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Almond: supportive for your nervous system

Almonds are used in Ayurveda, among other things, to treat disorders of the nervous system. The nutritious almond is seen as the best nut to balance or maintain Vata Dosha. Almonds are also a good source of antioxidants, calcium, magnesium and vitamin E.

In addition to nourishing and calming, the almond is ‘Ojas’ building. In Ayurveda, Ojas is seen as the essence of our vitality: the basis for our immune system.

In times of stress where Vata often plays a major role, the almond can be a welcome and supportive food.

How does Ayurveda use almonds?

• Choose raw nuts without additives.
• Ayurveda recommends soaking almonds in water for several hours (or overnight) before use. The brown skin can easily be removed from the almond after soaking. Soaking the nut and removing the skin ensures better digestion and absorption of nutrients.
• Nuts are classified as ‘Guru’ in Ayurveda, among other things. The Guru (Sanskrit for ‘heavy’) quality is perfect for balancing an excess of lightness of Vata. However, it is important to keep in mind that nuts in Ayurveda are used in small amounts so that the digestive system is not overloaded.
With daily consumption over a longer period: 3-5 almonds

Attention to your Dosha balance

• With increased Vata or Vata constitution:
For example, choose a warm almond milk or a date-almond ball.
• In Kapha constitution:
Use almonds in moderation. Toast the almonds in a dry pan and add warming spices such as cinnamon, ginger or cayenne pepper.
• Is there an elevated Pitta?
Use almonds in moderation. Soak the almonds well and avoid sharp spices.

Contact an Ayurvedic therapist for personal advice in your situation.

Don’t stress! almond milk

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What do you need?
10 almonds (soaked and skinned)
1 date
180 ml water*
1/8 tsp Cardamom powder
2 strands of Saffron**

Let’s make it!
Place the soaked almonds and date in the blender with the water. Blend well.

Strain over a pan, add spices and heat the almond milk for a few minutes on low heat so that the spices can give off their flavour. Serve hot.

Variation:
* Classic recipes also use warm milk (organic) instead of water.

** Replace saffron with a pinch of nutmeg powder

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In times of stress where Vata often plays a major role, the almond can be a welcome and supportive food.