Visit to Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine Dispensary in Sri Lanka

The story of Ayurveda goes back 5000 years. The statue that depicts Ayurveda has four hands and each is symbolic of what Ayurveda stands for. One hand holds a shell (longevity); another holds a plant (where all medicine comes from) and the other holds a pot of medicine (symbolising healing)-and another holds a book – the scriptures were originally written on palm tree bark which is virtually indestructible whether it be stored under water or in the air. The scriptures have also been written on silver and the very important ones on gold. There are different branches of Ayurveda, like our medical doctors ie surgery, paediatricians etc. On the shelf...

Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Resort Visit

Arriving in Sri Lanka From the time we arrived at Colombo, Sri Lanka at 2am this morning I feel a sense of excitement being in the home of Ayurveda. For the next 7 nights my dream of experiencing a week’s panchakarma in an Ayurvedic Resort in Sri Lanka is coming true. (A panchakarma is a time to chill out, focus on restoring good health and detoxing. It is usually done at a change of season. Spring is the optimal time and autumn also a good time.) However, it should be for 10 days to 3 weeks and I am here for 7 days. Barberyn Ayurvedic Resort Barberyn Ayurvedic Resort is...

Never diet again

Isn’t it interesting that the simplest things in life are usually the hardest to do? I have struggled all my life with eating. I love food and it has almost been like how to eat as much as I can without putting on weight. It is a game. And loving all the wrong food. Somehow yummy food tastes the best (but of course it does – otherwise the manufacturers wouldn’t be able to sell their processed ‘food’. And so, eating and I have an interesting relationship. And as I get older my body is starting to assert itself and I am having to listen. If I eat a big meal...

What Happens When We Get Sick – 6 Stages of Illness

What Happens When We Get Sick?  With proper diet and lifestyle, medicine is of no need. With improper diet and lifestyle, medicine is of no use (Ayurvedic Proverb) When we get a cut we put a plaster on it, expect it to heal and it usually does. Our body is always healing and protecting itself. But if our body is out of balance, eg. being stressed, tired or not eating well, or through our attitudes –our body can’t focus on healing itself as it would like because it is busy dealing with the stress etc. These imbalances cause the body to be overwhelmed and can eventually lead to disease. Sometimes...

Getting a Cold?

Getting a cold or worse still – Have you got a cold? Like any illness – we can curse it and take a pill to suppress it and carry on – or use our illness as a messenger – why am I getting a cold? What is out of balance in myself? And look at how we can best nurture ourselves to overcome it quickly and restore our health. I know when I get a cold, stress and tiredness are usually precursors. My body is tired and run down so I pick up infections easily. It is important to let ourselves rest. When we are not giving our body a...