Churna’s – Quick way to balanced food tastes

churna quick way to balanced food tastes

Churna’s – Quick way to balanced food tastes

Jim Montrose, Ayurvedic Health Consultant, April 2019.

The churna is a combination of Ayurvedic spices that is sprinkled on your food after it is cooked or is used to cook your food so that you have the proper balance of the six tastes for your food. In the 5000 year old science of Ayurveda health is maintained though maintaining good digestion which is dependent on eating the proper foods that contain the particular combination of tastes (sweet, sour salty, pungent, astringent and bitter)  that match your individual dosha or body constitution (see my series on constitutional balancing). The churna is a simple short cut that can give you many of the benefits of following a proper diet for your dosha without devoting the time to learn the specific details of the foods, spice and cooking styles that are best for your dosha. It will help you regulate your digestion and keep yourself in balance and harmony.

A churna is also a great way to create more balance when travelling or eating out. It’s not as thorough or comprehensive as cooking and getting properly prepared food but helps when you can’t make or get food correctly cooked for your constitution. To utilize the wonderful benefits of this spice blend, just sprinkle some of the spice onto your food and enjoy.  The spice can also be used on snacks and salad to add flavor and bring your constitution into balance.

Another great use of churna’s is in a household where there are individuals with different doshas or constitutions. A meal can be made for one dosha or it can be made tri-dosha (balanced for any dosha) and then by shaking the proper churna for the individual it can be customized for that individual. So the Kapha can have his Kapha tastes while the Vata enjoys her tastes. This customized flavor really satisfies the hunger and taste and your body will thank you.

Finally when you are out of balance: your natural constitution state at birth and your current state from life experiences, imbalances and stress are different, you can correct this derangement by adding churna’s to your food. The churna has many medicinal properties and will neutralize toxic imbalances caused by the constitutional imbalance.

Take our simple constitution quiz  to learn your basic type and purchase your constitution appropriate churna from us the next time you are in the clinic and enjoy the flavors of your constitution to improve the taste and reap the medicinal effects of proper taste balancing for your constitution.

In Loving Service,

Jim Montrose, Ayurvedic counselor

www.drzaidarivene.co.za/jimmontrose

071 959 0786

P.S. Check out the website for other articles and resources on words and health, chakra meditation, health, ayurveda and other topics. Some of the programs we have planned include:

Youth and Young at Heart Empowerment  June or July

Balance your Body Type May or September

Ayurvedic Cooking September/October

Copyright April 2019

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