Grow The Glow – Ojas!

Ojas – The Essence Of Vitality

According to Ayurveda our life force energy and vitality come from Ojas, which is a Sanskrit term that can be translated as „essence of vitality.“ Ojas is what gives us energy, a glow, a healthy look. It is the energy that keeps our immune system running, which gives us strength, balance, and happiness.

Ojas will be created by your body through the proper and healthy digestion of food, it is linked to Prana which some Yogis might also hear about, and Tejas, which is the essence of fire. Prana is the essence of air and Ojas is the essence of water. Ojas is the seat of Prana -Tejas creates Ojas, Ojas is in charge of Prana, the vital force.

Qualities that every one of us would like to have in abundance, right? For many of us, our Ojas feels lower, and so we feel sad, weak, tired. We dream about what we all want to achieve and do but we are lacking the energy to step out there to live our Dharma.

Related to the Doshas, Kapha is normally very high in Ojas, while Vata is maybe lacking Ojas the most, easily. Signs of a balanced amount of Ojas are for example:

  • Glowing skin and eyes
  • A fit and healthy body constitution
  • A healthy amount of energy
  • Healthy and sharp senses
  • A strong immune system
  • Lack of pain or aches
  • A happy and positive mood and light mind
  • A creative, focused and clear mind
  • Overall well-being

While the lack of Ojas is manifesting in many imbalances you might already know, like cold hands and feet, dry skin (Vata), a heavy body feeling or slow mind (Kapha), being sick often, combined with infections (Pitta), a lack of focus, depression and so on.

Ojas can be restored through our diet.

Food is a simple way to keep our body healthy and balanced – even when so many are doubting it first. The qualities of Ojas are also the qualities you can search in your food to maintain more of this life force energy. Sweet, heavy, smooth, cool and fresh – foods like Avocado, banana, dates, and almonds. (A win for every day!)

We should eat fresh, locally grown and seasonal fruit and vegetables. Not too much raw food, food that is helpful for our own constitution. Organic foods. Whole foods.

We should avoid alcohol, drugs, stimulants, refined sugar and flour, microwave food and processed foods, canned, frozen, fried foods.

Foods that are building Ojas are:

  • Whole grains (preferred gluten-free)
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Mangoes
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet potatoes and Yams
  • Pumpkins (Hokkaido)
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Tofu
  • Soy milk
  • Soy yogurt
  • Almond milk
  • Almond yogurt
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts)
  • Mung beans
  • Leafy greens
  • Olive oil, sesame oil, and coconut oil
  • Ginger, turmeric, Ashwagandha, licorice, Amalaki

There are also some Ayurvedic recipes like Chyawanprash, which is a medical jam with herbs and fruits – Amla fruit, Ashwagandha root are some ingredients and are highly Ojas building.

Find my Chakra Fruit Salad recipe here:

https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/08/25/ayurvedic-chakra-salad-recipe/

Also, some tonic milk which you can drink daily can help you to build up Ojas, find my recipe here:

Grow The Glow Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 10 almonds, soaked overnight
  • 2 dates, soaked overnight
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Agave juice or Maple syrup

Instructions:

Add a tsp. of coconut oil into a small pot and warm with the spices, roast them for 5 minutes on medium heat. Pour the milk and agave juice, add the dates and almond and warm up lightly. Put your warm milk in a blender and mix until everything is blended well. The mixture will be creamy and foamy. Pour in a mug and add a pinch of cinnamon or cocoa on top, enjoy!

Also a healthy lifestyle and Ayurvedic routine are helpful – it is all about the balance! A regular sleeping schedule, cleansing techniques, meditation and Yoga, movement, fresh air and self massages with herbal oils are a good foundation to build Ojas.

Ojas is what we all should put first on our New Year´s resolution list!

