posts tagged "ayurveda"

Dandelion Root Coffee

Posted on February 22, 2011

With March approaching, I’m starting to think about the possibility of a spring detox and one of my favorite healing roots –dandelion. Dandelion is a fantastic liver cleanser and spring is the perfect season for liver support.

According to Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, dandelion root has bitter, sweet and cooling properties, making it optimal for the pitta dosha.

Although I use various parts of the dandelion for healing, here, I’m focusing on the root which is a good blood purifying herb. ... read more →

Roasted Balsamic Beets

Posted on February 21, 2011

In my opinion nature’s bounty of beautiful, nutritious vegetables is completely underrated.  And beets are a perfect example of this.  They brighten up any meal with their gorgeous earthy reddish-purple color and are highly nutritious to boot.

We eat beets in my house about once a week (our fave veggies are kale and broccoli, not a day goes by without those brassicas at our table, in fact tonight we’re having both, along with this grilled lemon chicken dish).   So, back to ... read more →

Licorice Root

Posted on February 17, 2011

-photo from brook a schneider on Flickr

It seems like everyone I know had a sore throat last week.  So I made a big pot of my favorite healing brew, Ginger Licorice Tea.

As I often do, I went on twitter, this time to chat about my fave tea for colds and sore throats.  While everyone was familiar with ginger, several folks told me they hadn’t ever heard of licorice root.  So here we go, I’ll tell you all about licorice root ... read more →

DIY Foot Balm

Posted on December 9, 2010

You may notice that some of the ingredients in this foot balm, such as coconut oil and olive oil are food. I was taught during my Ayurvedic training, that the skin is the largest organ of absorption in the human body. Therefore, I make sure that anything I put on my skin is healthy enough for me to eat.

I found the base for this recipe in the February issue of Living Without magazine –their recipe was for a body butter. I changed it ... read more →

Cinnamon Apple Cake

Posted on November 1, 2010

The recipe for this gluten free Cinnamon Apple Cake comes from one of my favorite bloggers, AndreAnna “The Primal Matriarch” and her food blog, Life as a Plate.  I adapted my version of her recipe, Apple Spice Bread, eliminating the step of pre-cooking the apples, adding a ton of cinnamon, and making a couple other changes as well.

I think that you’ll be delighted whether you go for her original recipe or my inerpretation of it below.  By the way, this ... read more →

Spicy Power Bars

Posted on September 24, 2010

I’m eating one of these Spicy Power Bars as I type this.  I’m slightly obsessed with them.  Because they remind me of my past.

About 20 years ago, when I was living in New York City and had just hooked up with my adorable husband, I became very interested in Ayurveda.  One of the amazing practitioners that I learned from, Pratima Raichur, had created her own version of a healing tonic, referred to in Ayurvedic circles as chyawanprash.  Her product was ... read more →

Broccoli Rabe with Garlic

Posted on July 19, 2010

I confess, I have an addiction to broccoli rabe.  I love the bitter flavor of this delicious green vegetable.  I have always believed that bitter is such an important, yet under rated flavor in our culture.

I think a lot of people drink coffee for the bitter flavor that we all need so badly.  My Ayurvedic teachers used to say, “bitter is better for pitta.”  Pitta is the fire element and bitter is quite good for not only cleansing the liver, ... read more →

The Gluten Free Diet

Posted on June 29, 2010

For me, diet is a four letter word, I doubt you’ll find it very often on this website.  I don’t spend a lot of time discussing gluten free around here either.  That’s because I take it as a given that the food I eat will be gluten free, that’s just part of my life at this point, though it wasn’t always this way.

Lately, a number of people have asked me to share the story of my celiac diagnosis and personal ... read more →

Ginger Licorice Tea

Posted on February 6, 2007

Warm and healing ginger licorice root tea for colds and adrenal health.

This Ayurvedic recipe for Ginger Licorice Tea is a life saver, or least a throat saver.

When it gets cold outside and our throats begin to get a bit scratchy, I put up a pot of ginger licorice tea. Sweet and spicy, the boys love it on a cold day. The last time they went up skiing, they asked me to put some in a thermos for them.

Ginger ... read more →