How to Make Mulled Spiced Wine
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
1. Juice both lemons and oranges.
How Can Mulled Spiced Wine Make You Feel Great?
Mulled Spiced Wine is a classic European recipe for the frosty wintertime and each country has their own special preparation for the holidays. In Sweden, Glogg is a version of spiced wine infused with raisins, almonds, and sometimes figs and is often served around Christmas time. In Germany, mulled wine is called Glohwein, which poetically translates to "glow-wine." Bisschopswijn, or "bishop's wine," is mulled wine of the Netherlands. Across the ocean in Chile, mulled wine it is called vino navega'o. which refers to the sailors who brought the recipe from Old Europe. The first documentation of spiced, heated wine dates all the way back to 2nd century A.D. in ancient Rome. In Ayurveda, a few tablespoons of medicated wines called "Drakshas" are a popular remedy for winter chills.
Relax Your MusclesThe combination of spices in Mulled Spiced Wine is a formula for relaxation of sore, tight muscles. Ginger and cardamom are both antispasmodic, meaning they relax your muscle tissue. This is great for tight muscles but also happens to be quite useful in colic, asthma, and the throbbing pain of a headache (caused by a spasm in blood vessels). Cinnamon, wine, and clove are circulatory stimulants, meaning that they help move stagnant blood that gets locked up in tight muscles. This brings a great deal of relief to those suffering from sore, tight muscles.
Lift Your Spirits in Dead of WinterMentally, and emotionally, a sip of spirits lifts the spirits. Mulled Spiced Wine is no exception. If the winter blues has you down, sipping a cup of this warm tonic with a loved one can be just what the doctor ordered. Of course, overindulgence is not recommended, so stick to just a small cup and sip slowly.
Common Cold CureCardamom is also Ayurveda's most powerful mucus destroyer. As with all aromatics, cardamom is a diaphoretic that opens your pores, encouraging a mild sweat that cleanses the skin, aids low grade fevers, and cleanses the lymphatic system. It is a bronchodilator - helping to improve breathing in asthmatics.
Cinnamon, cloves, and ginger are all diaphoretics, meaning that they make you sweat! Your first and most powerful line of defense against pesky colds and flus is to "sweat it out." So, make a nice hot cup of Mulled Spiced Wine at your first inkling of illness, and see if you don't fight it off just fine.
Digestive TonicThe string of winter holidays is quite taxing on your digestive system. Mulled Spiced Wine incorporates many tastes and effects that help your body stay strong in the winter. The sour taste of wine and lemon purge the gallbladder of bile, helping your body effectively digest heavy fats that abound at holiday feasts. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and clove are all spices that strengthen your digestive fire. Does the food sit stuck in your belly? Bitter lemon and orange zest clears stagnation in the upper GI tract so you feel relaxed and comfortable.
Mulled Spiced Wine may prove too hot for already-firey Pitta constitutions. We suggest adding mulling spices to apple juice for a nice hot cider instead. Cold Vata and Kapha can add this recipe to their list of remedies for frigid winter.
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.
Is Mulled Spiced Wine Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences 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.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
Heart & Circulation:
CALMS-HEARTAn herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'
Lung and Sinus:
WARMS-CHESTWarms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing.
LUNG-TONICStrengthens the lungs. These herbs are helpful when recovering from either acute or chronic lung issues like bronchitis or pneumonia.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW 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.
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