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Holistic Ayurvedic Inspired Christmas Menu

Christmas is just around the corner and you may ask yourself what to prepare this year for you and your loved ones? I always disliked the feeling of being stuffed and sluggish after even the most vegan Christmas Dinner recipe variations. Ayurveda got some creative, delicious options we can prepare easily, without stress and hours at the kitchen. And, believe me – to impress your guests on another level!

Let´s just head directly into the recipes and happy kitchen time for all of you!

Entree

Walnut – Soup with Curry butter and Crispy Parsley Leafs

Creamy, unique and impressive!

Walnuts are rich in healthy fat, which may aggravate Kapha. But the herbs and ingredients balance this inspiring and delicious soup evenly out. The alcohol leaves the dish while it is heated. If you don´t want to use it, take some more soy cream.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Walnuts
  • ½ onion
  • ½ celery bulb
  • 2 Cups of potatoes
  • 2 Cups of carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ stalk porree (you will only need the white part)
  • 600 ml vegetable stock
  • 200 ml soy cream
  • 200 ml white vine
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Curry butter:

  • Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. Curry
  • 1 hand full of Fresh parsley

Instructions:

1. Chop the walnuts and roast them under medium heat in a saucepan without any oil. Set a half cup aside.

2. Chop the onion, celery, potatoes, carrots in even pieces. Slice the porree thinly and mince the garlic.

3. Heat sesame oil in a big pot and start to fry the onions, the garlic until transculent. Add your veggies and roast on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add vine, vegetable broth and walnuts and let all cook until soft.

4. Add soy sauce and simmer fort wo more minutes.

5. Blend the soup evenly in a blender or food processor and taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

6. In a small pan, start to heat sesame oil with maple syrup and add the curry powder and parsley leafs. Add the other walnuts and spread over the Walnut soup in a bowl.

One of my favorite Christmas recipes this year!

Main Menu

Mashed Chickpea – Potatoes with Thyme Carrots and Hokkaido Patty Stars

Delicious, simple and creative!

Pacifies Vata and Kapha, the chickpeas bring in some light qualities into the earthy,mashed potatoes. Pitta peeps could make the patties in the oven without any oil to make it more digestible.

Ingredients:

Mashed – Chickpea – Potatoes

  • 1 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight with plenty of water and cooked soft – you can also use one can of already soft chickpeas
  • 4 big potatoes or 6 smaller ones
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 tbsp. chickpea flour
  • sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • black pepper
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. ginger, powder
  • chopped parsley
  • sesame oil
  • plant milk (Soy or Almond)
  • water

Instructions:

1. Chop and peel the potatoes and bring water to boil in a medium large pot. Add the peeled and chopped parsnip and cook with potatoes until soft, with a pinch of salt.

2. Add chickpeas, chickpea flour, pepper and salt, turmeric and ginger and mash all evenly together.

3. Pour in one cup of water and mash until the whole mixture is getting creamy. Add now almond milk or soy milk, until you become a super creamy consistency and stirr well.

4. Add one teaspoon of sesame oil and start to warm up the potatoe mash.

5. Chop the parsley and serve sprinkled with parsely and fresh pepper.

Thyme Carrots

Pacifies Vata, Pitta and Kapha – an easy to digest side dish with a whole amount of flavors!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg small carrots
  • sesame oil  
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • a bunch of fresh thyme or dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup  

Instructions:

1. Trim the leafy green stalks off the carrots, and peel them.

2. Heat some sesame oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Crush the unpeeled garlic with the flat side of your knife and add your garlic to the pan. Change sides after one minute and be careful the garlic don´t get burned.

3. Add your thyme sprigs or dry thyme and pour your agave juice over. Add one cup of water.

4. Add the carrots, season with sea salt and black pepper, and let your carrots be covered evenly with thyme and your liquid.

5. Cover your pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until your carrots are soft.

6. Remove the cover, and let simmer for another 5 minutes, until the glaze has reduced. The carrots are going to be sticky and caramelized when they are done.

