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Listed are some categories of Energetic Properties from various grains/foods/spices/herbs used in BABS Bakery products. The choice is yours to better understand the energetic properties in order to use them and any other foods to suit your constitution/seasonal habits to help balance health issues. Most terminology listed is from Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. Hildegard’s medicinal elements are outlined in medieval terms for the physical body as; According to Hildegard, black bile is associated with earth as the cold-and-dry elements produce a melancholic or depressive temperament; while blood is the humor associated with air and the hot-and-moist elements that result in the happy or sanguine. Yellow bile is associated with fire and hot-and-dry elements resulting in a choleric or an unforgiving temperament; phlegm associated with water and the cold-and-moist elements result in a sluggish response or phlegmatic. The notations from her writings will include her influence. BABS Bakery has tried its best to counterbalance many of the foods we serve to suit the season and constitutions. Please read BABS Bakery disclaimer/disclosure page for more information, as BABS Bakery makes no claims to your choice of foods or dietary lifestyle. The references are listed and the choice to pursue food and the lifestyle you want to live is based on your own personal needs and health. http://www.babsbakery.com/disclosure.html
**A brief explanation for some of the terms used:
Route: energy route to an organ or trans organ (organs that transform intake)
Action: effect produced
K V P:Kapha, Vata, or Pitta (KVP= means all elements can be balanced or K+ means this increases kapha)
Prana: life breath
Ojas: life sap, essence of immune & spiritual energy
Agni: digestive fire
Gunas: three qualities of fundamental laws of natural being (sattwa-creation, rajas- maintenance, tamas- dissolution)
Sattwic/swatta: purity- one of the three gunas
Qi: energy or prana
Yin: yin organs are, heart, liver, kidney, lung, spleen
Yang: some yang trans organs are, small intestine, large intestine.
Qi Stagnation: blocked energy
Blood: not blood as western thought, but an inert fluid giving life force to blood
Blood Stagnation: this is a result of qi stagnation
Essence: deep level, but not a material one
Jing: deep level, such as kidney jing to help run immune & spiritual system.
Shen: Spirit or conscious level
Temperature: hot, warm, neutral, cool, cold
Example explanation: Cardamom (Ela)- sweet/hot/pungent---
The three listed are the basic temperatures/powers in digestion. The first is the stomach, then the small intestine and then the large intestine, or last stage of digestion. A complete digestive cycle takes 6-8 hours.
bile: gallic acid is produced in the
liver and acidifies the blood and intestines.
Hildegard traces the cause of autoaggression to
this substance. Like a cortisone it is released
from stress, quickly discharged into the
intestines and kills god bacteria. This invasion
weakens the immune system, and can actually occur
from the emotion itself- anger. Depression is a
known origin at this point, or as Hildegard writes
further explanations & reading click here
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Temperature- Cool; Flavor- sweet; Tonifies Yin;
Regulates heat. Route- lung, stomach, large
sweet/hot/pungent VK- (P+ in excess- large Ela.)
Action- Carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant, digestive stimulant, stomachic.
Route- Spleen, stomach, lung, large intestine; regulates- damp, resolves phlegm, Qi circulation, counteracts cold. Resolves Damp. Supports Yang.
Antidote; Ice cream, milk, cold or sweet foods such as bananas, and used in coffee to take out the “digestive whip.” Good for Qi Stagnation; Drives out Cold.
Various kinds of salt are: Sea Salt, Mineral Salt. Salts from India- Black salt (Sel Noir) light pink in color, Black Salt being light grey in color, Rock Salt (Sendhav) off white in color and is not suppose to cause edema. Hildegard: Warm & somewhat moist, good in moderation.
Cinnamon (Thwak/Tvak)- astringent/hot/pungent VK- P+ Good for plasma, muscles, marrow, nerves. Aids in digestion for angi (digestive fire), heart strengthening, gas, and is sattwic. Drives out invasion of Wind Cold/Cold. Hildegard: Intensely warm with great power.
Action- Alterative, analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, demulcent, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, germicide, hemostatic, stimulant and stomachic.
Cinnamon Bark---Route- Kidney, lung, spleen, heart, uterus; tonifies; Yang, Qi; regulates- cold, damp, Qi circulation, blood circulation.
