Most people either brew their herbs in a drink, mix them into a syrup, or cook them into some other concoction. This practice not only makes the herb formula more tasty, it also enhances the medicinal effect. You can strengthen or soften a formula by mixing it with different ingredients, called a carrier or anupan in Ayurveda. Ayurveda studies how to choosing the right carrier for your herb formulas, turning your herb formulas into a wonderful elixir!
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Typically, the carrier is warm water. However, you may use other liquids than water, such as milk or almond milk to 'soften' the harshness of any herb (for delicate Vata constitutions). Liquids such as aloe vera, vinegar, and lemon juice are recommended to increase the cleansing effect of herbs. Herbs may also be mixed with honey and even ghee for various effects. Anything can be used as a carrier for an herb, such as a mashed banana, fruit juice and meat broths. Ginger or mint tea can also be a carrier.
Carriers are used to either direct the herbal formula to a specific tissue or to balance out qualities of the formula. Sometimes, a carrier will be a part of the formula in powdered form- raw sugar is one example the formula Sitopaladi. Usually, anupans refer to the liquid in which the client steeps the herbs in. For ghee to be effective, you must cook the herbs into ghee. Just taking them with ghee doesn't change the formula.
Carriers that Balance Doshas
Carriers to the Tissues (Dhatus)
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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