Ayurvedic Corner ~ Summer Coolers!

Hibiscus and Lime Sweet Tea
Hibiscus flowers decrease Pitta and Kapha doshas and increase Vata in excess. It’s rasas or tastes are astringent and sweet, with a cooling virya (potency), and sweet vipak (post digestive effect).  Refreshing and rich in color, hibiscus also makes for a great sun tea if you live in a sunny place.
Ingredients:
Serve room temperature ..ice puts out the digestive fire!
1/3 Cup hibiscus flowers
2 Tablespoons lime juice concentrate
2 Quarts good quality water
1/3 Cup organic sugar or organic coconut palm sugar
¼ Cup chopped mint leaves
1-2 Drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
Place the hibiscus, lime juice, and sugar in the water over a medium to medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5-7 minutes.  Take off heat and cool to room temperature.  Add chopped mint leaves and essential oil (if available).  Mix and serve.  Add more sugar if needed.
Summer Cooling Spray
1 4oz Cobalt blue glass spray bottle
4 oz Water (good quality)
2 drops Peppermint essential oil
2 drops Fennel essential oil
1 drop Spearmint essential oil
Combine water and essential oils together and shake.  Dr. Lad states that spearmint is more relaxing to the nervous system than peppermint, so hence here the inclusion of spearmint oil.  Both mints are cooling and work as nervines, stimulants, and analgesics.  Fennel lends an overall sweetness of smell to the mix.  Keep this spray handy and use as needed.
Aloe Vera Juice Shots
The “plant of immortality” according to ancient Egyptians
4 oz Aloe Vera juice (or gel)
Two pinches tumeric powder
1 pinch black pepper
1 pinch Himalayan salt (optional)
Mix ingredients together and drink each morning and evening for an overall health boost.  Aloe Vera is a summer Ayurvedic super food.  It is cooling, rejuvenative for Pitta, and great for agni or the digestive fire.
Melissa Camacho, guest writer, is a licensed acupuncturist and Ayurvedic practitioner in Sedona. To contact her, please click here.
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