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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms, Causes And Ayurvedic Medicine

Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the major and common health complications in India. It is a chronic inflammatory disease which, apart from affecting the joints, can also affect different organs, including the heart, lungs, blood vessels, eyes, and skin.

The disorder occurs when the immune system malfunctions and attacks the body tissues. It also affects both major and minor joints in the body.

Here’s everything you need to know about Rheumatoid Arthritis:

 

Symptoms
In most cases, Rheumatoid Arthritis, in its early stages, affects the minor joints, including the joints that connect fingers to your hands and the joints in your toes. As the disease progresses , it affects the knees, shoulders, hips, elbows, and ankles. Some of the common symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis involving the joints include:

  • Pain in the joints
  • Joint inflammation
  • Joint redness
  • Joint tenderness
  • Stiffness in the joints (usually worse after inactivity)
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects everyone in a different manner. The symptoms of the disorder may develop quickly for some while gradually for others. For some people, the symptoms may persist only for a short period of time and disappear on its own.

 

Causes
The underlying cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is still unknown. Certain viruses or bacteria may trigger the immune system to attack the joints or sometimes the body organs.

The cause for the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis for one person may not necessarily be the same for another person.

If you are suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, then your immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues surrounding the joints thus resulting in inflammation.

 

Who are at the risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
People of all age, gender, race, and ethnicity can get affected by the disorder. However, it is more common in women. Middle-aged people stand at more risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. Some of the major risk factors for the disorder include:

Family history – people with a family history of Rheumatoid Arthritis stand at double the risk of developing the disorder.

Obesity – people who are obese or overweight are at a higher risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Environmental exposures – environmental factors, such as exposure to silica or asbestos may increase the risk of developing the disease.

Smoking – smoking not only increases the risk of developing the disease but also causes the disease to worsen. Smoking is a major risk factor for people having a genetic predisposition to developing Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

Complications
Rheumatoid Arthritis, if not treated properly, can lead to a number of complications. These include:

Rheumatoid nodules – One of the commonly occurring complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis is rheumatoid nodules which are firm tissue bumps that usually form around the pressure points.

Osteoporosis – Rheumatoid Arthritis, if not treated, can increase the risk of Osteoporosis – a condition that weakens the bones and makes them prone to fracture.

Lymphoma – Rheumatoid Arthritis, upon worsening, can even lead to Lymphoma – a malignant disorder of the lymphatic system.

Lung disease – Rheumatoid Arthritis also increases the risk of scarring and inflammation of the lung tissues. This, in turn, can lead to wheezing and shortness of breath which can cause Interstitial Lung Disease.

Heart problems – Rheumatoid Arthritis can cause inflammation of the inner lining of the arteries of the heart which can lead to plague formation.The disorder also increases the risk of hardened and blocked arteries.

Infections – Rheumatoid Arthritis can also impair the immune system which can lead to a number of infections.

Sjogren’s syndrome – People with Rheumatoid Arthritis often experience dryness in the eyes and mouth – a condition known as Sjogren’s syndrome.

 

Treatment
There are a number of treatment options for Rheumatoid Arthritis. One of the most effective and proven treatment is Ayurvedic medication.

 

Ayurvedic treatment
Ayurvedic medication such as the Orthoherb Tablet from Pankajakasthuri is effective in relieving the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Orthoherb Tablet has been formulated with the goodness of 23 different herbs.

Orthoherb Tablet has an anti-inflammatory action which helps in reducing swelling by correcting the inflammation of the synovial membrane and fluid. It also restores fluid balance and strengthens joints.

 

Healthy and balanced diet
A healthy and balanced diet enhances the medicinal properties of the Orthoherb Tablet. Fresh and green vegetables, lean meat and fish, fresh dairy egg, dried nuts, and colourful fruits make up healthy eating choices.

There are a number of foods that naturally contain anti-inflammatory properties. Cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, and herring are a storehouse of high omega-3 fatty acids which help in fighting the disease. Fiber from green vegetables, whole grains, and fruits also help in lowering the inflammation.

With that being said, there are also foods that can spike up inflammation. Examples of such foods include deep fried foods, safflower and soybean oil, packaged meat, ready-to-eat meals, etc. People with Rheumatoid Arthritis should avoid these food items.

