Entries by Divya Alter

Kalonji

Kalonji, aka Black Seed or Black Cumin (Nigela sativa)     Kalonji seeds are light, dry, and hot in qualities, pungent/bitter in taste, with a heating metabolic effect and a pungent post-digestive taste.   Kalonji pacifies Vata and Kapha, and it aggravates high Pitta, although it’s okay for balanced Pitta to use occasionally.   Healing […]

Fenugreek

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)   Fenugreek has a pungent taste, heating metabolic effect, and pungent post-digestive taste. It pacifies Vata and Kapha doshas and imbalances high Pitta, but it is okay in moderation for balanced Pitta.   Fenugreek supports the fat, bone, and blood plasma tissues.   Healing Properties Listed in the Ayurvedic Texts Appetizer Aphrodisiac […]

Cinnamon

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia)   Cinnamon has light, dry, and hot qualities; pungent, bitter, sweet taste; heating metabolic effect; and pungent post digestive taste.   It balances Vata and Kapha, and increases Pitta, although it is okay in moderation for balanced Pitta. Sri Lankan cinnamon is the sweetest, and so it pacifies Pitta.   Cinnamon supports […]

Red Beets

  Beets are of sweet taste, heavy quality, cooling metabolic effect, and pungent post-digestive taste.   They pacify Vata but could aggravate Kapha and Pitta if not cooked with balancing spices and other ingredients.   Beets are very rich in Vitamin A, B, calcium, iron, and powerful antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid (ALA). They […]

How to Keep Your Bile Thin and Moving?

Why is it so important to take care of your liver and gallbladder? The liver produces bile, which is stored in the gallbladder. When we eat, the gallbladder squirts bile into the duodenum (the beginning of the small intestine) as part of the digestive process. Bile is essential for breaking down fats—not only from food, […]

Cauliflower Soup with Almond Cream

  “Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education,” said Mark Twain a long time ago. I find this statement so charming.   As a cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower is excellent for balancing the Earthy/Kapha and the Fiery/Pitta, but it may aggravate the Airy/Vata. Even if you are one of those people who have […]

Cauliflower

“Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education,” said Mark Twain a long time ago. As a cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower is excellent for balancing the Earthy/Kapha and the Fiery/Pitta, but its high phosphorus content can be gas forming and aggravate the Airy/Vata. Cauliflower is easier than cabbage for people with diabetes to eat. […]

Barley

Barley is an ancient grain that has been prepared by cooks throughout the world for thousands of years. Barley flakes or hulled (not pearled) barley are most nutritious. Ayurveda includes barley in remedies for numerous conditions including weight loss, water retention, weakness, recovery from prolonged illness, ulcers, dull complexion, sore throat, cough, and loss of […]

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are one of those compelling vegetables: you either love them or hate them. With their bitter, pungent, and sweet tastes and heating qualities, Brussels sprouts are ideal for busting sluggishness in late winter and early spring weather. This petite cousin of cabbage is medicinal in many ways: Excellent source of folic acid, vitamins […]

Kale

Would you ever guess that kale is in the cabbage family? Known to humans for more than four thousand years, today kale is available on the market all year, but it is most abundant through late fall and winter. The many kinds of kale vary in color and leaf texture—be bold and explore them all! […]