According to ayurveda, nuts of all kinds in moderation, nut milks and nut butters, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are excellent for pacifying Vata. Blanched and peeled almonds in moderation, and coconuts, are good for Pitta, as are sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Nuts increase Kapha, but sunflower and pumpkin seeds in moderation are acceptable in a Kapha diet. Make sure the nuts you buy are fresh and in season, because rancid oils from nuts can actually increase free radicals and are considered toxic. Nuts can be a little heavy to digest, so it is important to learn how to prepare them so that the body can use them effectively. If you are on a light diet to reduce ama, then it is best to avoid nuts. Eating a handful of nuts along with some raisins helps to digest the nuts and is a popular ayurvedic snack — great for children after school or on a hiking trip or long car ride. The nutritional oils from almond, cashew, and coconut also make beneficial massage oils, which your skin literally eats. The personal skin care line from Maharishi Ayurveda includes products that contain some of these precious oils as ingredients. Almond butter spread on rice cakes or wheat crackers makes a great late afternoon snack or provides an energy boost before sports.
It has been traditionally prescribed to control phlegm, improve respiratory function and as a lung tonic. Saffron has bronchodilator effects it helps in improving pulmonary oxygenation hence it’s used in conditions like whooping cough, asthma, cold, cough, throat ailments etc.Saffron has properties to improve vision and correct weak eyesight. Massaging the gums with saffron helps reduce soreness and inflammation of the mouth and the tongue. Saffron is a cardio tonic. Cardio protective and anti-atherosclerotic effects help in lowering blood cholesterol and triglycerides among heart patients. It keeps the blood pressure under control. This spice is a powerful liver tonic and carminative. It is used for the improvement of digestion and increases appetite. It helps in ailments like indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, acidity, spleen ailments. Sedative action of saffron helps in curing Insomnia, a pinch of saffron taken with warm milk at night helps curing insomnia. Saffron is also known for its exhilarant and anti-depressant activity which leads to the sense of well being. The effects of saffron in the improvement of depression are excellent.