Doshas

Rasayana recipes for Nourishing your Strength

Rasayana

रसायन 

Path (āyana) of essence (rasa)

  1. walking the path of sacred wisdom.

  2. an Ayurvedic concoction for longevity, radiance and health.


Herein are a couple of my current favourite Rasayana recipes for you today - inspired by the Autumn here in Switzerland, her sweeping cedar hues and green to golden change - these nourishing preparations are made with sustaining Ojas (longevity) in mind.

Autumn especially is a fabulous time of the year to embrace the potent potion making potential of yummy nourishing drinks.

But first, a little about Ojas; what is it and how to strengthen yours.

Backgroud story

Contrary to common assumption, the Doshas that we know as Kapha, Pitta and Vata, are actually not seen in such positive light Ayurvedically so. Their tendancy to excess, implies the potential of disease. However each has a subtle counterpart known as Ojas, Tejas and Prana.

  • Ojas is the beneficial role of Kapha dosha and means strength.

  • Tejas is from Pitta dosha and the means radiance.

  • Prana is of Vata and eludes to the vital essence of life.

Together they work to encompass health within.

Back to Ojas

Ojas is heartiness, deep tissue health and resilience. It is the biological water humor, immunity and our mental emotional harmony and strength.

The equivalent of Ojas in Traditional Chinese Medicine is called Jing and both TCM and Ayurveda imply that we are born with a certain amount and it declines with the natural process of aging, yet can be preserved with appropriate life-stlye choices.

In a nutshell, Ojas is important and to Nourish your Strength (check out my upcoming workshop) is an important factor in bolstering mind-body-spirit health.

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5 quick tips to Strengthen Ojas

  1. Rest; take it easy. Don’t overdo yourself and make time to pause.

  2. Nutrition; not to much, not too little. Ayurvedic, vegetarian preference. Fresh is best.

  3. Devotion; have faith, practice forgiveness and patience. Handle pleasure and pain with equanimity.

  4. Meditate; let the mind be witnessed for a bit and hang out with the witness. Bliss.

  5. Time communing with nature; get out an be an Earthling, the other 4 tips will take care of themselves ;)

Now time for your Rasayana drink recipes !

The following Rasayana recipe is very good as a grounding pre-bedtime treat. Substitute the milk as you desire and the dates for honey if you are following a Kapha reducing program. As you gain familiarity with the spices, play around with the measures according to your taste.

SLEEPY TIME RASAYANA

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 tsp Ghee

  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg (fresh ground is more effective in sleep supporting benefits)

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1.5 medjoule dates (optional for extra grounding) or honey if watching Kapha

  • pinch saffron (optional)

Method

  • Warm your ingredients on the stove.

  • Transfer to a blender to blitz into a warm creamy whip.

  • Sip by candlelight and slip into a serene night time sleep.

Enjoy this mojo building pre-bedtime treat that will melt cravings and stress into deep restful dreams. 


STRESS BUSTING AFTERNOON TEA

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond milk

  • 1/2 cup water (or a pre brewed tea of choice - I like liquorice root at the moment)

  • 1/4 teaspoon of your rejuvenating tonic herb of choice (*Ashwaganda or *Shatavari powder)

  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

  • Crack of black pepper

  • 1 crushed Cardamom pod (OR dip a toothpick into your doTERRA Cardamom essential oil and stir it into the finished drink)

Method

  • Cook your ingredients on the stove

  • Strain and sweeten to taste

  • Enjoy as a warm, calming Autumn afternoon treat

*Although typically safe, please check with your local Ayurvedic practitioner for your own personal indication of use.

Want more yummy Ojas building recipes ?


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Love and hearty Rasayana vibes,

Amber xoxo

Ayurvedic Autumn feels

mistress

ˈmɪstrəs/

noun

  1. a woman in a position of authority or control.

    "she is always mistress of the situation, coolly self-possessed" - Google Dictionary


I often feel as though I’ve two mistresses.

Both devastatingly beautiful, unique, giving and gracefully bold in their own right.

The longest relationship, with me in and through, is with the one who nourished my blood and bones during the early years and the other; she bathes my curiosity here and now as an adult.

Deeply enchanted by the wisdoms given by both, I make best efforts to stay centred within the contrast and am humbled by the blessings of living such a high quality conundrum !

If this all sounds a little mysterious, I am describing two entirely differing terrains of the great Mother; my birth country Australia and the land Switzerland upon which I currently reside and raise my family.

