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What is Ayurveda?

The word Ayurveda comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. It translates as “Science of Life” and is often referred to as Traditional Indian Medicine.  Ayurveda is said to have originated more than 5000 years ago and is believed to be the oldest & most complete health system known to man.  The first written evidence […]

Frozen food & Ayurveda

Our food should be vital, full of Prana (energy) and a source of nourishment. In Ayurveda, food that is lifeless or lacking in Prana is referred to as Paryushita. Unfortunately frozen food falls under this unpleasant title… Although science suggests that frozen foods can be nutritious, Ayurveda views them as lacking in essential vitality and […]

Grapefruit

Grapefruits decrease Vata, mildly increase Pitta and liquefy Kapha. They are alkalising, stimulant, expectorant, astringent and mucolytic. They help to digest sugars, fats (hypolipidaemic) and stimulate the liver & gallbladder (chologogue). They are high in anti-oxidants, promote longevity and are high in spermidine, lycopene & vitamin C. Tastes: bitter, sour & sweet. Grapefruits are a great option for breakfast if […]

Tips for late Winter…. 

(According to Ayurveda late winter lasts from approx. mid January to mid March). Late Winter is one of the harshest seasons in the Ayurvedic calendar.  The bitter cold winds & long dark nights can play havoc with our bodies & minds (if we are unprepared.…). Ayurveda is all about balancing our internal environment with whatever the external environment throws at us! […]

Don’t do a detox just yet….

Now that Christmas is officially over, it’s time to get back to the routine and start afresh. January & February are the perfect months for reconnecting with yourself and nourishing your body and mind. Why you should wait to do your detox… Detoxification is a rapidly growing industry and is increasingly popular all over the […]

Clinic

At Satmya we run a full time clinic. We offer consultations in Ayurveda & Naturopathy and have a full range of treatments available. The clinic at Satmya is open from Monday to Friday from 10am until 6pm. Saturday and after hours are by appointment only. Please make an appointment for a full consultation at the Satmya Clinic. Ayurveda Herbalism […]

Satmya retreats

Kickstart your health & nourish your soul on one of our Ayurveda & Yoga retreats. We run day long & residential retreats. We now have a website dedicated to our retreats. Visit this link for more information Next Day Retreat:  May 21st 2016 Next Residential Retreat:  October 14-16th 2016 Ayurveda teaches health in a way that is understandable & […]

Grapefruit & Ginger

Ingredients 1 Grapefruit 1 tsp raw honey 1/4 tsp ginger powder 2 tablespoons of water Method Peel grapefruit Roughly chop into cubes In a glass mix 2x tablespoons of water with ginger & honey. Mix well Place grapefruit into a bowl and pour honey water over. Mix well Serve

Barley & Date Porridge

Ingredients 1 cup of Barley flakes 2 cup of water (to soak overnight) 1 cup Milk (koko, almond, cows or goats) Cinnamon powder (1/2tsp) 1 tsp grated ginger 3 cardamom pods (ground with husks removed) 4 x chopped dates 1 tsp ghee 1tsp of maple syrup Method Soak barley flakes in water overnight. In the […]

Manchurian Cauliflower

(Grain free version) Ingredients 1 cauliflower 1 onion 1 tomato 1 red pepper 2 cloves of garlic knob of ginger (tsp) 1tsp of salt 1tsp tamari soy sauce 1tbl apple cider vinegar 1 tsp maple syrup 1tsp Coconut oil 1tsp Cumin 1 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp of black pepper corns Asofoetida (pinch per serving) […]

Herby Barley

Ingredients 1 cup of cooked pearled barley Coriander leaf Fresh Mint Parsley 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 squeezed lemon 1 tsp olive oil pinch of chili (How to cook barley – soak 1 cup of barley overnight, discard water, cover with fresh water (about 1 litre), boil on medium-high heat, stir occasionally to avoid sticking; remove […]