Twig--- Route- Bladder, heart, lung; regulates- Wind
Cold, Wind Damp Cold; Drives out invasion of Wind
Nutmeg (Malathi-phalam; Jati-phalam)- astringent/hot/pungent VKP= best sedative of all spices; tamasic. For abdominal pain, poor absorption especially in the small intestine. Drives out Cold. Hildegard: Great warmth & good temperament in its strength.
Actions- Stimulant, carminative, astringent.
Route- Large intestine, spleen, stomach; tonifies- Yang; regulates- Blood circulation, Qi circulation, counteracts cold.
Cloves (Lavangaha)- Pungent/hot/pungent K- P+ V+ in excess, rajasic. Good for gas, nausea, nerves, indigestion and opens up srotas(Channels or pores). Drives out Cold; Resolves Damp; Supports Yang.
Action- Stimulant, expectorant, decongestant, anthelmintic, analgesic, aphrodisiac.
Route- Kidney, spleen, stomach; tonifies- Yang; regulates- counteracts cold, Qi circulation. Good for Qi Stagnation.
Licorice- Temperature- neutral; Flavor- sweet; Route- Stomach, intestines, lung, kidney, heart; Tonifies- Qi; Regulates- heat, resolves phlegm. Supports Qi. Hildegard: Moderately warm & soothing stomach for digestion.
Cumin (Jiraka, Jira)- Pungent/hot/pungent VKP= Digests bread like dill and fennel relatives, digestion, distention.
Action- Stimulant, carminative,
lactogogue, diuretic, used like fennel and dill. Used
for over eating heavy foods. Hildegard:
Moderately warm & dry. Route-
Black Pepper (Maricha)-Pungent/hot/pungent VK- P+ rajasic. Burns up ama very well, digests fat and obesity, raises agni, caution of prone to congestive heart failure. Drives out invasion of Wind Cold/Cold; Resolves Phlegm. Hildegard: Very warm & dry, good in moderation. Action- Stimulant, carminative, decongestant, expectorant.
Route- Kidney, heart, large intestine, stomach; regulates- cold, damp, resolves phlegm, removes toxins, Qi circulation.
Galingale- Temperature- Hot; Flavor- Pungent; Route- Spleen, stomach; Regulates- Counteracts Cold. Hildegard: Totally warm & does not have any cold within it. Research at the Hildegard clinic has proven the power of this herb in stopping a heart attack Hildegard describes without side effects, as with nitro glycerin. (As well as other powers Hildegard writes of, not mentioned in other medical histories; Dr. Karan has her own living proof of it in real life.)
Ginger (Ardrakam/Shuntha- Shunthi)- Sweet/hot/sweet VK- P=
Good for all tissues having many
healing properties, taken with rock salt it reduces
Vayu, with rock candy reduces pitta, with honey it
reduces Kapha, indigestion, arthritis, belching,
flatulence, colic, and good for increasing agni
(digestive fire). Drives out Cold. Hildegard:
Very warm & easily spread out.
Fresh Ginger Route- Lung, stomach, spleen, intestines, heart, uterus; Regulates- counteracts cold, resolves phlegm, Qi circulation, Wind Cold; Drives out invasion of Wind Cold.
Asafoetida (Hing)-Pungent/hot/pungent VK- P+ in excess tamasic.
Considered best Vayu spice relieving abdominal pain, distention etc., strengthens heart, exorcism. Best for bean digestion, yet good in all digestive uses. Aggravates bile, or acid conditions.
Stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic, anthelmintic.
Holy Basil (Tulasi/Tulsi)- pungent/hot/pungent VK- P+ in excess. Works in digestion, on plasma, nerves, reproductive, blood, marrow, respiratory, with many other multiple uses. Tulsi contains the trace mineral copper needed to absorb iron, purifies the air when grown, as if it were a natural negative ion machine. Also regarded as sacred, sattwic (purity) in use, increases prana (life breath) and cleanses the aura.
Action- Antibacterial, antimalarial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, analgesic, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, nervine, vermifuge.
Peppermint (Paparaminta)- Sweet/cold/pungent VPK= Colds, flu, sore throats, opens mind, promotes emotional harmony, opens senses. Good for Qi Stagnation; Drives out invasion of Wind Heat. Drives out invasion of Wind Cold; Drives out invasion of Wind Damp; Removes Heat. Resolves Phlegm.
