Ayurveda

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I have always been fascinated by the science of Ayurveda which is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative remedies to alleviate illnesses on a physiological, emotional and to a point a spiritual level too.

I came across an article today online which evoked my love of Ayurveda. It was about 11 years ago that I bought my very first Ayurvedic book and took an interest into this massive science. How amazing it is that life gets so busy that you forget what once was of interest seems such a distant memory! But when the time is right it will be pointed out to you.

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This is the right time for me to delve into this interesting world, especially now that I write about food and make up my own recipes.

So firstly I shall tell you about the article which ignited this spark within me ~ Natural hair loss remedy

Using onion and garlic by applying it to our hair as instructed in the article can reduce hair loss and make it much more healthier!

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The reason why I will be trying this, is because after having my 2 young children my hair went through the usual phase of thickening in the pregnancy and then falling out

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I was lucky not to see so much hair fall out but started to realise when new tufts of hair emerged along my foreline. I feel I can aid the process by trying this remedy out.

The great thing about Ayurveda is that food is not only eaten to alleviate varied symptoms but made and applied to give full effect also!  I can’t wait to understand it more through food!

Much love D x

Pictures from
http://www.babypost.com/blogs/rebecca-eckler/rebecca-eckler-why-my-hair-falling-out

http://m.123rf.com/photo-12025123_onion-and-garlic-on-chopping-board.html

http://blog.sanctuaryspaholidays.co.uk/529/well-being-and-chakras/

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Keep The Cauliflower Stalk!

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I love sour foods! Be it sweets, fruits or pickles. Most importantly this love was exaggerated in pregnancy.  Both times I craved more and more sour delicacies.  From your standard pickled onion craving to fizzy strawberry liquorice laces!  I can just imagine the sharp tang on my tongue as I write!

Salty and sour, these two types indicate a boy according to an old wives tale.  This very much was true for me.  Ummm salt and vinegar crisps the perfect combination to satisfy me. It also helped stop my nausea!

One thing I really took to and couldn’t get enough of was my Dad’s special cauliflower pickled raw salad.  I’m not kidding this is the best stuff ever and in pregnancy tasted even more awesome!

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So from the picture above you can see the main cauliflower florets not used in this pickle but the stalk.  My Dad uses the rest of the vegetable for a cauliflower masala curry and then saves the stalk to make this picquant raw pickle!

So keep the stalk and follow these simple steps to create your own pickle to munch on and savour.

INGREDIENTS

Cauliflower stalk diced
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste
Dried Oregano

METHOD

• Place all the ingredients in a bowl and massage the cauliflower in the lemon dressing

• Leave to stand for 30 minutes at least so that the flavours are absorbed into the cauliflower

And enjoy! Have a peaceful Sunday, much love D x

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