Posts Tagged "Spices"

Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016

Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna are “masalas” (spice mixtures) used to boost immunity by improving digestion and stimulating Agni digestive fire. They are used year round, but can be especially good in Winter and also for Ama/toxin accumulation. They can be tailored to all three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The following Ayurvedic winter spice churna is a tri-doshic mix of spices, suitable for Winter, but that will not aggravate any one dosha and pacifies them all, because it is a mix of bitter, pungent, and sweet spices. Someone with a strong Pitta elevation with symptoms of burning in the...

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Smoothies for Vata Dosha

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015

Smoothies for Vata Dosha–Part One A reader had this comment recently about Smoothies for Vata Dosha, after reading this article about Raw Veggies or Salad for a Vatta Dominant Person. Are Smoothies Better than Juicing for Vata Dosha? “I see that the key here is to balance out the combination of ingredients so that the salad has the soothing and grounding properties. For a Vatta DOSHA would you recommend that instead of juicing, taking blended raw fruits and veggies which include all of the fiber and additional water? I’d like to add more raw into my diet and am...

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Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine: Protect Your Agni in Summer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014

Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine can be used to preserve what Ayurveda calls Agni–the metabolic fire that is what makes us warm blooded and that is associated with health, strength and vitality.  Chinese Medicine calls this physiological fire Yang or Ministerial Fire.  Agni and Yang are the basis of all the transformative forces in the body and mind, from the cellular level of utilizing oxygen and nutrients, to the gross level of chewing food, and on the mental level the digestion of experience and creation of wisdom through learning. Curiously, Agni and Ministerial Fire are damaged by the...

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Healthy Diet in Ayurveda: Pacify Kapha in Early Spring/Late Winter

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014

Healthy Diet in Ayurveda: Pacify Kapha in Early Spring/Late Winter A big part of healthy diet in Ayurveda (and Chinese Medicine) is eating with the seasons. Now we are in the Kapha season in the Northern Hemisphere, Late Winter/Early Spring, roughly the 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after the Spring Equinox on March 20. Choose a diet that follows the season; when Kapha predominates; eat foods that reduce Kapha Healthy people of all doshas should favor a diet that pacifies, or reduces, Kapha this time of year, but if Kapha is your dominant body-mind type then you should...

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R-U-Ved ProVata Tea

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

R-U-Ved ProVata Tea A simple way to take the edge off of the cold, windy, dryness of the late Autumn early Winter Vata season is with Ayush’s R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. I have no stock in this company, and get nothing but good karma for recommending their fine products. You can easily make your own, too, though the tea bags are so convenient, especially with travel. R-U-Ved ProVata tea  is pro-Vata in the sense that it promotes balanced Vata; that is, it reduces Vata. We reduce, or pacify our doshas, because their natural tendency is to increase when our lifestyle, diet,...

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Vata in Winter

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

I would like to talk about one of my favorite teas to pacify Vata in Winter: R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. First, though, lets just talk about the relationship between what happens to Vata in Winter and the qualities of the elements Air and Space, or Wind and Ether (as in etheric)  that the Vata dosha is a manifestion of.   Ayurveda describes the ways in which different kinds of foods, climates, activities, exercises, relationships attitudes, mental training, cultural ethos, stages of life, and times of year and the day can either elevate (increase, vitiate, aggravate) or pacify (balance or reduce)...

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Ginger Root Tea Recipe for Winter

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013

Here is a great ginger root tea recipe for cold weather in Winter or Late Autumn. A basic principle in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda is that life is a warm process. Its a process of warm transformation of cold air and raw food stuffs into warm, 98.5 degree blood and, in the stomach, a digestive soup that is 101 degrees, even warmer than the body temp overall. This basis of life, the transformation of air, food, and sleep into the energy of life is a process involving gas exchanges, maceration, chemical lysis, etc. It is a process that takes...

