(K)Örömvirág-The Calendula Officinalis…

Calendula has been known and used in folk medicine for centuries. It is also a well-known and popular herb in the Ayurvedic medicine. It can be grown and harvested from spring to autumn. It is colorful, mostly bright yellow and orange inflorescences, and it can be applied both externally and internally.

In its dried form, tea can be made from it. It is excellent in treating gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer as it has anti-inflammatory properties. In this case, one can drink up to 3 cups of tea a day.

If it is used for blood purification or to improve liver function, 1-3 cups per day are recommended for 3 weeks. If used as antipyretic or antispasmodic drink 1 cup, as needed.

To ease menstruation, consume one cup daily from the second half of the cycle.

In ointment form, used externally, it is an excellent wound healer and disinfectant. It can be used to treat difficult-to-heal wounds, surgical scars, ulcers, burns and frostbite, as well as eczema, varicose veins, venous inflammation, rosacea, hemorrhoids and tinnitus. It is also used externally for arthritis and is excellent for all sorts of skin irritations.

Preparation of ointment: bring to boil approx. 30 g of petals in an enamel pan, then simmer for 5 minutes. Mix 100 mls of extra virgin olive oil, shea butter and mango butter, half an avocado oil, jojoba oil and beeswax oil. After the beeswax has completely dissolved, remove from the heat and stir until all the ingredients are mixed. Combine the preparation with the essential oils if you like, then blend it until you get a cream-like substance. Transfer to an airtight jar and store in a cool place.

Calendula essence: In the event of accidents, the calendula tincture promises rapid improvement. Pour a handful of calendula petals into a bottle, pour 38-40 proof grain brandy (alcohol) over it so it covers the plant, and keep the bottle in a warm place for at least two weeks. Dilute the essence obtained with boiled water, soak a clean cloth and apply compression to the bruise. Apply a thick amount of calendula ointment to the skin of the affected part of the body so that the alcohol in the tincture does not remove the oily layer of the skin.

Calendula oil: The petals are soaked in olive oil or soybean oil. It has anti-inflammatory, wound healing, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-aging properties. It is also used in hair care.

Hungarian/Magyarul:

A körömvirágot vagy a latin nevén ismert a calendulát évszázadok óta ismeri és használja a népgyógyászat. Az Ájurvédikus renszerben is ismert és kedvelt gyógynövény. Tavasztól-őszig termeszthető és szüretelhető. Színes, többnyire élénk sárga és narancsszín virágzata külsőleg és belsőleg egyaránt felhasználható. Szárított formájában, ha leforrázzuk tea készíthető belőle, ami kiváló gyomorfekély, nyombélfekély, fertőzéses májgyulladás esetén hámosító és gyulladáscsökkentő. Ilyenkor  napi 3 csésze tát igyunk belőle. Vértisztításra, májműködés javítására 1-3 csészével 3 héten keresztül. Lázcsillapításra, görcsoldásra alkalmanként egy csészével. Menstruáció szabályozására a ciklus második felétől naponta egy csészével fogyasszanak.

Kenőcs formájában, külsőleg használva kiváló sebgyógyító, fertőtlenítő. Alkalmazható nehezen gyógyuló sebekre, műtéti hegekre, fekélyre, égések és fagyások kezelésében, valamint ekcéma, visszér, vénagyulladás, rosacea, aranyér esetén. Ízületi gyulladások esetén is használjuk külsőleg és bőrirritációkra is kiváló.

Körömvirág kenőcs készítése:  forrázz le kb. 30 gr körömvirágot és egy zománcos serpenyőben, lassú tűzön elegyítsd el 1-1 dl extra szűz olívaolajjal, sheavajjal és mangóvajjal, fél-fél avokádóolajjal, jojoba olajjal és méhviaszolajjal. A méhviasz teljes feloldása után, a tűzről levéve kevergesd addig, míg az összes alkotórész el nem vegyül.  A készítmény dúsítható illóolajjal tetszés szerint, majd dolgozd össze annyira, hogy tejszínhabhoz hasonló állagú krémet kapj. Tedd át légmentesen záródó tégelybe és tárold hűvös helyen. 

Körömvirág esszencia: roncsolódásoknál a körömvirág-esszenciás borogatás gyors javulást ígér. Töltsünk üvegbe egy maroknyi körömvirágot (a virágját), öntsünk rá annyi 38-40 százalékos gabonapálinkát (szeszt), hogy a növényt ellepje, és az üveget legalább két hétig tartsuk meleg helyen. Az így nyert esszenciát hígítsuk forralt vízzel, itassunk át vele egy tiszta kendőt, és a borogatást tegyük a zúzódásra. Az érintett testrész bőrét kenjük be vastagon körömvirág kenőccsel, hogy az esszenciában lévő alkohol ne vonja el a bőr zsírtartalmát.