 

Exercise
Just like a healthy diet, regular exercise enhances the medicinal properties of Orthoherb Tablet and makes it more effective in relieving the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Exercising regularly makes the bones, muscles, and joints strong. Regular exercise also improves blood flow throughout the body and improves the immunity system which helps in fighting the disease-causing virus or bacteria.

 

Prevention
Rheumatoid Arthritis cannot be prevented as there are a number of risk factors causing the disease. However, a healthy lifestyle (which includes a healthy diet and regular exercise) can help in lowering the risks drastically.

 

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Preventing Respiratory Illness & Breathing Problems This Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights will soon be upon us. It is a time for joyous celebration, bonding with near and dear ones and lovely ideas to deck up the home. However, during Diwali, the level of air pollution in most cities reaches an all-time high, due to fireworks. The paints used when redoing the house also contain chemicals that can irritate the respiratory tract. This can cause a lot of breathing problems especially for those with asthma, allergies or other respiratory disorders. Here are a few natural tips to prevent respiratory illnesses this Diwali:

  1. Stay away from the house when it is being whitewashed as far as possible. Chemicals found in the household paints can bring on coughing, asthma attacks and other breathing problems. In addition, pregnant women should not be exposed to these chemicals as inhaling them can cause harm to both the mother and the child.
  2. Restrict the usage of crackers as far as possible – bombs, flower pots and wheels produce a lot of smoke with chemicals like potassium, sulphur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide which can set off wheezing or coughing, especially in those prone to allergic infections. If you must, light a few sparklers or coloured matches at the most.
  3. A weak immune system is more susceptible to respiratory problems. Take a natural preparation like Pankajakasthuri Breathe Eazy Cough Syrup or granules on a regular basis. This 100% herbal medication soothes your respiratory tract, and its unique formulation helps strengthen your immunity over time. This is a proven effective remedy to all kinds of breathing problems without any side effects. Buy here.
  4. A few natural ways to prevent coughing or respiratory illnesses are to avoid pouring very hot or cold water on your head. Take lots of Vitamin C and D in your diet and inhale hot steam whenever you feel like your nasal passages are blocked. Black pepper with ghee is an excellent remedy for both wet and dry cough, as is onion juice mixed with jiggery.
  5. There are some ways to avoid getting exposed to allergens – keep the house as clean as possible and avoid the accumulation of dust and dust mites. When you get your house cleaned for Diwali, ensure that you stay away during the process to avoid the clouds of dust. Moisture in the atmosphere on your room walls should also be avoided.
  6. It is better to stay indoors during the peak hours of Diwali to avoid fumes from crackers being burst by others in the vicinity. Invite friends and family over, prepare delicious food and enjoy lighting diyas and making a beautiful rangoli. Diwali can be a beautiful celebration even without bursting fireworks, and it is the best way to avoid health hazards.

These are some of the useful tips and natural ways to prevent respiratory illnesses this Diwali. We at Pankajakasthuri wish all our followers a Diwali that is bright, colourful, healthy and prosperous with a wonderful rest of the year to come.

 

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5 natural ways to improve eyesight

Eyes are one of the most important sense organs we have, and caring for them is just as important as caring for other parts of the body. In Ayurveda, there are several natural ways to improve eyesight and maintain good vision. In today’s corporate world we spend hours together at the computer, and this causes a lot of strain to our eyes. There are some healthy habits to inculcate that will help you maintain good eyesight. Here are some of them:

