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Honey Dew, Cucumber & Mint Popsicles

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How to Make Honey Dew, Cucumber & Mint Popsicles

SERVINGS: 6
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: PUREE, RAW
EAT IN: SUMMER

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp
4 c
1 c

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Use a very ripe honeydew for best flavor.

1. Slice melon in half. Scoop out seeds. Cut into quarters and remove skin with a knife, keeping all the juices.

2. Chop cucumber and fresh mint.

3. Puree until smooth in a blender.

4. Pour into desired mold, and freeze overnight.

According to the science of traditional food combining , cucumber & melons should not be eaten together. By pureeing in a blender, the qualities of the melon and cucumber are fused into a digestible compound.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Ever hear the phrase, "cool as a cucumber"? Honeydew and cucumber cool your blood and offer a refreshing reprieve from the heat. As it cools, cucumber also detoxifies your blood and relieves stress.

Summer heat makes your heart beat fast & heavy. With so much overheated blood, you'll notice the tip of your tongue turns red. The excessive blood flow aggravates your liver, and could cause your temper to flare.

Honeydew and cucumber refresh your body in summertime. They cool your blood, soothe your liver and calm your temper. Mint is a perky addition that cools you down by helping you perspire.

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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 Honey Dew, Cucumber & Mint Popsicles Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Honey Dew, Cucumber & Mint Popsicles' 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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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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DOSHAS
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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 (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
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating Vata 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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Bland

MILD BLAND

Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.

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Moves Energy:
Downward

DOWNWARD

Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Honey Dew, Cucumber & Mint Popsicles
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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.

Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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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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Relieves Burning

RELIEVES-BURNING

Herbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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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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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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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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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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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

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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Constituents:
Coumarin

COUMARIN

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

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Iron

IRON

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

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Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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Rosmarinic Acid

ROSMARINIC-ACID

Inhibits autoantibodies from binding to TSH receptors in the thyroid.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Honey Dew, Cucumber & Mint Popsicles

Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Refreshes-skin, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Antipruritic, Dopaminergic, Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Appetizer, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-crown, Stomachic, Diaphoretic

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Appetizer, Quenches-thirst, Refrigerant, Diaphoretic, Refreshes-skin, Relaxes-eyes

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antipruritic, Internal-detoxicant, Wakes-you-up

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Refreshing, Stomachic, Diuretic, Refrigerant

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antipruritic, Internal-detoxicant, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic

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Honey Dew

Honey Dew has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Quenches-thirst, Relaxes-eyes, Appetite-suppressant, Refreshing, Relieves-burning, Diuretic

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Lime

Lime has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Refrigerant, Appetizer, Quenches-thirst, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Refreshing

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Quenches-thirst, Relaxes-eyes, Anti-inflammatory, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Appetite-suppressant, Refrigerant

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Relaxes-eyes, Anti-inflammatory, Refreshing, Relieves-burning, Appetite-suppressant, Refrigerant

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Green Tea

Green Tea has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Anti-inflammatory, Stimulates-crown, Wakes-you-up, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy

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Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Stimulates-energy, Internal-detoxicant, Stomachic, Anti-inflammatory, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Honey Dew, Cucumber & Mint Popsicles

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Appetizer, Stomachic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Anti-inflammatory, Internal-detoxicant, Quenches-thirst

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Mugwort

Mugwort has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Refrigerant, Stomachic

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External Breath (Bahya Pranayama)

External Breath (Bahya Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

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

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Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam)

Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam) has these Actions in Common

Antipruritic, Appetizer, Diuretic, Quenches-thirst, Relieves-burning, Anti-inflammatory

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

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

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

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

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

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Antipruritic, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-burning, Soothes-throat, Anti-inflammatory

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antipruritic, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-burning, Soothes-throat

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Sniff raw onions, chopped

Sniff raw onions, chopped has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic, Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Regular exercise

Regular exercise has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Refreshes-skin, Refreshing

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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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