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Bottle Gourd Juice With Mint

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How to Make Bottle Gourd Juice with Mint

SERVINGS: 1

MEAL: DRINK
STYLE: INDIAN
PREPARATION: JUICE, BOILED
EAT IN: SUMMER

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 c

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Make a broth of the bottle gourd by boiling them. Strain. Add sugar and mint and cover to prevent evaporation of essential oils. Serve lukewarm.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Mint would pacify Kapha if bottle gourd weren't so heavy. Bottle gourd an alien fruit to our western palate. Mint balances the tamasic quality.

WHAT IS BOTTLE GOURD JUICE WITH MINT?

Cool mint, open mind (yang type). Soft, jelly-like bottle gourd grounds the root chakra (yin). Like having a clairvoyant moment during meditation on a water bed.

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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 Bottle Gourd Juice with Mint Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Bottle Gourd Juice with Mint' 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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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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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
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha 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 Bottle Gourd Juice with Mint
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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.

Carminative

CARMINATIVE

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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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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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Makes Jittery,
Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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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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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Dopaminergic

DOPAMINERGIC

Dopamine lifts mood, but also reduces prolactin, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and lutenizing hormone (LH).

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Nervine

NERVINE

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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Refreshing

REFRESHING

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

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

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

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

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

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Antipruritic

ANTIPRURITIC

Antipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching, often associated with skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy rashes).

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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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Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Constituents:
Coumarin

COUMARIN

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

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Rosmarinic Acid

ROSMARINIC-ACID

Inhibits autoantibodies from binding to TSH receptors in the thyroid.

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Iron

IRON

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

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Bottle Gourd Juice with Mint

Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Refreshes-skin, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Dopaminergic, Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Antipruritic, Carminative, Nervine, Stimulates-crown

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Antipruritic, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Stimulates-front-of-brain

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Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Refreshing, Vasodilator, Carminative, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Stomachic

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antipruritic, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Stomachic, Appetizer, Nervine, Vasodilator, Carminative, Stimulates-energy

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Carminative, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Stomachic, Appetizer, Stimulates-energy

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antipruritic, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic

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Lemon Zest

Lemon Zest has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Wakes-you-up, Appetizer, Refreshing

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Ajwain

Ajwain has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Stimulates-energy, Nervine, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Chamomile

Chamomile has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Makes-you-tired, Vasodilator, Carminative, Nervine

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Orange Zest

Orange Zest has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Wakes-you-up, Appetizer, Refreshing, Carminative, Stimulates-energy

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Bottle Gourd Juice with Mint

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Nervine

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Bitter Orange Peel

Bitter Orange Peel has these Actions in Common

Stomachic, Wakes-you-up, Appetizer, Carminative, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Stimulates-crown, Vasodilator

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nervine, Refreshing

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Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Dopaminergic, Nervine, Stimulates-energy

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

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

Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag)

Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy

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External Breath (Bahya Pranayama)

External Breath (Bahya Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Vasodilator, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Nervine

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator

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About John Joseph Immel

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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