Ayurveda – What are the Doshas? Vata, Pitta & Kapha….

VATA, PITTA & KAPHA…..⠀ The qualities of the three doshas and how they function in our being.⠀

VATA dosha is formed with the elements air and space. Vata governs all movement. The qualities of Vata are light, dry. airy, quick, and cold. Vata people are very tall or little. They are thin and either tall or short. They have asymmetrical features. When Vata people are in balance, they are creative and easily adaptable. They have a great way with words. When Vata people are out of balance, this leads to fear and anxiety.⠀

PITTA dosha – heat, is made up of the elements fire and water. Pitta governs digestion, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature. The qualities of Pitta are hot, sour, pungent, sharp and acidic. Pitta people have strong digestion. Their build is athletic. When Pittas are in balance, they are intelligent, cerebral and sharp. When out of balance, they are hot and easily angered. Pittas tend toward rashes.⠀

KAPHA which is the flesh body or the mucus body and is made up of the elements earth and water. Kapha is our bones, muscles, teeth and everything dense in our bodies. The qualities of Kapha are slow, steady, heavy, oily, and cold. When Kapha people are in balance, Kapha people are loving, nurturing and grounded. When out of balance, they are needy, melancholy and heavy in body and mind.⠀

OUR CONSTITUTION ⠀ Just like we contain all of the elements, we all contain Vata, Pitta and Kapha as well but in varying degrees. Our Dosha is determined at the time of conception. This is our constitution or our Prakriti which we are born with and it never varies. Most people are dominant in two of the doshas. It is more rare to be Tridoshic, to have equal amounts of all three Doshas.⠀

OUR CONDITION – Vikriti is our condition. Depending on where we live and our lifestyle, our condition can get out of balance. Once we know our condition (Vikriti) we use food, herbs, diet and lifestyle changes to align our condition with our constitution and when they are aligned, we experience optimal health and peace in life. ⠀

Reference- ⠀ www.mindbodygreen.com/wc-jean-koemer⠀ renowned teacher of ISHTA Yoga (Integrated sciences of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda) for 20 yrs.

Let’s go back to the OLD WAYS….

Use Herbs & Spices to prepare warm foods like so many cultures still do today….

For a long time, herbs & spices have been very highly appreciated and they are part of numerous ancient traditions, which are usually still practiced today. The traditional cultures actually prize highly spices and herbs not only for their flavour but also for medicinal & healing properties spices & herbs bring to food. ⠀

Traditional medicine has been using herbs and spices for centuries to treat common ailments and now modern science is starting to support some of these theories.⠀

In different cultures around the world cold food and beverages are still not part of norm on a daily basis. In Chinese & Indian culture in particular, cold beverages are believed to be harmful to digestion, so items like ice-cold water or soft drinks are traditionally not served at meal-times. Besides soup, if any other beverages are served, they would most likely be hot tea or hot water. Tea is believed to help in the digestion of greasy foods.⠀

Using herbs & spices also aids in digestion due to their numerous attributes, beneficial in our overall gut health.

Why Organic?

WHY ORGANIC?⠀
In order to label any products as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must originate from organically produced plants. ⠀
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Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. To achieve this, farmers use crop rotation, mulch to manage weeds and natural fertilisers to feed plants and soil such as compost and manure. ⠀
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Consequently, our organic herbs and spices are produced on farms around the world adhering to these practices.⠀
Such farming methods are of great benefit both environmentally and for the health of the Consumer When growing organic herbs and organic spices using these practices, the soil is far richer in nutrients and therefore more fertile. This in turn results in stronger, healthier plants free of non-organic matter. Crop rotation and the encouragement of wildlife helps to control and break the cycle of any pests or diseases hence the need to use pesticides is eradicated.⠀
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When we source our Organic herbs and organic spices, we ensure that they are traced back to the farm from where they are grown. ⠀
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Part of the inspection is checking the origin of our organic products and tracing the supply chain from the farms,⠀
This allows us to display the highly respected and distinctive logo of the Organic Food Chain upon our sachets of Certified Organic Seasoning Mixes.⠀
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Why is organic food often more expensive?⠀
Organic food is more labour intensive since the farmers do not use pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or drugs. Organic certification is expensive and organic feed for animals can cost twice as much. Organic farms tend to be smaller than conventional farms, which means fixed costs and overhead must be distributed across smaller produce volumes without government subsidies.⠀

