Getting the Savoir Vivre deets from Rose, founder of Farm Girl Café in London

Today we are hanging with Rose, the super founder of Farm Girl Café in London (come on, you know their Rose Latte). Here’s the scoop on her Savoir Vivre!

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What time do you wake up?

5.30am if I’m doing an early gym class, if not between 7 and 7.30am

What do you have for breakfast?

Sometimes nothing… at the moment I am on the celery juice craze and it is so good! I’m 10 days in and feeling surprising energetic in the morning. I am a massive porridge fan usually.

Coffee or tea?

Both!! Coffee in the morning and I like a tea when I get home from work.

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What is your morning routine?

Busy! I like to get my exercise done in the morning before work. Then usually running home to shower, feed dogs and then out the door to the office or one of the sites.

What do you do for exercise?

I love core collective, I’m a fan of their cycle, lift & row and their circuit class, I’m at core 3 times a week and then I do boxing at box clever sports once or twice a week. Also, yoga at Heartcore in Notting Hill once a week (twice if I can fit it in).

What is on your current playlist?

Literally anything that my team at Notting Hill have played in the cafe recently. they always have the best playlists and I just switch onto those.

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Do you have a beauty routine? What products do you use?

Yes- I suffer from PCOS so i have to be so careful with my skin. I am using so many different brands but I really research every product before I buy. I love the Ren products, Mario Bascu, Dr Sturm, Poppy Austin. I use a vitamin C serum followed by a high grade retinol followed by a really good day cream with SPF that protects from pollution. I get micro needling regularly

What is your favorite café? Where is it?

Other than Farm Girl??!! I love Towpath cafe (have only been once and the food was so amazing) It’s in De Beauvoir. I also love Pearl and Groove on Portobello Road.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it?

Fischers in Marlyebone, Laylow Notting Hill, Petersham Nurseries in Richmond

How many emails do you get a day? How many do you respond to?

I get between 30 and 40 a day. I try to respond to all of them or at least deal with them!

What is the last book you read?

The Woman Code

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What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

6 Days- about the terrorist attack on 16 Princes Gate in the 80’s- its such a good film.

What is your go to homemade meal?

Ramen!

What is your drink of choice?

Our Happy hot choc.

What is your biggest vice?

I’m such an emotional eater!! If I’m tired, stressed, anxious, nervous I will binge eat- it’s the worst habit that I have nearly broken!!

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What time do you go to bed?

As early as I can, if I am done with work I’ll be in bed at 9.

Bedtime ritual?

I LOVE taking a bath, so I will often do this with a chamomile tea and a book.

What do you do to relax?

Walk dogs, yoga, go to countryside…

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London or Paris?

London because I don’t speak french and I grew up in Australia so it’s still a novelty to me.

Sydney or Melbourne?

Melbourne. Prefer the people and the food culture, also It’s close to my farm and my family.

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Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

India, Japan, Russia

Beach or mountains?

Mountains- I love the mountain air. I feel it so relaxing. Not a great skier but I always come back from skiing holidays feeling so well rested

Where is the most special place in the world to you?

My farm that is near the Grampians in Victoria, Australia. It’s beautiful land there and has amazing views of the mountain range.

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A Savoir Vivre Minute with Peony Lim

Today we are sitting down with Peony Lim, creative and digital consultant, luxury brand ambassador and creative content producer. Peony is known for her flawless skin, sweet attitude and keen eye. Time to get her Savoir Vivre secrets!

Peony LimWhat time do you wake up?

7am most mornings.

What do you have for breakfast?

I like toast with avocado or peanut butter and bananas.

I also have porridge or yoghurt and fruit.

Coffee or tea?

Tea. But I start the day with a hot water and lemon. Then I drink camomile, earl grey or green tea.

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What is your morning routine?

Let the dog out and feed her.

Hot water and Lemon.

Catch up on the news.

Breakfast.

Wash and dress.

Makeup, sometimes doing an Instagram live or GRWM.

Work at my desk or straight out to meetings.

What do you do for exercise?

Mostly mat Pilates and HITT.

What is on your current playlist?

M People and Gabrielle.

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Do you have a beauty routine?

Yes but I also experiment with new things all the time.

Products I don’t tend to swap out ever… Eve Lom cleanser, La Mer Eye Cream, La Prairie Sleep Mask, Estee Advanced Night Repair, Skincueticals Redness Neutraliser.

