Yes. Spices. Those things that we sprinkle into our cooking to illuminate the flavors in our food and dazzle our taste buds can bring great healing to our bodies.
It actually turns out that cooking with certain freshly ground spices in specific ways can make the nutrients in your food become ‘time-released’, nourishing the deepest tissues….
My Ayurvedic teacher and Mentor Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra taught me this. He also taught me all about the healing powers of the individual spices. And how to create a customized ‘spice mix’ for individual patient needs.
I am sure you have heard of the healing, anti-inflammatory power of turmeric. And maybe you read a post of mine a while back that warned against using turmeric in capsules. Now I am going to tell you how to get the most healing value out of turmeric that will only benefit every organ and system even down the road.
And that is….. use it in cooking! With other spices. Cooked with ghee or olive oil and a splash of water to buffer the heat. With food.
It’s that simple.
An easy spice mix:
- 1 part turmeric
- 1 part cumin
- 6 parts coriander
- 6 parts fennel
Besides being highly anti-inflammatory, turmeric is very healing for the liver. It restores the intelligence of the liver so that it can filter and clean the blood more effectively, improving its function.
A tremendous aid to digestion, cumin burns ama (clogging, toxic material), and enhances the absorption of nutrients from the foods that it is cooked with.
Coriander is a magical spice. It cleans the blood, calms the mind, and cools the organs and cellular system.
Fennel is also magical in that it coordinates the effects of the other spices, It stimulates digestion without heating, and it even relieves gas and bloating.
How to make this spice mix:
- Get yourself an inexpensive coffee/spice grinder. (or DIY if you have elbow grease!)
- Buy organic whole spices. (Turmeric will be powdered)
- Grind the spices and blend them together
You can now cook with this mix.
In the beginning, use only up to ½ teaspoon of your spice mix I n cooking.
Basically, heat some ghee or olive oil with a bit of water and add the spices and then add some veggies or whatever food you are cooking. Cover. And enjoy!
Let me know how it goes!!!
p.s. Why do we add water? It is because ghee or olive oil brings out the fat-soluble healing portions of the spices and the water brings out the water-soluble. Why not reap the benefits of both.
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