Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ojas Rasayana, an insomnia buster.

This is one of my basic insomnia staples ~ great for calming Vata, or any spacey, scattered, restless, anxious, busy, can’t settle down sort of energy.

If taken an hour before bed, it can bring on a night of sweet dreams and peaceful slumber.

"Ojas" is the Ayurvedic word for deep nourishment and vitality, our underlying reserves of energy. Ojas gives patience, contentment, longevity,  stamina, endurance, strength and stability. In the autumn, when Vata dominates, ojas is available to us through seasonal foods like root vegetables, grains, ghee, nuts and seeds, dates raisins and wholesome autumn fruits.

Rasayana is a principal word used in many contexts, including an entire branch of Ayurveda. Generally it means rejuvenate, and more commonly, "anti-aging" or "stress-reducing". 

10 almonds, soaked 2-3 hours then peeled
1 cup whole milk(dairy, almond or flaxseed)
2 tsp. ghee
4-5 dates, preferably medjool(pits removed)
8 black peppercorns
1/2 tsp. each of cardamom, cinnamon
A pinch of cumin, turmeric and nutmeg

Liquify all ingredients in a blender until it becomes a smooth texture. Pour into a pot and bring to a very gentle boil. Stir and serve

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