This week, we look at the indigo-colored 6th chakra (at the brow), the home of our imagination and intuition and the place of our most balanced perspective. Commonly known as the “third-eye,” this is our “eye” that sees the most clearly and it’s related to wisdom, psychic energy, spiritual cognition, self-realization, moods and sleep patterns. This means that foods with the natural, sleep-inducing agent, melatonin are good for the 6th chakra. There are three key melatonin-producing foods that we recommend: Oats, sweet corn and rice. Each one contains between 1,000 and 1,800 picograms (1,000,000 picograms = 1 milligram) of melatonin per gram.
One of the most important characteristics of the third-eye is intuition, so a simple way to make your diet more 6th chakra is to choose your food intuitively. As long as you pick from a field of natural and healthy foods, you can make the best choices by simply listening to your intuition. If that kiwi, sushi or fish dish is calling to you, it’s probably exactly what your body needs.
Stimulants (in moderation!) can be good for the 6th chakra too. Try delving into a bit of chocolate or healthy forms of caffeine such as green tea or yerba mate. If you choose the chocolate, find fine quality, European or handmade local chocolate, and steer away from the average candy bar which often has hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Be mindful to drink the caffeine in moderation as too much of it can over-stimulate the third-eye or worse yet, the whole nervous system.
One thing you don’t have to drink in moderation, though, is water. It’s great for both your 6th and 7th chakras. Of course, these days, you need to look at the kind of water you’re drinking. Pure filtered spring water is best – particularly if it has been boosted with higher alkaline levels (8.0 is good). You can buy high alkaline water, or purchase PH drops such as Body Rescue PH Protector Drops and simply add them to your filtered water. The general rule is — higher chakras respond well to higher alkaline.
Another key food element for the 6th chakra is plate preparation. The brow chakra is all about appreciating beauty. So, create a colorful, appetizing plate, then take out your fine china, crystal glasses, or fine linen napkins and make all your dining experiences a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
There are some spices that are supportive of the brow energy center as well. Here’s a list of 6th chakra boosting spices from Deanna M. Minich’s groundbreaking book Chakra Foods for Optimum Health:
3RD EYE-BOOSTING SPICES:
– Allspice, Anise
– Caraway, Cardamom, Chili Powder, Coriander, Cumin, Curry
– Fennel, Fenugreek
Many of these spices actually do double duty – boosting and balancing some of your other chakras too. For instance, ginger and turmeric are great for the solar plexus chakra, mint boosts the heart and throat, and curry sweetens your sacral or spices up your solar plexus depending on the level of spiciness in the dish.
Although it’s not a spice, lecithin deserves a mention here too. Its mild, slightly buttery-flavored granules gently boost your cognitive flow and aid expansive perception (due to its choline), both of which are important to the third eye chakra.
Finally, you can always turn to dark purple (indigo-ish) foods to strengthen your third-eye. They are:
– plums and prunes
– Lavender Oil and Flowers (e.g., in a herb-de-provence dressing or tea)
– Purple Cabbage, Raddichio
– Purple Kale
– Purple Potatoes
– Purple Plums
– Pumpkin Seeds (roasted)
– Purple Grapes
– Wild Salmon
A very healthful, versatile Eggplant Dip is our offering this week, adapted from the Herbal D-Tox Cookbook for Cleansing by the masterful Dr. Terry Willard, PH.D. It’s a rich vegan and dairy-free dish for guests that pairs nicely with a crisp crudité platter, flax crisps or lentil patties. You can also serve this dip on radicchio and shredded purple cabbage, make it a side dish for your scrambled eggs, or create another way to serve it up. Just use your imagination!
However you serve it, take time to dream up a beautiful presentation that appeals to the essence of your 6th chakra.
2 C cooked eggplant, diced (about 3 small-med sized)
2 TBSP grapeseed oil (for sautéing eggplant)
1 C tomato, diced (3 small-med sized ones)
½ C green pepper, diced (1/2 a large one)
½ C red onion, diced (1/2 a small one)
½ C parsley, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1-2 tsp ground cumin
1 TBSP fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp chili powder
2 TBSP lemon juice
1-2 TBSP walnut oil (to dress the dip with when mixing ingredients together)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
A good pinch of cayenne, and
A dreamy attitude!
Sauté the eggplant over medium heat with the grapeseed oil for 10 minutes; then add ½ cup of water to cook it down more. Steam off the water and sauté another 3-5 minutes until quite soft and set aside to cool. You can puree the eggplant if you like, or stay with a more textured dip.
Place all remaining prepared ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the eggplant and adjust the seasoning – give it whatever your body thinks it still needs and you’re done. Enjoy your eggplant!
May all that you do Feed Your Soul
— Alanna and Vicki