Ayurvedic Churnas are spice mixes designed to balance your doshas. All easy-peasy ingredients you can mix yourself from the supermarket. Churnas help to regulate and keep the body in balance and harmony and are classified as types of medicines in Ayurveda. They can be put on as a garnish on soups and any meals. They are a quick and effective way to bring one’s doshas into balance and excellent for aiding digestion too as you are incorporating all 6 tastes.
I recommend sprinkling them on your food once you’ve plated, 1. They are fresh and 2. you can individualise who gets what churna on their food. Very helpful for family members with different doshas. In my family we have me as Vata and my husband and daughter as Pitta. So we have our little containers with our different churnas in them to sprinkle on our food. You use them just as you would salt and pepper and can use powder or seed forms. I make mine up in a small batch and then use it all week.
Vata churna – use if you are vata dosha and/or if you are rushing and stressed and need some grounding spices:
Equal parts of cumin, ginger, fenugreek, turmeric, rock salt, pinch of raw sugar and /or optional pinch of Hing (asafoetida)
I stock organic Hing @ Saffron Cottage for $16.95, it smells like Rotorua but I looooove it.
Pitta churna – use if you are Pitta dosha and /or if you have acid reflux, heartburn or need cooling spices:
Equal parts coriander, fennel, cumin, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, pinch of rock salt.
Kapha churna – use if you are Kapha dosha and/or congested and needing to boost your lymph:
Equal parts ginger, pepper, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, pinch of rock salt, – pinch of raw sugar.
NB. If you are minimising sugar in crystal form, then add a drop or two of maple syrup instead.
If you dont know your dosha, the best dosha quiz I have found is here: https://lifespa.com/