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Pumpkin & Kale With Roasted Chestnut, Mushrooms & Chipotle

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How to Make Pumpkin & Kale with Roasted Chestnut, Mushrooms & Chipotle

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: STEAMED

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
1/2 lbs
2 tbsp
3 clove
2 c
1 tsp
1 tsp
1/2 c
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 lbs

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

1. Slice a cross hair on the top of each chestnut. Dry roast them in an oven baking pan at 350 degrees. Once the chestnuts start to brown, remove from heat. Watch carefully because the chestnuts will burn easily.

2. Meanwhile, mince and sautee garlic in oil with cumin. Chop pumpkin, and slice the mushrooms. Steam with all spices in 1c water, covered, until pumpkin begins to soften. Then, add the chopped kale and cook for 5 more minutes. Toss in the chestnuts.

3. Remove from heat and serve hot!

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Many layers of flavor entice you in Pumpkin with Roasted Chestnuts- initially, sweet, soothing pumpkin and warm, rustic chestnuts greet your tastebuds. Next kale and mushrooms offer their tones of bitter earthiness. Spices brighten the dish- chipotle, thyme, and garlic all ignite your digestive flames with their pungent, aromatic flavors. Enjoy this cornucopia of flavor and nourishment this fall!

Veggies Raw vs. Cooked

This recipe is a great example of vegetables that are hard to digest raw and quite easy to digest when cooked. Raw brassicas like kale contain chemicals that can block thyroid function called goitrogens. These chemicals are easily inactivated by steaming or cooking. Raw mushrooms are nearly indigestible. After cooking, the many minerals contained in mushrooms become bioavailable, meaning your body can digest and absorb these minerals with ease

Calm Your Stressed Mind

Does the busy fall schedule have you feeling anxious? Are you running all over town picking up and dropping off your kids, all while trying to get some work done? Pumpkin, mushrooms and garlic all have a relaxing effect on your mind. Foods that relax the mind tend to be heavy on your digestive system, but not this recipe- after eating Pumpkin with Roasted Chestnuts you should feel a calm wave flow through your mind while remaining light and comfortable in your belly.

Encourage Healthy Weight Loss

Keep your weight steady with this grounding, yet cleansing dish. Calming pumpkins have a diuretic action, while bitter ingredients like kale dry out excess water in your system. Fiber and bitter taste stimulate peristalsis, encouraging regular elimination of the bowels. Pumpkin also has a mild laxative effect, helping you keep your digestion and metabolism strong.

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. See How it Works.

Is Pumpkin & Kale with Roasted Chestnut, Mushrooms & Chipotle Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Pumpkin & Kale with Roasted Chestnut, Mushrooms & Chipotle' 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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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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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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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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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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TASTES
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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?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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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
Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating Pitta 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

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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Crunchy

CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Pumpkin & Kale with Roasted Chestnut, Mushrooms & Chipotle
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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.

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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Relieves Burning

RELIEVES-BURNING

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

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Stimulant Laxative

STIMULANT-LAXATIVE

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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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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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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Sedative

SEDATIVE

Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.

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Anxiolytic

ANXIOLYTIC

Herbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Builds Stamina

BUILDS-STAMINA

Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Irritates Throat

IRRITATES-THROAT

Creates abrasive feeling in the back of the mouth. May stimulate coughing.

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Anthelminthic

ANTHELMINTHIC

Kills parasitic worms (hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, etc).

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

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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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

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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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

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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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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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

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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Galactagogue

GALACTAGOGUE

Increases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.

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Relieves Tension

RELIEVES-TENSION

An herb that releases tightness, constriction, and rigidity in a muscle.

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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Constituents:
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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Iron

IRON

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

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, Sulfated Polysaccharides, Polysaccharides, Potassium, Vitamin A, Protein,
Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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, Sulphur, Sodium, Fats,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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, Beta Carotene,
Rosmarinic Acid

ROSMARINIC-ACID

Inhibits autoantibodies from binding to TSH receptors in the thyroid.

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Phytates

PHYTATES

Phytates prevent absorption of nutrients. They are commonly found in all seeds, including nuts, grains, and beans. Sprouting greatly reduces phytate content, as well as long, slow cooking with vinegar.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Pumpkin & Kale with Roasted Chestnut, Mushrooms & Chipotle

Garlic

Garlic has these Actions in Common

Sedative, Vasodilator, Alterative, Diaphoretic, Irritates-throat, Stimulant-laxative, Anxiolytic, Diuretic, Makes-you-tired, Stomachic, Cholagogue, Galactagogue

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Pumpkin

Pumpkin has these Actions in Common

Makes-you-tired, Nutritive, Relieves-tension, Alterative, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes, Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-burning, Sedative

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Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Cholagogue, Nutritive, Stimulant-laxative, Alterative, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy, Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Irritates-throat, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses, Relieves-tension

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Hemp Seed

Hemp Seed has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Anxiolytic, Makes-you-tired, Nutritive, Sedative, Builds-stamina, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes

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Poppy Seed

Poppy Seed has these Actions in Common

Relieves-tension, Anxiolytic, Makes-you-tired, Relaxes-eyes, Sedative, Appetite-suppressant, Muscle-relaxant, Relieves-burning, Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses, Relieves-tension, Diaphoretic, Irritates-throat, Stimulates-energy

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Popped Amaranth

Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Relieves-tension, Diuretic, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach, Alterative, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes, Appetite-suppressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Amaranth

Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-tension, Diuretic, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach, Alterative, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Anthelminthic, Diaphoretic, Stimulant-laxative, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Stomachic, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses, Relieves-tension, Diaphoretic, Irritates-throat, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Vasodilator

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Pumpkin & Kale with Roasted Chestnut, Mushrooms & Chipotle

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Alterative, Relieves-tension, Anxiolytic, Sedative

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Anxiolytic, Stomachic, Cardiac-stimulant, Vasodilator, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Sedative

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Elecampane

Elecampane has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Sedative, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Anthelminthic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Alterative, Builds-stamina

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Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Sedative, Alterative

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Self Massage

Self Massage has these Actions in Common

Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-tension, Sedative, Anxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive

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Hot Bath

Hot Bath has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Muscle-relaxant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator

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Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom Salt Bath has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Anxiolytic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Muscle-relaxant, Relieves-tension

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Kava Kava

Kava Kava has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-tension, Sedative, Anxiolytic, Diuretic, Makes-you-tired

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Oats, Fresh Milky Seed

Oats, Fresh Milky Seed has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relieves-burning, Relieves-tension, Sedative

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator

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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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