Ojas Cashew Milk

This recipe contains the simplicity of homemade cashew milk, with the added benefit of Ojas building ingredients. Read about Ojas and its fundamental role in our mental and physical health here.

All food is medicine when used in the correct context and in the right way for the right person. Ayurveda is based on the theory of opposites, meaning we look at the quality or characteristics of a disease and then apply the opposite therapies to bring balance and heal. This applies to food as well. When we look at the qualities of fear and anxiety, they are categorized as light, dry, mobile, rough and cold to name a few.

What does that mean? Well, how does fear feel in your body compared to anger? Compared to depression? Anger literally can create heat in our skin or stomach- you’ll feel a flush or your heart rate accelerate. Depression you feel heavy, lethargy, fogginess, dense. See how they are all different qualities? So we apply the opposite when it comes to food, or any therapy. 

Food greatly affects our physiology- and it’s important to choose food that gives us what we actually need and that balances what is already in excess in the various systems in our bodies. This Ojas milk is great for soothing anxiety down to its core of origination, as well as boosting your vital reserves that need to be strong for a healthy immune system. The less stressed we are, the stronger our immune systems.

The ingredients in this recipe work together in a beautiful alchemy to support our lungs, emotional heart, and overall immune system. The licorice powder is especially beneficial for the health of our lungs as it is a demulcent herb- an herb that supports the lubrication of mucous membranes and overall strength of the respiratory system. It soothes inflammation in the stomach lining as well, easing digestion and elimination. This is appropriate for Spring time as we naturally have a rise in Kapha dosha this time of year, which shows up in the form of cold's and excess mucous in the sinuses and lungs. The addition of licorice in this recipe may help with healthy expectoration and function of the lungs.

Ojas Cashew Milk

Makes about 40 oz

  • 1 cup raw whole cashews soaked in water overnight

  • 4 cups filtered water

  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder

  • pinch of real salt

  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp of licorice powder

1.Drain the cashews and place all ingredients on a high speed blender. Depending on the strength of your blender will determine how long you need to blend it, but start with 1 minute of blending and then check the consistency.

(Some blenders will completely disintegrate the cashews into the water, while others might leave some cashew pulp that can be strained out with a fine mesh strainer or with cheese cloth.)

2.Once everything is blended, you can use sieve or cheesecloth to filter out the pulp. Sometimes I skip straining all together if it looks very well blended. The choice is yours!

3.Pour the contents into your large mason jar or sealable container.

Will keep in the fridge for about 1 week!

Enjoy in place of daily milk for your regular cooking. My favorite for this particular cashew milk is to heat it up on the stove at night for a simple and delicious treat before bed if I am feeling peckish and don't want to bog down my digestion/liver right before bed.

Let me know how this goes for you! Rest and eat mindfully my friends.

Always check with a qualified health practitioner before adding herbs into your diet. This is meant as supplemental and not a replacement for your regular health care provider.

©Bonnie G. Wallace, UniDhi Ayurveda & Yoga 2020