Understanding Baby Food

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Food for the baby is decided based on the agni the digestive fire which is the most important factor that determines the growth and nutrition of child

Agni indicates the capacity of digestion. It is necessary for the assimilation of nutrients. If the function of Agni is not proper then that will lead to number of health problems for eg colic pain, diarrhoea, skin rashes, food allergies, etc. Food allergies occurs mainly because of poor digestion, accumulation of undigested food and also because of the wrong combination of food. Often skin problems such as eczema and rashes are related to the above reason.

Breast milk -The best food

breastfeeding info graphic posterThe best food for baby is the breast milk.and the baby should be breastfed alone until  6 months and continue upto 2 years. During the period of breastfeeding the mother should be aware that whatever food she takes is transformed to breastmilk can influence the digestion of the baby. If there is undigested food  that is not evacuated from the mothers body then it may putrefy and become Aama (metabolic toxins)  and the breast milk also carries the Aama. This Aama may pass on to the baby which if again remains undigested in the baby’s food causes many health problems especially skin diseases for eg eczema.

The undigested breast milk can create colic pain, loose stools,constipation,distention, gas formulation in the baby.

As long as the  baby’s food is breast milk the treatment is given to mothers and not the baby

Babies are born with the potential of Agni, but their Agni is not yet functioning at birth.So its very important to understand the digestion of the baby.

Ayurveda suggests many formulations to improve the lactation and quality of the breast milk. It also suggests alternatives if breast milk is not available.

If the mother doesn’t have enough milk the baby can be fed with breast milk of another woman known in Ayurveda as Dhatri. But while choosing Dhatri lot of points are to be considered.

Again if this option is not available goats milk should be next choice. Goats milk is considered to be  best substitute for breast milk. Cows milk can be boiled with equal quantity of water with  herbs such  as bruhati and with sugar. Cows milk can be given to babies with Vata and pitta prakriti and goats milk for kapha prakriti.

Introduction to solids

The baby should be fed on breast milk alone until the teeth erupts..Once teeth erupts gradually solids should be introduced reducing the breast milk. Around 10th month Annaprasana samskar is conducted. The baby is made to taste the cooked rice few time the same  day.

Ayurveda says solids or cereals can be  introduced to baby after 6 to 12 months depending upon the baby’s appetite and  the liking of food. Initially solids should be introduced few teaspoons per day and then gradually increase the quantity. Also replacing with too much solids can cause drying up of breast milk.So its always advisable to start with few teaspoons. Breast milk can also  be used to dilute any of the other foods given.

First Baby food

Brother and sister
The ideal first baby food as suggested by all the text of Ayurveda are the cereals and grains.They are generally given as the main food to children.Cereals builds tissue strength and is easy for  digestion digest esp good for the budding Agni of a baby. Old rice, Brown rice, wheat ,barley or ragi are generally the first  cereals introduced to the baby. Barley water from whole grain is given in Chinese tradition from first week.

Brown rice or Navara rice is dehusked, fried and then cooked into thin gruel. Little bit of ghee and salt can be added to  this.Wheat and barley flour can be cooked and given same way.

Wheat esp the Samba variety are soaked overnight .The husk are removed and grains are ground with water .This ground mixture is strained through a cloth. This extract  is cooked with water and cows milk or breast milk .Sugar candy, ghee and dry-ginger can be added to increases the taste and flavor.

Traditionally malt preparations of ragi ,wheat are also given as first baby food.

These preparations generally can be mixed with breastmilk or goats milk or cows milk .Ghee ,sugar candies or palm candies are added to increase the taste. Also can be flavored with gentle digestive seasonings like dry ginger, elaichi, nutmeg powder.Using bit  of spices such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, hing can add taste to food along with helping the digestion of food.

Once the child is comfortable with the cereals  root vegetables such as carrot, beets or legumes  can be added to food. Beans and peas can also be gas forming unless properly prepared.

Dried raw banana powder is also one of the popular baby foods given 6 month onwards. Cooked fruits and purees of vegetables or fruits that are not acidic can be given. Fruits are helpful to prevent the constipation in child.

Depending on your culture, meat can also be introduced along with food around 12 months of age. Its better to start with with poultry, meat soups, then fish. Red meats are harder to digest for the little ones.

Ayurvedic preparation for babies

The Agni or digestive system of the baby needs time to adapt to each food introduced to digest.So it always advised to to keep one food for sometime until you are sure the child can digest it properly and go forthe next food.Different food mixed at the same meal even if given in pureed form can cause indigestion.

This is because the Agni (or enzymes if you like) needs to sort out the different foods in order to transform them, or digest them.

Ayurveda suggests preparations such as modakas that can be given to babies esp who are on solids to improve the digestion as well their immunity.They are given once teeth eruption begins and baby weaining is started.As the baby is given milk and solids chances for  indigestion is more and these modakas made of puffed rice and sugars with herbs is very useful

There are also numerous immunomodulatory formulations mentioned that are given as lehana  such as ghrita, choorna mixed with honey etc.

These medicines not only improve the digestion but also improves the immunity, strength, vital force of the child.They prepare the child physically and mentally healthy.They can be called as Ayurvedic vaccinations. Suvarnaprashan is the one of the most important formulation mentioned in text. This is prescribed especially for babies who are not breastfed enough and born not through natural birth (or cesarean sections).

Most importantly avoiding refined sugar, bottled juices, canned baby foods. Balanced food with proteins and enough fat keeps the baby’s digestive system proper state.

Following these simple steps can reduce the digestive, metabolic, respiratory problem for the infants and children as well improve their strength, immunity and memory of the children.

Understand Cold, Cough, Fever and work on Home remedies.

The state of wellbeing is very beautifully mentioned in Ayurveda as the equilibrium of dosha, agni, dhatu, mala along with an inner blissful state of soul,senses and mind .This closely relates to the modern definition mentioned by WHO.

