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KATE O DONNELL’S AYURVEDIC GUIDE: A BOOKMARK-WORTHY READ FOR HOLISTIC HEALING

Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: April 12, 2024

 

KATE O’DONNELL has spent more than twenty-five years traveling through India in search of ancient, time-tested, healing practices to bring back to the United States. Through her healing journey, Kate experienced firsthand how a holistic system creates lasting health. She has since emerged as a preeminent expert in Ayurveda and has built her curriculum customized for modern Americans.

 

Her individualized approach, “guiding from disease to ease,” has transformed the lives of thousands of people and made her a respected thought leader in holistic medicine. Kate’s best-selling books, published in seven languages, continue to be the top resources in the field of Ayurveda. As a highly sought-after speaker and the founder of the Ayurvedic Living Institute, she has educated a generation of practitioners.

 

Kate expertly addresses UMA’s inquiries, providing illuminating responses infused with wisdom and depth, enriching their understanding and journey.

 

Q

What are the first 3-5 things an individual can do to get started on an Ayurvedic way of life?

A

Focus on one thing to start. Develop a 2-minute morning routine: scrape the tongue upon waking, then sip hot water, first thing! Pat yourself on the back. Interestingly, I see Ayurveda transform through simplicity. I continue to be impressed by how a simple change can shift a disease trajectory and call in states of balance.

 

Q

Can you share a few examples of when you have seen Ayurveda at its most transformative, or essentially its best?

A

I advocate for using herbs for specific times with specific goals. For rejuvenation, Amalaki in warm weather and ashwagandha in cold season can be a good starting place. Triphala for a few months annually, in spring or fall can also be beneficial for detoxification.


Q

What are the top 3-5 Ayurvedic herbs you believe we all need in our lives? Do they have any caveats or contra-indications in some situations?

A

Essential Ayurvedic spices like cumin, coriander, fennel, cardamom, and turmeric form the cornerstone of a balanced kitchen. These versatile ingredients not only enhance flavor but also offer myriad health benefits!


Q

What are the few Ayurvedic spices we must all have in our kitchens?

A

The Spicy Dandelion Green Soup, featured in my self-care book. I’m often cold, so I love soup and this green soup is so refreshing when dandelion greens are in season.

Its warmth and nourishment resonate deeply, offering a comforting reprieve.

Q

Could you share a favorite Ayurvedic recipe?

A

 When a disease is no longer preventable, and is manifest, and in a critical place, western medicine can excel at saving lives. Ayurveda can work in tandem to reduce the impacts of Western treatments.

Q

Are there situations or conditions you believe Ayurveda may not work, or that other modalities may provide greater impact?

A

Embark on your Ayurvedic journey with a focus on gradual, sustainable changes. Select one or two practices to prioritize, understanding that each small step contributes to a larger transformation over time. Daily habits and food choices are a matrix, one change begets more change when the time is right. Don’t push yourself to “do it all.”

 

Embrace the journey without overwhelming yourself with unrealistic expectations; every effort toward balance is a step in the right direction.


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