Hokkaido Patty Stars

Ingredients:

  • ½ Hokkaido pumpkin, chopped
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 1 cup cannelini beans, canned
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp. buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • Sesame oil for frying

Instructions:

Serving: Place a small amount of every dish on your plate, drizzle a bit thyme sesame oil and chopped parsley over the plate. A pinch of fresh black pepper is also pretty.

  1. Start to boil the pumpkin with the potato and carrots in a medium sized pot, until soft. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onion.
  3. Mash your beans with a potatoe masher in a big bowl and add your pumpkin mix to it. Add all the other spices and dry ingredients and mix it evenly together. The misture should be sticky enough and not too wet. Use water or more oat flour if you aren´t sure.
  4. Taste if more spices are needed. When the mixture isn´t that hot anymore, start to make thick and round patties. If you have a huge star cookie stencil, you can start making star patties, use the rest to make another patty at the end. If not, make round patties.
  5. Fry the patties in a medium sized pan, and don´t use too much sesame oil at first. It don´t have to swim in oil, just fry them evenly brown from every side.
The patties can be in a beautiful shape with simply using a cooky stencil!

Dessert

Lavender – Orange – Pudding

Calming, grounding, and all the flavors! Mmmhhh….!

This raw vegan dessert comes along with some interesting flavors and the cashews are balancing the dry and aetherical qualities of lavender a bit to serve Vata, while dates and oranges are gifting Pitta and Kapha with an adventure for your taste buds!

Ingredients:

  • 2 peeled oranges
  • 1 cup of cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup of dates, soaked overnight
  • 1 tbsp. of agave juice
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers or a drop of lavender oil (natural one!)
  • 1 pinch of organic, orange zest

Instructions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients in your blender or food processor until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Scoop into small, single serving bowls and place in your frigde overnight.
  3. Decorate the pudding with orange zest, and more lavender flowers before serving. Serve at room temperature.

I am wishing you a beautiful, healing, loving Christmas time!

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Creamy Tridoshic Beetroot Hummus

Beetroot meets Hummus – and they are such a Dream Team! Find today this easy and delicious Ayurvedic recipe and make your new week grounding and delicious!

I used cooked chickpeas from the day before and also prepared the beetroot one evening before I made the Hummus. So it´s a super quick side dish you can even prepare when you are short on time!

Flamingo pink for good mood food!

That´s all you will need:

Ingredients:

1 small, cooked, peeled beetroot ⠀

2 cups soaked, cooked chickpeas⠀

2 garlic cloves⠀

1 tbsp sesame oil⠀

1 tsp cumin⠀

1/2 tsp ground coriander ⠀

1 pinch ground ginger ⠀

2 tbsp Tahini ⠀

1/2 lemon, juiced⠀

1 tsp seal salt ⠀

1 pinch black pepper ⠀

1 cup of water, maybe more (go slow!)⠀

Parsley and sesame oil as topping ⠀

Black sesame seeds on top are also perfect!

Instructions:

Blend chickpeas, beetroot, tahini, garlic, spices with water in your blender until the consistency gets creamy. You may use more or less water. ⠀

Add Hummus to a bowl and top with minced parsley, a bit Sesame Oil (Kaphas skip that part) and black pepper. ⠀

This hummus is perfect for steamed veggies and Quinoa, as well with gluten free or raw bread! 😋👌🏼

Warming spices and balanced ingredients make this recipe an easy and nurturing side dish with grounding and warming qualities! ⠀

Did you ever tried beetroot hummus? 😋☝🏼⠀

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Unfold the magic of Ayurveda with therapeutic oils

You may be read in every article about Ayurvedic daily routine, to use basic oils like sesame oil or almond oil for your daily Abhyanga massage. Even when they have some small effects on your health:

What if I tell you now, that it is just (nearly) the same as using a lotion?

The magic and healing quality of Ayurveda can´t be experienced by using basic oils but it is a good start to start a daily self-care routine. There is so much more possible! And I am not talking about the use of essential oils!

