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Brahma Muhurta, the Time of Pure Consciousness

Brahma Muhurta, the Time of Pure Consciousness

In the folk song Across the Great Divide, Nancy Griffith sings, “The finest hour I have seen/is the one that comes between/the edge of night and the break of day/it’s when the darkness rolls away.” In Sanskrit, this time of day is called Brahma Muhurta, […]

The Amazing Stinging Nettle

The Amazing Stinging Nettle

It’s mid-spring, the season for stinging nettle, and you can now find it in many farmers markets throughout New York City.¬†Nettle is not just for culinary purposes; it also has myriad health benefits and other uses: Its main use is as a cleansing, detoxifying herb. […]

Calming Herbs for Urban Dwellers

Calming Herbs for Urban Dwellers

One topic Deep Rooted readers who live in New York City have asked me to write about is calming herbs for urban dwellers. Several years ago, before I had discovered herbal medicine, I was going through a particularly stressful time, and on my birthday a […]

Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling

A practice that is beneficial for many people to incorporate into their daily self-cleansing regimen, and that I especially enjoy, is oil pulling, swishing a small quantity of oil in the mouth. The oil commonly recommended for oil pulling is sesame, though coconut is another […]

Tongue Scraping

Tongue Scraping

It’s good, according to Ayurveda, to scrape your tongue before eating in the morning, and after brushing your teeth. This practice is known as jihva nirlekhanam. Toxins the body tries to eliminate during the night¬†accumulate in the pockets on the tongue, and scraping them off […]

Making Elderberry Syrup

Making Elderberry Syrup

When I’m feeling under the weather, one of the first remedies I turn to is elderberry syrup, and making your own elderberry syrup turns out to be both simple and easy. According to Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal, elderberry has been called the “medicine chest of […]

Rebirth and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Rebirth and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Happy spring! In celebration of spring, the season of rebirth, I’m posting a link to an audio recording I made for Librivox a website through which volunteers make free audio recordings of books that are in the public domain, of Charles Johnston’s interpretation of and […]

Using the Neti Pot in Your Spring Cleanse

Using the Neti Pot in Your Spring Cleanse

Spring is in the air! The pollen in the air in the spring months can cause some people to suffer from seasonal allergies. Also, in spring, mucus is likely to begin flowing, as the kapha dosha, the humor that controls body stability and lubrication, that […]