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Natural Options for Optimal Health.

 Warm Winter Chill

Ayurveda recognizes winter as a kapha season with strong vata undertones.

 It is characterized by cold weather, a sense of heaviness, increased moisture (usually in the form of rain or snow), cloud-covered days, and the grounded, slow feeling that sends many animals into hibernation.

While it's cold outside it's time to to snuggle up with a spicy aromatic tea blend to keep you warm and feel nurtured inside.

Chai Tea 


6 cups filtered Water 

8 crushed cardamom pods

 4 whole cloves 

2 whole anise pods

2 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon grate ginger

1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds

1 cup organic whole milk or nut milk milk

Raw organic sugar or Sucanat

In large pan bring water to a boil add ingredients except milk and sugar. simmer for 10 min.

Stir in mik and sugar. simmer until sugar is dissolved

Strain into large cups


*Please do your homework and do what's right for you!

Check with your physician before doing any alternative therapies.

Natural Health Therapies with Cynthia Griffin does not take any liability for any decisions or actions of others. 

Summer / Pitta Season 

Summertime is considered a Pitta season which correlates to the elements "Fire and Water".

Summer heat feels, hot, humid and bright.

Qualities to Introduce/ cooling, neutralizing, slow and relaxing.

Qualities to Reduce/ heating, sharp, acidic, quick, fast paced, intense.

Summer Food Guide

Make it easy and follow what nature provides and buy local. Favor foods that are cooling, calming and

 slightly dry. Enjoy bitter, astringent, and sweet tasting foods.

Summer Shopping List

Veggies: beets, corn, cucumbers, fennel, lettuce, summer squashes, zucchini, parsley, cilantro, thyme, basil, mint  and dill.

Fruits: apples, berries, dates, melons, peaches, plums, lemons, limes.

Grains: barley, quinoa

Beans: chickpeas, white beans

Fats: avocados, coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, goat cheese, yogurt

Spices: cardamon, coriander, fennel, turmeric

Extras: chickpea flour, coconut water, hemp protein, rose water

Summer Lifestyle Guidelines

  • Use coconut oil for self massage unless your body runs cold in warm weather. You may add essential oils like jasmine, lavender, rose essential oils. Self massage in the morning or to cool down in the evening.
  • Practice moderation in choosing activities and avoid over scheduling yourself.
  • Engage in non competitive exercises, like swimming, gentle yoga, and walking.
  • Take cool baths and showers.
  • Stay out of the midday sun, but do enjoy nature. Spend time outside when the sun is lower in the sky or try moon bathing instead of sun bathing.
  • Drink room temperature or cool water, not cold or ice water.
Cardamom Limeade

3 cups water

1/4 cup lime juice (juice of 2-3 limes)

1/4 tsp cardamom powder

1 tbsp coconut sugar dissolved in 1tbsp hot water

Mix all ingredients in a small pitcher or 23 oz. glass jar

Serve in 2 tall glasses with 2 ice cubes per cup

Info from Kate O'Donnell's book The Everyday Ayurvedic Cookbook

Tips to Weed Your Inner Garden  in Spring 2021

  We have been cooped up, not breathing properly, bombarded with Do's and Don'ts for a year now. Talk about stagnation in our bodies and minds !!!

  Just as our gardens need to be cleaned and weeded out in Spring so things can fully emerge, we too need the same. Here are some great tips to get rid of the "Covid" and Winter gunk so we can feel energized and alive again. 

Spring Tipsheet

Focus on detoxifying foods 

Get rid of the Junk in your Trunk

Un-stagnate your gut and your channels. After the long winter every cell in your body is begging for you to press the reset button. Spring is the season of burning the fat and turning on the inner a.c. before summer. Don’t miss out on nature’s season of the reset button... and you’ll feel and look vibrant.

Move it or Lose it

Spring is the easiest season to up your exercise. It’s Kapha season, which means your body is strong and ready for endurance. Turn up your workout. Play your edge. Put some hustle in your bustle.

Prioritize Prana Pathways

Our nadis (subtle and not so subtle energy channels) get clogged. Drain-o your nadis each morning with deep nasal breathing. If you can’t inhale through your nose-try to exhale a “humming” sound. The Humming Exhale breaks up the junk and helps your blood take up oxygen.

Allergies, Sinus + Spring Cold Relief

As things start to bloom and pollen is floating in the air do this: make a hot drink to clear mucus with ginger juice, lemon juice, cayenne, hot water and raw honey.

Get Out

Get in the habit of having an early dinner and then playing outside. Take a walk. Go for a bike ride. Weed your garden. Just get out. And don’t make the mistake of being out and then eating late, or you’ll burn out before summer’s end.

