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Nasya: Prevention for Allergy Season

Do you suffer from fall allergies? As the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change, you may find yourself stocking up on different allergy fighting herbs and vitamins. But there’s another option that can be more effective for you.

One of the five treatments in Panchakarma, or the five ways of detoxification, Nasya is an Ayruvedic technique to help prevent allergies. Medicated herbal oil is applied into the nasal passage, leaving an oily film over the nasal mucosa that prevents allergens from attaching. Nasya has been scientifically studied to help people suffering with hay fever, but it’s also effective as a preventative treatment.

Nest is pleased to offer Nasya treatment as part of our Ayurvedic wellness services. Get in touch with us to find out more about Nasya and how it may help you this allergy season.


Essential Oils for Fall: Wild Orange and Cardamom

The arrival of fall also marks the start of the Vata season. In the tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, Vata is one of the three doshas, or types of life forces, that make us who we are. 

The connection between our environment and our health is well recognized in Ayurveda. Ayurveda links the universal elements (earth, fire, air, water and space) to the doshas. Vata is composed of space and air. The Vata energy that is associated with autumn is characterized as being dry, light, irregular, cold and rough. 

With the seasonal shift, your body may be responding to the excess vata with a number of symptoms: anxiety, overwhelmedness, forgetfulness, stiffness, insomnia, unstable moods and energy levels.

Essential oils can help balance the excess vata. An excellent choice is the pairing of wild orange and cardamom – one is light and the other is heavy, so together they help achieve the desired balance.   

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What is self-care?

Let’s  talk about SELF-CARE.

This word gets thrown around lot and what does it really mean…

“Self-care is the act of refueling ourselves and attending to our needs.”

This can be a challenging thing to do in a society that values self-reliance and putting others first. In fact the opposite is true, by taking the time to develop nurturing and nourishing self-care practices, then you will have more energy and resources available to care for and support your loved ones, friends and colleagues. Once you get into a regular routine of self-care, your body and mind will start to relax and trust that its needs will be taken care of by you and so the results will be things like increased well-being, and improved mood, quality of life and relationship skills…

Do any of those benefits sound like a reason to develop a daily self-care routine?


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Embracing change

Please close your eyes.

What is that one small change you are willing to make NOW in your thinking and in your behavior? Something that you would be willing to commit to working with for the year. It could be as simple as washing your face at night before you go to bed in order to take care of your skin, or swishing coconut oil in your mouth in the morning to strengthen your gums. Whatever it is, see if you can start to get a FELT sense of it. What would it feel like to add this HEALTHY thought process and behavior into your life?

Let that feeling expand through your entire body like a wave.

Then repeat to yourself 3 times mentally… I am committed to FILL IN YOUR RESOLVE…. And let it settle into every cell in your body.

Then one day at a time, as you put into practice your thinking and behavioral change…notice if anything other shifts start to happen. For example, does something that you have tried to stop doing start to naturally fall away? Do notice that you are including more small changes into your daily life that improve your sense of well-being, and your relationships. Just notice and observe over the year what starts to happen as a result of committing to this one small change.