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When cinnamon is mentioned, perhaps you think of the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon buns, or adding a dash of cinnamon to your favourite coffee. Yet in Ayurveda, cinnamon, known as tvak, is understood as much more than a comforting flavor--it's also a powerful medicine for the respiratory, cardiovascular and female reproductive systems. Cinnamon is also very beneficial for blood sugar problems. Here is a selection of cinnamon home remedies.

If you are pregnant, do not use cinnamon home remedies (you may still use cinnamon as a spice).

  1. Cough, cold, congestion: Mix ½ tsp. cinnamon in 1 tsp. honey. Eat 2-3 x daily.
  2. Sore throat: Mix 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. lemon juice in a cup of hot water and drink.
  3. Toothache, gum problems: Make a paste of cinnamon in honey and apply 2-3 x daily.
  4. To strengthen teeth: chew on a small piece of cinnaomon.
  5. Home made yummy cinnamon toothpowder: Mix equal parts of cinnamon, clove, fennel, licorice root powder and cardamom.
  6. Diarrhoea: Combine ½ cup yoghurt, ½ tsp. cinnamon and pinch of nutmeg. Eat this 2-3 x daily until symptoms subside.
  7. Sinus headache: Make a paste of ½ tsp. cinnamon mixed in water and apply to the temples or the area of pain.
  8. To lower LDL cholesterol: take ½ tsp. cinnamon daily
  9. Weight loss: Take 2 cups boiling water, add ½ tsp. cinnamon powder and steep for 5-10 minutes. Add 2 tsp. honey Drink on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
  10. Dysmenorrhoea or menorrhagia: Take 1 teaspoon of hibiscus and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and steep for 20 minutes in 1 cup boiling water. Strain and drink 3-4 times daily.
  11. Cold hands and feet: Steep 1tsp. cinnamon and ¼ tsp. trikatu, (dry ginger, black pepper and long pepper), in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes, add honey and drink 2x daily. (If you don't have trikatu you can use 1/8 tsp. dry ginger and 1/8 tsp. black pepper instead).

Sources: Alandi Pharmacy manual, Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Vasant Lad, http://theindianspot.com/home-remedies-using-cinnamon/.

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My brother-in-law, Tony, prepared this Kashmiri recipe for us after an exciting visit to the Afro-Asian market in Ipswich to stock up on exotic vegetables. Both bitter gourd, known in Hindi as Karela, and okra, are noted in Ayurveda for their antidiabetic properties, so this recipe is great for people with diabetes or insulin resistance or who are trying to lose weight.

Ingredients

Serves 4-6

4 Tbsp. ghee or sunflower oil

3 medium bitter gourds

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

1 green chili, thinly sliced

2" fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped

1 whole clove of garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon of madras curry powder

2 tomatoes, quartered

1 bunch cilantro, washed and chopped

15 - 20 okra, washed and cut in small pieces

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup of cold water

Preparation

Cut the bitter gourds lengthwise, remove the seeds, sprinkle with salt and set aside for an hour. Meanwhile, wash, peel and chop the other ingredients as indicated on the ingredients list.

Now rinse the bitter gourd halves and chop in small semicircles.

In a wok, heat 2-3 Tbsp. ghee or oil and fry the bitter gourds and onion for fifteen minutes. Set aside.

In a smaller pan, heat 1Tbsp. ghee or oil, add the chili, ginger and garlic. Stir-fry until lightly browned. Now turn down the heat, add the madras curry powder and fry for a few seconds, taking care not to burn the powder. Quickly add the tomatoes, a little water and half the cilantro and cook on high heat for 15 minutes until it glazes and forms a tomato sauce.

In the wok, pour this sauce over the partly-cooked bitter gourds and add the okra. Sauté for ten minutes. Add the rest of the water, cover and steam on low heat for about 6 minutes until the okra and bitter gourd are tender but not falling apart.

Add salt and the rest of the cilantro and serve with cleansing kitchari or tridoshic kitchari.

Adapted from this recipe.

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Saffron milk

Known to Ayurveda as Kunkuma, saffron is fabled for its beautiful colour, delicious taste and powerful medicinal properties. So-called saffron 'threads' consist of the style and stigma of the Autumn Crocus. Saffron's high price is due to the fact that it is an extremely labour-intensive crop, since styles and stigmas must be handpicked each morning. Saffron gets its yellow colour from crocin, and its aroma from safranal. It is a powerful source of antoxidants and a wonderful rejuvenative. As a spice it is used in many cuisines, notably Indian, Persian, Middle Eastern and North African.

Remedies:

  1. Sexual debility: 1 cup hot milk at bedtime with a pinch of saffron (works best if you soak the saffron in a little hot water for at least 20 minutes and add the saffron and its soak water to the milk).
  2. Low ojas, sexual debility: Fry 4-5 almonds in ghee. Add a pinch of saffron and a cup of hot milk and blend until smooth. Drink at bedtime.
  3. Poor sleep: 1 cup hot milk at bedtime with a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of saffron (works best if you soak the saffron in a little hot water for at least 20 minutes and add the saffron and its soak water to the milk).
  4. Cough and asthma: Mix 1 pinch saffron, ½ tsp. trikatu and 1 tsp. honey. Eat this mixture 2-3 times daily.
  5. Haemorroids: Take 1pinch saffron, ¼ tsp. triphala and 1Tbsp aloe vera 2x daily.
  6. Poor memory, mild cognitive impairment: Saffron brahmi milk--Soak 1 pinch saffron in a little hot water for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile bring 1 cup milk to the boil and add 1 tsp brahmi (gotu kola). Let steep for 10 minutes and strain. Now and add the saffron and its soak water to the milk. Drink this preparation at bedtime.
  7. For conjunctivitis or burning eyes: Soak a pinch of saffron in ¼ cup water for 20 minutes. Now take 10 drops of this saffron water and 10 drops rosewater and dilute in half an ounce of distilled water. Put 2 drops in each eye. (Saffron water can be stored in the refrigerator in a screw top glass jar for a few days).
  8. Third trimester of pregnancy: Soak 2-3 threads of saffron in boiling milk. Cool until drinkable and consume at bedtime.
  9. Wound healing: Apply saffron paste to the wound.
  10. Stomatitis, glossitis:Massage the gums with saffron to reduce soreness and inflammation of the mouth and the tongue.
  11. Headache: Mix saffron paste with 5 drops sandalwood oil mixture and apply on the forehead.

Compiled from various sources including http://www.ayurhelp.com/articles/ayurveda-description-kumkuma-saffron-crocus-sativus and Ayurvedic cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Vasant Lad.

For some saffron recipes see: Persian Rice with Chard, Golden Harvest Rice.

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Saffron water

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My brother-in-law Tony is an accomplished chef and enjoys experimenting for an appreciative audience, for which we qualify. Tony wanted to create a sabji featuring Welsh laver, a seaweed variety beloved in Wales. Known in Ireland as slake, laver is a type of porphyra and is thus closely related to nori (same genus, different species). For those of us who don't have access to Welsh laver, nori is a great substitute for making this delicious recipe. Porphyra is high in minerals, particularly iodine and iron, a plus for thyroid health and blood building.

Seaweed Sabji

Serves 3-4

1 Tbsp. ghee

½ tsp. fenugreek

½ tsp. cumin seeds

1tsp turmeric

1 lb 'yams' (orange-fleshed sweet potato), cubed

1T garlic-ginger paste

4 oz laver (substitute: 4oz nori strips, torn up into small pieces)

½ cup water

½ Tbsp chopped cilantro (coriander leaves)

Salt and pepper to taste.

In a wok, heat ghee, add seeds and allow to splutter. Add the turmeric and then the cubed yams ands tir-fry on medium heat for 5 minutes. Now add the garlic ginger paste, the laver or nori and the water and simmer until the yams (sweet potato) are tender but not fallen apart or mushy. And the cilantro, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with rice and dal. Enjoy!

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For all of us pitta types who love enchiladas but know we really shouldn't eat them--especially in pitta season, Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula student Savitri offers encilantradas, an enchilada-style recipe with a pitta-soothing cilantro sauce. As well as calming pitta, this sauce offers benefits in chelating heavy metals.

Encilantradas (4 servings)

Ingredients for encilantradas sauce

2 cups of cilantro

1/3 cup ghee or coconut oil

1/3 cup soaked peeled almonds

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. oregano

2 garlic cloves (roast them)

1-2 cups water (enough to give the consistency of melted chocolate)

1 small slice gluten free bread

Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Blend all the ingredients

Heat oil in a pan and then add the sauce and cook it until it starts to boil.

Ingredients for the encilantradas

12 tortillas

Panela cheese, goat cheese or homemade yogurt

Encilantradas sauce

Ghee or oil

Preparation

1-Heat Oil or ghee in a pan and fry the tortilla.

2.-Put it on a plate

3.Cover the tortilla with the sauce and cheese.

4. Repeat step1 throughout 3, 2 times more (each plate is going to have 3 tortillas).

Between layers you may put your favorite roasted or stir fried vegetable such as zucchini or carrots.

Enjoy!

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Known in Sanskrit as vatāda and in Hindi as badam, almonds are a source of antioxidant flavonoids and phenolics and are revered in Ayurveda for their building, strengthening, nervine and intelligence promoting properties. Here are a few home remedies to make use of this great super-food.

While enjoying almonds, remember that we depend upon bees to pollinate them. So eat your almonds and speak out for honeybees!

Remedies:

  1. Asthma, pertussis, bronchitis: mix 10 drops of ginger juice, 10 drops of lemon juice and 1teaspoon of almond oil; take this 1 or 2 times a day.
  2. Constipation: chew some almonds with rosewater.
  3. To support digestion: eat 2 teaspoons of almond oil daily for 10 days.
  4. Sprains and muscle strains: Gently cook a clove of garlic in almond oil. Strain the oil and apply on the painful area.
  5. Chest pain: combine 2 teaspoons of almond oil and 1 teaspoon of rose oil and rub gently on the chest. (Chest pain should be evaluated by a doctor).
  6. Anemia: soak 10 almonds in water for overnight. Remove the skin and grind them to a paste. Eat this paste daily for about 3 months.
  7. For anxiety: soak 10 almonds in water overnight. Remove the skin and grind them to paste. Add 1 teaspoon of nutmeg and a pinch of dry ginger powder and eat daily.
  8. For improved concentration, soak a handful of almonds in in water overnight, next morning peel and and eat on an empty stomach.
  9. Dark circles: massage the area under the eyes with almond oil daily for at least 2 weeks.
  10. Hair health: massage the scalp with almond oil.
  11. Eye health: Take equal parts of almond, fennel seeds and tubinado sugar and grind to a fine powder in spice grinder or Vitamix. Store the mixture in a screw top glass jar. Take two tablespoons each night with a cup of warm milk, spiced with cardamom.
  12. Ojas Drink: Used for low ojas, pregnancy, low libido, debility and premature ejaculation. See recipes below.

    Ojas drink Almond Restorative Drink, Serves 1, Sattvic, V-P-K+

    Ingredients

    • 10 raw almonds
    • 1 cup pure water
    • 1 cup milk (unhomogenized if possible) (milk is highly rejuvenative when digested)
    • 1 Tablespoon organic rose petals (optional - rejuvenative)
    • 1 tsp ghee (rejuvenative)
    • 1/32 tsp saffron (increases digestion & rejuvenative)
    • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (increases digestion)
    • pinch of black pepper (helps control the K)
    • ½ tsp of sweetener (increases lactose digestion)

    Directions

    1. Soak almonds and water together overnight
    2. In the morning, drain off the water and rub the skins off the almonds.
    3. Bring the milk to a boil
    4. Pour the milk in the blender with the peeled almonds
    5. Add rose petals, ghee, saffron, cardamom, black pepper, and sweetener
    6. Blend until smooth.
    7. Drink 3-4 times a week as directed. Best done after Pancha Karma as part of rejuvenation.
    8. Watch if any signs of excess mucous/kapha, consult if so.

    Non-dairy Ojas drink

    Ingredients

    • 10 raw almonds
    • 2 cups pure water
    • 20 raisins
    • 1 Tablespoon organic rose petals (optional - rejuvenative)
    • 1 tsp ghee (rejuvenative)
    • 1/32 tsp saffron (increases digestion & rejuvenative)
    • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (increases digestion)
    • pinch of black pepper (helps control the K)

    Directions

    1. Soak almonds in 1 cup of water overnight, and soak raisins in 1 cup of water either overnight or for several hours
    2. In the morning, drain off the almond water and rub the skins off the almonds
    3. In a blender, add the raisins AND their soaking water with the drained and peeled almonds
    4. Add rose petals, ghee, saffron, cardamom, black pepper
    5. Blend until smooth
    6. Drink 3-4 times a week as directed. Best done after Pancha Karma as part of rejuvenation.
    7. Watch if any signs of excess mucus/kapha, consult if so.

    Compiled from various sources including Alandi Pharmacy manual, http://www.liveayurved.com/home-remedies-of-badam.shtml

For more nurturing and rejuvenating almond recipes see: Almond Pudding, Almond and Rice Dessert, Soma Horchata.

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It's strawberry season--and Alandi Ayurveda student Savitri offers a nourishing strawberry jello/blancmange for the occasion. You've heard the phrase 'dessert to die for'--here is dessert to wake the dead, levanta muertos. The coconut milk balances the sourness of the strawberries to create a delicious vata and pitta soothing dessert that is also perfect for invalids, those recovering from surgery or illness as well as very elderly people who may have difficulty swallowing.

Strawberry Blancmange (6 to 8 servings)

Ingredients

2 cups of chopped strawberries

2 cans organic coconut milk

Jaggery to taste.

4 tsp. pectin

4 tsp. calcium water**

1/8 tsp. cinnamon powder

3 to 4 strawberries (for decoration)

1/4 cup of chopped pecans (for decoration)

Directions

Boil the strawberries, milk, jaggery, calcium water and cinnamon until the fruit is soft.

Add the pectin to the mix and blend it.

Pour it in a Pyrex dish and refrigerate.

When the Blancmange is almost done, decorate it with pecans and strawberry slices.

Put it back in the fridge until is done.

Enjoy!

* To make the calcium water use 1/2 tsp. white calcium powder (it is inside Pomona's Universal Pectin box) and 1/2 cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. It lasts many months in the refrigerator.

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It's summer, and many of us may be reaching for the aloe vera as a sunburn remedy. Yet according to Ayurveda, aloe vera, known in Sanskrit as kumari, is helpful for many other conditions, from hyperacidity to menstrual cramps. Here are a few important aloe home remedies, some for summer use and some important year-round.

Remedies:

  1. Light burns and wounds: Cut off an aloe leaf and apply the gel several times a day.
  2. Mild sunburn: Mix 70% aloe vera gel and 30% bentonite clay. Apply paste on affected areas and wash it off after 15 minutes
  3. Acne: Aloe vera gel with turmeric powder can be applied overnight and rinsed off in the morning (works well for people of colour; might stain pale skin).
  4. Face: Apply aloe vera gel to face for glowing skin
  5. Skin problems: Take 1-2 teaspoons fresh aloe gel daily for young and healthy skin.
  6. Burn: Apply aloe vera gel after burn has been cooled with milk and or sandalwood oil.
  7. Summer heat: 2 T aloe vera gel mixed with turbinado sugar or Indian rock candy will remove excess heat from body.
  8. Balancing digestion and elimination: Take 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel in the morning on an empty stomach.
  9. Acidity: 2 T Aloe Vera mixed with ¼ cup milk and ¼ cup water 2-3 x daily.
  10. Indigestion: Take 2 T aloe vera with a pinch of dry ginger after each meal.
  11. Constipation: take 2 T aloe vera in the morning with a pinch of Himalayan salt.
  12. Haemorrhoids: Eat 2 T aloe vera gel daily. Topically, mix aloe vera gel in turmeric and apply.
  13. Liver and spleen problems: Mix 2 T aloe vera with ½ t turmeric and eat 2-3x daily.
  14. Weight loss: Consume 4ozs of aloe vera juice daily.
  15. Chest congestion: Mix aloe vera juice with turmeric and rub on chest.
  16. Bronchitis, pneumonia, cough: Take 2 T aloe vera and a pinch of pippali after each meal.
  17. Wet cough: Mix 1 t aloe vera juice with 1 t honey, 1/4 t dry ginger powder, 1/4 t black pepper powder and eat 3x daily.
  18. Dysmenorrhoea: Take 2T aloe vera after each meal with a pinch of black pepper, starting a few days after ovulation
  19. Bleeding gums and toothache: Massage aloe vera gel gently on gums.
  20. Earache: Apply 2-3 drops aloe vera juice in ear.
  21. Pinkeye: Pure aloe gel can be applied to eyelids and then rinsed off with cool water--but DO NOT use any product with preservatives or flavouring agents on eyelids.
  22. Aloe vera Hair oil: Aloe vera gel boiled with coconut oil can be applied to the scalp daily to support hair growth.

