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How to Repair Vata Imbalance!

How to Repair Vata Imbalance!

In my last blog, we talked about Rebecca’s Vata Imbalance and how to understand your own specific Dosha blend.  (If you missed that post, you can find it here. You can also use this quiz to find out what your dosha balance is.) Today we’re going to talk about How to Repair Vata Imbalance.

Listen up! Because I’m going to lay out the specific tips that I gave Rebecca that you can use yourself to repair  Vata Imbalance.

How to repair your Vata Balance

Rebecca was ready to try almost anything. The key to helping repair Vata balance for her was getting her to stick to it consistently.

Here is what I laid out for her. 

When Rebecca takes on too many responsibilities at work, skips meals, drinks too much caffeine, habitually stays up late, and sets aside nourishing practices like yoga and mini-vacations, her healthy Vata qualities are replaced by these:

  • Underweight, unhealthy BMI (click here to calculate yours)
  • Dry, scaly skin, even itchy and flaky 
  • Always cold, shivering and can’t warm up
  • Wired but tired insomnia, circular thoughts preventing sleep
  • Forgetfulness and poor short-term recall
  • Dry stools, constipation or changeable bowels
  • Brittle bones from inadequate nutrition
  • Physically anxious, jittery, and on edge
  • Allergy symptoms that are itchy, watery, scratchy, or irritated

Vata imbalances like insomnia, anxiety, allergies, and irritable bowel issues, are very common problems in today’s tech-driven, never-shut-down culture. 

Over-the-counter allergy product sales topped almost $7 Billion in 2016. There’s plenty of proof that we’re at epidemic levels of these issues.

Because the home of Vata is in the large intestine, Rebecca is prone to digestive disorders. One of the chief ways her imbalance shows up is unpredictable and sometimes painful bowel issues.

To repair Vata balance and bring this imbalance back in order is especially hard for her body type because her nature is to be fickle. As soon as she starts eating 3 meals a day or getting to bed by 11:00, she’s enticed by an exciting social event or drawn into a family argument. Then she’s back to her helter skelter lifestyle and doubled over in pain. Relationships are especially hard, and as one good friend admitted to Rebecca, “I never know what side of you I’m gonna get.”

The Ayurvedic way to reduce dry, ungrounded, hectic Vata habits is to introduce opposite, Kapha, earthy qualities. Sweet, sour and salty flavors increase Kapha, which help a thin, dry person hold adequate moisture, return to a healthy weight and sleep more deeply.

Fall is a peak time for Vata problems to rise up. Windy weather and dry conditions stir up conditions that create an unsettled body and mind.

Habits like these could promote Rebecca’s solid, steady Kapha qualities:

  • Establish a regular bedtime that allows for 8 consecutive hours of sleep, electronic-free
  • Eat 3 meals a day around the same time each day
  • Swap caffeinated coffee for green teas that contain less caffeine. Then, make the switch to hot herbal teas with warm spices and calming herbs – chamomile, cinnamon, tulsi, ginger, lemon balm, skullcap, kava, passionflower, and linden.
  • Schedule regular down time. A 10-minute meditation in the morning or before bed helps to trigger the neurotransmitters that down-regulate anxiety. Science says so!
  • Turn off phone ringers and social media notifications, setting some discipline around answering emails, and respond less often to needy friends, family and co-workers.

My advice to Rebecca to help repair Vata balance- and my advice to YOU: choose one simple practice and stick to it for 30 days. Watch how your allergies, insomnia, tummy problems and anxiety take a much-needed vacation.

Mo Horner, Registered Herbalist

Mo Horner is a professionally trained Registered Herbalist, specializing in botanical support for women and families. From hormones problems to emotional ups and downs, you’ll feel better about plant healing. Mo co-founded a donation-based community clinic associated with Herbalists Without Borders.  She has two Omaha-area practices where she serves her clients in person or online, for those outside the area. Consultations are available by appointment.

Email Mo at info@naturalhealingomaha.com or call 402-933-6444. You can read more about her story HERE. 

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Do you have a Vata Imbalance? Understanding your Dosha.

