I recently took a course through Steamy Chick with the lovely acupuncturist/herbalist that works with the company. She had all sorts of wisdom to share in terms of how women can take care of themselves, particularly during their ‘moon time’ (when they’re menstruating). One of my favorite practices offered in the course was making and consuming ‘Moon Juk.’ It’s super easy to make, tastes amazing, is and extremely nourishing for a women to consume during their period.
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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.
So lately I have been obsessing over Goji berries, or Gou Qi Zi as they are known in Chinese medicine. I have been using them in my oatmeal, yogurt and tea and today I made muffins with them! I love baking and I can’t say that there are too many resources for baking in Chinese medicine literature. Most recipes I come across are for soups and congees and while they are delicious, I just love baking more than I love cooking. So I often create my own little recipes for muffins and breads that incorporate foods that are known to assist with certain functions in the body in Chinese medicine. You can check out another muffin recipe geared towards blood deficiency here.
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