What is your favorite café?

I find that hard. I like some cafes because they are comfortable even though the foods not the most exciting. Like Aubaine on Brompton Road, Granger and Co Pavillion Road, Daylesford Pimlico. But food wise I always love Ottolenghi and Crumbs and Doilies.

What is your favorite restaurant? 

I don’t think I can choose just one.

Good Earth, great classic Chinese, I like the Brompton Road branch.

Dozo, My fav Japanese. There are a couple in London.

Carluccios, its a chain but I just love there classics like Carbonara for a chilled date night.

Yauatcha, the best dim sum in soho.

Maroush, cant live without this Lebanese 24hrs classic.

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How many emails do you get a day? How many do you respond to?

Oh god thats a bit exposing. Probably 100 or so a day. I reply to about 30 (eek)

What is the last book you read?

Woman Code

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

MariKondo

What is your go to homemade meal?

Salad.

What is your drink of choice?

Water.

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What is your biggest vice?

Swearing and bad posture.

What time do you go to bed?

11 if I’m good.

Bedtime ritual?

I try and read before bed and not use my phone. I wash ny face and apply all my lotions and potions, take my vitamins and then try and read and relax.

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What do you do to relax?

I’m obsessed with baths and walking for relaxation. Although I find working out mentally soothing I don’t think its relaxing.

London or Paris?

London – home is where the heart is.

Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

India, New Zealand, New Orleans…

Beach or mountains?

Beach, I love the sea. It makes me feel like I can breathe. I think a sea view is always the most beautiful to me.

Where is the most special place in the world to you?

Where my loved ones are.

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A Savoir Vivre Minute with Scott Linde, Founder of Sun Potion

Sun Potion Transformational Foods is dedicated to health, happiness and well-being through the use of medicinal plants, superfoods and tonic herbs. Owner and Founder Scott Linde developed the company through his own transformational experience with these foods and is here to share a bit of his Savoir Vivre!

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How does your day begin?

I arise thirty minutes to an hour before sun up. The times change throughout the year, depending on seasons. I sleep with my shades open to the nature in the backyard, making it easy for my body to naturally want to get up as the light begins to change. Emerging from bed into the house, I open the windows to let in fresh air, rinse my face and add hydrosols, drink a few glasses of water, and then sit to meditate for 20 minutes. After this, I often feel really alert. If this is the case, I go onto the Rebounder for 5-10 minutes of jumping. Sometimes I may feel a little sluggish and on these days I allow myself to go back and lie in bed. I love this feeling of returning to the soft bed. On these days, I don’t fall back asleep but take this special time to breathe, and tune in with my body. The sitting meditation and lying down breathing are so helpful throughout the day.

What made you start using the rebounder?

Hyper Gravity–Negative Gravity!  Negative Gravity…Hyper Gravity! Every time I bounce, the body squeezes and expands; all the way down to the capillaries, cells, and channels of the lymph. It feels so good. I don’t even work out. I just like bouncing, outside in the Sun.

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What is your favorite season?

Each Season has its loves for me. I just got back from five days of powder skiing at Mammoth Mountain. The winter elementals and snow offered some peak enjoyment. I also love the Sun and warm weather. I thrive on living in a sunny and mild climate. It just helps me feel productive and happy and optimistic. That being said, it’s a gift to visit all of the seasons.

What effect does light have on you?

Light has a huge effect on me. I spend daily time with sun on my skin. I’m fortunate to be able to do this year-round where I’m based in Santa Barbara. Even here, I notice and enjoy seasonal changes in the length of days. I don’t spend much time in front of blue light–computer screen, phone, TV, etc. Natural light feels great and carries information. Artificial light carries information too. Too much of the artificial light can feel a bit disorganizing. It’s a balance and a dance. Light Magic.

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Do you use a guided meditation? 

I used to spend most of my time in the Ethers, before starting Sun Potion. I was likely more comfortable swimming through the void of the internal realms than I would have been meeting people in a crowded room. Today I practice TM as a meditation tool. It helps me feel more comfortable while getting a lot of things done in a given day.

What do you use as a mantra for your meditations?

Acting as a background tape to my internal dialogue: “Show me my Divine Path of Service.”  Five years of that one lead to the inspiration of Sun Potion. Eight years of operating the brand, and I still enjoy this Mantra today.