Medical oils are used traditionally in Ayurveda

The perfect oil is lubricating, soothing, moistening, and calming the body and your senses and mind. In Sanskrit, the word oil is called ‘Sneha‘.

Sneha is also a term for love and therefore holds a special place in the Ayurvedic tradition. Sneha will nourish your body and mind with it’s loving, soothing and properties.

Applying medical oils will balance your doshas, can help you to heal different symptoms caused by imbalances and can help your body to gain strength and a calm state of mind. In fact, Ayurvedic oils can go down so deep into your tissues, that it is even possible to support your body after a broken bone or operation to heal properly!

The skin is our largest organ – so we can take in here a much bigger amount of herbs than in any other possible way! Ayurvedic therapeutic oils are prepared sacredly – the amount of herbs used for one liter of oil is a game-changer!

Every good Ayurvedic Health Coach or Therapist will find a specific oil for you and use it for your booked Ayurvedic massage. And also – suggest one for using at home! Don´t settle for less!

Find here today some interesting and helpful oils for your Dosha and some specific imbalances. You can buy oil online, worldwide – give it a try! Going three months of a daily Ayurvedic massage routine with therapeutic oil is not just preventive, but will also reveal the true power of Ayurvedic healing art!

Vata Oils

The most balancing oil and perfect for a daily self-massage is called:

Dhanvantaram Thaila

Dhanvantaram Thaila goes with coconut oil and is also helpful before and after pregnancy, rheumatism, arthritis, strengthen muscles, dementia.

We can say, that Vata oils are helpful to balance several Vata caused diseases or imbalances.

Watch also out for:

Bala Thaila, Karpasyadi Thaila, Chukkadi Thaila, Mahanarayana Thaila (especially for adrenal fatigue and burn out syndrome).

Pitta Oils

Chandanadi Thaila

This oil can cool down every Pitta imbalance. Thaila is coconut oil-based and can be best used on the head as well to balance Pitta Dosha.

It is helpful with mental disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression.

Watch also out for:

Bringaraja Thaila, Eladi Keram (infections of the skin, acne), Eladi Thaila.

Kapha Oils

There is not much oil for Kapha Dosha available, because we work with the opposite qualities of each Dosha to maintain balance. Kapha peeps should prefer dry massages with herbs. But there is some good Kapha oil available as well:

Sahacaradi Thaila

When you feel stagnant and slowly, your bones feel heavy – this one can help with rheumatic issues, blocked shrotas, mental disorders, pain in different body parts and metabolic diseases.

Watch also out for:

Curnas for dry massages can help to balance Kapha. Brahmi Curna, Bhringaraja Curna, and Haridra Curna can balance Kapha caused symptoms.

How to apply therapeutic oil?

You can find my guide to a self-massage at home here:

https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/03/31/ayuryogadetox-free-e-book-available-now/

For therapeutic oil, it is helpful to warm them a bit up in their bottle. I use a baby bottle warmer, as it goes quickly warm while I am brushing my teeth.

Rub the oil stronger into your skin than you normally would, to bring the herbs deeper to your tissues.

Therapeutic oils smell a bit different than wellness oils. I use specific pants and a shirt to sit with the oil for 20 minutes or overnight before I shower it off. Use mild soap to shower it off.

Pour a hot cup of water afterward you in your bath sink to avoid clogging from the thick oil!

I love to let the oil sink in overnight – I sleep better, I wake up rested and I feel amazingly balanced. I also helped my body with Vata oil against cracking joints, a really fragile upper spine and eczema!

It is a self-experienced practice. Hit me per Mail or comment if you have any other questions about therapeutic oil or supplier!

Where to find oils? DM me if you need help!

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Namaste,

From my heart to yours,

Ayurvedic Chocolate Porridge

When I talk about soul food, I mean exactly food LIKE THAT!

