Rose Lassi, Rose Milk, Rose Thirst Quencher – Recipe
According to the ayurvedic texts, it is not a coincidence that the rose is associated with romance, because it balances Sadhaka Pitta, the subdosha of Pitta that governs the emotions and their effect on the heart. Sadhaka Pitta can go out of balance more easily in summer, when the hot, humid weather increases all aspects of Pitta dosha — the mind-body operator that governs heat, digestion, and metabolism in the body.
So there’s a physiological reason that roses have been the ideal gift to express love and forgiveness for thousands of years. They literally soothe the heart and emotions. What may surprise you is that the rose also balances the mind. It enhances the coordination between Sadhaka Pitta and Prana Vata (the subdosha of Vata that governs the brain, head, chest, respiration, sensory perception, and the mind). Other properties are equally surprising.
The rose is cooling, yet it supports agni, the digestive fire. This is a unique quality which makes it balancing for all three doshas. These beneficial properties are not lost on modern researchers, who are investigating the effect of the rose in balancing hormones and supporting overall well-being. Essential rose oils used in aroma therapy are also being investigated for their health-promoting properties.
One traditional preparation of the rose is found in Organic Rose Petal Spread. This product contains dozens and dozens of dried rose petals, making it a concentrated, potent means for balancing the emotions. The recipe for this delightful confection can be traced back to a time when royalty gave jars of rose petal spread to their beloved if they wanted to inspire unconditional love. Later, the tradition evolved into our present-day habit of giving roses on Valentine’s Day or just to say “I love you.” Organic Rose Petal Spread actually acts as a powerful tonic for the heart. By balancing Sadhaka Pitta, it supports positive emotions, and intensifies the experience of happiness and bliss.
We call it “Love in a Jar,” because even if you are angry at someone, you can take a teaspoon of Organic Rose Petal Spread, and it will help you to start thinking more loving thoughts. An ayurvedic expert from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians notices this in his interaction with persons interested in adopting Maharishi Ayurveda diet and lifestyle recommendations for better health and well-being. “When I come across a person who is feeling emotionally insecure, a little suspicious or sad for no reason, I recommend that the person take 1-2 teaspoons of Organic Rose Petal Spread before thinking more about the problem. This immediately pacifies Sadhaka Pitta, and right away the person starts to think more positively.”
If you have a mild Sadhaka Pitta imbalance, or just to cool your body in summer, you can carry rose oil or a blend such as Pitta Aroma Oil in an aroma locket. Or you could use Blissful Heart Therapeutic Aroma as aroma therapy while sleeping. Organic Pitta Tea also contains roses, and it helps balance Sadhaka Pitta, cool the body, soothe the mind, and settle the emotions. Organic Rose Petal Spread can also be added to milk or can be added to sweet lassi to make a delicious summertime drink. Try these recipes:
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