What is the difference between Cooling & Heating Herbs & Spices?

COOLING & HEATING Herbs & Spices can have different effects on the body due to their qualities. The nature of the herbs & spices can be used to our benefit with the change of the seasons.⠀ *⠀ HEATING/WARMING Herbs & Spices are extremely warming which is good for the body in the midst of Winter.⠀ *⠀ Warming foods and spices have long been in use in Eastern cultures, both for culinary and medicinal purposes.⠀ *⠀ Many of these flavour intensives are known to have compounds that help to raise our core body temperature, aid digestion, soothe the stomach, boost blood circulation, flush the skin with blood, and remove excess water from delicate tissues – all of which help us to stay warm and toasty in frigid temperatures.⠀ *⠀ Reach out for our DURGA Seasoning mix this Winter! It is guaranteed to warm your belly, energise, stimulate & invigorate you. You also have the added benefits & qualities of each individual Herb & Spice in the Mix. DURGA on this Winter :).⠀ *⠀ Also known as Pitta (or fire season), the heat of the Summer can lead to excess skin irritation, acne, rashes, sweating, and even heat stroke. To keep the body cool during the summer months, ancient Indian medicine (Ayurveda) recommends consuming spices that promote COOLING. *⠀ Spices are one of the most potent plant foods in terms of antioxidants and bioactive compounds. According to Ayruveda’s 5,000 year old food philosophy, there are plenty of everyday spices that can even help cool the body. ⠀ *⠀ Using our VISHNU Cooling MIX in your diet will cool you down, calm your mind and make you feel fresh and comfortable.⠀ *⠀ Please visit our website – www.spicetradingco.com for further information on our stockists that carry our latest range – Ayurvedic Seasoning Mixes or shop online!⠀ *⠀ Herbs and Spices have been used for thousands of years. They each have their own benefit in supporting the body. Little do we know in the present day the amazing qualities they possess.⠀ ⠀ *⠀ ⠀ The Spice Trading Company does not claim to prevent, diagnose, cure or alleviate a disease, disorder or condition. We are simply advising the benefits of herbs and spices and do not claim them to be therapeutic in nature in accord.

Ganesha

“GANESHA”⠀ Balancing – Warming – Clarity – Pacify⠀ *⠀ With HARITAKI & BRAHMI being the main ingredients in this Seasoning Mix you are able to gain some of the many benefits according to Ayurveda.⠀ Haritaki -⠀ Enhances digestion and increases the absorption of nutrients.⠀ *⠀ Reduce excessive acidity.⠀ *⠀ Considered a detoxifier and blood builder in Ayurveda.⠀ *⠀ A rich source of antioxidants.⠀ *⠀ Found to lower blood sugar levels.⠀ *⠀ Often used to treat mouth ulcers and gum disease.⠀ *⠀ Recommended for acne, hair loss and dandruff.⠀ *⠀ Brahmi -⠀ Stress, Anxiety⠀ *⠀ Enhances brain function⠀ *⠀ Lower inflammation⠀ *⠀ Enhances digestion⠀ *⠀ Boost immunity⠀ *⠀ Who is Ganesha?⠀ *⠀ Ganesha is a widely revered Hindu god and son of Shiva. ⠀ *⠀ Since he’s a direct descendent of the “God of Destruction,” Ganesha is said to remove any obstacles that present themselves along the truest, deepest paths of life. He is known to stampede whatever stands in the way so that new beginnings and good fortune can unfold.⠀ *⠀ Ganesha’s ability to overcome anything to get what he wants. ⠀ *⠀ It signifies the past, present and future. Thus, Ganesha symbolizes all existence, which is precisely why he’s ready and able to smash away anything that stands in its way.⠀ *⠀ Please visit our website – www.spicetradingco.com for further information on our stockists that carry our latest range – Ayurvedic Seasoning Mixes or shop online!⠀⠀ *⠀ ⠀ Herbs and Spices have been used for thousands of years. They each have their own benefit in supporting the body. Little do we know in the present day the amazing qualities they possess.⠀ *⠀ ⠀ The Spice Trading Company does not claim to prevent, diagnose, cure or alleviate a disease, disorder or condition. We are simply advising the benefits of herbs and spices according to Ayurveda.⠀

