Was it just me or did anyone else have a bit of a time this week? All I know is that I was definitely not all here, maybe not all there either. All in all, I was feeling mighty unsettled and so I turned to the herbs with a vengeance. I was looking for something that might ease my spinny mind, my knotted tum tum, and perhaps help me get my feet back onto the earth and into the here and now.
Lots of people have their go-tos when feeling out of sorts. I have my teas. In keeping with the posts from earlier in the week, I got a little experimental adding a massive dollop of turmeric to my spice tea. It seemed to do the trick and given the amount of this sweet ambrosia I have been drinking all week, it is shocking that I haven't turned completely yellow.
Why turmeric? How about these 15 reasons:
- Natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties to keep the infection away from cuts and burns.
- Natural liver detoxifier -- is it possible that if we believe liver to be the seat of anger than turmeric can help release that anger? Hmmmm.
- May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
- Majorly powerful anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
- Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
- Natural pain killer. Yay more of this!
- Helps manage weight, and aid in fat metabolism
- A staple in Chinese medicine for helping lift mood in cases of depression
- Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Studies have shown that turmeric can boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
- Accelerates wound healing and repairing of damaged skin
- Can help internally and topically with psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
- Wowzers does it help soothe upset stomach.
- Helps to facilitate protein digestion.
- A natural preventative against flu viruses.
See, we Culinary Nutrition Experts all have our faves.
Fave supplements, fave foods, gave green drinks, fave herbs... Turmeric has recently been added to my top 5 list of fave herbs. What else is on there right now? Well ginger for sure, passion flower is a must, I'll take some goldenseal, and likely a little shtickle of gingko, though I am definitely partial to the culinary herbs.
Yield: 1 serving
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of clove
- pinch of nutmeg
- tsp fresh ginger (optional)
- As much turmeric as you can handle! Start with a teaspoon and go up from there.
- 1-2 cups of water
- Raw honey to sweeten
- Milk sub of choice (I went with fresh coconut milk, but almond and hemp would both be delicious)
- Simmer herbs and water together for 10 mins
- Strain out and add honey and mylk
- Boil water in your kettle and add to blender (a blender with gradual speed increase will reduce likely hood of pressure from steam of boiled water exploding out of your blender)
- Add in spices and blend until smooth and unified in colour.
- Strain out tea and add milk and honey.