Homemade Chai

Pine cone

Kapha Pacifying: 

Serves 5 to 6

6 c. of filtered water

1 tsp. black tea

8 crushed cardamom pods

4 whole cloves

2 whole star anise pods

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tsp. of crushed coriander seeds

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds

2 c. almond milk

Honey or stevia powder

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon, firmly press each cardamom pod until it cracks open, leaving the seeds inside.
  3. Add the cardamom pods, cloves, star anise cinnamon, ginger, coriander, and fennel.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir the almond milk.  Add sugar to taste.  Continue to simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 2 to 3 more minutes.
  5. Pour the chai through a strainer into cups or mugs.

Delicious!

Yarema, M.D., Thomas. Rhoda, D.A.S.. Brannigan, Johnny.  Eat, Taste, Heal.  Hawaii: Five Elements Press, 2006.

 

Happy Kapha Season!

 

Elements:  composed of earth and water

Meaning:  that which holds things together or structures  & growth

Qualities:  cold, wet, heavy, dull, sticky, soft, firm, solid

Spring is time to awaken and rejuvenate!  Learn about the flow of the seasons & how you can incorporate a new vibrant way of being in the following important areas of your life:  Daily routine, lifestyle, diet (including herbs & spices), and yoga & exercise.

Call today!

February Special!

FEBRUARY SPECIAL: 15% off Initial Ayurvedic Consultation
An Ayurvedic approach provides you with an individualized blueprint of specific foods & herbs, lifestyle, daily routine, yoga & exercise!

“To protect the heart, keep the mind serene.”  Charaka Samhita

Happy New Year!

Keep the inner flame strong during the winter months!

  1. Use essentials oils such as; rosemary, bergamot, pine, or cinnamon.
  2. It a good time to rise with the sun (unless you are needing rest) and honor going to bed a little earlier.
  3. Wear warming colors to help ignite your inner flame – reds, oranges, yellows.
  4. Practice and modify (according to your needs and with the guidance of a teacher) Sun Salutations and long standing asana sequences.
  5. To help with skin dryness do a full body massage using sesame oil.

Ayurvedic Holiday Treats

snowbird

Halvah Balls

Toast in an iron skillet over low heat:

4 Tbsps. whole sesame seeds

In a bowl, mix together with a fork:

4 Tbsps. raw sesame tahini

2 Tbsps. Raw honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

As sesame seeds just begin to brown and you can smell their aroma, take them off the heat and pour them into a blender & grind. Then pour the ground sesame seeds into a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and form into balls about 1 inch in diameter.  Cool & serve.  Makes about 18 – 24 balls.

Crunchy Coconut Cookies

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F.*  

Beat until they peak:  2 egg whites

Then gently fold into beaten egg whites:

½ c. date sugar (use less if preferred)

Next fold into this mixture:

1 chopped date

¼ c. dried goji berries

1/3 c. toasted cashews (optional)

2 c. unsweetened flaked coconut

Spoon onto a well-oiled cookie sheet and garnish with toasted sesame seeds

Bake for about 12 -15 minutes.

*Baking caution: When these just start to smell good, it may be time to remove from the oven.  They are very light & can burn easily!  Makes about 15 cookies.

Recipes adapted from Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners by Amadea Morningstar.

 

 

Ayurveda & Yoga Class

maple leaves

You are invited to learn, within a small group, teachings that will include Ayurveda & Yoga along with gentle asana (poses) at bwell health in Yarmouth, ME. Our theme will be the fall season and how to best harness these clear, illuminating energies to support our well-being!

This class is limited to 3 participants only!  Please bring your own mat & blanket. No experience required.

Dates: 10/27 – 11/17, Thursdays (4 weeks)

Time: 10:30 – 11:45.

Where: bwell health
40 Forest Falls Dr.
Yarmouth, ME 04096

Cost: $100

Registration & payment required by 10/20/16. For inquiries and registration please fill out the contact form. Payment is accepted through Paypal.
Thank you for your interest!
Namaste,
Colleen