How to Make Almond Milk with Saffron & Cardamom
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
Soak 10 almonds overnight in water. Peel in morning. Grind saffron with mortar and pestle. Add spices, almonds and milk in a blender and puree. Boil, stirring constantly to prevent the milk from sticking to the pan. Pour into glass and add honey.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
When the rhythms of nature invite us to seek out foods which nourish and strengthen our bodies, we can take inspiration from the squirrels gathering their nuts in preparation for the long winter. Long before the agricultural revolution, humans relied on nuts for an easily accessible and nutritionally dense sustenance. Their creamy texture must have been a primary source of satisfaction as well.
Since those times, nuts, and particularly almonds, remain one of the best foods to fortify your body. Almonds, and seeds in general, offer all the vitamins and minerals a young plant needs to grow. This enriching quality makes them excellent blood tonics for those with anemia. Almonds also work at a deep level to nourish the bones, helping your body to strengthen from the inside out. Indeed, the benefits of eating almonds are manifested outwardly through soft, firm, supple skin. Almonds also have powerful aphrodisiac and reproductive support qualities. Just inhaling the sweet, rich aroma of warm almond milk begins the process of soothing and nourishing the body.
Due to the time-intensive process of its cultivation, saffron has long been one of the most prized and expensive spices in the world. The richly saturated golden hue is reflective of the powerful qualities it holds as well as its status as one of the kings of the spice world. This vibrant spice comes from the flower stigma of a variety of the crocus plant, and it has been used across the centuries for a broad range of medicinal and therapeutic purposes. Saffron also has a long-standing reputation as an aphrodisiac. It is said that Cleopatra added saffron to her baths in order to enhance the pleasure of her sexual forays.
More importantly, saffron improves circulation, purifies and thins the blood. These actions serve to improve absorption and assimilation of the denser almond, a classic example of how Ayurveda often pairs heavy, rich foods with lighter, stimulating spices.
Calm Your Nerves
With our lives filled with activities, commitments, and relationships which demand our emotional and physical energies, most of us experience feeling a little frazzled these days. The demands of our lives, both positive and otherwise, often leave us feeling the depletion that arises from overly-stimulated nervous systems. Add in the strain of harsh weather or an irregular routine, and you may feel strong emotional and physical effects. When your body and mind feel overwhelmed, Ayurveda has some unique tips to ground your nerves. To start, saffron cools your mind while almonds nourish your nervous system. Every nerve in your body is coated in a layer of fat, called the myelin sheath, that insulates, protects, and guides the electric impulses of your neurons. Without this protective fatty barrier, your signals become frayed and irregular, leading to the sensation of being scattered and over-stimulated. Nourishing this fatty layer of the nervous system is key to settling your mind, for as your body builds up these healthy fats, it can better protect itself from the stresses accumulated over the course of the day. Spiced almond milk offers an excellent way to ingest these rich fats in a way which is easily absorbed by the body and gentle on the digestive system. The addition of saffron and cardamom both increase the medicinal qualities of the beverage and make it even more appetizing and comforting to drink.
Saffron and cardamom are given to children in Iran for colds and flu, often with cow's milk. Saffron, cardamom and honey break up mucus. This spiced almond milk is excellent before bedtime to encourage gentle and restful sleep in those experiencing over-stimulation, cold, and dryness in the body. While those prone to excess mucous accumulation should be judicious with quantity, all body types can enjoy this nourishing and grounding beverage in moderation.
WHAT IS ALMOND MILK WITH SAFFRON & CARDAMOM?
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Almond Milk with Saffron & Cardamom Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Bone & Joint:
BONE-TONICAn herb that strengthens the bones and joints.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
STOMACHICAn herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
BUILDS-STAMINAPromotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
Heart & Circulation:
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
CARDIAC-TONICStrengthens and tones the heart. Cardiac tonics are used to treat a wide range of heart issues.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
Lung and Sinus:
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
BRAIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
APHRODISIACHerbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
PROMOTES-VIRILITYEncourages virility and potency.
BUILDS-SEMENHerbs that increase the production of semen, often by rebuilding fluids in general.
EMMENOGOGUEHerbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. They are used to increase scanty menstruation, relieve menstrual pain, and other functions.
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk.
Skin Care & Beauty:
MUSCLE-RELAXANTHerbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
High Fiber Laxative
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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