Thick mustard dressing

Ingredients 3 tablespoons of olive oil 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar 1tsp black mustard seeds 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp black peppercorns 1 tsp Almond butter 1/2 tsp of himalayan rock salt Method Toast spices in a skillet on a high heat until seeds pop. Then place all ingredients into a blender. Blend […]

Barley flat bread

Ingredients 2 cups of Barley flour 1 cup of Wholemeal Spelt flour 1/2 cup of Besan/Gram flour 1 tsp salt 2x finely chopped dates 3 x tsp of ghee 1cup of water 1/2 tsp Coriander seeds 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp Black peppercorns Method Dry roasted spices in a hot skillet, when the pop […]

Fresh pickle

Pickles are an easy way to add more taste to your meals, particularly if you’re the only one in your house following an Ayurvedic diet. They’re also a great way to increase nutrient dense leafy greens to your diet. Fresh pickles are quick and easy to make and should last about 3 days in the […]

Vegetable & barley soup

Ingredients 1 small red onion 1 leek 1 celery stalk 1 beetroot 1 carrot 1 potato 1 handful of kale 2 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 1tsp cumin 1tsp of black pepper corns 1/2 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds 1tsp of turmeric powder 1/2 tsp ginger powder 2 pinches of asofoetida […]

Takaram – Lassi

Ingredients 2 x tablespoons of natural yoghurt 3 x cardamom pods a pinch of ginger powder or 10mls of ginger water a pinch of cinnamon powder glass of water Method Place yoghurt in a glass grind 3 cardamom pods and remove husk. Add all spices to yoghurt Pour water over yoghurt and mix well with […]

Stewed Apples & Pears

Ingredients 2 Apples 2 Pears 3 Dates 1 tablespoon of raisins 3 x Cardamom pods (crushed with husk removed) 1 tsp cinnamon 2 x cloves 1 mug of water Method Wash fruit & remove cores Roughly chop fruit into segments Finely chop dates Heat cast iron wok or frying pan Melt 1 tsp of coconut […]

Nutty flapjacks

  A very handy snack or breakfast on the go. These flapjacks are really easy to make and keep for about 3-4 days if covered in an airtight container. Very healthy, tasty and kids love them. Ingredients 2 mugs of oats 1 tsp ginger powder 1/2 tsp of turmeric 2 tablespoons of organic unsalted butter […]

Chili beans

Ingredients 1 large cup of Kidney beans (either pre-cooked or a tin) 1tsp of Salt 1stp Turmeric 1tsp Chili 1 Onion 1 Tomato 1 red pepper 2 cloves of garlic knob of ginger (tsp) 1tsp Coconut oil 1tsp Cumin 1 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp of black pepper corns Asofoetida (pinch per serving) Tablespoon of […]

Veggie burgers…

Ingredients 2 spring onions 1 carrot 4 dates 8 pre-soaked brazil nuts 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut 1/4 tsp of salt 1 cup of left over red lentil & spinach dahl (see recipe) 2 tsp of Ghee Besan flour (gram flour) – 1 cup Water Method Preheat oven to 190 Put vegetables, dates, nuts, oil […]

Chickpea & Spinach Curry

Ingredients 1 large cup of chickpeas (either pre-cooked or a tin) 1tsp of Salt 1stp Turmeric 1tsp Chili 1 Onion 1 Tomato 2 cloves of garlic knob of ginger (tsp) 1tsp Ghee 1tsp Cumin Asofoetida (pinch per serving) 200g Spinach   Method (if you are using dried chickpeas – soak overnight and boil in salt […]

Red Lentil & Spinach Dahl

(Serves 4-5 people) Ingredients 1 cup of Red Lentils 5.5 cups of Water 1tsp of Salt 1stp Turmeric 1/2tsp Chili 1 Onion 1 Tomato 2 cloves of garlic knob of ginger (tsp) 1tsp Ghee 1tsp Cumin Asofoetida (pinch per serving) 180g Spinach Method In a pot put 1 cup of washed red lentils and add […]

