Hiking & Backpacking

What’s Ghee & Why Use It?

By juleharle / January 29, 2020 / 0 Comments

 “Out of all the oils fit for human consumption, ghee is the best to eat.” – Charaka Samhita, sutra 27, verse 232 Ghee, a type of clarified butter, is a source of dietary fat traditionally used in Indian cooking.  Ghee is prepared by melting butter until the milk solids separate, froth and then settle to…

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Healthy Backpacking Meals

By juleharle / March 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

Just because you’re going out on a backcountry trip doesn’t mean you must resort to freeze-dried, prepackaged, overly processed dehydrated foods.  It’s ironic actually, that we are physically exerting ourselves & relying on “low prana” foods to sustain us. Prana means “life force” or “vital life energy.” It’s a yogic concept that refers to the…

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Treat Giardia Naturally: Using Ayurveda to Cleanse Parasites

By juleharle / March 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

What is Giardia? Giardia Lamblia is the most common intestinal parasite worldwide; in the USA, there’s almost 45,000 cases per year- about 2% of the population has been infected at one time or another.  It can cause a variety of digestive symptoms like diarrhea & greasy stool, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, excessive burping, loss of…

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Yoga for Hikers & Backpackers

By juleharle / March 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

A day of hiking can leave you with tight quadriceps, calves, hamstrings and hip flexors. Below are some of my favorite yoga postures to help unwind and stretch muscles used when hiking & backpacking.  These are postures I use when I’m out on trips; I might do some during the day while I’m hiking, but…

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Herbal First Aid Kit

By juleharle / February 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient science that evolved in India. It translates as “Life wisdom” or “science of longevity.  Ayur means “life” or “longevity” & veda means “wisdom” or “science.” If that sounds a little broad…well, that’s because it is. Ayurvedic medicine is all about creating health and vitality within the whole person- mind, body and…

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