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Coriander Lime Cooler

This is a recipe from the article Coriander Lime Cooler by Leslie Lovlin featured in the Summer Vol 3 | Issue 9 | 2024 edition of Botanical Anthology. Our herbal magazine, featuring remedies, recipes and projects with plants for the spring season, can be purchased as a digital version here and as a printed version here



Coriander Lime Cooler


As the summer sun climbs high and the days grow longer, finding ways to stay cool and balanced becomes essential. In Ayurveda, managing the pitta dosha is crucial during these warm months. It governs metabolism and transformation in the body, and its qualities are intense, hot, and sharp. Excess pitta in the body, and just as importantly, the mind, can lead to excessive body heat, digestive issues, and feelings of irritability. 


Ayurveda recommends cooling herbs and refreshing flavors to counteract these effects.


Coriander (cilantro) is known for its cooling properties and helps to reduce pitta in the body. It's also beneficial for aiding in digestive health as it may soothe an upset stomach and can support digestive disorders.


Lime is high in vitamin C and antioxidants and not only refreshes but may boost immunity. The acidity in it is excellent for stimulating digestion.


Honey acts as a natural sweetener and provides energy without the sharp spike in blood sugar levels.


Salt helps bring out the flavors and assists in regaining electrolytes lost through sweating on hot days.

 

An Ayurvedic coriander lime cooler is a perfect elixir to beat the summer heat. It is a great thirst quencher and can be enjoyed as part of your daily refreshing drink to maintain balance and well-being throughout the season.


 

Materials

1 bunch coriander, roughly chopped

3 limes, juiced

2 tbsp organic honey 

A pinch of salt 

Ice cubes 

Lime slices 

Whole coriander leaves

 

Method

In a blender, combine the chopped coriander leaves, lime juice, honey, and about half of the water. Blend until the mixture is smooth.


To strain the mixture, use a fine mesh sieve and pour into a large pitcher. Press on the solids with a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible.

 

Add the remaining water to the pitcher. Stir well to mix all the ingredients. Add a pinch of salt. 

 

Cool for at least an hour or until it is thoroughly chilled. Pour in a tall glass, add ice cubes, and garnish with lime slices and a few coriander leaves.




Leslie is a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist and Herbalist, always learning something new and eagerly exploring the depths of Ayurveda. She is the creator of Inner Sage Ayurveda, where she crafts a unique range of Ayurveda products, offers consultations and Ayurveda Spa services. Follow Leslie on Instagram @leslielovlin_innersageayurveda and Facebook @innersageayurvedayoga or visit innersage.ca


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