Become aware of your body…the key to healthy living…

If you don’t take care of your body each day and continually run around on fumes, then you won’t have a sound structure to support a healthy and fit lifestyle. Taking care of your body begins with being aware of the physical stress you put on yourself and realizing the importance of addressing this stress prior to feeling aches and pains. ⠀ *⠀ When you aren’t in tune with your body, mental and physical ailments can create a domino effect that if overlooked for too long will eventually lead to more serious conditions. Initially, the most common signs that it’s time to tune up your body include getting sick often, feeling unbalanced or uncoordinated, muscle soreness, irritability aches in your neck, shoulders and upper back.⠀ *⠀ Many people aren’t aware that their bodies aren’t functioning properly or being taken care of well until they start seeing these type of signs. Addressing your ailments maintains your overall health and wellness.⠀ *⠀ HEALTH – 2 major definitions c/- Dr JV Hebbar -www.easyayurveda.com⠀ *⠀ WHO – World Health Organisation – “Health is a state of complete physical, mental & social well-being and not merely the absence of disease & infirmity.”⠀ AYURVEDIC – definition of Health – Health is a state where in the Tridosha (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) digestive fire, all body tissues & components, all physiological processes are in perfect unison and the soul, the sense organs & mind are in a state of total satisfaction & content.⠀ *⠀ ANALYSIS – ⠀ *⠀ WHO – covers three major aspects – physical, mental and social well being. The social well being refers to how a person interacts positively with the people around him.⠀ *⠀ AYURVEDIC definition of Health -⠀ Tridosha refers to the physical well being.⠀ **⠀ Digestive Fire – Ayurveda believes that the imbalance of digestive fire (Agni) is the root cause of most diseases. Ayurvedic experts analyse Agni not only as digestive fire, but energy behind all the metabolic processes in the body. This also refers to physical well-being.⠀ **⠀ Body tissues & processes – components refer to physical health.⠀ * Total satisfaction of soul, sense organs & mind – not only refer to mental & social well being, but also spirit.

Suggested Uses – Vishnu, Ganesha & Durga…

SUGGESTED USE -⠀ *⠀ DURGA – Add our “Durga” Seasoning during cooking, sprinkle over food or mix with oil for a dressing 1-2 tsps depending on the taste and strength of the person. ⠀ *⠀ Alternatively mix 1/2 tsp with 1/2 cup warm water 1/2 hour before lunch and dinner.⠀ *⠀ VISHNU – Add our “Vishnu” Seasoning during cooking, sprinkle over food or mix with oil for a dressing 1-2 tsps depending on the taste and strength of the person. ⠀ *⠀ Alternatively mix 1/2 tsp with 1/2 cup warm water 1/2 hour after lunch and dinner.⠀ *⠀ GANESHA – Add our “Ganesha” Seasoning during cooking, sprinkle over food or mix with oil for a dressing 1-2 tsps depending on the taste and strength of the person. ⠀ *⠀ Alternatively mix 1/2 tsp with 1/2 cup warm water combined with 1/4 tsp ghee (optional) 1/2 hour after lunch and dinner.

Ayurveda – What are the Doshas? Vata, Pitta & Kapha….