  1. Natural eye tonic: Take 250g each of almonds, fennel (saunf), and mishri (crystallized sugar). Soak the almonds overnight, and make a powder of it after peeling. Fry fennel with a few drops of ghee and powder it as well. Mix the three together and store in a glass bottle. Mix two spoons of this in milk and drink to improve eyesight within three to six months.
  2. Diet for good eyesight: Diet plays a very important role in Ayurveda, for your overall health. For better eyesight, your diet should include fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin A such as carrots, oranges etc. You can also include cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, soya beans, dates and green peas in addition to fresh milk and cheese. Almonds are great for eyesight as well.
  3. Herbs that improve eyesight: In Ayurveda there are certain herbs that have many intrinsic benefits. Triphala is one of these, and bhringraj or amla oil when applied over the eyes helps in enhancing eyesight. A teaspoon of powdered asparagus, and half a teaspoon of honey mixed together with milk is a wonderful natural tonic to help improve eyesight.
  4. Easy exercises for eyesight: There are a few simple exercises that you can do every day that will benefit your eyes. Close both your eyes by shutting them firmly, and then open them suddenly. After you open them, stretch your face and arch your brows – practice this every day a few times. You can also rotate your eyes in different directions and slowly concentrate on one eye at a time. Try doing this a dozen times in a day. You can also rub your palms together and then place your hand over your eyes without touching the eyelids to reduce strain on the eyes and improve eyesight.
  5. Triphala Rasayana: Triphala Rasayana is made by combining 100g of yellow myrobalan, 200g of bahera myrobalan, 400g of amla, and 700g of liquorice. Combine these ingredients after powdering them and store them in a glass bottle. Half a spoon of this mixed with ghee and a spoon of honey should be taken twice a day. This is a wonderful herbal mixture that is proven to enhance eyesight over time.

The above tips will help you improve your eyesight and maintain healthy eyes over time. Incorporating these good habits for the eyes into your routine is a great way to ensure that no issues arise for you when it concerns your eyes. In addition, whenever you use technology, do not forget to blink at regular intervals. If you have been working for a very long time, take a break and focus on another object or close your eyes for sometime – it helps your eyes take a break from being focused on the computer or smartphone screen.

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Preventing allergic reactions through Ayurveda

Our cities today are very polluted, and in addition to this, there are also certain natural elements such as pollen, animal fur and dust that can potentially trigger allergies. Most people tend to take anti-hystamines or over-the-counter allopathic medication for their allergies. While they may control the symptoms, they do not actually treat the cause of the allergies and over time your body may also become resistant to them. Ayurveda seeks more to explore ways to prevent illness than to merely cure it after one gets infected. Here are some proven, natural ways to prevent allergic reactions to pollution:

  1.       Keep doors and windows closed: Springtime and autumn are two seasons where pollen and dust-triggered allergies run high. Make sure that you don’t leave your windows and doors open for long periods of time – the wind can carry dust and pollen into your home and bring on allergic reactions.
  2.       Consider Ayurvedic medicine: A herbal formulation like Pankajakasthuri Breathe Eazy helps clear your lungs and enhance immunity in order to prevent allergies and also strengthen you internally, improving your body’s ability to fight off allergens. Taking it regularly 3 times a day after your meals will, overtime, make you more resistant to catching allergic infections.
  3.       Make changes to your diet: Research has shown that a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts like grapes, apples, tomatoes and oranges have fewer allergy symptoms. Make sure that your diet comprises a lot of fresh produce to provide your body with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to fight allergic reactions.
  4.       Drink lots of fluids: Water, juice or soup and tea can help ease congestion. The accumulation of mucus in the respiratory tract often occurs due to allergy, and beverages like these can help thin the mucus and eventually drain it out to provide relief.
  5.       Inhale steam: Take a bowl of hot water, sit in front of it and put a towel over your head to trap the steam. Inhale it to ease chest or throat congestion, and also to clear sinuses. You can also take a hot shower, and use this method twice or thrice a day for respite.
  6.       Wash frequently: When you come back home at the end of the day, your clothes are often covered with dust and pollen particles that would not be visible to the naked eye. Ensure that you wash your eyes and face thoroughly and also take a shower once you are back. Leaving shoes outside the door will also help in keeping unnecessary dust and other potential allergens out.

Allergies often hamper one’s ability to go about daily life with ease, and following these tips will definitely go a long way in helping you stay protected from allergies.

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Why Regular Massage Promotes Health

One of the principles of Ayurveda is that regular massage promotes good health, better blood circulation, and enhanced muscular health. Ayurvedic principles mention that the body has seven layers of tissue or dhatus. The Sanskrit word sneha refers to love as well as oil, and it is believed that performing regular massage promotes warmth, stability and nourishment to the body.

Abhyanga refers to a thorough body massage with natural oil like sesame, coconut or mustard. Sesame oil is considered as the ‘king of oils’ and is great for those with a Vata constitution. Ashwagandha oil and almond oil are also good options. Take some oil in your palm and gently massage into your body all over, with firm but gentle strokes. It is even better if the oil is a bit heated. Regular Abhyanga imparts firmness, tone and vigour to your limbs and muscles. Over time, it also reduces the effects of ageing, and helps you to sleep better. A warm bath after a good Abhyanga massage once or twice a week is very beneficial for the skin, and nourishes it. It also enhances circulation and stimulates the internal organs.

