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 Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
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.
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. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic 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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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
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 HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT DRY GUNA
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 GUNA
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
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
Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
LEARN MORE ABOUT RAJASIC
Lactose, , Allergens
Lactose is a sugar found in milk derived from galactose and glucose. It is difficult for many people to digest.
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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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Experiences are Personal
Experiences 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.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BUILDS-STAMINA
A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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Heart & Circulation:
Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CARDIAC-STIMULANT
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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Lung and Sinus:
Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMULCENT
Herbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
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An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DECONGESTANT
Strengthens the lungs. These herbs are helpful when recovering from either acute or chronic lung issues like bronchitis or pneumonia.
LEARN MORE ABOUT LUNG-TONIC
An herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. Helpful in cough and asthma.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BRONCHODILATOR
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GROUNDING
Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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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.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
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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should the herbs and spices be grounded ? if so how to ground the star anis, should I ground the whole "star" or just the seeds inside?
can I just use the herbes and sopices without grounding and just remove them before drinking?
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!
What do you recommend when most of the ingredients are not for your Dosha? I am mostly pitta and am looking for some alternatives to my traditional asthma/allergy/breathing meds.
- donna, CA 12-08-15
Go for lactose free milk.....easily available in the market.
What does someone who Docia is primarily pitta do with a recipe like this? I take asthma and allergy medication that I would like to wean myself off of and would like something to help cleanse and deal with my lungs and breathing issues. Can you give me a suggestion please
- donna, CA 12-08-15
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!