The last few weeks for me have been spent retreating during my moontime, and creating a practice of self care that I’ve honestly never had before. I’m using my interest in ayurveda, chinese 5 element theory, and my mogadao sacred daoist sexuality training as a backbone for what I’m crafting.
Currently I have a 3-4ish hour morning practice that I LOVE and that includes lots of self massage, meditation, and cleansing. It feels amazing to be grounding in these habits and I’m learning SO much about how to be accepting of myself, present with my body, and lots of parts of my body are getting attention they never got like my gums ( I started massaging them this week in the morning after oil pulling) and my elbows, and the under part of my knees. My ear lobes and jaw are getting tons of attention and release and I’m sleeping more than ever, beginning to wake up earlier.
THIS IS SO EXCITING AND I’M SO PROUD OF MYSELF 🙂
In my quest to balance my energy I’ve been following a diet that will reduce the amount of heat ( fire or pitta, the ayurvedic term) in my body. Excess heat is common in the summer time and also for those of us with a tendency for an over active mind, self judgement and punishment. The general American Cultural go get it, have it all at once, do it all now, never enough, climb your way to the top performance based mindset really. Excess heat can look like
- red, inflamed rash, acne, cold sores
- acute inflammation in body or joints
- acid reflux, gastric or peptic ulcers, heartburn
- nausea or discomfort upon missing meals
- loose stools
- uncomfortable feeling of heat in the body
- frustration, anger, irritability
- judgment, impatience, criticism, intolerance
- red, inflamed or light-sensitive eyes
- excessive perfectionist tendencies
( Symptoms from www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/learning-ayurveda/balancing-pitta/)
When I was researching recipes I came across something amazing.
ROSE WATER LEMONADE.
So I got the ingredients and created it. And then added in mint because I had some and mint is also a cooling herb.
The cooling freshness of the lemonade, combined with the smell of the rose brings an elegant sensual feeling to the body and spirit. It’s so simple to make and I would love to share the recipe with you.
What you need:
2-3 Lemons (organic when possible)
1-3 tblsp Rose Water ( or more if you like, I didn’t actually measure mine) I use heritage store rosewater I got at the Natural grocer. Rose oil might work as well, make sure you check if you can eat it or not.
A few heaping spoonfuls of sugar ( use any sugar brand you want, raw, coconut, beet, stevia, simple syrup, use what you like to use)
A handful of fresh mint
A pretty pitcher
Cut the lemons in half and squeeze out the juice, use a lemon squeezer or orange squeezer for the best results but hands work too!
In a small bowl or mortar, place the mint leaves and add a spoon of sugar and a squeeze of the lemon juice. Muddle and Crush the mint leaves with a pestal or a spoon to bring out the mint flavor.
Add all the juice to the pitcher and then add in 3-5 cups of water, taste the mixture to gage the sweetness. Begin to add spoonfuls of sugar and stirring, tasting each time until the sweetness is just the way you like it. I like mine a little on the tart side.
Pour into a lovely glass. I love wine glasses. They are such a delight to drink liquids out of.