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Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic The essence of Chinese Medical Philosophy, which underpins the practice of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, is the need to live in harmony with nature, what the classics call “heaven and earth.” Heaven, because the sun and moon and weather all come from the sky (ndeed, when we think of each of our four seasons we think as much about what the sky looks and smells like–from the cold crisp nights of winter when the smell of snow is in the air, to the moist balmy days of spring, to...

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Using Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine to Protect Your Digestive Fire in Summer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

In summer we sweat and our yang energy or heat keeps getting dispersed and exhausted. On freezing cold days you feel cold, but on boiling hot days you sweat and become exhausted. In winter in every culture people eat heavy high-calorie foods, but in summer switch to lighter food. That is in part because our digestive fire weakens in summer because the yang is at the surface.Conversely, in summer, because it is so hot, we eat lots of cooling juicy food like fruit and more raw food. Raw food is cooling, because your body has to provide the fire...

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Come in from the Cold Ayurveda Winter Tea

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013

Tonight it was quite cold for San Diego and I walked to my friend’s house and then we went out again, so when we came back in I made an Ayurveda winter tea.  We put on a small kettle and I placed in the tea pot: Fresh Ginger Slices, 5 Cloves 4 Cassia Twig 1 inch, broken Ginger Powder, 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder ½ tsp Cumin ¾ tsp Thyme ½ tsp Black Peppercorn 5 and then poured in about 2 cups of water just off the boil. Now Thyme is an excellent herb for winter for the lungs, it...

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Ayuvedic Dietary Guidelines to Prevent Colds and Flu in Winter

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011

Ayurvedic Dietary Guidelines to Prevent Colds Cold Foods/Warm Foods. Avoid cold foods like ice cream and yogurt. Some yogurt is fine at noon, but not at night. Follow the general Ayurvedic advice to drink liquids room temperature or warm/hot. If you drink milk, drink it hot, simmered with ginger root, cardamom, or clove. Mediterranean Sage Tea is excellent for warming up after being out in the cold. Get it at Greek, Persian, or Arab markets. Fruit: Stick to apples, pears, and other stone fruits. Persimmins and  dried fruits like dates. Stewed fruits like cranberry sauce and apple sauce are...

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Common Cold in Ayurveda

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011

Common Cold in Ayurveda Common Cold in Ayurveda is called Pratishyaya and is seen in most cases as an aggravation of the Kapha dosha., being as it most often involves increased amounts of liquid discharge, build up of phlegm, and the sensation of feeling chilled. Elevated Kapha Why is common cold treated as Kapha elevation in Ayurveda? Because of both the location and nature of the symptoms associated with colds. One reason why Ayurveda sees the  Common Cold as Kapha elevation is because symptoms of colds occur in tissues that relate to Kapha, namely the ear, nose, throat, and lungs....

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Natural Cranberry Sauce with Dates and Saffron, Low Sugar

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011

It seems silly to buy canned cranberry sauce with a ton of sugar and the bonus of toxic Phtalates, when it is so easy to make it homemade. Takes literally minutes. Boil water, add cranberries and sweetener. Simmer 15 minutes. Voila! Ingredients 1 bag cranberries. Water, enough to cover the berries1/2 cup raw sugar, I like coconut palm sugar–avail at Whole Foods4 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped a bit, but any dates will do.5-6 strands saffron…again, Whole Foods has a pretty cheap good brand3-4 cardamom pods, crushed. You could use orange juice in place of the water if you...

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Coriander Oil is An Antibacterial Agent

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011

The problem with the standard American diet is the preponderance of heavy sweet tasting foods: wheat, dairy, meat, potato, sugar, and the absence of pungent, bitter, astringent, and sour tastes, such as is found in condiments, pickles, and spices in other lands. Part of this is traceable to the Puritan revolution in England, part of it to dominance of the early immigrant groups who all came from bland culinary lands, such as Germany, England, Scandanavia, and Ireland, and, on top of all that, I suspect, from the pioneer experience. It is spices, and intenser flavors, such as you get...

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