Compiled from various sources including The Alandi Pharmacy Manual and http://www.astrogle.com/ayurveda/aloe-vera-and-its-benefits.html

See also Kumari: Aloe Vera, Summer Beverages for Cooling.

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Feeling adventurous? To make this week's recipe you'll need a little field trip to your nearest Indian grocery store. Even more adventurous, you'll be making something completely different from anything you've tried before. It's worth it for a delicious recipe that is nutritious and balances blood sugar--and what's more, it's gravy!

You can use any kind of eggplant (aubergine), but the most delicious are the small, sperical ones sold in Indian grocery stores.

Indian Eggplants and Bitter Gourds in Poppy Seed Sauce

A recipe from Andhra Pradesh

Eggplants and bitter gourds in a rich poppy seed sauce. (The ground poppy seed is a thickening agent).

White poppy seeds are sold in Indian grocery stores.

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. purple eggplants, (Small Indian variety is best) washed and sliced
  • 1 lb bitter gourds
  • 2-4 tbsp. sunflower oil (more if needed)
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp. mild chili powder
  • 2 tsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. roasted fenugreek powder
  • ½ tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • ½ cup white poppy seeds, roasted and ground to a paste in spice grinder
  • 1" ball of tamarind--soaked in hot water & pulp extracted.
  • 1 tsp ground jaggery (optional)
  • 3 cups water for gravy (more if needed)
  • Salt to taste

The basic idea is to brown the bitter gourds and eggplants, roast and grind the poppy seeds, cook the poppy seed paste in spiced water until it forms a thick gravy surrounding the veggies. It's delicious!

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add 1tsp, salt and a pinch or two of turmeric. Drop in the bitter gourds and let them boil for about 5 minutes.
  2. Plunge in cold water, then slice and remove seeds.
  3. Add 1-2 tbsp. of oil in a cooking vessel, add the bitter gourd and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the eggplant slices and roast them till brown on both sides. Just brown them, don't fully cook them at this point. Remove and keep aside.
  5. In the same vessel, add the remaining oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds and as they dance around, add the cumin seeds and allow to splutter. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 2-3 min.
  6. Add salt to taste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, roasted fenugreek powder and optional jaggery and combine well.
  7. Add 3 cups of water and cook for 3-4 minutes, until it comes to a boil. Add the roasted poppy seed paste and tamarind extract and cook on medium high for 3 minutes.
  8. Cover with lid and cook on medium low for 5 min, stirring to prevent sticking.
  9. Add the roasted bitter gourd and eggplant slices and cook on low to medium flame, stirring frequently, until the gravy thickens and the bitter gourd slices are thoroughly cooked. It could take up to 40 min to form a thick gravy. Ad more water as needed for a good gravy effect. Turn off heat and serve. Menu suggestion: serve with pongal.

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It's rose season. And roses are not only fragrant and beautiful, they are an important Ayurvedic medicine with cooling, pitta soothing, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, haemostatic, nervine and antidepressant properties. Here is a selection of traditional Ayurvedic home remedies and recipes that you can make from your garden roses.

All roses that you intend to eat, smoke etc. must be free of pesticides. Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries, or garden centers, unless labeled organic. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not approved for food crops. The tastiest roses are usually the most fragrant. Many of the newer varieties have been selected for appearance rather than fragrance. Choose old-fashioned fragrant roses for your remedies.

