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Back to School with Ayurveda

By Lissa Coffey ecomii.com
September 12, 2012
File under: Ayurveda, Healthy Eating

How can you make sure your child is getting the most out of hours spent in school? One way is to enhance learning ability with the natural techniques of Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic texts describe three aspects of mental ability:
dhi – The power of acquisition or learning
dhriti – The power of retention
smriti – The ability to recall

When these three mental functions are not in balance, either individually or in their coordination with one another learning problems can crop up.

Children who have learning problems often feel like failures in school, which leads to frustration and low self-esteem.

When these three aspects are coordinated the child’s memory is quick and bright. If impurities (ama) are obstructing the channels of communication between these three functions, learning problems as well as behavioral problems can develop.

The high incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the U.S. is a prime example of learning/behavioral issues for millions of children.

What causes some children to thrive on learning while others struggle? According to Ayurveda, eating food that is lacking in intelligence causes most learning problems.

By this we mean food laced with chemicals, junk food and food that is not fresh. Food lacking in intelligence disturbs the intellect and the mind and disrupts the intellectual rhythm between dhi, dhriti, and smriti. This is especially true for children, who are naturally more sensitive than adults.

Modern researchers are just discovering the link between learning disorders and harmful food additives such as chemical food preservatives BHT and BHA, the cake rising agent calcium silicate and other food colorings, flavorings and emulsifiers.

A rather shocking study showed that the average person consumes eight to ten pounds of additives a year. Because children have lower body weights and are in the critical developmental years, the harmful effects of these additives are magnified.

When children eat unintelligent food, they are not nourishing the mind with minerals, vitamins and other aspects of nature’s intelligence. Modern research confirms ancient ayurvedic wisdom that any nutritional deficiency can result in diminished mental function.

Another cause of mental deficiency in children can be not getting enough sleep. Going to bed at an unreasonable hour, watching violent TV or reading frightening comics before bed can disrupt sleep and aggravate the doshas and can be expressed as poor memory and recall in school.

However diet is still most important, because it also affects the quality of sleep. Diet is the primary focus for enhancing mental ability, because even herbal compounds won’t work if the child is eating unintelligent food.

Learning Imbalances

For all types of learning imbalances, Ayurveda recommends fresh, organic foods that are prepared using intelligent cooking methods. This means that they are prepared in a way that does not destroy nature’s intelligence and in a way that creates bliss after eating.

The ayurvedic oil massage is also a powerful way to balance the doshas and help enhance learning ability. If time does not permit a daily massage, doing it regularly every weekend will help. At night, Slumber Time aroma oil can be added to an aroma pot by the child’s bed to help provide a deeper, more balanced night’s sleep.

Mind Power with Ayurvedic Herbal Compounds

Intelligence Plus (formerly Study Power) herbal formula is ideal not just for children but students of all ages, because it helps enhance attention span, focus and the ability to acquire new information and to apply it later.

Mind Plus Syrup is ideal to calm the mind in stressful situations. It is effective in enhancing problem solving, retention and recall.

Mental performance can be enhanced by going back to the basics proper nutrition, quality sleep and the balanced wisdom of herbs that can help nourish the mind in a natural, safe way.

For more information about Ayurveda:  DoshaSmart.com

Lissa Coffey is a relationship expert and author of “What’s Your Dharma? Discover the Vedic Way to Your Life’s Purpose.”  Take the dharma quiz http://www.whatsyourdharma.com

 
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