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Wellness with Janina Church
April 25th, 2012

Rose Lassi

Another hot day…

turning today into a rose kind of day. I dropped rosewater saline in my eyes this morning, spritzed my students in yoga class this afternoon with rosewater mist and sipped Rose Lassi after dinner with the children.

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Rose is cooling, refreshing and soothing. Like Hibiscus, it is great for relieving heat in the body. Rose helps support the circulatory, female reproductive and nervous systems. It is said that rose opens the mind and heart as it is the flower of love and devotion. Perfect for a dessert to serve my little lovelies.

This is an adapted recipe from my favorite Indian cookbook. Sipping small amounts of lassi after dinner is recommended to aid digestion.

 

Rose Lassi

(pronounced LUH-SEE)

1 1/4 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons turbino sugar
1 teaspoon pure distilled rosewater
3/4 cup cool water
3-4 ice cubes
Blend yogurt, sugar, rosewater and water in a blender for about 2 minutes. Add the ice cubes and blend for 1 minute. Serve this frothy goodness in chilled glasses.
Enjoy!
April 20th, 2012

Hibiscus Cooler to the rescue

TheĀ  weather man said it was going to be hot today. I am such a hot weather wienie, so such news sent me into my usual hot weather freak out…

First make a batch of Hibiscus cooler. Then get errands done before noon so I can retreat to my cool cave (north facing master bedroom) with a chilled glass of Hibiscus Cooler avoiding the hottest part of the day. Whew!

Hibiscus Cooler

 

Hibiscus is a sacred flower in India used to balance first and second chakra disorders. Hibiscus flowers help purify the blood, support the circulatory system, reproductive system and kidney function, improve complexion and promote hair growth. The flowers can be made into a refreshing drink to eliminate excess heat from the body. Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, so this drink can be taken in the winter served warm with a little extra ginger to help relieve and prevent the flu.

 

Hibiscus Cooler Recipe

8 cups of water

4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup dried hibiscus leaves

1 teaspoon -1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger (use less ginger in warmer weather, use more ginger in cooler weather)

Natural sweetener of your choice-honey, agave or maple syrup

In medium saucepan boil water. Add hibiscus flowers, cinnamon and ginger. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Sweeten to taste. Serve chilled with a sprig of mint or warm in the winter with a lemon wedge.

Enjoy!