How to Make Ginger Basil Limeade
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
1. Use a fine grater to make about 1 teaspoon of lime zest. Juice limes. Chop ginger into chunks.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Wake Up Your MindDo you ever feel like you just can't think during the dog-day afternoons of summer? On humid days, the balmy air leaves your mind foggy, your skin sticky, and your breath shallow. The mental vitality and physical energy you normally feel in crisper colder months just evaporates under the summer sun. The next time you feel that heaviness of mind, pour a glass of Ginger Basil Limeade.
Ginger increases circulation and lime stimulates your whole body, helping you feel radiant on sluggish days. A touch of lime, salt and sugar restores your strength as it replenishes electrolytes lost due to sweating. Fresh basil clarifies your thoughts with its light pungent herbal taste. This sassy limeade adds verve and pep to your day. Your mind will wake right up, bringing back your sparkle and sharpness. Feel like yourself again!
Strengthen Your Summer AppetiteOn a hot summer day you won't feel as hungry due to the intense heat. Ginger limeade strengthens your digestive fire or "agni" when the temperature is hot outside. Ginger is a revered tridoshic digestive that will perk up a lazy appetite on a hot day. Lime is also a cooling way to kickstart your digestion and lubricate your entire GI. A touch of salt and sugar also aids in the digestion.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?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 Ginger Basil Limeade Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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.
Bone & Joint:
ANTIARTHRITICHerbs that ease arthritic pain and promote joint health.
QUENCHES-THIRSTAn herb or substance that relieves thirst.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
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.
APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
ANTIEMETICHerbs that reduce nausea or stop vomiting.
Cleanse and Detox:
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
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.
FLUSHES-MEMBRANESHerbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
Lung and Sinus:
LUNG-TONICStrengthens the lungs. These herbs are helpful when recovering from either acute or chronic lung issues like bronchitis or pneumonia.
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
STOOL-SOFTENERAn 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.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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