Samadosha samaagnishcha samadhathu malakriya Prasannatma indriya manaha swastha ityabhi

Any illness as for this case , the peenasa or common cold ,occurs as a result of the disturbance in this equilibrium. The symptoms of common cold, include runny nose, sore throat, cough, watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes a low-grade fever. It typically last from one week to 10 days, the recovery depending on the immunity of the person. Common cold takes almost the same time to get cured with and without treatment.

Importance of home remedies

Home remedies for minor ailments saves time money and visits to pharmacy. Many simple effective home remedies
mentioned in the ancient texts if discovered can reduce the burden of common people economically and save from
unwanted use of drugs

Precautions to be considered

Though there are excellent and effective home remedies for many ailments they are yet to be scientifically assessed and validated One of the common disadvantage while using home remedies is the proper dose or durtation of the medicine to be given is unknown and when to stop is not clearly understood. Long term or excess self medication is not advisable as the herbs have different action and properties for short term and long term use.The knowledge of right choice, right dose and right duration of the medicine or herbs is always very important. Some of the home remedies mentioned in various books have been compiled and listed below.

Ingredients used in home remedies for common close and cough

Most of the ingredients used for cold and cough are avaiable in our kitchen only some fresh herbs also if grown in pots at our home can be used. Commonly used fresh ingredients are

  • Tulasi leaves – cold, cough and fever
  • Betel leaves -cold , cough, fever
  • Ajwain leaves- cold , cough fever
  • Adathoda leaves- cough with phlegm
  • Fresh turmeric- cold, cough with phlegm
  • Pomegranate -dry and wet cough
  • Lemon -cold and cough
  • Ginger-cold cough and fever

The common kitchen spices to treat cold and cough are

  • Pepper
  • Dry ginger
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Sauf
  • Jeera
  • Ajwain
  • Tumeric
  • Coriander
  • Flaxeed
  • Fenugreek
  • Rock saltSome herbs that are not commonly used in cooking but often used for home remedies are
  • Muleti
  • Long pepper
  • Rasna
  • Vacha
  • Kali jeera
  • black salt
  • Palm jaggery or sugar candy

Popular methods followed

  1. FRESH JUICES – The juices are extracted by crushing from the fresh herbs .Some herbs have to be wilted in fire before crushing such as ajwain leaf, onion.They act as decongestant and given instant relief .Fresh juices
    are stronger so the dose have to carefully decided. Generally one to two teaspoon of the fresh juice are given with honey for 3 to 5 days twice or thrice day before food depending on the condition.In infants the
    juice are applied on the chest and back instead of giving internally.
  2. TEAS – Generally aromatic herbs and spices are boiled together in water for few minutes and this water is used for drinking .Such tulasi tea, ajwain leaf tea, ginger tea.
  3. DECOCTIONS –  Different combination of dry and fresh ingredients are boiled and reduced to half or one fourth and added with a sweetener such as jaggery or palm sugar or with honey.
  4. Choornam/Powder – such as trikatu ,yashtimadhu are given mixed with honey.
  5. Warm milk withtumeric, pepper
  6. Try instead of regular COUGH SYRUP using
    1. Ginger lemon infused honey,
    2. Dry ginger powder +honey
    3. Cinnamon +honey
    4. Yashtimadhu ,Freshginger juice, +honey
    5. Lemon +honey
    1. Fresh ginger piece with black salt
    2. Dry ginger and sugarcandy
  8. WARM SOUP -Warm veg soup with spices
  9. STEAM
  10. MASSAGES on chest and back with warm oils such as ococonut oil, sesame oil mustard oil infused with herbs.

As a prevention
Pranayam can be taught to children like anulom, vilom, kapalbathi, ujjayi. Ayurvedic medicines rasayanas such as chyanvan prash should be given on regular basis.
Plants which can be grown at home

  • Tulasi
  • Adathoda
  • Mint
  • Coriander
  • Ajwain
  • Guduchi

Preparations commonly used


Generally fresh juices alone or in combination with two such as ginger lemon, tulasi betel, ginger amla. They can be given to children above 1 year from 1 to 2 tsp twice a day with honey

  • Ginger juice- Juice of ginger 5gms and one amla with one teaspoon honey Juice of ajwain leaf wilted on fire juice one teaspoon twice daily with honey
  • Lemon juice- Lemon juice with water and honey. a glass of hot water mixed with the juice of two lemons and honey to taste. It soothes sore throat, boosts vitamin C intake and releases excess cough
  • Juice of Tulasi leaves – 2 parts tulsi juice +1/2 part Ginger juice + ½ part Betel leaf juice Take two teaspoon of the juices together with 1 teaspoon of honey thrice a day
  • In a jar mix equal amounts of honey and onion juice. Consume around 3 to 4 teaspoons of this mixture once a day, till the flu lasts
  • 1 teaspoon tulasi juice and 2 teaspoon of honey 3 times a day
  • 1 tespoon of onion juice( small onion) and 2teaspoons of honey 3 times a day. Onion is very useful in bronchitis


Different combination of dry and fresh ingredients are boiled together for few minutes and used as a drink

  • Ginger tea- Drink ginger tea. Use 2 to 3 pieces of ginger to prepare this tea and consume it at regular intervals during the cough It acts as a decongestant, helps stimulate slow digestion and enhances the taste
  • Tulsi tea-½ tsp black pepper powder+1/2 tsp dry ginger powder-+10 Tulasi leaves boil in 1 cup water make tea and drink 2-3 times a day

