Entries by Divya Alter

Ginger

Ayurveda calls ginger the “universal medicine”—it is good for so many ailments! Ginger is pungent, heating, and invigorating for digestion and circulation, but not as stimulating as other hot condiments such as chiles, onions, or garlic. Modern studies have confirmed that ginger supports immunity, reduces inflammation, and maintains good digestion. Ginger is available in three […]

Saffron

Saffron (Crocus sativus) Saffron is a divine spice that can slowly but powerfully penetrate all bodily tissues (dhatus) all the way to the reproductive fluid, cleansing and strengthening the blood plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow, and reproductive fluid. Saffron is of soft, smooth, and light qualities, pungent and bitter tastes, heating metabolic effect, […]

Einkorn, the Ancestor Wheat

Einkorn, the Ancestor Wheat Throughout the history of agriculture, wheat has been cultivated and hybridized to increase yield, pest resistance, and elasticity in baked goods. As a result, today’s wheat has a much more complex genetic makeup, which makes it very hard to digest. To challenge our digestion even more, most of the nonorganic wheat […]

Honey (Raw)

Raw honey has unctuous, viscous qualities; a sweet taste, and an astringent aftertaste; heating metabolic effect, which varies according to type. Ayurveda describes raw honey as the best medicine for Kapha as it helps scrape fat. Honey is also balancing for Vata and for Pitta that is under control, although it will overheat high Pitta. […]

Walnut-Orange Cake in Honey Syrup

What is your concept of a healthy cake? Is there such a thing? I say, there is! This recipe is my version of a sugar-free, dairy-free, wholesome pastry, and once you taste it, it might make you want another piece… or two. We all need a sweet treat once in a while (or maybe daily?). […]

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 […]