Organic vs. Non-Organic⠀

Grown with natural fertilizers (manure, compost).⠀
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Grown with synthetic or chemical fertilizers.⠀
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Weeds are controlled naturally (natural herbicides, crop rotation, hand weeding, mulching, and tilling).⠀
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Weeds are controlled with chemical herbicides.⠀
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Pests are controlled using natural methods (birds, insects, traps) and naturally-derived pesticides.⠀
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Pests are controlled with synthetic pesticides.⠀

Add & Use to Feel Good….we do not need a recipe to add spices to a meal..

YOU DO NOT NEED A RECIPE – Add Flavour and Aroma. Spices can transform a meal by adding a range of flavours and you can gain the benefits in the meantime.⠀
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Enhance the taste of food. We always think of salt as our go-to when a meal tastes too bland, but there are other options….⠀
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Seasoning with spices can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with them but simply sprinkle our Ayurvedic Seasoning Mixes on top of bland vegetables, soup, bolognaise, meat dishes, vegetarian dishes and you won’t look back!⠀
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VATA – pacifying warming herbs & spices – when you are feeling nervous, worried, cold and your meals have become irregular – Vata Seasoning supports the mind, stomach, digestion and will warm and pacify your body.⠀
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PITTA – when you are feeling hot and bothered, impatient or overworked. Pitta Seasoning will calm your mind and body with the cooling herbs and spices. ⠀
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KAPHA you are feeling slow, sluggish or lethargic. Kapha Seasoning is heating herbs and spices which will stimulate your body.⠀
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Please visit our website – www.spicetradingco.com for further information on our stockists that carry our latest range – Ayurvedic Seasoning Mixes or shop online!⠀

Ayurvedic Seasoning Mixes Archives – The Spice Trading Company
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Herbs and Spices have been used for thousands of years. They each have their own benefit in supporting the body. Little do we know in the present day the amazing qualities they possess.⠀
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The Spice Trading Company do not claim to prevent, diagnose, cure or alleviate a disease, disorder or a condition. We are simply advising the benefits of herbs and spices and they may be therapeutic in nature.

Herbs & Spices – A different kind of SUPERFOOD!

HERBS & SPICES – SUPERFOOD – Who would have thought?
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Most of us are familiar with the benefits of Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon but all herbs and spices not only add flavour to your meal but have qualities to them as well – antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, improving digestion, calming your mind and removing toxins that build up in your body. So using them on a daily basis therefore is no doubt assisting and supporting your internal organs, right?
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Becoming aware of your body and how you are feeling….
Using our Seasoning Mixes in your meals, sprinkling on top or simply with warm water to gain the benefits.
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Ganesha – when you are feeling nervous, worried, cold and your meals have become irregular – Ganesha supports the mind, stomach, digestion and will warm and pacify your body.
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Vishnu – when you are feeling hot and bothered, impatient or overworked. Vishnu will calm your mind and body with the cooling herbs and spices.
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Durga – when you are feeling slow, sluggish or lethargic. The heating herbs and spices will stimulate your body.
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Please visit our website – www.spicetradingco.com for further information on our stockists that carry our latest range – Ayurvedic Seasoning Mixes or shop online!
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Herbs and Spices have been used for thousands of years. They each have their own benefit in supporting the body. Little do we know in the present day the amazing qualities they possess.
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The Spice Trading Company does not claim to prevent, diagnose, cure or alleviate a disease, disorder or condition. We are simply advising the benefits of herbs and spices and do not claim them to be therapeutic in nature in accordance with the TGA.

Herbs that Heal – Natural Remedies

Herbs that Heal – Natural Remedies | What is a Herb and how are they used? Botanically, a herb is a plant with a non-woody stem which withers and dies down after flowering. In common usage, however, the term applies to all plants whose leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruits or seeds have culinary or medicinal uses.

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