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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 […]

Ancient Trees

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, […]

Successful meditation – it’s as easy as 1-2-3

Set a clear intention – commit to doing meditation and taking it seriously. Find a space, or create a space, which is uncluttered and where you feel mentally relaxed. Ensure silence, as far as possible. However, some background noise is inevitable and shouldn’t distract you once you get used to meditating regularly. Try meditating outdoors […]

Doshas in sport

(Image Men’s Fitness online) Ayurveda body type profiling I first came across Ayurveda body typing in a sports psychology class way back in 1998 at the University of Denver. As an elite athlete this ancient system of body typing made perfect sense to me. Ayurveda goes beyond identifying body types and specifies how to get the most […]

Roasted Aubergine & Kale Wraps

Ingredients Wholemeal Spelt Wraps Wholemeal Spelt Flour Water Bicarbonate of Soda Apple Cider Vinegar Himalayan Rock Salt Filling Aubergine Kale Red Pepper Rocket Ricotta Cheese Ghee Cider Vinegar Spices: Cumin, Black mustard seeds, Chilli flakes & Black pepper Himalayan Rock Salt Directions (to follow)

Baked spiced apples

 Baked Apples with Dates & Spices So simple to make and a great breakfast for those with very little appetite in the morning. It is also very nutritious and easy to digest. Suitable for all Doshas but for Kaphas make sure you add some extra spices (Ginger, Cinnamon & Cloves) to regulate blood sugars. Cooking apples […]

Ayurvedic tips for weight loss

Weight loss is a tricky business and although you may think you’re doing all the right things there may be some areas that you are overlooking…. Ayurveda looks at all conditions in a comprehensive manner and weight loss is no different. For weight loss we look beyond caloric intake and exercise and delve a bit […]

Just add pepper….

If I was to recommend just one spice to add to your diet, it would have to be black pepper. For most people, it is a simple & easy addition but from an Ayurvedic point of view it has so many benefits….  Ayurvedic benefits of black pepper Increases digestive fire (Agni) Reduces bloating, indigestion & […]

Love Coffee but not caffeine??

Coffee is often depicted as an unhealthy drink but this can be true of anything if not consumed correctly. You may be surprised to know that coffee has many medicinal benefits and the latest research suggests that it may be protective against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, liver cirrhosis and cardiovascular disease. In Ayurveda, coffee can […]

Nurturing Ayurvedic bedtime drink

(find these organic herbs & spices in our dispensary) This is a classic Ayurvedic formula for promoting a good nights sleep. It is a nourishing & nurturing tonic for the body & mind….. It’s also delicious and very comforting before bed! Ingredients: Milk,Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Turmeric, Nutmeg, Raw Sugar & Ghee Directions  Pour 1 […]

Ayurvedic tips for late Winter….

(Image by Orla Flanagan) 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! For late Winter Ayurveda recommends […]

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Ayurvedic Cooking Classes

Details Dates:  15th November Cost: €60 per person Duration: 4.5 -5 hours (10-3pm) Includes: notes, ingredients, tuition, breakfast and lunch To organise a private class please email or call 061 622751 Combining cooking skills with Ayurvedic nutrition this course will leave you with a comprehensive understanding of food, seasonal diets & eating according to your body type. A […]

Feeling Phlegmy?

Try some natural solutions to reduce phlegm & congestion Reduce/eliminate all dairy products particularly cold milk, ice-cream, cream & yellow cheeses If you are having milk, heat it up and add warming spices (ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, etc).Try a dairy alternative (rice, coconut, almond, etc but avoid soy) Avoid cold foods & drinks Avoid Bananas Reduce […]

Is Stress Jeopardizing Your Job?

Is Stress Jeopardizing Your Job? Stress seems like an unavoidable aspect of life these days, and this is particularly true in the corporate world. From deadlines and demanding bosses to an expectation to be reachable via your mobile at all hours of the day (or night!), it can be tough to escape stress at the […]

Is January the best month for a detox?

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 […]

Summer Retreat at Lisnavagh House

Recharge & Renew 16-18th May 2014 Discover ways to nurture your body & mind through the ancient traditions of Ayurveda, Hatha Yoga and Meditation. During this two day retreat you will learn simple ways to improve your energy, increase your digestion, reduce tension & decrease stress levels. From the Ayurvedic view point, each season brings […]

Ayurveda & Yoga

Ayurveda and Yoga are regarded as sister sciences and, like sisters, they share common ancestral values and philosophies about optimal ways of living. It is helpful to think of Ayurveda as the grounded one, concerned with managing the vagaries of daily life through diet and the consistent application of correct thinking, and Yoga as the somewhat more pensive one, concerned with reaching the heights of Self-realization through spiritual practice. These […]