Action- Stimulant, diaphoretic, carminative, analgesic.
Route- Liver, lung; regulates- Wind Heat.
Tumeric (Haridra/ Gauri)- Pungent/hot/pungent. K- VP+ in excess Good for all tissues, arthritis, blood purifier, digestion, gas, fevers, a natural antibiotic, thus improving the microflora.
Action- Alterative, anthelmintic, antibacterial/antibiotic, aromatic, carminative, stimulant tonic, vulnerary. Drives out invasion of Wind Damp.
Route- Spleen, stomach; regulates- Qi circulation, Wind Damp Cold, Blood circulation. Good for Blood Stagnation; Good for Qi Stagnation.
Mullein- Temperature- Cool; Flavor- sweet; Route- Lung, stomach, large intestine, bladder; Tonifies- Yin; Regulates- Damp Heat, resolves phlegm. Hildegard: Warm & dry & somewhat cold.
Thyme (Ipar)- Pungent/hot/pungent VK- P+ Indigestion, sever cough, menstrual disorders, gas, bad breath. Drives out invasion of Wind Damp; Resolves Phlegm; Supports Yang. Hildegard: Warm & dry.
Action- Stimulant, diaphoretic, anticough, anthelmintic, antiseptic.
Route- Lung, spleen, kidney, bladder, heart, uterus; tonifies- Qi; regulates- resolves phlegm, counteracts cold, Qi circulation, Wind Cold.
Hyssop- Temperature- Warm; Route- Lung, stomach, large intestine, bladder. Useful for bruises, dropsy, gas, and promotes healing of wounds. Hildegard: Dry nature & exists moderately warm.
Action- Stimulant, carminative, astringent, diaphoretic, expectorant, stomachic.
Feverfew- Temperature- Cool; Flavor- Bitter; Route- Liver; Regulates- heat, Wind Heat. Hildegard: Moderately warm & somewhat dry.
Sage (Salbia-sefakuss)- Astringent/hot/pungent VK- P+ in excess. Clears srotas, opens head and lungs, calms heart, dries excess mucus, calms brain. Drives out invasion of Wind Heat; Drives out invasion of Wind Cold; Supports Qi. Supports Yang. Hildegard: Warm & dry of nature.
Action- Stimulant, diuretic, nervine, astringent.
Route- Heart, lung, kidney, liver, uterus; tonifies- Qi; regulates- Wind Heat, Wind Cold, Heat, Damp, resolves phlegm.
Coriander (Dhyanaka)- Good for blood, plasma, tissue, digestion, main herb for digestive and skin rash problems, indigestion, griping, neuralgia, internal heat, skin rashes. Not to be used in excess Vayu nerve tissue deficiency. Antidotes hot pungent foods. Resolves Damp.
Action- Alterative, antibilious, aphrodisiac, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulant, stomachic, tonic.
Route- Stomach; regulates- Cold, Qi circulation. Good for Qi Stagnation.
Coriander leaf- drives out invasion of Wind Cold.
seed- drives out Cold.
Fennel (Methica, Sonph)- Sweet/cold/sweet VPK= Abdominal pain, colic, gas, indigestion, nausea, digestion for children and elderly, raises agni (digestive fire). Most Sattwic (purity) spice. Hildegard: Pleasant warmth & is of neither a dry nor cold nature.
Action- Stimulant, diuretic, carminative, stomachic, antispasmodic, lactogogue. Good for Qi Stagnation.
Route- Kidney, bladder, spleen, stomach, liver; tonifies- Qi, Yang; regulates- counteracts cold, resolves phlegm, Qi circulation.
Fennel seed drives out Cold; Supports Yang.
Sugar- In excess deranges all humors. A certain amount is needed of the sweet taste to maintain tissue development, because the basic of our body is sweet. Hildegard: Not raw, but to dry it in the sun to refresh a person.
White- sweet/cold/sweet VPK+ increases ama. In moderation can build tissue, but better to use whole sugars listed.
Route- spleen, stomach, lung.
Brown Sugar- white sugar with syrup added. Slightly less deleterious effect. Good for Blood Stagnation; Drives out Cold.
