Friday, October 31, 2014

An Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Elimination

 An Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Elimination


Revolving Seated Pose Helps Support Healthy Elimination
Photo: Banyan Ambassador Pamela Quinn

Ok... Let’s be completely honest for a moment. Who among us has not suffered from constipation, diarrhea, or some other malady affecting the bowels? For many of us, these disturbances are somewhat routine occurrences. And yet, as a culture, we’re morbidly afraid to talk about them. Fortunately, Ayurveda has a lot to say about why these types of imbalances are so common, and what we can do to correct them. So, perhaps it’s time to cast aside any resistance, stigma, or embarrassment in order to offer our bodies some real support in the area of elimination. This resource explores Ayurveda’s perspective on this topic in some depth. If you were hoping to find a few quick recommendations for an acute case of constipation or diarrhea, click on the appropriate link for some suggestions. But if your symptoms recur frequently, consider returning here soon so that you can begin to explore and address the root cause of your imbalances. The truth is that, for all of us, our bowel habits and stools can teach us a great deal about what our bodies need in order to return to balance.

Ayurveda views elimination as an important indicator of overall health because healthy elimination generally points to strong agni (digestive fire), which is one of the cornerstones of well-being and longevity. Perhaps even more significantly, Ayurveda recognizes that the digestive tract is the very first place that imbalances arise in the body. This being the case, our stools tend to offer very early warning signs that something is amiss physiologically, even if the imbalance is fairly minor at first. If an emerging imbalance is not properly addressed, it will either take root in the digestive tract (as a more serious condition), or spread to other tissues and create disturbances there. If, on the other hand, we can learn to understand and respond to the early indications of discord, our bodies have a remarkable ability to self-correct and heal.
[Read full Article: An Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Elimination]

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We're Featured in the October Edition of Natural Awakenings Twin Cities!

Psinergy: Health for People and the Computers They Use

Six years ago, St. Paul-based Psinergy Natural Health and Holistic Wellness opened its doors. Wellness practitioner SchaOn Blodgett began his holistic health company by offering a variety of services and products for stress management, relaxation and general well-being. He was soon joined by his partner, technology expert André Thomas of Psinergy TechWarrior St. Paul, whose additional business resulted in their “dual-sided healing company” for both people and their computers.
“Originally, Psinergy was only meant to be a holistic health company, combining the knowledge from the ages through metaphysical and esoteric studies with new scientific advancements of today’s world,” explains Blodgett, who is also an instructor in holistic health studies at Normandale Community College. “Then we decided to have another branch to the company, providing computer repair services that focused on also educating the clients on their computers and what they can do to avoid issues in the future. This is similar to what we do on the holistic health side of the company in regards to a person’s health- empowering the individual.”

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

1st Friday Wellness Night @ Psinergy --- Donation Wellness Services

We invite you, the 1st Friday of each month, for a "Pay what you can"-styled Wellness Night from 7 PM to 9 PM. 
Services are offered on a First Come - First Served basis and availability of practitioners. No one will be turned away for an inability to pay money for services.
Standard Services offered:
• Reiki Healing Circle lead by Becca and Cindy 
• Esogetics Holistic Medicine (or) Access Bars services with SchaOn
• Guest Practitioner: Barbara Ford, Muscle Testing (Kinesiology) on Common Allergens and Metal Toxins (Barbara is here on odd numbered months)
• Guest Practitioner: Kris Scanlon, BodyTalk (or) Access Bars services (Kris is here on even numbered months) 

One thing that we do ask... Everything is an exchange of energy and if you found our services beneficial, please take 2 business cards for the practitioner you worked with and give them to friends, family or co-workers who can utilize their services. (this helps us to continue to provide these awesomely fantastic services)
*Note: Please limit yourself to receiving 1 service at the event/month to allow time for more people (allowing us to work work with 18 individuals combined for the night). We provide these services to help benefit those who cannot normally afford to pay full price for these invaluable services (there is no shame in that). Services are approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length, though, if we are running behind schedule, please keep in mind, we will also be giving you our undivided attention when it is your time.

Special Tuesday Tip for this Monday: Cilantro helps Beat the Heat

Tuesday Tip

Cilantro helps to Beat the Heat

The Heat index today for the Twin Cities is supposed to get to 105 degrees Fahrenheit - and super humid! Even for a hot summer fun loving person like myself... this will be a HOT one.

In past newsletters, I've talked about how Strawberries and Hibiscus are really good during times like this, which are great as a mid-day snack, though, what about Pitta (fire) reducing foods during meal time? Sadly, most herbs and spices are Pitta increasing, though not Cilantro! Cilantro is actually balancing for all three doshas.

Cilantro is a fantastic digestive herb, great for indigestion (it's also considered an antidote for spicy foods), skin rashes, farting, and is called for with all Pitta disorders, any form of burning, hay fever (hay fever = to much fire in the immune system), and helps to relieve internal heat and thirst. It helps to strengthen the blood, muscles and plasma, and great for the digestive, respiratory and urinary systems.

Recipe Idea: Cilantro Lime Chicken

4 or 5 Chicken Breasts
1 bundle of Cilantro, loosely chopped
1 whole lime (also Pitta reducing)
1 cup Sweet Peas (optional)
1/4 tsp Shatavari
Dash of Turmeric on each chicken breast
pinch of salt, pepper

Slice chicken into strips, add to a pan coated with some ghee (ghee is pitta reducing) or coconut oil (also pitta reducing), and add everything else - squeeze lime juice on the top, then cover. Cook on Medium Heat until chicken is done, stirring as needed. Add on top of a basic rice dish or Kitchari along with some Avocado (another great pitta reducer).

