According to Deepak Chopra, M.D., “thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.”
According to Ayurvedic Medicine, these are foods that produce or assist in detoxification of the body:
2 cups avocado
2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup raw sugar
Begin with placing a frozen bowl in the freezer that will serve as your ice cream container. Next peel one avocado, remove seed and smush the remaining green flesh until they soften into one hardly distinguishable color with only a few lumpy solid parts.
Set aside the avocado mixture, and mix coconut milk and raw sugar or honey into a blender or bowl. Optionally add soy milk powder as well. After preliminary stirring, add the softened avocado, and blend together forming an emulsion.
Feel free to add more honey or raw sugar to sweeten the ice cream to your palette. Finally pour the blended avocado ice cream into the now frosted bowl and leave in the freezer until the ingredients begin to solidify into something that looks like ice cream. For best results, stir the ice cream every 15 minutes to break up ice crystals (effectively creaming the ice). Once solidified, scoop and serve yourself with a homemade delight.
Ayurvedic Notes: Ayurvedic ice cream is fun and healthy (but not for Kapha body types).
Creamy avocados are popular as smoothies in Morocco. Mixed with coconut can make a delicious vegan ice cream. Reported by Ellie Hadsall of Albuquerque, NM.
When spring weather feels heavy and humid like the tropics, this refreshing juice can help you stay clear-headed and light. In spring, it’s a warm day that makes you sick. Thick, humid air makes you feel swollen, heavy, and stuffy. Your lymph nodes may even swell, indicating a congested liver and blood.
The bitter taste in kale, and sour taste in lemon and apple flush and cleanse the liver by stimulating bile release. Release of bile, a fatty substance, also aids your body yanking winter fats out of the bloodstream. After drinking kale lemonade you may even notice rhythmic contractions of the gall bladder as it pumps bile into the small intestine.
The pungent taste in ginger re-ignites circulation and digestive fire while it dries up a runny nose. As Kale Lemonade is alkalizing and Pitta-reducing, drinking it cools and refreshes the eyes.
1 whole apple (raw)
1 inch fresh ginger
1 lb. of kale
1/2 of a lemon
Squeeze the juice from the lemon and core the apple.
You can make kale lemonade in a juicer or a blender. You may need to chop the kale, or toss it in a food processor if your juicer or blender has trouble grinding it up. If you plan to use a blender, add all ingredients plus one cup of water, then blend and strain.
In Ayurveda teas are the traditional method of delivering the medicinal effects herbs and spices to your body’s tissues. Ayurvedic teas generally consist of a single herb or blend of herbs steeped in hot water.
Boil 1 1/2 cups of water
Add the whole cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds.
Let steep for 5 minutes, or until it cools to a comfortable drinking temperature.
Strain and serve, discarding the spices.
Drip, drip, drip – the sound of melting ice warms the winter-weary. The wetness around you in springtime, making all of that stunning green growth possible, can also manifest in your body, causing a runny nose, digestive mucus, even swelling. Nicknamed CCF tea, Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea is one of the simplest and most famous formulas for burning up that excess of spring moisture. The revitalizing yet mild blend gets right to the point, helping to warm up your circulation and clear out water retention. Its flushing action simultaneously cleanses the urinary tract and reduces water weight.
CCF tea stokes metabolism and the digestive fire, restoring vitality where winter sluggishness abounds. It’s mild bitterness revs up the spring detoxification process and purifies the blood. CCF restores tone and tightness to swollen spring tissues. It is a soothing formula that reduces agitation and inflammation. It restores a calm clarity and spaciousness to a tense mind.
Beet root is a superb treatment for hemorrhoids. It causes the liver to manufacture bile, and promotes liver blood circulation, lowering blood pressure in the portal vein, the site of the hemorrhoid (actually a varicose vein in the rectum).
Milder carrot will work, a bit more slowly. Eat several servings of beet root or beet greens per day, or a monodiet of these foods, until the problem diminishes. Continue until you get complete relief.
Treat hemorrhoids with turmeric. Swallow up to 4 tbsp. per day of the bulk powder until the pain is gone.
As an astringent, apply it topically as a paste to shrink the hemorrhoids.
Source: The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa & Michael Tierra, WebMD