Immunity Spices

near my mother’s home on sunday

How are you handling this arctic blast? Are you staying warm? Is it a challenge or a welcome break for you? I would love to hear – unusual weather has a tendency to draw us closer, so please let us know how you are doing.

Meanwhile, I want to share with you something to help you stay warm and well. But first a little background: In November, we taught on a Holistic Health Cruise, after which I posted this Immunity Spice Recipe as a thank you to those who attended my talk on Ayurveda & the Power of the Six Tastes to Heal. Thing is, I posted it in a semi-private place since it was a gift to them… But it got out and around, and now people are looking for it here on this blog and writing me when they can’t find it. So, especially given the weather around the country, and the fact that winter is cold season anyway, I felt it should get a posting here. I apologize if it is redundant for you, but maybe you’ll appreciate the reminder? I hope wherever you are, you are staying warm, sheltered, safe, and at peace.

immunity spiceThis Immunity Spice Mix is warming and purifying, with primarily the pungent, astringent and bitter tastes, considered so medicinal in Ayurveda. Try to have a teaspoon, as tea or cooked into your foods, every day.

The spices can be sautéed with ghee or coconut oil before cooking in vegetables, rice, or grains.

You could also add it to boiling water to make a tea ~ As a morning tea, it will rev up your system, encouraging circulation. As a tea to accompany meals, add a splash of lemon juice and a touch of honey and sip warm to strengthen digestion.

#rawhoneyI like it as an afternoon tea, with boiled almond milk, a dash of cardamom, maybe a spot of honey, too. You could even add it to your smoothies with a date or two.

Remember: The sweet taste lubricates and tonifies which is important to balance Winter’s Vata. It also helps your body absorb the nutrients of the other tastes, so ghee, milk, dates are all part of the medicine.

A note of caution – this could be stimulative. It’s best to avoid taking near bedtime.

Immunity Spice Mix

  • 6 parts ground turmeric
  • 3 parts ground cumin
  • 3 parts ground coriander
  • 6 parts ground fennel
  • 1 part powdered, dry ginger
  • 1 part ground black pepper
  • 1/2 part ground cinnamon

Mix spices together thoroughly. Store in an airtight container. Use within one month.

For Vata Dosha, add a dash of Himalayan pink salt, and a sprinkle of sesame seed.
For Pitta Dosha, replace the cumin with mint or cilantro. Optionally, use cardamom powder instead of black pepper.
For Kapha Dosha, it is perfect all year round. You could even add 1/4 part clove or cayenne.



In addition to this immunity spice, you might benefit from one of these make-it-yourself Ayurvedic healing recipes, like the ginger lemon honey cold remedy, pictured here.


Please take care. Mother Nature can be an overwhelming power, demanding our respect.

I wish you strong inner fires to can stay warm and healthy in this new year!

our weekend winter wonderland


14 thoughts on “Immunity Spices

  1. This sounds warming & wonderful! I am feeling blessed to be on the west coast where I can step outside my door & enjoy a brisk run in the morning sunshine. However, I live in a very old house with poor insulation & hardwood floors, so the mornings tend to get a bit chilly. It’s too expensive for me to keep the heater running, so I do it sparingly & just bundle up in flannel pjs, warm socks, & layers of blankets & snuggle up to my sweet doggie. This tea seems like the perfect warming ritual to add to my morning routine. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing with us all. Xoxo

  2. Dear Laura, So happy to receive your “love story”! I am doing lots better and truely benefitted from your and Bhava Ram’s classes! The words, ‘I am” resonate now as I do my yoga. My heart was steady for 42 days! a record! If it is at all possible, I will some day take one of your retreats. Please come to the midwest! I’m i Chicago. Wishing you the very best! All love and JOY! Ruth

    1. Hi Ruth,

      I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well. Bravo! I am from the Chicago area and was just there last weekend for that glorious snow storm. We will certainly be back. Are you getting our Deep Yoga newsletter? You can sign up for it here. That way you will hear when we are next teaching in the Midwest. We look forward to seeing you again. Stay well. Love and joy to you ~

  3. Hi…I am just wondering if you can tell me where you are located? I am interested in the Ayurveda cooking class but not sure if you are anywhere near me. Thanks!

  4. This sounds yummy and definitely as a tea with almond milk and a little honey. I’ve been addicted to your “lemony ginger tonic” featured on Vegenista recently. I’ve been drinking it every day after my wintry walking commute to work. It’s amazing!

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