Hema Jagada ~ Guest Teacher

Hema’s life has been an abundance of all things Ayurveda, especially spices. Spices have played a central role in her culinary life for as long as she can remember. “I have memories of being absolutely mesmorized by all the spices and herbs that my mother would so elaborately sprinkle into the large pots of fragrant food. Spices were always the stars of most dishes.

I also witnessed some of these same spices and herbs being administered as medicine.” Hema’s lifelong love affair with natural health care, and using food as medicine is the inspiration behind creating a company that is focused on simplicity when it comes to integrating healthful choices into everyday life. Deeply influenced by her mother’s creations in the kitchen, Hema is passionate about using food to heal, and she is whole heartedly a supporter of the Ayurvedic philosophy that “We are what we can absorb and digest”.

Eating healthy and living well does not need to be complicated. Counting calories and measuring quantities is really not necessary. Historically, there was an inherent simplicity in the way people ate and exercised.

Hema believes spices are absolutely essential to digesting and assimilating the food that we eat. Every culture has unique versions of spices to not only flavor, but to bring a therapeutic effect to the food too. In modern terminology, spices have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant properties, but in Ayurvedic language spices are defined by their “gunas” or properties,  and their “vipaka” or post-digestive effect.