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Remedies for natural childbirth

If you are planning a natural labour, without the use of pain medications, here are some remedies that may help to reduce discomfort. During labour it is important to try & encourage Apana Vayu (downward flow of energy) and also to reduce Vata (calming the mind, nervous system, dryness, wind, etc). There are many natural […]

Easter Opening Hours

We will be closed from Friday 14th April until Tuesday 18th April 2017. Our usual Thursday herbal dispensary (3-6pm) will be closed on Thursday 13th April & Thursday 20th April. For appointments, refills, products, vouchers & enquiries please email ei.ay1498558659mtas@1498558659ofni1498558659 or call 061 622 751 & leave a message. Happy Easter

Ayurvedic Nutrition Intensive

Dates: March 10th – 12th 2017 Cost: €295 per person (discount available for those who have attended Ayurveda for Health care practitioners or Indian head massage diploma) Duration: 3 days (10 – 5pm) Includes: notes, ingredients & tuition To organise a private class please email or call 061 622751 This three day intensive will leave you with a comprehensive understanding of nutrition from […]

Diploma of Ayurvedic Studies 2017

Starting 30th September 2017 Please call/email for your application form.  Our Diploma of Ayurvedic studies trains students in the use of Ayurveda as a health care modality. As part of this diploma students will learn 8 Ayurvedic therapies, be able to provide Ayurvedic lifestyle and dietary advice, dispense a range of Ayurvedic herbs and formulations […]

Learn Indian Head Massage

Diploma Indian Head Massage Deposit €100.00 EURBalance €255.00 EURFull payment €355.00 EUR About the class Dates: 27-29th January 2017 Cost: €335 Duration: 3 days Time: 10-5pm each day Includes: notes, oils & towels for use on the day, tuition, refreshments CPD available for IMTA & IRH Pre-requisite to receive diploma: Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology or equivalent Completion of 3 case studies to be […]

Ayurvedic tips for late Winter…. 

(According to Ayurveda late winter lasts from approx. mid January to mid March). Late Winter is one of the harshest seasons in the Ayurvedic calendar.  The bitter cold winds & long dark nights can play havoc with our bodies & minds (if we are unprepared.…). Ayurveda is all about balancing our internal environment with whatever the external environment throws at us! […]

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Don’t do a detox just yet….

Now that Christmas is officially over, it’s time to get back to the routine and start afresh. January & February are the perfect months for reconnecting with yourself and nourishing your body and mind. Why you should wait to do your detox… Detoxification is a rapidly growing industry and is increasingly popular all over the […]

Satmya retreats

Kickstart your health & nourish your soul on one of our Ayurveda & Yoga retreats. We run day long & residential retreats. We now have a website dedicated to our retreats. Visit this link for more information Next Day Retreat:  May 21st 2016 Next Residential Retreat:  October 14-16th 2016 Ayurveda teaches health in a way that is understandable & […]

Learning Centre

Satmya has a range of professional & public courses available throughout the year both at our premises in Killaloe & various other venues throughout the country.  Diploma of Ayurvedic Studies Diploma of Indian Head Massage Ayurvedic Cooking & Nutrition  Kickstarter Health Hatha Yoga Mindfulness Meditation Residential Retreats & more Meet our teachers Satmya Courses Diploma of Ayurvedic […]

Pearled Barley & Honey

Ingredients 1 cup of cooked pearled barley 1 tablespoon of raw honey 1/4tsp of each -cinnamon, ginger and cardamom (ground together in a mortar & pestle) Method (How to cook barley – soak 1 cup of barley overnight, discard water, cover with fresh water (about 1 litre), boil on medium-high heat, stir occasionally to avoid […]

Healthy Spring Kitchen

Your task of cooking healthy foods will become a whole lot easier if you have a well stocked kitchen,… (Before you get stocked up, make sure you have a good understanding of how to get the most out of Spring. Read our 10 tips for a healthier Spring here). Here’s what you’ll need:  All ingredients should […]

Apple pudding

Sometimes stewed apple just isn’t filling enough for breakfast… So a simple & filling addition is chia seeds. They make the texture very creamy and also add more fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. Ingredients 1 apple 1tsp of coconut oil 1/4 cup of water 3 dates 1tablespoon of Chia seeds 1/4 cup of coconut/hemp/almond […]

