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Holiday gift guide for Ayurvedic Christmas gifts



The holidays can be a wonderful time to express your affection and consideration. Making your own holiday presents, party favors, and stocking stuffers is a festive way to express your love of herbalism and wellness while getting crafty and having some fun in the kitchen. Ayurvedic-inspired presents are a wonderful way to give something special, specially made, and supportive of the recipient's wellness. This is an ayurvedic gift guide to get you started on your Christmas shopping.



First off, you don't need to be an ayurveda specialist or even have a good understanding of the recipient's dosha in order to present gifts with an Ayurvedic influence (constitution). There are various ayurvedic presents that might benefit people of different constitutional types and be appreciated by them. Also, you can keep it very straightforward or make it more elaborate and lavish. However, there are lots of gorgeous ayurvedic product sellers from which you can acquire gifts if DIY isn't your thing.


Spice Shakers

Making ayurvedic Christmas presents is a fantastic time to start with vata, pitta, and kapha spice shakers. Making them is easy and reasonably priced. The mess is also not too bad. The concept is to create spice blends based on the recipient's constitution. Alternately, if you are unsure of their constitution, you might select a seasonally appropriate spice blend.


The vata and kapha seasons are autumn and early winter, and late winter and spring, respectively. So, the vata and/or kapha mixes are an excellent place to start if you are unsure of which spice mixture to produce.


These are merely recommendations for recipes. Feel free to change these mixtures according to what you have on hand, the recipient's preferences, and the spices you like.



One part ground coriander (Coriandrum sativum), one part ground cumin (Cuminum cyminum), one part ground turmeric (Curcuma longa), two parts ground ginger (Zingiber officinale), and two parts ground fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seeds


Directions:


A "part" can be a teaspoon or a tablespoon, depending on how much spice mixture you wish to prepare. The ingredients should be thoroughly mixed before being stored in a glass jar or spice shaker. Salt and black pepper (Piper nigrum) are optional additions to the mixture.



Ground turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizome, ground fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), ground coriander (Coriandrum sativum) seeds, ground cumin (Cuminum cyminum) seeds, ground a few pinches of cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) seed


Directions:


A "part" can be a teaspoon or a tablespoon, depending on how much spice mixture you wish to prepare. The ingredients should be thoroughly mixed before being stored in a glass jar or spice shaker.


a mixture of one part ground coriander (Coriandrum sativum), one part ground cumin (Cuminum cyminum), one part ground turmeric (Curcuma longa), one part ground ginger (Zingiber officinale), one part ground fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), and one part ground black pepper (Piper nigrum) a few pinches of cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum) buds, a few pinches of clove (Syzygium aromaticum) fruit.


Directions:


A "part" can be a teaspoon or a tablespoon, depending on how much spice mixture you wish to prepare. The ingredients should be thoroughly mixed before being stored in a glass jar or spice shaker.


These VPK spice mixtures can be used in a variety of dishes, including stir-fries, soups,

curries, casseroles, and stir-fries. To give the recipient some culinary inspiration, you could even create a recipe to match with each spice blend!


Kitchari Kit, a comfort food

Kitchari might not be the first dish that comes to mind when you think of comfort food, depending on where you are from. Nonetheless, this straightforward one-pot dinner is highly regarded in Ayurveda as a cuisine that enhances wellness from the inside out. The traditional food consumed during ayurvedic cleanses is kitchari. White basmati rice, yellow split mung dal, ghee, and spices chosen according to the season and the individual's constitution are its basic components. Moreover, vegetables can be cooked in.


What's Included in a Kitchari Kit?

The essential components for a kitchari kit are listed below. These items can be put together by yourself, possibly packaged in a lovely holiday gift basket. Instead, you can buy a kitchari kit that has already been put together from an internet vendor of ayurvedic goods, like Banyan Botanicals.


Kitchari Kit's Primary Components

Organic split yellow mung dal, half a pound

1 jar of organic ghee and half a pound of organic white or brown basmati rice (or substitute coconut oil or avocado oil)

1 spice shaker of the vata, pitta, or kapha spice blend or the kitchari spice blend (see recipes above)



What Spices Are in a Kitchari Blend?

You might be wondering, "What's a kitchari spice blend?" after reading the list of ingredients for the kitchari kit. There isn't a single solution. A kitchari spice combination can be created to balance the vata, pitta, or kapha dosha. Here is a basic mixture that, though, will work for the majority of constitutions.


1 part seeds from black mustard (Brassica nigra)

Ground coriander (Coriandrum sativum) seeds, cumin (Cuminum cyminum) seeds, ginger (Zingiber officinale) rhizome, turmeric (Curcuma longa), and optionally a few pinches of asafoetida, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.


*Since all of these spices are warming, pitta types should omit them.


A kitchari kit is a kind approach to give someone you care about some culinary ideas and the ingredients they need to make a quick, filling dinner that is also easy on the stomach. If you are giving this present personally, you might wish to include some fresh ginger root or a bouquet of fresh cilantro, which both enhance the flavor and freshness of any kitchari preparation.


Body Food

Choose some herbal massage oil if you're searching for a gift that promotes a little pampering. I provide recipes for vata, pitta, and kapha massage oils as well as information on which mixes are most appropriate for each season in my Herbal Academy piece, Homemade Massage Oil for Each Season.


Always keep in mind that making a herbal massage oil might be time-consuming and a little untidy. You can therefore always buy vata, pitta, kapha, or tridoshic massage oil mixtures if time is of the importance.



Kit for Self-Care

Consider supplementing the gift of an ayurvedic massage oil with a whole ayurvedic self-care package if you really want to help your loved one with a little self-care. This can be a gift that would be highly appreciated by a loved caregiver in your life. Consider including the following items in your ayurvedic self-care kit:


tongue scraper with massage oil

herbal tea mix from the neti pot (see this post for ideas on tea blends)

Candles made of herbal or botanical soap, bath salts, or a bath bomb (try this recipe for Evergreen Forest Bath Salts!)

on a glass container with truffles

Sweets and Treats from Ayurveda

Without cookies and desserts, no holiday gift guide would be complete. Thus, if your loved one like sweets, here are a few suggestions for tasty treats that err on the side of healthfulness.




I've included suggestions for gifts in our ayurvedic Christmas gift guide that range from straightforward to more intricate, health-focused to delectably decadent. Giving Ayurveda-inspired presents gives you the chance to make a gift while taking into account the special nature of your loved one, whether you're thinking of making a gift basket, a special meal, or a straightforward gift that is meaningful and affordable. The recipient will undoubtedly value the attention and consideration that went into selecting your present.

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