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3 Vata-Balancing Drinks to Warm Your Spirit

Balance any excess vata in your disposition with these delicious hot beverages.

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Baby, it’s chilly outside—which means its time to warm up your body to keep your vata dosha balanced, and your body healthy and strong.

In Ayurveda, fall and early winter is known as vata season, which is governed by the elements of air and ether. This can cause dry, cold, rough and sharp qualities in our bodies. Consuming these warm and well-spiced beverages during this time is a wonderful way to balance the excess vata that can accumulate throughout the season. And as a bonus: They’re totally delicious.

See also: 3 Vata-Balancing Recipes That May Become Your New Fall Favorites

Ojas drink
(Photo: Gabrielle Marchese)

Ojas drink

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 pitted dates
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp brahmi
  • ¼ tsp ashwagandha

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend on high for around a minute. Option to strain. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed.

Serves 2

Golden milk
(Photo: Gabrielle Marchese)

Vata-balancing golden milk

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Tbsp Ghee (optional)

Directions

  1. Add your almond milk and water to a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat. Add the maple syrup,  turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, and nutmeg. Whisk to combine.
  2. Heat the mixture on a low simmer for around 5 minutes. When finished, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Strain the mixture if you desire. Otherwise, stir in the ghee and divide into two mugs. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and serve fresh.

Serves 2

Lemon honey ginger drink
(Photo: Gabrielle Marchese)

Lemon honey ginger

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • Juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 1.5 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp raw honey

Directions

  1. Grate the ginger and slice the lemon in half removing the seeds. Add the water to a medium sized pot over medium low heat. Add the fresh ginger and juice of the lemon. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the ground ginger and cinnamon and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, option to strain or keep as is. Allow the mixture to cool until it is drinkable, then add the honey.
  4. Divide into mugs and serve warm.

See also: 10 Grounding Poses to Balance Your Vata Dosha