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About the Author: John Immel, Asheville, NC

Grape Juice Chai with Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric

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(4.75 out of 5 stars) 4 reviews
Grape Juice Chai with Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Quenches-thirst, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses
Effect: Sattvic, Alkalizing, Prana, Tejas
Meal: Drink
Recommended for: Summer
Type: Fruits
Style: Ayurvedic
Occasion: Cleanse
Preparation: Raw, Juice
Subtaste: Aromatic
Nutrient: Antioxidant

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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ayurvedic perspective

Along with many ancient traditions, Grapes are the chosen fruit in Ayurveda. They nourish the blood plasma (rasa) and cool the blood's fire (rakta). Grape refreshes and rejuvenates (called a "rasayana" or tonic in Ayurveda). Texture-wise, grapes have a snappy, crunchy exterior and soft flesh inside. Although sweet taste prevails endowing grapes with a gentle laxative effect, they are also slightly astringent, toning the musculature of the bowels.

Turmeric invigorates and cleans the blood. The soft coolness of the grape juice balances the intensity of turmeric. Cardamom and ginger helps digest food stuck in the upper digestive tract, clearing the stomach creating a feeling of lightness. Altogether, Grape Juice Chai is a sweet, refreshing tonic and cleanser.

About Grape Juice Chai with Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric

Herbal juices nourish as they heal. Sweet spices add stimulation to the rejuvenating fruits of the vine. This simple recipe was inspired by Dr. Vasant Lad's "The Textbook of Ayurveda".
Weights & measures


2 pinchCardamomVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1/4 inchGinger (Fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1 cGrapeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
2 pinchTurmericVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying


Mash fresh ginger with a mortar and pestle. Mix ginger, organic grape juice, and the other spices together in a glass. For best results brew twenty minutes at room temperature. Add 1/8tsp ashwagandha or 1/2 tsp amalaki for a more powerful tonifying and rejuvenating effect.

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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you are so generous with your recipes joseph.. thank you

- dory brown, Hot springs, NC, 05-17-10 (Reply)
Absolutely lovely. :-)
- Dawn Bowden, University place, WA, 04-18-12 (Reply)
This sounds fantastic! I'm having a hard time finding some of the herbs your recipes call for. Would you recommend buying them on-line? Would you direct me to a reputable source? I am loving the recipes I've tried so far and can't wait to add some new to me herbs and spices. Thank you!
- Victoria, AZ, 02-18-13 (Reply)
Fabulous! I warmed it up a bit since it was a little chilly in the office and it's even better warm! This is my new apple cider.
- Victoria, AZ, 02-18-13 (Reply)
Many of the spices can be found at middle eastern and south Asian grocery stores (often small shops). You can also order these spices on joyfulbelly using this link, as well as on other websites. Our spices are medicinal herb grade - so they may be tastier than what you can find locally.
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 02-19-13 (Reply)
Grape juice is usually too sweet for me, but I know how good it is for you. This recipe added the right amount of spice to it.
- jennifer maves, Asheville, NC, 03-18-13 (Reply)
Thank you,I tell many people about your website. Sarah, Eugene,OR.
- Sarah, 11-02-13 (Reply)

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