Herbs

Joy Tea for Rainy Weather

Hi,

I’ve named this tea my Joy Tea after my late grandmother, her name was Joy and I’ve been drinking it in one of her old teacups.

In Ayurveda it is known that Cardamon (because of it’s sweet aspect) brings joy and is pleasing to the heart. Did you know you can also add cardamon to coffee to reduce negative effects i.e. it helps liver to detox, it assists in detoxifying caffeine as well as codeine.

Joy Tea
15 cardamom seeds
5 cloves
20g fresh ginger (grated)
1 cinnamon stick
Simmer for 10 min with 3 cups of water
Optional: add milk and simmer 5 min gently add pinch of nutmeg, honey & vanilla essence.

Share and spread the Joy!

Justine
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Ayurvedic Gastro Remedy

3 people have told me this week they have gastro so I thought I’d share this remedy.

I’m always grateful for this recipe because it worked so well for me. Years ago when my kids were in preschool one of them picked up a vomiting bug, she came home and vomited everywhere. I caught it, my husband caught it, my son caught it, we all had it, we were all throwing up and it was disgusting. My mum wouldn’t come near us. I was trying to wash and clean up as more mess was made.

In my weak and nauseated state I dug through my notes and found this old recipe – within 4 hours of eating it I was better. It was incredible; my husband, who had declined to eat it at first, saw my recovery and was then begging for some. He ate it and had the same results.

I know it sounds counterintuitive to include ghee or butter, but for some reason it works, maybe because ghee is a ‘transporter’ for the herbs. I really hope it helps you and if it does, please let me know!

Justine

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Ayurvedic Remedy for Gastro
Ingredients
2 apples
teaspoon ghee (or butter)
pinch nutmeg
pinch cardamon

Peel and cook 2 apples until soft, add ghee/butter,
nutmeg and cardamon.

Eat this when hungry after gastro – up to 3 times per day.
If you don’t have the energy to cook this
then simply grate some apple and eat it.
I hope you feel better soon!

Attune to Autumn

As summer is waning the crispness of autumn is arriving. We may start to notice imbalances in our systems triggered by autumn weather. Most common, is a vata imbalance in the respiratory system. Vata is the ayurvedic dosha made up of air and ether elements. Vata is predominately cold, dry and light, the same qualities as autumn. Think about the qualities of autumn leaves, light, dry and crackling. In ayurveda ‘like’ increases ‘like’ so if the environment is cooler, dry and lighter our mind and body will start to feel the same.

Fortunately ayurveda provides plenty of tools to help us to attune to each season. Following are some tips for autumn.

Diet
Add more warm nourishing meals to your diet. Spice up your food with herbs that are warm, sweet and nutritive. Autumn is a good time to use fennel, garlic, cumin, coriander, curry leaves and black pepper in cooking and home remedies. It is a good time to swap raw desserts and food for warmer meals especially in the evening. See my Spicy Apples and Coconut Cream recipe.

Lifestyle
Exercise that generates heat helps to pacify vata(wind and ether elements), it also helps to do more grounding and fluid styles of exercise rather than pushing too hard with anything too vigorous or stressful. When you are busy and rushing vata is easily aggravated as the weather is also in transition. This may show up as feeling scattered, spacious or anxious. Routine is great to help counteract this as it helps you feel grounded, it maybe routine in your exercise a morning routine or a structure to your day and week. Meditation, sleep and rest are all wonderful and helpful to calm the wind and ether elements in […]

Aloe, Aloe – 12 ways to use Aloe Vera

It warms my heart when I notice my kids harvest Aloe Vera, split it open and rub it on their cuts and scrapes. I have succeeded in teaching them something, they know that Aloe Vera is a living first aid plant, soothing, healing, cooling and calming, how cool is that (excuse the pun)! This plant has a long and rich history, it has been used medicinally for over 5000 years, Cleopatra used it as part of her beauty routine and it is mentioned in the Bible.

This plant is heavy, unctuous and slimy (Kapha qualities for those interested in Ayurveda), although it looks spiky it is a very nurturing plant. Aloe Vera is super useful and it grows really well in pots, so no matter how small your home; you can always find space for a small Aloe Vera plant!

Commercial Aloe Vera juices are often diluted and combined with unwanted additives, so I would encourage you to grow your own plant. Here are 12 of the many benefits of this wonderful plant that the American Indians call ‘The Wand of Heaven’:

Aloe Vera is widely used for many skin conditions, it is an excellent healer for cuts and wounds, and this plant has amazing antibacterial properties, rub the gel directly on.
This plant is high in vitamins and minerals so helps boost the immune system.
Aloe Vera contains Vitamins A, C, E (along with K and B12) so it is fantastic for the skin, just rub the gel directly on your face to cleanse before you moisturise.
Make a homemade facemask, scrape the gel straight from inside the leaf of the plant, mix with some honey, apply to your face – leave for 20min while you relax and then […]