And Pitta Season!
Elements: composed of fire and water
Meaning: “that which digests things”
Qualities: oily, sharp, moving, liquid, penetrating, hot, light, and acidic
General tips to help pacify Pitta during the Summer season:
- Avoid stimulants and acidic foods; follow a pitta-pacifying diet.
- Include walks in nature, time for self-reflection and meditation as part of your daily routine.
- Keep the body & mind cool – avoid overheating.
- Exercise in a manner that is not too competitive or overexercise.
- Work on keeping your schedule within your healthy, natural limits.
Here’s a wonderful Pitta pacifying drink:
REJUVENATING MANGO DRINK
• 1 cup mango juice
• 1 tsp ghee
• pinch of cardamom
• pinch of saffron
Blend these ingredients together and enjoy!
This drink will bring energy and vitality to your entire being!
“Life and death, joy and sorrow, gain and loss; These dualities cannot be avoided. Learn to accept what you cannot change.” -The Ramayana (Bk 2)
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
- In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat.
- Using a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon, firmly press each cardamom pod until it cracks open, leaving the seeds inside.
- Add the cardamom pods, cloves, star anise cinnamon, ginger, coriander, and fennel. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir the almond milk. Add sugar to taste. Continue to simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 2 to 3 more minutes.
- Pour the chai through a strainer into cups or mugs.
Yarema, M.D., Thomas. Rhoda, D.A.S.. Brannigan, Johnny. Eat, Taste, Heal. Hawaii: Five Elements Press, 2006.
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.
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“To protect the heart, keep the mind serene.” Charaka Samhita
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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.