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Crescent City Ayurveda

Optimizing the health of New Orleanians



I'm gonna be round my vegetables

Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2018 at 7:05 PM

Today, Aria and I planted a pot-based vegetable and herb garden in my back yard. In the big planter, we have three types of bell peppers and two types of tomatoes, and in the pots, we have rosemary, lemongrass, green onions, sage, oregano, two types of mint, and three types of basil (yes, I went a little crazy on the basil).

Herbs and spices are particularly important in Ayurveda, because they support the digestive fire, which we call agni. According to Ayurveda, food should never be bland, but always well-spiced and seasoned (but not necesarily hot). For someone like myself with a more pitta nature, it's best to use more cooling or neutral spices. All of the spices listed above are good choices for pitta, since none are hot. Mint in particular is one of the best herbs for digestion that is also cooling. Basil is also a greatly revered herb in Ayurveda - primarily tulsi or "holy basil" for medicinal use, but other types of basil are still good for culinary use. 

Eating fresh, local, organic vegetables and herbs is a cornerstone of healthy eating in Ayurveda. Hippocrates is famous for saying "let your food be your medicine," and this quote by the founder of Greek medicine also sums up one of the most important principles of Ayurveda.

Cooking your own food is one of the best ways to take excellent care of your body, but growing your own food takes it one step further. I've been wanting to do this for years, and now that I have my own house and have settled in, I'm really excited to have finally created this garden. It may be humble, but just taking this first step is huge. If you have limited space like I do, planter- or pot-based gardens are a great and very easy way to create your own garden. So go to the hardware store and get yourself a planter and some herbs, and get your home garden started this spring!

PS The title of this blog post is a reference to my favorite Beach Boys song - Vegetables. Listen to some good music while you plant!

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