4 Key Foods Throughout Pregnancy

According to Ayurveda, there are 4 key sattvic foods used in varied ways throughout pregnancy for most mamas: new basmati rice, pure ghee, butter and milk. These foods are naturally sattvic (harmonious and pure), building, easy on the digestion when properly used, and do not create mental and emotional negativity in their nature. For vegan…

Panchakarma — Ayurvedic Cleansing for Conception

To prepare for receiving the highest vibration soul and providing the healthiest new body for their baby, the mother and father both to need to calm and balance their doshas, eliminate ama and reduce rajas and tamas in their minds. This manifests as a need to purify body and emotions in some way. Ayurveda spells…

Ojas: The Essence of Baby’s Development

Ancient Ayurvedic texts by Vagbhat describe–in detail–embryonic nourishment at conception and for gestation by the 5 elements. They describe the seat of the soul as a sixth tissue (the nervous system), which is the next to last tissue in the sequence of tissue nutrition in the body. The quality of mind and connectedness to this…

Best Lactation Herbs

My 5 Favorites in the first 10 Days Whether you are an Ayurvedic, Chinese or Western herbalist, you may have a few favorite lactation herbs already. There are so many herbs to choose from. When I ask myself, what are the top herbs for early postnatal use, then ask again, what are the top ones for…

Why I used an AyuDoula part I

After my first born, I didn’t Birth is so empowering, lifechanging, and I’m deeply grateful Mother Nature and my husband made me a mother, in spite of the fatigue, loss of sleep, mush mind, health issues and the colic that developed for I don’t even remember how long. I loved my baby, loved being able…

Ayurveda’s advanced diagnostics

May 27 through July 31, 2014 Intensives, Seminars, Webinars and Herb Making Sacred Window is sponsoring 2 significant intensives in June plus a rare advanced seminar series beginning May 27th, with one of the best advanced instructors of Ayurvedic medicine in the country.  If you have not studied with Vaidya Bharat Vaidya yet, you are in for a feast of insight, knowledge and…

Mama’s Herbs and Manas Herbs

The “It depends” Rule A big, “it depends” rule in Ayurveda and “Terrain” medicine makes teaming up with an advanced practitioner, or learning advanced use of herbs especially important for mothers with complications.  The same thing is true for all of us as we move through the seasons of our lives. An herb may be…

Herb for maternal health punctures tires and ….

This featured herb for maternal care punctures tires yet makes the urinary channels feel like silk! Tribulus terrestris is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. This “noxious weed” in the US is called Goat’s Beard or Puncture Vine.  Ayurveda calls it Gokshura.  It offers the practitioner many uses in maternal healthcare, and though found all…

The Postpartum Celebration Table

Celebrating with foods that make us feel good! Celebrating a new baby in family gatherings is part of the joy of birth during the holiday season.  Most mamas will eat whatever is in front of them during the holidays and love it, be so grateful for being cooked for, and maybe not put one and…

Ayurvedic bodywork in pregnancy

Ayurvedic bodywork in pregnancy If you are an Ayurvedic masseuse or have specialized in postnatal bodywork, consider expanding your package of offerings to a value specific month by month service for your clients.  Here is the advice sourced from the Dhanwantari Institute, from some of the classical texts, with a few comments from the peanut…