Patrick Shaw, Author at Ayurveda | Everyday Ayurveda

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About Patrick Shaw

Patrick Shaw has devoted his life to making the healing wisdom of the East accessible to Western culture. As well as being a seasoned India traveler and chai wallah, Patrick is a practitioner of Ayurveda, having studied under the tutelage of Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. He is the author, with his illustrator wife Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, of Chai Pilgrimage.
  • Black Pepper: Sun Power!

    Piper nigrum • Sanskrit: Maricha • Hindi: Kali Mirch Black pepper is native to the Malabar region of South India. For thousands of years, it has been the world’s most popular and widely traded spice. In fact,...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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  • Clove: Spice It Up!

    Caryophyllus aromaticus • Sanskrit: Lavanga • Hindi: Laung Clove is a dried flower bud picked from a tropical evergreen tree. Traditionally, it is chewed whole after a meal to freshen the breath and stimulate digestion. It can...

    • Posted December 19, 2016
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  • Cardamom: Wake Up Your Taste Buds

    Elettaria cardamomum • Sanskrit: Ela • Hindi: Choti elaichi Cardamom is equal in standing to ginger as a classic masala chai spice. Even if you use only these two spices in your chai, you can create a...

    • Posted December 12, 2016
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  • Ginger: The Universal Medicine

    Zingiber officinale • Sanskrit: Ardraka • Hindi: Adrak Ginger has been used as a medicinal plant around the world since antiquity. Called the “universal medicine,” it is used in Ayurveda, traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western herbalism for...

    • Posted December 5, 2016
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  • How to Pick the Best Chai Spices

    When selecting masala chai spices, it is wise to choose the freshest, organic, finest quality, whole spices available. From an Ayurvedic standpoint, high quality in a spice means that it is full of prana, or life-force. Using...

    • Posted November 28, 2016
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  • The Origins of Masala Chai

    Masala Chai… As we traveled throughout India researching masala chai, we would devote time each day to sitting around chai stalls conversing with chai wallahs and their patrons. We casually interviewed people about their chai habits and...

    • Posted November 21, 2016
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  • What 3 Lessons Can You Learn From a Cup of Chai?

    Cup of Chai: Chaiyurveda 101 A cup of chai can draw lessons from Ayurveda, “the knowledge of life,” the ancient healing science of India that teaches we are not separate from nature. As nature, we are in...

    • Posted November 13, 2016
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  • Cinnamon: Sweet Sensation

      Cinnamomum zeylanicum / Cinnamomum cassia • Sanskrit: Tvak • Hindi: Dalchini Cinnamon is called tvak in Sanskrit, which literally means skin. You see, cinnamon is obtained by peeling off the sweet inner bark, or skin, of the...

    • Posted March 17, 2016
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