Don't feel like making a Cilantro Chicken yourself? Café 99 across the street has a fantastic Cilantro Chicken.

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on Bring-to-Us Windows or Mac Computer Repair services. May not be combined with other discounts. 10% off is for services only. Promo Code: “Overheated201407”. Expires 7/25/14.
 
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Our New Address

1553 Como Ave, Saint Paul
(across from Café 99)


Hours:

Mon thru Thurs:
9-1 PM & 4-8 PM

Fri & Sun:
10 AM to 5 PM

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday Tip: Celery reduces Water and Increases Attraction

Celery is a favorite addition to many summer time meals, and it makes a lot of sense. Celery is considered Cold in Ayurvedic Medicine, as well as Astringent, Sweet, Salty and Pungent. It helps to reduce Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Earth & Water), though does increase Vata (Air & Ether).

Celery helps to clear the mind somewhat similarly to Brahmi (Gota Kola) and is great for dizziness, headaches, and regulates the nervous system.While clearing the mind, it also is good for the perception of things around you and really nice before meditation. Celery also helps to remove carbon dioxide, is great for Hot or Stiff (Pitta & Kapha) arthritis. It is also beneficial for the adrenals, weight reduction, urogenital infections, water retention, lowers blood pressure as well as cleanses the blood and is good for the liver as well, and the blood and liver often are where a lot of heat gets stuck for many people - remember the old saying "I'm so angry my blood is boiling!".

Now the seeds and roots, which are considered Hot and not as beneficial in the hot summer months, can also be helpful with dissolving stones, and helping with issues of arthritis and gout.

Additionally, Celery has also been shown to help the body produce more pheromones, so if it's a date night with that someone special, or trying to attract a mate - take a few bites of celery before heading out.
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New Product, Natural Laundry Soap

Mugwort Maggie's Natural Laundry Soap is FANTASTIC! It utilizes only 4 ingredients (plus essential, naturally infused or fragrance oil for scent, or there is a no-scent option). We have 11 different scents in our office right now... and the best part is... you don't need to use fabric softener or dryer sheets! Your clothes will come out soft and elegant feeling. Also, 1 bag is good for 96 High Efficiency Loads or 53 loads in a conventional washer.

Our New Address

1553 Como Ave, Saint Paul
(across from Café 99)


Hours:

Mon thru Thurs:
9-1 PM & 4-8 PM

Fri & Sun:
10 AM to 5 PM

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It's going to be HOT and HUMID today... remember Strawberries help to reduce Pitta (Heat) in the body.

Additionally, for outdoor seating... try Auromere's Lavender Incense sticks. Lavender is GREAT to keep the bugs away!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday Tip: Natural Mosquito Repellents

Ohhhhh the JOYS of the Minnesota State Bird - the lovely and talented Mosquito!

While this is a very fascinating creator, sometimes I would prefer not to be bothered by these things that obviously think that I'm their new best friend (I do like my alone time at times)....

While often, many people swear by DEET... some research has been showing that it might be more beneficial just to let those other friends drain you dry. Personally, I would rather choose a few natural options, like:
  1. Catnip
    Research by the Iowa State University, the essential oil is 10 times more effective than DEET. This plant grows very well in MN, so plant some around the house or yard... and maybe also make some new feline friends who often will protect your house against mice and other vermin.
  2. Citronella
    Not as effective as catnip, though easy to find in almost all stores. This can cause breathing issues with some people, and low quality (which is the stuff readily available), should not be put on the skin.
  3. Garlic
    While yes, ingesting garlic while help your sweat stink to high heaven to mosquitoes and humans alike, it's not the best choice during the summer as it increases Pitta (Fire), and will make you feel hotter.
  4. Lavender
    A very nice smelling essential oil that not only keeps mosquitoes at bay... though is really good for our emotional well being. It is great for stress, anger, depression, hypertension, mood swings, insomnia, headaches, hyperactivity, issues during PMS... and lowers Pitta (excess heat - so great during those hot summer months) as well as Kapha (mass/mucus) and remains neutral for Vata (Air & Ether). These also can commonly be found in incense sticks (we have some very nice ones for sale in the office). Lavender you want to mix with a carrier oil, like Organic Soy Oil, which also helps keep mosquitoes away.
  5. Neem Oil (Nimba)
    According to a few studies, Neem oil is more effective than DEET at repelling not just mosquitoes, but most pests and is traditionally used as a natural insecticide on plants in India. Additionally, Neem is fantastic for the skin as well as the blood. This oil, while decreasing heat very well, can make people feel or act like "air heads" as it does increase Vata... so if you are a person with nerve issues or anxiety (or other Vata tendencies), use this oil in strict moderation, or combine it with some other balancing oils, like that of Black Pepper and Lavender.
  6. Black Pepper
    Recent studies are showing that black pepper also repels these blood loving creators. Additionally, Black Pepper often helps to bring herbs (and oils) deeper into the system and making them more effective, for example, adding a little bit of black pepper to turmeric in food makes the benefits of turmeric (like for inflammation) 2,000 times more effective!
You can get most of these essential oils via our Online Dispensary. Through the end of June, we are doing 10% off everything in the online store!