Kapha Dosha Recipes

Ayurvedic Dandelion Greens for Spring

Ayurvedic Dandelion Greens for Spring are a great cleansing vegetable, excellent year round, but especially good in Spring. They are a wonderful Sattvic food that helps to cleanse the body of the ama dosha that accumulates naturally over the winter months. Green...

Pacify Kapha in Late Winter Early Spring

  There is a reason to Pacify Kapha in Late Winter and Early Spring. Kapha Dosha rises naturally in all of us in when the snows melt, the rivers flood, and even in coastal Southern California the earth is moist from the Winter rains. But the nights are still long...

Ayurvedic Kitchari

What is Kitchari? Kitchari is a Sattvic, light, easy-to-digest, cleansing, detoxifying food that is excellent once a week, at the change of seasons, or any time you feel like giving your digestive system a break. It is also just a normal one-pot-dish you can have for...

Health Benefits of Bacopa

  Bacopa Monierri, or Brahmi, in Sanskrit,  is a rejuvenative tonic and sedative used in Ayurveda to strengthen the heart and nervous system. Uses of Bacopa in Ayurveda Bacopa is classified as Bitter and Hot in Ayurveda, yet it pacifies both Pitta and Kapha...

Kapha in Spring

Kapha in Spring

Dealing With the Kapha in Spring "Spring becomes what Winter was..."  This line from an ancient poet is a perfect expression of the philosophy of preventive medicine that is at the heart of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. It explains why we have to deal with the...

Vegan Sea and Land Vegetable Soup for Spring

Vegan Sea and Land Vegetable Soup for Spring

Vegan Sea and Land Vegetable Soup for Spring is a gentle way to cleanse and renew the body in Spring, or whenever you feel weak or are recovering from illness. It relies on the deep flavors of root vegetables, sea vegetables, and shitake mushroom. It is a simple soup...

Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer

Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer

Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer: Eating with the Seasons Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer is part two of   https://bodymindwellnesscenter.com/smoothies-for-vata-dosha/ . In Ayurveda we eat with the seasons, so  you can have more raw in Summer when Pitta is...

Pasture Raised Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Pasture raised Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine is meat and milk as our ancestors ate it. Our hunter gatherer ancestors obviously did not drink milk, as they did not yet practice animal husbandry. But they were certainly not vegans or vegetarians, as the...

Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala

Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala Here is one of my favorite Okra recipes: Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala. There are many ways to make Okra. Iraqi's cook it with onion and tomato. My friend Mrs. Mehdi with onion, cumin, and black pepper. My Persian friend adds...

Ginger In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Ginger Root: Universal Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called "Vishabhesaj" in Ayurveda, Sanskrit for "universal medicine." That is both because of its wide...

Strategies to Pacify Pitta in Summer Heat

There are many ways to pacify the Pitta which becomes elevated with the oppressive heat of summer. Some are good for you, like cooling teas and juicy cooling fruits, others are unhealthy, like air conditioning, especially turned down low, which attacks the surface of...

Pacify Kapha with Curried Baked Cauliflower and Kabocha Squash

In Ayurveda, Kapha Dosha accumulates or increases in everyone in Late Winter and Early Spring. This can be a problem in particular for Kapha dominant types with their moist, unctuous, slow moving, cool bodies. But everyone, regardless of dosha, will want to pacify...

Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Bath

Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Bath:  Foundation of Healthy Living Ayurvedic Oil Bath (Abhyangha) is self massage with warm oil. In Ayurveda its traditionally done once a week by the whole family for wellness and prevention of disease. Regular oil massage, or Abhyanga,  is...

Daikon Radish: Detoxify and Digest

Daikon Radish is naturally detoxifying. It is pungent, light, and warm, and is delicious in soups, salads, and as a pickled vegetable. Its detox effect is often increased by pairing it with fresh or pickled ginger. Daikon Radish in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda The...

Come in from the Cold Ayurveda Winter Tea

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,...

Summer Raw Beet, Sardine, and Pasta Salad

Summer is a time when even cold dry (Vata) types or cold damp (Kapha) types can have little more raw foods. One of the ways to make raw foods more compatible for cold types with weaker digestive energy (Agni/Spleen Qi) is to have it in small amounts with other foods...

