Sure-fire Antidote For Vertigo

Two weeks ago I got exposed to some cold weather and also made the mistake of consuming cold food which just doesn’t suit me. (If I bite into a cold sandwich I get congested within minutes.)

My head felt completely jammed and heavy and I ended up with vertigo. Usually an episode leaves me bedridden  for 24 hours or so but this recent episode was different. It lasted about 2 weeks and I was mobile but had to be careful not to make any sudden movements, look up or down or lie down on either side.  So while it left me feeling  spaced out and disoriented ,  it didn’t interfere with my travel plans and other social obligations and familial responsibilities during the Christmas season. I don’t have vertigo often, maybe once every 5 years and I know my triggers ( strong smells like those in cleaning solutions  bleach, alcohol etc and exposure to cold winds and consumption of too much cold food).

When I finally got time to take care of myself I tried different natural remedies like performing mudra for vertigo and drinking and eating herbs, food and drinks (cloves, ginger, nutmeg etc) that are inherently as well as temperature warm/hot. My symptoms did improve but very slowly and not completely, so I decided to go with the sesame oil treatment which I should have done sooner, but kept putting off. With my little finger I  coated the inside of my ears with sesame oil as far as it could reach into both my ears. I also coated my nostrils making sure to breathe in deeply few times and gave myself a facial lymphatic drainage massage with it too. This helps clear the sinus congestion really fast.  (My husband once had a really bad cold which refused to leave. I convinced him to allow me to give him the sesame oil lymphatic drainage massage followed by hot towel compresses and after just one treatment he was completely fine.) Following just two applications and massages over a 24 hour period, there was 100% improvement in my vertigo. I also ate 10 almonds in the morning and 10 at night. Almonds help counter excess kapha and vata which cause vertigo.

Using organic cold pressed sesame oil is recommended, but I used what I had in my pantry which was the dark sesame oil used in Chinese recipes 🙂

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Sesame oil is extremely hot in nature and is hailed for its many benefits in Ayurveda. I resumed including them in my daily diet at least for the rest of winter. Toasting  white sesame seeds until they release oil and sprinkling a teaspoon them on toast, bagels vegetable etc or adding them when baking or making rotis, paranthas etc are a great way to include them in your diet.  You can learn more about the benefits of sesame seed here.

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Oil Pulling Therapy for a Myriad of Diseases

Yesterday I started “Oil Pulling”. I had read about this therapy before, but it wasn’t until my sister persuaded me to give it a try that I started. She and her family recently began this therapy. The first day wasn’t fun, but today was relatively easier.  I shall share any results in a future post. I used my cold pressed unfiltered sesame oil that I purchased from King Soopers.

According to http://www.oilpulling.com/:

Dr. (med.) Karach said the oilpulling(oil-pulling) heals totally “head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. oil-pulling also heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.”

It also describes the correct method:

Step 1: First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of sunflower or sesame oil (or whatever oil you have chosen) into your mouth. We don’t recommend doing this process at any other time. Children can also do this with less quantity of oil provided they have control and practice not to swallow the oil.

(Selection and Questions on choosing the right oil Read Here )

Step 2:
Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (don’t tilt your head back to gargle though). You’ll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Keep swishing.If your jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you’re putting too much into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you’ll feel very comfortable. Pretty soon. There is no right way or wrong way to swish and pull oil. Don’t focus on doing it right. Do it with very natural movement. Do this gently, not vigorously, in a relaxed way for about 20 minutes. If you have the unbearable urge to swallow and if it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon won’t be bothersome at all, just like brushing your teeth.   When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it may become whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used. Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 20 minutes is a general rule of thumb, but you can experiment with this.  If you spit out before 20 minutes. start again, the process is to make the oil swish enough time in your mouth so that it becomes a white thick substance which is an indication of process completion.
Step 3:
As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, Spit the oil out, then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. ( Just use normal table salt). Salt water rinsing isn’t  absolutely necessary, but is very helpful as an antimicrobial and to soothe any inflammation and proven to be effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left out in the mouth.

