How to Make Spiced Milk & Honey Lung Tonic
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
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.
How Can Spiced Milk & Honey Lung Tonic Make You Feel Great?
Calming & SupportiveWinter'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 UpThe 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 LungsStuffy 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.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?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.
Is Spiced Milk & Honey Lung Tonic Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Bone & Joint:
BONE-TONICAn herb that strengthens the bones and joints.
Energy Vitality Strength:
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
BUILDS-STAMINAPromotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
VASODILATORA 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.
Lung and Sinus:
WARMS-CHESTWarms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing.
SOOTHES-THROATSoothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
BRONCHODILATORAn herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. Helpful in cough and asthma.
LUNG-TONICStrengthens the lungs. These herbs are helpful when recovering from either acute or chronic lung issues like bronchitis or pneumonia.
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
GROUNDINGEncourages 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.
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk.
PROMOTES-VIRILITYEncourages virility and potency.
APHRODISIACHerbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
Find Your Symptom:
WARMS-EARSStimulates peripheral circulation to warm extremities, including the ears.
SOOTHINGCalms and alleviates irritation or discomfort in a particular region.
WARMS-HEADAn herb that increases sensations of heat and warmth in the head.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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