How to Make Apple Cider with Spices
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
To make homemade cider:
1. Chop and peel 4 apples and add to large pot.
2. Cover with water plus two inches.
3. Boil for one hour and strain through a fine sieve.
Alternatively start with organic store bought apple cider.
4. Bring 1qt of apple cider to a boil.
5. Brew with above spices 3-5 minutes before serving in a warm mug.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Spicy, sweet Apple Cider with Spices brings back nostalgic memories of easier times past. A few sips from a heavy mug invite tastes of spicy cinnamon, warm nutmeg, and exotic clove bring depth and complexity to sweetly sour apple juice. Traditionally sipped at fall and winter celebrations, mulling spices of home-brewed cider chase away the sharpest evening chill.
Perfectly matched to the beauty of colorful autumn leaves and the coat of the red fox that appears between trees in quiet forests, hot apple cider's inherent warmth chases away chilling temperatures. Spicy cinnamon, clove and nutmeg ignite your internal fire, even though the long arms of the sun no longer touch your face. Warm your hands around a full mug of Apple Cider with Spices and feel the warmth of your heart once again extend out to your fingers, toes, friends and foes.
Warm Your Fingers and Toes
With the cool winds of autumn beginning to blow through many regions, you may find your body feeling cold and congested, longing for warmth and comfort. Battling the cold may seem like a necessary evil as fall deepens into winter. Yet, a simple remedy for cold hands and feet may be as close as your everyday spice rack. Long relied upon for its stimulating effect on the circulation, cinnamon warms your blood and your body into coziness with its sweet taste and powerful punch. The warmth it brings to cold hands and feet has also been used for conditions like Raynauld's Syndrome.
The body conserves on heat during cold winter months by bringing more blood into the core and allowing the temperature in your arms and legs to drop. Cloves pushes heat out to the exterior warming the skin. They are a strong diaphoretic and vasodilator bringing blood and heat back to the exterior of the body for cleansing and 'sweating' out a fever. Sweating just a little makes you feel healthy and revitalized in when it's cold. Cinnamon also helps you sweat and feel warm through and through. It's no mystery why spiced cider has been a warming go-to recipe in colder parts of the world for generations on end.
Immunity Spice Blend
Cider's blend of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg strengthens your immunity. It's pungent spiciness warms up the lungs and liquefies mucus congestion. You may have noticed that when you make tea with cinnamon, a thick, gooey substance settles to the bottom of your cup. This gooey property is called demulcent among herbalists and helps you expecorate any thick, kapha like mucus adhered to the bronchial tubes. Clove is an herb that causes you to break a light sweat, thereby eliminating bugs that may be circulating in your blood.
Balance Your Blood
Spiced Cider is a safer choice for those battling high blood sugar. Cinnamon is a popular garnish atop many desserts- while many of us choose cinnamon in sweets for its unique taste, this choice also reflects the body's innate wisdom. Cinnamon regulates blood sugar and its stimulating pungency makes it the perfect spice to balance sweet apple juice.
The sour taste of apples cleans the liver, somatically experienced as a softening of the eyes. Malic acid, the constituent responsible for sour taste, has a particular affinity for liver cleansing and support. You will feel calm, balanced, warm, and relaxed after sipping a cup of this nourishing-yet-cleansing brew.
Keep Your Digestion Strong
Have you noticed it's harder to relax when the weather is cold? The same thing happens in your digestive tract, which is lined with smooth muscle. When the weather is cold, your muscles contract. Even the smooth muscles of your digestive tract become tight, and digestion and elimination become difficult. Nutmeg is aromatic, astringent, and a sedative. It's aromatic quality makes it ideal for improving digestion, while astringent quality helps bind the stool. Cloves soften the stools, which is helpful in cold weather when your muscles to contract, causing constipation. They are a carminative increasing hydrochloric acid in the stomach and encouraging peristalsis (peristalsis is the wave of smooth muscle in the colon that creates a bowel movement). It's sedative qualities make nutmeg ideal in tonics (rasayanas), where nervines are necessary to encourage absorption of heavy foods.
Cloves are hot and pungent- their inherent warmth grounds Vata and keeps their delicate digestion strong. They are a carminitive increasing hydrochloric acid in the stomach and persistalsis. Sour cooked apples promote secretions in the digestion tract. Cinnamon rounds out this cider recipe by warming your digestive fire.
Calm Comfort of Tradition
Traditional mulling spices are the very essence of comfort on blustery nights. Nutmeg is aromatic, astringent, and a sedative and nutmeg grounds agitated Vata. It's sedative qualities make nutmeg bring about a calm state of mind. Cinnamon "warms the heart," making this the perfect formula for lonely winter nights.
AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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Is Apple Cider with Spices Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Apple Cider with Spices
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
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Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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Sedative 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.
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Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
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A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.
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A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Compare Apple Cider with Spices with these Foods
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Digestive, Numbs-anasthetic, Warms-chest, Carminative, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Warms-abdomen, Warms-head
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Emmenagogue, Warms-abdomen, Warms-head, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Relieves-tension, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Vasodilator, Warms-ears
Dill has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Nervine
Lemon has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Quenches-thirst, Cholagogue, Expectorant, Relaxes-eyes, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Stool-softener
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Sedative, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Livotonic, Styptic
Basil has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Digestive, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Galactagogue, Warms-head, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Nervine
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Digestive, Galactagogue, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Styptic, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Warms-chest
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Stool-softener, Warms-head, Appetizer, Digestive, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Numbs-anasthetic, Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Carminative
Apple (cooked) has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Relaxes-eyes, Warms-abdomen, Cholagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-tension, General-laxative, Quenches-thirst, Stool-softener
Chamomile has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Diaphoretic, Makes-you-tired, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Garlic has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Makes-you-tired, Cholagogue, Galactagogue, Sedative
Compare Apple Cider with Spices with these Herb Supplements
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Sedative, Appetizer, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Warms-ears, Emmenagogue, Warms-head, Expectorant
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Warms-ears, Carminative, Diaphoretic
Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Relieves-tension, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Appetizer, Numbs-anasthetic
Haritaki has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Expectorant, General-laxative, Nervine, Stool-softener, Antispasmodic, Styptic, Appetizer
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Nervine, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Warms-ears, Warms-head, Antispasmodic
Dong Quai has these Actions in Common
Nervine, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Vasodilator, Warms-abdomen, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Diaphoretic
Osha has these Actions in Common
Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant
Blue Vervain has these Actions in Common
Nervine, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Kava Kava has these Actions in Common
Relieves-tension, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Makes-you-tired, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Numbs-anasthetic
Pushkaramoola has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant
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John 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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If I were to have this with a snack, should I drink it before or after? I was thinking with some toast and nut butter.
- Jess, Allen park, MI 12-16-12
"Boil 1qt of apple cider and brew with above spices 3-5 minutes before serving in a warm mug."
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 10-05-13