Here are some tips to be kept in mind while performing Abhyanga:

  1. Keep a towel beneath you when you apply the oil and use a separate towel to dry yourself off after the bath.
  2. It is ideal to perform Abhyangae early in the morning. However, with the busy modern lifestyle it can be difficult to make time for it. In case you can do it only in the evening, wear light cotton or linen clothes after you finish and after taking bath. It will absorb any remaining oil from your body. You can also put a towel on your hair to prevent oil from getting on to your pillow when you sleep.
  3. Use about ¼ to ½ a cup of oil and place it in a pan of hot water to heat it slightly.
  4. At first apply the oil all over your body and then massage it into your body, beginning at the extremities moving to the middle.
  5. It is better to use longer strokes on the limbs and circular strokes on the joints while massaging. Massage for at least five to twenty minutes.
  6. Take some time to massage the soles of your feet, your scalp and your ears. For clean ears, you can take an earbud, put a few drops of warm oil on it and clean the opening of the ear canal with it.
  7. Be careful not to slip when in the bathroom for taking bath after massaging. Make sure you hold on to something stable to maintain your balance and prevent slipping on the bathroom floor.

Abhyanga should not be performed during the menstrual cycle, or during pregnancy. It should also not be performed on inflamed, swollen or painful areas of the body or if you are suffering from any kind of illness.

The benefits of regular massage or Abhyanga are many, and it will also enhance the body’s capability to fight off infections and cope with stress. To know more about our Ayurvedic treatments, visit us here.

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8 Natural Remedies for Migraines

Migraines constitute one of the most common chronic conditions that people everywhere go through. They can occur due to a variety of reasons, and often the first reaction is to pop an over-the-counter pill. What most people don’t realize, however, is that these pills and painkillers can cause harm if used repeatedly in the long run.

Ayurveda focuses on prevention, rather than on curing the symptoms. Here are 7 remedies/fixes for migraines that you can find right in your kitchen. They are perfectly natural and side effect-free.

  1. Lemon paste: Take 5 lemons and remove their peels. Grind them properly and make a paste of them. Add a little water if needed. Apply this paste on your forehead for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Increase your magnesium intake: A study found that taking daily magnesium supplements reduced migraine frequency by nearly 42 percent. This is because a magnesium deficiency can trigger migraines. Take care of your diet and add magnesium-rich foods to it, such as soyabeans, spinach, sesame seeds, black beans and quinoa.
  3. Use Pankajakasthuri Mygrane Oil: A remedy that is 100% natural and proven effective as a permanent solution to migraines is Pankajakasthuri’s Mygrane Oil. Apply it on the scalp daily for about 15 minutes for desired results. It is completely side effect-free and is a herbal formulation based on Ayurvedic principles. Click here to order online.
  4. Have flaxseeds: Migraines are often caused by inflammation. Flaxseeds are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their inflammation-reducing properties. You can either use flaxseed oil for cooking or just consume the seeds, which are easily available in all major shops and supermarkets.
  5. Smell peppermint oil: Peppermint essential oil is known for its ability to alleviate tension headaches. It enhances blood flow in the body and also opens up the sinuses so that more oxygen can be taken in. Take peppermint essential oil and use a reed diffuser to inhale the fragrance or sprinkle a few drops into your pillow case before you sleep for maximum benefits.
  6. Ginger tea: Ginger is known for curing stomach aches, nausea and also headaches. A hot cup of ginger tea can refresh you and gradually reduce any pain you may face due to migraines. Steep the ginger and the tea leaves well when you prepare this tea to get the flavour and derive maximum benefit.
  7. Body massage: A full body massage with natural oils like Bhringaraj helps increase blood flow in the body. Migraines and headaches are often caused due to poor blood circulation. This is very common today with our sedentary lifestyles that don’t let us move around much. Do a full-body self-massage to relieve aches and pains everywhere and ease migraine pains.
  8. Carrot & Spinach juice: Grate carrot and grind it in a blender. Take a few spinach leaves, wash them thoroughly and make spinach juice in the same way. Mix half a glass each of carrot and spinach juice and drink it. This will help in reducing the pain caused by migraines.

