There's a saying in Ayurvedic medicine - if you need herbs you've forgotten spices. It means if you need herbal medicine then you've not eaten the culinary herbs and spices you have available every day that can prevent disease. Over the next few months we'll be featuring the many benefits of individual herbs and spices on the Blog. The key thing they all do is provide the bitter taste, Rasa, which we lack in our diets and need for great digestive ability, Agni. Your digestive fire Agni fuels your life and cleans your body so enjoy a cuppa spiced Agni love a day.
Here's our favourite Agni loving Chai recipe, we hope you enjoy making your own instead of store bought chai mixes, so you can enjoy the extra value freshly ground spices give your body. The quantities below are a guide only and can be adjusted to taste. Try Rooibos if you're avoiding black tea.
1 tsp Tea per person + 1 for the pot (1:1 Mix of Assam and Ceylon tea leaves)
1 to 2 tsp Cinnamon Bark, left whole
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
1/8th Nutmeg kernel, left whole, not ground
1 Black peppercorn ground or 12 turns of the pepper grinder
4+ slices fresh Ginger
18 to 20 Cardamom pods, ground
1 tbsp Fennel seeds, ground
Replace the tea leaves with turmeric powder. For extra anti-inflammatory action, add a dollop of ghee or coconut oil to carry the active ingredients deep into ligaments, and tendons. Max dose turmeric powder per day per person 30g - you'll get amazing pain relief from 15g.
Activated Breakfast Booster made with Breathe Easy tonic.
We love seeing you what you can create with our organic herb and spice tonics. The adaptogenic ingredients can support your health if you're a spice latte drinker, prefer your tonic on coconut water or like cooking with your favourite blend!
The amazing Claudia Graham @cloudilly makes delicious slices with her favourite tonics and shares them with other weight lifters at the gym.
Find a tonic that suits your health needs here and get creating! Tag us in your photos @ayurbotanicals for a feature.
Daily self-care habits are absolutely key to feeling good in your body because no-one can have that level of connection with you, except you. When you pay attention to your needs and wants, you start to feel safer and open enough for outside help to reach your core.
I turned fifty one last week and know that aging gracefully comes from feeling good in our bodies and living from that place. To feel good within ourselves we have to be courageous enough to pay attention to what we really need and want. How do we know what we really need?
You want to avoid over doing it and that feeling of being driven or pulled by the bustle of life. Through soothing connecting oil massage even once a week you can build your immunity, get a sense of streamlining your activities towards health supporting ones, and avoid burn out and mucous. Self oil massage is a remarkably simple habit with profound effects that come from Ayurveda's understanding of Vata's energetics of movement, Pitta's burning action, and Kapha's stuck congestion potential.
I know it can be difficult to think we have a choice in how our day pans out but I know we do and I'd love you to experience that first hand detoxing with us in October. But until then please give yourself a weekly self oil massage at least and eat Ghee or Coconut oil every day to start cleaning and nourishing your whole system simultaneously and begin to feel better in your body in 4-7 days.
DINACHARYA Daily Habit
Decide to include at least 1 Tbsp Ghee or Coconut oil in your meals a day.
Ayurvedic Ghee is made with cultured butter. Probiotic benefits to gut health come from the lactic acid working on the milk before it's turned to butter. Most store bought butter is made from simple cream. Pasteurization disables the milks ability to produce its own bacteria so many cultured butters are made by adding curd back into cream - that's fine and your body will thank you for making your Ghee with organic cultured butter.
Here's our Ghee video recipe as promised - make your own Ghee in 15 mins for half the cost of store bought ghee. BUBBLE FOAM BUBBLE your way to wellness from the inside out!
Take care and enjoy yourself, it's important!
Lesley - Founder, Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner
Boy oh boy do we have a recipe for you! these brownies are light on the tummy and packed full of carob goodness. Let's get straight to it - recipe is below the pic!
6 tbsp organic grass fed butter or butter replacement of your choice
1 tbsp carob organic buttons
2 large eggs or 2 large flax eggs
3 tbsp organic raw granulated sugar
1/4 - 1/2 Cup organic unbleached plain flour
1 tsp allergy free baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2tbsp raw or roasted Organic carob powder
Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees Centigrade fan-forced.
Place the butter and carob buttons in a stainless steel or glass bowl and melt together over a pot of boiling water. Remove from heat. Place the sugar and eggs in a bowl, whisk, then pour in the butter mixture. Combine well. Sift in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Lastly add the carob powder and mix well. Pour mixture into a small brownie tin, and place into the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Crispy outer layer and a soft sweet inner layer, perfect with that afternoon cup of chai!
2 heaped tbsp butter of choice (we used a vegan one!)
1/2 Cup raw caster sugar
1 large flax egg (1tbsp flax meal mixed with 1.5 tbsp water. Sit aside to thicken)
1 inch grated ginger
1 1/2 Cups organic unbleached plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Mix the nuttellex, sugar and flax egg until creamy. Grate in the ginger and mix. Once combined, add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
Take 1 tbsp of the mixture and roll into ball repeat for the rest of the mixture. Place on a tray lined with baking paper and lighty press down on each ball. Place in oven for 15 minutes. remove and place on cooling rack.
Sometimes, after a busy, bustling day we just want to wind down and relax. These days call for something simple and light for our bellies. Sooo we've created an easy, delicious cauliflower soup and we want to share it with you.
So scroll on down for the recipe!
3 Cups Roughly Chopped cauliflower
2 1/2 Cups of water
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Coriander seeds
1/2 inch Ginger
Salt to taste
Optional Ground Sumac and basil to garnish
Place the ghee into a medium saucepan on medium heat. Pop in the ghee. Grind up the cumin, coriander seeds and ginger in a mortar and pestle and place into saucepan. Once the ghee has melted, Sauté the spices until they become fragrant - this means they've released all of their volatile oils (the good stuff)! Pop in the cauliflower, and mix it all up to ensure it is coated in the ghee mixture.
Add the water and cook until the cauliflower has softened.
now the FUN part!!
Take the pot off the heat, scoop out the cauliflower with a sieve and place it into a blender, then pour in the stock (this reduces the risk of hot soup to splattering everywhere!). Blend until smooth, top with Sumac and Basil - or your choice of topping - Sit down, and enjoy.