I hope everyone got a delicious glass of last weeks "Akasha", cause that stuff went quick! The weeks recipe is sure to help you battle those pesky Texas allergies, with a little love from the local bees! Andie, barista and cafe manager at Harvest House, visited Desert Creek Honey in McKinney, Texas to pick up some local golden honey for her newest concoction - "Brahmari". Ingredients include blueberries, lavender, coconut milk, Gala apples, and Desert Creek Honey that will help open up the sense. The deep blue of the blueberries really resonates with the Third Eye Chakra, and inspired this weeks Cold Pressed Enlightenment.
The Third Eye Chakra, or sixth chakra, is often referred to as the "Sixth Sense" and is found in the space between the eyebrows. This third eye is our center for intuition and will guide you to finding your inner knowledge if you let it. When you tap into that inner sense for guidance, you are not only taking you mind, intellect, and ego into account, but you are now including the soul in your decision making.
Ajna, sanskrit for the Third Eye Chakra, is best balanced through meditation. A tingling or pulsing sensation between the brows during meditation is a good sign that you are opening a block chakra. Many colors, sounds, and even yoga poses are associated with the individual chakras, and a method of Pranyama (yogic breathing technique) is bee breath, or Brahmari. When you exhale the word "AUM" with an emphasis on the M, keeping the lips seals, it creates a buzzing noise similar to the buzzing sound of a bee. It may seem silly, but practicing Brahmari can help alleviate tension in the head and works to open up the sixth chakra.
We raise our glass to you Andie! Cheers yogis! Join us at Harvest House for an all levels yoga class this Wednesday at 10am. A portion of proceeds will go to the Denton Animal Support Foundation.
Blueberries - fiber, potassium, folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, phytonutrient content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. The fiber in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Lavender- is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites. The essential oil lavender may be helpful in treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness and is commonly used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, and even tooth aches.
Apples - nutritional powerhouses and a superfruit. They are full of Vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, dietary fiber to help battle LDLs, phytonutrients to protect us from free radicals, and minerals such as potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.
Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute and is commonly used in vegan shakes as a dairy substitute.
Raw Honey - honey not only helps battle seasonal allergies but it can also fight infection and be used to aid in treating wounds and burns. Over 4000 years ago, Honey was used in Ayurvedic medicine, where it was thought to be effective at treating material imbalances in the body. Using honey in coffee or tea as a sweetner, is a great way to avoid processed sugar and fats from creamer.