The spice turmeric has been recognised in Ayurveda for centuries for its healing properties. It is well known as a 'natural aspirin' that is reputed to have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic and, some even suggest, anti-carcinogenic properties. It is rich in manganese and iron and benefits the digestion, immune system, reproductive system and helps improve liver health. These are just a few of the reasons why you should include this golden goddess in your diet. Turmeric provides three of the six ayurvedic tastes (pungent, bitter and astringent) and a daily dose can help pacify the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. Care needs to be taken with turmeric during pregnancy and someone with a high fiery pitta nature might find regular consumption aggravating at times, so less may be more in this case. Either way, turmeric is a great supplement for improving joint health, alleviating pain and a brilliant stomach settler as it quells the release of histamine that triggers a nervous stomach. There are many ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet. Here is just one recipe which you may find enjoyable. There are several versions of this spiced milk. The key is to use high quality spices. Feel free to play around with the quantities and ingredients to find the recipe that works best for you.
2 cups of almond milk (or 1 cup of coconut milk and 1 cup of water)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp dried ginger
1 tsp honey
1 cardamon pod, gently crushed
Pinch of black pepper
Place everything in a pan, gently heat, whisking the ingredients to blend the milk. Keep on a low heat for five minutes.
- add a teaspoon of coconut oil in the almond milk version
- sprinkle with cayenne pepper
- sweeten further with vanilla essence.
A traditional Indian spiced tea that has been drunk for centuries for its reputed Ayurvedic properties. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of holistic self healing. Masala chai tea not only tastes fantastic but it also has amazing beneficial properties and nothing can replace a homemade version! Chai means "milky tea". Add spices and you get "masala chai" . A lovely warming winter brew to boost up your immunity, beat fatigue and act against inflammation. The spices whilst excellent on their own, when fused together synergise to create a wonderfully powerful tea that is so so good for you. Normally tea can be acidic but when combined with spices its acidic nature is reduced and the digestive and pancreatic enzymes are stimulated and increased. In ayurveda, masala chai is "sattvic" and has a calming and balancing effect. Thus helpful in stabilising those annoying pre-menstrual hormones.
I've listed below the recipe the individual health benefits of the spices of this beautiful tea. Definitely read on!
5 teaspoons of loose black tea (or 3 bags)
* darjeeling * assam * orange pekoe *
2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick
10 green cardamom pods
4 black peppercorns (white works well too)
3 teaspoons of honey/light brown sugar to taste
1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg
2 star anise
5/6 leaves of kale
½ -1 inch of ginger
A pinch of spirulina (optional)
Peel the carrots and ginger.
Core the apple.
Strip the leaves off the stalks of kale.
Chop everything into a reasonable size for your juicer and blitz.
Add a little or lot of water to your desired taste. Delicious and healthy too!