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Neem and it’s Benefits

Neem and its benefits

An average Neem tree is 15 meters high with th...
An average Neem tree is 15 meters high with the crown’s diameter up to 15-20 meter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Neem and its benefits are a well kept secret if you are not familiar with Ayurveda.

So, lets start with a little back ground on Ayurveda.  Ayurveda is a 5,000. year old art of traditional  healing in India, their medical system. Ayurveda deals with the balance of you and your environment, you and nature. Working to balance your daily routine, sleep patterns, eating and digestion, with meditation, herbs, yoga,and massage. Ayurveda has been made popular by people likeDeepak Chopra, M.D, and in recent news, Dr Oz has introduced several Ayurvedic Physicians(recently Dr. Chaudhary).

With Ayurvedic medicine herbs are used to help balance the system, this is where you will find things such as ginger for digestion, or holy basil for stress reduction and relaxation. Herbs have a benefit in the  overall plan of Ayurvedic healing, weather it be added to your food, to  massage oil, or taken by the spoonful, it is used in the forms needed.

This is where neem and its benefits come in as one of the many great kept secrets of India and Ayurveda. Neem is native to India and Burma (Myanmar), the neem oil is derived from the seed of the neem tree, but the whole plant can also be used for medicinal purposes. Neem and its benefits can found in many forms in Ayurveda products, such as teas, or pastes due to its anti fungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Neem is often found in products used to help relive itchy, dry scalp, tooth decay and acne. You will often find it added into a product due to the strong, seemingly unpleasant scent. I often will add neem oil to a base of sesame or coconut oil and apply to the skin to help nourish the cells and decrees blemishes. So a word of caution, when looking for a great neem oil, maybe start with a product that has neem added, or a neem capsule( http://www.Mapi.com).

Heather Small  http://www.mettaspa.net

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Ayurveda and Meditation

English: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - Huntsville Ja...

English: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – Huntsville January 1978 Français : Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – Huntsville Janvier 1978 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced health care system.
Ayur means life and Veda means knowledge or science, so Ayurveda is the science of life.  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program,  revived Ayurveda around the world and worked with top Ayurvedic experts in India to restore the purity and ensure the effectiveness of the many areas of treatment that Ayurveda offers.
The term Maharishi Ayurveda signifies that the highest standards of Ayurveda that  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi placed are met. Ayurveda goes deep into massage, meditation, yoga, diet, herbs and daily lifestyle, we will touch on many of these areas each time, this month we are diving into Transcendental Meditation.

Ayurveda is all encompassing and does not refer to just herbal remedies or treatments for the body but also takes into account the mind and all aspects of the environment.  The key to Ayurveda is to restore and maintain balance internally and externally until permanent balance is gained inside and can no longer be influenced by outside circumstances.  Ayurveda respects the deepest level of intelligence of the mind and body and the intelligence that creates our environment.  By understanding the source of that intelligence and  how that intelligence functions within and without we can eliminate the blocks to its natural flow and restore balance and the natural healing abilities of our mind, body and environment.
One of the biggest threats to our health and enjoyment is stress.  Stress is rampant in our society.  It effects every aspect of our life and is considered by many to cause or complicate most disease.  Stress effects our brain physiology, our health and our relationships.
How do we dissolve it?
The TM (Transcendental Meditation) technique is a simple, natural, effortless technique that creates global EEG coherence in the brain and a deep state of rest in the body which translates into a major 4th state of consciousness called Transcendental Consciousness.   This unique state of restful alertness has many benefits that come directly from the dissolving of deep rooted stress that is not dissolved by sleep.  When we accumulate stress over a lifetime it can build up in our body and can adversely effect our mental and physical health, our behavior and relationships and erode the foundation for success, creativity, peace and happiness in our daily lives.  The good news is we can break this cycle with the twice daily practice of the TM technique.  If you want to build a skyscraper you need a strong foundation and if you want to have successful, fulfilling activity, you also need a strong foundation, and that is the deepest rest possible since rest is the basis of activity.  The unique quality of rest gained during the practice of the TM technique provides that foundation for successful, fulfilling, enjoyable activity.
There is a vast body of research on the TM technique that includes more than 650 studies, at 200+ universities and research institutes in more than 30 countries around the world.   The research points to such fundamental positive change in all aspects of a persons life that it can only be seen as a paradigm shift in the understanding of development of human potential.  This field of consciousness or unified field,as it is called in physics, is the most fundamental aspect of the mind.  The key to the TM technique is transcending, going beyond the field of activity or duality to the field of consciousness or unity. This state of transcendental consciousness is absolutely stable, blissfully silent and an unbounded source of creativity, intelligence and peace.  When we practice the TM technique these qualities become lively within and carry over to activity, enriching all aspects of our life.
One of the beautiful things about this technique is that you don’t need any special abilities to practice, as a child can practice equally as well as an adult. It’s uniqueness requires that it be learned from a qualified instructor who has been extensively trained.  If you’re looking to improve all aspects of your life, then why not enliven that area that enriches all aspects, much like watering the root of a tree enriches all aspects of the tree.
About the author: Heather Small works at Metta Spa in Shrewsbury, MA as a Licensed Massage therapist and Ayurveda Body-worker. She has studied Ayurveda and taught at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, Lancaster MA, and Metta Spa, Shrewsbury,MA. In the past year she open Metta Spa where she offers massage therapy, Thai Massage, along with Ayurveda, Ayurveda Lectures, and Meditation.

