Ayurvedic Recipe For Ghee

Ayurvedic Recipe For Ghee

Ayurvedic Ghee Recipe

 

Have you had ghee? This golden elixir is one of the purest and most beneficial tonics according to Ayurveda. Ghee can be used as a substitute for butter in almost everything, it can be used for skincare, and is even supportive for brand new babies. Ghee has been used for thousands of years for food and medicine.

This buttery, nutty tonic may just become your new favorite food.

 

Here is a simple step-by-step recipe for making ghee.

 

Ingredients:

1 lb of organic cultured butter from grass-fed or A2 cows

 

Method:

Place the butter in a heavy-bottomed stainless steel pot.

Bring to a gentle simmer. Do not stir.

You will see the milk solids begin to separate and a thin foam begin to form on top. They will eventually drop to the bottom of the pan.

Now you will want to watch the ghee and listen to the way it crackles. 

When the crackling sound stops and the ghee is a beautiful golden color with milk solids on the bottom of the pot and very little to none floating,  your ghee is done.

Remove from the heat and let cool. 

Strain into a sterilized mason jar with cheesecloth or coffee filters.

The whole process can take from 1-3 hours depending on your altitude. 

 

Things To Note:

– Ghee has a super stable shelf life.

– Ghee has a high smoke point. At about 450 degrees, ghee can be used for most cooking and baking projects.

– Most people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate ghee.

– Ghee is wonderful as an anti-inflammatory and aids the digestive process.

– Ghee. is a natural source of butyric acid which promotes good gut bacteria and helps your body assimilate nutrients.

– Ghee is keto-friendly.

 

Did your ghee burn? Did it turn brown and a little crispy? Don’t throw away your burned ghee.  Strain off the browned milk solids and you will have a wonderful nutty flavored treat. Use it in rice, in desserts, and on toast. It may even help your kids love broccoli.

White Paper: Yoga Therapy and Pain

White Paper: Yoga Therapy and Pain

 

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This paper examines the role of yoga therapy in comprehensive integrative pain management (CIPM). The pain crisis is described, and how yoga therapists can contribute to its solution is explained. Yoga therapy can be an essential component of the multidisciplinary undertaking that will be required to improve patient outcomes and alter the trajectory of the global public health crisis constituted by an epidemic of poorly understood and inadequately addressed pain. Additional context and evidence are presented to document the effectiveness of yoga therapy interventions to support people living with pain. The white paper concludes by listing recommendations to providers, consumers, payers, and legislators, who together can address systemic and structural barriers to CIPM, as well as suggestions for enabling the yoga therapy profession to more fully participate in these solutions.

Source: White Paper: Yoga Therapy and Pain—How Yoga Therapy Serves in Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management, and How It Can Do More | International Journal of Yoga Therapy

How Can Yoga Help?

This is a great read for those wondering how Yoga Therapy can help with pain relief. I’ve found anecdotally, that Yoga Therapy is one of the best tools for managing both acute and chronic pain.  Through movement, breath, mindful awareness and compassion training, we can bring about great ease in our body and mind. Here is a free guide to pain. 

If you’d like to go deeper, this free training is geared towards Yoga Therapy for back pain and spinal health.

 

Drop me a note and let me know how this lands for you.

Thay’s Poetry / Please Call Me by My True Names (song & poem) | Plum Village

We invite you to listen to Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) read one of his most famous poems. It reflects a deep insight into how we cannot separate ourselves from the world around us, even those who do harm.

Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow—
even today I am still arriving.

Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.

I am a mayfly metamorphosing
on the surface of the river.
And I am the bird
that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.

I am a frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.

And I am also the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.

I am a member of the politburo,
with plenty of power in my hands.
And I am the man who has to pay
his “debt of blood” to my people
dying slowly in a forced-labor camp.

My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
could be left open,
the door of compassion.

Source: Thay’s Poetry / Please Call Me by My True Names (song & poem) | Plum Village

5 Tips To Heal A Soft Tissue Injury

This is one of my specialties. As I sit here with my injured foot, I’m brought back into the ways I’ve used Yoga Therapy and other holistic techniques to heal from the innumerous soft tissue injuries I’ve had. I think this is my 8th time on crutches…but that’s a story for another time.

 

Today I want to share with you the 5 Key Things I do to recover from soft tissue injuries.

Medical Massage, Yoga Therapy, lots and lots of work with Physical Therapists both in nursing homes and in personal practice have gifted me the ability and the confidence to understand the body’s innate resilience and movement towards homeostasis.

Here are a few tips:

1. Throw the old adage RICE out the window. for soft tissue injuries. What the body actually needs is PEACE and LOVE.

P – protect 1-3 days after injury. Avoid activity and movement.
E – elevate the injured limb above the heart as much as possible.
A – avoid anti-inflammatories and ice. They reduce tissue healing.
C – compress. Use an ace bandage to reduce swelling
E – educate. Your body knows best. Avoid unnecessary treatments and let nature play its role.

L – load. Let pain guide your gradual return to normal activities.
O – optimism. Condition your brain for optimal recovery by being confident and positive.
V – vascularization. Choose pain-free cardiovascular activities to increase blood flow to repair tissues.
E – exercise. Restore mobility, strength, and proprioception by adding an active approach to recovery.