Start Sprouting at Home 

Sprouts have more protein per pound than lean meat and bucket loads more absorbable and

diverse nutrients. That’s right! Sprouting takes 2 minutes a day. Buy your seeds and sprouter and get going. Don’t waste plastic. Sprout your own. Aim for 1 cup per adult per day.

Eat Green

Chlorophyll is the color of spring. It’s natural for primates, like yourself, to eat green 3 x a day,

especially in Spring. Use green drinks or juices, salads, cooked greens and living soups.

Drink Your Dandelions

Wild weeds, including our invasive friends like Dandelion + Thistle are superfoods. Both with

detox your liver, blood and fat, while replacing long lost minerals from your caffeine addiction.

Plus they’re free once you stop spraying your yard. Add young dandelions or thistle to make your fruit smoothies green.

Get Down and Dirt-y

You’re at the start of the active food growing season. If you’ve been eating green you’ve

noticed you spend more on your greens and sprouts than anything else. Grow your own.

Upgrade your outside with grow boxes or hoop\ houses. Getting your hands in the dirt is the quickest way to ground yourself and discharge stress. If you’re already a gardener start to permaculture

your place.

Adapted from Cate Stillman's information


Ashawaganda Root     May 2020

One of the top Ayurvedic super foods is Ashwaganda Root. It has been use for centuries because of it's adaptogenic properties. We are constantly being bombarded with toxins and stress. Ayurveda ( the science of life) understands the connection of body, mind and spirit along with the rhythmic cycles of nature and man.

Ashwangandha can give you daytime energy and help you sleep soundly at night. It is also known for it's ability to boost immunity and vitality. 

Ashwagandha Root Recipes

Energy Balancing Truffles

Nothing says comfort food like a sweet dessert. After you push your dinner plate to the side, you can pull out these truffles made with ashwagandha and ojas-building dates. They’re sure to make you and your adrenals smile.


• 10 dates, dried and pitted

• 2 teaspoons ashwagandha powder

• ½ cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

• 1 teaspoon coconut oil, refined

• Sea salt and sesame seeds for topping


Using a blender or food processor, blend the dates and ashwagandha into a paste. Roll into small balls. If too sticky to shape, refrigerate for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small pan over medium heat. Stir frequently. Dunk the date balls into the chocolate to coat, and rescue with a spoon. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with sea salt and sesame seeds. Refrigerate or freeze to set chocolate.

Eat while slightly chilled to avoid melting.

Comforting Cashew Night Tonic

Ending the day with a tonic is a great evening ritual. While the routine alone creates a calm setting, you can choose to add ingredients to your tonic based on how you feel and how your day and week have been. This tonic has not only adrenal-hugging ashwagandha, but also nutmeg, which can support sleep and relaxed muscles, and comfort your agitated mind.


• 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight

• Approximately 2 cups filtered water

• 1 teaspoon maple syrup

• ½ teaspoon vanilla bean, ground

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

• ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, grated

• ½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder

• Pinch of sea salt


Make homemade cashew milk by adding soaked cashews to a blender with enough filtered water to fill 1 inch above cashews. Blend until smooth. (You will use 8 ounces of the milk in your recipe and any extra will keep for a few days in an airtight jar or bottle in your refrigerator.) Add cashew milk, maple syrup, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, ashwagandha, and sea salt to a small pot. Heat on high, removing before it comes to a boil. Stir using a spoon, whisk, or milk frother to be sure everything is combined. Relax and sip away once cool enough to drink.

Grounding Trail Mix

Snacking isn’t that great for your digestion, but neither is raging hunger. Chances are, if you’re in a situation where adaptogenic herbs will be helpful because of your level of stress, you’ve likely missed a meal or two in your day. This isn’t meant to be a meal replacement, but something to keep you from abusing your energy if you get into a bind and need to quickly reach for nourishment. The use of cardamom and cumin in this dish reassure that you’ll digest this well, but please always sit and slow down to eat!


• 1 tablespoon coconut oil, refined

• 1 teaspoon cumin powder

• 1 teaspoon cardamom powder

• 1 cup golden raisins

• 1 cup pumpkin seeds

• 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

• 1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder


In a small pan, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. After the oil becomes liquefied, add cumin and cardamom. Heat the oil and spices for 1 minute or until they become aromatic. Add the raisins, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds to pan and stir to evenly coat with oil and herbs.

Leave over heat, stirring occasionally for 3–5 minutes or until the seeds start to brown. Remove from heat and stir in ashwagandha. Transfer to parchment paper to cool. Eat while still warm for an extra grounding effect.

Recipes for Banyon Botanicals