Safe Neti Pot Use

Below is an article from NPR about a recent death in Louisiana suspected to be from Neti Pot use with tap water. Before anyone gets too freaked out, let's look at the facts.1. There is no proof; it is a suspected case of one.2. The people live in Louisiana, a state...

Nearly Tridoshic Cucumber Avocado Summer Soup

Cucumber Avocado Summer Soup2 cups chopped cucumber, peeled if non-organic1 cup avocado1.5 cups plain yogurt or kefir1-2 tbsp fresh bell pepper 3-4 tbs fresh cilantroSalt and Pepper to tasteAyurveda This is a lovely creamy cooling summer soup that in Ayurvedic terms...

Staying Health with the Seasons: Winter

Staying Healthy with the Seasons: WinterHototogisu kata Did a cuckoo cry?Niwa no to akerya I open the doorKoyoi no sora nya And look out in the garden-- Tsuki bakai There is only the moon Translation by Kenneth Rexroth, 1958, from 100 Poems from the Japanese.In the...

Cold Beet Borscht Soup for Summer

Cold Beet Borscht Soup for SummerLet's call this a soup, even though I grew up drinking it out of a glass, and at Yonah Shimmel's Knishery in New York (est.1910) they were still serving it on tap, for $1.25, along with home made Kefir, in little plastic institutional...

Raw Beet Salad Morrocan and Provencal Styles

Raw Beet Salad Beets are super high in betacyanin, a phyto-nutrient associated with their deep red color. Unfortunately, according to what I have read, this anti-cancer chemical is destroyed by cooking. Though Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine do not at all advocate for a...

Fasting in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Fasting in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine Fasting in Ayurveda Ayurveda believes that light fasting can greatly benefit your health. Light fasting healthfully stimulates the digestive fire of your entire gut, from your salivary glands to your large intestine, including...

Warming Baked Root and Squash Stew: Vegan or Not

One of the things we look at in Chinese Dietary Therapy is, what are the effects of particular cooking styles on the "energetic" quality of the food; here energy refers to the warming characteristics of the dish. Whereas steaming and quick boiling are mild, and...

Beet Root and Daikon Winter Rice Pullao

Winter makes me want to cook, and brings out my love of warming spices. Today I wanted rice and vegetables, and all I had in the house was a large red beet-root, and a daikon radish. So I made Beetroot and Radish Pulao, a really simple and delicious dish. Vegetables...

Stinging Nettles: Soup and Medicine

Stinging Nettles: Soup and Medicine When I was a teenager, I was enthralled by the story of Milarepa, "Tibet's Greatest Yogi," who, after a great career as a murderously vengeful black magician, had a change of heart, and transformed himself, in part by great...

Healing Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine. It should not be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Ulcerative colitis is characterized by the presence of inflammation and ulceration in the intestinal mucosa. The chief...

Winter Barley & Bean Tridoshic Vegan Stew

Barley and Bean Stew is a great addition to your vegan diet in Winter. In Ayurveda, this is an example of how to make a dish more Tridoshic, by including all the 6 tastes.   Ingredients Barley, 3/4 Cup, Cooked till Soft Pinto Beans, 1 Cup, Cooked One Head Beet...

Winter Barley & Bean One Pot Tridoshic Vegan Stew

IngredientsBarley, 3/4 Cup, Cooked till SoftPinto Beans, 1 Cup, CookedOne Head Beet Greens, or 1 small bunch of Kale or SpinachTurnip, 1 Small, SlicedRed Onion, One Medium, SlicedRaisins, 1 tbsp2 tsp crushed Garlic1 tbsp Coriander powder1 tsp Cumin powder1/2 tsp...

Vegan Nopalitos (Cactus Leaves) with Tofu, Shitake, and Dill

Many people are very concerned with cleansing and "toxins". Right now Whole Foods has a gigantic post-holiday display across from the dairy aisle with all the ingredients for a radical purgative cleanse. But if people ate a balanced diet, they would not need military...

Immunity Boosting Foods in Ayurveda

  Immunity Boosting Foods Immunity boosting foods are those that are full of Prana-- freshly made and well prepared, organic, easy to digest, and pure. Tailored to our individual body-mind type (prakruti), age, and the season, they fill the body with Prana...

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