Massage and Ayurveda at home

essential oils lavender, lemon and sweet orange

essential oils lavender, lemon and sweet orange (Photo credit: How to be Sustainable)

So I thought today would be a great day to share a bit about my house and how I combine the skills I have learned through massage and Ayurveda at home .
We have a combined total of 4 kids in our house that range from 9 all the way up to 19, everyone has their own unique quality, this is a great blessing, and sometimes a challenge.
So what have we found that works for us, I will do massage therapy for the kids, one like Thai massage, another facial so I work with each one to find the massage that is best for them.We do a lot of Energy-work together
as a group (the kids respond well and I just finished taking RYSE , it helps) . We go to yoga twice a week, we have been so blessed to finds some great yoga teachers in our area(I will share my amazing yoga experience with you in my next post). Always working on the eating(this is a challenge), and we have recently added in Essential oils. We do a lot in our house with herbs due to the Ayurvedic back ground, and the essential oils are just a bonus. If you have not tried essential oils yet, you should, it complements what you are already doing and once you learn even a little bit , you will find how easy they are to add in. We have lavender and frankincense that we add to our feet before bed, orange and lemongrass we place on our wrist for energy, basil and cinnamon for grounding, I can go on and on.
I was lucky to have taken an Essential oil class at Deep Relief Massage Therapy with Jess Weagle http://www.deepreliefmassagetherapy.com/ using the doTerra oils, you can find more information on how to order here:
http://www.mydoterra.com/heathersmall/ .
So stop in, or book your next massage with me at http://www.mettaspa.com, lets see how you can have massage and Ayurveda at home.

Ayurveda Everyday

Essential Oils Box

Essential Oils Box (Photo credit: luxomedia)

Ayurveda eveyday is an increasingly useful practice and translated in English means”the science to long life”. Ayurveda originated in India thousands of years ago and has been thriving ever since. Ayurveda is the path to a balanced life of mind and body. Ayurveda can be used in everyday life to take a moment, cool down the body. During this time of year especially after recent events in Boston, we all need a moment to relax. Ayurveda can help you to do that, whether you receive an Ayurveda massage with a simple blend of oils or essential oils to inhale when stressed. Knowing what dosha(your basic constitution) you are can help you find what type of  massage,  essential oil, or type of food that is best for you. My personal favorite is the cooling Pitta which is a blend of essential oils such as lemon, sandalwood and lavender, one whiff for me and I’m nice and relaxed. This oil pared with the Shirodhara(Ayurveda warm oil head treatment) and my day couldn’t be better. The combination of these essential oils and massage help relieve stress and tension after a long day of work or being home with the kids. Ayurveda everyday is an essential part of balancing life and should be pursued by those that are truly committed to balancing their body and mind a a healthy and relaing way. Essential oils can be added to all treatments to improve relaxation and stress release. Once reserved for royalty, Ayurveda is now open to all and is one of the best forms of massage  there is for full mind body connection. These treatments are performed all over the world and are a wonderful way to spend an hour or two. When you leave one of these treatments you will relax and rejuvenate. You’ll have a new way to feel about your life and wont be able to wait for your next treatment.