HONEY & SPICE THROAT COAT
How to Make Honey & Spice Throat Coat
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
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 Can Honey & Spice Throat Coat Make You Feel Great?
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.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
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 CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT DRY GUNA
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 GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual 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.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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Herbs that increase tejas improve metabolism & brightness by stimulating the fire element at a cellular level. Destroys toxicity, excess fluids, & improves digestion. Also helps with mental function such as poor memory, lack of inspiration & depression.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of 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.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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Heart & Circulation:
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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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 strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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An herb that destroys platelets in the blood, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ANTIPLATELET
Lung and Sinus:
Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMULCENT
Herbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
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An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DECONGESTANT
Herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. They are used to increase scanty menstruation, relieve menstrual pain, and other functions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EMMENOGOGUE
Skin Care & Beauty:
An herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SKIN-TONIC
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.
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I really enjoy your website, Joseph. Thanks!
Hi is there any reason why this can't be used any time when lung, airway inflammation, colds, all year? I have emphysema and think this would be a good aid to use when needed.
- June, London 10-02-11
This is really tasty! Thanks for sharing. :-)
- Dawn Bowden, University place, WA 04-11-12
Delicious. SO much better than cough syrup!
- Shawn Sanders 10-28-12
I find that if you take this right at the beginning of a cold, when you feel it coming on, it decreases the cold. I make this for my mom often, I will also do a ginger tea with lemon and honey to help combat the cold.
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- heather, Worcester, MA 04-03-13
I've been to other ayurveda doctors who say black pepper and turmeric are very good for Pitta...
- Naina, CT 04-03-13
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!
I am a Pitta and this doesn't look like something that would work for us Pitta's. Is there another recipe that we should consider?
- Robin, NH 04-03-13
This is perfect timing! My husband has the flu and congestion to go along with it!
- Heather 04-04-13
Simple effective and Yummy remedy.
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!