“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” -Hippocrates
Most mothers can recall with bliss the ‘in-love’ feeling they had once their child was born. But ask us how we felt physically after childbirth, and most of us won’t be recollecting that with the same joy. Postpartum, our bodies have gone through the most taxing experience of our lives. We are physically depleted. And in trying to get our feet on the ground, we often forget to focus on what our bodies need the most – nutrition.
I talk a lot about our South Asian ancestors’ great wisdom regarding food. They may not have studied the compounds of food in laboratories, but they observed the effects it had on our bodies. With this knowledge, they used food as medicine to help us nourish ourselves.
Ayurveda, or Ayurvedic medicine, is an ancient holistic healing system. For centuries, women from the Indian subcontinent have been using the principles of Ayurveda to heal their postpartum bodies and build their milk supply. These foods have been passed down from generation to generation. And now, we can all benefit from them with Mrs. Patel’s products.
Mrs. Patel’s incorporated ancient wisdom from Ayurvedic principles to bring us these new-age products:
In South Asian culture, a mixture called panjeeri is often given to new moms. It’s such a strong tradition that my mom sent me some from across the world (thanks, Ami!). Panjeeri is often made with a base of whole wheat flour or semolina cooked in ghee with additions like almonds, ginger, and coconut. (Find my recipe here!) Sound familiar? Yup, those are the very ingredients of Mrs. Patel’s Fenugreek Bars! See below:
Like Panjeeri, these bars are warming and help with fatigue and joint healing. They’re also full of lactation boosters such as fenugreek, poppy seeds, and ginger. I’ve been eating these for many months. They taste wholesome and nutritious, yet like a treat (think guilt-free brownie)! I like mine warmed up in the microwave and sprinkled with chia seeds.
Milk Water Tea
So far I’ve tried the chai spice tea. It tastes delicious and the aroma — DIVINE! My friend recently came over while I was brewing it and immediately asked me what smells so good. Excuse me while I go take a whiff of it. 😀
Side note: I’ve made a lactation smoothie using the chai spice milk tea. Find the recipe here.
The munch crunch contains:
Sesame Seeds, Dill Seeds, Fennel, Flax Seeds, Ajwain, Turmeric & Lemon
Fennel and Ajwain (or carom) are popular in Ayurvedic medicine and are traditionally eaten after meals to aid in digestion. Sesame seeds are packed with antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins B and E. They are warming to the body, which is especially helpful during colder months. Flax seeds are also very commonly used to promote milk production. And don’t even get me started on turmeric. 😛
Now for the final question — do Mrs. Patel’s products “work”?
In short, yes!
It’s true that no galactagogue (a substance that increases milk supply) can work for everyone, and most moms don’t actually need to increase supply. But if these ingredients have been used for centuries, the validity factor kind of increases, no? 🙂 I’ll take my ancestors’ word for it. I generally use them while I’m traveling, since that’s when I’ve noticed my milk supply takes a hit. I should also note that since Mrs. Patel’s sent me their products earlier this month, I’ve been struggling with oversupply (need to tone down that delicious chai spice tea).
So there you have it ladies (and peculiar gentlemen) – my take on Mrs. Patel’s products.
P.S. If you’re wondering why I wrote this review, it’s because I am one of Mrs. Patel’s Brand Ambassadors for December. I am in no way paid to give this review. I simply thought the brand was in line with my ideals and I figured I’d share my experience with you all. Thanks for reading!