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Ayurveda and Healing Herbs

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“May all be happy, may all be free from disabilities, may all look to the good of others, may none suffer from sorrow” Ayurvedic Stanza

As with all holistic methods of healing, Ayurveda looks to treat the individual as a whole.  The mind, body and spirit are all linked and for true healing to take place all of these elements must be considered together and never separated.  Emotions and thoughts have a powerful impact on the way our body is expressed and the higher levels of our spirit must also be in alignment for a healthy life.  Herbs work well within this holistic system as they treat all levels of the self and create balance with natural healing elements, rather than man-made chemicals.  Ayureda contains many different methods and forms of herbal preparation which are all designed for different therapeutic effects.  This ancient method of healing uses infusions, decoctions, powders, poultices, pastes, oils and liniments in a great variety to support healing.  The herbs used will depend on the person’s dosha, their presenting symptoms and the weather.

Here at TOR Spa Retreat different oils, teas and foods are used to balance and relax our guests and give their whole system support before they return to their busy lives.


Tip: The easiest way to bring herbal remedies into your own life is to try herbal teas.  You can buy prepared blends from good health food shops which have Ayurvedic herbs such as fennel, tulsi and liquorice.  If you are feeling creative you can make your own teas with household and garden herbs.  Lavender and rosemary both make lovely blends from your own garden or cinnamon and clove combinations can be made from your kitchen supplies.  Be creative and try different blends and if you want to invest in a tea strainer or herbal tea pot then you can create lovely smooth teas with no bits!

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Ayurvedic Approach to Life

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“The beauty of plants, especially of flowers, uplifts our emotions, we recognise the masterly touch of creation in them” Vaidya Bhagwan Dash

Ayurveda is both a science of life and a system of medicine.  It aims to treat the person as a whole so will take into account your lifestyle, diet, mental disposition and exercise routine. Therefore even in wellness you can take measures to bring the Ayurvedic teachings into your own Western lifestyle easily on an everyday basis.  Herbs, oils and diet play a big part in Ayurvedic health programmes and these can easily be practiced at home.  These days we are always rushing, never focussing on the moment and constantly worrying about situations that may never occur.  Letting go of these modern day traditions and allowing life to flow easily in the direction it is leading you is a valuable tool for dealing with the natural changes in our path.   By bringing healing herbs, simple rituals and foods into your day, you can support your body and mind through the challenges modern life brings.

By visiting an Ayurvedic retreat like TOR Spa Retreat you can learn how to ‘release’, ‘relax’ and ‘let go’ in true Ayurvedic style and learn ways of incorporating that peace into your own routine.  Here at TOR Spa Retreat we combine all the teachings and principles of Ayurveda in a simple and relaxing way by bringing nature, rejuvenating treatments and stillness together in spa day or retreat experiences.


Tip:  If you want to bring a little Ayurveda into your own life then you can take some simple first steps by being aware of the way you use your home.  Do you have papers and clutter lying around?  Do you have old clothes which you never wear at the back of your cupboard?  Is there dust collecting on your bookshelves?  Think of your home as your own spiritual retreat. Make an effort to burn oils, keep it tidy and tend to your plants.  You can even make an area focussed on relaxation and put flowers, ornaments and candles in that corner.  Each day spend 5 minutes in this area breathing deeply and focussing on the things you are grateful for in your life.  If you can’t manage 5 then do 2 minutes, every little helps!

Ayurvedic Foods

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It is easy to bring ancient healing methods into our modern busy world with simple cooking styles and techniques. Ayurveda uses food as a healing art and uses certain herbs and spices to support good health and balance the 3 doshas.


In Ayurvedic medicine doctors consider the three doshas and attempt to keep them in a good balance to maintain health or repair illness.  These doshas can become imbalanced when the lifestyle and emotions become damaging.  They are balanced with different foods depending on the property of that food (bitter, sweet, salty, sour, astringent, pungent).  Ayurveda works to restore harmony and balance in the body by using herbs, exercises, foods and treatments.  Here at TOR Spa Retreat we combine all these practices which creates a truly relaxing and restoring sanctuary to balance modern life and focus on vegetarian dosha neutral food which nourishes and cleanses the body.

Tip: Herbs can rejuvenate the body and help to keep it in balance.  Try using cumin, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric and cloves in your cooking.  They can help to stimulate the system and keep you feeling vital and strong.  Each herb has its own individual properties for supporting health and by combining them in meals you can help to support your whole system (always check for contraindications to medications/illnesses/pregnancy)