Whatever you engage yourself in throughout these scorching summer days, you must not forget to be well-hydrated and supply your body with the necessary amount of liquid.
Sipping a good old lemonade is a good way to do so, but we strongly suggest that you make one bold step further and try this amazing ayrvedic “limenade” recipe made from five health-boosting, exotic ingredients that will awaken all your senses and open up a whole new world of refreshing summer beverages.
It is made according to the basic Ayrvedic principles, which strive to harmonize and enliven our body, mind and soul.
What are the basic principles of Ayurveda?
This ancient and natural form of medicine originated in India and it has been practiced for more than 6, 000 years.
It aims to help us achieve well-being on each level – body, mind and soul. Its approach is holistic as it gives equal importance to both the visible and the invisible aspects of our being.
The basic governing principles,or “doshas” of Ayrveda that are in charge of all the physiological activities are called vata, pitta and kapha. Every cell in our body is believed to be made up of them. They are thought to be the main forces of life that bring together the five elements- fire, air, space, earth and water, and uniting them in the form of flesh. They need to be in good balance for our bodies to work perfectly.
-“Vata” represents the wind, or the moving force. It enables breathing and circulation of blood.
-“ Pitta” stands for fire which is in charge of our metabolism or the way in which our body processes food and water.
“ Kapha” gives us structure and binds the cells in unity.
On the physiological level, dashas need to be in harmony for the normal functioning of our body, as well as the tissues or “dhatus”, and our “malas” or wastes.
A completely healthy person is the one whose body, mind, senses and consciousness are in a blissful state.Proper nutrition has a crucial role in bringing vata, pitta and kapha to proper balance.This “limenade” achieves this exact purpose.
What are the health benefits your will reap from the ingredients?
Rose petals extract has impressive anti-allergic properties and promote skin health. When eaten, they soothe an upset stomach and regulate the acidity within it.It is important to note that we should consume only organic, pure and chemicals-free rose petals.
Asian cuisine has been using them to add a uniquely sweet but sharp aroma to the various dishes. According to Ayurvedic knowledge, it cools and soothes the pitta dosha.If you are hot-tempered or you have hot waves due to either PMS or menopausal symptoms, rose petals will pacify and calm you.
The immune-boosting vitamin C is also present in them. Rose petals are also known for their aphrodisiac effect on the mind and the body.
Chia Seeds are bursting with herbal proteins and heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
Their fullness of fiber makes them ideal for weight loss, and their high calcium, magnesium and phosphorus content makes them vital for bone health.They have a deeply hydrating quality, forming a jelly-like hydro-capsule when soaked in water.
According to Ayurvedic science, they harmonize all three doshas and add a nourishing,or sattvic quality.
Lime juice abounds in nutrients that will keep your skin young and glowing and your body energized and protected from infections. It is bursting with vitamin C and antioxidants and it will stimulate your digestive system with its marvelous aroma.
The natural acids in lime juice burn excess fat, ease constipation and detoxify the body. The soluble fiber normalizes blood sugar levels and reduces the bad cholesterol.
Concerning Ayurveda, lime juice calms the fire-associated pitta, so it adds a cooling quality to the drink.
Celtic salt is considered healthy in Ayurvedic science since it is a high quality sort of salt that contains a lot of minerals and it actually helps the intake of nutrients.
Medjool Dates are used as a natural and healthy sweetener in this drink. They fill up your body with energy and are cooling to the pitta dosha.
They have been proven to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, cure constipation, and energize you due to the high content of natural sugars they contain.
Their high phosphorus and calcium content makes your bones and teeth strong.
You will need the following ingredients for 1 serving:
- 1 – 2 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 2-3 tablespoons organic chia seeds, previously soaked overnight
- 2 teaspoons organic rose petals
- 2-3 Medjool Dates
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Celtic Salt
You can adjust the ingredients to suite your individual taste. Mix them all in a blender and a sensationally tasting, hydrating and calming potion is ready to soothe and harmonize all your senses.