As the Swiss Autumn seasonal cycle ignites, her peachy hue of softening light swoons upon my senses and I find myself devouring the transition with all the devotion of a Yogi adept to noticing and alchemising it all.

Home is a vulnerable topic for me, as any soil born baby would relate with; finding themselves planting roots over lands formed beyond unfamiliar seas.

Even after 7 years here abroad, the conversation is ever fresh and vulnerable.. But Not in a dry, rough or cold way, (which are all qualities of the deepening Autumn season) rather a yielding, abiding warmth and sweetness maintains; ever enhanced with a dash of saltiness (at times) and harnessed by ‘sour power’ which moistens the palette and brings any dispersed energy of the spirit back to the heart.

As children of the divine we must allow our humanness to shine. In and through every quality and taste of life, it is always a good idea to honour and bow to the magic of the unseen; to recognise the cyclical nature of things and see that in every season there are so many ways to embody harmony.

Ayurveda, the science of life, so beautifully neutralises all the complexity of wonderment with one core teaching and it is this.

Like attracts like and opposites harmonise

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With the rise here in the Northern Hemisphere of Autumn, we begin to experience the environment becoming more cold, dry, rough and light. These are all qualities of the Vata dosha, born from the elements - air and space.

For those with more Vata in their constitution, this is the perfect seasonal opportunity to ensure that all the practices of lifestyle and nutrition that encourage moistening, warming, soothing and grounding are embraced - as these are the balancing qualities of Vata, the harmonising counterparts.

The chart to the right highlights in red the main attributes of nature that come from the elements Air & Space - the Vata dosha. Invite balance by seeking practices that encourage harmonising these qualities in your daily life.

Nutritionally, consider that the elemental construction of Vata - Air and Space, is Bitter in taste and thus grounded by Sweet, Sour and Salty on the palette.

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This linked recipe for Dandelion Pesto respectfully bids the Summer season adieu with a tilt of the hat to the Bitter taste helpful for balancing Pitta dosha, which culminates to a peak in the body from about now to mid November.

For those with more Pitta in their constitution - Fire with a little Water for flare - you may well be experiencing the elevation by way of inflammation, skin irritation, easily overheated mind body and emotion.

In such case, adhere to Pitta balancing Yoga, lifestyle and dietary guidelines to enjoy some relief until the Pitta declining rise of winter.

For those already feeling blown away by the Autumn breeze, check out this post with 3 yummy recipes to help fill your seasonal transition with thoroughly enjoyable eats.

I hope these words are helpful to you. Reach out and let me know in the comments below. I love to read you and respond to every one.

Love and peachy Autumn sun,

Amber xoxox

WILD ORANGE Essential Love, perfect for Vata support

(Citrus Sinensis)  “Wild Orange, Oh sweet friend  Be with me, fill my senses with clarity quell this lofty illusion of scarcity  I love your warmth and zest enduring.”

(Citrus Sinensis)
“Wild Orange, Oh sweet friend
Be with me, fill my senses with clarity quell this lofty illusion of scarcity
I love your warmth and zest enduring.”

With a nature that revitalises and uplifts, Wild Orange is an oil that helps us to let go of challenging days. Because being over-wired and over-tired got no-one anywhere, ever.

An immensely friendly oil, Wild Orange disguises her clarifying temperament with a sweet and playful presence that encourages the re-arranging of unhelpful perceptions.

For many, she quenches an insatiable inhale and allows the exhale to lengthen; bringing a knowing reminder that sweetness ripens in learning how to let go, root down and receive.

For clarifying the emotions

  • Place a drop directly into the hand, rub palms vigorously and deeply inhale. Enjoy a long exhale and then repeat, repeat, repeat.

For household love

  • Add to your DIY surface spray cleaner to cleanse and purify.

  • Diffuse a few drops to clean the air and uplift energetic space.

Health and wellbeing

  • Enjoy a drop in a teaspoon of honey to soothe a sore throat and bolster immune function.

  • For muscle inflammation, mix a 3% dilution with a carrier oil and massage over the site.

  • For difficulty relaxing at bed-time mix a 2% dilution with a carrier and massage into the feet.

Food and cooking

  • For a special spritzer treat, mix 1-2 drops in a little honey and stir into drinking water.

  • Add a drop or two to your morning smoothie to add a pop of orange taste.

  • 1-2 drops in a pumpkin spice cake is Delicious !

    Wild Orange is a beautiful and safe oil to welcome into your home.

Would you like to purchase a bottle of doTERRA Wild Orange for your own ?