Ayurveda

Coriander Chutney

I love the following Coriander Chutney recipe to help cool down any meal. Perfect on hot summer days!

 

Cooling Coriander Chutney Recipe

Ingredients

1 bunch of coriander
Juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup of desiccated coconut
3cm of fresh ginger peeled and chopped
1 tsp of barley malt or honey
1 tsp of salt

Directions

Blend all ingredients to a paste, store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Enjoy as a side dish to almost any meal!

 

 

Hot in the City

Our bodies are in a constant state of flux reflecting changes in the external environment. The Seasons are an important factor in this external environment and in summer Pitta dominates. In Ayurveda, Pitta is responsible for all the chemical and metabolic actions in the body. Pitta also governs mental perception, enthusiasm, joy and courage.

If you have a Pitta constitution, fire (heat) is already predominant in the elements that make up your body. As generally, like increases like, the heat of summer will increase this element. Understandably, people of Pitta Dosha don’t normally like the hot weather as the heat aggravates, and can manifest itself in the mind as anger, impatience or irritability and in the body as such things as inflammation, ulcers and indigestion.

Saying this, on hot days heat affects everyone!  If you feel that Pitta is increasing in your body, you can try the following tips to help counteract Pitta and cool your-self down.

Choose bitter, astringent and sweet food
Favour Sweet fruits Apples, Avocados, Cherries, Coconut, Figs, Dark Grapes and Mangoes
Hot spices are aggravating so favour the cooling herbs and spices  such as Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Dill and Fennel.
Avoid excessive tea and coffee and limit salt and alcohol.
Expose your body to a cooling environment, taking cooling baths rather than hot ones & go for walks after the sun has gone down.
Drink plenty of liquid.
Favour raw, cold foods such as salad and fruit (if you are Vata or Kapha steam your veggies rather than eating too much raw food).
Choose food that is cooling, slightly dry and a little heavy.
Vegetables – good for pitta, especially raw vegetables in summer, but steamed vegetables in winter.
Oils – ghee & butter, olive oil and sunflower oil pacify […]

Come on baby light your fire!

Digestive fire that is…

A fire needs substance to burn and air and space to dance. In ayurveda, agni is often translated as digestive fire. We use this metaphor of fire to understand how to increase our energy and vitality.

A strong agni allows our body to easily digest our food so that it will nourish our body leading to health and vitality.

When agni is weak, food is not assimilated correctly and this can lead to a build up of toxins ‘ama’ in the body and ultimately to disease.

When agni is too strong food is literally burnt and this also causes a build up of toxins.

How do we create the goldilocks of agni? Not too strong, not too weak. We can ignite our agni by following some tips from Ayurveda:

Eating diet that uses spices and churnas. Spices are wonderful in assisting the digestive system in breaking down food.
Eating for our body type (dosha) see previous post.
Following a seasonal eating routine as our internal state reflects nature. Our agni is the strongest in Winter and can therefore handle the heavy meals we eat at this time.
Eating our main meal at lunchtime when agni is the strongest.
Allow time in between meals for our digestive system to work.
Many yoga poses including twists that are beneficial to digestion. See ‘yoga for digestion post’.
If appetite is poor, the following ayurvedic recipe for digestion helps to stimulate it.

ayurvedic recipe for digestion

½ teaspoon grated ginger
½ teaspoon lemon juice
pinch celtic salts

15 min before eating mix and take!

Agni can also refer to our ability to digest emotions and experiences as this can also have an effect on accumulation of toxins ‘ama’ in the body. For this reason yoga and meditation are of great benefit.

 

Know Thyself! What’s your dosha?

How well do you know your individual constitution? What is your body type according to Ayurveda?

In Ayurveda everything, including humans is made up of five elements earth, water, air, fire and space (ether).

In humans these elements are categorised into Tridoshas. The Tridoshas consist of the 5 elements but in different proportions, each having two elements predominant.

Kapha  – water and earth elements predominant
Vata – air and ether predominant
Pitta – fire and water predominant

When you know your body type you will gain insight into how your mind and body naturally operate helping you make the right diet and lifestyle choices.

Also, when you understand the body type of others this brings a unique understanding that leads to compassion in relationships.

Each Dosha or body type has certain characteristics determined by the elements it is made up of. These characteristics may inform us of our mental constitution, the diseases we maybe prone to and even the way we spend money. For example:

Kapha when in balance are loyal, stable, grounded people with big hearts and good stamina. When they are out of balance they can be lethargic, sluggish, heavy and unmotivated. They may suffer from being overweight, edema, sinus, congestion and allergies.

Vata types when in balance are creative, spontaneous, passionate but when out of balance may become scattered, fearful, restless and may suffer from anxiety and constipation.

Pitta body types when in balance are quick thinking, organised, motivated but when out of balance may anger easily, become judgemental and argumentative. When out of balance they maybe susceptible to hyperacidity, ulcers and inflammatory diseases.

Each person has a unique dosha, to find out yours you can explore online there are many free quizzes available or come in for a one on one consultation to determine which […]

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