VATA, PITTA & KAPHA…..⠀ The qualities of the three doshas and how they function in our being.⠀ *⠀ Vata dosha is formed with the elements air and space. Vata governs all movement. The qualities of Vata are light, dry. airy, quick, and cold. Vata people are very tall or little. They are thin and either tall or short. They have asymmetrical features. When Vata people are in balance, they are creative and easily adaptable. They have a great way with words. When Vata people are out of balance, this leads to fear and anxiety.⠀ *⠀ Pitta, heat, is made up of the elements fire and water. Pitta governs digestion, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature. The qualities of Pitta are hot, sour, pungent, sharp and acidic. Pitta people have strong digestion. Their build is athletic. When Pittas are in balance, they are intelligent, cerebral and sharp. When out of balance, they are hot and easily angered. Pittas tend toward rashes.⠀ *⠀ Kapha which is the flesh body or the mucus body and is made up of the elements earth and water. Kapha is our bones, muscles, teeth and everything dense in our bodies. The qualities of Kapha are slow, steady, heavy, oily, and cold. When Kapha people are in balance, kapha people are loving, nurturing and grounded. When out of balance, they are needy, melancholy and heavy in body and mind.⠀ *⠀ Our constitution ⠀ Just like we contain all of the elements, we all contain Vata, Pitta and Kapha as well but in varying degrees. Our dosha is determined at the time of conception. This is our constitution or our Prakriti which we are born with and it never varies. Most people are dominant in two of the doshas. It is more rare to be tridoshic, to have equal amounts of all three doshas.⠀ *⠀ Our condition⠀ Vikriti is our condition. Depending on where we live and our lifestyle, our condition can get out of balance. Once we know our condition (Vikriti) we use food, herbs, diet and lifestyle changes to align our condition with our constitution and when they are aligned, we experience optimal health and peace in life. ⠀ Reference- ⠀ www.mindbodygreen.com/wc-jean-koemer⠀ renowned teacher of ISHTA Yoga (Integrated sciences of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda) for 20 yrs.

Let’s go back to the OLD WAYS….

Use Herbs & Spices to prepare warm foods like so many cultures still do today….

For a long time, herbs & spices have been very highly appreciated and they are part of numerous ancient traditions, which are usually still practiced today. The traditional cultures actually prize highly spices and herbs not only for their flavour but also for medicinal & healing properties spices & herbs bring to food. ⠀ *⠀ Traditional medicine has been using herbs and spices for centuries to treat common ailments and now modern science is starting to support some of these theories.⠀ *⠀ In different cultures around the world cold food and beverages are still not part of norm on a daily basis. In Chinese & Indian culture in particular, cold beverages are believed to be harmful to digestion, so items like ice-cold water or soft drinks are traditionally not served at meal-times. Besides soup, if any other beverages are served, they would most likely be hot tea or hot water. Tea is believed to help in the digestion of greasy foods.⠀ *⠀ Using herbs & spices also aids in digestion due to their numerous attributes, beneficial in our overall gut health.

Use our Vishnu Mix….are you feeling hot & bothered, impatient or overworked?

Vishnu is perfect to be added to your meals to cool you down when you are feeling hot & bothered, impatient or overworked. Due to the cooling properties of the herbs and spices it is ideal over the Summer season. Heavy exercise in the hot sunny weather, stress & a heavy workload can all increase our Pitta aggravated state.
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Even during Winter we experience bothered and stress states where the body heats up and we carry too much hot blooded energy with redness on our skin.
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Vishnu is ideal to be added to meals during these times or spinkling Vishnu on top as an alternative option. Having 1/2 tsp with warm water 1/2 hour after lunch or dinner or any time throughout the day will bring you peace of mind and cool the body temperature down.
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Please visit our website – www.spicetradingco.com for further information on our stockists that carry our latest range – Ayurvedic Seasoning Mixes or shop online!
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Herbs and Spices have been used for thousands of years. They each have their own benefit in supporting the body. Little do we know in the present day the amazing qualities they possess.
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The Spice Trading Company does not claim to prevent, diagnose, cure or alleviate a disease, disorder or condition. We are simply advising the benefits of herbs and spices and do not claim them to be therapeutic in nature in accordance with the TGA.

Use our Ganesha Mix….are you feeling nervous, worried, windy, cold & your meals have become irregular?

