HONEY & SPICE THROAT COAT
How to Make Honey & Spice Throat Coat
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
This traditional syrup is designed to be savored and licked slowly from a spoon. The honey coats the back of the throat allowing for sustained contact with the spices. These spices heat the throat, nose and chest -- highly effective for sore throats, runny noses and other allergy or flu-like symptoms.
Prepare this remedy in individual portions using unheated raw honey and take 2 or 3 times a day between meals. Mix together and lick from a spoon over a 15 minute period. The formula should be strong enough to warm the back of the throat.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
This formula is a traditional remedy for sore throats, runny nose and spring allergies.
Early Spring is a watery season full of dramatic shifts from warm to cool temperatures, often within the same day. It is a challenging time of year to stay balanced. A rainy or cold spring day could catch us unaware, unprepared, or in stubborn denial once 'spring fever' sets in. On such days, a deep chill compromises our immune system and could quickly lead to flu systems. Conversely, a warm spring day triggers a surge in the release of winter fats, thickening and congesting the blood. No matter what type of day, spring unearths a never ending flood of saliva and mucus.
Burning Up Spring Allergies & Congestion
Honey & Spice Throat Coat is a quick and efficient way to help reduce spring congestion, regardless of the forecast. In this formula, turmeric, ginger and black pepper invigorate, warm, and circulate the blood. This has the effect of flushing fluids and drying them up. Invigorating the blood also tends to open up the lungs. Honey heats and breaks up mucus. It also provides a quick burst of energy. Its thick texture allows the healing spices to linger and coat the throat. Caution -this formula is strongly pitta provoking.
WHAT IS HONEY & SPICE THROAT COAT?
The sweetness of honey provides a soothing base for the warm heat of the spices. Ginger and black pepper impart an energizing & stimulating lift. This spicy, warm sweet and thick lozenge is delightfully tasty for children and adults alike.
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 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 LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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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 ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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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.
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Honey & Spice Throat Coat
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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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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Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Foods with a Similar Nature to Honey & Spice Throat Coat
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Antiarthritic, Antiplatelet, Burns-toxins, Emmenagogue, Induces-ovulation, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Antipoisonous, Carminative, Flushes-sinuses, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Antioxidant, Blood-thinner, Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Skin-tonic
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Promotes-virility, Warms-chest, Antiarthritic, Carminative, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Warms-ears, Burns-toxins, Decongestant
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Demulcent, Emmenagogue, Soothes-throat, Antibacterial, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins
Turmeric Root (Fresh)
Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Induces-ovulation, Antiarthritic, Antiplatelet, Carminative, Flushes-sinuses, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Antipoisonous, Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Skin-tonic, Antioxidant, Burns-toxins
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antiplatelet, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Sialogogue, Blood-thinner, Carminative, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-energy, Antiarthritic
Cayenne Pepper has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Expectorant, Sialogogue, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Antiplatelet
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common
Antiplatelet, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Diaphoretic, Hypolipidemic, Warms-chest, Antibacterial, Cardiac-stimulant, Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant
Ginger (Dried) has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Warms-ears, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antiplatelet, Diaphoretic, Sialogogue, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins
Crystallized Ginger has these Actions in Common
Sialogogue, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Warms-ears, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antiplatelet, Diaphoretic
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-ears, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Carminative, Expectorant, Warms-chest
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Antibacterial, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Stimulates-energy, Antiarthritic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Vasodilator
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Honey & Spice Throat Coat
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Sialogogue, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Vasodilator, Diaphoretic, Warms-chest, Digestive, Warms-ears, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Hypolipidemic, Antibacterial, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Warms-ears, Emmenagogue
Angelica has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Antioxidant, Expectorant, Antiplatelet, Hypolipidemic
Dong Quai has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Antioxidant, Hypolipidemic, Antiplatelet, Internal-detoxicant, Blood-thinner, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Promotes-virility, Antioxidant, Stimulates-energy, Antipoisonous, Tonic, Antitussive, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant
Osha has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Emmenagogue, Antiplatelet, Expectorant, Burns-toxins, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant, Diaphoretic
Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Antiarthritic, Internal-detoxicant, Antiplatelet, Vasodilator
Inhale Steam has these Actions in Common
Antitussive, Warms-chest, Decongestant, Demulcent, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Flushes-sinuses, Soothes-throat, Vasodilator
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Antiarthritic, Warms-ears, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant, Digestive, Stimulates-energy
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Antitussive, Tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Promotes-virility
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Promotes-virility, Sialogogue, Skin-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Antioxidant, Tonic
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John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
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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.
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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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I really enjoy your website, Joseph. Thanks!
- Laura, AL 03-16-11
This is really tasty! Thanks for sharing. :-)
- Dawn Bowden, University place, WA 04-11-12
Wow, this is great! I just made some because I got your email with this link in it and happened to be feeling some chest congestion from my allergies and I can already feel it working (and it tastes pretty good too!) I am Pitta-Kapha, so I might be hesitant to use it in the summer months, but I'm a cold Kapha today!
This is perfect timing! My husband has the flu and congestion to go along with it!
- Heather 04-04-13
Oh So happy! I can breath! It really does work.
I like to make this mixture on a saucer, so that I can lick every single drop of it. gives me a childish happy feeling to lick the saucer :-)
Second time around really soothed my throat. Discomfort had generalized to back and left of mouth and throat. When I moved that second serving back and around the gums there, it calmed the discomfort right away. I woke without a sore throat. Yippee! No more OTC!
I started coughing again shortly before going to bed. Mixed this up and slept soundly through the whole night. Thank you!