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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Adzuki Beans.RECIPES WITH IT

Adzuki beans are known to have originated in China where they are used extensively in traditional medicine. They are a staple in the macrobiotic diet and very popular in Japan, second only to the soybean in terms of consumption and popularity.

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Alcohol is a hot depressant. Initially, the heat combined with the relaxing qualties of alcohol dilate blood vessels, an aid to circulation. The heart, which is a naturally affectionate and social organ, predisposes one to fun and perhaps risky social...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Alfalfa Sprouts.RECIPES WITH IT

Promotes strength and solidity. Anabolic, but without creating stagnation. Regulates estrogen (phytoestrogens can increase or decrease estrogen as needed). Liver, Spleen Yin Tonic. Alfalfa is a urinary & GI membrane restorative. (Source: Holmes)

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Allspice.RECIPES WITH IT

Highly aromatic & spicy, Allspice is an ideal appetizer that refreshes the mouth. It is a delicious addition to meats and desserts, where it doubles as a digestive aid. It's taste and astringency closely resembles cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and it...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Aloe Vera Juice / Gel.RECIPES WITH IT

Aloe includes more than 250 species of flowering succulents and is native to Africa, Madagascar and Jordan. It is closely related to cactus, yucca and onion. For thousands of years and across many cultures, aloe has been used to heal a variety of...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Amaranth.RECIPES WITH IT

Amaranth represented up to 80% of the caloric intake of the Aztecs before the Spanish conquest. Amaranth tastes somewhat like corn, but is somewhat less sweet. Others have described the taste as nutty, like bacon or wood, or slightly bitter. It is...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Anise.RECIPES WITH IT

Anise is sweet and very aromatic.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Apple Cider Vinegar.RECIPES WITH IT

Often used for weight loss, vinegar strongly increases the flow of bile. Bile is a fatty, oily substance made by the liver, and stored in the gall bladder. It helps you digest fats. Since bile is also a fatty oily substance, draining bile from the...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Asparagus.RECIPES WITH IT

Asparagus has a delicate flavor and texture making it an ideal vegetable for gourmet cuisine!

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Basil.RECIPES WITH IT

Basil's warm and spicy aroma adds a passionate flare to any dish, bringing the heat of the Mediterranean sun to your table. Its bright green color and vigorous flavor is unmistakable in pesto. It adds verve to a home-made tomato sauce, and is a perky...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Beef.RECIPES WITH IT

Red meat strongly rebuilds deficient blood. It is especially useful in late summer and early fall. Red meat increases Pitta and Kapha. Too much red meat clogs the lymphatic system (Kapha blocking Vata in rasa dhatu), and causes blood stangation...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Beet Greens.RECIPES WITH IT

The astringency of the beet can cause a fuzzy feeling on the teeth.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Beets.RECIPES WITH IT

"A tale that begins with a beet will end with the devil", wrote Tom Robbins in Jitterbug Perfume. For good reason too - cooking with red beets leaves the hands looking blood-stained. A chef who slaughters beets cannot hide - only run from the scene of...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Black Beans.RECIPES WITH IT

Black beans are a rich source of vegetable protein, easing any meat cravings for those seeking satiation. The shiny obsidian quality of the beans are a beautiful addition to any meal, providing an earthy depth and dark contrast. Black beans appear...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Black Pepper.RECIPES WITH IT

The word 'pepper' is dervied from the South Asian word 'pippali'. Pippali (long pepper) is a famous herb in Ayurveda for lung and heart conditions, and is a close relative of black pepper. The word pepper gradually came to include the unrelated New...

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Caffeine shifts awareness from the heart chakra to the third eye. New trades routes brought caffeinated beverages to Europe creating an 'Age of Enlightenment' and ending the middle ages. Ayurveda comes from an older time where the mind was not separate...

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Beans are the 'musical fruit' because they contain saponins to protect themselves against insects. Saponins form the sudsy foam on the surface of a cooking pot of beans. They prevent protein digestion resulting in stagnation and gas of the bowels.

