Pitta Pacifying Smoothie

Pitta Pacifying Smoothie

After discovering that I belong to the Pitta Dosha, I realized that my dosha is out of balance. I decided to incorporate some changes to my diet to clean up the excess Pitta in my body before the symptoms manifest.

This Pitta pacifying smoothie is perfect to put out the “fire” in me. To bring balance Pitta bodies, cold, sweet and bitter food is the best and I added turmeric powder for anti-inflammatory properties.

Pitta Smoothie

2 Karela

1 Red Apple

1 Pear

½ teaspoon of turmeric powder (1 gram)

Coconut juice

Some Ice

Apple seeds, once broken down, they contain cyanide which is very poisonous to our body. So remember to de-seed them before blending. Enjoy!

Soothing Blend for Sore Muscles and Aches

Soothing Blend for Sore Muscles and Aches

10ml Roller Bottle (dark glass bottle)

9ml Coconut Oil (carrier oil)

2 drops of Ylang Ylang

2 drops of Wintergreen

2 drops of Peppermint

2 drops of Helichrysum

 

Therapeutic benefits of Ylang Ylang

  • Natural energizer
  • Reduce muscle tension

Therapeutic benefits of Wintergreen

  • Relieve pain
  • Reduce swelling and irritation

 Therapeutic benefits of Peppermint

  • Reduce pain, swelling and tension
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

Therapeutic benefits of Helichrysum

  • Relieves muscle spasm
  • Reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

This soothing blend is perfect for a massage after an intense yoga practice to ease muscle and joint pain. Each of the following oils treat pain, swelling and tension in the muscles. The scent is energizing and useful for fighting fatigue. Roll on before or after your yoga practice to loosen tension in the muscles and massage on the desired areas to penetrate deep below the skin.

Dilute your essential oils with carrier oils to reduce the risk of irritability. Try out different combinations of the oils to see which work best for you.

 

*24 hour patch test for sensitivity before use

* Excessive use lead to sensitivity.

*Essential oil mixture is best stored in dark glass containers and should be kept out of direct sunlight and stored in a cool dry place. The way you store the essential oils affect their therapeutic properties.

 

 

 

 

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner

We spent so much time on the yoga mat, and I gathered we should be spending some time doing up our own yoga mat cleaner to keep it real clean and natural at the same time. Anyway, it’s fun to come up with your own concoction with your favourite scent!

Beyond cleaning your mat, you may also reap the benefits of the essential oils while you are holding your Adho Mukha Shavasana or Chaturanga.

Here’s my favourite recipe and it’s easy.

 DIY Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner Recipe

100ml Spray Bottle (dark glass bottle)

Water (3/4 bottle)

Witch Hazel (1/4 bottle)

2 drops Peppermint

5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 drops of Lavender

 

Therapeutic properties of Peppermint:

  • Increase energy and improve performance
  • Alleviate headaches and migraine

Therapeutic properties of Tea Tree:

  • Anti-septic
  • Disinfectant
  • Anti-microbial (natural household cleaner)

Therapeutic properties of Lavender:

  • Improve mood and reduces stress
  • Relieves headaches
  • Improve sleep
  • Promotes healthy skin

 

*Shake before spraying your yoga mat.

*Essential oil mixture is best stored in dark glass containers and should be kept out of direct sunlight and stored in a cool dry place. The way you store the essential oils affect their therapeutic properties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oily Yoga

Oily yoga is about how you can incorporate essential oils to give you that extra edge in your yoga practice. Tapping on the therapeutic properties of essential oils to enhance your overall well-being and invigorate your sensory experience during asanas.

Essential oils are pure plant extracts and they can be used aromatically, topically or internally. Do you know that one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 25 cups of peppermint tea? Essential oils are that potent!

There are some days that I have to drag myself to the mat, and those are the days that I will reach for those citrus essential oils such as orange, lemon, lime or bergamot. Citrus oils have uplifting properties and energize the body, keeping me happy and alert for the practice. 🙂

Right before you hit the mat, you may want to use Rosemary essential oil to settle your thoughts and clear your head. Especially for the evening practice, where you had been frenzy running around all day, bringing anxieties to the mat is a no no for me. Applying Rosemary essential oil helps to ease all the anxieties, align and create a sense of peace and purpose.

During asanas, do not forget to breathe! Deep breathing help to calm and relax your mind. Apply some peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils on your chest to open up the airways to promote clear breathing. And to promote breath awareness, use myrrh, cardamon and frankincense.

People go for yoga classes for different reasons, and you can use these essential oils accordingly to enhance your yoga therapy. Such as citrus oils are energising, floral oils are soothing and calming and earthly oils are grounding. Each type of oils provides different therapeutic properties.

For most of the yogis, there are bound to be some poses that are proved to be challenging and seem unattainable. When practising challenging poses, overcoming the “I can’t” mindset is important, the essence is to keep on practising and not give up. Cedarwood is inspiring and gives strength and endurance to drive you to reach higher goals.

There are also essential oils that can aid to relieve your sores and aches after an intensive Ashtanga class, such as Wintergreen. I kid you not, you can feel the difference within hours and you can go on to book your next Ashtanga class the very next day.

Finally….we have reached Savansan. We can use essential oils such as Chamomile or Sandalwood to quiet our thoughts and create an alpha state to bring us to a blissful resting pose. Applying Chamomile on our pulse points and also the nape of our necks to support muscular and emotional release of tension while Sandalwood promotes easing and calmness of the mind.

Combine each inhale and exhale that you take with these lovely scents enhances the asanas that you flow in. Each scent promotes a different kind of experience. At one time do not use more than three oils in a practice to prevent sensory overload and make sure you are using highest quality essential oils to reap their benefits.

Empower yourself with the knowledge of essential oils and take your yoga practice to the next level.