These are some of the easiest home remedies and preventive measures one can take. They are based on the ancient principles of Ayurveda and are much more beneficial for health than over-the-counter medication.

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All you need to know about an Ayurvedic cleanse

An Ayurvedic cleanse is basically a way to detoxify your body and be rejuvenated. Over time, we get exposed to a lot of factors like environmental pollution, chronic stress, and we also tend towards poor eating habits and lack of sleep. All of this can have an adverse effect on one’s body, overall health and wellness. An Ayurvedic detox seeks to let your body rest and rejuvenate itself in order to get rid of ama, or toxins that may have accumulated over time.

Who should get an Ayurvedic cleanse?

Those suffering from erratic sleeping schedules, chronic stomach issues, skin problems, joint pain, hair loss, or problems in eyesight may want to consider an Ayurvedic cleanse.

How often should an Ayurvedic cleanse be done?

In general it is good to plan a detox every three months – however, after consulting with an Ayurvedic specialist (you can do so here) you might have to decide depending on the state of your health and ability.

What are the benefits of an Ayurvedic cleanse?

An Ayurvedic cleanse seeks to re-balance your body. It repairs, strengthens and revitalizes you internally to help you sleep better, improve digestion, and allowing your body to rest and rejuvenate. While a full cleanse like the Panchakarma requires supervision and implementation by an Ayurvedic practitioner, a basic diet cleanse can be done by yourself.

Here are the ways you can do a one-week Ayurvedic cleanse:

  1. Have lots of natural juices: Drink lots of fresh fruit and vegetable juices for the first 3 days. If you are diabetic, stick to vegetable juices like beetroot and carrot. You can also make your own healthy soups with fruit and vegetables. After that gradually move on to a khichri diet.
  2. The Khichri Diet: Khichri is an easy-to-make dish, commonly used in our Indian households as a light meal for those who are sick. It is made with moong dal, rice, ghee and spices. For a week, make khichri your go-to meal for lunch and dinner. It will soothe the digestive system, giving it a much-needed break from all the fast food and oily/spicy food you have been having.
  3. Drink lots of herbal teas: Green tea, jasmine tea, or any type of herbal tea is a great rejuvenator. Have a few cups of herbal tea and drink lots of water as well during your cleanse week. This helps flush out toxins from the body and keeps you hydrated. Avoid cold water.
  4. Do a self-massage: Massage is a very fundamental way of improving blood circulation, strengthening nerves and removing all the built-up toxins. Do a daily self-massage with heated mustard or sesame oil before you have a bath. It will relax your body and also help you sleep better.
  5. Triphala supplements: Take a half teaspoon of powdered Triphala at bedtime. You could also try taking Triphala tablets. This will help support rejuvenation of your body tissues and also help aid better bowel movements.

Following an Ayurvedic cleanse for a week will give your body some much needed TLC. At the end of it, you will feel refreshed and ready to take on your routine. When you resume your regular routine, try to use healthier substitutes when cooking or snacking for the maximum benefit to your health. Ayurvedic supplements can also add a lot of benefits to your lifestyle. For information on Pankajakasthuri’s range of Ayurvedic supplements, visit this link.

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How to Build Up Your Immunity

When it’s cold outside, it can be quite easy to catch cold or get into other ailments because the weather makes you more susceptible to these. Cold, flu, cough and fever are some of the common illnesses that the cold and rainy weather makes us vulnerable to. Fortunately, there are natural ways to build up your immunity so that you do not succumb to illness during the monsoon season.

  1. Daily massage: Daily self-massage with warm sesame or sunflower oil not only strengthens and nourishes your skin but also provides an enhanced sense of well-being and keeps the body warm and safe from any infections.
  2. Healing spices: Use spices like cardamom, pepper, ginger, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon while preparing food. These power-packed spices have immunity-boosting properties and help you stay protected against seasonal illnesses.
  3. Rasayanas: The concept of rasayanas relates to healing, rejuvenating herbs that can help your body gain stamina, build up your immunity and strength to fight diseases over time. Some of these include ashwagandha, tulsi, triphala, amla and turmeric. For a great supplement to your diet, you can also try a herbal formulation like the Pankajakasthuri Breathe Eazy range.
  4. Exercise: Keeping your body active is very important. Exercise reduces the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and also makes your body more capable of fighting off infections. Try some brisk walking, jogging, yoga or join a gym.
  5. Relaxing baths: Take a relaxing bath with some essential oils like rosemary, cinnamon, pine or lavender so that you feel refreshed. You can also use Epsom salt. A warm bath always helps during the cold or rainy season.

