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Spicy Honey Syrup

This homemade syrup is good for sore throat, cough, and even strengthens digestion. For heavy mucus or cough, make a tea by stirring it with warm water and lemon juice and sip throughout the day. This spicy honey can also be used as topping for your desserts or as a part of your charcuterie board.

Best for Kapha dosha.

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 30 minutes to sit
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Serves: 1 person



  1. Char the cinnamon and cloves on an open flame or on a grill, till they collect ash. And then grind them to a fine black powder
  2. Add honey to this spice powder and place the container inside a double boiler
  3. Add ginger juice and lemon juice and mix well.
  4. Add water if you want a thinner consistency.
  5. Let it sit for 30 mins
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature

Serving suggestions

For weight loss tonic, add ground black pepper instead of cloves and double the amount of lemon juice. Mix 1 tablespoon of this syrup into warm water and sip at a 15-minute interval throughout the day.

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Kidney Bean (Rajmah) Hummus

Give your basic hummus a twist with this recipe. Serve this creamy kidney beans hummus with crisp vegetables in summer or use it to make savory sautés in Autumn, Winter, and spring. This hummus can be used as a dip or a salad dressing or a side dish.

Good for Kapha Dosha.
For Vata/Autumn, serve with Yogurt.
For Pitta/Summer serve with lots of salad vegetables like romaine lettuce.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 Minutes
Serves: 1 person


  • 1 can of Red Kidney beans (you can also use Black beans)
  • 1 T tahini
  • ½ t paprika
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste (preferably Himalayan salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Blend together the kidney beans, tahini, paprika, cayenne, and lemon juice until the desired consistency is achieved.
  2. Add olive oil and pulse a few times to blend everything.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Serving suggestions

Add fresh seasonal herbs as holy basil or mint leaves for extra flavor.

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What are Shingles?

Shingles is a medical condition that occurs when you develop a painful rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This rash can occur in any part of the body. However, it very frequently emerges as one line of sores that covers over either the left or the right side of your torso. It is not a life-threatening illness but it can be very painful.

What are the Symptoms of Shingles?

  • There are some typical symptoms of Shingles. The most common symptoms you may experience if you have shingles are aching, burning, numbness and tingling.
  • Sensitivity to touch is also a very common symptom of Shingles.
  • You develop a pus-filled sore that breaks open and crust over. Also, it starts with a red rash that starts after a few days of pain.
  • In some cases, you may also experience fever, headaches, and fatigue.

What are the Causes of Shingles?

The main cause of Shingles is the varicella-zoster virus. This virus enters your nervous system after recovery from chickenpox and remains for years. Ultimately, this same virus can get reactivated and move along nerve trails to your skin and you end up getting shingles. However, not everybody who’s gotten chickenpox will have shingles. Shingles usually attack people who have low immunity like older people or people who have underlying disorders like diabetes.

When to see a Doctor?

  • This condition is not a serious health condition, but it is very annoying because of its pain. So it needs to be treated.
  • Most importantly, if you develop any rashes near your eyes and if you leave it untreated, it may cause permanent eye damage. So see your doctor in that case.
  • People above 60 years of age should not avoid it either. A higher age may increase your probability of other health difficulties.
  • People with low immunity systems should consult with the doctor as soon as they develop Shingles.

Lifestyle Prevention of Shingles

  • Some lifestyle prevention can help you avoid this condition.
  • Vaccination is one of them. Proper vaccination can surely help you avoid getting Shingles as well as Chickenpox. Generally, Children are given chickenpox vaccination and adults are given Shingles vaccination.
  • Improving immunity is very important to fight many diseases and this one is no exception. Taking multivitamins helps you prevent Shingles.
  • Smoking lowers immunity. So, quitting smoking is important to avoid Shingles.
  • Following a healthy diet which is full of green vegetables and fruits is really important. Try to add as much green and red food to your diet. Oranges are also very helpful.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Shingles

There are some great Ayurvedic remedies to treat shingles. Some herbs and spices such as Giloy,Neem, Manjishtha, etc. are known for their great anti-viral properties.
  • Giloy: Giloy is an effective herb that assists you in Shingle treatment. Take 2-3 teaspoons of juice, once or twice a day.
  • Neem: Neem is used for treating many skin conditions including Shingles.10-20 ml of neem juice daily can prevent you from many skin related diseases.
  • Manjishtha: This herb is known to treat neuralgia and is very effective on Shingles. Mix ½ – 1 teaspoon of manjistha powder in a glass of water and drink daily. or as per your requirement
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Chimomile Oil | Giloy | Tea Tree Oil | Neem | Manjistha | Turmeric | Triphala | Daruhaldi | Mulethi | Patola (Pointed gourd)
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known


What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a medical condition that occurs when a herniated disc, bone spike on the backbone, or lessening of the spine squeezes a section of the nerve. This triggers inflammation, discomfort, and frequently some lack of sensation in the impacted leg.