Find here my favorite Autumn Porridge bowl that comes along with creamy chocolate oats and Ashwagandha! Spices like cinnamon and cardamom will keep you warm and cosy during your day, while toppings like almond butter and cashews will help you to ground and nourish yourself.

Ingredients:


★ 1 Cups of Gluten-free oats/Oats, soaked overnight

★ 1-2 Cups of plant milk of choice

★ 2 Tsp. raw cocoa

★ ½ Tsp. Ashwagandha

★ ½ Tsp. Cardamom

★ ½ Tsp. Cinnamon

★ ½ Banana, 1 small apple, frozen raspberries, chias, gojis, cocoa nibs, cashews, almond butter

Instructions:


★ Soak the oats again overnight and add your plant milk in the morning and start slowly to warm it up!

★ Slice your banana, apple and add them into a small pan. Heat them slowly and add raspberries at the end. You can add maple syrup to sweeten it more.

★ Add the spices to your warm oats and mix and stir well for another five minutes. Add maybe more plant milk if needed.


★ Put your oats in a bowl and top with the warm banana and apple slices and raspberries. Add almond butter, gojis, chias and cocoa nibs.

★ Eat and enjoy warm and melting again. Ashwagandha will give your extra energy and takes your stress away!

I hope you enjoy the fall Season as much as I do! And I hope you like this recipe for sure. Please tag us when you tried our recipe on Instagram or Facebook and leave some love in the comment section below!

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6 common facts about Ayurveda and TCM

Ayurveda has a history of more than 5,000 years, originated in the Indus Valley region of India. First, it was passed orally from family to family and generation to generation. Later it was recorded in the ancient Vedic books. The knowledge was spread along the silk road and influenced Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is originated in China. As the origin of history got lost, written records are available from 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture points history can be followed way back to Stone Age.

As you can see – there must be some similarities between Ayurveda and the ancient way of TCM. Both systems are holistic for sure and see the human as a whole. Let´s have a closer look!

1.) Connections to the tongue

Ayurveda and TCM both use tongue diagnosis. In TCM the tongue is a map to our organs. In Ayurveda, we also use cracks, color, coat of the tongue to have a closer look at the imbalances of our patients. TCM also recommends to brush the tongue and avoid certain drinks or food before having a tongue diagnosis. 

2.) The theory of elements 

Here is another common thing – TCM is separating the body in 5 elements. Ayurvedic theory is separating the body into 5 elements as well. In Ayurveda, we call it Vata (Ether & Air), Pitta (Fire & Water), Kapha (Earth & Water). In TCM it is Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. 

And both systems have a similar way to find those elements in the human body. Here is a TCM description: 

  1. Solid structures such as bones, flesh, skin, tissue, and hair represent earth form.
  2. Water forms saliva, urine, semen, blood, and sweat.
  3. Fire forms hunger, thirst, and sleep.
  4. Air takes care of breathing like expansion, contraction, and suppression.
  5. Space takes care of physical attraction and fear.

3.) Pulse Diagnose 

Both Ayurveda and TCM use Pulse diagnose to find imbalances. 

Ayurveda describes the Doshas in our Pulses, while TCM describes 29 different Pulses in the human body. The goal is the same: to have a closer look at the individual and its imbalances to find a unique treatment. 

4.) The causes of illness

In TCM the evils are external in origin but can penetrate deeply into the body, as they do in Ayurveda.

The Six Evils are:

  • Wind
  • Cold
  • Damp
  • Heat
  • Summer Heat
  • Dryness

In Ayurveda Dryness and Wind and everything that is aggravating Vata is the root of 60% of all illnesses. 30% are related to Pitta Dosha and just 10% can be found related to Kapha Dosha. 

5.) Tastes and properties 

TCM describes different tastes in herbs and nutrition as well. Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Sour, Salty, Astringent and Bland. In Ayurveda, we describe Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent. 

