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Did you know that constant infections and illness might be an indication that your immune system is low? Sometimes such conditions may worsen during winter. Ayurvedic drinks are preferred for boosting your immunity naturally. Moreover, they can be made from the comfort of your home. In this article, I will share with you my all-time favorite immune-boosting ayurvedic drinks recipes.

Kadha, Home Remedy for Cold

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  1. 3 cups of water
  2. sweetener (optional)
  3. 1 tablespoon each of the following herbs finely ground or coarsely crushed:
  • black pepper
  • cinnamon
  • cardamom
  • dried ginger

In a hot pan, dry roast the herb mixture for 30 seconds or until they release their natural aroma. Add water and let the content boil for 5 minutes to allow the ingredients to infuse well. Switch off the heat, strain the drink, and serve. The drink can be enjoyed without sugar but if you have a sweet tooth, go ahead and add the sweetener you prefer. For maximum effect, sip this ayurvedic drink while still piping hot.

The Benefits

Cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger contain anti-inflammatory properties, while black pepper and cinnamon act as an expectorant. Boiling them in water facilitates herb infusion. These ingredients are geared towards fighting cough and cold and are soothing to the throat.

Minty Fresh Infusion

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  • 4-5 lemongrass stalks (6 inches long)
  • 5-6 holy basil leaves
  • 5-6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup of water
  • Brown sugar or sea salt (your preference)

Bring the water to boil. Add brown sugar or sea salt to taste. Meanwhile, roughly chop the lemongrass, basil leaves, and mint and add them in a mug. Pour the boiling seasoned water into the mug and cover tightly. Let it seep for 5 to 7 minutes before you strain and drink.

The Benefits

This drink is ideal for people with respiratory ailments including asthma and the common cold. Lemongrass, basil, and mint combine to boost immunity and heal the respiratory system, by balancing all three Doshas. In addition, holy basil helps to balance your Satva Guna and strengthens your Prana thereby relieving you from mood swings. The Pitta types will benefit most from this recipe.

Hot Rice Water

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  • 200 ml of water
  • 10 g rice
  • a pinch of ginger powder
  • 1 kernel of long pepper
  • 2 kernel of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Sesame oil
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • A pinch of rock salt

In a medium pot, heat the sesame oil under medium to low flame. Meanwhile, use a mortar and pestle to crush both peppers. Add the crushed peppers, ginger, and asafetida to the hot oil and sauté for two 2 minutes.

Now rinse your rice with clean water and add to the pot. Sauté for a minute before adding water. Cover the pot and simmer under low heat until the rice is cooked.

Now switch off the heat and add the rock salt. Allow the drink to sit in the pot for a couple of minutes then use a cheesecloth to strain and collect the clear liquid in a glass. 

The Benefits

Pepper and ginger pacify Kapha while providing warmth to your body. On the other hand, Asafetida and rock salt balance the flow of Vata. Taking this drink during winter will keep you warm and energetic.

These three immune-boosting ayurvedic drinks help to improve your immunity naturally and balance moods.

Rachel is a mom of two boys, a wife, and a part-time chef. By trying and testing new parenting trends she takes her motherhood to the next level! She finds that she processes things better when she writes about them, which has unleashed her passion for sharing her thoughts on life and parenting through her articles for SOLANCHA Magazine.

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Pineal Gland: Unblocking the Gateway to Expanded Consciousness

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Yogis believe that the space between the eyebrows is very important. And that explains why this space is marked with a colored dot in some cultures. Similarly, located between two hemispheres of our brain is the Pineal gland. A very significant pea-sized organ is also referred to as the Ajna chakra. So what exactly is the Pineal gland, and why is it important? We will be answering these and more in this article.

What Is the Pineal Gland?

Also known as the third eye, the Pineal gland is indirectly connected to the eye’s retina. The retina is the location of our eyes’ light receptors. One of the Pineal gland’s major functions is to regulate our diurnal cycle (sleep and wake cycles). How does it achieve this function?

The Scientific Explanation

Our eyes, via the retina, receive light signals. The retina then sends these signals to the Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), also known as our biological clock, via the optic nerve, which releases a chemical known as Glutamate. 

This chemical activates a chain of reactions in the SCN, including releasing other chemicals that affect different nuclei in the body. Of significance to our discussion is the paraventricular nucleus (PVN). When the PVN receives the light stimulus, it sends that signal directly to the Superior Cervical Ganglion (SCG), which directly connects to the Pineal Gland.  

