I’ve been studying Ayurveda and using it in my daily life for the last 2 years. While the major ayurvedic principles are simple and logical, certain specifics can get a little tricky, eg: how to eliminate dryness without causing congestion…. There are hundreds of books, magazines, and online resources that contain load of information but from a time-saving perspective there is nothing better than asking a seasoned ayurvedic practitioner personally! Dr JV Hebbar , the founder of www.easyayurveda.com was kind enough to answer a few of my burning questions on ayurveda.
For the past several months every Tue after my anatomy class I stopped by the Juice Generation on 72nd st and Columbus to get a couple of tiny bottle of aloe vera juice. It was love at first taste, my body was literally drawn to it. Juice Generation aloe vera is really good but very pricey and last literally 1 sip. Even though theoretically even a little bit of aloe vera is really good for due to it cleansing and rejuvenating properties, I never felt the effect that I read so much about. At least not until my recent trip to Albuquerque, NM. Dr Vasant Lad the founder and the main lecturer of the Ayurvedic Institute was giving lecture on 15 most powerful ayurvedic herbs and I couldn’t miss that. While there I got to browse Institute’s ayurvedic treasury-shop. (Take a pic of what I got). Among the found treasures was a big bottle of Aloe Vera juice. It was cheap ($4.80) and had 8 2 oz servings in the bottle. It is produced by Lily of the Desert, a company specializing in organic Aloe Vera based products. As soon as I left the register, I generously poured aloe vera juice into my water bottle… And tasted my new favorite drink. It is slightly sour (like lemon water), very refreshing and crisp, and it is extremely good for you. The Egyptians referred to aloe as the “plant of immortality” and included it among the funerary gifts buried with the pharaohs. It is traditionally used to heal wounds, relieve itching and swelling, and is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. According to ayurveda, when taken internally, aloe vera juice aids the digestion and absorption of nutrients, helps control blood sugar, increases energy production, promotes cardiovascular health, improves liver function, and boosts the immune system.