The teas or hot infusions chosen should be balanced with hot and cold potency


  • Preapare a decoction with Fresh ginger -3 teaspoon cinnamon powder ½ easpoon, yashtimadhu 2 teaspoons . All the ingredients should be boiled with four glasses of water and reduced to ½ glass and this has to be taken twice daily .Honey can added as a sweetener if needed
  • Prepare a decoction by boiling a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in half liter of warm water. Continue boiling the seeds, till the water reduces to one third of its original quantity. Then, add a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice to this concoction, along with a few drops of honey, just to make it more palatable. Drink this mixture once a day.
  • Boil 3 teaspoons of Yashtimadhu choornam/licorice in two glasses of water and reduce to ¼ glass and add honey if needed.This is good remedy for dry cough and sore throat
  • Betel leaves,tulasi leaves, ajwain leaves , pepper are boiled together and reduced to half
  • Tulasi leaves a piece of ginger of an inch size few pepper corns are boiled and reduced to half


  • Trikatu ,-the mixture of dried ginger powder, pepper and long pepper taken in equal quantities of a quarter to half teaspoon twice a day with honey. Trikatu has anti -pyretic qualities and are effective in fever accompanied with bronchitis.
  • Ayurvedic medicines like sitopaladi choornam , Thaleesadi choornam , Karpooradi choornam can be taken with doctors advise


Tumeric Milk -Mix a half teaspoon or turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk twice is good during the symptoms of
flu cough with phlegm


Thin vegatable Soups,chicken soup spiced with pods of garlic, cloves, cinnamon, Drumstick leaves soup prepared with little salt, pepper and lime juice is very beneficial during common cold


Take steam with water added with three to four drops of eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil. Mint leaf,Tulsi leaf, Cumin seed,Ajwain, Black jeera, are the some of the other ingredients used for steam which can
be used for children.

For infants below 6 month

For infants herbal medicines for cold and cough are mostly applied externally.Infused oils or crushed herbal leaf juices and rubbed on chest and back of the baby.The other preferred method is to treat the mother with medicines. Sometimes very little amount of medicines is applied on the breast before feeding the baby.

Oils used

  • Mustard oil cooked with garlic
  • Karpooradi thailam,Mustard oil, ajwain leaf extract, -They are rubbed on the chest and back
  • For nose block- Ajwain garlic pottali

For infants above 6 month

Same methods mentioned as above are to be followed but with a stronger dose.

  • Apply turmeric paste on chest and back.
  • Mustard oil with garlic, ajwain
  • Fresh juices such as ajwain leaf juice ,betel leaf juice,

For children above 1 year

Some of the Teas decoctions, fresh juices mentioned above are to be given. The dose depends on age. Generally decoctions are given 1-2teaspoon before food thrice daily, teas 3-4 times a day, fresh juices 1 to 2 tsp twice a day with honey

Home remedies for common problems


  • To stop a running nose, you can apply the paste made of nutmeg (jaiphal) and cow’s milk along with a little opium on the nose and forehead. to be taken as a snuff.
  • Lemon juice can also be used for running nose
  • Smoke from burnt turmeric stops the running nose.


Common salt +2 black peppercorn chew every four hours


  • Powder made of equal parts of cinnamon, black pepper, cardamoms and the seeds of Nigella sativa (krishna jeeraka) is used for smelling.
  • Crushed garlic pods can be used for smelling for relief of blocked nose. Chewing garlic will also give relief of blocked nose.


For dry chronic cough ingredients such as cumin, clove, cardamom, dry grapes, coriander seeds, fennel, sugar candy, are more in the combination of the medicines and often mixed with sweet base such as palm jaggery or honey


  • Trikatu churna- An effective home remedy for bronchitis is They also tone up the metabolism of the patient. It can help by keeping the mucous in the lungs wet and fluid-like, and decreasing inflammation of the respiratory tract. You can take half a teaspoonful of trikatu powder mixed with honey.
  • Onion has expectorant properties. It liquefies phlegm and prevents its further formation. Half to one teaspoon of raw onion juice is given
  • 3.. Drumstick leaves soup prepared with little salt, pepper and lime juice is very beneficial especially in case of bronchitis.


  • 20 to 40 grams of black basil (Krishna Tulsi) leaves juice thrice daily
  • Decoction prepared with 30 to 80 grams roots and leaves of holy black basil (krishna tulsi) plant can help in all types of fever
  • Application of warmed mustard oil will help people affected with dengue fever and suffering from joint pains the legs and hands.
  • Water boiled with cumin seeds can be used for drinking during fever
  • Dry ginger and coriander seeds are pounded well and boiled in water. This water brings down the fever


  • Drink a cup of warm water added with lemon juice and honey two to three times a day.
  • Decoction made with 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds boiled in 1 ½ glass of water boiled and reduced to ½ glass. To this add 1 tsp of ginger juice and few drops of honey. This is taken two to three times a day
  • 3 to 4 tsp of the onion juice and honey mixture once or twice a day daily till the flu lasts.
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder in a glass of warm nati milk. Reduces the fever and loosens the phlegm
  • Ginger tea has an excellent remedy for flu

Home Remedies for Cold in Infants

  1. Lots of rest
  2. Drink lot of fluids -keep body hydrated
  3. Saline nasal drops to clear out the mucus in the nasal passages, and thus relieve congestion.
  4. Resting with head elevated
  5. Salt water gargling
  6. Use of humidifier/vaporizer/head bath

When to visit the doctor

If you are suffering from symptoms of cold more than 3 weeks, such as itchy eyes, nasal congestion, cough, excessive fatigue, sore throat swollen lymph nodes, rapid heart beat you may have to seek the help of doctor. It may be that you get into secondary infections if not treated. In general if you find the following symptoms it’s better to visit the doctor

  • High (above 103 degrees) fever or a fever that lasts for more than 3 days. In infants below 3 month if fever is
    above 100F
  • Symptoms that last for more than 10 days
  • Trouble breathing, fast breathing or wheezing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Earache or drainage from the ear
  • Changes in mental state (such as not waking up, irritability or seizures)
  • Flu like symptoms that improve, but return with a fever and a worse cough

Ashtavarga Chyvanprash

Learn ancient recipe of Ashtavarga chyvanprash to bring back the youth.

