One of the three doshas of the body. It manifests as the space and air elements in the physiology. It governs overall flow, circulation, and the innate intelligence of the body to do what it is supposed to.
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Balancing for the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) of body-mind.
According to Charaka Samhita (an ancient text on Ayurveda), the best salt is Soma Salt (aka saindhava) or white Himalayan rock salt, as it is rich in minerals but less heating than other varieties. Available in-store at Divya’s Kitchen and online.
Enhancing Soma, or the cosmic energy (associated with the moon) that that is cooling, nurturing, stabilizing, and lubricating. In the body, Soma transforms into Kapha and ojas.
One of the three doshas of the body. It manifests as the fire and water elements in the physiology. It governs metabolism, transformation, digestion (physical and mental), and more.
A traditional SV Ayurvedic spice blend of 21 pretoasted spices. This tridoshic blend stimulates Kapha (Earthy) and balances Vata (Airy) without aggravating Pitta (Fiery), unless someone has very high Pitta imbalance. Because it’s been pretoasted, you may sprinkle this delicious and aromatic spice blend on ready-made dishes, making it great for traveling and eating out. […]
A summer squash variety and a champion in Ayurvedic cuisine. It is light to digest, nourishes every body tissue, and acts as a “peace-maker” among the five elements. With its sweet and astringent taste, lauki squash cools down excessive overall heat, especially an overheated liver. Unlike other watery squashes, lauki squash will not imbalance the […]
One of the three doshas of the body. It manifests as the water/fluids and earth/structure in the physiology. It governs growth, lubrication, nurturing, stability, and more.
Aka black cumin, black seed. It is sharp, heating, and pungent and stimulates digestion. It also supports the metabolic process of the bodily tissues, burning accumulated sludge without overly increasing Pitta/Fiery. It also supports hormonal balance for both men and women.
Leaves from the tropical curry tree (Murraya koenigii or Bergera koenigii); also called sweet neem leaves in India. Their unique bittersweet aroma attracts cooks across the globe, but it is the numerous healing benefits that elevate curry leaves to an herbal tonic for daily cooking. Fresh curry leaves are available in Indian and Asian grocery stores.