You can do the oil pulling every morning if you like, or several times a week. Because oil pulling method can be detoxifying, you might want to take a break sometimes. One immediate benefit everyone gets is, whiter teeth, clean mouth . There’s no rule about frequency – judge according to your own experience.

Pl. understand that this process works better in the morning. Don’t try to do this any time of the day. If for some reason it is absolutely not possible for you to practice this method in the morning, you can do this on an empty stomach at any time of the day. Empty stomach means the food is digested completely. Ideally after three or four hours of you taking any food. ( Lot depends on the food you are eating).

The website also lists the diseases that have responded to oil pulling therapy.  You can read about them here: http://www.oilpulling.com/diseasescured.htm

 

 

Anti-Aging and Healing- The Mighty Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is the best antidote for vata or the air related disorders like arthritis, anxiety, depression, insomnia, constipation, gas, bloating, cold feet and hands, impatience, restlessness, nervousness, racing mind,  feeling spaced out, frazzled, all over the place, finding it hard to focus or sit still, aging, wrinkles, dry eyes and old age related conditions. Sesame oil is known as the king of oils in Ayurveda.  It is an important ingredient of many Ayurvedic preparations as it has the ability to penetrate deep into the tissues and is very rich in antioxidants and minerals.

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The use of sesame oil is what helped me begin my healing journey. A decade ago I suffered from terrible anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, nervous energy etc. At the time when I first learned about the benefits of sesame oil, I had the toasted sesame oil variety in my pantry. Although the cold pressed oil is recommended over the toasted sesame (which I realized later), it still helped me tremendously.  Toasted sesame oil has a very strong flavor and smell and can make you feel nauseous.  Cold pressed on the other hand is healthier and easier to use. After some learning and reading I quickly switched to cold pressed sesame oil.Sesame oil will help calm the nerves and relax you. It will mellow you out. If you suffer from anxiety disorders massaging scalp, will help tremendously. If you suffer from cold hands and feet, massaging them vigorously with sesame oil will help increase the pitta factor in your body and bring immense warmth. Night time is the best time for this as sesame oil can relax you and help you get deep sleep. Sesame oil is rich in antioxidants.  It is a great moisturizer for the skin. It fights wrinkles and aging. Gently massaging sesame oil on acne will help dry it out within a few days.  It is antibacterial, anti viral, anti-inflammatory. Dab a few drops to coat the inside of your nostrils to protect from cold and flu viruses. Touch wood, but I haven’t had the flu in 15 years and I never get the flu shot. (Great 😦 now I’m afraid I’m going to pay for bragging). But I am also careful what I eat and how I eat based on the principles of Ayurveda.  I include herbs and rasayans based on my body type. For example I never drink cold, iced beverages in winter. I sip warm water throughout the day and also begin my day with medium hot water.  It aids in proper digestion and assimilation of food.  But my body type is pitta so I have to strike a balance between the two humors through a careful selection of what I cook and how I cook it.  Even during the summer time I consume room temperature or cool foods only. Ice/cold beverages wreak havoc on your digestive system. And in Ayurveda, majority of diseases stem from poor digestion.

If you have a vata constitution, suffer from vata disorders or live in a cold dry climate make sure to include sesame oil in your diet and also use for massaging the face, body and hair. Leave it on for at lest 30 minutes to an hour; the longer the better. You can leave it on the scalp overnight and shampoo off the next day.  Don’t overdo it. (I’m guilty, but that’s how you really learn-through trial and error). Everything in moderation only- ease into it starting with small doses.  Drizzle sesame oil in you soups, dals, breads, rice or any preparations for that matter just before you eat. This will also prevent gas, bloating, cramps, and indigestion. Don’t consume more than a teaspoon/day or you’ll feel like you have a burning fever.

Before you proceed:

  • Find out your body type
  • Follow other measures to make sure you aren’t negating your healing efforts through contradictory habits and patterns.  For example: massaging with sesame oil and then eating a bowl of ice cream or having a cold salad or shake.
  • If you suffer from deep rooted/chronic diseases, seek guidance and treatment from an experienced Ayurveda practitioner. Ayurveda treatment involves several pronged approach which consists of prevention, treatment at the root, cleansing, dietary restrictions etc.