There is a beautiful story behind Chyavanrprash. Once King Sharyati and his beautiful daughter Sukanya were in a forest hunting. The princess accidentally woke up ChyavanMaharishi who was in deep meditation.The angry maharishi rose  to curse the king and his daughter. The king begged for forgiveness and offered his daughter in marriage. The sage accepted his offer and was married to princess sukanya. But he was concerned that his old and weakened body will be a problem in his marital life. The divine physicians celestial twins Aswini Kumaras came to his rescue, they gave him a rasayana a medicine that gave back his youth. The Maharishi was happily married to princess and  live happily thereafter.

The rasayana in the story is chywanprash. This was made with all potent divine herbs most of them found in Himalayas. Rasayanas are unique formulations through which a person acquires intelligence, memory, radiance of body, freedom from disease, longevity, strength of the senses, increase in sexual vigour, great increase in the strength of the digestive fire, improvement of the complexion, and the restoration of vata to its normal course.

The name Ashtavarga chyvanprash is attributed to the  group of very rare eight potent herbs – Ashtvarga

  1. Ridhi
  2. Vridhi
  3. Medha
  4. Mahamedha
  5. Jeevak
  6. Rishabh
  7. Kakoli
  8. Ksheerkakoli

They are some of the magic rare divine herbs available in Himalayas. The ancient acharyas understanding their unavailability to common people also have mentioned substitutes to herbs unable to find. Over the period of time various formulas for Chywanpransna have been developed from the ancient ingredients. Every manufacturer differ from each other in the number of ingredients. However in all cases Amla will be the prime ingredient                                            

The preparation of chywanprash is  a very complex process. 500 Amlas are tied in a big cloth andboiled in mixture of herbs and water. The amla will be cooked till the decoction of herbs is reduced to 1/4rth. The amla is deseeded, the pulp is ground and fried with ghee and til oil, the decoction prepared and sugar syrup  are added to the amla mixture and heated till ghee seperates and semisolid state is attained. Upon self cooling powdered herbs and other additives are added, Honey is added last when the mixture cools down.The final product will be dark shiny brown in colour with jam like consistency.

Uses of chywanprash

The creator of Chywanprash the celestial twin have chosen the formula so that it acts as detoxifier, rejuvenator as well as immunomodulator  at the same time. The actionof herbs are in such a way that it improves all aspects of health. It repairs, streamlines and ensures the proper functioning all most all systems of body-Digestive system, Respiratory system, cardiac system, reproductive system endocrine system, immune system. Several ingredients Several of chywanprash possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

According to the Charaka Samhita, Chyawanprash is the foremost of all rasayanas, whoever uses Chyawanprash as a rasayana  will get all the benefits of kayakalpa (Restoration of youth) – reversal of ageing, reclaiming beauty, strength, youthful skin, so on.

Who can use Chwanprash

Chyawanprash can be used by all age group young, old weak, healthy people, it nourishes the weak, the wounded, the old, and children.

How often we can use it

It can  be used  daily but avoid during cold cough fever any illness,you still continue chyavanprash under doctors instructions in certain conditions.

How to select a chyavanprash?

Chyvanprash should be of course without added preservatives. Not too much watery, sticky or thick semi solid in consistency. It should sink in when dropped in water. The sour taste of amla should be more predominant more than its sweetness.

Dosage of Chwanprash
  • There is no particular dosage fixed for chywanprash. It depends on the agni of the person, adults should not exceed 20gm
  • Children below 3-5 years 1/4-1/2  teaspoon with milk in the morning or as per doctors advise.
  • Children above 5 years 1 teaspoon with milk in morning or as per doctors advise

Chyavanprash can be taken as long as needed under doctors advise.

Do’s and Don’ts during Summer season, Grishma ritu.

Prepare yourself to protect yourself from summer. Learn simple ways from our ancient practise.

Huntington Beach Sunrise

Summer season – the scorching sun rays heats up the earth leaving it dry and hot. The sun sucks moisture from the earth seizing the energy from humans, plants and animals leaving them dehydrated. The earth seems to be burning with heat and animals feels suffering from fever by the effect of hot wind and consequent sweating. The trees have no shade under them because of falling of ripened leaves The birds and animals find rescue in the rivers and water bodies making them very muddy. The rivers and ponds get dried up quickly.

So goes the description about Summer in AsthangaSangaraha.
In Indian Calender Grishma ritu or summer falls in the period – Jyeshta and Ashadha (Mid May to Mid July). Summers for tropical countries like ours have to be considered seriously as diseases are known to spread quickly at this time. As the agneyaguna or the fire element increases in summer the moisture in the body reduces causing the increase of dryness. Energy loss from the body will be at higher rate. As the kapha is in a decreased state with vata increasing the natural vital energy or the bala will be less at this time and the immunity will be lower.

Dehydration is the one of the major problems in summer In a scorching summer heat people sweat up to 2-3 litres of sweat per hour. Plenty of water is the best way to prevent dehydration. Water kept in fresh mud pots treated with roots of ushira, sariba will retain the energy loss because of dehydration. Tender Coconut water, buttermilk, sugar-cane juice, are considered ideal summer drinks since ages.

The food and activities should be such that it combats the hot and dry qualities of the atmosphere. Sweet, cold and liquid foods are suggested in summers as they increases the kapha and brings back the moistures sucked out by the summer heat. A diet with rice, milk, ghee and diary products is the.

Summer fruits are the best naturally available nutritious food to maintain the balance of the doshas. Watermelon, Mango, Sugarcane, dates, grapes and other juicy fruits seasonally available are to be used.

Traditionally many beverages are prepared during summer like aam panna, raga, Panak Panchsara, lassis, many varieties of panaka, Sherbat, etc.

Ayurveda describes summer recipies like shadanga paneeya, mantha, hima, phanta, sakthu gulkand

Other common problems related to indigestion happens quite often because of low agni. Wrong diet and activities causes the vitiation of doshas. Also the digestive fire tends to get impaired quickly as the vital strength is weak and later it causes aama leading to many problems like diarrhoea, gastroenteritis. As a preventive measure the diet should be sweet, light, less fatty and more of liquid in nature and avoiding the the salty hot pungent tastes.

Summer skin problems such as prickly heat, heat rash, etc. are managed with cool showers or bath in pools and anointing with sandal paste.

Avoid in summer

  • Pungent, sour and salty foods and food that produce too much heat in the body
  • Too much exposure in the hot weather.Going out in the hot sun
  • Strenuous exercises
  • No alcohol or wine taken in summer months can cause weight loss, flabbiness of body, acidity
  • Sexual inter courses inappropriate at this time because of body weakness.


  • Day sleep is permitted as there ll be long days and shorter nights and due to hot and exhausting sun
  • Light thin cotton cloths keep the body cool
  • Annoitment of chandan over the body and perfumes
  • Cool and pleasant moon rays
  • Head dress prepared with garlands of petals from lotus and lily
  • Enjoy the cool breeze from the fan prepared with palm leaves dipped in sandalwater

Easiest way to beat summer is to perform Oil Bath with Gingerly Oil. It is a must!

Read More about Ancient Oil Bath.

Summer should be enjoyed in places having beautiful lakes,ponds forests gardens, having flowers with fragrance. The days should be spent indoors in building equipped with water fountains. The nights in the open under the cool moon rays with sweet smelling flowers all around.

Garbhini Paricharya – The Ancient Art Conceiving, Pregnancy and Post Delivery – 2 of 3


The journey of the man begins in the womb of the mother. The pregnancy is a life changing event for both the mother and child and it leaves a huge impact for rest of their lives. Garbini or pregnant lady is said to be carrying two lives in one body. As this tiny new human body starts growing inside the womb it depends entirely on the mother for its nourishment. Ayurveda says that the purusha or human body grow from the ahara rasa or the food. So the food and actions of the mother should be in such a way that it caters to the need of mothers well being  and the growth and development of the foetus.

Continue reading “Garbhini Paricharya – The Ancient Art Conceiving, Pregnancy and Post Delivery – 2 of 3”

Pushya Nakshatra For Suvarna Bindu Prashana – 2016


Given below are the details of few countries as request by parents and doctors. If you could not find your country let us know  (through comment box below). We will work with our astrology team to get the right details.

Did you know why on a Pushay Nakshatra?

Pushya Nakshatra date and time – India 2016

  • Jan, Sat 23 – 8:06 PM – Sun 24 – 8:41 PM
  • Feb, Sat 20 – 2:59 AM – Sun 21 – 3:59 AM
  • Mar, Fri 18 – 8:32 AM – Sat 19 – 9:47 AM
  • Apr, Thu 14 – 2:33 PM – Fri 15 – 3:33 PM
  • May, Wed 11 – 10:24 PM – Thu 12 – 10:44 PM
  • Jun, Wed 8 – 7:46 AM – Thu 9 – 7:31 AM
  • Jul, Tus 5 – 5:26 PM – Wed 6 – 4:57 PM
  • Aug,
    • Tue 2 – 2:07 AM – Wed 3 – 1:48 AM
    • Mon 29 – 9:03 AM – Tue – 30 – 9:11 AM
  • Sep, Sun 25 – 2:35 PM – Mon 26 – 3:01 PM
  • Oct, Sat 22 – 8:23 PM – Sun 23 – 8:33 PM
  • Nov, Sat 19 – 4:17 AM – Sun 20 – 3:41 AM
  • Dec, Fri 16 – 2:27 PM – Sat 17 – 1:09 PM

Pushya Nakshatra date and time – US (EST)

  • Jan, Sat 23 – 9:36 AM – Sun 24 – 10:11 AM
  • Feb, Fri 19 – 4:29 PM – Sat 20 – 5:29 PM
  • Mar, Thu 17 – 10:02 PM – Fri 18 – 11:17 PM
  • Apr, Thu 14 – 4:03 AM – Fri 15 – 5:03 AM
  • May, Wed 11 – 11:54 AM – Thu 12 – 12:14 PM
  • Jun, Tue 7 – 9:16 PM – Wed 8 – 9:01 PM
  • Jul, Tus 5 – 6:56 AM – Wed 6 – 6:27 AM
  • Aug,
    • Mon – 1 3:37 PM – Tue 2 – 3:18 PM
    • Sun 28 – 10:33 PM – Mon 29 – 10:41 PM
  • Sep, Sun 25 – 4:05 AM – Mon 26 – 4:31 AM
  • Oct, Sat 22 – 9:53 AM – Sun 23 – 10:03 AM
  • Nov, Fri 18 – 5:47 PM – Sat 19 – 5:11 PM
  • Dec, Fri 16 – 3:57 AM – Sat 17 – 2:39 AM

Pushya Nakshatra date and time – US (CST)

  • Jan, Sat 23 – 8:36 AM – Sun 24 – 9:11 AM
  • Feb, Fri 19 – 3:29 PM – Sat 20 – 4:29 PM
  • Mar, Thu 17 – 9:02 PM – Fri 18 – 10:17 PM
  • Apr, Thu 14 – 3:03 AM – Fri 15 – 4:03 AM
  • May, Wed 11 – 10:54 AM – Thu 12 – 11:14 AM
  • Jun, Tue 7 – 8:16 PM – Wed 8 – 8:01 PM
  • Jul, Tus 5 – 3:06 AM – Wed 6 – 5:27 AM
  • Aug,
    • Mon 1 – 2:37 PM – Tue 2 – 2:18 PM
    • Sun 28 – 9:33 PM – Mon 29 – 9:41 PM
  • Sep, Sun 25 – 3:05 AM – Mon 26 – 3:31 AM
  • Oct, Sat 22 – 8:53 AM – Sun 23 – 9:03 AM
  • Nov, Fri 18 – 4:47 PM – Sat 19 4:11 – PM
  • Dec, Fri 16 – 2:57 AM – Sat 17 – 1:39 AM

Pushya Nakshatra date and time – US (PST)

  • Jan, Sat 23 – 6:36 AM – Sun 24 – 7:11 AM
  • Feb, Fri 19 – 1:29 PM – Sat 20 – 2:29 PM
  • Mar, Thu 17 – 7:02 PM – Fri 18 – 8:17 PM
  • Apr, Thu 14 – 1:03 AM – Fri 15 – 2:03 AM
  • May, Wed 11 – 8:54 AM – Thu 12 – 9:14 AM
  • Jun, Tue 7 – 6:16 PM – Wed 8 – 6:01 PM
  • Jul, Wed 6 – 3:27 AM – Thu 7 – 3:31 AM
  • Aug,
    • Mon 1 – 12:37 PM – Tue 2 – 12:18 PM
    • Sun 28 – 7:33 PM – Mon 29 – 7:41 PM
  • Sep, Sun 25 – 1:05 AM – Mon 26 – 1:31 AM
  • Oct, Sat 22 – 6:53 AM – Sun 23 – 7:03 AM
  • Nov, Fri 18 – 2:47 PM – Sat 19 – 2:11 PM
  • Dec, Fri 16 – 12:57 AM – 11:39 PM

Pushya Nakshatra date and time – UK

  • Jan, Sat 23 – 2:36 PM – Sun 24 – 3:11 PM
  • Feb, Fri 19 – 9:29 PM – Sat 20 – 9:29 PM
  • Mar, Fri 18 – 3:02 AM – Sat 19 – 4:17 AM
  • Apr, Thu 14 – 9:03 AM – Fri 15 – 10:03 AM
  • May, Wed 11 – 4:54 PM – Thu 12 – 5:14 PM
  • Jun, Wed 8 – 2:16 AM – Thu 9 – 2:01 AM
  • Jul, Tus 5 – 11:56 AM – Wed 6 – 11:27 AM
  • Aug,
    • Mon 1 – 8:37 PM – Tue 2 – 8:18 PM
    • Mon 29 – 3:33 – AM – Tue 30 – 3:41 AM
  • Sep, Sun 25 – 9:05 AM – Mon 26 – 9:31 AM
  • Oct, Sat 22 – 2:53 PM – Sun 23 – 3:03 PM
  • Nov, Fri 18 – 10:47 PM – Sat 19 – 10:11 PM
  • Dec, Fri 16 – 8:57 AM – Sat 17 – 7:39 AM

Pushya Nakshatra date and time – South Africa

  • Jan, Sat 23 – 4:36 PM – Sun 24 – 5:11 PM
  • Feb, Fri 19 – 11:29 PM – Sun 21 – 12:29 AM
  • Mar, Fri 18 – 5:02 AM – Sat 19 – 6:17 AM
  • Apr, Thu 14 – 11:03 AM – Fri 15 – 12:03 PM
  • May, Wed 11 – 6:54 PM – Thu, 12 – 7:14 PM
  • Jun, Wed 8 – 4:16 AM – Thu, 9 – 4:01 AM
  • Jul, Tus 5 – 1:56 PM – Wed, 6 – 1:27 PM
  • Aug,
    • Mon 1 – 0:37 PM – Tue, 2 – 10:18 PM
    • Mon 29 – 5:33 AM – Tue, 30 – 5:41 AM
  • Sep, Sun 25 – 11:05 AM – Mon, 26 – 11:31 AM
  • Oct, Sat 22 – 4:53 PM – Sun, 23 – 5:03 PM
  • Nov, Sat 19 – 12:47 AM – Sun, 20 – 12:11 AM
  • Dec, Fri 16 – 10:57 AM – Sat, 17 – 9:39 AM

Pushya Nakshatra date and time – Singapore

  • Jan, Sat 23 – 10:36 PM – Sun 24 – 11:11 PM
  • Feb, Sat 20 – 5:29 AM – Sun 21 – 6:29 AM
  • Mar, Fri 18 – 11:02 AM – Sat 19 – 12:17 PM
  • Apr, Thu 14 – 11:58 PM – Fri 15 – 6:03 PM
  • May, Thu 12 – 12:54 AM – Fri 13 – 1:14 AM
  • Jun, Wed 8 – 10:16 AM – Thu 9 – 10:01 AM
  • Jul, Tus 5 – 7:56 PM – Wed 6 – 7:27 PM
  • Aug,
    • Tue 2 – 4:37 AM – Wed 3 – 4:18 AM
    • Mon 29 – 11:33 AM – Tue 30 – 11:41 AM
  • Sep, Sun 25 – 5:05 PM – Mon 26 – 5:31 PM
  • Oct, Sat 22 – 10:53 PM – Sun 23 – 11:03 PM
  • Nov, Sat 19 – 6:47 AM – Sun 20 – 6:11 AM
  • Dec, Fri 16 – 4:57 PM – Sat 17 – 3:39 PM

Pushya Nakshatra date and time – UAE

  • Jan, Sat 23 – 6:36 PM – Sun 24 – 7:11 PM
  • Feb, Sat 20 – 1:29 AM – Sun 21 – 2:29 AM
  • Mar, Fri 18 – 7:02 AM – Sat 19 – 8:17 AM
  • Apr, Thu 14 – 1:03 PM – Fri 15 – 2:03 PM
  • May, Wed 11 – 8:54 PM – Thu 12 – 9:14 PM
  • Jun, Wed 8 – 6:16 AM – Thu 9 – 6:01 AM
  • Jul, Tus 5 – 3:56 PM – Wed 6 – 3:27 PM
  • Aug,
    • Tue 2 – 12:37 AM – Wed 3 – 12:18 AM
    • Mon 29 – 7:33 AM – Tue 30 – 7:41 AM
  • Sep, Sun 25 – 1:05 PM – Mon 26 – 1:31 PM
  • Oct, Sat 22 – 6:53 PM – Sun 23 – 7:03 PM
  • Nov, Sat 19 – 2:47 AM – Sun 20 – 2:11 AM
  • Dec, Fri 16 – 12:57 PM – Sat 17 – 11:39 AM

Garbhini Paricharya – The Ancient Art Conceiving, Pregnancy and Post Delivery – 1 of 3


Though our holistic whatsapp group consist of majority of parents, we do have yet-to-be parents also in our group. We do often get requests in our group and in private chat, asking about the preparations for a holistic conception. This blog is dedicated to those couples, and for existing parents who are planning for next conception. We will cover the pregnancy and post delivery later.

Garbhadhana as mentioned in ancient Indian texts means gifting the womb or attaining the wealth of womb. It is more of a spiritual act designed in a scientific manner and calculated the best way to produce a healthy, intellectual, beautiful offspring with a long life and best progeny. It was considered as a duty of the married couple to bring into this world such spiritually aware children who are beneficial to parents as well as society.

The garbhadhana is the science by which a human population of civilized, cultured, brilliant disease free offspring with physical strength and other qualities like humanity, sincerity, compassion, spirituality, loyalty, courage that could be generated. The man places his seed in woman to conceive virtuous children. This was practiced as a ceremony – the garbhadhana samskara mostly as private rite of passage. It is one of the sixteen samskaras which are carried out as rituals and regimen representing the symbolic change in the life of individual. Garbha Samskara is made of two words Garbha and Samskara.

Garbha means fetus and Samskara means to replace bad qualities by good ones. It is proposed to impart changes at physical, mental, spiritual and emotional level in the developing embryo.

Susruta says the child born by Garbhadhana samskara will be physically fit, have attractive features and long life and capable of repaying the debts born by the father and helpful to father. The progeny with bad character even if born in high family destroys the reputation of whole family. The method of Garbhadhan samskar for a worth full child, endow future generations with good health, noble quality, high intelligence and improve the innate quality of mankind.

Pre-conceptional care in Ayurveda

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In the ancient days, the selection of partners was done using their birth chart, clan, age and maturity of the all Chatus (seven body tissues). They do this to make sure their offspring is free from diseases.

Pre-conceptional care comprises of certain rituals and regime with do’s and dont’s that are to be followed strictly by the father to be & mother. All efforts are taken to provide the best environment for the foetal development.

There are several factors involved in this process including diet & appropriate activities and raising the level of spiritual consciousness. The powerful intention for a baby from both the parents attracts the soul to enter the womb.

Just as healthy plant needs appropriate season, good soil, water, good quality seeds to grow there are four major factors in the couples that makes the conception possible and essentially determine the nature and growth of child. If these four necessities are not fulfilled properly, it may lead to infertility or complications during pregnancy.

Four essential folds for getting Pregnant mentioned by Acharya Sushruta:

  1. Rutu (Cycle) Shuddhi
    The biological clock of the body is related with the reproductive system.The inharmony of the biological cycle leads to many disorders of the reproductive cycle and becomes major concern of infertility. Before conceiving any reasons for infertility (Menstrual cycle disorders, PCOD, Hypothyroidism, Oligospermia in males or any other sexdysfunction) should be corrected and managed
  2. Kshetra Shuddhi
    As a healthy seed needs a fertile soil to grow, a healthy foetus needs a healthy womb to get implanted. The body and mind of the mother needs to be wholesome and purified. The garbhashaya or the womb (Uterus, Ovaries, Vagina) must be purified and healthy ready to receive the baby
  3. Ambu- Nutritional Mechanism
    Before conception the nutritional status of the mother should be ensured. Any metabolic or nutritional disorder for eg anaemia that might affect the baby’s development should be corrected. The nutritional mechanism should be purified so as to fulfill the needs of baby during the nine months of pregnancy
  4. Bija Shudhi
    It is the purification of male and female gametes (sperm and ovum). Garbhanda samskara is said to have its effect on the genetic type of foetus. Prevention of hereditary disorders and congenital anomalies is be achieved along with happy and healthy children by this method.

Baby Love

Before conception, the couple is advised to perform a personalized purification and rejuvenation to product an optimal quantity and quality of ovum and sperm. This process is performed at least six month ahead of conception. The doshas are brought to normalcy and body and mind are well prepared for conception by panchakarma and the following methods:

