A teeny tiny bit of faith is plenty.
The mustard seed, this tiny power packed spice is known as the seed of faith. What makes it so? The great sages and saints knew about the power in the mustard seed, and what becomes of it, the flower, the spice, the medicine. It has been used as a symbol for potentiality, held within something so small as to be almost invisible.
Many sacred texts and spiritual parables across religions of the world, note the mustard seed as a powerful healing medicine and a symbol of faith.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which indeed is smaller than all seeds but when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches…. if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
When I am in the kitchen with mustard seeds popping enthusiastically in my skillet, and then grinding them into a spicy, enlivening masala or paste and the pungent aroma tickles my nose, I believe.
It only takes a small act of faith to live in the realm of infinite possibility. Try it. Work with this potent spice seed throughout the Spring and watch as your body responds with increased circulation, improved lung capacity, and a feeling of lightness as you detox sticky gunk from your body, purge dull thoughts from your mind and lift heavy emotions in your heart. Focus on having faith, and moving those mountains.
MAKE YOUR OWN SWEET AND SPICY MUSTARD AT HOME
- 3/4 cup yellow mustard seeds (or mix it up half yellow/half black)
- 1and 1/2 cups filtered water
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne powder or paprika for a slightly less spicy version.
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder or 1 whole clove of very finely minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1 TBSP honey (Optional).
- Powder the seeds in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to a fine powder or make it ‘chunky style’ and leave some seeds cracked but not ground. .Chunky or smooth – your choice!
- Blend with the rest of the spices.
- In a small medium pot, add the water and spice blend. If using fresh garlic, add and stir in.
- Cook over very low heat for about 30 minutes, until it gently starts bubbling. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Add the vinegar, stir in well and let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
- Pour in a glass jar and cool before closing with airtight lid. Refrigerate..
- Leave in fridge to settle for at least 24 hours. to mellow out, this decreases bitterness,.
- Use within two to three months.
Spoon over veggies, add to salad dressings, soups, stir fries, beans, rice, sandwiches,
Learn more about MUSTARD SEED and take a peek at the Spice Deck Card and discover the Mustard Oracle to bring wisdom for this Season.
Let me know how your mustard adventures go my spice friends, and join me for the 2021 Ayurvedic Home Spring Cleanse where we will certainly be moving mountains!