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Chamomile, Lemon & Honey Tea

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Chamomile, Lemon & Honey Tea Ayurveda Recipe
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Meal: Drink
Style: Western
Preparation: Tea, Boiled
Subtaste: Aromatic
Color: Yellow

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
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Chamomile infuses your tea with a delicious floral aroma that is warm, light & airy. Its smell is reminiscent of apples, first noted by the Greeks, who named it 'ground-apple' (kamai=ground & melon=apple).

Relax Your Mind

Chamomile is known for its ability to soothe an anxious Kapha mind, as the aromatic qualities relax and refresh your nervous system, coaxing your body to sleep. As an antispasmodic, its muscle relaxing properties are useful in headaches due to colicky blood vessels. But be careful! These soothing qualities of chamomile are easily outdone by the dryness it provokes in Vata constitutions. Its diuretic qualities may wake you up in the middle of the night. needing to visit the bathroom.

Early Spring Tonic

The stimulating combination of chamomile, honey, & lemon warm up your metabolism in early spring and restore a healthy glow to the skin. You can experience the warmth of honey as a mild pungency that stimulates your tongue, raises your heart rate, and warms entire body after consumption. Its ability to disperse spring moisture from mucus membranes is all the more magnified by its diuretic nature.

Relieve Muscle Stiffness

Lemon and chamomile liquefy stagnant lymph, reducing not only swelling in lymph nodes, but flushing heaviness and stiffness out of the muscles. Your limbs will begin to feel light and agile as Chamomile's mild analgesic properties provide further muscle relief.

Improve Sluggish Digestion

Chamomile's bitter and aromatic tastes are perfectly combined to penetrate and dry up mucus in the GI tract, to stimulate digestion, and to expel gas. To this effect it may be combined with other digestive stimulants like ginger to reduce all forms of sluggish digestion, from acid reflux to loss of appetite.
Weights & measures


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1. Squeeze 1 wedge of lemon into an empty cup. Add chamomile.

2. Bring 1c water to a boil. Pour over chamomile flowers until cup is half full. Count to ten and fill remainder of glass with lukewarm water, to prevent evaporation of volatile oils (the medicinal component of chamomile).

3. Add honey to taste and stir.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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