What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a one of the world’s oldest health and wellness sciences, originating in India. The Sanskrit word means, “the wisdom of life and longevity.”
According to Ayurveda, health is defined as a balanced, tranquil, content, and harmonious state of being in the body, mind, and spirit. The key to health, according to Ayurveda, is to determine the unique and personal constitution, bring imbalances into balance, and make shifts in lifestyle and environment to adjust imbalances.
The entire physical world shares the five elements of space, air, fire, water, and earth. These elements are beyond purely physical substances, and each has particular energies, properties, patterns, and qualities. These 5 Elements combine in various ways to form the three constitutions in Ayurveda known as the doshas.
These three doshas are present in everyone to some degree. They are all a necessary and integral part of the body, mind, and spirit. Everything in the natural world contains these elements. Each of us is born with a unique balance called Prakriti. Our Prakriti is our fundamental dosha balance – when we are at our best, more naturally harmonious state.
Want to find out more about your unique Dosha and how to create more harmony by using some basic Ayurvedic principles? Download a Daily Ayurveda guide which includes the Dosha test and find out your elemental constitution and learn how to create balance with some practical tips and guidelines.
Learn the basics of Ayurveda and determine your Dosha (elemental constitution). Discover easy ways to learn when you are out of balance and how to restore that harmony with simple tips and guidelines that everyone can do at home!
Homemade chai tea
Chai tea is a great way to add some spice into your life and warmth into your day in the Autumn or Winter.
Here is a recipe to get you started. Most spices can be found at grocery stores, health markets, Asian markets, or good ole’ Amazon Prime!
Get creative - add some turmeric for anti-inflammatory properties. You can use decaffeinated black tea instead of regular. Use non-dairy milk, honey for sweetener, or any other ideas you want to try!
4 whole cloves
2 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
3 cups water
1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄2 cup milk (any)
2 tablespoons sweetener
2 tablespoons black tea
1. Crush the cloves, cardamom pods, and cinnamon.
2. Put the crushed spices into a saucepan. Add the water, ginger, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
3. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
4. Add the milk and sweetener to the pan and bring to a boil.
5. Remove from the heat and add the tea.
6. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes.
7. Stir the chai, then strain it into a warmed teapot or directly into teacups.