Vata Spice Masala
Vata Spice Masala
The word masala simply means a combination of ground spices. According to Ayurveda Vata is the body type/dosha that is formed from the combination of the Air and Ether elements, with the qualities of being dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, and mobile.
When Vata dosha is aggravated these qualities are brought out of balance and you will feel their excess in a variety of ways from dry skin, aching bones, feeling the cold much more, and being more worried, nervous and erratic.
Your digestive system will also suffer as the body and digestion are weakened by the excess cold felt by Vata. Indigestion for Vata results in wind, tummy tension and pain due to the body feeling stiffer and rigid which is caused by the colder dryer nature of Vata.
To help bring Vata into balance, warming herbs and spices are used that stimulate and regulate digestion while soothing the nerves and muscles.
Benefits of Using a Vata Spice Mix
Helps to bring balance to the dosha.
Helps with digestive problems, caused by many factors; alcohol, medicines, reflux, infections, stress etc. Vata symptoms include bloating, feeling sick, indigestion, burning stomach.
Helps to reduce constipation caused by aggravated Vata which is dry and cold. Constipation leads to the accumulation of toxins which affect overall health and wellbeing.
Ayurveda sees constipation as a reason for many other conditions like dandruff, acne, boils, skin disorders, hair fall etc. When you are constipated, toxins or waste remain in the intestines and get absorbed into the bloodstream lowering immunity and promoting ill health.
Simple Lifestyle Changes
Meditation, yoga, and pranayama can reduce worry and anxiety.
Warm oily foods will help balance the cold qualities in Vata.
Wrap up warm in cold seasons.
Take low-fat dairy, soft foods, cooked vegetables and sweet and heavy fruits. Avoid raw vegetables and cold foods.
Minimise spicy, dry, crunchy, astringent and bitter foods while favouring warm, sour, sweet and oily foods.
Vata Spice Mix
- 3 teaspoon ground fennel seeds (Foundation Spice)
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
Your spice mix will always taste better if you grind each spice yourself. Here at Ayurveda Apothecary we grind all the spices for you from the whole spice, so that you receive it as fresh as possible.
For all ground spices, mix well and store in an airtight container.
Add spices to hot water for a spice tea, or lightly cook into ghee, or your favourite cooking oil, to sprinkle on vegetables.
Sprinkle on foods while cooking for yourself or add to finished meals like soups, salads, sandwiches, stews, rice, casseroles, pasta dishes, vegetables, etc.