GRAPE JUICE CHAI WITH CARDAMOM, GINGER, TURMERIC
How to Make Grape Juice Chai with Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Mash fresh ginger with a mortar and pestle. Mix ginger, organic grape juice, and the other spices together in a glass. For best results brew twenty minutes at room temperature. Add 1/8tsp ashwagandha or 1/2 tsp amalaki for a more powerful tonifying and rejuvenating effect.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Along with many ancient traditions, Grapes are the chosen fruit in Ayurveda. They nourish the blood plasma (rasa) and cool the blood's fire (rakta). Grape refreshes and rejuvenates (called a "rasayana" or tonic in Ayurveda). Texture-wise, grapes have a snappy, crunchy exterior and soft flesh inside. Although sweet taste prevails endowing grapes with a gentle laxative effect, they are also slightly astringent, toning the musculature of the bowels.
Turmeric invigorates and cleans the blood. The soft coolness of the grape juice balances the intensity of turmeric. Cardamom and ginger helps digest food stuck in the upper digestive tract, clearing the stomach creating a feeling of lightness. Altogether, Grape Juice Chai is a sweet, refreshing tonic and cleanser.
WHAT IS GRAPE JUICE CHAI WITH CARDAMOM, GINGER, TURMERIC?
Herbal juices nourish as they heal. Sweet spices add stimulation to the rejuvenating fruits of the vine. This simple recipe was inspired by Dr. Vasant Lad's "The Textbook of Ayurveda".
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.
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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.
ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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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 Grape Juice Chai with Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric
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.
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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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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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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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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A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
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Antipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching that is often associated with itching skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy exposure.)
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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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An antidote for a poison. Many anti-poisonous herbs draw out a poison and are good for insect bites. Others help burn it up.
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Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest 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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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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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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An herb that inhibits clotting, dissolves clots, thins the blood, or destroys platelets, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease, clots, and stroke. Aka anticoagulant.
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An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.
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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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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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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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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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An herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.
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Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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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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Compare Grape Juice Chai with Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric with these Foods
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Antipruritic, Blood-tonic, Cholagogue, Emmenagogue, Skin-tonic, Warms-chest, Anti-inflammatory, Antiplatelet, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Hypolipidemic, Vasodilator, Antiarthritic, Antipoisonous, Blood-thinner, Carminative, Digestive, Induces-ovulation, Vulnerary, Alterative, Antioxidant
Turmeric Root (Fresh)
Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antioxidant, Antipruritic, Carminative, Digestive, Induces-ovulation, Anti-inflammatory, Antiplatelet, Blood-tonic, Cholagogue, Emmenagogue, Skin-tonic, Antiarthritic, Antipoisonous, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Hypolipidemic, Vulnerary, Alterative
Grape has these Actions in Common
Builds-semen, Nervine, Sialogogue, Uterine-tonic, Antioxidant, Blood-tonic, General-laxative, Opthalmic, Stool-softener, Alterative, Antiplatelet, Brain-tonic, Livotonic, Rebuilds-fluids, Tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Aphrodisiac
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Vasodilator, Antiemetic, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Sialogogue, Anti-inflammatory, Antiplatelet, Brain-tonic, Decongestant, Galactagogue, Stomachic, Antiarthritic, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Hypolipidemic
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Stomachic, Blood-thinner, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Antipoisonous, Blood-tonic, Detoxicant, Galactagogue, Skin-tonic, Aphrodisiac, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Livotonic
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Aphrodisiac, Cholagogue, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Expectorant, Stomachic, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Digestive, Galactagogue, Vulnerary
Garlic has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Cholagogue, Galactagogue, Vasodilator, Alterative, Aphrodisiac, Detoxicant, General-laxative, Vulnerary, Antiemetic, Blood-thinner
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Appetizer, Decongestant, Stomachic, Warms-chest, Antiarthritic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Stool-softener
Cayenne Pepper has these Actions in Common
Antiplatelet, Decongestant, Expectorant, Warms-chest, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Sialogogue, Antiemetic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Vasodilator
Cilantro has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Antiemetic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Stomachic, Alterative, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Anti-inflammatory
Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Galactagogue, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Stomachic, Brain-tonic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Vulnerary
Compare Grape Juice Chai with Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric with these Herb Supplements
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Sialogogue, Brain-tonic, Skin-tonic, Builds-semen, Stool-softener, Carminative, Tonic, Alterative, Detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Antioxidant, General-laxative, Aphrodisiac, Opthalmic
Haritaki has these Actions in Common
Detoxicant, Vulnerary, Digestive, Expectorant, Alterative, General-laxative, Anti-inflammatory, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Opthalmic, Appetizer, Sialogogue, Carminative, Stool-softener
Dong Quai has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Vasodilator, Carminative, Digestive, Anti-inflammatory, Emmenagogue, Antioxidant, Expectorant, Antiplatelet, Hypolipidemic, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Blood-thinner, Uterine-tonic
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Warms-chest, Detoxicant, Emmenagogue, Anti-inflammatory, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Hypolipidemic, Appetizer, Nervine, Blood-tonic, Stomachic, Burns-toxins, Vasodilator
Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Alterative, Detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Emmenagogue, Antiarthritic, Hypolipidemic, Antiplatelet, Nervine
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Galactagogue, Anti-inflammatory, Nervine, Antioxidant, Tonic, Antispasmodic, Uterine-tonic, Aphrodisiac, Vulnerary, Blood-tonic, Brain-tonic, Builds-semen
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Antiemetic, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Sialogogue, Appetizer, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Warms-chest, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive
Bhringaraj has these Actions in Common
Antipruritic, Tonic, Blood-tonic, Vulnerary, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Livotonic, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Opthalmic, Antipoisonous, Skin-tonic
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Hypolipidemic, Antioxidant, Tonic, Antipoisonous, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Blood-tonic, Builds-semen, Cholagogue, Alterative, Digestive
Manjistha has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Detoxicant, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Skin-tonic, Alterative, Uterine-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Vulnerary
Angelica has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Antioxidant, Hypolipidemic, Antiplatelet, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Decongestant, Digestive
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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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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you are so generous with your recipes joseph.. thank you
- dory brown, Hot springs, NC 05-17-10
Absolutely lovely. :-)
- Dawn Bowden, University place, WA 04-18-12
Many of the spices can be found at middle eastern and south Asian grocery stores (often small shops). You can also order these spices on joyfulbelly using this link
, as well as on other websites. Our spices are medicinal herb grade - so they may be tastier than what you can find locally.
Grape juice is usually too sweet for me, but I know how good it is for you. This recipe added the right amount of spice to it.
Hi, I was wondering, with Rosacea, am I ok to consume fresh ginger. If not can I sustitute for another spice? Or can I increase the cardamom?Eva Lil
- Milena Dishovska 09-11-17
It's hard to give general advice for specific conditions. We suggest talking with your practitioner about which herbs are best for you.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 09-11-17
Thank you, Kimberly!
- Milena Dishovska 09-12-17