The importance of good digestion

Ayurveda places great importance on good digestion as our health ultimately depends on it. 80% of all illness comes from a build up of toxins and most toxins come from poor digestion. In many ways, good digestion is far more important than a good diet. You may have a great diet but if you are […]

Nettle & Rocket Pesto

Ayurvedic Cooking Class – Join our next Ayurvedic Cooking Class Nettles are the perfect Spring food. They’re nutritious, detoxifying and bitter. They’re easy to find and best of all they’re free. Nettle pesto is very easy & quick to make. Ingredients (organic if possible) Fresh wild nettles (2 handfuls) Rocket (1 handful) Pine nuts (1 tablespoon) […]

Yoga’s Twisted History 

(an excellent article about the origins of Yoga in the West) No question, yoga has a large following in the West. But how has hatha yoga, specifically asana practice, taken centre stage? And what role has the West played in that preference? Andrea Miller reviews two books that address these questions: Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture […]

Remove toxins from your fat cells

This is an excellent article by John Douillard explaining the importance of detoxification in Ayurveda. Our residential retreats & 30 day Kickstarter programs teach you ways to detoxify your body using Ayurveda. Toxins Stored in Your Fat Cells Are Making You FAT and SWOLLEN. Here’s How to Cleanse Them. by John Douillard We are all designed to continuously and naturally remove toxins […]

The Ayurvedic take on Paleo…

The Paleo diet has been very popular for the last few years and whilst there are some positives (lots of whole foods and eliminating processed foods, sugar and bad fats) there are also negatives (high meat intake, no seasonality, etc). This short video explains the Ayurvedic take on Paleo.  If you are interested in learning […]

Professional Course

Learn the ancient art of Indian head massage on this 3 day workshop. This simple treatment can be used for a wide range of health problems, most notably stress, anxiety and insomnia. You can use this technique for yourself or apply it for friends & family. Read More here

Ayurveda for Early Winter

For many reasons, Early Winter is considered to be the best season in the Ayurvedic calendar. There is a sweetness in the air which sustains all of nature as it quietly hibernates. Try to enter this season with a positive frame of mind and consider the many benefits of this lovely season! This is a very cosy […]

The new Satmya brochure

We are excited to announce our new Satmya brochure should be printed very soon. Until then have a read here….  For more information about our services have a browse through our website. To keep up to date with all our news please join our mailing list. About Satmya Satmya is a natural medicine & learning centre located […]

Detox Residential Retreat

We’re really excited about our upcoming Spring detox retreat at The Cliffs of Moher Retreat Centre on the Wild Atlantic Way. To find out more about our Spring retreat visit this link

Hawthorn Medicine

Image – part of Medicinal Tree Exhibit. Exhibition was displayed during National Herb Week 2015 Hawthorn (Crateaugus sp.): Also known as the May tree as it blossoms in May. Hawthorn berries, leaves and blossoms are used in herbalism. They are full of anti-oxidants and flavanoids and are renowned for being a heart and circulatory tonic. Hawthorn […]

Birch Medicine

Image – part of Medicinal Tree Exhibit. Exhibition was displayed during National Herb Week 2015 Birch (Betula alba): Birch is a great Spring tonic as it is excellent for detoxification. It is said to reduce cellulite and decrease fluid retention. It is a common addition to many beauty formulas for women. It can be taken as […]

Oak medicine

Image – part of Medicinal Tree Exhibit. Exhibition was displayed during National Herb Week 2015 Oak (Quercus robur): commonly used for dental caries. Oak bark tincture or infusion is an excellent addition to any mouth wash as it tightens and strengthens the gums and teeth. Oak is also useful in gastroenteritis. Oak is very mineralising & […]

Elder

  Image – part of Medicinal Tree Exhibit. Exhibition was displayed during National Herb Week 2015 Elder (Sambucus nigra): The berries and the flowers are useful for respiratory health and the immune system. We also use Elder for treating allergies, eczema and viruses. It can be taken in tincture or infusion (tea). Learn how to make […]

Herbie days out in Ireland

Our lush Irish countryside, hedgerows & gardens offer spectacular places to discover & forage medicinal herbs. Visitors to our dispensary often ask us to recommend places to visit where they can see medicinal herbs. Here are some great places to spend time with the herbs (in no particular order)…  Explore the hedgerows, native woodlands, river banks […]

Welcome

Satmya is an Ayurvedic training & natural medicine centre located in the beautiful village of Killaloe in East Clare, Ireland.

