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Feature Food: Banana (“Kadali”)

There are two species of Banana’s – Musa acuminata (the common fruit) and Musa balbisiana (plantain or green banana that’s used as a vegetable). Additionally there are hybrids and offsprings, but they all stem from these 2 original wild species. I will share the Ayurvedic view of the common Banana fruit (Musa acuminata), known as “Kadali” in Sanskrit. The Benefits: “Banana cures obesity, kapha, diseases of the vagina, causes constipation, improves colour and destroys poisoning.” (Lodhradi Gana).(1) Banana is a good remedy for depression and a great replacement to snacking on chocolate as a comfort food. When depression is caused by quality of dryness, bananas actually grant courage and fortitude.- (This does not mean to indulge in Banana when feeling down, eat everything in moderation). It mitigates Pitta due to sweet taste, however if eaten in excess can increase pitta. It increases stomach acid – beneficial for those with too little acid. High in Potassium – Potassium levels are important for those whose sodium/salt intake is high and for nerves and muscles. High in Vitamin B6 – …

Bed-Time Golden Milk Tonic

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This nightly sleep aid and anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating one of the most nourishing foods: cows milk, with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge overnight. Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep? If you are having trouble getting to sleep, waking up throughout the night, or any sleep disturbances, this Ayurvedic remedy will reduces your stress to allow you to switch off. Supersede the Stress Insomnia, which can increase the risk of most degenerative diseases,(1) is mostly caused by stress. When we are under stress, cortisol levels (stress fighting hormones), do not decrease, rather, they keep us revved up throughout the night, and we don’t have the energy to calm them back down. Modern science has once again proved ancient wisdom by showing milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%(2). The improvements of sleep are remarkable: Promotes deeper sleep (3) Supports more restorative sleep (3) Provides relaxation …

Milk Rice – For Woman’s Health

Here is a very simple recipe that is the prescribed diet during the Banana Treatment. This is also recommended for woman to eat during their menstrual cycle to balance gynaecological health, particularly in cases of dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). Ingredients: serves one person White Rice Water Full cream, unhomogenised, Cows Milk. quantities vary on how much you want for the day. Method: Wash and soak rice (1 hour is enough). Boil rice in water. When thick foam gathers on to the top, strain and dispose the foam/water. (This removes the impurities from the rice). Close to when the rice is cooked, add milk with equal amount of water till the level of the liquid is approx.  2cm above the rice. Bring to the boil – take off – Serve. “But I Don’t Do Dairy” It is important to have even a little cows milk with the milk rice during the BT. If you do not want any milk at all, have plain rice. If the reason for avoiding milk is a dairy intolerance, just avoiding heavy-to-digest proteins like milk will not fix the underlying proble, which …

Ayurvedic Porridge (Quick Cooking Time)

Here is a simple, nourishing and nutritious meal that only a takes a few minutes to prepare, and you don’t have to be a kitchen wizard to prepare it. Sweet First In Ayurveda, sweet is the first taste to start the day and also to start a meal (yep, ‘desert’ is the first thing you eat in Ayurveda). After you have fasted for some time, whether it be overnight or in between meals, your hunger = strong agni (digestion and appetite). You need strong agni to digest the sweet taste because it is the heaviest taste due to the earth element being dominant. Further, the sweet taste kick starts the agni and stimulates saliva secretions (Bodhaka Kapha), to prepare your digestion for the meal and/or day ahead. This is why when you finish with sweet (common desert at the end of a meal), you keep wanting more… and then you’ll begin to feel very “full” and heavy. Recipe + Method Put ghee in a pot, let it heat. Add 1/3 – 1/2 cup of coarse semolina or oats or rice flakes …

Ayurvedic Buckwheat Pancakes

Here are light and easy to digest pancakes, that are quick and easy to make, and SUPER YUMMY! Serves 2-3      Gluten Free Good for Kapha, & Pitta body types Seasonality: Good in spring, winter and summer 
Ingredients: Buckwheat flour – 1⁄2 cup (a.k.a. “Kuttu flour” in Indian Groceries) Non-homogenized milk – 2 tbsp – (can replace with fresh almond milk or add millet & channa flour to make batter stick).  Water – 1 cup Cinnamon powder – 1⁄2 tsp Cardamom seeds crushed or cardamom powder – 1⁄2 tsp Ghee for frying Fresh coriander, fresh lemon and maple syrup (optional) for garnish. Method:  Mix all the ingredients, adding water a little at the time, to make a smooth, runny batter. Heat tawa or non-stick pan to low heat. Coat pan with 1-1.5 teaspoons of ghee, pour on batter to the size you want & spread to make a 
pancake. Optional: add chopped coriander and/or finely crushed macadamia nuts on the raw batter and spread to infuse in with batter. When bubbles start appearing on surface of pancake, spoon 1 teaspoon of ghee …

Cough & Cold Home Remedy: Honey + Spice Paste

This is a simple and very tasty paste that you can make up and jar it to have on hold, especially for the autumn-winter-early spring time of year. This cough and cold remedy increases immunity and fights infections. Recipe: 1 tablespoon of Honey* 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp cardamom powder 10 drops of fresh ginger juice or 1/4tsp ginger powder Mix a large batch of this up, keep it in a glass jar ready for use. Dosage: Lick 1tsp 2-3x a day or when needed. *Honey should be unheated (not above body temperature). Ensure the honey you buy is extracted this way.  Most honeys in the supermarkets, even health food stores (organic included!) will be extracted at temperatures higher than 37 degrees. I suggest going to your local farmers market and speaking to the apiarist. To learn What Exactly Is The Flu, + more simple home remedies, click HERE