How to Make Rosewater Lemonade
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
Mix all ingredients together. Served cool as a lemonade or frozen as a sorbet.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
A Remedy for Summer Anger & Irritability
If you were going to try one new recipe to keep your cool this summer, try rosewater lemonade. The heat of summer can provoke anger and irritability, especially when a person is dehydrated from sweating, spending long hours under the summer sun or up late at night socializing. Altogether, these strains on your body may make it all too tempting to fight with your loved ones. Fortunately, you can recover your composure and find relief with cooling, sweet beverages like rosewater lemonade.
Cool a Fiery Summer Persona
When the thermometer seems relentless, the key to a kinder personality lies in the understanding that summer is a fiery season of aggravated Pitta. When provoked, Pitta generally reacts with irritability, resistance, and aggression. Pitta people have a basic need for sweetness and beauty. When overheated, Pitta needs a gentle "yes" to calm them into a more amiable easiness. They respond best to cooling, calming balms like sitting under the moon, in the shade of a tree, and sweet foods with a pleasant aroma. Rosewater Lemonade brings sweetness and beauty into the day, calming their agitated mind. The mere smell of a rose cools their anger and criticism. Knowing this about Pitta helps you to please and nurture yourself or a loved one, rather than provoke them.
Naturally Tame Your Inflammation
Rosewater relieves and cools inflammation. It's great for spraying on your sunburned skin or summer rashes, but it also heals and soothes internal tissues as well. It has a mild astringency that tones tissues, including the digestive tract.
Lemons & Lemonade: A Classic Cure to Heat
Lemons cool the skin because they help you sweat. Lemons cleanse the blood of impurities, aid digestion and quench thirst. Although lemons are heating in the digestive tract, they are a cooling astringent in the blood. Sour taste focuses a scattered mind and helps nudge your thoughts from the head back to the heart, the seat of kindness. For an even more Pitta cooling effect, add lime instead of lemon and maple syrup instead of raw sugar. Kapha may prefer honey.
WHAT IS ROSEWATER LEMONADE?
A wonderful, refreshing substitute for iced tea. It is inspired by a Tunisian drink with lemons and orange blossom water. Rosewater is the water leftover from the production of rose essential oil. It has an uplifting rose fragrance. As Ayurveda students, we sprayed ourselves with rosewater mist on hot days to keep cool. Rosewater is available in most Indian and Middle Eastern grocery stores.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
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 MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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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 SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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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
Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
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Heart & Circulation:
A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
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An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Herbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
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provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
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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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For a more Pitta cooling effect, add lime instead of lemon and maple syrup instead of raw sugar. Kapha may prefer honey and Vata, agave.
Yummy and medicinal! How we like it! Rose water is gently astringent, toning tissues and reducing permeability. It has a pleasant anti-inflammatory and cooling effect beneficial for illness, fever, rashes and heat conditions. It's cleansing and purifying effects, along with those of the lemon in this recipe lend positive results for clearing blood and digestive impurities and reducing toxicity throughout the body. This drink also has an antimicrobial quality which makes it useful for balancing digestive flora and reducing infections and bacterial overgrowth. Drink up!
- Addie McDermott, Earth Roots, Asheville, NC 07-26-10
I have twice made this drink with the addition of tokma seeds which have been soaked till they bloomed out and were soft; it's a fun addition to the drink, but I'd be curious what are the ayervedic/medicinal/physiological effects of this?
- Sarah Alibabaie, Troutdale, OR 07-31-11
Is there a way to make this with using rose essential oil instead the fresh rose petals? Thanks!
- Terri Turner, Bossier , LA 08-05-12
the recipe calls for rose water. i would not use essential oil as a substitute although some people do use ess. oils internally. if you do choose to, please be cautious on using essential oils internally...i do not as i know how extremely potent and possibly dangerous to soft tissue and organs they are. the rose water is very safe and is the water/steam from the ess. oil process.
- Sahara 07-06-15
Most health food stores have a food grape rosewater. You can also get it a many Indian and Middle Eastern grocery stores.
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 07-07-15
Tina, 1 pinch of rosewater = 1/8 tsp