Are you weary? Stressed? In need of some relaxation? I have a rasayana for you – saffron in milk with honey and ghee. Amazingly, this drink relaxes and destresses. You feel your breath ease and deepen and worries vanish.
The art and science of rasayana is about lengthening the lifespan, and individual rasayana recipes can be considered as tonics or something that enhances well being. Rasayanas not only include food but behaviours and practices.
This is a very precious recipe.
Saffron Rasayana for the Weary
Soak 5 – 10 threads of good quality saffron in 2 Tblspn hot water for 10 mins.
Add 1 cup of milk and bring to the boil. When it froths up, remove it immediately from the heat and let it sit for 30 seconds. When the froth has gone, bring it to the boil again, and repeat. Do this one more time (3 times in total), then remove from the heat. Cool to around 40C – the best way to do this is to pour it from cup to cup.
Add 1 – 2 tspn ghee. We want to add honey now, but it is important that you ADD LESS HONEY THAN GHEE.
So if you added 1 tspn ghee, add 0.5 tspn honey.
If you added 2 tspn ghee, add 1 tspn honey.
The reason is that equal amounts of honey and ghee are considered toxic (ama increasing) in Ayurveda, but unequal amounts as described above are not toxic.
Stir clockwise and drink (do not sip).
Cinnamon or nutmeg can be added if desired.
Sit quietly for 5 – 10 mins after drinking.
recipe notes and alternatives
Use full fat milk but kapha can use skim milk if desired.