Strengthen mind with Ayurveda

#8 Strengthening the Mind with Ayurveda: Recipes and Tips for Mental Balance

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Ayurveda is a holistic science that aims to keep our physical, subtle, and soul levels healthy and balanced. One of the fundamental aspects of Ayurveda is to create harmony between the mind and body, as they are interconnected. The natural state of mind is referred to as sattva, which is harmonious, balanced, clear, pure, and peaceful. However, mental states like rajas (movement) and tamas (inertia) are also important but can cause an imbalance if they go too far in either direction. In this blog post, we’ll focus on some tips and recipes to balance and strengthen the mind using Ayurvedic principles.

Case Study

Priya, a 35-year-old marketing manager, was experiencing high levels of stress at work, leading to anxiety and disturbed sleep. She felt restless and overwhelmed most of the time, which was affecting her productivity and overall well-being. After consulting with an Ayurvedic practitioner, she was advised to incorporate the following tips and recipes into her daily routine.

Tamasic Imbalance

If someone is experiencing high tamas, or in a dark, heavy, “sticky” space, the following tips can be helpful:

  • Get Outdoors: Nature is filled with prana, and sunshine can brighten the darkest day, increasing sattva and resetting the connection with nature.
  • Move and Break a Sweat: Exercise can clear out stagnant energy, and cleansing breaths like kapalabhati or bhastrika can help in clearing the mind.
Rajasic Imbalance

If someone is experiencing the opposite qualities, rajas, the following tips can be useful:

  • Get Good Sleep: Getting a good night’s sleep and relaxing for at least 30 minutes before bed can be helpful. Avoiding electronics, reading a book, listening to relaxing music, or aromatherapy can aid in relaxation.
  • Practice Yoga: Simple asanas held for at least 5-8 breaths or pranayamas like nadi shodhana or sama prana can be very effective in calming the mind.


  • Ashwagandha Milk: Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps manage stress and anxiety, promoting sound sleep, and balancing hormones. Add 1 tsp of ashwagandha powder to a cup of warm milk, add a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, and sweeten with honey or jaggery.
  • Turmeric Tea: Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in boosting immunity and brain function. Boil 2 cups of water with 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp grated ginger, and a pinch of black pepper. Add honey or lemon to taste.
  • Vegetable Khichdi: Khichdi is a simple and nutritious Ayurvedic meal that helps detoxify the body, balancing the doshas, and calming the mind. Rinse 1 cup of basmati rice and 1/2 cup of split moong dal, and soak for 30 minutes. Heat ghee in a pot, add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cardamom pods, 2 cloves, and a bay leaf. Add the rice and dal, along with 4 cups of water, and salt to taste. Add chopped vegetables like carrots, peas, and potatoes, and cook until done. Serve hot with ghee.

Mental Health

Mental health is as important as physical health, and we must take care of our minds by incorporating simple Ayurvedic practices into our daily routine. Start by observing your thoughts, emotions, and mental state upon waking up, and throughout the day. Pay attention to any patterns or triggers that may affect your mental well-being. You can also try incorporating practices such as meditation, yoga, and pranayama (breathing exercises) into your daily routine. 

These practices have been shown to have numerous benefits for mental health, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving mood, and increasing feelings of well-being. In addition, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and staying physically active. By taking care of our minds and bodies in this way, we can improve our overall health and well-being and lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

If you are struggling with mental imbalances, I encourage you to incorporate some of these Ayurvedic practices into your daily routine. Start small and be consistent. Remember that healing takes time and patience, and the journey towards a balanced mind is ongoing. Seek the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner if you need further support.

Let us prioritize our mental health and well-being. By incorporating these practices into our daily lives, we can achieve a greater sense of clarity, balance, and peace.

Case Study: 

Mary was a 45-year-old woman who had been struggling with anxiety and depression for many years. She had tried various medications and therapies but didn’t find much relief. Mary decided to try Ayurvedic practices and began incorporating them into her daily routine.

She started waking up early and practicing yoga and meditation. Mary also changed her diet and started eating more whole foods and cooked meals. She began practicing self-massage with warm oil before showering and taking walks in nature. Mary noticed that her mind became clearer and more balanced over time. Her anxiety and depression symptoms gradually decreased, and she felt more in tune with her body and mind.

Mary’s experience is not unique. Many people have found relief from mental imbalances by incorporating Ayurvedic practices into their daily routines.


In conclusion, Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to mental health that can complement traditional therapies. By incorporating these practices into our daily lives, we can achieve a greater sense of balance and peace. Let us prioritize our mental health and well-being by embracing the wisdom of Ayurveda.

{It is a fictional scenario created to illustrate the potential benefits of incorporating exercise into a daily routine. While the specifics of the case study may not be based on a real-life example, the benefits of exercise described in the case study are supported by evidence-based research.}