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Making Golden Milk Tea is something that has been on my agenda for many years, but I just never got around to making it. Until today! So what the heck is golden milk tea you ask? It’s an anti-inflammatory drink that, as far as I know, comes from the Ayurvedic tradition. Ayruveda is the sister science to yoga. This tea contains the spice turmeric. Turmeric is also one of the main ingredients in curry, which is what gives it it’s yellow color. This yellow coloring comes from the primary ingredient curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.

 

In Chinese medicine, the turmeric tuber is known as Yu Jin. It is often used to promote blood and qi circulation, thereby alleviating pain and reducing inflammation. This herb is said to enter the heart, liver, gall bladder and lung meridians primarily. When the liver and gall bladder meridians get stagnated they tend to get hot and  this heat affects the heart leading to irritability and agitation. This herb can help to cool that heat down and move out the stagnation so the heart can become more peaceful.

 

So anyway, back to the golden milk tea. This tea incorporates turmeric and combines other ingredients that ensure maximum absorption. It’s also delicious!

  • 1 cup unsweetened nut milk (almond, cashew, hemp seed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (or ghee)
  • A dash of black pepper (this aids in the absorption of turmeric)
  • A dash of cinnamon/nutmeg/cardamon or all three
  • Sweetener (honey, maple syrup or stevia) to taste

Place  all ingredients in a small pot and warm over low heat until hot but not boiling.

Enjoy!

Another period post, hooray! As a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, I absolutely love working with women’s health. This includes everything from period problems (PMS, pain, irregularity, no period), infertility, pregnancy, post-partum and menopause. I am fascinated by the complexity of the female reproductive system and not just as it relates to being able to having babies, but  also as a reflection of overall health for women. Many women that I treat have been prescribed the birth control pill to “regulate” their cycles and to “alleviate” PMS symptoms. You can read more about my thoughts on that here. Women are told that they just have to suffer through pregnancy symptoms, get through postpartum challenges and continue to struggle as their body shifts in to menopause. This is just not the case!

Read more “The “Perfect Period””

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