HOLIDAY SPICE BLEND - CHURNA
How to Make Holiday Spice Blend - Churna
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
How to make a Churna:
1. Mix spices together in a electric grinder, a spice mill or grind with a mortar & pestle.
2. Store in a glass jar.
Directions for use:
1. Gently roast spices over a low flame. Use approximately (to taste) one teaspoon of spice mixture per serving of vegetables, fish, poultry or meat.
2. Saute spices until the aroma is released (be careful not to burn).
3. Add ghee, coconut oil or olive oil with 3x the amount of water and heat on medium.
4. Add vegetables, mix lightly and saute together or saute the spice mixture in ghee/oil and drizzle on vegetables or grains.
Add churnas to soups, stews and sauces as they're cooking or sprinkle over prepared vegetables or rice at the table.
Add to popcorn with lots of ghee for a treat.
Carry a small jar or packet with you and add them to food on the go and make all your meals healthier, more digestible and delicious.
Churnas are convenient, mouth-watering and nutritious!
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Churnas and chutneys are blends of spices, herbs and/or fruits that include all six Ayurvedic tastes: sweet, pungent, salty, astringent, sour & bitter. Incorporating all six tastes balances the body and satisfies the palate. Each taste has its own physiological and emotional effect.When all six tastes aren't present, we tend to feel unsatisfied after a meal. Quite literally, there is something missing. This often leads to overeating, instinctively knowing a part of us is still unsatisfied.
WHAT IS HOLIDAY SPICE BLEND - CHURNA?
Spice up your life with an Ayurvedic spice blend. Spices not only add flavor and balance to your meal, but act as digestive aids as well. Spices have many medicinal properties, as illustrated by the saying, "Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food"
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.
See How it Works.
Is Holiday Spice Blend - Churna Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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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 HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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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 MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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?
ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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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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Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Holiday Spice Blend - Churna
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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Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.
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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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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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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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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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Foods with a Similar Nature to Holiday Spice Blend - Churna
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Warms-abdomen, Warms-head, Analgesic, Antifungal, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Numbs-anasthetic, Warms-chest, Anthelminthic, Antimicrobial, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Vasodilator, Warms-ears, Antibacterial
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Diuretic, Mucolytic, Warms-chest, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Soothes-throat, Antibacterial, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Lowers-blood-sugar, Stimulates-energy, Antifungal, Burns-toxins
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest, Antimicrobial, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Vasodilator, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-abdomen, Warms-head
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Numbs-anasthetic, Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Warms-head, Analgesic, Appetizer, Carminative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Decongestant
Basil has these Actions in Common
Warms-head, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Warms-chest, Antifungal, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Vasodilator, Anthelminthic, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Emmenagogue
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common
Antibacterial, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Mucolytic, Warms-chest, Antifungal, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Anthelminthic, Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Warms-abdomen
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Antibacterial, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Lowers-blood-sugar, Analgesic, Antifungal, Burns-toxins, Emmenagogue, Vasodilator, Anthelminthic, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest
Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common
Anthelminthic, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Lung-tonic, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Mucolytic, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Stimulates-energy
Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common
Lung-tonic, Warms-abdomen, Decongestant, Diuretic, Mucolytic, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Warms-head, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive
Horseradish has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-abdomen, Antimicrobial, Digestive, Mucolytic, Warms-chest, Analgesic
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Holiday Spice Blend - Churna
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Antifungal, Diuretic, Warms-head, Antimicrobial, Emmenagogue, Antispasmodic, Lung-tonic, Appetizer, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Burns-toxins, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Warms-chest, Antibacterial, Diaphoretic, Warms-ears
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-ears, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Analgesic, Emmenagogue, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Vasodilator
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-ears, Carminative, Warms-head, Decongestant, Digestive, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Warms-chest
Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Analgesic, Emmenagogue, Antispasmodic, Numbs-anasthetic, Appetizer, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Digestive, Analgesic, Diuretic, Anthelminthic, Emmenagogue, Antibacterial, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative
Angelica has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Lung-tonic, Analgesic, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antimicrobial, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Diuretic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Lung-tonic
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Warms-abdomen, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative
Hot Shower has these Actions in Common
Mucolytic, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Warms-head, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses
Inhale Steam has these Actions in Common
Soothes-throat, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Decongestant, Warms-head, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Lung-tonic, Mucolytic
Hot Bath has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Mucolytic, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Warms-head, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant
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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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.