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Ayurveda is an Ancient Sanskrit word meaning "the complete knowledge for long life". The root word, "Ayus" means "longevity" while "Veda" means "knowledge" or "science". Ayurveda originated in India as a form of traditional medicine & has recently gained popularity in the west as a form of "alternative" medicine.
Ayurveda is based upon the Hindu belief in the Pancha Mahabhuta or the Five Great Elements -- earth, water, air, fire, and ether. It is believed every creation, including the human body, is comprised of these five essential building blocks.
While at its root a medical practice, Ayurveda is also a philosophy of life, incorporating a plant-based, holistic approach to wellness and balanced living. The goals of this philosophy include a balanced metabolism & digestion, good hygiene, exercise, yoga, & meditation.
While difficult in today's fast-paced world to live consistently by these principals, they can be incorporated into a contemporary lifestyle to increase well-being and balance in one's life.
What better way to start off the new year than with one of our most popular wellness teas!
We thought everyone needs a little extra pep in their step going into January to start the new year fresh & our Revive Tea does just the trick!
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Effective Monday October 22nd, the city of Austin has issued a notice to all residents to boil their water prior to consumption.
What does this Mean?
Because of the recent heavy rainfall & flooding to our west, our local water treatment plants have had their filters overloaded with debris. When the treatment plants' filters aren't working properly, it means your water could contain anything from silt to viruses & bacteria.
The city ordered a boil ordinance in order to help citizens protect themselves from potentially contaminated tap water.
What do I do?
Boil your water! Any water you might consume, must be boiled prior to use. This means, any drinking, cooking, dish-washing, tooth-brushing, & hand-washing water ought to be boiled. Shower water is okay, as long as you aren't drinking it, too!
How should I do it?
You only have to get your water to the boiling point (at least above 158 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to kill 99% of possible contaminants. You don't have to leave the water at a boil for the vast majority of viruses & bacteria to be killed.
If you have an electric kettle, boil batches of water & store them in a pitcher to cool for household use. If you can limit the amount of dish-washing you have, do it!
Can't I just use my in-house filter?
No, your Brita Filter is not enough. Standard water filters cannot alone kill all possible bacteria & viruses that could be in our tap water. In order to protect yourself & your family, it is best to boil even filtered water (or buy bottled water at the store).
How long will this last?
The city has not yet given an estimate for how long our water treatment plants will be down; however, we would assume it will at least be a couple of days before our systems are back to normal. There is more rain in the forecast this week, so it may be longer!
We will keep you posted when the notice is lifted!
In the meantime: don't be boring with your boil - make coffee & tea!