When you hear the word ‘tea’, does it immediately conjure up an image of a couple of sweet old ladies sitting around a table sipping away on an Earl Grey, with their pinkies in the air, or, are you instantly transported to a lush, green field where you and Rosemary Gladstar are foraging for stinging nettles, rosehips and chamomile flowers so that you can make the perfect cup of healing tea?
Sipping tea isn’t just for sweet little old ladies anymore.
Tea making and drinking is a magical and creative experience for those that appreciate what goes into making this nourishing beverage. Making a cup of herbal tea from an Ayurvedic perspective is especially satisfying as it is tailored around you and your dosha (visit here to learn what your dosha is). It is designed to balance your constitution and heal you on all levels – mind, body and spirit.
According to the Herbal Academy of New England:
The five elements of the Ayurvedic tradition combine to create what are called the doshas. Doshas coordinate and direct all structures and substances of the body. There are three of them: vata, pitta and kapha. Ether and air combine together to form vata, water and earth combine to create kapha and fire and water create pitta.
Ayurvedically, herbal teas contain the elemental qualities (fire, air, earth, water, ether) of the herbs that go into them. When we drink the tea, we are then taking in these elements and allowing them to nourish and heal us on a deeper level.
Drinking a cup of tea that has been created around the best herbs for your constitution, takes this healing even deeper.
If you are Vata – most herbal teas will be fine but try and avoid those that are bitter, astringent or cold. Vatas benefit most from teas that are pungent and sweet, such as:
If you are Pitta – most herbal teas will be fine but try and avoid those that are pungent or hot. Pittas can enjoy:
If you are Kapha – try and avoid herbs that are mucus forming, like licorice, but feel free to indulge in:
There are also many herbs that are beneficial for all 3 of the doshas.
Chamomile, peppermint, spearmint, rose flowers and fennel are just a few that can be enjoyed by any of the constitutions.
Herbal teas are, by far, my favorite way of taking an active step towards better health and longevity. It really doesn’t get much better than sitting with a steaming cup of herbal tea at the end of a busy day and feeling all of the stress and worry just melt away.
What are you waiting for?
Go put on the kettle…
Even though summer is winding down (and parents everywhere are dreaming of the first day of school), there is still lots of time to enjoy a great big bowl of salad.
Farmer’s Markets are brimming with greens, mushrooms, raw honey and an array of colourful fruit and veggies ~ feel free to make the salad as is (you’ll love it!) or get creative with your favourite ingredients.
Zesty Lime, Spinach and Asparagus Salad
What You’ll Need for the Dressing:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp (raw) honey
1 lime, freshly juiced
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
Sea salt and Cracked black pepper to season
Begin by whisking together the vinegar and the honey. Slowly add in the remaining ingredients and store in a mason jar, in the fridge, until ready to use.
What You’ll Need for the Salad:
8 cups of freshly washed spinach
8 spears of asparagus
1 package of sliced brown mushrooms
1/3 cup of slivered almonds
1/2 cup of dates, finely chopped
1/4 cup of goat cheese
Begin by lightly toasting the almonds and the asparagus in a touch of coconut oil. Set aside. Combine all of the remaining ingredients, except the goat cheese, in a big salad bowl. Top with the goat cheese (crumble it in your fingers and sprinkle on top), almonds and asparagus. Refrigerate until dinner. Toss with the salad dressing.
Gobble it up!
PS. this salad could easily be raw (don’t warm the almonds or the asparagus) and dairy-free (leave out the goat cheese).
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- Choose organic foods that are free of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and herbicides.
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- Avoid: sugar, gluten, and processed foods.
- Eat frequently, 5-6 small meals a day.
- Try juicing or including smoothies into your daily routine, they are an excellent source of nutrients.
- Try dry body brushing.
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- Always remember there are always natural herbs and natural remedies to boost your mood in addition to healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.