What do you eat for breakfast?

I have tea, daily potion, tinctures, sometimes juice, sometimes coffee. On the weekends I like to have a nice French Breakfast.

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Do you have a special diet you follow?

I joke about being a Selectitarian sometimes. In other words, wanting the best quality foods available. Organic and clean ingredients are a preferred baseline. I eat a lot of plants. I’m pretty adaptable beyond that. I have learned to listen to my body, and hear what feels good to eat and not eat. In a lot of ways, this internal discernment has come through having tea and herbs on a daily basis. I feel great when I eat one meal in the late afternoon or early evening. I don’t really keep up with the newest food ideologies, although I can appreciate that they may be helpful for people.

What is your favorite sun potion product?

We are releasing a line of new products to mark the eight year birthday of Sun Potion. These are liquid forms of the herbs which combine different types of extracts of that one herb. They are super powerful. I’ve been taking them while the liquids have been developed over the past 6 or 8 months. They are phenomenal. I’ve honestly never experienced anything like them. I feel great on these newly developed Sun Potion products and I’m super excited to share them with everyone. Feb/March ’19 release.

Have you ever lived abroad?

I attended a semester in Southwest China when I was 20 years old. I loved the culture, foods, people, and traditions.

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What is your favorite potion to manage stress?

My goto favorites to manage stress and everything else in my world are: Mucuna Pruriens (15% L-dopa by weight–the chemical precursor to Dopamine in the nervous system), Reishi Mushroom (for an adaptable and robust immune system) and Pine Pollen (bio-identical Testosterone to support Androgen Hormone balance, brain function, and libido in both men and women).

Have you always been so grounded and calm?

Before learning how to ground through doing the manual tasks of operating Sun Potion, I was often ungrounded. I spent a lot of time in nature and that was really helpful. I also felt limited because I didn’t feel that comfortable being out in the world. Everything is a balance. I’m not always grounded and calm today either. Everything is a practice and there’s always improvements. From there, the rest is easy.

How did Sun Potion come to be?

Before starting Sun Potion, I was learning about Tonic Herbs and Adaptogens, and loved the way I felt while having them daily. I wanted best quality, single ingredient, and concentrated examples of these herbs that I was getting into. They could sometimes be found in capsules, or formulations, but were much more difficult to get in concentrated powder form. Sun Potion was a project idea to help make these materials more available. I figured if I loved these plants, others may want to try them. I like to think that I work for the plants, and that they want to be working with the people. The people may not realize how helpful the plants can be. At least if these plants are more widely available through Sun Potion, people can have an opportunity to experience these plants for themselves, and have their own experience of their effects. I love this idea.

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JJ’s Ayurvedic Results: Mostly Vata

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Following JJ’s intensive interview with Katie, Pukka Tea’s Ayurvedic Specialist, she got the scoop on her personal Dosha. Scroll down to get the low down.

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Mainly Vata (V)

It looks like your main dosha is vata. This mind-body type are likely to have an active, restless nature and love change. When in balance, you’re quick thinking, enthusiastic, creative, and bursting with ideas. You probably talk as fast as you think and may even jump from subject to subject. You are an excellent communicator and often work in more creative professions. You’re also perceptive and sensitive but may be prone to worry. Your appetite and energy levels are often variable, due to vata’s changing nature. Physically, you have a slight build, and are probably quite sensitive to cold- which is why vata types love adventures in warm places.  When out of balance, you are likely to be prone to stress, anxiety, insomnia, feeling spaced out, with dry skin and bloating/constipation.

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Top tips to feel more balanced:  You can balance vata’s cold, airiness by increasing the opposite qualities- more warmth, moisture and earthiness, and reducing those experiences that are light, cold or dry- so a daily routine of a hot cup of ginger tea, some gentle stretching or yoga, and warming stew would all be ideal, whilst reducing raw food, cold and fizzy drinks, irregular routines and excess travelling can also be helpful. Some key herbs to support Vata are Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon, and Pukka’s Relax Tea is ideal for you.

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A Savoir Vivre Moment with Michael Pollak, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Heyday Skincare

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Today we are sharing a “A Savoir Vivre Moment” with Michael Pollak, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Heyday Skincare. Heyday seeks to personalize skincare to create a positive impact in people’s lives! Who’s down?

