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Barley Salad With Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins

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How to Make Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: SALAD
EAT IN: SUMMER

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
1/4 c
1 tbsp
1 c
1 lbs
1 lbs
1/2 c
1/2 tsp
1/4 lbs

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

1. In a pot, simmer barley in boiling water for 25-30 minutes or until soft. Strain excess water and allow to cool.

2. Chop salad leaves and cucumbers as desired.

3. Coarsely chop raisins.

4. Mix all ingredients together gently and serve.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

A softer salad with barley, dill, mint, and cucumber. Feel this light and cooling combination refresh the body and calm the mind on a hot summer day. Sweet raisins and perhaps a dab of honey mustard or a sliced radish will add a touch of contrasting pungency to the dish and just enough warmth to ease digestion so you feel light and energized after eating.

Treat yourself to this cooling, cleansing and beautifying salad this summer - your skin, in particular, will thank you! These long, hot days can overheat the blood, leading to inflammation, breakouts, increased stress and irritability. Counter these heat conditions and add a summer glow to your skin with 'Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber and Raisins'.

Cooling & Cleansing

Barley, cucumber and mint compliment each other's cooling and cleansing properties. Barley and cucumber are diuretics, meaning this salad supports the body to flush toxins through the urinary system and allows you to shed excess water weight. They both soothe and protect irritated and inflamed bowels due to their demulcent properties. Barley also increases the release of bile from the liver and gall bladder aiding fat metabolism, decongesting the liver and purifying the blood.

Balance Body & Mind

Cleaner blood means clearer skin. Cucumber also adds a hydrating and moisturizing element to this meal. This juicy salad staple cools the liver and refreshes the eyes due to its cool, liquid and sweet properties. But as temperatures spike, it's not only our body and blood that needs cooling, but also our mind. Aromatic mint clears and decongests the body and the mind, reducing stagnation in the liver, blood and lymph as well as stagnated emotions. It will help you combat summer stress and allow you to relax and feel cool and calm.

Beat Humid Heat

The cooling nature and diuretic properties means this salad is a great choice for Pitta and Kapha in the humid heat. It may be too difficult for a Vata type to digest so try blanching the salad greens by briefly submerging in boiling water followed by ice cold water. This will soften them just enough without losing nutrient value. Adding some honey and mustard will also provide the missing heat and ease digestion.

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. See How it Works.

Is Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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TASTES
Taste Help

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?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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 (doshas), 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.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

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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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins
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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 Peristalsis

STIMULATES-PERISTALSIS

An herb that promotes involuntary smooth muscle contractions to facilitate the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract.

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Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Stomachic

STOMACHIC

An 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.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Stimulates Crown

STIMULATES-CROWN

Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area at the top of the head.

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Stimulates Front Of Brain

STIMULATES-FRONT-OF-BRAIN

Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area in the forehead. Activates the frontal lobe - the area responsible for motor function, emotional expression, thinking, and decision making.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Refreshing

REFRESHING

Stimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

Flushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

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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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

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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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

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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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Lowers Blood Sugar

LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGAR

An herb that lowers blood sugar.

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Constituents:
Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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, Vitamin K,
Rosmarinic Acid

ROSMARINIC-ACID

Inhibits autoantibodies from binding to TSH receptors in the thyroid.

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Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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, Beta Carotene,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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Iron

IRON

Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.

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, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Potassium,
Calcium

CALCIUM

Calcium nourishes bones and muscles. A muscle cell is activated when calcium enters the cell. It relaxes when the calcium is secreted.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins

Burdock Root (Gobo)

Burdock Root (Gobo) has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Nutritive, Alterative, Diaphoretic, Livotonic, Anti-inflammatory

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Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Livotonic, Stimulates-peristalsis, Alterative, Diuretic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Anti-inflammatory, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-energy

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Refreshes-skin, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-crown, Stomachic

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Stomachic, Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Nutritive, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-energy

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Livotonic, Refreshing, Anti-inflammatory, Nutritive, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Quenches-thirst

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Stomachic, Cholagogue, Refreshing, Alterative, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory

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Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Satisfies-stomach, Alterative, Livotonic, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Nutritive, Vasodilator

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Orange

Orange has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Refreshes-skin, Wakes-you-up, Nutritive, Refreshing, Quenches-thirst, Stimulates-energy

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Kale

Kale has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-peristalsis, Anti-inflammatory, Lowers-blood-sugar, Cholagogue, Stimulates-energy

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-energy, Quenches-thirst, Stimulates-peristalsis, Cholagogue, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Stimulates-energy

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Anti-inflammatory, Stomachic, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Alterative, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic

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Yarrow

Yarrow has these Actions in Common

Livotonic, Stomachic, Vasodilator, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Quenches-thirst, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Lowers-blood-sugar, Nutritive

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Dandelion Root

Dandelion Root has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Livotonic

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Shilajit Tonic

Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Lowers-blood-sugar, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Alterative

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Vidari

Vidari has these Actions in Common

Soothes-throat, Alterative, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Livotonic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Nutritive

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Sniff raw onions, chopped

Sniff raw onions, chopped has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic, Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Vasodilator, Wakes-you-up

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Mahasudarshan

Mahasudarshan has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Livotonic

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About the Author

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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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I made this in the winter and used more barley and fewer greens. I suggest you make a dressing with the honey and mustard as noted.
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