Ganesha Seasoning Mix is perfect to be added to meals to calm & pacify your stomach when you are feeling nevousness, worried, fear, anxiety, cold & your meals have become irregular.
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According to Ayurveda one of the 3 Doshas – Vata is elevated by cold. Cold weather, wind & rain and food. Cold weather dries you out, hands, lips and overall dry skin. Same as if you leave food in the freezer too long it dries out.
Cold is cooling and drying, so all cold things elevate Vata.
Vata needs cooked food, moderately warming spices, soups, hot beverages, and warming foods like meat. Vata should avoid salads in winter, even salads in general.
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Using our Ganesha Seasoning mix mixed through your meals, sprinkling Ganesha on top or alternatively mixing 1/2 tsp with 1/2 cup warm water 1/2 hour after lunch or dinner is ideal for pacifying & warming your body!
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Please visit our website – www.spicetradingco.com for further information on our stockists that carry our latest range – Ayurvedic Seasoning Mixes or shop online!
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Herbs and Spices have been used for thousands of years. They each have their own benefit in supporting the body. Little do we know in the present day the amazing qualities they possess.
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The Spice Trading Company does not claim to prevent, diagnose, cure or alleviate a disease, disorder or condition. We are simply advising the benefits of herbs and spices and do not claim them to be therapeutic in nature in accordance with the TGA.

Use our Durga Mix…are you feeling slow, sluggish, lethargic?

Durga is an ideal seasoning for this chilly Winter weather to warm your insides! 🙂
Perfect to be added to meals to stimulate your tastes and stomach when you are feeling slow and sluggish or lethargic.
While you can’t control the weather, you can control these factors, which either build your health, vitality, and resistance to disease, or wear you down.
Ayurvedically speaking, colds are a kapha-vata disorder. The body builds up an excess of cool and moist kapha qualities, resulting in congestion and a runny nose, and at the same time it may suffer from excess vata, which reduces agni (appetite), leading to chills, loss of appetite, and poor digestion.
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When you are feeling this way adding heated spices in your meal will warm you up, increase circulation and digestion.
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Adding our Durga Seasoning Mix to your meals – mixing a portion through or sprinkling on top will enhance the above.
Alternatively mix 1/2 tsp with 1/2 cup warm water 1/2 hour before lunch and dinner will stimulate the body so you don’t lead to feeling slow and sluggish after the meal.
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Please visit our website – www.spicetradingco.com for further information on our stockists that carry our latest range – Ayurvedic Seasoning Mixes or shop online!
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Herbs and Spices have been used for thousands of years. They each have their own benefit in supporting the body. Little do we know in the present day the amazing qualities they possess.
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The Spice Trading Company does not claim to prevent, diagnose, cure or alleviate a disease, disorder or condition. We are simply advising the benefits of herbs and spices and do not claim them to be therapeutic in nature in accordance with the TGA.

Why Organic?

WHY ORGANIC?⠀
In order to label any products as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must originate from organically produced plants. ⠀
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Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. To achieve this, farmers use crop rotation, mulch to manage weeds and natural fertilisers to feed plants and soil such as compost and manure. ⠀
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Consequently, our organic herbs and spices are produced on farms around the world adhering to these practices.⠀
Such farming methods are of great benefit both environmentally and to the health of consumers. When growing organic herbs and organic spices using these practices, the soil is far richer in nutrients and therefore more fertile. This in turn results in stronger, healthier plants free of non-organic matter. Crop rotation and the encouragement of wildlife helps to control and break the cycle of any pests or diseases hence the need to use pesticides is eradicated.⠀
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When we source our organic herbs and organic spices, we ensure that they are traced back to the farm where they are grown. ⠀
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Part of their inspection is checking the origin of our organic products and tracing the supply chain from the farms,⠀
This allows us to display their highly respected and distinctive logo upon our packs of organic Seasoning Mixes.⠀
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Why is organic food often more expensive?⠀
Organic food is more labor intensive since the farmers do not use pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or drugs. Organic certification is expensive and organic feed for animals can cost twice as much. Organic farms tend to be smaller than conventional farms, which means fixed costs and overhead must be distributed across smaller produce volumes without government subsidies.⠀

Organic vs. Non-Organic⠀

Grown with natural fertilizers (manure, compost).⠀
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Grown with synthetic or chemical fertilizers.⠀
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Weeds are controlled naturally (crop rotation, hand weeding, mulching, and tilling).⠀
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Weeds are controlled with chemical herbicides.⠀
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Pests are controlled using natural methods (birds, insects, traps) and naturally-derived pesticides.⠀
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Pests are controlled with synthetic pesticides.⠀