Roasted Aubergine & Kale Wraps

Ingredients Wholemeal Spelt Wraps Wholemeal Spelt Flour Water Bicarbonate of Soda Apple Cider Vinegar Himalayan Rock Salt Filling Aubergine Kale Red Pepper Rocket Ricotta Cheese Ghee Cider Vinegar Spices: Cumin, Black mustard seeds, Chilli flakes & Black pepper Himalayan Rock Salt Directions (to follow)

Ayurvedic tips for late Winter….

(Image by Orla Flanagan) Late Winter is one of the harshest seasons in the Ayurvedic calendar.  The bitter cold winds & long dark nights can play havoc with our bodies & minds (if we are unprepared.…). Ayurveda is all about balancing our internal environment with whatever the external environment throws at us! For late Winter Ayurveda recommends […]

Ayurvedic Cooking Classes

Details Dates:  15th November Cost: €60 per person Duration: 4.5 -5 hours (10-3pm) Includes: notes, ingredients, tuition, breakfast and lunch To organise a private class please email or call 061 622751 Combining cooking skills with Ayurvedic nutrition this course will leave you with a comprehensive understanding of food, seasonal diets & eating according to your body type. A […]

Feeling Phlegmy?

Try some natural solutions to reduce phlegm & congestion Reduce/eliminate all dairy products particularly cold milk, ice-cream, cream & yellow cheeses If you are having milk, heat it up and add warming spices (ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, etc).Try a dairy alternative (rice, coconut, almond, etc but avoid soy) Avoid cold foods & drinks Avoid Bananas Reduce […]

Is January the best month for a detox?

Now that Christmas is officially over, it’s time to get back to the routine and start afresh. January & February are the perfect months for reconnecting with yourself and nourishing your body and mind. Why you should wait to do your detox… Detoxification is a rapidly growing industry and is increasingly popular all over the […]

Bliss balls

We often get asked “what’s a healthy snack”. So, here’s a very easy recipe for a “healthy snack”. Please note: Generally, soak about a cup of organic nuts (mixed or one type) with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. (strain off the water before blending with other ingredients) Use about 3-6 dates depending on their quality […]

Elderberry

Elderberries – Sambucus nigra Bursting with nutrients and phytochemicals, these little berries are definitely something to consider for your medicine cupboard this Autumn/Winter. They have been used for centuries all over the world and modern science has concurred that indeed Elderberries are good for health! Elderberries contain: organic pigments, tannins, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, […]

Spring

In Ayurveda, Spring is Kapha aggravation Season. Kapha is heavy and sticky, and so too is Spring! In Ayurveda, the internal environment often reflects what’s happening in the external environment. During Spring our bodies can get very congested and produce excessive amounts of mucous. Ayurveda gives recommendations for each season to diminish or balance the […]

Ayurveda Spring Tip 2

  To learn more about Ayurvedic nutrition or the medicinal use of spices join one of our seasonal Ayurvedic cooking classes or our Ayurvedic Kitchen medicine class. About the author – Doug Hyde Doug is an Ayurvedic practitioner, therapist & teacher and the co-owner of Satmya. He was first introduced to Ayurveda in 1998 and has pursued his passion for this ancient science ever since. Read more […]

Ayurveda Spring tip 1

To learn more about Ayurvedic nutrition or the medicinal use of spices join one of our seasonal Ayurvedic cooking classes or our Ayurvedic Kitchen medicine class. About the author – Doug Hyde Doug is an Ayurvedic practitioner, therapist & teacher and the co-owner of Satmya. He was first introduced to Ayurveda in 1998 and has pursued his passion for this ancient science ever since. Read more here

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