The above is based on my own experience with sesame oil.  You can learn more about other benefits of sesame by clicking below:

According to http://naturalsociety.com/12-health-benefits-of-sesame-seeds-sesame-oil/

  • Promote Healthy, Beautiful Skin – Sesame seeds are full of zinc, an essential      mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also      helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to      sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders.
  • Great      for High-Protein Vegetarian Diet – Sesame seeds offer 4.7 grams of      protein per ounce, giving them a perfect place in a high-protein      vegetarian diet.
  • Sesame      Seed Oil for Oral Health – One of the most prominent benefits of      sesame seeds and sesame oil revolves around removing dental plaque and      boosting oral health. By engaging in an activity known as oil pulling,      which involves swishing oil around in your mouth, you can boost oral      health and even whiten your teeth. One study showcases      the oil pulling benefits on the oral level, where oil pulling with sesame      oil was shown to reduce the amount of streptococcus mutants in both teeth      plaque and mouth saliva, and boost overall health. (Click the next link to      find out what oil pulling is and learn of oil      pulling benefits).
  • Helps      Prevent Diabetes – Thanks to magnesium and other nutrients, sesame      seeds, and especially sesame oil, has been shown to combat diabetes. One      study, published      in 2011 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found      that sesame oil “improved the effectiveness of the oral antidiabetic drug glibenclamide in      type 2 diabetic patients”. Another study concluded      that “substitution of sesame oil as the sole edible oil has an additive      effect in further lowering BP and plasma glucose in hypertensive      diabetics”.
  • Reduces      Blood Pressure – As the above study concludes, sesame oil has been shown      to lower blood pressure in hypertensive diabetics. Additionally, magnesium      has been shown      to help lower blood pressure – and sesame seeds are loaded with      magnesium.
  • Promotes      Heart Health – Further adding to the health benefits of sesame      seeds, sesame seed oil can boost heart health by preventing      atherosclerotic lesions. An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound      known as sesamol, which also harnesses anti-atherogenic properties, is thought      to be one reason for the beneficial effects. According to      GreenMedInfo, sesamol has been shown to “possess over two dozen      beneficial pharmacologically active properties, many of which may      contribute to improving cardiovascular health”.
  • Protects      Against DNA Damage from Radiation – Sesamol, a compound found in      sesame seeds and sesame oil, has been shown in      some studies to protect against DNA damaged caused by radiation. Further,      sesamol has been shown      to extend life in mice treated with radiation, partly by preventing      damage to the intestines and the spleen.
  • Prevents      Cancer – Not only do sesame seeds contain an anti-cancer compound      called phytate, but the magnesium in sesame seeds also harness      anti-cancer properties. One      study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition      found that the risk of colorectal tumors decreased by 13% and the risk of      colorectal cancer decreased by 12% for every 100 mg of magnesium taken in.
  • Boosts      Bone Health – In addition to promoting healthy skin, zinc      has also been shown to boost bone mineral density and bone health as a      whole. One study, published in      the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found a correlation      between zinc deficiency and osteoporosis in the hip and spine area. What’s      more, sesame seeds are a great source of calcium – a known trace mineral      that is essential for bone health and preventing related conditions.
  • Boosting      Digestive Health, Relieving Constipation – Sesame seeds are rich in      fiber, which is known to pave way for a healthy digestive system and a      healthy colon.
  • Provides      Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis – A mineral that is important for      anti-inflammatory and antioxidant enzyme systems, copper is known for      reducing pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Additionally, this      mineral helps provide strength to blood vessels, bones, and joints.
  • Promotes      Respiratory Health, Prevents Asthma – Thanks to the magnesium, sesame      seeds are able to prevent asthma by and other respiratory disorders by      preventing airway spasms.

Read more:

http://naturalsociety.com/12-health-benefits-of-sesame-seeds-sesame-oil/#ixzz2rRZ77orN

http://www.youthingstrategies.com/

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