Winter can easily weight on one's energy and well-being. Days are short and dark, weather is cold, dry, and windy. Vata dosha predominant qualities such as light, cold and dry, that are present everywhere in our environment can affect mental, physical and emotional balance.
Vata dosha out of balance may manifest in the mind and body like the following symptoms to name a few: nervousness, anxiety, tics, tremors, spasms, dry or rough skin, constipation, gas, bloating, interrupted sleep, excessive thinking or worrying.
Thankfully, Ayurvedic medicine provides simple yet powerful dietary, lifestyle and herbal remedies to keep Vata dosha at bay. The most essential steps are integrating routine in one's daily lifestyle, staying warm and calm. Avoiding unnecessary stress.
Therefore the recipe for Winter Spiced Water, that I am sharing with you here, comes right on time :) And you might have most or all ingredients already in your kit...
It is one of the coldest days of the year here in Chicago and if you find your sleep is light and interrupted, or you are feel fearful, anxious or nervous during this Vata dosha aggravating season, it’s time to ground yourself with Vata pacifying food to calm and settle. And these Ayurvedic cookies definitely count too!
While I am writing this post, I am sitting nicely wrapped in my blanket, cozy at the fireplace, my pup is resting at my feet. I am drinking hot apple cider made with freshly grounded spices, enjoying the freshly baked cookies still warm from the oven. Dolce Vita. I am already feeling the calming effects with each bite :)
These Ayurvedic cookies are healthy, guilt free and suitable for everyday snack. There is no added sugar, they are made of clean ingredients only and are gluten free.
I have chosen to use nourishing and grounding almond meal combined with finely ground almond flour as the base. I added carob for the choco...
Despite the lovely warm weather we are experiencing in Chicago this week, fall is slowly and surely approaching, trees are changing its leaves to the gorgeous palette of colors and we know that it is the time of the year when sun light is gradually shortened, temperature drops, rainy grey days come and it might make us more tired and sleepy than usual.
Fall is sometimes the very busy season for most of us, we come back from holidays, return to our regular routines, children go back to school and hobbies and it might reflect in reduced stamina and increased stress.
To give you an extra boost and prevent any signs of hibernation ;) I would like to introduce my go-to energizing and anti-stress treat which tastes as indulging just as any decadent hot cocoa yet it is enriched with amazing powerful boosting Ayurvedic herbs Ashwagandha and Turmeric.
Ashwagandha is a popular Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb, which provides an extra kick for restorative and nourishing benefits...
Travelling is lot of fun, however, a change of routine, diet, timezone, and climate causes irregularity in the body and mind. Fortunately, Ayurveda provides some smart and simple preparations before you hit the road to ensure that your body and mind will function smoothly. The main focus is on balancing Vata dosha, which is in its essence dry and light. Therefore lubrication and grounding is the key. Vata governs all kinds of movements in the body and due to its inherent mobile quality, travel tends to aggravate this dosha and bring it out of its optimal state. This may cause many unwanted side effects including constipation, bloating, increased anxiety, stress and poor sleep. Learn about the Ayurvedic Travel Survival Kit for Vata Dosha here.