The SCG secretes Norepinephrine (NE) chemical, which binds to the receptors in the Pineal gland. This chemical then stimulates the synthesis of Melatonin (i.e., converts Tryptophan to 5-HTP to Serotonin which then converts to Melatonin.) 

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During the day, SCG secretes low Norepinephrine (NE) chemical, while this chemical is secreted in higher quantities in darkness. Eventually, the body has to find a balance because excessive secretion of Melatonin is dangerous, and too little is equally not OK. 

The Melatonin secreted by the Pineal gland is then sent back to the SCN to regulate the biological clock accordingly.

In a Nut Shell:

The Pineal Gland secretes Melatonin, which regulates our sleep and wake cycle via the Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) located in the Hypothalamus. In the darkness, more Melatonin is secreted, which instructs the SCN to induce the sleep process. So if you don’t feel drowsy at night, try switching off the lights. 

Similarly, less Melatonin is secreted in bright light, which tells the SCN to keep you awake.

We should also mention that for some animals, especially the amphibian, fish, and reptiles, the pineal gland is positioned directly under the skin to receive and process the light signals directly. Now it becomes clear why the pineal gland is also called the third eye.

From Spiritual Perspective

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The Pineal gland is responsible for our connection with spiritual realms and Cosmic Consciousness. The active pineal gland allows us to attain supernatural powers, such as clairvoyance, psychic vision, telepathy, etc. Lucid dreaming and astral traveling are also linked to the active pineal gland.

How Can You Activate Your Pineal Gland?

The pineal gland plays a great role in our metaphysical practices and spiritual development. Sometimes, when the pineal gland is blocked, people have trouble falling asleep, which is when modern medicine prescribes Melatonin supplements or sleeping pills.

In this article, we want to share with you easy yet powerful tips on how to unblock your pineal gland. Follow the below easy steps each day and unlock the key to expanded consciousness. 

5 Tips On Unblocking the Pineal Gland

#1: Focus Your Consciousness On Your Forehead 

Naturally, where our attention goes energy will start to flow. As you go on with your daily activities, beware of the spot in the middle of your forehead. You can also decide to mark that spot for an easier reminder. For example, Sadhus put Chandan on this spot to make it feel tighter and consequently develop an awareness of that spot.

#2: Yoga

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With your eyes closed, roll them towards the center of your eyebrows. Stay in that position until your focus shifts from that place to a level of heightened consciousness. Initially, you might struggle to transcend. You might even experience a slight headache. Don’t give up. Keep practicing until you get it right. 

#3: Managing Your Sources of Light

Naturally, the sun is supposed to set in the evening, and darkness sets in. It’s time to sleep. However, the modern-day lifestyle is always competing with nature. What do you do when you get home in the evening? You want to catch up with social media, your television is on, light bulbs are on, and all the enemies of sleep kick in at full throttle. And that’s OK. We can’t compare the needs of today with those a few decades ago, right? Heck, some of us have to go for a night shift.  

The best practice with such a lifestyle is to switch off all light sources at least an hour before bed. This way, your gland will have produced enough Melatonin to induce a healthy sleep pattern. Similarly, reduce your exposure to electromagnetic pollution

#4: Eye Health

We need to maintain optimum eye health at all times since this gland depends on the signals sent by the eye, right? An easy way to keep your eyes healthy is through routine eye exercises such as continuously rotating your eyes for a few minutes each morning. Such exercises strengthen your eye muscles. 

#5: Limit Your Fluoride Intake

Research has linked fluoride to one of the causes of Pineal gland calcification. Fluoride is mainly found in tap water and commercial kinds of toothpaste. It would be best If you could find alternatives. For example, use organic toothpaste types free from fluoride. Also, install a specialized water filter for your tap water. The kind that works on Reverse Osmosis Filtration to get rid of the fluoride in water. 

The Bottom Line

The pineal gland is one of the most important organs in our body. Sadly, due to poor health and aging, this organ is highly susceptible to failure due to calcification. Follow the above guidelines and take care of your pineal gland. And if you’re already experiencing signs of failure, remember it’s never too late to reverse them. Practice meditation, overall well-being, and proper eye health. You will unlock your key to heightened consciousness. 

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Fawn Trauma Response: Unlearn the People-Pleasing Behavior 

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Fawning is about being big on pleasing people and engaging in pacifying behaviors. In fawn trauma response, the victim prioritizes appeasing people and receiving approval. We know it feels great to be liked by the people around you. But it is utterly useless if you are losing yourself while at it. And this is what fawning is all about; people abandon themselves to get the validation of the people around them. 

Fawning often happens when you don’t feel seen. This way, you will go to any lengths to get noticed and validated while leaving behind your emotions, thoughts, and body sensations. 

