How to Make Saffron Lemonade
PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Heat the saffron in a plate over boiling water for five minutes.
2. Pulverize in a mortar and pestle.
3. Add two tbsp of warm water and soak.
4. When brewed (after ten minutes minimum but some wait for twenty four hours), add sugar and stir until it dissolves in a glass.
5. Add lemon and water and serve.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Tart with exotic overtones of saffron, this golden hued lemonade is sure to delight guests at your next summer celebration. Saffron softens lemon's tartness, adding depth and character to this classic summer refreshment. Luxurious to your tastebuds, this beverage also delivers some simple, down to earth health benefits. Saffron Lemonade was discovered Ayurvedic practitioner John Edwards.
Cools the Skin
Lemon's popularity in summer comes from its ability to cool you down by opening the pores in your skin, allowing heat to release by way of your sweat (it's a diaphoretic). Saffron, also diaphoretic and cooling aids lemon in keeping you cool.
Your sweat glands are great way for the body to eliminate toxins. Find relief from the achy heaviness of a humid spring day as Saffron Lemonade aids in your bodies release of toxins in the blood. You will feel light and refreshed.
Cools your Temper
Hot tempers have a tendency to flare on hot days. Saffron keeps you even keeled, restoring equanimity as it purifies your blood. A touch of sweetness restores your strength and stamina after sweating.
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.
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Is Saffron Lemonade Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Saffron Lemonade' is a good fit.
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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 MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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 CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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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?
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.
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Saffron Lemonade
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.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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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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An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
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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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An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
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An herb that decongests or dislodges toxins from the body and the lymphatic, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
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Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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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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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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Foods with a Similar Nature to Saffron Lemonade
Lemon has these Actions in Common
Refrigerant, Stool-softener, Antitussive, Carminative, Digestive, General-laxative, Relaxes-eyes, Appetizer, Cholagogue, Expectorant, Refreshes-skin, Sialogogue, Alterative, Calms-heart, Detoxicant, Flushes-membranes
Lime has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Expectorant, Refrigerant, Alterative, Detoxicant, Flushes-membranes, Sialogogue, Appetizer, Digestive, General-laxative, Stool-softener
Cilantro has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Cholagogue, Refrigerant, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Carminative, Digestive, Stomachic
Salt (Mineral Salt)
Salt (Mineral Salt) has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Flushes-membranes, Spleen-tonic, Detoxicant, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Digestive, Sialogogue
Dill has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Carminative, Expectorant, Stomachic, Detoxicant, Nervine
Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common
Antitussive, Detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Digestive, Stomachic, Carminative, Expectorant
Mint has these Actions in Common
Detoxicant, Refreshes-skin, Appetizer, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Carminative, Nervine, Stomachic
Coriander Seed has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Digestive, Carminative, Expectorant, Alterative, Detoxicant, Spleen-tonic
Pomegranate has these Actions in Common
Refrigerant, Stomachic, Cholagogue, Skin-tonic, Detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Alterative
Tarragon has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Alterative, Cholagogue, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Detoxicant
Chamomile has these Actions in Common
Stomachic, Digestive, Skin-tonic, Makes-you-tired, Spleen-tonic, Carminative, Nervine
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Saffron Lemonade
Haritaki has these Actions in Common
Stool-softener, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant, Flushes-membranes, General-laxative, Nervine, Alterative, Sialogogue, Appetizer
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Relaxes-eyes, Sialogogue, Alterative, Skin-tonic, Carminative, Stool-softener, Detoxicant, Wakes-you-up, Digestive, General-laxative, Refrigerant
Triphala has these Actions in Common
Skin-tonic, Stool-softener, Alterative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Flushes-membranes, General-laxative, Sialogogue
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Antitussive, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant, General-laxative, Stool-softener
Bhumyamalaki has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Detoxicant, Digestive, General-laxative, Skin-tonic, Alterative, Antitussive
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant, Sialogogue
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Cholagogue, Detoxicant, Digestive, Refrigerant, Stomachic, Appetizer
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Nervine, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant, General-laxative
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant, General-laxative, Nervine
Yellow Dock has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Cholagogue, Detoxicant, Digestive, General-laxative, Refrigerant
External Breath (Bahya Pranayama)
External Breath (Bahya Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Detoxicant, Digestive, General-laxative, Nervine
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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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.