Sunday, September 28, 2014


    This week has been quite a flurry of anxiety for me. So, unsurprisingly, I had a draining headache yesterday beginning from the waking hours until it worsened with the stress of schoolwork in mid-afternoon. To combat this inflammatory response, I reached for my go-to beautifying + anti-inflammatory tonic of golden milk

   The base of this tonic is turmeric, curcuma longa, which is a golden yellow or orange root from the same family of ginger. One of the most potent + healing spices, it is touted as the king of herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine. Turmeric is a powerhouse. Beyond its anti-inflammatory properties, it is used for treating a grand variety of ailments—from digestion to purifying the blood and even cancer. Its antioxidants are higher than that of Vitamin C and E, aiding the break-up of free radical accumulation in our bodies that cause disease. It's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, making it a potent fighter during the cold + flu season.

You can readily find ground turmeric in the spice section of most supermarkets. I do recommend, however, fresh turmeric when it is in season and if it's available at a near-by market. Asian markets often carry it. 

Below are two potently nutritious turmeric recipes to feed + activate your cells . . .

BENEFITS | blood and liver purifier • powerful anti-inflammatory • anti-cancer • anti-bacterial • digestive + heart protecter • immune boosting • bio-available • cell-activating • tissue regenerating • lymph system draining • skin clearing  immune system boosting  anti-ageing • awakening
 your cells . . .

TURMERIC SHOT | raw, vegan
3/4 cup of alkaline water
juice of one lemon
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
⅛ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
a grind of fresh, coarse black pepper
½ teaspoon of raw Manuka honey, optional 
I recommend the raw Manuka honey for its potent anti-carcinogen and anti-microbial properties. It's high in live enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that regenerate cell tissues. 
Form the cayenne pepper, turmeric powder, black pepper, and ½ teaspoon of raw honey into a paste. Add the lemon juice + apple cider vinegar—which are alkaline-forming—stir, and slowly add the water. Stir and chug!

GOLDEN MILK | vegan optional
1 ½ tablespoons fresh or ground ginger
1 ½ tablespoons fresh or ground turmeric
¾ cup homemade mylk of your choice (almond, hemp, flax . . .)
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon ghee or coconut oil
a pinch of Pink Himalayan salt
If you are using fresh turmeric + ginger, bring them to a boil then a simmer in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes. Strain the resulting tea and set aside.
If you are using dried + ground ingredients, simply heat your milk of choice. Form the powdered turmeric + ginger into a paste with the ghee or coconut oil, raw honey, + pink salt. Pour the mylk, sip, and warm your soul . . .

                                                                                            photo courtesy of Green Kitchen Stories