6.) Dietary and Nutritional guidelines 

Just have a look at the common TCM guidelines for eating habits and what should be avoided:

General Eating Habits   

  •   Eat in a calm and relaxed atmosphere and do not rush your meal
  •  Avoid intense interactions at mealtime, including television and reading
  •  Chewing food thoroughly supports spleen qi
  •  Don’t eat meals late at night
  • Avoid overconsumption and excessive fasting

  Avoid:

  •  Raw, cold food, and iced beverages
  •  Excessive dairy
  •  Oily, greasy, and fried foods
  •  Refined sugar and limit overly sweet foods like fruit
  •  Refined carbohydrates
  •  Excessive alcohol intake
  •  Excessive meat consumption

I am sure you can find here all the nutrition facts, you already read about Ayurvedic nutrition!

What do you think? What do you prefer? What do you practice? I would like to read some of your personal experiences in the comment section below! 

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Best Ayurveda Quotes To Fall In Love With Ayurveda

From Ayurveda with love is all about – falling in love with this ancient science! Of course! And as we just dived into a new season, let´s fall in love with this ancient, medical system to maintain balance and health!

I have here a collection of my favorite Ayurveda Quotes and they are also book reccomendations at the same time.

Every quote comes from an author I would totally suggest to read books from and dive deeper into Ayurvedic knowledge! Some have a deep key essence of what Ayurveda is! Some are perfect to get started.

The days are getting now longer, darker and being relaxed at home with a cup of turmeric latte is the perfect moment to read all the books we want to!

Find my top 10 Ayurveda quotes today:

“The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.”

―Shubhra Krishan

“A well-lived day is medicine unto itself.”

―Acharya Shunya

“The Ayurvedic route to great health involves two simple steps:

1. Doing less;

2. Being more.”

―Shubhra Krishan

“As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be really healed. Ayurveda gives us the means.”

―David Frawley

“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.”

― Sebastian Pole

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

―Ayurvedic proverb

“Ayurveda teaches us to cherish our innate-nature – “to love and honor who we are”, not as what people think or tell us, “who we should be.”

―Prana Gogia

“Ayurveda is the science of life and it has a very basic, simple kind of approach, which is that we are part of the universe and the universe is intelligent and the human body is part of the cosmic body.”

―Deepak Chopra

“From its ancient origins in India, Ayurveda has now spread all over the world. Its teaching uses a blend of herbal medicine, massage, nutrition, spiritual insight, practical experience, scientific analysis, and artistic creativity to guide us to a balanced fulfilled life style.”

―Sebastian Pole

„Be friendly to all creatures, reconcile the angry, console the frightened, be merciful to the poor and be truthful.“

Ayurvedic Proverb

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Namaste,

We are on vacation….

For two weeks this blog is going to be more quiet! We are traveling for a while through beautiful and inspiring South Korea! Searching delicious food, wellness treatments and massages, beauty and skin care! There is so much to explore!

So if you can´t catch us here via mail or comment, please be patient, we will come back to you as soon as we are back!

Wishing you a beautiful start into the new season, love and good vibes!

Namaste,

Ayurvedic Transition to Autumn

Preparing your body for autumn

Days are getting shorter, mornings and evenings getting colder…✨

As you might recognized, since the last week of July the mornings and evenings are cooler, and since the beginning of August the days got shorter, sometimes the sun is glowing already golden in the evening hours. Vata season starts exactly around that time of the year and so we are heading into a new season – autumn is close!

Our body starts to get cravings for warm and grounding food by itself and instead of your leafy summer greens, you might think about a bowl of mashed poatoes for lunch instead. Your body is telling you that it is time for a shift and need carbs to build layers of fat in your body.

This change of your metabolism can cause dry skin, especially when your Dosha is Vata! Daily oil massages before bed will keep your skin nourished. I suggest sesame oil or another warm, nourishing oil. The vitality of your skin will fade in autumn and so your sensitive face skin needs extra love and attention!

Get yourself an oil cleanser, fermented foam cleanser and a nourishing toner before you apply lotion onto your skin. It will let your skin look healthy, glowing and not so pale.

