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How to Make Apple Cider with Spices
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
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CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
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 ToesWith 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 Raynaud'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 BlendCider'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 BloodSpiced 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 StrongHave 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 TraditionTraditional 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.
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Cloves has these Actions in CommonCardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Nervine, Warms-abdomen, Warms-head, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Expectorant, Numbs-anasthetic, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Vasodilator, Warms-ears
Mustard Seed has these Actions in CommonWarms-head, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Relieves-tension, Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Vasodilator, Warms-ears, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Warms-abdomen
Basil has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Nervine, Warms-head, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Carminative, Galactagogue, Warms-ears, Burns-toxins
Allspice has these Actions in CommonAntispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Nervine, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Carminative, Numbs-anasthetic, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Stool-softener, Warms-head
Cinnamon has these Actions in CommonAppetizer, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Styptic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Galactagogue
Dill has these Actions in CommonBurns-toxins, Digestive, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue
Chamomile has these Actions in CommonNervine, Diaphoretic, Makes-you-tired, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Vasodilator, Carminative, Emmenagogue
Saffron has these Actions in CommonCarminative, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Sedative, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Livotonic, Styptic
Lemon has these Actions in CommonCholagogue, Expectorant, Relaxes-eyes, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Carminative, Digestive, Quenches-thirst
Apple (cooked) has these Actions in CommonCholagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-tension, General-laxative, Quenches-thirst, Stool-softener, Livotonic, Relaxes-eyes, Warms-abdomen
Nigella (black cumin)
Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in CommonCardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Galactagogue, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Nervine
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Apple Cider with Spices
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in CommonExpectorant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Appetizer, Sedative, Burns-toxins, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Warms-ears, Emmenagogue, Warms-head
Pennyroyal has these Actions in CommonDigestive, Emmenagogue, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Appetizer, Nervine, Cardiac-stimulant, Numbs-anasthetic, Carminative, Relieves-tension, Cholagogue, Vasodilator, Diaphoretic
Wild Ginger has these Actions in CommonAppetizer, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-ears, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Antispasmodic, Expectorant
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in CommonWarms-ears, Antispasmodic, Warms-head, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Nervine, Vasodilator, Warms-chest
Haritaki has these Actions in CommonGeneral-laxative, Nervine, Stool-softener, Antispasmodic, Styptic, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Expectorant
Dong Quai has these Actions in CommonNervine, Relieves-tension, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant
Trikatu has these Actions in CommonVasodilator, Warms-abdomen, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive
Osha has these Actions in CommonEmmenagogue, Expectorant, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive
Hot Shower has these Actions in CommonCardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Warms-head, Antispasmodic
Hot Bath has these Actions in CommonExpectorant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Warms-head, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic
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Epsom Salt Bath has these Actions in CommonWarms-head, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Warms-chest
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