herbal meicine

Fall Cleansing

Healing with Ayurveda

This week is the third week of the Illumination Series and the theme for the week is Purification. On the physical level this means making dietary shifts that encourage balance- more home cooking, less eating out, more whole foods, less packaged junk, more movement, less couch time,  etc. On the mental/emotional level we are working on letting go of outdated ideas and attitudes that no longer serve our highest intentions- which by the way is much harder than just letting go the sugar in your daily tea!
I have been doing twice yearly (Spring & Fall) cleansing routines for years and have always found them to be a great way to come back into balance on all levels. The amazing thing is that even if we just focus on the physical, and make real effort to eat clean whole foods that truly nourish us, the increased sensitivity and willpower allows us to do the more subtle work of changing our attitude and worldview with a little less effort.
In other words when we eat in accordance with Nature than not only our bodies, but also our minds begin to release what isn’t needed. Simple, powerful magic.
Below is a great Kitchari recipe from Amy Bondar’s  book Sound Nutrition. Amy is a holistic nutritionist from Calgary who has lots of wisdom to share- check her out on www.amybondar.com
Kitchari is a one pot Ayurvedic cleansing/toning meal that really hits the spot on these damp cold early winter days. Amy recommends it for “anyone with digestive difficulties, malabsorption of food, chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, post-partum recovery, detoxification diets, or feeling under the weather with a cold or flu.”


  • 1 cup split yellow mung beans
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbs. ghee
  • 1 tsp each tumeric, coriander powder, cumin powder
  • 1 tsp each whole cumin seeds and mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 pinch hing (asafoetida) optional
  • 6-8 cups water
  1. Wash beans and rice together unti water runs clear
  2. In a large pot on medium heat mix ginger, ghee, spices and salt
  3. Add rice and beans. Stir till coated. Add water, bring to boil.
  4. Turn heat to low, cook until water is absorbed
  5. Add cilantro before serving
  6. Enjoy!