Root Soup & Tumeric: Muladhara healing foods

Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are masquerading around as foods and spices. While they do not lend themselves to being patented, nor will multi-billion-dollar human clinical trials ever be funded to prove them efficacious, they have been used since time immemorial to both nourish our bodies, and to prevent and treat disease

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a spice that has been used for centuries. Specially incorporated in curries in Indian cuisine; we have learned about its amazing benefits in recent years here in the West.

Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are used this way, as spices in our foods.

Defined inn Ayurveda as having primary the bitter and pungent taste, it has many functions on the energy systems of the body and in low doses is known to be balancing. It is also disease preventive and used to treat disease.

But not only Ayurvedic medicine speaks of its benefits. The more than 600 benefits from this spice is backed by multi-million dollar clinical trials.

It is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

Some of the most amazing, demonstrated properties include:

Preventing and Reversing Alzheimer’s Disease Associated Pathologies

Protecting Against Radiation-Induced Damage

Destroying Multi-Drug Resistant Cancer

Protecting Against Heavy Metal Toxicity

Destroying Cancer Stem Cells (arguably, the root of all cancer)

Reducing Unhealthy Levels of Inflammation

This is just a short list to prove the amazing benefits of this spice and how you can benefit from it. There are over 600 additional health conditions that this valuable spice helps prevent and treat.

When I first began exploring the spices that are the basis for these spice blends, I assumed they might function similarly to thyme where an extra “bit” might be better. I learned quickly with turmeric, less can be more.

The orange color in turmeric, squash, and sweet potatoes indicates the presence of carotenoids like beta-carotene which are potent antioxidants and fat soluble. Which means that you need at least half teaspoon of a fat like olive oil or ghee in the meal to properly absorb all the nutrients present.

Butternut squash and sweet potatoes are often made during the holiday season and as leftovers can be made into a lovely curry soup. Fresh ingredients can also be used.

Brazil nuts are a nice addition to the recipe but not a must. They add a wonderful creamy flavor and are rich in micronutrients like selenium.

Root Soup Recipe: Muladhara nourishing

Ingredients:

3 small onions diced

2 leeks, washed, trimmed, and sliced

2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger

3 tablespoons organic olive oil or organic ghee

1 ½ cups butternut squash

4 carrots, peeled and sliced

2 turnips, peeled and sliced

3 parsnips, peeled and sliced

1 butternut squash, peeled and sliced

4 tablespoons butter or ghee

3 cups vegetable broth or chicken stock (your preference)

3 cups water

4 garlic cloves peeled and mashed

Several thyme springs, tied together

1 teaspoons turmeric

1 teaspoons ground cumin seed

1 teaspoons coriander

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of cayenne pepper

4-5 Brazil nuts that have been soaked for 2 hours in water

Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large, stainless-steel pot and add onions, leeks, carrots, turnips, butternut squash and parsnips. Cover and cook gently about half hour over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add stock, bring to a boil and skim. Add, garlic, thyme, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne. Simmer, covered for about half hour until the vegetables are soft.

Remove thyme and puree soup with hand blender (if you have, if not, use a blender). Season to taste. If soup is too thick, thin with a little water. Ladle into heated bowls and serve with sour cream or yogurt.

A practical guide to Root Chakra (Muladhara) healing

After learning about what chakras are and where are located, their connection with our body organs, nadis and grantis we are left with wonder:

What can we do to help healing, aligning, balancing these chakras?

We are embarking now in an adventure to learn how we can aid to the healing/balancing of chakras with everyday things:

Things to do, things to eat, things to wear, things to smell, things to reflect upon, mantras to sing and kriyas to practice.

First, I would like to start with a comment on how you feel when your root chakra is not balanced or harmonized.

If your root chakra is not balanced, you will likely feel:

  • Lack of connection to people, friends, family
  • Not supported, insecure, not grounded, fearful, anxious
  • Lack of self confidence
  • Lack of will power
  • Lack of the “can do” force

What you do to balance/harmonize the root chakra Muladhara?

In everyday life:

  • Simple things like enjoying a relaxing meal with friends or family.
  • Being grateful for the things you already have, including family, friends.
  • Practice sports.
  • Take a walk in Nature (preferably barefoot, if possible).
  • Work in the garden.
  • Dance to the rhythm of music: drumming.
  • Wear red clothes, red gems, or objects
  • Surround yourself with flowers.

Burning incense is an important part of almost all the major religions of the world. Burning incense has become a key part of aromatherapy.

The following herbs and aromas support the root chakra Muladhara: cloves, rosemary, ginger, Vetiveria zizanoides, cedar, cypress.

Nourish yourself with earthy veggies:

Since the deficiency in Root Chakra is caused due to less interaction with the earth, whether directly or indirectly. You can add some earthly delights to balance your first wheel.

Add to your diet foods that are green and root vegetables and start over a restoration chapter. Some of the vegetables are:

  • Beets
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Beetroots
  • Mushrooms

 

In the yoga:

Sing the mantra OE. Practice standing posture (grounding), bending over. All you can think that influences feet, knees, legs, pelvis, lower back, and tailbone. Practice Sat kriya.

How do we feel when our chakra Muladhara is aligned?

  • Insecurities start to vanish
  • A sense of braveness and self confidence.
  • We feel closer (even when geographically apart) to friends and family.
  • A more satisfying life and sex life.
  • Adrenal glands are less stressed.
  • Digestive system improves, no digestive issues.
  • Less susceptible to unhealthy addictions.
  • Awareness of our right to exist and accept our body in the physical world
  • A feeling of a well-founded and balanced life.
  • Perseverance even under unfavorable conditions and situations.
  • Ability to accept the necessary and respond in the right way according to the situation.
  • Value people more than things/possessions.
  • Your basic needs are fulfilled, and your material basis are guaranteed.

In our next post we will be sharing some recipes that incorporate foods that are known to aid heal this chakra. Stay tuned!