My latest curiosity these days is Ayurveda, a science of nature. Ayurveda teaches that we are part of Mother Nature so clearly the energies which govern the changes in nature influence our physiological systems as well.
Ayurveda recommends treating the cause, not the symptom. Unless the cause is removed, the symptoms will never be cured. For example, if ten people have a headache, all will not have Ayurvedic Tylenol. Instead, a different mix of herbs will be indicated for each person, because the cause in each of them will be different.
I came upon Ayurveda when I was looking for a non drug treatment for my insomnia. It attracted me because it goes beyond the physical body (unlike western medicine- no offense Brandon!) and provides knowledge that transcends the physical realm and achieves harmony of Body-Mind-Spirit.
I got many tips at my first appointment with my Ayurveda Dr and will be sharing them with you. The first one is a recipe for spiced milk. According to ayurveda, milk provides special and unique nutrition that cannot be derived from any other type of food. Milk has so many benefits, when digested properly, nourishes all the tissues, promotes balanced emotions, and helps to balance all the doshas (which I will discuss in a later post.) However, we need to make sure that one can digest it properly and that it is cooked with digestive spices. The recipe that follows has really helped me sleep better. I have a unique constitution though (we all do) so this may not work as well for everyone. It’s worth a shot though!
1 cup milk (organic whole milk)
1 cup water
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (buy fresh green cardamom pods and grid in grinder/mortar – you can use the husk as well)
pinch of bl. pepper and saffron, pinch of nutmeg powder
boil first and than simmer for 5 min.
add 1 tsp organic brown sugar (not honey! honey should never be cooked!) than strain and drink warm.
you can also use a few grinded almonds and walnuts and add to warm milk at the end. (Almond/Walnut mixture helps also with sleep inducing)
For those of you who live in the bay area, you can get all of the spices at Viks, 2390 4th Street Berkeley.
- What is Ayurveda? (breatheconnectbe.wordpress.com)