Do you have a Vata Imbalance?  Understanding your Dosha.
Do you vata imbalance

Rebecca flies into my office about once a month rattled and scatter-brained. I can see her Vata imbalance within seconds of her entering the room. She practically bounces into my square chair with news of workplace disruptions, boyfriend break-ups, over commitments,

…and tears.

She’s eager to try anything I suggest, and then follows through about half the time.

Rebecca has a classic Vata imbalance.

Vata is an ancient name that describes a kind of body and mind physiology. Vata is one of 3 doshas. Kapha and Pitta are sister doshas with often opposing qualities. Each of us is a blend of these 3 doshas, described in great detail in a system of medicine called Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old healing science dedicated to lengthening life and maximizing vibrancy. It offers us a time-tested method of overcoming deficient or excessive patterns. In Ayurveda, diet, herbs and lifestyle practices are considered non-negotiable components of a balanced, healthy state.

Take this quiz and find out what your dosha balance is.

As humans, we are natural categorizing machines; our brains look for patterns. Discovering patterns we have in common with other humans allows us to find our tribe. Identifying behavior patterns can help us break free of self-destructive habits.

Rebecca’s tribe is a vibrant, healthy one, when it’s in a balanced state. Like all of us, she has qualities of each Dosha type, like the soft, empathic nature of a Kapha, and the fiery, driven passion of a Pitta.

At her healthiest, the strong and predominant Vata features in Rebecca’s constitution look like this:

-Thin, at or below normal Body Mass Index  [calculate BMI here]

-Normal to slightly dry skin

-Fair complexion, blonde to light brown hair

-Small-boned and often tall

-Sensitive to cold temperatures

-High-energy but wears out easily

-Excellent multi-tasker

-Short attention span

-Great short-term memory

-Functions best with small meals and frequent snacks

-Sensitive to wind and changing weather conditions

So how did Rebecca become Vata imbalanced? Stay tuned. In my next post I’ll share with you why Rebecca became imbalanced but also how I helped her return to a healthy state.

Mo Horner, Registered Herbalist

Mo Horner is a professionally trained Registered Herbalist, specializing in botanical support for women and families. From hormones problems to emotional ups and downs, you’ll feel better about plant healing. Mo co-founded a donation-based community clinic associated with Herbalists Without Borders.  She has two Omaha-area practices where she serves her clients in person or online, for those outside the area. Consultations are available by appointment.

Email Mo at info@naturalhealingomaha.com or call 402-933-6444. You can read more about her story HERE. 

How to find an herbal remedy

Have you gotten your free 7-page guide yet?  Click HERE to get “How to Find an Herbal Remedy- That WORKS!”

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Ready for Another Herbal Poll?

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March Herbal Poll

In Julius Caesar, the soothsayer warned the emperor to “beware the Ides of March.”  For those of us in the Midwest and other northern climates it’s not just March 15th we need to be aware of.

The month of “in like a lion, and out like a lamb” can bring anything from frigid temps and a foot of snow to damp, cold and wet weather.  And usually a combination of all the above.

It’s for this reason that protecting the immune system is particularly important this time of year.  And the best way to protect your self is to understand what parts of your body are directly related to the immune system, thereby making it m0re susceptible to colds, allergies and yes, even the flu.

So here’s this month’s question: Which of these body parts is NOT a major player in your Immune system health?

You’ll find this month’s poll on the lower right-hand side.  Test your knowledge.  I’ll provide the answer in a future blog post.  Stay well!

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I want to know what you’re thinking. Really. In order to better inform and serve you, it’s important to know what you think about herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine and other forms of natural and alternative health. I think of it as a win-win. You get to share your opinion and I get a better understanding of the information I need to share!For this reason, I’ve created “Mo’s Herbal Poll,” which makes its debut this month. You can find it conveniently enough along the right sidebar, or just use the working version embedded in this post. What’s really cool is you can view the results so you can gauge how your opinion of natural and alternative health aligns with the rest of the Natural Healing Omaha community.For the immediate future, I plan on changing questions every month. Keep checking back for new questions.And the best part about it is, there won’t be a test on it later!

So take the poll for a spin. Let me know what you think.

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