Bliss balls

We often get asked “what’s a healthy snack”. So, here’s a very easy recipe for a “healthy snack”. Please note: Generally, soak about a cup of organic nuts (mixed or one type) with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. (strain off the water before blending with other ingredients) Use about 3-6 dates depending on their quality […]

Ayurveda

The word Ayurveda comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. It translates as “Science of Life” and is often referred to as Traditional Indian Medicine.  Ayurveda is said to have originated more than 5000 years ago and is believed to be the oldest & most complete health system known to man.  The first written evidence […]

Elderberry

Elderberries – Sambucus nigra Bursting with nutrients and phytochemicals, these little berries are definitely something to consider for your medicine cupboard this Autumn/Winter. They have been used for centuries all over the world and modern science has concurred that indeed Elderberries are good for health! Elderberries contain: organic pigments, tannins, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, […]

Gayatri Mantra

The Gāyatrī Mantra is a highly revered mantra, based on a Vedic Sanskrit verse from a hymn of the Rigveda (3.62.10), attributed to the rishi (sage) Viśvāmitra. The mantra is named for its vedic gāyatrī metre.[1] As the verse can be interpreted to invoke the deva Savitr, it is often called Sāvitrī.[2] Its recitation is […]

The 3 Doshas

Do you identify with any Dosha?… Take the Dosha Quiz if you’re unsure A little bit of the philosophy behind the Science of Life. Everything in our universe is composed of 5 elements or in sanskrit Mahabhutas. The 5 elements are: Akash (ether), Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Jala (water), and Prithvi (earth). These 5 elements […]

Spring

In Ayurveda, Spring is Kapha aggravation Season. Kapha is heavy and sticky, and so too is Spring! In Ayurveda, the internal environment often reflects what’s happening in the external environment. During Spring our bodies can get very congested and produce excessive amounts of mucous. Ayurveda gives recommendations for each season to diminish or balance the […]

How to make herbal tea

Herbal tea is so simple to make…. No need to rely on costly tea bags!! At Satmya we sell herbal blends and single herb teas in +50g sizes. We tailor the herb combinations to suit your needs (examples – sedative, digestive, stress busting, etc, etc). 1. Choose your herbs (the above is a mixture of […]

Ayurveda Spring Tip 2

  To learn more about Ayurvedic nutrition or the medicinal use of spices join one of our seasonal Ayurvedic cooking classes or our Ayurvedic Kitchen medicine class. About the author – Doug Hyde Doug is an Ayurvedic practitioner, therapist & teacher and the co-owner of Satmya. He was first introduced to Ayurveda in 1998 and has pursued his passion for this ancient science ever since. Read more […]

Ayurveda Spring tip 1

To learn more about Ayurvedic nutrition or the medicinal use of spices join one of our seasonal Ayurvedic cooking classes or our Ayurvedic Kitchen medicine class. About the author – Doug Hyde Doug is an Ayurvedic practitioner, therapist & teacher and the co-owner of Satmya. He was first introduced to Ayurveda in 1998 and has pursued his passion for this ancient science ever since. Read more here

Tree Medicine

Did you know that trees that you may see everyday have been used as medicines for centuries…. Common Irish Tree Medicines 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 […]

What’s wrong with this picture…

What’s wrong with this picture?? Everything according to Ayurveda… Ayurveda recommends that certain food combinations be avoided for optimal digestion. When dairy and (most) fruits are combined they cause the digestive system to become burdened creating sluggishness and other digestive problems. In Ayurveda, this is how toxins (Ama) are created which eventually leads to more […]

Why you should heat your milk

Ayurvedic tip of the day… If you are consuming dairy milk, always heat it and add some spices (cinnamon, cardomom, ginger, fennel, etc). The Reason: In Ayurveda, milk is regarded as Kapha increasing (heavy & sticky). Heating it and adding spices helps to balance this effect. According to Ayurveda, dairy milk is a highly nutritious […]

Say no to the January juice fast…

Tempted to do a juice fast, raw food or other fad/extreme diet to get over your Christmas indulgences??? Ayurvedically speaking, this is the worst time of the year to do it (if you’re in the northern hemisphere). Late winter is considered a problematic season for the nervous system and regularity within the body. This season […]

Testimonials

  Clinic Testimonials Dear Yvette & Doug, I just wanted to thank you both so much for the wonderful weekend in Killaloe. Satmya is really such a special place and I’ll look forward to visiting again. The workshop and all the fantastic advice has helped so much and the food was delicious. Many Thanks & […]

don’t buy toxic gifts…

Don’t get someone you love a TOXIC present (Christmas, birthday, mothers day, Valentines day, Easter, etc, etc)… Perfumes, aftershaves, body lotions, cosmetics, scented candles, etc, etc are often laden with noxious chemicals! Always check the ingredients & look for the natural alternative image from dailymail.co.uk Some Natural Alternatives Commercial Soaps = Handmade organic soaps, made […]