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June 24, 2017

Ahhhh, summer.  We have moved from Spring renovations and doings to some great programs to kick off the summer season!   Qi Gong with Jenny wood,  SoulHarmony Healing Concert with Jeffrey Clayton and Penpa - a beautiful blend and synergy of Steel Pan Drum and Tibetan flutes --- Just wow--- Then Solstice ceremony and sound meditations with Tracey , and New Moon vibes !! 

 

Anchoring energies of Dance, Zumba, Kundalini yoga , Fitness and new expressions of each and all , our instructors are supported by the vortex of energy and consciousness that is Masjah . Not just saying that , either. Those who have been there know . An incubator, an invitation to release stuff and move into your creative , expansive, joyful self is present the moment you walk up the stairs ! 

 

And so, happy summer !   Take time to rest and rejuvenate in this season of action and energy! We are running on Solar power, baby, and it can be grand indeed!!!!   remember the water element , the wind element through breath, the earth element by nourishing through whole foods, fruits, veggies, light fare .

 

Ir is easy to become depleted , so do be aware .

 

 Here is a recipe I used to serve at Solstice .  ENJOY! 

 

 I had to strain mixture before pouring into pitcher ....

 

Effect: Alkalizing, Sattvic, Prana
Meal: Drink
Recommended for: Summer
Type: Fruits
Style: Ayurvedic
Occasion: Cleanse
Preparation: Raw

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

Medicinal Effects & Experiences:

Experiences are Personal

Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.

Pharmacological Effects

 

The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.Quenches-thirst, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Detoxicant, Sialogogue, Stool-Softener, Expectorant, Flushes-Membranes, Stomachic, Galactagogue, General-Laxative, Vasodilator, Antiemetic, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Anti-Inflammatory, Burns-Toxins, Carminative, Cholagogue, Decongestant, Alterative, Antiarthritic

Is Ginger Basil Limeade Good for Me?

Exercise caution with Ginger Basil Limeade in your current diet because it is light. For your current diet, these effects may be unhealthy. Eating too much of Ginger Basil Limeade could create an imbalance. If you need help with your diet, schedule an introductory consultation.

ayurvedic perspective

Sour lime mixes with spicy-sweet fresh ginger in this chilled beverage that will wake up your mind as it delights your palate. A refreshing glass of this Ginger Basil Limeade will help you feel as light and bright as the summer day. Pour yourself a glass for a midday break on your front porch. You'll feel enlivened and stimulated by this perfect, late afternoon pick-me-up. Ginger and basil wake up your taste buds. Lime will pucker your lips, and make your mouth water with refreshment. Your whole family will be uplifted. For extra fun, take out your favorite tumbler and salt the rim! 

Wake Up Your Mind

Do you ever feel like you just can't think during the dog-day afternoons of summer? On humid days, the balmy air leaves your mind foggy, your skin sticky, and your breath shallow. The mental vitality and physical energy you normally feel in crisper colder months just evaporates under the summer sun. The next time you feel that heaviness of mind, pour a glass of Ginger Basil Limeade. 

Ginger increases circulation and lime stimulates your whole body, helping you feel radiant on sluggish days. A touch of lime, salt and sugar restores your strength as it replenishes electrolytes lost due to sweating. Fresh basil clarifies your thoughts with its light pungent herbal taste. This sassy limeade adds verve and pep to your day. Your mind will wake right up, bringing back your sparkle and sharpness. Feel like yourself again!

Strengthen Your Summer Appetite

On a hot summer day you won't feel as hungry due to the intense heat. Ginger limeade strengthens your digestive fire or "agni" when the temperature is hot outside. Ginger is a revered tridoshic digestive that will perk up a lazy appetite on a hot day. Lime is also a cooling way to kickstart your digestion and lubricate your entire GI. A touch of salt and sugar also aids in the digestion.

Weights & measures

ingredients

1/2 cBasil

Basil
 

Basil has qualities that may be beneficial to you. It received 1 out of 5 stars in your current diet because it is vata balancing. For your current diet, these effects were desirable. 

2 inchGinger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh)
 

Ginger (Fresh) has qualities that may be beneficial to you. It received 1 out of 5 stars in your current diet because it is vata balancing. For your current diet, these effects were desirable. 

1 wholeLime

Lime
 

Lime has qualities that may be beneficial to you. It received 1 out of 5 stars in your current diet because it is vata balancing. For your current diet, these effects were desirable. 

2 tspRaw Sugar

Raw Sugar
 

Raw Sugar has qualities that may be beneficial to you. It received 1 out of 5 stars in your current dietbecause it is vata balancing. For your current diet, these effects were desirable. 


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preparation

1. Use a fine grater to make about 1 teaspoon of lime zest. Juice limes. Chop ginger into chunks. 

2. Add 1c water to a blender with ginger, lime juice, lime zest, raw sugar and a small handful of fresh basil leaves. Blend until smooth. 

3. Combine ginger-lime juice with an additional 3 cups of water in a pitcher. Garnish with fresh basil. Chill and serve.  

Salt the rim of your glasses to complete this mock-tail while satisfying all six tastes!

 

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

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