Grapefruit & Ginger

Ingredients 1 Grapefruit 1 tsp raw honey 1/4 tsp ginger powder 2 tablespoons of water Method Peel grapefruit Roughly chop into cubes In a glass mix 2x tablespoons of water with ginger & honey. Mix well Place grapefruit into a bowl and pour honey water over. Mix well Serve

Barley & Date Porridge

Ingredients 1 cup of Barley flakes 2 cup of water (to soak overnight) 1 cup Milk (koko, almond, cows or goats) Cinnamon powder (1/2tsp) 1 tsp grated ginger 3 cardamom pods (ground with husks removed) 4 x chopped dates 1 tsp ghee 1tsp of maple syrup Method Soak barley flakes in water overnight. In the […]

Cleansing Kicharee

Ingredients 1/2 cup red lentils 1/2 cup white basmati rice 2 tsp of ghee 1tsp cumin seeds 1tsp black mustard seeds 1/2 tsp ajwain seeds 2 pinches of asofoetida 1 tsp himalayan rock salt 4 cups of water Method Wash rice and lentil mix Melt oil in a pot Add seeds to oil and when […]

Manchurian Cauliflower

(Grain free version) Ingredients 1 cauliflower 1 onion 1 tomato 1 red pepper 2 cloves of garlic knob of ginger (tsp) 1tsp of salt 1tsp tamari soy sauce 1tbl apple cider vinegar 1 tsp maple syrup 1tsp Coconut oil 1tsp Cumin 1 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp of black pepper corns Asofoetida (pinch per serving) […]

Herby Barley

Ingredients 1 cup of cooked pearled barley Coriander leaf Fresh Mint Parsley 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 squeezed lemon 1 tsp olive oil pinch of chili (How to cook barley – soak 1 cup of barley overnight, discard water, cover with fresh water (about 1 litre), boil on medium-high heat, stir occasionally to avoid sticking; remove […]

Thick mustard dressing

Ingredients 3 tablespoons of olive oil 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar 1tsp black mustard seeds 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp black peppercorns 1 tsp Almond butter 1/2 tsp of himalayan rock salt Method Toast spices in a skillet on a high heat until seeds pop. Then place all ingredients into a blender. Blend […]

Barley flat bread

Ingredients 2 cups of Barley flour 1 cup of Wholemeal Spelt flour 1/2 cup of Besan/Gram flour 1 tsp salt 2x finely chopped dates 3 x tsp of ghee 1cup of water 1/2 tsp Coriander seeds 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp Black peppercorns Method Dry roasted spices in a hot skillet, when the pop […]

Fresh pickle

Pickles are an easy way to add more taste to your meals, particularly if you’re the only one in your house following an Ayurvedic diet. They’re also a great way to increase nutrient dense leafy greens to your diet. Fresh pickles are quick and easy to make and should last about 3 days in the […]

Vegetable & barley soup

Ingredients 1 small red onion 1 leek 1 celery stalk 1 beetroot 1 carrot 1 potato 1 handful of kale 2 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 1tsp cumin 1tsp of black pepper corns 1/2 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds 1tsp of turmeric powder 1/2 tsp ginger powder 2 pinches of asofoetida […]

Takaram – Lassi

Ingredients 2 x tablespoons of natural yoghurt 3 x cardamom pods a pinch of ginger powder or 10mls of ginger water a pinch of cinnamon powder glass of water Method Place yoghurt in a glass grind 3 cardamom pods and remove husk. Add all spices to yoghurt Pour water over yoghurt and mix well with […]

Stewed Apples & Pears

Ingredients 2 Apples 2 Pears 3 Dates 1 tablespoon of raisins 3 x Cardamom pods (crushed with husk removed) 1 tsp cinnamon 2 x cloves 1 mug of water Method Wash fruit & remove cores Roughly chop fruit into segments Finely chop dates Heat cast iron wok or frying pan Melt 1 tsp of coconut […]

Nutty flapjacks

  A very handy snack or breakfast on the go. These flapjacks are really easy to make and keep for about 3-4 days if covered in an airtight container. Very healthy, tasty and kids love them. Ingredients 2 mugs of oats 1 tsp ginger powder 1/2 tsp of turmeric 2 tablespoons of organic unsalted butter […]