Route- liver, spleen, stomach, lung.
Rock Candy- (Mishri) made from sugar it gives energy. Good after dinner for digestion! Useful in summer drinks and is better than molasses. Used in pujas or rituals to deities and then eaten as prasad or blessed food.
Maple Sugar- sweet/cold/sweet VP- K+ Natural sugar
Molasses- V- PK+ Builds blood and muscles. Supports Qi.
Action: iron, nutritive, tonic.
Route- kidney, liver, stomach, spleen, lung.
Lactose- Milk sugar. Empowers herbs.
Milk- (Dugdha, Kshira) sweet/cold/sweet VP- K+ Highly sattwic/sattva, or energy of purity. Nourishes plasma, skin, all tissues, especially shukra dhatu. Supports Yin. Hildegard: Cow, goat & sheep is better in the winter than summer. She describes how to use the stinging nettle in milk.
Many wonderful properties of milk; especially when taken with Chayavan prash, a nutritive jam.
Cow- easily digested, best of milks.
Goat- warm energy- K- VP+ Easily digested and heals bleeding disorders, and difficulty in breathing; pulmonary.
Action: tonic, rejuvenative, nutritive, aphrodisiac, calmative, laxative.
Note: Dairy allergies may be due to the inorganic substances and the heavy nature of milk- kapha- Antidotes such as ginger and cinnamon help alleviate this issue.
AM- aphrodisiac--- Noon- digestive stimulant --- PM- for children, calmative, laxative.
Date palm or Dates (Kharjura)- sweet/cold/sweet VP- K+ in excess V+ if dry. Added to herbal formulas as tonic, as it is good for wasting diseases and injuries. Drives out Cold. Supports Blood. Supports Qi.
Action- nutritive, tonic, aphrodisiac, one of the best fruit strengtheners, demulcent, laxative, refrigerant, febrifuge, expectorant..
Route- liver, lung, spleen: tonifies, Qi, Blood.
sweet/cold/pungent VP- K+ Strengthens and stabilizes
in debility and convalescence, thought heavy and
fattening and may cause constipation in excess. Good
for Blood Stagnation; Drives out Cold.
VP- K= mildly. Known/translated as clarified butter in
Actions- Tonic, emollient, rejuvenative, antacid, nutritive.
Stomach, spleen; tonifies- Yin, Jing.
Eggs- sweet/hot/sweet white- VPK+: Yolk- V- PK+ less tamasic than meat and fish because they are not killed. Action: tonic, nutritive, demulcent, aphrodisiac. Supports Yin; Egg White removes Heat. Hildegard: Of any kind are colder than warm.
Route- Chicken- egg white- lung; regulates heat. Whole egg- heart, kidney, lung, stomach, spleen, liver; tonifies- yin, qi, blood; regulates- blood circulation. Good for Blood Stagnation; Supports Essence/Jing; Supports Blood.
Vinegar (Vikankar)- sour/hot/sour V- PK+ (K mild) Aids in secretion of hydrochloric acid. Never use in excess to taste, can be harmful to other elements in body. Hildegard: Beneficial to foods when added, but not to overpower their tastes; lest it becomes harmful with heat.
Action: digestive, circulatory stimulant.
Route- liver, stomach; regulates- Qi circulation, removes toxins, counter acts cold, promotes Blood circulation. Good for Blood Stagnation; Good for Qi Stagnation; Drives out Cold.
Agar- Temperature- cold; flavor- sweet, salty; route- liver, lung, large intestine.
Walnuts (Akshota)- Sweet/hot/sweet V- PK+ High in potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, reduces serum cholesterol. Good for marrow, reproductive tissue, and skin conditions. Resolves Phlegm.
Action- Nutritive, aphrodisiac, laxative, nervine; unripe fruit and husk are antiparasitical.
Route- Kidney, lung, intestines; tonifies- Yang, Qi, Jing; regulates- cold, resolves phlegm. Drives out Cold; Supports Essence/Jing; Supports Yang.
Almonds (Badama) – bitter/hot/sweet VPK+ Increases marrow, godod for reproductive organs, convalescence, lowers bad cholesterol (LDL), raised good cholesterol (HDL), high in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, protein, fiber, and the trace mineral boron that may regulate calcium metabolism. Drains Phlegm; Supports Essence/Jing; Supports Qi.
