PARSLEY & CILANTRO CHIMICHURRI PESTO
How to Make Parsley & Cilantro Chimichurri Pesto
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Pulverize half of a chipotle chili in a coffee grinder. Mix in 5 drops of water to form a paste. Let sit 5 minutes to release flavor.
Coarsely chop parsley and cilantro. Add all ingredients to food processor and blend.
Serve immediately, refridgerate for 1-2 days or freeze for longer term storage.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
With literally hundreds of greens to choose from, why limit your pesto to basil? This parsley based pesto is a favorite south of the border, where it's known as chimichurri. I serve it atop Eggs Scrambled in Cumin and Corn. Cilantro & mint based pestos are common in India. Nettles pesto, or even chickweed pesto is a favorite among herbalists & homesteaders.
In this pesto, parsley drains excess spring moisture and purifies the blood. Apple cider vinegar is a cholagogue that drains excess bile from the liver, effectively draining the blood of fats. Raw garlic pushes heat to the exterior, helpful to move winter blood stagnation and refresh your skin for spring. Raw garlic also purges and cleanses the bowels, and the gall bladder. Black pepper is a cardiac stimulant to get your ticker pumping.
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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 LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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 HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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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.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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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.
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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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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Parsley & Cilantro Chimichurri Pesto
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.
Stimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency. Aka irritant laxativ
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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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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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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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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 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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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.
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, Vitamin C
Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.
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, Vitamin K
, Vitamin A
Foods with a Similar Nature to Parsley & Cilantro Chimichurri Pesto
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common
Anthelminthic, Antimicrobial, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Stimulant-laxative, Warms-chest, Antibacterial, Aphrodisiac, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Antifungal, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Warms-abdomen, Antimicrobial, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Warms-chest
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Aphrodisiac, Diaphoretic, Soothes-throat, Antifungal, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Antimicrobial, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Antibacterial
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Antifungal, Burns-toxins, Vasodilator, Anthelminthic, Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Warms-abdomen, Antibacterial, Aphrodisiac, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Antifungal, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Antimicrobial, Decongestant, Stimulates-energy, Anthelminthic, Bronchodilator
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Anthelminthic, Antimicrobial, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Antifungal, Cholagogue, Vasodilator
Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Decongestant, Stimulates-energy, Anthelminthic, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant
Garlic has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Aphrodisiac, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antifungal, Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Stimulant-laxative
Horseradish has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Diuretic, Warms-abdomen, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest, Antibacterial, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator
Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Warms-abdomen
Wasabi has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest, Antibacterial, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Antimicrobial, Diuretic, Warms-abdomen
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Parsley & Cilantro Chimichurri Pesto
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Antifungal, Stimulates-energy, Antimicrobial, Vasodilator, Bronchodilator, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Antibacterial, Internal-detoxicant
Goldenseal has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Alterative, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Cholagogue, Decongestant
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil has these Actions in Common
Antibacterial, Antifungal, Refreshing, Antimicrobial, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic
Echinacea has these Actions in Common
Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative
Neem Leaf has these Actions in Common
Anthelminthic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative
Ginkgo has these Actions in Common
Bronchodilator, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Alterative, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Alterative, Antimicrobial, Bronchodilator, Cholagogue, Diuretic
Nasya Oil has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial
Vidanga has these Actions in Common
Internal-detoxicant, Stimulant-laxative, Alterative, Anthelminthic, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Diuretic
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Bronchodilator, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Warms-abdomen
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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.
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It is okay to experiment!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 03-01-14
I could only find a 7 oz. can of chipotle peppers. I used the whole can, a bunch of cilantro, and a bunch of parsley. I used all other ingredients as listed. This resulted in an extra spicey version. I served it over an egg omelet for extra flavor. Really tasty and very easy to make. - Amanda, Parsons, TN
- Amanda Paylor, Parson 03-30-16