It’s hot out there! But maybe you don’t need to turn up the air conditioning just yet. Larissa Hall Carlson, Kripalu Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, says that changing up your yoga routine; adding certain herbs, fruits and vegetables to your diet; and even wearing particular colors can minimize the risk of getting overheated. [...]
by Erin Casperson, Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern With the growing season comes opportunities to plant, sprout, and grow—in our lives and in the earth. The Ayurvedic herb garden at Kripalu is a sacred space that provides a container for both literal and metaphorical growth. Each year, the graduates of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda’s [...]
Aromatherapy uses plant materials such as flowers, bark, roots, and stems to make essential oils that have powerful therapeutic qualities.Using a personalized blend of essential oils during a light lymphatic massage can help to eliminate toxins, strengthen the immune system, or relax the mind.
You can also incorporate essential oils at home. (Just remember that very few essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, and some are not ideal for everyone, especially pregnant women.)
• Tea tree is an excellent medicine-cabinet staple, since it has antibacterial properties. It’s great for bug bites, cuts, and blemishes when applied directly to the skin.
• For mental clarity and focus, try a blend of six drops of bergamot with three drops of rosemary mixed in some water.
• To rebalance, a self-massage using 4oz of grape-seed oil with nine drops of geranium, nine drops of lavender, and six drops of lemongrass is a perfect way to slow down, regroup, and set new intentions.
Parsley, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, mint, basil, oregano, lavender… the list of herbs we love and their many uses is endless. In the Kripalu Kitchen, we use fresh herbs year-round, but when summer’s warm weather comes, their appeal is even stronger. Fresh herbs add an uplifting layer of flavor and an enlivening aroma. Once you get in the habit of buying fresh herbs (or better yet, growing them yourself) you will find that they are hard to cook without.
Here are some tips on how to use and preserve your fresh herbs this summer: