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Ayurveda is an ancient and holistic approach to healthy living. The term comes from two Sanskrit words translated to mean “life science” or “life knowledge.” This practice, created by Indian sages, dates back more than 5,000 years, with more recent popularity and acceptance in the West.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, “the basic principle of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illness by maintaining balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper drinking, diet, and lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies.” The goal is to balance the doshas (energies). To find out more about your constitution, check out this link from The Ayurvedic Institute: ayurveda.com/pdf/constitution.pdf.
Ayurveda incorporates breathing exercises, massage with oils, mantra-based meditation, and the utilization of herbs — the latter of which is our focus today. Growing herbs and incorporating them into our diet is easy. Herbs can add flavor to our meals, baked goods, and teas.