How does it come that your skin get dry now so quickly?

Your body protects itself from heat loss and is reducing the blood flow – especially in your legs, arms and skin. But with massages, oil and extra love you can support your skin and body to don´t feel freezy and dried out.

Lifestyle & Nutrition tips for late summer and early fall

Start to wear layers of clothes and warm socks. Keep your body warm at night and if you experience cold feet, wear socks to avoid insomnia. To keep your circulation up, start your morning with dry brushing and a warm shower. Use a nourishing lotion or dry oil. And for sure…the biggest part – change your diet into a fall friendly one!

Your stomach gains now more blood and you will feel a natural cravings for ingredients like garlic, potatos and with a smart nutrition change you can prepare your body for flu season which starts around November.

Prefer now food and recipes with the following ingredients:

Sweet potatoes, potatoes, porridge and overnight oats

Beets, carrots and pumpkin

Mushrooms

Garlic, ginger and onions, turmeric  and salt

Lemons, apples, pears, grapes, plums

Almonds, cashews

Avoid dry food and cold food like:

Walnuts, hazelnuts

Celery, parsley

Asparagus

Cracker, Chips, Popcorn

Granola, Muesli

And last but not least, support your body with herbs!

  • Chyvanprash can help your immune system to stay balanced
  • Ashwagandha is calming your mind
  • Amalaki to cool down your Pitta in late summer and feel more balanced
  • Licorice root – helps you to soothe dryness

I also love to start September with a week of Kitchari cleansing – I mostly eat a big bowl of Ayurvedic porridge for breakfast, Kitchari with warm sesame oil instead of Ghee for lunch and a small bowl of warm soup in the evening. I prefer here soups with vegetables like potatoes, squash and Miso soup! Kimchi Jigae is also something that works for me and my Vata clients as well!

Find here two of my recipes which are perfect for this season:

A warming and nourishing soup:

Start your day with this delicious and grounding porridge:

You can join my free and exclusive Facebook group end of September if you want to detox, lose weight or just want to start a new healthy way of eating and lifestyle! The group is limited to 10 peeps so that I have enough time to take care of all your individual needs!

More infos coming soon,

when you read this, I am already traveling and this blog will be silence for two weeks! 🙂

Have the best time,

From my heart to yours,

Namaste!

Ayurvedic Chakra Salad Recipe

August and September are harvest months! Plums are ripe, apricots are super sweet, blackberries are on peak, new and fresh pears are already available. We also have got all the summer berries available. It is as you can see – the perfect time for fruit salads!

This chakra salad comes along with an Ayurvedic dressing made of tahini and lemon juice.

Let´s enjoy the last hot days with this refreshing and nourishing, rainbow colored salad!

Ingredients:

Strawberries – red/root chakra

Apricots – orange/sacral chakra

Peaches – yellow/sloar plexus chakra

Kiwi – green/heart chakra

Blueberries – blue/throat chakra

Blackberries – indigo/third eye chakra

Plums – violett/crown chakra

& hemp hearts for topping the salad

Ayurvedic Tahini Dressing:

2 tbsp. of tahini

1 tbsp. maple syrup

2 tbsp. orange juice

½ tsp. Cinnamon

pinch of ginger, cardamom, sea salt

½ cup of water (eventually more if needed)

Preparation:

  1. Wash and chop your fruits. You can replace the fruits according to the colors for sure! 😊
  2. Place in a bowl and start to mix the dressing – I used my little blender bottle for this one. Add all the ingredients fort he tahini dressing in your blender, mix it and drizzle it over your salad.
  3. Garnish with the hemp seeds.
  4. Enjoy this beautiful salad with your familiy and friends!

I hope you like this recipe! This is also possible in a savory way with fresh veggies! Want to know how? Then please subscribe to my blog and stay tuned for the next post!

I am wishing you a beautiful new week ahead!

Namaste!