How to Make Ginger Basil Limeade
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Use a fine grater to make about 1 teaspoon of lime zest. Juice limes. Chop ginger into chunks.
2. Add 1c water to a blender with ginger, lime juice, lime zest, raw sugar and a small handful of fresh basil leaves. Blend until smooth.
3. Combine ginger-lime juice with an additional 3 cups of water in a pitcher. Garnish with fresh basil. Chill and serve.
Salt the rim of your glasses to complete this mock-tail while satisfying all six tastes!
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Sour lime mixes with spicy-sweet fresh ginger in this chilled beverage that will wake up your mind as it delights your palate. A refreshing glass of this Ginger Basil Limeade will help you feel as light and bright as the summer day. Pour yourself a glass for a midday break on your front porch. You'll feel enlivened and stimulated by this perfect, late afternoon pick-me-up. Ginger and basil wake up your taste buds. Lime will pucker your lips, and make your mouth water with refreshment. Your whole family will be uplifted. For extra fun, take out your favorite tumbler and salt the rim!
Wake Up Your Mind
Do 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 Appetite
On 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.
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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.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
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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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?
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
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.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
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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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Ginger Basil Limeade
Experiences are Personal
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.
A 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.
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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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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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An 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.
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An herb that decongests or dislodges toxins from the body and the lymphatic, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
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Strengthens the lungs. Lung tonics include antifibrotic, vessel tonic, or nourishing herbs with an affinity for the lungs. They aid recovery in acute or chronic lung conditions.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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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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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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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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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Ginger Basil Limeade
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antiarthritic, Appetizer, Decongestant, Galactagogue, Stomachic, Antiemetic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Lung-tonic, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Sialogogue
Basil has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Galactagogue, Warms-head, Appetizer, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Bronchodilator, Decongestant, Digestive, Warms-ears
Lemon has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Stool-softener, Appetizer, Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Carminative, Detoxicant, Expectorant, Sialogogue
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Appetizer, Decongestant, Stomachic, Warms-head, Antiarthritic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Stool-softener
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Warms-head, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Bronchodilator, Decongestant, Digestive, Warms-ears, Antiarthritic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Flushes-membranes
Cardamom has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Antiemetic, Bronchodilator, Decongestant, Digestive, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Expectorant
Lime has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Stool-softener, Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative, Alterative, Detoxicant, Expectorant, Sialogogue, Appetizer
Dill has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Stomachic, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Expectorant, Vasodilator
Cayenne Pepper has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Sialogogue, Antiemetic, Decongestant, Digestive, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Expectorant
Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common
Stomachic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Galactagogue, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Lung-tonic, Appetizer, Decongestant, Expectorant
Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Appetizer, Decongestant, Digestive, Vasodilator, Bronchodilator, Detoxicant, Expectorant
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Ginger Basil Limeade
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Lung-tonic, Appetizer, Stomachic, Bronchodilator, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Warms-ears, Decongestant, Warms-head, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Antiemetic, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Sialogogue, Appetizer, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Warms-ears
Haritaki has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Stool-softener, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant, Alterative, Flushes-membranes, Anti-inflammatory, General-laxative, Antispasmodic, Sialogogue
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Decongestant, Digestive, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Warms-ears, Antiarthritic, Warms-head, Antispasmodic, Bronchodilator
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Cholagogue, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Antiemetic, Stomachic
Kanakasava- Breathe Alive Tonic Drink
Kanakasava- Breathe Alive Tonic Drink has these Actions in Common
Lung-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Bronchodilator, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Carminative, Decongestant, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Appetizer, Vasodilator, Bronchodilator
Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam)
Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam) has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative, Alterative, Stool-softener, Anti-inflammatory, Antiarthritic, Burns-toxins
Inhale Steam has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Flushes-membranes, Lung-tonic, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Warms-head, Bronchodilator, Decongestant
Kushta has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Expectorant, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Bronchodilator, Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom Salt Bath has these Actions in Common
Flushes-membranes, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Warms-head, Bronchodilator, Decongestant, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
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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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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This drink picked me up from sluggish summer-brain as well as the summer/fall dehydration blues. Perfect for this time of year after a long day exerting energy.I suggest using a good amount of basil.
I need more sweetness, but interesting drink. I should have strained mixture b4 mixing w/3 cups of water.
So I made this to drink throughout the the day since I figured it b better than just plain water to quench my thirst n keep the tastebuds happy. I m on my second glass n m liking it very much. I m adding just a touch more sugar, not enough to make it sweet, sweet. I appreciate all these drinks n smoothie recipes n just luv this website. THANK U!
This is my second summer making this during summer heat waves. It really helps me feel better!