  1. Panchakarma(Detoxification)
    As a first step the couples undergo detoxifying therapy the panchakarma like vamana virechana basti and uttaravasti to remove the vitialted doshas and any reason for illness
  2. Vajeekarna
    Charaka mentions rejuvenation regime before conception called vajeekarnam for ensuring happy and healthy progeny. The ancient text Charaka Samhita explains- “The aim of vajikaranam is to enable a couple to produce healthy progeny who can assist them to perform their life’s mission (dharma).”
    After the panchakarma many formulations such as different medicated ghee are given to male and female to improve their fertility. Men are given medicated ghee and milk preparations. Herbs such as Aswagandha, Kapikachu are generally advised. Women are given preparation of sesame seeds and black gram to enhance ovulation and proper implantation of foetus
  3. Sattvic diet
    The diet should be essentially satvik which is rich in calcium, magnesium, folic acid, B12. Oily, Spicy and processed should be avoided as much as possible. General reproductive foods include Desi milk, Urad dhal, Mung dhal, Honey, Dates, Almonds. Man should take food more with ghee and milk and women should use sesame oil more in her diet
  4. Putreshtiyagna
    Pujas and homam are performed for getting rid of the complications during pregnancy or problems in conceiving. Couple who wish to beget a healthy and intelligent child can perform homas like purusha sukta homam and santhanagopala homam dedicated to lord Mahavishnu and Gopala Krishna.
    Those who are expecting can also perform these puja for healthy and intelligent children and those with children perform it for all round progress and benefit of children. Putra kameshti yagna is mentioned in Ramayana. King Dasaratha performed this yagna to begot his sons
  5. Celibacy
    Celibacy of 3 months is suggested before conception especially during the first three days of menstruation. It’s followed to ensure the best quality of male and female gametes. (shukra and rajah). Ayurveda says children conceived during menstruation will have less longevity and deformities such as blindness, deafness, skin diseases and many more consequences even intrauterine death of foetus
  6. Regimen during menstruation
    During her menstruation the lady should observe the Rajaswala paricharya regimen prescribed strictly. All her activities are essentially reduced to provide maximum rest and allow the body to empty and renew itself. She should not indulge in any fatiguing work or exercise. During this period body and mind will be very fragile and this time should be utilized to take rest with least degree of interference physically and mentally. She should not indulge in loud and excessive noise nor hear loud noises. Quick warm showers are advised as the appropriate means of body cleansing. Day sleep and intercourse are straitly avoided. Food should be easily digestible, not too heavy and oily, nor too dry and cold
  7. Best period for conception
    The best period for conception is ritukala that is 12 days from 4th day of menstruation. Selected days for coitus, odd days for achieving female progeny and even days for male progeny (except 11th day and 13th day) are to be considered. The good date for conception is fixed through astrology. Swaathi or Kettai or Chathayam Nakshatra is best for period for conception, provided the couple’s birthday is not on these days. One of the sex selection methods adopted for achieving desired sex of fetus as in Shettles method is days of performing intercourse.
  8. Rituals and hymn during coitus
    Bathed and dressed in fresh white clothes the couples applied with essential oils and flower garland should do the prayers. Following hymn from charaka samhita can be recited in unison to achieve diving blessings from Brahma, Vishnu, Soma and Surya to procure a courageous son.

Aum ahirasi ayurasi sarvata pratishthasi dhaata tvam,dadhaatu vidhaata tvam, dadhatu bramhavarcasa bhava,Brahama brhaspatir vishnu soma surya tatha asvinau, Bhagotha mitra varunau veeram daddaatu me sutaam

This is translated as “O creator and the cosmic truth! Please bless us with a courageous/strong child with a long life and health, with the qualities of Brahma (power to create), Brhaspati (power to alter the future), Vishnu (power to maintain), Soma (power to flourish), Surya (power to be succeed), Mitra (power to love) and Varuna (power to nurture)”.

Observance of all these methods before conception ensure having a good quality sperm and ovum and emotionally and physically healthy child
In Sushruta Samhita 2/46/50 it is said:

Aahaar-aachaara-cheshtaabhir-yaadrisobhih samanvitee |
Stree-pumso samupeyaatam tayoh puthro-api taadrisah ||

In conclusion, diet, temperament and behavior, of the man and woman at the time of physical intimacy, the baby born of such a union will also have a similar temperament. If the couple are not in a state of mental stability and calmness, even if they are physically fit, they cannot give birth to a healthy child. In the end, the objective of practicing a holistic planned approach is to attract a higher soul in a healthy body so that they are blessed with good, virtuous next generous children’s.

In continuation of this I will share some thoughts on pregnancy till delivery and post delivery.

Prevention of Dengue in an ancient way.

With the threat of Dengue increasing, we see a lot repeated post about parents worrying about dengue in our whatsapp group,  even our closest family members especially our young and the old are most vulnerable because of their age. If treated early, it is fully curable but can be fatal if untreated. When my family fell victim, besides reaching them to a good medical facility for immediate intervention, I sought the advice our ayurvedic doctor to supplement their speedy recovery and rebuild their immune system naturally and effectively.

Dengue is a viral infection spread by mosquitos, it starts with fever for initial 3 to 5 days, after the fever settles, the platelet count will come down drastically! Usually for a normal person platelet count in blood should be above 2 lakhs. In allopathy, the usual treatment of dengue is to bring down fever with paracetamol tablets, and to monitor the platelet count, if it goes below 20,000, then blood transfusion or steroid treatments will begin.

There are some proven research about an enzyme found in Papaya leaves, to considerably arrest platelet loss, and increase the count. Another element which plays a vital role in controlling the virus is Mountain Neem Leaf (Nila Vembu in Tamil).

After taking Papaya leaf extract and Nila vembu decoction, we saw noticeable increase in platelet count and a speedy recovery. These two can be taken as a preventive medicine, so that either we escape from the virus being multiplied inside the body or even if affected, the severity will be dramatically reduced.

It is indeed a time to realize how our ancient texts has answers to many deadly diseases. As per siddha medicines, a fever itself is classified into 64 types in which it is treated at two levels, firstly they work on curative mode, and secondly, for a longer time, they work on preventive level. Few things we can be followed from the preventive mode


Natural way:

Take one full leaf of papaya, chop it fine and grind it manually or in a grinder without water. Filter the extract and take one tea spoon of the juice for 5 days daily and stop. Honey can be mixed if needed. Do not intake anything for 20 mins. Ayurvedic Method: For children under 5 years: 5 ml Amrutarishtam + 5 ml Dasamoolarishtam + 10ml boiled and cooled water. Twice daily after food for 3 days and stop. For children 5-10 years 5 ml Amrutarishtam + 5 ml Dasamoolarishtam + 10ml boiled and cooled water. Thrice daily after food for 3 days and stop.


Siddha Method:
Nila Vembu Kudineer (Kasayam mix) 10 grams and boil it in 300ml water and wait till it turns into 30 ml.
Children below 7 can take 15ml daily once for 5 days.
Children above 7 can take 20 -30 ml once for 5 days.

Important point here is to keep the body hydrated. So drink plenty of fluids. Buy these herbs from well known companies and do not buy any local unknown brands.

On behalf of our lovely parents who support and encourage us in reviving our ancient knowledge.