Right now, the topic is;
How to balance one’s body in Autumn with food.
Spice it UP!!!
What would autumn be without Cinnamon? Warm baked apples, squash and pumpkins become so healthy and delicious with Ceylon Cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon (aka Sri Lankan Cinnamon) is the ONLY true Cinnamon. In Ayurveda, we belief that a person is as old as their digestive system and it just so happens that one of the best ways to stimulate your digestive fire is by eating a baked apple with ghee and fresh grated cinnamon with breakfast (see recipe below).
Ceylon Cinnamon is highly regarded as an anti-oxidant that supports healthy blood sugar levels. It has a sweet and pungent taste and is warming to the digestive system. The Vedic texts say that Cinnamon destroys all deep cold in the body. Cinnamon is said to be useful for cold hands and feet as it increases circulation in the joint space. Cinnamon increases circulation everywhere, especially in the lungs. Cinnamon pairs very well two other POWERHOUSE spices; Ginger and Turmeric.
Homage to Ginger! Ginger is known worldwide as a wide spectrum tonic and remedy. Ginger’s benefits include improving digestion, circulation and immunity while reducing inflammation and nausea. Ginger, when eaten fresh initially has a warming effect on digestion (rasa & virya) but the post digestive effect (vipak) is sweet. Fresh ginger breaks up congestion and burns ama (toxins). If ginger is taken dried then it has a heating effect during the entire digestive process. So, which one you choose depends on whether or not you are dealing with excess heat. I add fresh ginger to teas, juices and pretty much any vegetable dish. See fresh ginger tea recipe below.
We can’t mention powerhouse spices without mentioning Turmeric. Turmeric is said to invigorate and move the blood as well as stimulate blood formation. Turmeric is the sun in a bottle. When you ingest turmeric, you bring the solar quality to your blood. A small dose is said to support liver and blood cleansing. Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties. Use it in broths, teas, curry dishes and to spice up vegetables. It is important to note that Turmeric is not absorbed well unless taken with a healthy oil (ghee or coconut oil are my favorites). For best results, cook the Turmeric into ghee before using. The Cork Cancer Research Centre's test results show that turmeric can kill gullet (throat) cancer cells in 24 hours. India has one of the lowest rates of gullet (throat) cancer in the world. Could it be due to their daily intake of Turmeric?
Whichever spice you choose, remember to let your nose guide the way!
Your nose knows!
(I wonder if it is a coincidence that nose and knows sound exactly the same. I don’t believe in coincidences)