Chai Tea at Home

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Articles, Featured | Comments Off on Chai Tea at Home

In India, “Chai” simply means tea.¬† To us, it refers to a spicy, exotic form of tea,¬† increasingly popular in America.¬† I have to say, I love Chai Tea!¬† Especially Chai Lattes at Urth Cafe in Los Angeles, and India Sweets and Spices.¬† But,¬† I stopped consuming Chai Lattes at Urth Cafe because they are too sweet (even with almond milk), and they refuse to stock stevia for some unknown reason.¬† (The cashier claims it is too expensive.)¬† Also, as much as I love the Chai at India Sweets and Spices, they only make it with milk, and I’m trying to avoid dairy, so I’ve given that up as well!

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Articles, Featured | Comments Off on Lemons!

Lemon is widely grown all over the world. Lemon grows in abundance in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mexico and West Indies. Unripe lemons are green in color. When they are matured, the color is changed into yellow. Lemon is a must in the kitchen. It is a universally favorite fruit.

Benefits, Qualities and Uses of Lemon

The Ayurveda has regarded lemon as a valuable fruit and admired its properties. Lemon is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent. It checks the excessive flow of bile and cleanses the mouth. It dislodges phlegm (cough) and expels wind from the digestive tract. It helps in digestion and removes constipation. It prevents vomiting, throat trouble, acidity and rheumatism. It destroys intestinal worms.

Though lemon is acidic to the taste, it creates a tidal wave of alkalynity once inside the body.  I like to start each day with fresh squeezed lemon juice in water.

Lemon-juice is a powerful antibacterial. It has been proved by experiments that the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases are destroyed in lemon-juice.

It also contains some vitamin A. Natural vitamin C is much more effective than the synthetic one. Vitamin C of lemon-juice is very effective because it is combined with bioflavonoids (vitamin P). In addition to Vitamin C, lemon also contains niacin and thiamin in small amounts.

One should not take concentrated lemon-juice. It should be diluted with water before taking it. Pure lemon­juice contains acid which is injurious to the enamel of teeth.

Lemon-juice prevents or restrains influenza, malaria and cold.

Lemon-juice gives good relief in fever. Lemon-juice mixed with water is useful in quenching the thirst of the patients suffering from diabetes. It gives immediate relief in abdominal disorders. Lemon acts as a sedative for the nerves and the heart and allays troublesome palpitation.

Lemon is especially appreciated for its Vitamin C value. When Vasco da Gama made his voyage round the Cape of Good Hope nearly two-thirds of his crew died of scurvy. But at present the recurrence of such a disaster is no longer possible owing to the widespread use of lemon. Innumerable boatmen moving in sea have saved their lives with the use of lemon.

Vitamin P in lemon strengthens the blood vessels and prevents internal hemorrhage. It is, therefore, extremely useful in high blood pressure, in which cerebro-vascular accidents commonly occur.

The most valuable ingredient of lemon, next to vitamin C, is citric acid, of which it contains 7.2 per cent. Lemon contains more potassium than apple or grapes, which is beneficial to the heart.

Lemon is very much useful in maintaining the health of the teeth and the bones. The vitamin C content of lemon helps considerably in calcium metabolism.

Lemon has been used for many years in gout and rheumatism. Lemon-juice is a diuretic. It, therefore, gives relief in kidney and bladder disorders. It has been used in destroying intestinal worms. It prevents vomiting and helps to cure hepatitis and other innumerable diseases.

Lemon is a wonderful thing!

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Q&A with ‘Ayurvedic Curative Cuisine for Everyone’ Author Dr. Light Miller

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Articles, Featured | Comments Off on Q&A with ‘Ayurvedic Curative Cuisine for Everyone’ Author Dr. Light Miller

I‚Äôve had the privilege to be learning the art of ayurveda, the 5000 year old ‚ÄúScience of Life‚ÄĚ healing system from India, from a true Master, Dr. Light Miller.

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Ayurveda – The Science of Life

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Articles | 1 comment

Ayurveda (eye-your-vay-dah) is a timeless science that transcends cultures, religions, time and modernity. Practiced continuously on the planet for the past 5000 years and originating in India, Ayurveda offers the mind, body, heart and soul a path back to natural living, in contemporary times.

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