These were some of the ways in which you can build up your immunity and stay healthy and fit no matter what season it is. If you’d like some more information on natural, herbal products, visit us here.

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The Secret of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling or Nithya Thaila Kriya is an ancient Ayurvedic regimen that greatly enhances both your physical and overall well-being. It has gained popularity in recent times due to greater awareness about it, as well as celebrity endorsements of this age-old practice. Two ancient texts dating back to 800 BC and 700 BC mention the benefits of oil pulling including oral hygiene among other things.

Here’s how it works:

The most common way to practice oil pulling is to take pure coconut oil or sesame oil, and swish it in your mouth like mouthwash. This technique ‘pulls’ out the toxins that may be present in the mouth and also helps soothe mouth ulcers, and is known as kavala. Another way to do this is just to keep the oil in your mouth, without swallowing it, for 3-5 minutes and then repeating the process, known as gandusa.

A little-known fact however is that it does not always have to be oil – different concoctions such as milk, hot water with herbs soaked in it and honey are also used. This depends on your individual condition and health – so before you try any oil pulling methods, it is always advisable to consult an Ayurveda practitioner.

Benefits:

The benefits of oil pulling can be seen within a few months, with reduced plaque, improved dental health, strengthened jaws and a lot more. Oil pulling also cleanses the body of harmful toxins, and can even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This is one of the secrets of Ayurveda that is truly beneficial for the health and youthfulness of your body.

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7 ways to let go of stress and maintain your inner calm

The lifestyle of most people today is chaotic, fast-paced and stressful. This could be due to many factors including modern workplace culture, poor eating habits and lack of sleep. To add to this, there’s added stress from family, colleagues and life in general. With all this, it can be very challenging to stay calm and not be affected by everything.

Here are some tips on how you can stay calm and composed despite a stressful situation:

  1. Take control: A good way to calm yourself down in a difficult position is to take a deep breath – slowly and in a controlled way. Inhale deeply, and try to let go of the thoughts cluttering your mind gradually. Taking a slow and deep breath calms nerves, restores your blood pressure to a normal level and calms you down.
  2. The power of aromatherapy: The next time you go to bed, spritz a lavender essential oil onto your pillow, or take a warm relaxing bath with essential oils. The aroma of these oils can help calm your senses.
  3. Commune with nature: Take a walk early in the morning through the garden, or a nearby park. Take in the beautiful surroundings and do some light exercises – walking, or stretching, or yoga poses. Exercise releases endorphins, i.e. mood-boosting hormones that keep you positive and active. Exposure to sunlight enriches your Vitamin D levels as well, and gives you positive energy.
  4. Perform self-massage every other day: In Ayurveda, the power of massage is emphasized. Regular body massage with natural oils like sesame, coconut and mustard strengthens immunity, detoxifies the body, and calms stressful emotions.
  5. Get enough sleep: Often when we are sleep-deprived, we tend to be much more prone to negative emotions like anger, depression and lethargy. Ensure that you get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Take a few minutes to clear your mind of all thoughts, and switch off all gadgets at least an hour before bed.
  6. Learn to let go: Holding grudges is easy – however it is much more conducive to your health to let go of negative emotions. Don’t hold on to bad incidents in life, such as a fight with your partner or a tiff with your boss. It’s important to move on because it affects no one else but you, and can make your stress levels shoot up.
  7. Breathe: Control your breath – practice the method of pranayam every other day. It is simple and is nothing other than taking alternate breaths from each nostril in a calm and controlled way. Once you wake up in the morning, take 2 minutes to sit down, face the sunlight and take deep, cleansing breaths. You will feel calmer and won’t have to hurry for everything.

These were some of the ways that Ayurveda teaches you to maintain your inner calm. If you would like to learn about the various Ayurvedic therapies that can help you combat stress, click here.