Many of us work alot! This is great for keeping things moving and allowing that Rajas in us to flow but with this there is a common theme which is an increase in Vata (Air-Space). If Vata is heightened our ability to be grounded and think clearly will be adversely affected.
When we wake which should be around 6am this is the height of Vata, this governs movement and usually governs our morning bowel movements. As such, drinking Coffee to get the blood pumping and get us in the mode to take on our day ahead can be of much benefit but also create Vata and Pitta problems in the long term. Kaphic problems come into play if we add milk and sugar which are Earthy/Sticky in nature causing Ama and blockage of the channels also known as strota’s.
Ayurveda is all about nourishment and balance so we can still have our Coffee fix each day but by adding a few ingredients to the mix, its energetic properties will be more evenly spread which allows the body to regulate the uptake of it’s qualities better. Alas drinking this every day especially if your are Vata or Pitta to gain energy, could be mean your digestion is weak and you’re not getting adequate energy out of your diet thus looking at your agni (digestive fire) is highly recommended.
If we add some herbs to our coffee brew we can balance all the tissues and Dosha’s instead of the spike of Vata and Pitta which is governed by the pungency and caffeine.
Below is a very simple recipe that will create a more steady mind but also help nourish the tissues and help us become more grounded while also utilizing this Rajas quality.
Ayurvedic Coffee Recipe –
10 grams of Organic butter (Great for building tissues and has oiliness for elimination/excretion) Also builds Oja’s
1/2 tsp of Ashwagandha (Adaptagenic for stress – nourishes nervous system and builds reproductive tissues is also sweet in nature)
Pinch of Powdered Cardamon (Cooling in nature, helps to balance the acidity and detoxifies the caffeine – Great for digestion)
3 small Squares of 90% Cocoa Organic Chocolate (For Heart emotions, Grounding and helps increase dopamine) Bitter in nature (Cooling) Ayurveda says that it has anti-toxic, anti-inflammatory, fever reducing, laxative cleansing actions. NO THERE ISN’T CAFFEINE IN COCOA There is an alkaloid called theobromine, which has a similar chemical structure, and has been mistaken for caffeine in the past. Theobromine is a very mildly stimulating cousin of caffeine and does not have the intensity or jitteriness of caffeine.
1 Tsp of Brahmi Rasayana/Suger Cane/Jaggery Blend (Nerve and brain tonic for memory and concentration)
300mls of High Quality Coffee (Ristretto) (RAJAS in quality helps get the blood moving due to its pungency post digestive nature and helps with elimination due to its diuretic qualities)
Put in Bullet Blender – mix.
Great for Heart and Mind.
Can replace Butter for Coconut butter which is much cooler in nature which is better for Pitta but could become too sticky for Kaphic constitutions.
Add a few pinches of Pepper if you wish to cut through the Heaviness of the Butter.
Starting with a Balanced Constitution is the key to allowing all additional medicines to reach there potential with our system. So before you start this you may want to be aware of the following. If you feel you have these qualities before consuming its better to bring them into harmony before taking any type of medicine/stimulant/Soma.
Avoid coffee if…
…you have signs of a pitta imbalance, such as acid indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, or skin rashes or if you’re often agitated, irritated, hypercritical, judgmental, or angry.
…you have symptoms of excess vata, such as dehydration, dry hair, dry skin, constipation, insomnia, forgetfulness, restlessness, or if you feel scattered, spacey, or frazzled. “Coffee will make these symptoms worse,”
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