Herbal smoke: Combine rose petals, chamomile flowers, a few drops of ghee and a pinch of nutmeg as a herbal smoke to relive sinus congestion.

Ginger, rose, jaggery nasya (nasal drops): Mix 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger, 1 tsp. jaggery and 1 tsp. rose petals in boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and allow to cool to room temperature. Instill 5 drops into each nostril (on an empty stomach). Can be stored for a few days in a screw top glass jar in the refrigerator. The jaggery balances vata, rose balances pitta and ginger balances kapha, allowing for a healthy nasal cleanse for all body types.

Anti-wrinkle treatment: Combine rose petal powder with goat's milk and apply as a facial mask, rinsing off after ten minutes. Alternatively, mix a jar of rose petal powder and powdered goats milk (e.g. Meyenberg brand) for a facial mask that is available whenever you need it.

Acne: Combine equal parts of rosewater and sesame oil in a spritz bottle. Shake it well before using and spritz your face. This is easy to keep in your purse so the face can be spritzed frequently.

Nosebleeds: Take a teaspoon of rose petal jam twice daily to alleviate the tendency to nosebleeds.

Constipation: Drink warm milk at bedtime with a teaspoon of rose petal jam or rose syrup.

Menstrual cramps or heavy menstrual bleeding: try rose petal tea or rose and hibiscus tea.

Eye fatigue or 'computer eye': For tired, red or burning eyes, soak two organic cotton balls in rosewater. Lie down and relax, close your eyes and apply one cotton ball to each eye.

Insect bites: Rose water can be applied over insect bites such as mosquito bites to relieve itch and inflammation.

Acne scars: Apply a mixture of sandalwood, lemon juice and rose water.

Rose petal jam

Method 1 (Ayurvedic Gulkand)

In a sterile screw top jar, alternately layer clean dry organic rose petals and organic turbinado sugar. Keep in a sunny windowsill for 3-4 weeks, stirring every other day. After this time, it should have a jam-like consistency. Now store in a cool, dark cupboard for another 3-4 weeks to cure.

Method 2 (Western)

1/2 pound pink or red edible rose petals
2 cups turbinado sugar, divided
4 1/2 cups water
Juice of 2 freshly-squeezed lemons (approximately 1/2 cup)

Clip and discard bitter white bases from the rose petals; rinse petals thoroughly and drain.

Place rose petals in a bowl and sprinkle enough sugar to coat each petal. Let set overnight.

In a saucepan over low heat, place remaining sugar, water, and lemon juice; stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in rose petals and let simmer 20 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil; continue boiling for approximately 5 minutes until mixture thickens and a spoonful dropped onto a cold plate jells and holds its shape. Remove from heat. After boiling, transfer the jam into hot sterilized jars. Fill them to within 1/4-inch of the top. Wipe any spilled jam off the top, seat the lid, and tighten the ring around them. Cover, label, and store in a cool place. Makes 1 pound of jam.

Rose ghee: Good remedy for eyes, skin, pitta.

Make ghee by the normal method. In a rectangular Pyrex dish, place a leyer of rose petals and pour hot ghee over it. When the ghee cools, place on another layer of rose petals and pour hot ghee on again. Repeat a couple more times, then cover and leave for 3-4 days to infuse. Now gently melt the mixture, strain out the roes petals and store in a screw top glass jar.

Rose Syrup: Laxative.

Source http://www.archanaskitchen.com/homemade-rose-syrup-recipe

  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 heaping cup red rose petals, rinsed, patted dry and air-dried until crisp.

Bring the water to a boil. Place the dried rose petals in a glass bowl, pour on the water, stir.

Allow to cool and then steep under refrigeration for 12 hours.

Next, strain out the rose petals and place the rose infusion in a pan. Add the sugar and clove. Stir as it comes to a foamng boil and thn simmer for ten minutes.

Allow to cool. It will naturally thicken.

Store in refrigerator in glass bottle for up to two months.

Can be used in milk at bedtime (1tsp) for a delicious laxative drink.

See also; Dog Rose: An Ayurvedic View.

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