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Difficult to digest, heavy and cold. [Ashtanga Hrdayam Su 5:23]

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Beans are the 'musical fruit' because they contain saponins to protect themselves against insects. Saponins form the sudsy foam on the surface of a cooking pot of beans. They prevent protein digestion resulting in stagnation and gas of the bowels.

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In the Middle Ages, caraway seeds were served with a bit of sugar as a digestive after a big meal, much the way sugar coated fennel is eaten after a meal in India.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Cardamom.RECIPES WITH IT

Love for cardamom resonates through history - for instance, ancient Egyptians chewed cardamom to whiten their teeth and sweeten their breath. Cardamom helps take the edge off of caffeine in the famous drink Turkish coffee. Cardamom is a member of the...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Carrot.RECIPES WITH IT

Ancestors of the wild carrot came from Iran and Afghanistan, the center of genetic diversity for carrot. Carrots were bred from a species of wild carrot, called Queen Anne's Lace. Originally they were grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds. Since...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Cayenne Pepper.RECIPES WITH IT

The entire nightshade family (solanaceae) aggravates Vata and Pitta, due to the weak liver of these two body types. All peppers aggravate Pitta due to heat. Note that black pepper...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Celery Root.RECIPES WITH IT

This bright food is one of the lightest of root vegetables. It's the only root vegetable with as much flavor and freshness as leafy greens - something you can't get from a turnip or carrot. Imagine a root vegetable that's perfect for spring, and that...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Chickpea (Garbanzo).RECIPES WITH IT

The short answer is yes, chickpeas are good for you. Here are some of the ways: The fiber in chickpeas is nearly 75% insoluble and remains undigested as it reaches the colon. This significantly bulks up stools for a satisfying morning...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Chickweed.RECIPES WITH IT

Cooling, lymphatic decongestant, alterative, anti-inflammatory diuretic, astringent, bitter. Mild demulcent. like Cleavers but stronger decongestant.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Chipotle Chili.RECIPES WITH IT

Smokey and sharp, tastes like a campfire.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Chocolate (Cacao).RECIPES WITH IT

Romance may be sealed with a box of chocolates, but passion for chocolate is as eternal as true love. Long before John Cadbury invented the chocolate bar, native meso-american peoples brewed chocolate with medicinal herbs. Chocolate has been used as...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Cinnamon.RECIPES WITH IT

Cinnamon is a small evergreen tree in the Lauraceae family native to Sri Lanka. Other members of this family include sassafras, avocado, camphor, and spicebush. Trees of the laurel family, including cinnamon, predominate in the world's laurel forests....

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Cloves.RECIPES WITH IT

Cloves are native to India and Indonesia. They are the aromatic dried flower bud of a tree in the same family as Eucalyptus and Guava (Myrtaceae family). Cloves resemble a nail in shape. The English name 'clove' derives from the latin 'clavus'...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Coffee.RECIPES WITH IT

Coffee as a SacramentWhat are your rituals around coffee? Coffee has become a sacrament in our culture. A client reports, "The only time my husband and I relax together is over coffee." My response, "If your marriage is dependent...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Coriander Seed.RECIPES WITH IT

Coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant. Its pleasantly fragrant aroma lifts the spirits and has a rustic feel.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Crystallized Ginger.RECIPES WITH IT

Hot, pungent, antiemetic, appetizer, digestive, spleen tonic; stimulates saliva.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Cucumber.RECIPES WITH IT

Oft considered a vegetable, these elongated cylindrical delicacies are actually a fruit. They join watermelon and honey dew as succulent members of the summer friendly melon family. Originally from the Indian subcontinent, cucumbers are now grown...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Cumin.RECIPES WITH IT

Appreciated since ancient times, cumin's aroma has wafted through kitchens since at least the second millennium BC, even flavoring breads and soups mentioned in the Bible. The highly valued spice was a currency to pay tithes to priests. The ancient...

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