What is Fawn Trauma Response? 

You must have heard of fright, flight, or freeze responses to trauma. These are the most talked about, and they happen when you are faced with potential physical danger. However, a less known response to trauma is the fawn trauma response. 

If you find yourself overly concerned with the needs of others while forgetting your own, then you are fawning. 

According to Pete Walker, a marriage family therapist, a fawn trauma response is all about being more appealing to the threat. And one easy way to know you are fawning is when you have a problem saying “no.” This happens when you lack firm boundaries in your relationships or cannot create them. 

Why Do People Fawn?

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People fawn to avoid disapproval, criticism, judgment, and rebuke. Think of this situation; you offered to babysit a friend’s child on some weekends. However, one weekend, you have tickets to your favorite musician’s concert, and you had already made it a routine to help babysit on Sundays. 

Now you are stranded and afraid to turn down your friend. So you must cancel your trip to the concert because of what your friend will think or say of you. Yes, they can babysit their child this one Sunday, but you feel like you have to do the duty to avoid disapproval or appear to be friendly and caring. 

And this is all about pleasing your friend and being afraid of breaking your relationship; or being seen as the not helpful friend. It is not about you wanting to help genuinely. This exemplifies how you can forfeit your needs, thoughts, boundaries, and preferences. 

Research shows that a fawn trauma response often develops after a child grows up in a shame-based environment and has to take up parent roles. Fawning doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be simple as not mentioning your favorite restaurant when a group of friends selects where to dine. To avoid disapproval, you are better off always dining in their favorite restaurant. 

Note: Do not confuse fawning for compassion, kindness, or selflessness. These acts are not at your cost. However, if you fawn, the action affects you negatively, but you keep doing it anyway. 

What Type of Trauma Causes Fawn Response?

A single event such as an accident does not cause fawning. Repeat events such as childhood trauma and complex trauma, especially where the child had to keep appeasing the abuser, result in fawning. Fawning is often associated with relational trauma or trauma that developed in a relationship context. 

Signs of Fawning

Below are both common and uncommon signs of fawning:

  • Denying your pain, trauma, discomfort, complaints, and needs, 
  • Constantly flying under the radar, 
  • Changing your thoughts or preferences to align with others, 
  • Taking responsibility for the emotional reactions of others, 
  • Over-apologizing, or even apologizing when you have not made any mistake, 
  • Depression linked to trauma, 
  • Finding challenges with authentic self-expression.      

How to Deal with Fawn Trauma Response?

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Breaking the fawning habit can be difficult because it is often linked to childhood experiences and relationships. Here are some ways to unlearn the pattern. 

#1: Set Firm Boundaries

It is essential to keep a distinct line between your feelings and other people’s feelings. Start by recognizing that your feelings belong to you and nobody else. And, even more importantly, it is not your job to carry the burden of other people’s feelings. Be in a relationship where you can say “no” when your boundaries are overstepped. 

#2: Be More Gentle with Yourself and Validate Yourself

If you notice that you fawn a lot, it is time to be more compassionate to yourself. Observe yourself when around others and try to be kind to yourself. When you notice that you are fawning, do not scold yourself. Just nudge yourself gently and promise yourself to do better the next time. 

Validate your feelings and emotions even when people around you are bringing you down. Practice affirmations such as:

  • I am valid even if my critics do not see my strengths!
  • I am doing better than I did yesterday!

Learn to sit with the anger and disappointment of others because it will happen when you stop fawning. 

#3: Go to Therapy

As we have stated, fawning often develops due to childhood trauma. The best way to deal with childhood trauma is to talk to a professional therapist. Attending therapy may help you be more aware of your behaviors. The awareness that comes with therapy may help you manage the following questions well:

  • Is what I am doing aligning with my values?
  • Am I doing or saying this to appease someone else? And are my actions at my own expense? 
  • Am I being true to myself, or am I doing this entirely for the other person’s benefit?

Remind yourself to stick to your actual values if you notice you are big on fawning. Step by step, you will get there. 

#4: Put Yourself First

Wait until you are asked for help to give help. Sometimes, people want to speak about their problems. They are not looking for solutions. However, in your fawn habit, you may find yourself offering to help in ways that may be beyond your means. Do not offer help until you are asked. 

And even more importantly, do not offer help if you do not mean it or if it will overstretch you. In putting yourself first, let your opinion be heard. Do not constantly change your opinion to align with others.

