Ritu Haritaki – Seasonal Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) Powder to help you adjust to the season!
I started with this simple recipe at the end of the summer. As a student of Ayurveda, I am given weekly advice from my wonderful tutor, on how to keep myself in balance.
I am a believer – since embarking on my studies of Ayurveda, I have not had a sniffle or suffered even the mildest common cold! I can only put it down to these wonderful, simple tonics that I am taking as part of my simple daily routine.
This can be taken for 3, 5 or 7 (max 10) days at the start of each season. Ayurveda considers six seasons in a year and I have given a rough idea of how this is divided into our (UK) climate and seasons below.
Haritaki is the dried fruit of the Terminalia Chebula tree. If you are using the whole fruit, you will need to crack open like a walnut and peel the fruit away from the central very hard stone. You then grind the outer pulp to a fine powder, adding equal weight of the anupana (“vehicle”) that you are taking, according to the season.
As it is now Sisira (peak winter), I have been taking the Harde (haritaki powder) for a week now with pippali (long pepper) mixed into a tsp of organic wild forest honey from Africa – my particular favourite honey to use with these types of preparations. I am feeling tip-top and ready for the cold and biting weather.
A word of warning – pippali is very pungent and some may find it too hot, exercise caution and use less if you have ulcers or acid reflux problem or are just sensitive to spice.
**Not for children or pregnant women
Take 3g (mixed in tsp honey) early am for 1 week / 10 days at start of season.
PS – I will be posting a seasonal reminder when it is time to take the next lot!