Itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat, headache, coughing, sneezing: seasonal allergies can be a misery. For those who are particularly sensitive, allergy symptoms can include digestive upset and fatigue as well as the cold-like symptoms we easily recognize.
It’s been another wet summer in Maryland, which means that all the plants are growing like gangbusters. From mid-August to first frost is Ragweed season here, and while it’s a little slow to start this year, we can expect it to pick up soon. Right now grass pollen is still top dog in the world of allergies, but Ragweed will follow, and then mold in late September and into October.
There’s nothing quite like coming upon medicinal herbs “in the wild”. It’s an exciting reminder that medicine grows wherever it can, and once you know an herb, finding it is like meeting an old friend. I recently took a walk around a lake in a residential area north of College Park and was rather stunned at the variety of medicinal herbs growing in the area. Here are some more of the friends I found!
There’s nothing quite like coming upon medicinal herbs “in the wild”. It’s an exciting reminder that medicine grows wherever it can, and once you know an herb, finding it is like meeting an old friend. I recently took a walk around a lake in a residential area north of College Park, and was rather stunned at the variety of medicinal herbs growing in the area. Here are some of the friends I found! Read more…
When you think of roses, you probably think of love, romance, summer gardens, weddings, special days and celebrations. The rose has a rich cultural history in both East and West, appearing in folklore, poetry, art, and healing.
There are over 10,000 varieties of Rosa cultivated in the world, and all are beautiful. The most common varieties used for medicine are: Rosa rugosa Salt or Beach Rose, Rosa canina Dog Rose or Briar Rose, Rosa gallica var. centifolia Cabbage Rose, Rosa damascena Damascus Rose, and Rosa indica Tea Rose. My personal favorite is Rosa rugosa. This hardy shrub produces glorious bright pink flowers and large rosehips. There was one in our kitchen garden when I was growing up, and I loved the rose-petal tea and rosehip jelly my mother made from it.
Using the Tastes to Stay Cool in Summer
In Ayurveda, one of the ways we can choose foods and herbs to stay in balance is by understanding the six tastes. The tastes are both literal, what you taste on your tongue, and energetic, meaning they have an effect on body and mind.
The Doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—have a direct relationship to the six tastes. To get an overview of the tastes and their relationship to the doshas, see the chart at the end of this article. For our purposes today, we are going to look at the tastes that decrease Pitta, or Fire, in the body and mind.