Last summer, I brewed an ol’ magical recipe of hibiscus and rose. It had been several years since this intoxicating pinkish-red tonic touched my lips. Oh, how I missed it! This summer it has returned again. Exciting my eyes every time I open the fridge and tingling my nose with every sip. While cooling the body and mind from the heat of the sun. In reducing excess heat from the body, hibiscus also are a supports the first two chakras. Balancing feminine energy to enhance beauty internally resulting in an external glow. A gentle, detoxifying beverage, hibiscus evokes sattva—purity, harmony and balanced energy. This summer time brew is for all the goddesses, the Aphrodites. Here’s to embracing and balancing the divine feminine energy that births the population. Hibiscus through the lens of Ayurveda
I love turning what may seem like an ordinary moment into a spa like experience. Whether it is taking a bath or drinking a glass of water. Evoking the senses with something out of the norm allows space for the ah-ha moment, the deep breath and appreciation. It’s a treat I wish I did more often, but there’s also something special about an occasional routine, I truly appreciate. Making water smell like roses will be one of my occasional summer routines. I am thinking of mixing up a jug at least once a week. To have on hand after a hike, on a lazy afternoon or just as a substitute for plain H20. It’s a cooling, nourishing option without the sugar that supports balancing pitta’s (fire + water) intense summer energy. If I feel like enhancing the sensorial experience, I’ll sprinkle in dried rose petals and fresh mint. In a few seconds (literally), the herbs transform my glass into a mini-edible garden and look so darling floating around. The bright green and pink attract a calming, yet …
Those leisurely Sunday mornings…lingering around in your favorite pajamas…slow beats vibrating softly through speakers…sun’s rays beaming in through the windows and pulling on those lethargic, sluggish strings to move on out…while the spirit snoozes under the aroma of cardamom, fennel and ginger brewing atop the stove. Ginger to heat the body, which has been dormant under the night sky, sweet cardamom to activate love, awaken the lungs, dissolve mucus and cooling fennel to lighten the body of excess air and water. All three igniting the digestive fire, supporting movement and tantalizing the spirit through their aromatics. Masala chai Sundays are pure joy. For the past couple months, I’ve made it a spring ritual. Minimal ingredients, effort and three spices that are available in my spice cupboard at all times. This masala chai recipe is my current go to. It’s less milky, thus, less heavy than an autumn chai. For a little extra pep with each step!
CCF Tea—cumin, coriander and fennel are the three key ingredients in this gentle, yet effective, detoxifying and rejuvenating classic Ayurvedic tea. Case studies shared by my teachers along with my own personal experiences have shown this tea to help with ailments that range from blood pressure imbalances, anxiety, PMS, bloating, hormonal fluctuations, and much more! I encourage you to try making and drinking this simple tea—three times a day for one month. Whether you have an imbalance or you just want to support your digestive system, you will feel a difference (and you may even lose some weight).
A natural antibiotic. A daily vitamin. An immunity booster. A cough remedy. A reducer of inflammation. A blood purifier. There are many ways to make this golden treat. Below is the way my mom made it for me. It’s simple, quick, and effective. In comparison to Golden Honey, it takes more time, so I leave this for days when I have more time, want a treat, or can’t get rid of a cough. I encourage you to try it and introduce it to your kids as well. The cloves add a nice sweetness, and if it’s still too bitter, add a touch of sugar or maple syrup. This is a nice warm beverage to enjoy year-round, especially in the late Spring/early Summer. Opt for Golden Honey if you have a cold, or congestion. Time to make: about 10-15 mins
As the weather begins to transition from winter to spring, cold to warmer, wet to wetter, maintaining a healthy balance can be challenging. The unpredictable changes in temperature are common during the Kapha season resulting in a cold, the flu or just feeling sluggish. There are many things we can do to help us during this time like increase our vitamin C intake, take shots of echinacea, oregano oil, and many more.
A natural anti-biotic. A daily vitamin. An immunity booster. A cold remedy. A cough remedy. A concentrate for tea. A reducer of inflammation. A blood purifier.