Action- Nutritive, nervine, aphrodisiac, demulcent, laxative, rejuvenation.
Route- Lung, large intestine, spleen; tonifies- Qi, Jing; regulates- Qi circulation, resolves phlegm.
Chocolate- sour/hot/sweet VPK+ can be rajasic and tamasic when used or prepared in large quantities, needs counterbalances.
Action- Stimulant, calmative, aphrodisiac. When prepared with white sugar it deranges Kapha.
Coconut (Nariyal/Dirghavraksha)- sweet/cold/sweet VP- K+ in excess. Nourishes and softens skin, increases shurka dhatu, and one of the easiest oils to digest! Supports Qi.
Action- tonic, emollient, refrigerant.
Route- heart, spleen, stomach, large intestine; tonifies- Qi, Blood.
Coconut water relieves Vayu and Pitta dosha concerns.
Further information- http://www.babsbakery.com/coconut.html
Also refer to Dr. Bruce Fife’s book- Coconut Cures.
Sunflower- (Suryamukhi) astringent/cold/sweet VPK= Skin, lung heat, cough and high in vitamin E.
Temperature- neutral, flavor-sweet.Route- spleen, intestines; tonifies Qi
Whole grain is the staple for all
climates and constitutions, gives bulk to stool, easy
to digest, and is Sattwic/sattwa (purity; one
of the three gunas). (Gunas- three qualities of
fundamental laws of nature being--- sattwa-creation,
rajas- maintenance, tamas-
Psyllium- astringent/cold/pungent VPK= Action- antiinflammatory for digestive tract, laxative, may cause gas initially. **Hildegard’s antidote for melancholy (depression). Hildegard: Cold by nature & that coldness has a sweet temperament.
Spelt- sweet/warm/sweet VPK= Builds all tissues. Action- gives bulk to stool, easy to digest. Supports Yin. Route- spleen; tonifies Yin. **Hildegard regards spelt as eradicating black bile. Hildegard: The best grain! Hot, rich & strong, while sweeter than any other grain.
Oats- Sweet/cold/sweet VP- K+ Builds all
tissues normalizes glucose, high amounts of iron,
vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and B
complex, protein is easily assimilated. A little heavy
and hard to digest, especially with sugar and milk,
will aggravate toxic blood conditions.Hildegard:
Sharp taste & strong smell.
demulcent, emollient, laxative (especially cut or
rolled). Works on Shen
level (spirit or consciousness) to help lift
depression; Supports Qi. ** Hildegard
warns they are not to be consumed by the sick as
they require good circulation for the digestive
system. The mid temperatures/powers— goes cold in
digestion. Thus, if you have a naturally weak
digestion, this would not be as good to eat as
spelt, as spelt is warm in digestion. Adding
digestive spices, such as cinnamon and cardamom
warms oats up and digests better.
Barley (Yava)-astringent/cold/sweet PK- V+ in excess Reduces body fat and mucus, helps difficult breathing, removes toxins, helps prevent cholesterol absorption in intestines, contains calcium, iron, protein and potassium. Removes Heat; Resolves Damp; Drains Water. Hildegard: Cold, so that it is colder & weaker than other grains.
Action- Diuretic, demulcent, antirheumatic.
Route- Spleen, stomach, gall bladder, bladder, intestines; tonifies- Blood, Qi, Yin; regulates- wind, damp, heat, toxins.
Wheat (Godhuma)- astringent/cold/sweet VPK+ Best grain for Vayu dosha, nourishing and strengthening, builds muscle tissue, energy, heart, earth, calms mind, with milk and sugar for bleeding disorders (rakta Pitta). Removes Heat; Supports Yin.
Contraindications- Gluten may cause allergies, aggravate arthritis, gout or any other ama conditions. Refined white flour is an artificial food and tamasic (lethargy), K+ ama + while it clogs channels and dulls mind. Hildegard: Warm & nothing lacks in it.
Action- Nutritive, aphrodisiac.
Route- Heart, kidney, spleen; tonifies- Yin; regulates- heat.
Works on Shen level (spirit or consciousness) to help relieve anxiety.
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