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7 Symptoms of a Father Wound and How You Can Heal It

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Was your father present in your life growing up? How would you describe your relationship with him? Was it the same as how he treated your mother? Fathers have a significant role in shaping your character, consciously or unconsciously. And while a mother wound affects your femininity, a father wound affects your masculinity. So what exactly is a father wound, what symptoms do you manifest, and how can you heal it? We will answer these and more in this article.

What is a Father Wound?

We all possess feminine and masculine energy. A mother imparts feminine energy, while a father imparts masculine energy. And while the feminine leans more toward the inner self, intuitions, and nurturing, the masculine energy represents being assertive and confident. So from your mother figures, you learn sensitivity, respect, patience, sensuality, and similar traits. From your father figures, you learn self-worth, confidence, stability, courage, boundaries, etc. 

This influence doesn’t necessarily come from your birth father or a father figure around you, but it emanates from anyone in your life who radiates more masculine energy. 

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What happens if your masculine energy is shaky? You can’t face the world with confidence, you always find yourself compromising healthy boundaries, you feel worthless, and you can settle for anything. Do any of these resonate with you? That right there describes a father wound. 

A father wound can result from an absent father (both physically and emotionally), an overly critical dad, or one who is abusive, whether directly towards you or the people you love, like your mother. 

Luckily, there’s hope, and you can heal and start over. But first, let’s discuss these characters even deeper.  

The Symptoms of a Father Wound

#1: Low Self-Esteem

Do you always second-guess yourself? Like you feel you’re not good enough no matter how much effort you put in? That could be a result of a father wound. Children, in their innocence, don’t understand that their parents can have flaws. They blame their parents’ reactions on themselves. Once they transition into adulthood, they feel incapable of handling life independently. For example, a child who was constantly abused or overly criticized by the father will grow up believing they are dumb and never good enough. However, the truth is that their father could not see past his flaws.  

#2: An Endless Search for Love

Are you wondering why you still can’t settle for “the one” after dating several partners? This happens a lot, especially with women who never experienced fatherly love. You keep searching, but no one can truly quench your thirst for love. It’s also common for such people to get married and divorced multiple times. 

#3: Lack Self-Motivation

This character mostly shows in school as a child and at work as an adult. You will be most comfortable taking and following orders but never have the courage to make new initiatives. 

#4: Poor Social Life

Because you lack confidence and self-motivation, you rarely open up to your peers or even try to start a meaningful conversation. Friendships and relationships are not your things. So you believe you are an introvert while, in a real sense, it is the father wound in you. 

#5: Problems with Creating and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

You are either the tough knuckle who sets strict boundaries or the one who can settle for anything. Either way, you can’t seem to strike a balance with boundaries. Victims of father wound often have trouble with boundaries. For example, if your father was always late or even missed important milestones in your childhood, you’ll tend to have very strict limits. You are not flexible in rescheduling appointments and might be unforgiving to people who show up late.  

On the other hand, if your father was the strict type, always criticizing you and never appreciating your little milestones, you tend to develop loose boundaries. All you want in life is to seek approval and a sense of appreciation. As a result, you find it hard to say no. Sadly if you get entangled with a narcissist, they may want to take advantage of this weakness.  

#6: An Over Surge of Emotions

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Most father wound victims experience emotions such as anxiety, anger, and depression. See, your father was supposed to offer you unconditional love. And when you notice your peers enjoying this love, it’s not easy to understand why you can’t have the same. So you grow up bottling emotions of disappointment which eventually turn to anger and resentfulness. 

#7: Poor Choices of Relationship Partners

Due to anger and resentment, some father wound victims will turn to drug and substance abuse while others rush into relationships to fill that void. In addition, if you grew up watching your father abuse your mother, you will probably think that is how relationships work and therefore stay in an abusive relationship.      

How Can You Heal Your Father Wound as an Adult?

You’re probably reading this because you might have discovered a cycle of abuse in your family. Your father was abusive, and now you’re taking out your anger on your little ones. Can this cycle end? Absolutely. And it all starts with you first acknowledging the problem. 

Journal your childhood and try to identify the loopholes. Unmasking your childhood might be painful and uncomfortable, so you could consider inviting a therapist.

Sometimes, you can also consider confronting your father to get closure. However, if your underlying issues are not as grave, re-train your mind to disengage from the behaviors and beliefs you might have adopted from your father wound. Then make a deliberate effort to be a better version of yourself and journal your achievements every week, no matter how small they are. With repetition, new behaviors become a part of our lifestyle eventually.  

The Parting Shot

Please don’t let a father wound define your future. You have a lot of potential if you can only learn to believe in yourself. Now that you understand why you view the world differently, work towards healing your wound because a bright future awaits. 

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