Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ayurveda Spiral of Wellness

Soneva Fushi Resort Wellness Spa offers many types of treatments from Fusion Massage, Acupuncture to Reiki.

There is a permanent Ayurveda doctor (Dr Avinash) and from time to time a visiting practitioner Dr Vee Jay who has followers from all over the world who request him to treat them when visiting on holidays.

Prepared site

Ayurveda is considered to be the oldest healing science having a holistic approach to health for helping people live long, healthy, and well-balanced lives. The term Ayurveda is taken from the Sanskrit words ayus, meaning life or lifespan, and veda, meaning knowledge and has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illness by maintaining balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper drinking, diet, and lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies.

The herb spiral was built so the doctors have at hand the herbs they use to treat their guests. The herb spiral was chosen also as it represents a natural pattern of life and for ease of care and maximizing space available. 

Using natural resources

Many of the herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine have antioxidant effects, which may help protect against long-term illnesses such as heart disease and arthritis. A vegetarian diet is often recommended.

Pattern of nature

The goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to prevent diseases. Combining yoga with an Ayurvedic herbal remedy containing winter cherry (Withania somnifera), boswellia (Boswellia serrata), and turmeric (Curcuma longa) may reduce pain and disability in people with arthritis.

Building rubble for drainage

Gguggul (Commiphora mukul), a traditional Ayurvedic medication used to treat high cholesterol and is widely used in India appearing to block production of cholesterol in the liver, lowering cholesterol levels. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) seeds can lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides (fats in the blood), and raise HDL “good” cholesterol levels. Its effects seem to come from its ability to lower the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine, and may be related to the high fiber content of the seed. The high fiber content of fenugreek seeds may also help control blood sugar if you have diabetes.

Sealed to retain soil prevent leaching

Other Ayurvedic herbs are being studied as treatments for Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, asthma, dementia, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), herpes, high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease, perimenopausal problems, and premenstrual syndrome, among many other conditions. Ayurvedic herbs combined with conventional medications may also be helpful for acne, chronic constipation, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, and uterine fibroids.

Compost, coconut powder mulch

working with nature

The list of herbs below has been selected by Dr Avinash which he wishes to grow to support Ayurveda treatments.
    Aconitum heterophyllum ,Tinospora cordifolia, Cocculus hirsutus  ,Berberis aristata,  Sida cordifolia, Sida rhombifolia,  Grewia hirsute,  Azadirachta indica, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia belerica, Terminalia arjuna, Centella asiatica,,Anethum sowa, Coriandrum sativum, Paederia foetida, Inula racemosa, Alstonia scholaris, Rauwolfia serpentine, Convolvulus pluricaulis, Withania somnifera, Datura metel, Bacopa monnieri, Vitex negundo, Clerodendrum serratum, Piper nigrum, Piper longum, Boerhaavia diffusa, Emblica officinalis, Allium sativum, Zinziber officinale, Asparagus racemosus, Curucuma longa, Aloe vera, Citrus Acida, Calotropis Procera, Zingibar officinale, Ocimum sanctum linn, Ricinus communis

                                     Permaculture Design supporting Wellness

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Six Senses Lammu Waste to Wealth

As discussed last blog Six Senses Resorts and Spa’s commitment to a sustainable future commenced at Eco Centro on the Flag Ship Resort Soneva Fushi.

Leaf Garden and Restaurant

As Soneva Fushi has grown and developed the “Waste to Wealth … Eco Centro” and progressed with sustainable systems to turn most waste into some form of wealth  as Composts, Bio Char, Charcoal, Mulches and soil conditioners (Coconut powder).Permaculture designed food production systems have shown that there is a solution to sustainable agriculture on low coral islands .

From Leaf Garden

The objective was to roll out replicable models that could be used on other sister resorts and within the local communities to reduce the impact of pollution on the environments tourists and travelers come to see world wide.   

As seen last Blog Soneva Gili has now begun construction of their own Eco Centro and Six Senses Laamu is now under way.

An area has been cleared and the initial design altered slightly to reduce the foot print to lessen the impact on the natural vegetation.

On my last visit there we concentrated again on improving soil health to improve food security.

Just add waste

More waste

The Gardens at Soneva Fushi produce up to 35% of vegetables and herbs and salads on 3500m2. Currently there is about half this area under cultivation at the Leaf Garden.

 During the visit we started clearing the next garden area that would link to the existing Leaf Garden and to the planned Eco centro.   

New Garden Area

First things first... again ...."Healthy soil healthy plants". No soil so let’s grow it!!!

As we have proved at Soneva Fushi Food waste incorporated with green manures and mulches and compost grow healthy soil and reduce the pH at the same time.

Vardi's make shift Eco Centro

Growing Soil 


Within the new garden we have looked at the Bio Mass coming out from the trimming. On first inspection everyone said lets take it to the shredder... Why ?

Why not arrange it as in a no dig garden system and let nature grow the soil for us ?

Bio Mass to be returned to make no dig gardens

“Lets work with Nature Not Against It”