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Lesser known benefits of the humble Onion

Onions are rich in Trace elements, minerals, and sulphur. Onion stimulates the production of saliva and digestive juices, as well as the flow of tears!

Onion has a rejuvenating effects on the tissues and body systems:

  • Digestive (as carminative, improves the appetite)
  • Respiratory (Expectorant, stimulating)
  • Nervous (rejuvenation, stimulation)
  • Reproductive (anti spasmodic)
  • Circulatory (disinfectant, purifying)

Studies Explore Massage as Medicine

While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits.

Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Orange & Ginger Makes 6 servings


A fiber-rich version of the traditional sweet-potato casserole, spiked with citrus zest and fresh ginger.


The potatoes can be baked two days in advance. When they’re cool, remove the skin and refrigerate in an air-tight container.

Evidence of massage benefits

Although most people who have had a massage would agree that it is most enjoyable and induces a relaxed state, there has been very little evidence that it actually has a measurable benefit.

A great many studies have been conducted around the world - at universities and also by eminent medical facilities, such as Mayo Clinic’s Complementary & Integrative Medicine Program.

At University of Auckland an interesting study relating to the benefits of massage was conducted in 2004 by Sheleigh Patricia Lawler.

The Three Doshas

Ayurveda practitioners believe that disease may be triggered by many external causes, including planetary influences, acts of god, fire and accidents, harmful gases (which we today would call pollution), poisons and toxins, and evil spirits. As well as this, there are two other main causes of illness, an imbalance of the “tri-doshas” (VATA, PITTA, and KAPHA), and mental imbalance.

Our constitution is very important in Ayurveda, and each of us is individual, according to our specific energies. We inherit many aspects of our constitution, we can live a healthy and happy life if we strive to attain a good quality of spirit and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.


If you are planning on starting a new basic yoga or yoga-for-beginners’ class, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. In fact there are six basic yoga things to remember when choosing a yoga-for-beginners class.

First of all make sure you are healthy enough for a basic yoga class. While a yoga for-beginners class is usually not very difficult, you may want to speak to your doctor first if you have major health problems. In some cases, a doctor may even recommend a basic yoga class to help with healing of an injury. In a yoga-for-beginners class, you will learn many basic yoga breathing exercises, which can be very beneficial for healing.

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