The Perfect Beginning to a Shirodhara Treatment

I love to welcome clients to their Ayurvedic therapy or shirodhara treatment with a wonderful herbal footbath.  It’s a wonderful way to get your client grounded, warm and settled in.  It also ups the level of luxuriousness.

What you need:

• Foot bath, pedicure bowl or
plastic dishpan
• 1 cup Epsom Salts
•  1 or 2 T whole or powdered dry herbs
• 1/2 cupdried flowers
• hand towel
• robe (optional)
• herbal tea
•cold and warm water ready to adjust temperature

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Classic Shirodhara on the Today Show

Well this has been out for a good long while but it is still a wonderful demonstration of Shirodhara. I love how Ann gets so relaxed even though there are so many things going on, her eyes are mostly open and she is TALKING! on TV!

We always notice that even during trainings people are very likely to go to what we call ‘shirodhara-land.’ This is the place where healing happens.

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Ayurveda, Kitchari and the Holidaze

Tis the season to stray from the healthy lifestyle that you practice 11 months out of the year. Ayurveda teaches us that enjoying life and not being too rigid is essential for a high level of well-being. The healthier you are the more you can afford to (very) occasionally indulge!  Your work or family life during the holidays may involve more parties and chocolates than feel natural to you.  You can still create balance during this hectic time of year by eating kitchari, Ayurveda’s prized healing dish, several times per week. It’s also a great time to experience regular shirodhara of course!

What you’ll need:

• good heavy bottomed saucepan or crockpot
• 1/2 cup basmanti rice
• 1 cup split yellow mung beans (moong dahl) or baby red lentils
• 4 1/2 cups water
• 2 cups of veggies
• 2 T ghee
• 1/2 T fresh ginger, chopped
• 1 tsp each mustard seeds, cumin, coriander, turmeric, curry blend
• 1/4 tsp hing (optional)
• sea salt 1/4 tsp or to taste
• fresh lemon or lime for garnish
• cilantro to garnish

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Making Ghee

While there are a lot of lovely ghee makers out there (Ancient Organics is our favorite) it is also nice to know how to make your own.

What you’ll need:

• a heavy bottomed pan
• the best quality unsalted butter you can find
• fine mesh sieve (optional)

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Making your own herbal oils for shirodhara

Making your own herbal oils for shirodhara, massage and other Ayurvedic therapies is easier than you think! You’ll save money making your own oils, you and your clients will benefit from their use and you’ll gain satisfaction and enjoyment from ‘doing it yourself’.

What you’ll need:

• whole, powdered herb
• carrier oil
• large jar with a secure lid
• deep crockpot or stock pot
• labels and tape
• fine mesh sieve (optional)

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