Körömvirág olaj vagy macerátum: a körömvirág olívaolajban vagy szójaolajban van kioldva gyulladáscsökkentő, sebgyógyító, antibakteriális, vírusölő, antioxidáns, gomba, baktérium, vírusellenes, anti-aging hatású, hajápoló, tápláló és különböző készítményekbe is érdemes belekeverni.

Namaste

Zita Demeter aka Dr. Sunshine

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Neem leaves, the best remedy for liver and blood ailments…

Neem leaves, though it might sound extremely mysterious, are actually leaves off a tree, called neem.

The neem is fast growing tree, that belongs to the mahagony family. It grows in the tropical and semi-tropical regions. The science of Ayurveda has been using some parts of this plant for over 7,000 years.

Over the ages a wide range of medical propensities were identified by the experts of Ayurvedic and Siddha medicine, though neem is mainly known for it’s extreme bitterness.

Because of this neem is mainly used from the late spring till the beginning of autumn, in the warmer times of the year, as Ayurveda categorizes bitter to be a cooling herb. Traditionally this herb is taken from the South Indian new year onwards. This celebration is called Ugadi, which typically falls in March or April of the Gregorian calendar.

The best way to take neem is early in the morning, first thing in the morning.

The effects of neem include anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal properties, so it is used as a cleansing herb both internally and externally. Internally it has powerful detoxifying effects so it is used in treating metabolic disorders, in treating diabetes or simply cleansing the blood, for the treatment of stubborn skin diseases.

Apart from it’s medical use, an extensive assortment of products are made from the different parts of the neem tree. All sorts of cosmetics are made from creams to shampoos, from balms to soap. As traditionally neem twigs are used as toothbrushes, modern day toiletries, made from neem, also include toothpaste.

Repellents and fertilizers are also made from neem, just as well as purely physical commodities like gum, lubricants and resin. Basically every part of the plant can be used to advantage.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

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How to dress during the colder months!

According to Ayurveda the most important areas of the body, that we should keep warm during the colder months are:

  • The neck and throat area.
  • The area of the kidneys and our waist line. 
  • The feet.

Keeping these areas warm is a battle half won against colds, inflammations, the flu or any other seasonal troubles like bladder infections or piles, to name a few, during the colder months!

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

The Founder of Oriental Method

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A word explonation for the popular sanskrit terms mantra, tantra and yantra!

These 3 sanskrit words have the very same sufix, -tra. Which means: to elevate, to raise. 

  • So the word mantra means, to raise or elevate the mind, as the first part of this word ‘man’ means ‘mind’.
  • The word ‘tan’ refers to an act, or a rite, so the same way an action that elevates us, is called tantra in sanskrit.
  • And finally, the word yan refers to something, ‘man made, or human made’. So the word yantra refers to a device that was made or manifactured, and the purpose of that made object is to elevate the maker or the user.

And basically that is the main difference between mandalas and yantras. Mandalas are geometric configurations that can be simply used for decorations. Or they could be simply occurring in nature. Whereas yantras are always made!

There is a very simple defenition of yantras in Vedic scripture. If you add a mantra to a mandala, the mandala becomes a yantra. 

So mandala + mantra = yantra.

Usually the act, by which the mantra is placed into a mandala, is a tantric act, and act of ritual and of spiritual nature. So the full equation goes as follows:

Mandala + mantra, by an act of tantra = yantra!

And to boggle your mind even further, the picture you see in this post is the Sri Yantra. The only yantra in Vedic culture, that does not need a mantra.

Sri Yantra brings both spiritual and material abundance into our lives and immense creativity. One should keep this yantra in the North-Eastern part of the house, or above the main door, on the inside of our homes or work places.

This way we receive the blessings of the yantra every time we pass under it.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

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Why is the number 108 is so special in Hindu and Buddhist cultures?!

Actually the number 108, is made up, by the simple mathematical formula of 9 x 12.

9 is the largest number that exists, if we look at it, from a numerological point of view. Because according to the science of numerology even the number 10,401 adds up only to be 6. 1+0+4+0+1 = 6. So if we break down the numbers to a single digit, the maximum value of them, can not be a larger number than 9.

The other number that makes up the sacred number of 108 is the number 12. 12 is seen as the largest variant that exists. 12 months of the year, 12 hours of the day, and 12 hours of the night, etc. Plus the number 12 is made up of two numbers, 1 and 2. The number 1 is the symbol for the Sun, and the symbolical number for the Moon, is the number 2.

