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The Sleepy Time | a saffron & nutmeg bedtime elixir

Without a worry in the world, sleeping like a baby, deeply and soundly tends to dissipate as we get older.  The natural, innate, rhythmic occurrence our mind-body requires to rejuvenate, can be challenging as we age. Slowly, taking a toll on the immune system, the digestive tract or our emotional/mental faculties. Through Ayurveda’s lens, insomnia or restless sleep usually speaks of a vata imbalance. The dosha governing all movement in the body. When vata (air + ether) become excessive, the mind-body can begin to move rapidly. Manifesting as nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, and even constipation. When it comes to sleep, vata, a dosha living within us all, and the most common dosha to go out of balance in today’s age of fast living and technology, appreciates warm, nourishment. Words, rituals, foods, scents, sounds to ground its hummingbird-like energy in a soft, gentle manner. Using sensorial signals that call its attention, informing it the time has come to slow down. Similar to our childhood days, when a loved one would transition us from the active phase of …

The Alkalizer | Coconut Water & Cardamom Elixir

This cooling, alkalizing elixir comes from ayurvedic physician, Vaidya, Lakshmidevi M. Kartha, BAMs., from Kerela, India. A quick, easy and alkalizing tonic made with two ingredients, coconut water, and cardamom. Cold infused for ten to fifteen minutes, this refreshing, aromatic drink acts as an antidote to acid. While also preventing its reoccurrence in the body and urine. An age-old recipe commonly recommended when there is indigestion or a burning sensation during urination. The tender, young, coconut water serves as a natural cleanser with its’ diuretic, antimicrobial properties. Helping flush out infectious bacteria and keeping the body cool. The crushed cardamom pods or powder balances samana vayu, a sub-dosha located in the abdomen that governs digestion and assimilation. Cardamom, a carminative and diuretic also balances apana vayu.  Another vata sub-dosha permeating the lower abdomen area, responsible for downward movement in the body.  Including the elimination of carbon monoxide, urine, stool, etc. The combination of these two natural ingredients acts like a gentle cleanser.  It can be enjoyed at room temperature, a few times throughout the day for two-three …

The Summer Cooler | minty, cucumber, aloe & lime elixir

On those summer days when no amount of water seems to quench the thirst, there’s nothing more satisfying than a refreshing, minty beverage. A glass filled with a little sweet, a little tangy, and a whole lot of cooling hydration. To rebalance the five elements, nourish the tissues, replenish electrolytes, and pacify pitta dosha. During a season where mineral depletion and heat accumulation are common imbalances, reaching for a cooling mineral-rich drink can recharge the system, while reducing internal heat. Summertime well-being has a lot to do with the balancing the water and fire elements in the body. Staying hydrated and cool are essential practices in cultivating a balanced pitta dosha. To sustain energy levels and prevent imbalances related to dryness and heat. In a season when the body is prone to rapidly lose water and minerals, dehydration is a common imbalance. Depleting the tissues of vital nutrients and moisture. Dryness in the body can also play a role in imbalances related to blood pressure levels, the flexibility of the joints, muscles, and be one …

The Summer Lover | a minty-rose, cardamom probiotic lassi

Summer wouldn’t be summer without a little fling. Sweet, intoxicating bliss, sparking the heart’s fire, sadhaka agni, with sattva—peaceful energy. A little wink, wink with an aphrodisiac infused with aromatic roses, mint, and cardamom. Then churned with a probiotic-rich yogurt to boost summers’ low digestive flame.  To tame the heated warrior spirit that arises from acidic heat stored in the gut, liver, and blood. In the summer season, when the element of fire is fierce, turn the wild passions of war into an elixir of love. Hello there…Summer Lover. Happy Drinking. Happy Digesting. 1/2 cup full-fat yogurt with whey (not greek) 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds or powder + a pinch a 1 finger pinch of Himalayan salt 2-3 fresh mint leaves 2 T rose water 2 T raw or coconut sugar* (or to taste) Decorative ingredients 1 T rose petals crushed + splash of rose water (optional) Getting fancy: to rim serving glasses with rose petals,  place crushed petals on to small plate/saucer. Coat the rim of the glass with rose water and dip …

Hibiscus-Rose Infusion for all Aphrodites

A magical infusion of hibiscus, rose, and cinnamon. It’s been several years since this intoxicating pinkish-red tonic touched my lips. Oh, how I missed it! This summer it returns. Exciting my eyes and tingling my nose. While cooling the body and mind from the fiery heat of the sun. Know for reducing excess heat from the body, hibiscus supports the first two chakras and balances feminine energy. In enhancing internal beauty is aids in producing an external glow. A gentle, detoxifying flower, hibiscus also evokes sattva—purity, harmony and balanced mental energy. A flower 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

Venus Water

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 weekly jug. 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 vibrant energy. While bringing nature, …

Spring Time Masala Chai

Warming Cardamom, Ginger & Fennel Chai

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

CCF:’The’ Ayurvedic Detoxifying & Rejuvenating Tea

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).

tumeric & milk

Golden Milk aka Haldhi & Dhood: An Immunity Booster II

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

Fresh Ginger

A Cup of Ginger Tea a Day Will Keep the Doctor Away

  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.