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Rice porridge

Rice porridge is a good breakfast porridge for pitta and vata imbalance. Matta rice (available from Indian shops) is recommended during fever and when you are ill as a detox diet. Quinoa can be substituted for rice, which is a better choice for Kapha, Dosha. Ingredients Short grain rice-1cup Ghee- ½ tablespoon Cumin seeds-1 pinch Salt-¼ teaspoon Hot water -2 cups Preparation 1.Wash rice thoroughly. 2.Heat the ghee or oil over medium heat and saute the cumin seeds for a few moments until the aroma starts to come out. 3.Add the rice and mix well. Add the salt and hot water. Bring all this to a boil and boil for 2–3 minutes. Turn down the heat to very low and cover. 4.For stickier rice leave the lid half open, for drier rice keep the lid on tight. Cook until the rice is tender—about 15–20 minutes. Matta rice need 30-40 min … Continue reading “Rice porridge”

Spiced Tea

A special herbal tea for flu: This is a traditional Kerala recipe that can help to prevent progress of cold into fever and flu. This recipe is highly popular in Kerala and equally effective. Ingredients Fresh Basil: 2 Handfuls Ginger: half inch, thinly sliced or crushed. Black pepper: A quarter teaspoon Clove, cinnamon, cardamom: 1-2 (optional) Palm sugar: 1 tablespoon Water: 2 cups Preparation 1.Boil water with palm sugar in a pan. Once palm sugar is almost dissolved add other ingredients except basil. 2.Boil for 2 minutes and then add basil. Let the tea boil for 10 more seconds and turn off the stove. Sip warm tea. You will begin to feel the relief in 10 minutes. Keep sipping warm tea every 1-2 hours, a quarter cup at a time. 3.Keep the pan of tea closed to save the aroma and flavors. Always drink warm. You may reheat. Comments: If … Continue reading “Spiced Tea”

How to Prevent Sinusitis and Hay Fever with Ayurveda?

Sinuses are eight hollow cavities in our skull around the nose. Sinuses lighten the skull, acts as a shock absorbers for skull, improve our voices and moistens nasal cavity. The mucus layer shields the nose from micro-organisms, pollutants, dirt and dust. Sinuses drain the mucus produced by them into the nasal cavity but get themselves blocked due to excess mucus production or due to a blockage in the mucus outflow. Eventually, they get attacked by bacteria which causes pain, inflammation and purulent mucus leading to sinusitis. People who have asthma, allergies, structural blockages in the nose or people with weak immune systems or sinuses are at a greater risk of forming sinusitis. Sinusitis involves the manifestation of viruses, bacteria and fungus in the sinuses causing inflammation, infection and related symptoms. There could be symptoms of acute rhinitis (common cold) followed by involvement of the sinuses marked by the appearance of … Continue reading “How to Prevent Sinusitis and Hay Fever with Ayurveda?”

Carrot-Ginger Soup

This beautiful bright-yellow soup is delicious, healthy, and easy to make! Carrots are rich source of vitamin A, while cinnamon and peppercorns are good for circulation and digestion. Ingredients – Ghee-2 tablespoons – Chopped onion-2 cups – Chopped fresh ginger – 4 teaspoons – Chopped Carrots-7 cups – Water -6 cups – Salt or to taste-2 teaspoons – Cinnamon Stick-1 – Whole Peppercorns-10 – 1 small bunch parsley, chopped Preparation 1 – Heat the ghee (or coconut oil) in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and carrots and saute frequently stirring for 2 minutes. 2 – Add the water, salt, cinnamon stick, and peppercorns. Bring to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. 3 – Remove the cinnamon stick and some or most of peppercorns, according to your taste. … Continue reading “Carrot-Ginger Soup”

Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Ayurveda

How can Probiotics and Prebiotics Help? Plaguing innumerable people around the world, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder identified by abdominal pain connected with a change in stool consistency or frequency. What Causes an IBS? Stress, anxiety, diarrhoea, excessive alcohol consumption, caffeine, carbonated beverages, soft drinks and continued intolerance to lactose/gluten are often reasons for IBS. Microbiomes of the gut play an important part in bowel health, and hence issues in the microbiomes lead to Inflammatory bowel diseases. Symptoms of IBS -Headache and tiredness – Nausea – Abdominal pain – Bloating – Anorexia – Chronic constipation – Diarrhoea – Mucus/blood in stools Ayurvedic Treatment for IBS According to Ayurveda, IBS would fit into the category of loss/ imbalance of digestive fire in small called ‘ grahani’. Toxins are normally present and any of the doshas (Doshas are the functional particles categorised into three as Vata/air factors, Pitta/ fire … Continue reading “Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Ayurveda”

