SPICED MILK & HONEY LUNG TONIC
How to Make Spiced Milk & Honey Lung Tonic
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Bring milk to medium heat and, lower heat to a gentle simmer and add all spices. Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently. If the milk becomes foamy, lower heat quickly or remove completely. Milk easily boils over the side of the pan when it gets too hot. It should look shiny on the surface with tiny bubbles.
2. Remove from heat and add honey to taste.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Like a cozy fire, this Spiced Milk & Honey restores a warm, nurturing glow that seems to emanate from your chest. Grab a hot cup, don a pair of mittens and nestle into a warm blanket for the evening. This heartwarming holiday drink restores warmth to your fingertips and supports your whole body. Cinnamon's aroma will fill your kitchen, and your hearth with holiday cheer. This formula also supports your lungs and opens up airways so you can breathe freely.
Calming & Supportive
Winter's bitter chill and a blast of cold air can leave you feeling a bit scattered. When your bones are rattling, find relief from the stress of the season by drinking a warm glass of spiced milk. Milk is nature's symbol of motherly affection. Nourishing, strengthening, and rich, milk coddles an infant when he's upset, and can allay your concerns as well. Milk's creaminess is a balm for frayed nerves. Like a hug, warm milk will lull you into a night of winter hibernation after a busy day.
A mug of warm spiced milk & honey not only soothes your nerves, it strengthens your whole constitution. In Ayurvedic terms, that means milk nourishes your ojas
. This drink is especially useful in autumn for depleted Vata individuals with exhaustion, a cold feeling in the chest and persistent cough.
Warms You Up
The secret to this warmth lies in the spices. The pungent kick of the spices stimulates your heart to beat faster. As your heart rate quickens and your blood vessels dilate, you feel toasty down to your bones. Winter's coldness causes constriction. These stimulating spices spread the wealth of your blood's warmth.
Nurture Your Lungs
Stuffy noses are your body's way of forcing you to breathe through the mouth. Unfortunately, the name does injustice to the physiology. As we explain in this article on The Brilliance of Stuffy Noses
, a stuffed nose is actually not stuffed at all - it is swollen. Nasal passages may swell due to several factors: 1) Cold temperatures, 2) Infection, and 3) Irritation (from dryness due to heated air).
The secret to restoring healthy breathing is found in this spiced tea. Milk and honey are demulcents that coat dry, irritated respiratory passages. These coating properties also help you expectorate mucus lodged in the lungs. Spices in this tea liquefy mucous, so it flows freely, flushing out pathogens along the way. Finally, the warmth encourages sinuses to dilate, so you can breath easy.
For added respiratory support, add 1 teaspoon of ghee to your hot milk. This recipe may be enhanced by a pinch of pippali (long pepper)
, an Ayurvedic favorite with milk.
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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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 CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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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?
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.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
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 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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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Spiced Milk & Honey Lung Tonic
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.
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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A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
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Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
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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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Strengthens the lungs. Lung tonics include antifibrotic, vessel tonic, or nourishing herbs with an affinity for the lungs. They aid recovery in acute or chronic lung conditions.
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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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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 increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Spiced Milk & Honey Lung Tonic
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Warms-ears, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Promotes-virility, Warms-chest
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Warms-chest, Decongestant, Diuretic, Soothes-throat, Aphrodisiac, Demulcent, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common
Lung-tonic, Aphrodisiac, Decongestant, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic
Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common
Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Lung-tonic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy
Basil has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Galactagogue, Warms-ears, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic
Milk has these Actions in Common
Satisfies-stomach, Tonic, Bone-tonic, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Demulcent, Quenches-thirst, Soothing, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Aphrodisiac, Expectorant
Buffalo Milk has these Actions in Common
Satisfies-stomach, Demulcent, Promotes-virility, Soothes-throat, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Quenches-thirst, Tonic, Nutritive
Sesame Seeds has these Actions in Common
Bone-tonic, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Galactagogue, Promotes-virility, Tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach
Tahini has these Actions in Common
Promotes-virility, Tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Bone-tonic, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Galactagogue
Cardamom has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Bronchodilator, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Decongestant, Expectorant, Antispasmodic
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Spiced Milk & Honey Lung Tonic
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Warms-ears, Diuretic, Expectorant, Lung-tonic, Antispasmodic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Bronchodilator, Stimulates-energy
Inhale Steam has these Actions in Common
Lung-tonic, Soothes-throat, Bronchodilator, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Warms-chest, Demulcent, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Flushes-sinuses
Vidari has these Actions in Common
Soothes-throat, Aphrodisiac, Soothing, Demulcent, Tonic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Tonic, Bronchodilator, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Lung-tonic
Hot Shower has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Warms-chest, Bronchodilator
Hot Bath has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Warms-chest, Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom Salt Bath has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Warms-chest, Bronchodilator
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Warms-ears, Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant
Angelica has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Lung-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Galactagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Antispasmodic, Tonic, Aphrodisiac, Bone-tonic, Diuretic
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Warms-ears, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic
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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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im lactose intolorant. so milk doesnt agree with me. milk will cause congestion in my body and gives me bloating and gas. anything else work?
- timothy tilsner, Ventura, CA 10-07-15
Sure, try almond milk.
Dear Saf, We brew then strain. It is too difficult to gring up star anise. Thanks for asking!
You might try using fresh ginger instead of dried - fresh ginger is not pitta aggravating. Keep the cardamom, milk and honey but leave out the other spices. Add 3/4 tsp of fennel seeds and a pinch of turmeric instead.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 12-14-15
I don't normally drink milk, but this is so good! And it is the perfect winter/nighttime drink!