How to Make Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
1. In a pot, simmer barley in boiling water for 25-30 minutes or until soft. Strain excess water and allow to cool.
How Can Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins Make You Feel Great?
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 & CleansingBarley, 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 & MindCleaner 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 HeatThe 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.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?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 Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins Good for Me?
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.
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:
Heart & Circulation:
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
VASODILATORA 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.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs 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.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
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.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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