Do you ever have those days when thoughts are swirling in your head? You feel a bit spacey and scattered – too much to do, not enough time.
In that state of mind, I’m never very productive. Instead of focusing on work, I seem to just get stressed and add more items to my to-do list.
Luckily this doesn’t happen to me as much as it used to, thanks to my morning rituals and generally letting go of the need to control every minute of my life (and just letting life take its course.)
But it still gets me from time to time. Typically when I have too much caffeine or sugar … or when I start comparing myself to other people! (Ahhh comparison, the ever-present evil of the online world!)
In Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), this is a classic vata imbalance. Vata is the air element, and it’s one of the 3 elements that we all have in our bodies (the others are pitta which means fire, and kapha which means earth.) We all have a different balance of these 3 elements/energies that is unique to us. It’s when we get out of balance that the problems arise.
So when I feel myself ‘in my head’, scattered, stressed, spacey (too much vata!) then I need to go to the opposite to balance myself out … and for me that means, grounding, warming, rooted foods to calm me down, and get me out of my head and back into my body. Think: roasted root vegetables, warming soups, carrots, parsnips, beets, squash, hearty, homey, filling, grounding foods – pure comfort food.
This recipe was inspired by one of these spacey, scattered moments. I wanted a warming and grounded drink to bring me back into balance. Chai spices are warming, milk is comforting and nourishing – so why not eliminate the caffeine (with Rooibos tea) and add a good dose of grounding rooted herbs like Dandelion Root? And this well-rooted chai was born. Enjoy.