A friend recently reached out to learn what she could do for a sore throat. A sore throat is often the first sign that we may be getting worn down or catching a cold. Ayurvedic cold remedies work by supporting the body’s natural defense system.  When you feel the first signs of a sore throat try these tips and remedies.
  • Get to bed early, ideally before 10 pm, and get ample rest.
  • Avoid sugar, processed foods and dairy.
  • Enjoy nourishing bone broth, mineral vegetable broth or soups.

Turmeric Gargle

1 cup boiled water
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp sea salt
Stir all the ingredients together in a mug, let cool to a comfortable temperature, then gargle 2-3 times a day.


Soothing Throat Tea

1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp licorice root
In  a medium pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for 5-10 minutes.  Strain and drink.


Thyme Tea

4 cups water
4 tbsp thyme
fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
In either a pot or mason jar with a lid, pour boiling water over the thyme leaves and steep for 10 minutes.  Then strain and add the juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon, based on flavor that you like, then add honey.


In Ayurveda, the sister science to Yoga, Ojas is referred to as the ‘vital nectar of life.’ It is the subtle energy or essence that provides strong immunity, nourishment to the tissues and stability to the mind.  It is said to give a sparkle to the eyes and a glow to the skin.  A fast-paced,…

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If you are a coffee drinker, ditch the coffee for this healthy morning alternative.  If you are looking for something warm to tuck you in at night, this too is your drink. In Ayurveda, homemade nut milk combined with dates, spices, and ghee is revered for building ojas.  Ojas is the vital essence that boosts…

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Milk and honey baths are deeply calming, soothing and moisturizing.  This recipe will help you soak your worries away while creating luxuriously soft skin! 1 1/2 c organic dry whole milk powder 1/3 c baking soda 1/3 c cornstarch 1/4 c honey 4 drops lavender essential oil 4 drops ginger essential oil 2 drops neroli…

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Have you wondered why there is such an emphasis on detoxing the liver in the spring? Your body is incredible at regenerating but sometimes after a long winter of heavy and rich foods, giving your liver a little love and support can be incredibly beneficial. Eastern medicine tells us that each season corresponds with an…

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CHAI tea is a staple across India and also in my kitchen.  I love its intoxicating aroma that fills the house while on the stove.  It is a perfect everyday drink for the colder months.  There are countless ways to make chai.  I have several varieties posted to my blog. This recipe, I adapted from…

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If heaven was in a bowl, this is it!  Kheer is a comforting sweet treat for the cold season. As the cool, crisp and dry qualities of autumn increase, it may leave you feeling more anxious or ungrounded.  Skin, hair, nails and even the bowels may become more dry.  Ayurveda believes like increases like and…

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Attuning your diet to the seasons will support your equilibrium and optimal health throughout the year.  Ayurveda suggests that like increases like and opposites balance.  As autumn arrives the qualities of cool, light, rough and mobile are more present.  Introducing the opposite qualities of warm, heavy, smooth and stable can be deeply nourishing and balancing…

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This shredded carrot and beet salad is by far one of my favorite summer salads.  Toss on top of a green salad, on a sandwich, add to a wrap or enjoy as a side dish.  It is also a great choice for potlucks. Ingredients 2 c shredded carrots 2 c shredded beets 1 tbsp+ fresh lemon…

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After a long travel day, going from warm sunny Costa Rica, to damp and grey Madison, I was craving a nourishing and grounding meal. Luckily these staple ingredients were waiting at home for me.  This soup is quick to make, easy to digest and filling, plus it travels well to work or school in a…

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