2. CARs or controlled articulate rotations

Use gentle exploration of the range of motion of the joint affected. Try making the letters of the alphabet. Add a resistance band as pain allows.

3. Isometric contraction

Contract the muscles of your injured limb without changing the length of the muscle. Isometric contraction is an analgesic that helps relieve pain. It is also a great way to work with injury to prevent stagnation and fluid buildup.

4. Massage

Use gentle strokes along the injured area moving from the extremities towards the heart. Apply warm sesame oil and make circles on the joints and long strokes on the limbs. This will help move stuck or stagnant energy, give you the opportunity to send love to your body, and improve healing outcomes.

5. Keep moving

All the non-injured parts still want to move even when you’re in the protect phase. See what mobility exercises you can do, try chair Yoga, Tai Chi or Qi Gong. Keep the energy flowing throughout your body so you can feel good.

 

 

Want to know more?

Check out my Yoga Therapy Mentorship where we talk about all things healing. Receive the support you need as you journey into the resilient, whole, complete and perfect being you are and help others do the same.

 

 

 

Dubois B, Esculier JF. Soft-tissue injuries simply need PEACE and LOVE. Br J Sports Med. 2020 Jan;54(2):72-73. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2019-101253. Epub 2019 Aug 3. PMID: 31377722.

Ayurvedic Recipes For Spring

Ayurvedic Recipes For Spring

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Ayurvedic Recipes for Spring

 I’ve put together some of my favorites for you. These recipes will help balance Kapha Dosha, or the elements of water and earth that tend to be predominant in the spring in the western hemisphere. They include bitter and astringent tastes which have a lightening invigorating nature. During Kapha season, add more warm, light and dry foods to your diet.

Kitchari Recipe Ayurvedic Cleanse

Kitchari

  • ½  cup mung dal
  • ½ cup masoori rice
  • 2 teaspoons ghee 
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro including stems
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp fennel
  • a pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 ¾ cup water

Soak the rice and mung beans overnight. Rinse well and set aside. Add the ghee to a pan and once melted, add the cardamom, peppercorns, cloves, ginger, and coriander seed. Sautée for 30 seconds. Then add the turmeric, cumin, and fennel along with a pinch of hing until it becomes aromatic. Add the mung beans, rice, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 25-30 minutes. Add salt to taste.

 

Ayurvedic carrot ginger soup recipe

Carrot Ginger Soup

  • 4 teaspoons ghee
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-pound bag of carrots chopped
  • 1 sweet potato chopped
  • 2 heaping teaspoons freshly grated or minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin powder
  • 4 teaspoons of your favorite curry powder
  • 32 ounces vegetable stock
  • 1 can coconut milk
    • In a large pot heat the ghee. Break the cinnamon sticks and sauté until fragrant. Add the ginger then the carrots and sweet potato. Cover until the veggies are soft, stirring occasionally. When you can break the carrots with a wooden spoon, add in the rest of the spices. Mix well and pour in the stock. Close the lid, lower the heat, and simmer for approximately 30–40 minutes. Add coconut milk for a creamy texture and blend until smooth.
    Ayurvedic Recipe Sautéed Vegetables

    Sautéed Veggies

    • 1 tablespoon ghee
    • a variety of vegetables, cut into 1-inch cubes: butternut squash, zucchini, asparagus, sweet potato
    • 1 ½ cups cold water
    • Soma salt to taste
    • ¼  teaspoon turmeric powder
    • ⅛  teaspoon mustard seeds
    • ¼  teaspoon grated ginger
    • ¼  teaspoon coriander seed
    • ⅛  teaspoon black pepper

    Sautée the spices in ghee. Add the firm vegetables and sautée until soft. Then add the softer vegetables and stir until tender. Add salt and adjust the spices to taste.

    A photo of cilantro for Ayurvedic Spring chutney

    Cilantro Chutney

    • a handful of fresh cilantro
    • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
    • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • Shredded coconut
    • Water as needed

    Blend all ingredients together. Add water as necessary and adjust the amount of ingredients according to taste.

    Ayurvedic Chai Recipe

    Warming Chai

    • 5 black peppercorns
    • 5 cardamom pods
    • 5 cloves
    • 1 tbsp grated ginger
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 star anise
    • 4 cups of water
    • 1 cup of nondairy milk
    • 2 tbsp of honey or another natural sweetener

    Bring the water to a boil. Then add the spices and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover for 30 minutes. Let cool, add the milk and honey to taste. Do not add the honey to hot liquids as it becomes toxic over 140 degrees.

    Baked Apple Recipe

    Apple Bake

    • 3 organic apples
    • 3 tsp cinnamon powder
    • 3 tsp cardamom powder
    • 1 tbsp walnuts 
    • 1 tbsp almonds
    • 1 tbsp chopped dates
    • 1 tbsp melted ghee
    • 3-star anise

    Preheat the oven to 325°. Wash and core the apples. Chop the almonds and walnuts into small chunks. Melt the ghee and brush the apples. Divide the cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and sprinkle equally on all the apples. Fill the apple centers with the nuts and dates. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

     

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    If you want to know more, check out our Ayurveda Certification Program and 21 Day Cleanse.