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What time do you wake up?
It depends, but I like to be up by 6:30am. I love a morning workout. Problem is, I also love my second wind at night… And love my sleep. Gotta square that somehow, soon!

What do you have for breakfast?

Greek yogurt, blueberries, and this new chickpea-based granola I’m loving. Or, avocado toast with an egg on top. Made at home, so you know, it’s not $14.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee!!! Look, mad respect for tea, but I always associate it with feeling under the weather.

What is your morning routine?

I continue to tinker with it to make the most out of it. I love mornings. My partner and I just adopted a dog, so I’m getting used to waking up and taking the little guy out. I admire his ability to be groggy one minute and up-and-at-’em the next. I like quiet time to do a 5-minute meditation, write how I’m feeling for a few minutes, plan my day, read the news, have a coffee and breakfast. In an ideal world, I’d have a full 90 minutes to do my morning thing, plus an hour workout, but that isn’t always the reality. :-)

What do you do for exercise?

I love workouts. It’s my time to be alone, think, and push myself. I use an app called Future where a remote trainer loads workouts for the week ahead. I hit play, put on a good list of remixes, and go at it.

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What is on your current playlist?

Basically, Heyday music.

Do you have a beauty routine? What products do you use?

I mean, of course. Our team has me taking good care of my face! I use products from Heyday (and try new products we’re considering) and love a great cleanse in the morning and night, along with religiously moisturizing and wearing sunscreen. There’s more to my routine, but the one thing I’m super lazy about is toner or eye cream.

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What is your favorite café? Where is it?

Oh gosh, so many. First one that comes to mind right now is Cafe Gitane in Nolita. Super cute, delicious, feels like you’re in Europe, and the server outfits look like vintage flight attendant uniforms, which I’m obsessed with.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it?

It’s no longer around, but it was PUBLIC, in Nolita. My first job in the city was for the design firm that owned it. We worked upstairs and were able to join the restaurant for staff meal every day at 5:15 and have a shift drink after. I knew that was special then, but looking back, it’s even more so. I had so many great memories dining there (and I haven’t even mentioned the food yet.)

How many emails do you get a day? How many do you respond to?

Too many. Not enough. 2019 is all about figuring out how to not be managed by an inbox, and for our company to do as much collaborating outside of an inbox as possible. I love technology and what it’s unlocked for the human race, but I think it’s been fairly punishing in many ways. Neither our minds nor the clock have evolved at the rate technology has, and I think it’s impacted our mental health massively. I digress.

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What is the last book you read?

I always say at some point in life, hopefully soon, I’ll get back to fiction… 2018 was What Happened and a slew of leadership/business books. Maybe I should have some more escapism in 2019.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

Roma. A beautiful film. Makes you really feel how big and small we all are at the same time, depending on the moment.

What is your go-to homemade meal?

Roasted chicken and roasted vegetables. Love the oven! My partner and I recently watched that awesome food doc, Salt Fat Acid Head, and Samin’s buttermilk roasted chicken is out of this world. And so easy.  

What is your drink of choice?

Coffee by day. A paper plane by evening.

What is your biggest vice?

Pastries, for sure. So hard.

What time do you go to bed?

Too late. I get a second wind around 10pm that is very productive for work and my partner calls it “tornado mode” with tidying the apartment. I really love going to bed with everything in its place, but I also like waking up before everyone else. Need to reconcile that!

Bedtime ritual?

The skincare routine. :-) And aforementioned tidying of all the things.

What do you do to relax?

It sounds strange, but I found housework very relaxing and rewarding. You can’t do it with a phone in your hand. A good project around the house relaxes me, too.

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NYC or LA?

Love both. So many of my friends have migrated to LA, so visiting has felt more native in recent years. They both have such different energy and it’s nice to be able to tap both. New York has a speed that’s addictive. LA has the opportunity for me to sing horrifically at the top of my lungs in a rental car where no one will hear it.

Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

Iceland, Patagonia, New Zealand… I love the end-of-the-Earth destinations and need to get to some of them!

Beach or mountains?

Very tough! Both fill you with possibility; the beach is relaxing, the mountains are a reminder of how small we are and.

Where is the most special place in the world to you?

What a big question. In the past few years, it’s been our place upstate, just outside the city. It’s a respite from the busy-ness of the week, the people-intensity of my business and New York City in general. I never thought I’d be a rural person, but I can’t get enough of the trees and quiet.