Chili beans

Ingredients 1 large cup of Kidney beans (either pre-cooked or a tin) 1tsp of Salt 1stp Turmeric 1tsp Chili 1 Onion 1 Tomato 1 red pepper 2 cloves of garlic knob of ginger (tsp) 1tsp Coconut oil 1tsp Cumin 1 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp of black pepper corns Asofoetida (pinch per serving) Tablespoon of […]

Veggie burgers…

Ingredients 2 spring onions 1 carrot 4 dates 8 pre-soaked brazil nuts 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut 1/4 tsp of salt 1 cup of left over red lentil & spinach dahl (see recipe) 2 tsp of Ghee Besan flour (gram flour) – 1 cup Water Method Preheat oven to 190 Put vegetables, dates, nuts, oil […]

Chickpea & Spinach Curry

Ingredients 1 large cup of chickpeas (either pre-cooked or a tin) 1tsp of Salt 1stp Turmeric 1tsp Chili 1 Onion 1 Tomato 2 cloves of garlic knob of ginger (tsp) 1tsp Ghee 1tsp Cumin Asofoetida (pinch per serving) 200g Spinach   Method (if you are using dried chickpeas – soak overnight and boil in salt […]

Red Lentil & Spinach Dahl

(Serves 4-5 people) Ingredients 1 cup of Red Lentils 5.5 cups of Water 1tsp of Salt 1stp Turmeric 1/2tsp Chili 1 Onion 1 Tomato 2 cloves of garlic knob of ginger (tsp) 1tsp Ghee 1tsp Cumin Asofoetida (pinch per serving) 180g Spinach Method In a pot put 1 cup of washed red lentils and add […]

The importance of good digestion

Ayurveda places great importance on good digestion as our health ultimately depends on it. 80% of all illness comes from a build up of toxins and most toxins come from poor digestion. In many ways, good digestion is far more important than a good diet. You may have a great diet but if you are […]

Nettle & Rocket Pesto

Ayurvedic Cooking Class – Join our next Ayurvedic Cooking Class Nettles are the perfect Spring food. They’re nutritious, detoxifying and bitter. They’re easy to find and best of all they’re free. Nettle pesto is very easy & quick to make. Ingredients (organic if possible) Fresh wild nettles (2 handfuls) Rocket (1 handful) Pine nuts (1 tablespoon) […]

Yoga’s Twisted History 

(an excellent article about the origins of Yoga in the West) No question, yoga has a large following in the West. But how has hatha yoga, specifically asana practice, taken centre stage? And what role has the West played in that preference? Andrea Miller reviews two books that address these questions: Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture […]

Remove toxins from your fat cells

This is an excellent article by John Douillard explaining the importance of detoxification in Ayurveda. Our residential retreats & 30 day Kickstarter programs teach you ways to detoxify your body using Ayurveda. Toxins Stored in Your Fat Cells Are Making You FAT and SWOLLEN. Here’s How to Cleanse Them. by John Douillard We are all designed to continuously and naturally remove toxins […]

The Ayurvedic take on Paleo…

The Paleo diet has been very popular for the last few years and whilst there are some positives (lots of whole foods and eliminating processed foods, sugar and bad fats) there are also negatives (high meat intake, no seasonality, etc). This short video explains the Ayurvedic take on Paleo.  If you are interested in learning […]

Professional Course

Learn the ancient art of Indian head massage on this 3 day workshop. This simple treatment can be used for a wide range of health problems, most notably stress, anxiety and insomnia. You can use this technique for yourself or apply it for friends & family. Read More here

Ayurveda for Early Winter

For many reasons, Early Winter is considered to be the best season in the Ayurvedic calendar. There is a sweetness in the air which sustains all of nature as it quietly hibernates. Try to enter this season with a positive frame of mind and consider the many benefits of this lovely season! This is a very cosy […]

Pre-Conception Care

A short guide to pre-conception care using Ayurveda & Naturopathy Both Ayurveda & Naturopathy place great importance on pre-conception care. They view it as essential, whether or not you have fertility issues, as it impacts the long term health of both the baby and the mother. Generally it is always best to consult with a qualified health […]

