Ayurvedic medicine believes that most mothers after giving birth to a baby have an aggravated vata dosha, an element that relates to air and wind. There are things that aggravate vata, here is a list; irregular routine, staying up late, irregular meals, cold, dry weather, excessive mental work, too much bitter, astringent or pungent food, traveling, and/or injury. If you ask me, the first three could relate to all mothers, pregnant, postpartum, nursing and beyond! I have found this Ayurvedically inspired milk tonic to be wonderful, not to mention delicious, in grounding and warming me.
1 cup of whole milk (preferably raw)
5 cardamom pods
1 2-3 inch cinnamon stick
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of nutmeg
1-2 tsp ghee
honey to taste
Add the spices to the milk. (My husband swears that you have to bite the cardamom pods until the crack in order for them to taste authentic. So if you want "authentic", bite away.... ) Heat the milk on the stove until it forms bubbles. Take the milk off the stove and strain into a mug. Add the ghee. The ghee makes it even hotter somehow. Wait to taste it until it cools slightly. Add the honey to taste.
The oiliness, warmth, and gentle spices all team up to tame vata imbalances. It is wonderful as a night cap, its spices lingering in your mouth as you drift off, infusing your dreams. For pregnancy, it is a great source of calcium and healthy fats. It is wonderful for pregnancy induced insomnia or stress. For postpartum, it gently ignites, or shall I say, reignites, the digestive fires while nourishing new mothers. It is also great for nursing mothers as the spices can be calming to the digestive system and can help cranky babies. For mothers with grown babies, or between children, it is a wonderful way to nourish yourself after a long day of raising those babies!
This post is a part of Monday Mania!