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Your Ayurveda Questions answered by my friends at Pukka Tea

You are about to get the real scoop on what this ancient medicinal science called Ayurveda by my friends at Pukka Tea and find out why it is something very very important to me!

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What is Ayurveda and the power of herbs.

Can you briefly describe Ayurveda? And Ayurvedic medicine?

Translated as ‘knowledge of life’, Ayurveda is a holistic Indian philosophy offering a ‘Users Manual’ for how to get the most out of life, by balancing body, mind, senses and spirit. It offers a very simple approach, without being simplistic. Ayurveda sees that we are all quite different and brings you special insight about your health and well-being, informing your choices and decisions that you make every day. For example, did you know that raw food is seen as better for one type of people than others. And that Hot yoga is best for just one of the types? Ayurveda has been practised in India for over 3,000 years – and its wisdom has now spread all over the planet.  It remains one of the world’s most powerful mind-body-spirit health systems. Ayurveda helps us see how our health is connected to everyone and everything around us: our family, our work, our society, and our planet. The Ayurvedic toolbox covers diet, natural remedies, lifestyle practices, rejuvenation and detoxification processes, hands-on therapies, as well as meditation.  But be warned… there are no ‘quick fixes’ as Ayurveda is a way of life rather than a short-term intervention. There are also not many ‘one size fits all’ solutions. For example, not everyone needs breakfast first thing according to Ayurveda!

What does dosha mean?

The Sanskrit term ‘dosha’ is probably the best-known principle of Ayurveda today and forms the cornerstone of its method of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of health issues. Essentially, Ayurveda sees that everything in the world is made up of 5 basic elements which are ether, air, fire, water and earth. Vata is composed of air and ether, Pitta of fire and water and Kapha of water and earth. The three doshas govern all our physical and mental functions- appearance, mental state, memory, digesting elimination, individual likes and dislikes, as well as hinting at which health problems we may be more susceptible too.

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What can our doshas tell us about ourselves?

Good health seems to be such a complicated subject that it is not always easy to know how to achieve this holy grail. The key to unlocking Ayurveda’s self-help find out what your ‘dosha’ or body-mind type is (Vata, Pitta or Kapha). These can be thought of as a particular pattern of energy, or health star sign. The three primary energy patterns in our body, or doshas, are: wind or vata – that is cold, dry and light – is the force that controls our movement, regulates the nervous system, and oversees elimination of waste; fire or pitta – that is hot, wet and combustive – is the force that controls our digestion and metabolism; and water or kapha – that is cold, wet and heavy – is the protective force which governs stability, structure and moisture in our mind and body. Although we’re all born with all three doshas, they come together differently in each one of us, and it is this unique combination that makes us who we are. Typically, every person has one dominant form of dosha that makes up his or her personal Ayurvedic constitution or prakriti. We are all a mix of each of the dosha but one or two will dominate. It takes a little time to discover your dosha and the art of living in harmony with nature. You’ll then be able to know what helps you thrive; what foods to eat, how much sleep you need, what exercises are best for you (including which type of Yoga!) and even how you interact with others in your workplace, relationships and families. Ayurveda offers life-changing insights that will add clarity and colour to your life. For example, Vata types have variable appetite & digestion, and are often attracted to raw vegetables and salads. However, they are balanced by regular meals of warm and nourishing food- think one pot meals such as soups, stews, casseroles, and the Yogi dish of kitchadi.

What plants are used in Ayurveda?

