Potassium broth recipe

Season's eatings, everyone! I've been feeling a little puffy, sluggish and even a little achy the last few days. Time to make some potassium broth.

Potassium broth is often used during cleanses or at a time of rejuvenation because of all the amazing benefits it provides. It's hydrating, alkalizing, immune boosting and helps to flush your body of any retained water. Some spas in Europe provide this as a drink due to all its healing benefits. .

It is simple to make (that's how I like it) and essentially tastes like veggie broth. I'm going to sip on it the rest of the day while I do some writing. You can find lots of recipes with a good ol' Google search, but what you'll find as common ingredients is potato peels, parsley, carrots and celery. Some recipes say you can add any other veggies from there. I wanted to add kombu to mine but realized I was fresh out. Here's what I did,

Put 4 quarts of water in large stock pot. Turn heat to high and add potato peels from 2 potatoes (I'll live on the wild side and make mashed potatoes with the inners), 2 onions roughly chopped, 1 bunch of parsley roughly chopped, 4 carrots peeled and chopped, 3 stalks of celery roughly chopped. Bring all contents to boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 1 hour or more. Strain and store in refrigerator. I'm on my last 20 minutes of simmering and it is smelling good in here!

Potassium Broth

The Beauty Chef does it again. We're GLOW-ing.

We don't fully understand how The Beauty Chef does it. Their products are perfectly formulated and are seriously delicious. This is Glow which is incredible for connective tissue and skin. It has ingredients like mung beans, chickpeas and quinoa along with plums, maqui berry and lemon ๐Ÿ‹. It. Tastes. Delicious. With some water it is like a berry tea. We really don't know how they do it, but we are glad they do!

The Beauty Chef Glow Powder

The benefits of eating seasonally

Benefits of eating seasonally

Our gut's microbiome changes with the season! There is new research showing this, but researchers are still questioning why. Ayurveda has been recommending seasonal eating since inception because the food available in each season balances what nature brings and our ability to digest changes along with it. Our digestion happens to be strongest in the winter because we are amping up our protein stores with things like nuts, seeds and of you're carnivorous, meat. Pictured here are some seasonal spices. Clockwise: star anise, cinnamon (these are chips of the bark rather than a stick--cinnamon sticks are dried quickly and lose volatile oils), nutmeg and clove. All of these have a warming effect on digestion and help us to break down food and avoid things like stomach pain and gas ๐Ÿ’จ. Cinnamon and clove are good for pain and increase micro circulation making joint pain decrease. Nutmeg is a sedative and helps with sleep. Star anise, well it does those things but it also looks pretty while doing it! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฟ Eat seasonally!

Stay grounded with rituals

Rituals and self-care

Rituals help us to feel anchored and grounded in our overbooked and overstimulated world. When days feel like they merge into the next, they provide the appropriate transitions. Morning rituals could be geared towards physical hygiene and self-care (like tongue cleaning, oil pulling, brushing your teeth, showering, etc.), or more inward like journaling, meditation or prayer. What defines them as your ritual is that they are consistent, they have intention and they allow for you to feel calm, steady and in control of your day. 

Ayurveda and oils

Ayurveda oils

We're in the dry season of fall, so let's talk oils! I remember once having concern about a friend cutting oils out of her diet. I laugh now, but I was so worried about her myelin sheath--her myelin sheath! This is the fatty covering of your nerves that insulates them and is essential for function. My conclusion was that if she didn't take in fat, her body couldn't maintain healthy fat tissue and thus, there go the myelin sheath! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ญ

This may not have been so far off, despite being dramatic. Dryness aggravates the vata dosa which leads to nerve irritation, anxiety and insomnia--something we have to be cautious of in the fall. Don't shy away from getting healthy fat intake through nuts and seeds and if you consume dairy, things like ghee. Cook with oils that are refined and used for high heat cooking like safflower, coconut, sesame. Coconut is cooling โ„๏ธ, so it should be reserved for early fall. Sesame is very heating โ˜€๏ธ, whereas safflower is light and cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž and can be used early fall or spring.

And...apply oil liberally to your skin! Sesame or a 1/2 sesame 1/2 safflower or sunflower works best this time of year, or one formulated with herbs, flower essences and essential oils right for you!

Ritual alert!

Rituals and self-care

Ritual alert! I wholeheartedly believe we are healthier and happier when we have a conscious opening and closing to our day along with steadiness throughout. Still, I also know that sometimes there isn't the time or the know-how to get started.

Here's a start to a short evening ritual. I use this when I'm feeling low on energy or when I need a reminder to connect with the things that feed my soul. Bringing this to my awareness makes it easier to reboot and recharge at times I need it most.

Beginning Evening Ritual For Adrenal Fatigue: Before bed, sit alone in a quite room. Take 3 deep breaths, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. In a journal, answer these two questions: "What are the things I did today to refuel?" and "How can I leave space tomorrow for the things that bring me energy?" Close your eyes and know that today was exactly as it should be and that tomorrow is full of opportunity.

Upset tummy? Digestive bitters to the rescue.

upset stomach remedy

Many of us spent Thursday eating larger than normal quantities of heavier than normal food at times that don't necessarily match up with our common meal times. All this potentially spells disaster for our digestive systems. Our apothecary is brimming with things we recommend for keeping digestion woes at bay despite what a Thanksgiving feast may bring. We love Urban Moonshineโ€™s Digestive Bitters because they are mild and can be used to both prevent and aid any digestive challenge a family dinner has in store for you. And if bitters arenโ€™t your style, we love ginger for ramping up your ability to digest before you eat and aloe or triphala for helping post meal. 

Traveling for the holidays? Travel well.

How to stay healthy during holiday travel

Ayurvedically speaking, travel tends to be vata provoking due to its, light, dry, and mobile nature. Operating under the ayurvedic notion that like increases like, it stands to reason that travel could bring these qualities out to the nth degree, further exacerbating those vata qualities and leading to common vata ailments such as dry skin, constipation, insomnia, or a scattered mind. To battle these travel undesirables, it's important to balance these qualities with their opposites: things which are heating, oily, grounding, nurturing. Banyanโ€™s I Travel Well was formulated to be balance for all doshas to take but especially considering vata. It contains culinary herbs and medicinal spices that will help with sleep, motion sickness, energy and jet lag. 

Ayurveda

Yoga and ayurveda

Ayurveda is nothing if not intentional. Wearing your ayurvedic lenses will teach you when to lead and when to follow along with the subtleties of the dance that make all that you do more meaningful. 

Anyone seeking recommendations for current health concerns or the maintenance of their optimum health can benefit from an Ayurvedic consultation. Ayurveda differs from conventional medicine in that it pays great respect to each individual as a unique being managing ongoing imbalances endured from our routine, the weather and the season. Ayurveda is a natural medicine, not in only the use of food, plants and routine to cure, but through its theory that we are a reflection of nature. Three constitutions, or doshas, are used to describe this concept within us. Each person's dosha is relative to physique, physiology and psyche and knowing your dosha gives you the roadmap to your health. A consultation will discuss your inherent dosha, doshic imbalance and a plan for health including routine, food and herbal therapies. While Ayurveda has been treating a magnitude of health conditions for thousands of years, we find it specifically helpful in treating digestive issues, skin imbalances, stress, female hormonal concerns, insomnia and maintaining healthy weight.