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Looking for something special for that special someone?

Why not give the gift of Ayurveda!!

Wondering what I mean by that?

What I mean is that gift giving can sometimes be a challenge.

Do you give them what they want or what they need?  How do you know what they need… or what they want?

Ayurveda can give us insights into both!  Because gifts that speak to a person’s true nature (their dosha) can satisfy a deep desire, or scratch an itch they didn’t know they had.

And creating a gift that aims to nurture a person’s nature,  is one of the truest acts of love there is! And it’s actually super simple!

Here are some ideas…

Giving the gift of love… I mean oil

Dr. Vasant Lad says that “Love is oily” so why not give someone the gift of a beautifully handmade bottle of massage oil to balance their dosha?

Dosha balancing Massage Oil

Vata oil

  • Carrier oil: Almond or Sesame Oil are best
  • Essential Oils*: Orange(T), Fennel(M), Ylang Ylang(B)

Pitta oil

  • Carrier Oil: Coconut or Sunflower oil are best
  • Essential Oils*: Rose(B), Sandalwood(B), Lavender(M)

Kapha Oil

  • Carrier Oil: Corn, Sweet almond, Safflower
  • Essential Oils*: Eucalyptus(T), basil(T), rosemary(M), cardamom(B)

*Mix approx 50 drops of essential oils to 4oz of carrier oils (use a single essential oil or mix to suit your preference.  A good rule of thumb is a ratio of Top(T), Middle(M), Base(B) – T4:M1:B1.5)

 

Or how about one of my personal favorites…

Homemade granola

Here’s a recipe with suggestions for all doshas…

Granola Base:

  • 2 cups of rolled oats (organic is best)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2Tbs Sweetener (VP= Maple Syrup, K= Molasses)
  • 2Tbs Ground Flax seeds (all dosha)
  • 1Tbs Oil (V=Canola, P=Coconut, K=Corn)
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon (all doshas)
  • 1/2tsp ground cardamom (all doshas)

Extras by dosha:

Vata:

  • 1/4 cup of whole almonds (skins removed)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates

Pitta:

  • 1Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Kapha:

  • 1/4tsp ground cloves
  • 2Tbs dried cranberries
  • 2Tbs raisins

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 375F or 180C. Cover a large baking tray with baking paper and set aside.  Put all ingredients except nuts and dried fruit into a large bowl and mix to coat evenly.  Spread mixture evenly onto baking sheet and bake for 20mins.  Remove from oven and add dried fruit, nuts/coconut.  Bake an additional 5-8 mins.  Remove and allow to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.

Serving suggestions:

  • Vata & Kapha- with warm milk, or atop stewed fruit
  • Pitta – with milk, or atop stewed fruit

 

A basket of fruit or vegetables + a recipe card

Suggestions:

  • All Doshas – Apples, Apricots, Mangoes, Asparagus, Beets, Corn
  • Vata – Figs (fresh), Oranges, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Pumpkin, Watercress, Zucchini
  • Pitta – Coconut, Plums, Pears, Cabbage, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Brussel sprouts
  • Kapha – Persimmons, Pears, Cranberries, Radishes, Cauliflower, Fennel

Got any great ideas for homemade gifts that nourish the soul?  I’d LOVE to hear about them so share them in the comments!

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