splash_imageThe almond is a wonderful nut, and a woman’s best friend.  Its oil is excellent both internally and externally for the skin.  Almonds are an excellent source of protein.  They are a good source of manganese, phosphorus and potassium.  In most cases, it is best to remove the outside skin, which is astringent, before eating.

Blanching Almonds:  Soak a handful of almonds in pure water overnight.  Strain and pour hot (not boiling) water over them, as you slip the skins off.  Store unused almonds covered in water in the refrigerator.  Change the water daily.  Will keep for 3-4 days. You can also blend the almonds with pure water to make fresh almond milk.  Add some natural sweetener to taste.

Almond Oil:  An ounce of raw almond oil (from natural food stores), taken in food or drink each day will help lower cholesterol, reduce body fat and hunger, cleanse the body of toxins, and keep the skin healthy and lustrous.  Use instead of butter on vegetables or grains.

For Women:  During the first few mornings of a woman’s menstrual cycle and during the first 40 days after giving birth, she can gain energy and avoid cramping by sauteing a handful of unpeeled almonds in either ghee or almond oil, adding a little honey at the end.  This combination of foods rejuvenates the female reproductive organs, and is one of the few times almonds are eaten with the skins on.

Excerpt from Shakta Khalsa’s Yoga for Women   See also Women’s Yoga and Wellness DVD.   Womens Yoga and Wellness 3DVD-2

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