxygen helps to heal the damaged tissues in the body
  • Alternate nostril breathing is one the best breathing exercises to reduce stress in the body. Approximately 6 – 7 rounds every day will also help towards restful sleep


  • Spices such as cumin, coriander powder and turmeric are very good.
  • Brahmi (Bacopa menniera) helps to strengthen the nervous and the circulatory system.
  • Turmeric helps to prevent any infections, stress related skin conditions and also tones the circulatory system

Life and Routine

  • This combines all the other elements. You should concentrate on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking increases stress so things like eating and checking emails at your desk are out.
  • Many people end up using bedrooms as study rooms too. And even at sleep time we end up looking at work which increases stress. The bedroom should only be for sleeping. It is about finding the triggers.
  • Taking regular breaks from work and stressful situation is essential. The body and mind need to heal before they are subject to further stressful conditions.