The new Satmya brochure

We are excited to announce our new Satmya brochure should be printed very soon. Until then have a read here….  For more information about our services have a browse through our website. To keep up to date with all our news please join our mailing list. About Satmya Satmya is a natural medicine & learning centre located […]

2016 at Satmya

For more details about each course visit our classes page

Detox Residential Retreat

We’re really excited about our upcoming Spring detox retreat at The Cliffs of Moher Retreat Centre on the Wild Atlantic Way. To find out more about our Spring retreat visit this link

Get ready for school…

The new school year can be very exciting but it can also lead to numerous health woes. I generally see lots of sniffles, coughs & colds, anxiety, heightened stress and other health issues at this time of year. Herbal medicines can be really supportive to boost immunity, modulate stress and calm the nervous system. It is generally best to […]

Hawthorn Medicine

Image – part of Medicinal Tree Exhibit. Exhibition was displayed during National Herb Week 2015 Hawthorn (Crateaugus sp.): Also known as the May tree as it blossoms in May. Hawthorn berries, leaves and blossoms are used in herbalism. They are full of anti-oxidants and flavanoids and are renowned for being a heart and circulatory tonic. Hawthorn […]

Birch Medicine

Image – part of Medicinal Tree Exhibit. Exhibition was displayed during National Herb Week 2015 Birch (Betula alba): Birch is a great Spring tonic as it is excellent for detoxification. It is said to reduce cellulite and decrease fluid retention. It is a common addition to many beauty formulas for women. It can be taken as […]

Oak medicine

Image – part of Medicinal Tree Exhibit. Exhibition was displayed during National Herb Week 2015 Oak (Quercus robur): commonly used for dental caries. Oak bark tincture or infusion is an excellent addition to any mouth wash as it tightens and strengthens the gums and teeth. Oak is also useful in gastroenteritis. Oak is very mineralising & […]

Elder

  Image – part of Medicinal Tree Exhibit. Exhibition was displayed during National Herb Week 2015 Elder (Sambucus nigra): The berries and the flowers are useful for respiratory health and the immune system. We also use Elder for treating allergies, eczema and viruses. It can be taken in tincture or infusion (tea). Learn how to make […]

Herbie days out in Ireland

I love herbie days out in Ireland…. Although sunshine is not guaranteed, summers here do provide a great stomping ground for medicinal herb admiration & foraging. Our  lush countryside, hedgerows & gardens are spectacular all Summer long. Visitors to our dispensary often ask us to recommend places to visit where they can see medicinal herbs. Here are […]

Cool as a Cucumber

Cucumbers are a perfect Summer food, they are refrigerant, blood purifying, good for UTIs and excellent for the skin. Good for Vata & Pitta types but can increase Kapha. Excerpt from article about Summer & Ayurveda Summer is heralded by an energetic shift around mid-May, this lasts until mid July when it shifts again to the […]

Watermelon & Mint Smoothie

  Watermelon & Mint smoothie… A perfect combination for cooling you down in Summer! Watermelon is cooling, sweet & light which is great for reducing Pitta (the dominant Dosha in Summer). The addition of mint is very tasty but also useful for digestion. (Please note: Ayurvedically speaking… Melons are best taken alone as they are […]

The Ancient Trees of Ireland

For the Celts, trees were considered to be gods, the ancient ancestors of mankind and elder beings of wisdom. They were a connection to the world of the spirits and a doorway into the ‘Otherworld’. They gave shelter and protection, provided sustenance and were a source of healing and medicine. The tree represented the soul […]

Achieve a healthy work-life balance with Ayurveda

image by Getty images Establishing a good balance between work and daily living is a challenge that all workers face. It can seem like an intangible goal as work can often dominate our lives. Experts agree that the compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness. The elusive […]

Ten tips for a healthier Spring

As we step out of the darkness & heaviness of Winter there is such a great sense of lightness & hope in the air…. Unfortunately the transition into Spring can sometimes be tricky for our bodies!  For many, Spring is associated with  congestion & excessive amounts of mucous which may lead to conditions such as sinusitis, coughs, colds, asthma, […]