And here comes a very interesting fact. If you divide the distance  of the Sun and the Earth, or the Moon and the Earth and you divide that number by the diameter of the Sun or the Moon respectively the number comes to 108.

So apart from the mysticism, if you multiply the largest number by the largest variant you get the largest, or the greatest number that exists, 108.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai

The founder of Oriental Method

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The best natural sun burn remedy, ever…

This is a super easy and a highly effective remedy, for one and all. The method is as simple as this:

Once you are sun burned, just apply some really good quality lavender oil to your burnt areas. It takes about 10 minutes to go from bright red, to a good tan. And that is it, you will feel pain no longer. 

If you are using essential oil, add 10 drops of lavender essential oil into 0.1 liter of cold pressed carrier oil. This could be anything from extra virgin olive oil to cold pressed sesame oil. However if you use coconut oil, which is cooling by nature, probably the whole procedure becomes more effective.

If you are sensitive to sun light and you are looking for sun protection that could be used internally as well, take amla, or indian gooseberry. In the ayurvedic tradition amla is taken during the entire winter season against colds and flu, because amla contains a huge amount of vitamin C. After some years of observation, it became clear that amongst those who were taking amla for a prolonged time, their skin became more resistant to sun light, even to extreme exposure to the sun. 

And this phenomena goes well with an old Siberian saying: “Build your boats during the winter, and your sleighs in the summer.” Meaning always work in a perventive way, rather than a reactive way.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

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Akshaya Tritiya, the best astrological day of the year!

As the planets continuously circle the Sun, time and time again we have really good and really difficult astrological positions. But apart from these regular cycles once a year we have a day, when 3 planets out of 9, is usually placed in the best position possible.

That day is the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Akshaya means ‘indestructible’, Tritiya means ‘the third’. Because this day happens during spring time, when the Sun is in the sign of Aries, on the 3rd day after the New Moon. So on this day we also have the Moon in the best position possible, in the sign of Taurus.

And as a plus, most years the planet Venus is also in the best position, in the sign of Pisces. So three following signs have exalted planets in them, and as such we have a super powerful planet in all three kinds of signs. As the sign of Pisces is common in nature, the sign of Aries is a movable sign, whereas the sign of Taurus is a fixed sign.

And as this is a super powerful combination, some of the greatest events took place on this day in Vedic history:

  • Parasuram, the 6th incarnation of Lord Visnu descended to this world on this day.
  • So did Mother Ganga. The Vedic scriptures describe the Ganges river, as an eternally existing sacred body of water, that flows through the entire universe in the form of the celestial  milky way. She descended into our world on an Akshaya Tritiya day.
  • Annapurna Devi, the Goddess of food and nourishment was born on an auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. She is the wife of Lord Shiva, and an incarnation of Parvati. One of the highest mountain ranges of the world is named after Her.
  • In Puri, the chariots for the annual Ratha Yatra are made anew every single year. And the constructions of the chariots for Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra begins on this auspicious day.
  • Vedic traditions divide the time in our earthly creation into 4 different eras. The golden, the silver, the copper and the iron age. We are presently in an Iron age, and the previous era, the copper age, also started on an Akshaya Tritiya day. Some texts also proclaim that the Golden age, the Satya Yuga also started on this day.
  • In the great epic, Mahabharata Draupadi the wife of the 5 Pandava borthers received the Akshaya Patra, on the day of Akshaya Tritiya from Lord Krishna. Akshaya Patra was a cauldron that never went empty, no matter how much food was served out of it.
  • On this day Ganesha started to write down the Mahabharata. This happened while Srila Vyasadev was dictating the Vedas to Ganesha.
  • Sudama the brahmin went to see his childhood friend, Krishna on this day to ask for His help.
  • In the ancient times Vedic Kings used to do Vaibhava Laksmi puja on this day, to secure peace and prosperity for their subjects.
  • Because of the extreme cold, the temple of Badrinath closes for the winter. The temple is reopened on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
  • And the reason behind the Vedic tradition of gifting gold and jewelry on this day, is that on an Akshaya Tritiya day did Kuvera become the treasurer of the Gods, the Lord of wealth.
  • Apart from all these wonderful events in the Vedic calendar, this day is also very important for the Jain community. The very first Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva started and ended His one year long fast on this very day, by accepting some sugarcane juice. And right after that He established Aharacharya, the method that sets the rules for preparing and serving food for Jain monks.

But this day is not all about gifting valuables to our loved ones. It has immense spiritual potency, so if we are planning to start important things, we should start on a day like this.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai the founder of Oriental Method

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