How to survive UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)


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In Ayurveda, kapha rules the water in your system so it makes sense that Kapha body types might have troubles with their Urinary tracts.
If this happens to you, follow these instructions to get your body back in balance:

First of all: Add 1/2 tsp baking soda in a glass of water as soon as you see the first symptoms of urinary tract infection.

*Drink: (liquids are MOST important)
**WATER- as much water as possible, preferably warm (not hot) (&with lemon=delicious.)
**Cranberry and pomegranate juice!!
Orange juice
Pineapple juice
Fresh lemon juice
Carrot juice
Coconut water
Marshmallow Root–brew a tea containing marshmallow root. The herb has powerful antiseptic qualities to clean out the urethra and kill bacteria.

Eat lots of:

Herbs: *Coriander* and cilantro, cumin and fennel

*Echinacea and *Goldenseal are very good to increase your vitality and fight against infection and are some of the best home remedies for urinary tract infection.

Cows face pose
Cooling breath 10x (curl your tongue, or purse lips like you are sucking through a straw, breathe in through mouth, close mouth, breath out through nose, repeat)

Do complete body massage with sesame oil daily. Sesame oil is great!

No no NO:
Avoid intake of hot, oily, spicy, sour, salty, and bitter foods• Avoid alcohol and cigarettes, carbonated drinks like beer, soda or any other drink with fizz.
All these foods and drinks promote growth of bacteria. Gross.

Keep in mind:
Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge & empty your bladder completely when you pass urine.
Avoid tampons.

Do not give bacteria a chance to grow!!

*things with stars are most important*

(This article was originally posted October 12, 2012

Joy Boardman

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Improving and Stimulating Digestion for Kapha 

Kapha is cold and wet which dampens digestive fire referred to in Ayurveda as “Agni“. Low digestive fire is a big problem. Agni is the fire of transformation, the mechanism of digestion and understanding in our mind and body. In Ayurveda strong Agni builds wellness and opportunity.

Sama Agni means “Strong Even Digestion” 

Stoke your Digestive Fire with your food choices:

  1. Redefine satisfied. No food coma or discomfort at all. On a scale of 1 being starving and 10  aim for 5 to 7.
  2. Find a way to feel deeper hunger once in awhile and befriend it. Historically it was normal to feel hunger and be hungry. Every so often my body needs to burn accumulated fat, not just carbohydrates. Consider doing a fast or juice fast one day a month or so.
  3. Lighten up on the starches and add growing green stuff to your plate.
  4. Probiotics are living foods. 70 to 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. Probiotic organisms in your gut biome are the front line Agni decision makers.

Detox for stronger Agni:

  1. Sweat. Sweating through the skin is often a completely underutilized detox pathway. Get moving every day as your muscle movement pumps moves toxins out of your lymphatic system.
  2. Breathe with awareness. They don’t say take a deep cleansing breath for nothing you know. Every exhale releases ama we don’t want or need.
  3. Drink clean water. Sip it regularly over the course of your day. Water is the medium for communication and transportation in the body. Water saturates and flushes tissues and releases toxins for disposal out through the kidneys.
  4. Add Antioxidants. The key antioxidants; Vitamin C, E, Co Q 10 and Glutathione give your body a detox boost. A plant rich diet full of color gives all the nutrients you need to stoke your fire.

Add essential oils and spices to your life:

When your digestion gets sluggish you can use essential oils like Thieves, juniper, eucalyptus, ginger, and clove. Always make sure you use 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. 

And you can also add ginger and clove spices to your dishes. 

With a little support your Agni can be sturdy and resilient. Healthy Agni means you can eat and assimilate a wider variety of information and foods. 

A Quick Guide to 3 Ayurvedic Herbs


Ayurveda is from India. Often in my research I will write that you should take or use Triphala, Ashwaganda, or Amalaki….these Indian herbs are probably not as recognizable to you as vitamin c, peppermint, or turmeric.

But, just because you havent been introduced yet doesn’t mean these herbs wouldn’t be beneficial to you.