Quick Ways to Fight Skin Diseases with Ayurveda

A skin disease is often rooted deeply in various underlying tissues like fat, blood and muscles. Most skin therapies are only external applications like creams or oils and addressing the localised inflammation and/ or irritation. However, these never touch the root of the problem and thereby, the traits vanish temporarily, and the disease is not rooted out permanently. Ayurveda says that the skin has six layers, from epidermis to subcutaneous tissue and identifies 18 types of pathologies for skin disease (known as Kushta) according to the doshas involved and the layers and regions of the skin affected. What Causes a Skin Problem? Poor metabolism and accumulation of toxins: Poor metabolism failing to eliminate waste from the system timely result in the accumulation of unwanted materials in the body. As the skin provides a lot of space of for the sedimentation of toxins from blood, gets irritated and loses it’s health … Continue reading “Quick Ways to Fight Skin Diseases with Ayurveda”

Autumn & Imbalance in the Vata Dosha

As we embrace our passions and drill into the mystery of life, we unite with the noble complexity of nature with us. Ayurveda provides a lot of great tools to bring balance and make life more sustainable. Autumn is the season when Vata dosha – which is the subtle energy that directs movement- becomes powerful. Literally translated as “wind”, Vata is dry. It moves, bursts in and is often cold. Vata rises mainly in autumn, and when it does, it can leave you feeling worn out, fragile and susceptible to illness. Symptoms of Excess Vata: – Dry skin, achy joints and restlessness – Fitful sleep, irregular bowels – Constipation – Gastric problems – Lower back aches – Anxiety, insecurity and loneliness – Hiccups How to Balance Vata in Autumn? Vata dosha is normally provoked by the increase of cold, windy and dry weather. Vata relates to wind, the principle of … Continue reading “Autumn & Imbalance in the Vata Dosha”

Sweet Potato with Kale & Ginger

Sweet Potato with Kale & Ginger make you feel brightly alive. Sweet potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, which means these roots can satisfy the appetite for long stretches of time. Ginger adds its pungent sweetness to spark your digestion. Altogether Sweet Potatoes with Kale and Ginger creates a perfect balance for you.!!! Ingredients – Ginger (Fresh)-3/4 inch – Kale- 1/2 lbs – Salt (Mineral Salt)- 2 pinch – Sunflower Oil -1 teaspoon – Sweet Potato- 2nos Instructions Boil the kale leaves until it turns a vibrant shade of green and strain it. Put chopped sweet potatoes in a separate bowl, with just enough water to cover them. Add required salt and boil for some time. Remove from heat. Saute grated ginger in sunflower oil for some time. Then add cooked sweet potatoes and kale.

Cumin Tea

Cumin tea is widely used the Indians and becoming more and more popular around the world. Cumin treats sore throats, colds, arthritis, and also aids in digestion and is even known as the natural detoxifier. The benefits of cumin can be enjoyed by simply making a cup of cumin tea. Ingredients – 1 teaspoon cumin seeds – 250 ml drinking water Preparation Step 1: Take a vessel and add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds to it. Step 2: Heat it under a low flame for until nice aroma comes out. Step 3: Pour 250 ml drinking water into it and boil for 1-2 minutes. Step 4: Strain it into your teacup and enjoy it warm. Tips: You can add honey or a pinch of salt into it according to your taste. Therapeutic value: Warm cumin tea helps in bloating, stomach cramps and gas. It also gives a quick relief from dry … Continue reading “Cumin Tea”

Kitchdi

Kitchdi means mixture, usually of one grain and a lentil. This is a recipe that’s nourishing and easy to digest and a good choice for autumn. Ingredients – Basmati rice: 1/2 cup – Mung bean lentils/ mung dal (split yellow beans) 3/4 cup – Water: 6 cups (approximately) – Fresh ginger: (chopped or grated): 1/2-1 inch – Himalayan Oink salt: As per taste (1/4 tsp. or so) – Ghee: 1 tablespoon – Coriander powder: 1/2 teaspoon – Cumin powder: 1/2 teaspoon – Whole cumin seeds: 1/2 teaspoon – Mustard seeds: 1/2 teaspoon – Turmeric powder: 1/2 teaspoon – Fresh cilantro leaves: a handful – 1 and 1/2 cups assorted vegetables (optional) Preparation Step 1: Separately wash rice and lentils in 2 changes of water. Cook the rice and dal in 6 cups of water, covered for 20 minutes. Step 2: While it cooks, prepare some vegetables you prefer, cut them … Continue reading “Kitchdi”