Ayurveda has many ‘hero herbs’, so called because they can each bring so many benefits to body and mind. Triphala is a great example. This ancient Ayurvedic formula combines three fruits- Amlalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki, each of which balances one of the doshas so it’s good for everyone. Triphala has long been revered in Ayurvedic traditions as a decongestant for the digestive system and for cleansing the blood, helping to extend the quality and quantity of life. It is even safe enough for children and can help with a wide variety of digestive complaints. Some Ayurvedic doctors in India just used these three fruits in different ways to heal. Modern research tells us it has a high concentration of active polyphenols and tannins, with a strong ant-oxidative effect. Other key herbs include Ashwagandha and Shatavari which are both powerful adaptogens, helping us adapt to the stresses and strains of 21st century living. For the Yogi or Yogini, both Turmeric and Tulsi are especially helpful. Turmeric is become famous all over the globe for its ant-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. It can really help with the physical asanas, as well as contributing to a healthy gut biome and rejuvenating the liver, blood and skin. All from one herb! Also known as Tulsi, Holy basil is a sacred herb, celebrated for its inspirational properties. Helping to lift your spirit and clear mental fog, it provides an antidote to the stresses of modern life that can lead to depression, low mood and a lack of ‘mojo’. Studies have shown that Holy Basil decrease levels of key stress hormones, such as corticosterone. It’s also an apoptogenic herb that increases circulation in the brain and can support a meditation practice.  These are some of my favourite herbs that I use in my Ayurveda clinic, but there are so many more helpful herbs that are also on most people’s spice racks- ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cumin, saffron, black pepper- all have powerful health benefits when used regularly, from good organic sources. Ginger has so many benefits, for example, that it is known as ‘the universal medicine’ in Ayurveda. Pukka Herbs is unique in using medicinal grade herbs in all our herbal teas and lattes- so the same herbs used in our supplements also go into the drinks, meaning you get therapeutic benefits from every cup.

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How is Ayurveda connected to Yoga?

They can be thought of as sister sciences, as they have developed together and have repeatedly influenced each other throughout history. Traditionally they were always used together but this has not been the case in the recent West. Yoga’s popularity has grown since it was brought to the West at the end of the 18th century. Ayurveda was left behind but is now catching up! There are some great books on this connection, such as David Frawley’s ‘Yoga and Ayurveda’ and Mukunda Styles ‘Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy’. It is said in Ayurveda that disease is the result of forgetting our true or spiritual nature. Yoga is the science of self-realisation that depends on a body and mind functioning well. Both sciences exist to help people re-connect to their true nature- Ayurveda is the healing side of yoga, and yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda. They are two sides of the same coin.

What does it mean when our doshas are out of balance?

It might be helpful to first talk about how we are when the doshas are balanced. Sleep is easy, and we wake naturally feeling refreshed; we have a good appetite, food is easily digested and eliminated with a regular bowel movement before breakfast. We have sparkling eyes, glowing skin, a calm, clear mind and feel cheerful. We have enough energy to work and play, with good immunity.  Ayurveda views that the human body, when healthy, is in harmony, self-perpetuating and self-correcting just as the universe is.  We get unbalanced through diet, emotions, lifestyle, seasonal factors, physical trauma, and toxins. When vata dosha gets out of balance, we are colder and drier than normal so may suffer from bloating, constipation, dry skin, insomnia as well as increased fear and anxiety. Imbalanced Pitta can lead to skin problems and rashes, acid digestion and acute inflammation, as well as feelings of anger and frustration. Too much Kapha in the body can cause a thick, white coating on the tongue, excess mucous, weight gain as well as feeling mentally foggy and slow. Ayurveda advises on the right diet, lifestyle, herbs and treatments to bring each doshas back into balance. To take a simple example, a person with a cold is suffering from congestion and mucous due to excess water and earth elements in their system. To alleviate symptoms they take ginger tea, predominant in the fire element. They would also do well to avoid dairy and cold foods which make congestion worse.

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Can our doshas change over time?

Although we’re all born with all three doshas, they come together differently in each one of us, and it is this unique combination that makes us who we are. Typically, every person has one dominant form of dosha that makes up his or her personal Ayurvedic constitution. This can be thought of as our true nature. However, it can be hard to stay balanced with busy schedules and eating on the go. When the doshas start to get out of balance, health problems start. It can be hard to work out who you really are, from a state of imbalance but Ayurveda is like peeling off the layers of an onion-the more you explore and experience, the better you get to understand your true nature and how to thrive!

Are our doshas related to our DNA?

A great question! The science of genetics is evolving rapidly but broadly our DNA doesn’t change (unless exposed to certain toxins or radiation). Similarly our Prakruti, or true nature doesn’t change. Both our DNA patterns and doshas are set when we are conceived and are determined by factors such as our parents doshas, their mood and the time and place of conception.  However,  our state of imbalance is always changing. What is fascinating is that there have been some studies looking for genomic variations between people who are Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas.  Scientists have found significant differences between people with different dominant doshas irrespective of their ancestry. Studies like this are helping to confirm that the ancient art of treating people according to their dosha has a genetic basis and is just as relevant today when thinking about more personalized approaches to health and healing.

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