After coming home with a bag of freshly harvested baby artichokes from Palo Alto Farmer’s Market last Sunday, I was reminded that some fresh produce still remains seasonal. With year-round access to our favorite fruits and vegetables, sometimes remembering whats in and out of season can be a little challenging. Strolling through the Farmer’s market was a lovely way to reconnect with nature’s seasonal gifts, the farmers, and sunshine. While remembering that produce like fava beans, cherries, peaches, fresh peas and artichokes don’t come by daily. Seasonal produce still exist!
You say sesame seeds, and I say my nana (maternal grandfather) and his blazer pocket. The three are forever synonymous in my mind. They go together like sesame seeds melded together with honey— remember the little rectangular “candies” wrapped in rice paper and twisted in clear plastic. They were always stashed in my Nana’s navy blazer. Each one slightly tacky and perfectly gooey from traveling on his day-long adventures. Even into my adult years, out came the little one bite wonders from his navy blazer. The treat never grew old. Just gooier and gooier between my teeth. When I formally started studying Ayurveda, sesame seeds took on a whole new light. What was once associated with “Nana candy”, was now seen as nourishing and detoxifying food for the body and mind. In class, if we weren’t talking about how to cook with them we were talking about using their oil in treatments for the skin, mouth, throat, nose, and ears. I quickly learned how revered these tiny seeds were in Ayurveda. Touted for their not only for their …
In the fall aka vata season, when the external environment runs dry, internally, we too can become dry. Leading to imbalances such as dry skin and constipation. Constipation is when there is difficulty in, lack of, or irregularity with elimination, which can result in ama or a build up of toxins with the body. According to Ayurveda, it is a vata imbalance. Often connected to excessive dryness and cold within the colon. Constipation can also be due to not enough fiber in the diet, too much dry or crunchy foods, dehydration or a lack of good fat to name a few. If you are experiencing constipation, here are 5 tips that can help with and/or prevent constipation
Fennel—a tall, aromatic plant, often found growing wild along California’s highways. The brightly colored yellow flowers, bulb, stalk, fronds, and even the seeds of this medicinal plant are edible. Considered to be a digestive aid by many cultures, this plant is also associated with longevity and strength. Some would say, that in fennel’s ability to helps us digest, we are able to better absorb, assimilate and eliminate effectively. Enabling us to become stronger and live longer healthier lives.
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A carminative spice is one that relieves gas or flatulence from the body. Yes, and ironically they are some of the most aromatic spices in your pantry. The ones that entice your appetite and release a feel good emotion because they smell so good.
Read about the wonderful health benefits of this aromatic and delicious spice and how to bring it into your daily life.
In Ayurveda, this time of the year is known as the Vata season. Vata, the king of doshas governs all movement in the body from blood to waste and is also connected to our nervous system…