Vegetarian Diet - Sattvic Diet
The Importance of A Vegetarian Diet
According to yoga philosophy it is important to follow a vegetarian diet, otherwise known as a Sattvic diet. Sattva means purity and leads to spiritual realization. Specific foods as well as herbs are high in Sattvic qualities. These foods include milk, wheat, rice, legumes and fruits. Sattvic herbs include Brahmi, Shatavari, Ashwaganda, Turmeric, Tulsi(basil), Ginger and Saffron.
Brahmi, also known as bacoba, can be taken internally with milk or applied to the head in the form of brahmi oil. Brahmi improved the mind, nervous system and memory.
Shatvari(asparagus rasmosa) is a female tonic, which improves fertility and eases menstruation as well as menopause. This relaxing herb, aids pregnancy as well as lactation. Shatavari also improves the immune system.
Ashwaghanda means and bestows the virility of a horse. Ashwaghanda is male tonic and adaptogen, which helps to relieve stress. Ashwaghanda helps to improve muscle tone, strength, fertility, concentration, focus and memory. Ashwaghanda is also good for the heart.
Turmeric or cumcumin is a wonderful sattvic herb for the joints. It reduces inflammation, purifies the skin and nourishes the blood. It is the main herb in golden milk, a yogic drink and healing tonic, which purifies the mind and improves flexibility.
Tulsi or holy basil. Tulsi purifies the respiratory system and improves cognitive function as well as the immune system. A tulsi plant is traditionally planted at the entrance of a house. The tulsi plant brings peace and happiness to the residence of the house. Tulsi can clear negative energy in the air.
Ginger helps to improve digestion and clears toxins from the body. Ginger reduces pain, improves the immune system and purifies the blood.
Saffron is an antioxidant, an aphrodisiac and is wonderful for the skin. Saffron(kumkuma) is the main ingredient in Kumkumadi Thaila, or saffron oil. Kumkumadi thaila is the Ayurveda beauty oil for the face. It improves complexion, reduces signs of aging and purifies and nourishes the sense organs.