Integration - Balance - Harmony
HEALTH TIPS & RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Did You Know...
...True Health prevails at physical, mental and spiritual levels.
...Simple meals prepared with love can be gourmet in nourishment
...Fresh ground herbs and spices add micro nutrition to your simple meal
...Food provide gross nutrition but herbs and spices add subtle nutrition to mind & spirit
...Do not shock your body with cold icy drinks because...
...Enzymes functions best at optimal body temperature, which is 98.6 degrees
..Slowly sip spiced water with digestive herbs like fennel, cumin & coriander to help keep digestion at its optimum best
--water is most important element on earth...ability to taste food would not be possible without it..
--Ayurvedic rock salt--saindhava or sindha salt is rich is all necessary minerals for human well being, excellent substitute for low salt diet
--Amalaki is one of most ancient fruits on earth, suitable to all doshas high in natural vitamin C which is heat resistant, unlike many other fruit
--Mung beans are considered the queen of legumes, nutritously rich in protein and mildly astringent
--All foods according to Ayurveda belong to three catagories:
Sattvic--simple, whole, natural
Rajasic-- spicy, pungent,
Tamasic--fried, processed and left over food are debilitating foods
-- Sattva, Rajas & Tamas also are the qualities of body, mind & soul
-- Ayurvedic wisdom says , you are not what you eat but what you absorb & assimilate
---Foods we consume have affect on our body, mind & spirit alike.--Ghee (clarified butter) is considered most vital dairy- medicines in Ayurveda, belongs to the element of LOVE in the body
--Sushruta ( First Ayurvedic physician, regarded ghee as a intellegence building principle, while Charaka, praised its memory building properties and vital bodily essence the 'OJAS'
A healing diet gladdens the heart, nourishes the body and revives memory.
TASTES IN AYURVEDA
There are six tastes according to Ayurveda. Each taste carry within it the cosmic memory of its original seed from times immortal. A balanced food preparation should consist items from each taste says the wisdom of Ayurveda....
Salty:-- mildly laxative/ sedative, promotes digestion eg: sindh salt, rock salt , black salt, salted meats, fish (mineral salts)
Sweet: most nutritive, build body tissues eg: ghee (clarified butter), rice, wheat bread, corn bread , sugar, honey, milk, butter, pastas, meats etc
Sour: improves appetite & promotes digestion eg: lime, lemon, citrus food, yogurt, cheeses, tomatoes, pickles, vinegar
Bitter : detoxifying & anti-inflammatory --eg: green leafy vegetable, neem,aloe, fenugreek leaves, arugula, sprouts, beets, lemon rind
Astringent : drying, constricts systems --eg: unripe banana, green leafy vegetable, beans, tea, apple, cabbage, pomegranates, cauliflower
Pungent: stimulates digestion & clears congestion eg: green chillies, cayyene pepper, ginger, garlic, mustard green, cloves, horseradish
Herbal Tea Pot with Sieve
3 cups boiled Water
2 green cardamom pod split up
3 to 4 cinammom chips
2 clove black Peppercorn
1 slice Licorice stick *optional *
3-4 Pure Saffron Thread
Put all spices & Herbs into the teapot sieve. Pour hot boiling water and cover with the teacozy if you have it. Let brew for 5-7 minutes to get the aroma from herbs to steep thru. Pour a cup and Enjoy!
Great beverage in Fall & Winter months any time !
* Licorice is great for combating cold and cough during winter months by all means add if needed.
*Option # 3 great in Summer- afternoons!
6-7 leaves of Fresh or dry Rosemary
1/8 tsp fresh or dry thyme
1/8 tsp dry or 2 leaves of sage
follow same method of Preparation as above.
2-3 leaves LemonBalm
2-3 leaves of Lemon Grass fresh or dry
1/2 tsp sliced fresh Ginger
THE WONDER FOOD :
INDIAN PENNYWORTH OR THYME-LAVED GRATIOPLA-
Also known as Gotu kola, the whole plant is used Ayurvedically.
Bitter, pungent, sweet and colling in nature, brahmi is used to promote memory, sleep, and longevity.
It is a good blood cleanser to reduce internal bleeding and to alleviate heart diseases & diabetes. Good for all doshas but excellent for Pitta disorders. !!!!
To learn how to process this natural wonder and implement into your diet :
Give it a TRY!