Allow me to introduce you to:

Triphala (for detox and cleansing)
Used for gentle internal cleansing
Great for colon cleansing
Tonifies your GI tract
Detoxifies and improves digestion
Improves circulation
Replenishes and nourishes
Helps with weight loss
Lowers cholesterol
Builds immunity
Cleanses liver

Ashwaganda (for stress-relief)
Especially good for Vata
Improves thyroid health
Helps you rest effectively
Enhances your mood
Increases immunity
Boosts energy
Combats physical fatigue
Improves memory
Improves adrenal health
Stabilizes blood sugar

Amalaki (full of natural high-potency vitamin c)
Especially good for Pitta
Detoxifies and rejuvenates
Full of antioxidants
Boosts immune system
Heals scars– heals skin inside and out
Balances bowel function
Cleanses and nourishes tissues
Helps eye health

Wanna learn more about Ayurveda? Learn from the best: Monica Bloom. She is amazing and funny and makes everything very uncomplicated.

Malady Monday: Eczema


Atopic dermatitis AKA Eczema is always itchy

(if it’s not itchy then it’s not eczema, it’s something else called Keratosis Pilaris (KP))

It’s a chronic allergic condition characterized by areas of itchy, scaly rashes. 


In ayurveda eczema is also called vicharchika.

There are 3 kinds:
Vata: DRY usually accompanied by constipation & anxiety; aggravated by cold and relieved with sesame oil

Pitta: INFLAMED red and burning; aggravated by heat

Kapha: MOIST cold, sticky, oozing, swollen; aggravated by dairy, oil, and sugar

Most common version is PITTA.


What helps all 3 kinds of eczema:
Turmeric (anti-inflammatory) Sandalwood

For chronic eczema take licorice after you have finished detoxing with triphala (take triphala at night)

Externally use ghee, aloe vera, turmeric, neem*, and tulsi

*NEEM: relieves pain and protects from secondary infection

Vata eczema
⊙Sign of dehydration

⊙Use sesame oil externally

⊙Take castor oil internally

⊙Eat sweet, sour, and salty foods

⊙Take triphala, guggol, cardamom

⊙Use ghee with triphala, neem, and cardamom

Pitta eczema
⊙Avoid dairy, nightshades, oranges, peaches, strawberries

⊙Also avoid sun and heat

⊙Eat sweet, bitter, and astringent foods

⊙Drink coconut juice

⊙Internal: burdock, neem, dandelion, triphala, gotu kola, sandalwood, aloe, and amalaki

⊙External: rose water, coconut juice, aloe, gotu kola, sandalwood oil, neem, and turmeric

Kapha eczema
⊙Sign of poor digestion

⊙Avoid heavy, greasy, and oily foods (especially cheese & yogurt)

⊙Eat pungent, bitter, and astringent foods

⊙Internal: thyme, triphala, ginger, cardamom, gotu kola, and dandelion

⊙External: turmeric, neem, and chamomile


Did you know your skin is your largest organ of elimination? So, if you are having skin problems you need to change what is going into your body.


⊙Perform a liver cleanse

⊙Follow anti-inflammatory diet

⊙Eat grass fed animals vs. Grain fed (acid producing)

⊙Avoid caffeine

⊙Eliminate milk which irritates your immune system

Try to get more sulfur into your diet (eczema can be caused by a sulfur deficiency)

⊙Avoid shellfish (makes you itchy), hot spicy foods (adds dryness), and excess sugar and starch (adds dampness)

You can make a homemade salt and magnesium spray (magnesium flakes + Himalayan crystal salt)
Or take baths in the same solution


Essential Oils
Try using calendula lotion
Also try calendula tea + 5 drops of lavender oil 2x per day.

Other essential oils that can help are:
Bergamot, eucalyptus, juniper, Roman chamomile, lavender, & rosemary


Oils and Vitamins
Add GLAs (gamma-linolenic acids) to your diet with Borage oil and Evening Primrose Oil (500mg, 2x per day)

Also add Omega-3s

Take fermented cod liver oil

Take vitamin c, vitamin d, and vitamin e


Don’t use soap and avoid wool
Wear cotton-lined gloves when washing dishes



Let me know in the comments some things that have helped you find relief and healing from eczema.

Joy Boardman

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Malady Monday: Mucus in Your Colon


First things first, is it mucus or mucous? I’m going with mucus….

Mucus is basically dampness in your large intestine. Forms as a defense against excessive dryness. (The body is constantly trying to achieve balance)

Even intestinal rumblings are caused by dampness in intestines.


Usually a sign that spleen is impaired. (What is the spleen anyway?! Find out HERE.)


What causes dampness in the large intestine?
Worry, pensiveness, and overwork
An excess of kapha and ama
*Incomplete digestion (when food stays in the intestine it ROTS….mucus=host of putrefaction. YUCKY!!!!)