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

There are some typical symptoms of Sciatica:
  • You may feel a pain that travels from your butt, down the backside of your thigh, and then into the toe.
  • Sciatica typically involves both the lower left and right sides of the body.
  • You may experience severe pain while performing general stuff like driving, walking, running, household chores, etc. You may also feel the pain while sneezing or coughing.

What are the Causes of Sciatica?

  • Several causes may trigger this Sciatica. However, there are some obvious causes of this condition.
  • Any injury to your spinal cord may trigger this condition.
  • Also, doing irregular exercise may cause Sciatica.
  • In most cases, overweight people tend to get Sciatica more than those who are healthy or thin.
  • Sometimes, sleeping on a soft mattress can trigger Sciatica.
  • For the ladies, wearing high heels for a long time may be the reason.
  • Other than that, there are some health conditions, such as herniated disk, degenerative disk disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, etc. can cause this Sciatica.

When to see a Doctor?

  • In case you have mild Sciatica, you can expect it to heal over time. You may need to see a doctor if the self-care measures are not helping you to alleviate your discomfort.
  • Also, if your pain is lasting longer than a week, and worsening, you should consult your doctor immediately.
  • In some severe cases, you may experience a sudden pain in your back or leg and you may also feel numbness and muscle weaknesses. You can have trouble controlling your bladder or bowel. These are the moment of a medical emergency without any further delay

Lifestyle Prevention of Sciatica

  • Preventing sciatica is possible just by following some preventive measures. Let us understand how you can avoid getting Sciatica.
  • The most important is to follow an exercise regime which will strengthen your back. This way you can avoid any back injury..
  • Maintaining a good posture while sitting and standing is important.
  • You should always avoid bowing over to pick up any heavy items. As a substitute, squat down to pick the objects up with the legs.
  • Diet is always important. Being overweight increases the chances of sciatica problems.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Sciatica

There are some great Ayurvedic remedies that will help you to minimize the symptoms of Sciatica.
  • Nutmeg Oil: Use 2 to 5 drops of Nutmeg oil with sesame oil or coconut oil and massage softly on the impacted area two times daily for the joint pain to heal.
  • Garlic Milk: Garlic milk is very effective to relieve any kind of pain. To make the milk,take 10 cloves of garlic and peel it. Then put the garlic cloves in a pot and boil it with two cups of milk and one cup of water for about 5 to 6 minutes and then strain the milk and drink it. Add honey for sweetness.
  • Guggulu: Guggulu paste is one of the most effective cures for back pain. Applying guggulu paste relieves back pain and also strengthens the muscles.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Nutmeg | Guggulu | Ashwagandha Churna | Balarishtam | Garlic | Indian Aloe Vera
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known

Pickled Ginger

Lemon lifts and balances Vata and Ginger gives warmth. It soothes digestion, eases nausea, hydrates tissues, and encourages proper circulation. These ginger bites go really well with rice and can be used as a side dish or can be had after heavy meals.

Good for Vata.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 Minutes
Serves: 1/2 person


  • ¼ cup of thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • 2 T freshly squeezed Lemon juice
  • 1 t lemon zest
  • 1 t sugar


  1. Mix ginger, ginger juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, and sugar together.
  2. Store it in an airtight jar and place it in the refrigerator.

Serving suggestions

Should be served at refrigerated temperature.


Adding 1 teaspoon of this Ginger into any dish or just having it with meal will fuel your digestive fire.

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Spinach Paneer

Spinach paneer is a North Indian curry made with Indian cottage cheese mixed in rich and creamy spinach sauce. It has a mild and comforting taste and is sure to be an all-time favorite for everyone.

Good for Vata, Pitta Dosha.
For Kapha, replace the paneer with tofu or omit it altogether.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes
Serves: 2 person



  1. Boil milk in a medium pot and add half a lemon juice to separate the milk solids.
  2. Remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes until it is fully separated.
  3. Line a strainer with a cheesecloth and pour the milk through it.
  4. Squeeze to remove all the liquid, press the solids to flatten, and let it sit for some time under pressure.
  5. In a saucepan, melt ghee, stir in the spices and saute for a minute.
  6. Add spinach and let it cook for 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  7. Once the Spinach is mushy, blend it in to a fine paste and add it back to the pot.
  8. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add fresh cream. Cover and let it simmer for 2-4 minutes.
  9. Add cubed or crumbled paneer and cook for 1 more minute.
  10. Turn off the flame, add remaining lemon juice and serve.

Serving suggestions

Serve hot with Chapatis or Rice

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