Fun Fact: Metabolism of female hormones takes place in the intestines. Imbalanced hormones occur when hormones are not broken down effectively (usually due to antibiotics usage).

What should I avoid??
Too many sweet, sour, and salty foods and drinks.

**Also try to avoid fat, milk, cheese, sugar, white flour, bread, pastries especially in the EVENING.

What can help??
Drying, astringent, and pungent foods, drinks, and herbs.


Quinoa, buckwheat, bulgar, pears, APPLES, cranberries, pomegranates, figs


If intestinal mucus is a big problem for you, one day a week try to eat only vegetable soup.

Ginger, pepper, cayenne, tumeric, fennel (very cleansing)

Drink: (drink between meals instead of with them….strengthens digestion)
Plenty of water
Warm water with cayenne, lemon, and honey
Teas made from the following helpful herbs

Helpful Herbs:
Slippery elm

Also Helpful:
Bentonite clay (very useful for cleansing)

Helpful Acupressure Points:
ST 36, ST 40, ST 44, LI 4


(LI 4…. BONUS: Also treats headaches)



(Leave a comment if you find this helpful or if you have anything to add!)

Oily/Sensitive Skin&Hair: Kapha-Pitta

Oily, Sensitive Skin (Kapha-Pitta)
((Stomach, Colon, and Liver))

If you struggle with oily hair and skin (a kapha imbalance) and have sensitive skin, prone to breakouts (a pitta imbalance) the following guidelines will help.
Because this is a holistic guide it will help your whole body.
Try it for 2 weeks and see if it helps your skin and hair.
You will most likely even lose some weight as you reduce the kapha in your body.

Wash with gentle soap for sensitive skin.20130118-102235.jpg((I found this on Etsy: Organic Vegan Soap: french clay and avocado facial bar: $7.00))

Or 1:1 lemon juice and water: allow to dry, then rinse completely with warm water and then cool water. 2xday

Follow with sesame oil. Great for oily skin (disinfects, too–I use it all the time.)

Tea tree oil on spots.

No harsh cosmetics– Only use gentle and natural, water-based makeup on spots

Don’t touch face during the day

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1-2x Weekly
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Use clay on skin–mud mask 1-2x per week:
Equal amounts of honey and green clay powder. Leave on 10-15 min.

Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Recipe: Soak a thin cloth in a mixture of 1 TBS apple cider vinegar per 1/2 cup of warm water. Apply then layer a hot, wet cloth over top. Rest for 10 minutes then remove and splash face (first with warm water then finish with cool).
Egg White Tonic: Whisk an egg white for one minute (or until it thickens) then add 1 tsp of honey, whisk some more then add 1 tsp of lemon juice. Cover face and neck, remove after 10 mins.

Oily hair needs daily washing, but using a moisturizing or body-boosting shampoo will add more oil to your hair.

Instead, massage a mixture of baking soda and water–use about 1 tsp. of baking soda per one-fourth cup of water–into your roots while you shower.
Be sure to rub your entire head, including your temples and the back of your skull, to get maximum grease-fighting power.

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Lemon juice’s natural acidity makes it an excellent foil for oily hair.
Juice of one lemon+1 cup of water: massage on scalp after shampoo, leave on 5 min, rinse with warm water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar+ water: rinse hair with this after shampoo, then rinse with warm water. (Acts as a barrier to grease.)

Leave in:
After shampoo and conditioner, apply witch hazel to scalp

No fried foods or excessive spices

Reduce dry foods (crackers, bread, chips) and drink a lot of water

Reduce dairy

No sweets (add oiliness to skin)
use honey not sugar

Use flaxseed oil (great for skin)
Lots of sweet, juicy fruits:
((Apples, cherries, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, tangerines, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, persimmon))
Raw or steamed veggies
((Cabbage, *celery, onions, pumpkin, radish, *spinach, tomato, water chestnuts))
–spinach with vinegar and flaxseed oil will help you immensely: great for lunch.

Peppermint, fenugreek, or raspberry tea
Licorice, fennel, peppermint
Ginger and black pepper
TUMERIC: moves lymph ((add to food and add a punch to your cleanser.))

Do detox regularly
Exercise for circulation (20 min/day)

Do you have any tips for oily, sensitive skin and hair? Share in the comments!

Joy Boardman

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