course as an anti-inflammatory (and therefore a pain reliever). If you'd like to read some studies on turmeric and it's effects on inflammation, you can go here.
That was back when I was young and spry and didn't really care about words like "anti" and "inflammatory" and "pain". But then I got slightly older.
So, here is a recipe for something called Golden Milk. This is so yummy! It's a spicy lovely sort of hot drink reminiscent of hot cocoa (in a strange way) but really good for you, too. And what isn't inflammatory?! Colds? yes. Joint pain? yes. Sinus problems? yes.
Our Golden Milk Recipe:
2 cups of milk (coconut, almond, rice, etc.)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1 Tbsp of honey (or to taste)
1 Tbsp coconut oil (the second best part after the turmeric, in my opinion)
Heat milk and spices gently in pan. *Stir. Pour and serve. YUM! (Watching an episode of Red Dwarf at this point doesn't hurt, either.)
Turmeric is a native of Southern Asia and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as a
blood purifier, digestive tonic, carminative and for liver disorders.
This recipe is reminiscent of those days as turmeric was boiled with milk and sugar and used
to treat colds. Turmeric was also used topically to treat bruises,
sprains, wounds and inflammation.
*Author's note: Do not walk away from the stove while your Golden Milk is
heating. It's not pretty - and you don't want to know how I know. But I
know how I know. And I know that you don't want to know. Unless you do.
And now, because I am not a doctor, my disclaimer!
presented on this web site is not intended to take the place of your personal
physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any
disease. Discuss this information with your own physician or healthcare
provider to determine what is right for you. All information is intended for
your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or
treatment for specific medical conditions. I can not and do not give you
medical advice. The information contained in this online site and emails is
presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer
understanding and knowledge. The information should not be considered complete
and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your
physician or other health care provider.
Jan 14, 2015
I first got all of my ingredients together:
Aloe Vera Gel
Bentonite Clay Powder
It took a little trial and error, but I came up with these amounts:
1/4 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp bentonite clay powder
8 drops glycerin
1/2-2/3 tsp aloe vera gel (The mixture seemed a little thick, so this is where I added extra to get the consistency I like.)
3 drops Youngliving lavender essential oil
After mixing everything together, the hardest part was getting it into my cleaned out mascara tube. I took a popsicle stick, swiped some in, and then tapped it on the counter until that portion went down into the tube. Kind of repetitive. This took longer than anything.
(My two girls loved helping me make this.)
All in all, I really like this mascara. Every morning I get a kick out of the fact that I'm putting cocoa powder on my eyelashes and I think the lavender smells dreamy.
It's really not as dark as I would like. Next time I will replace some of the cocoa with activated charcoal.
It did have a front end investment - I mean, seriously, how long is that tube of aloe vera gel going to last at 1/2 tsp per batch? I'll be making my own mascara well into my 80s!
I think it stays on just as well as any store bought mascara! Yah!
Wouldn't YOU like to wear cocoa powder on YOUR eyelashes?
Oct 14, 2014
|Elderberry - [Gouache & Pencil]|
And then I got to thinking - is this just a folk remedy thing? Don't get me wrong, I think folk remedies are awesome and I completely value the knowledge of those who have gone before me - but I was curious about recent studies done on the herb. Does elderberry really help with the flu and sinusitis and colds?
Turns out, several studies may show elderberry to be helpful with all these things! A small study in Norway found that those participants taking 15ml of elderberry extract 4 times a day had relieved symptoms an average of FOUR DAYS earlier as compared to those using placebo. Watch a short video about Elderberry by Tierana Low Dog, MD here.
Have you ever been sick? Do you remember wondering what it was like when you felt normal? Four days shorter!? That's like an eternity when you have a cold!
This summary from the University of Maryland says that elderberry probably reduces inflammation of the mucus membranes and also decreases nasal congestion while boosting your immune system. YES, sign me up. Now, read further in that summary as it mentions a couple of cautions: like if you're pregnant or taking immuno-suppressant drugs (in both of these cases the possible immune stimulating effects of elderberry would not be recommended). Always remember that plant compounds can interact with presciption drugs - so you really should check into that before you use herbal preparations.
However, the berries (cooked first and made into a syrup) have been used for a long time in Europe to treat colds and flu, so my family will continue to make use of this amazing berry!
Here's how I make my elderberry syrup. Super simple.
3 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 cup elderberries (dried)
Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
Cool a bit and then filter through whatever you use to filter things. (I use a muslin cloth.) Squeeze out the berries at the end to get the last of your 'tea'. I compost the spent berries or feed them to my chickens.
I put everything in a quart jar and sweeten to taste with raw honey. I use between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of honey.
I keep the concoction in the fridge and give my family about 2 tsp several times a day when they're sick.
And one of the best things about elderberry (syrup)? My kids LOVE the taste! One of them asked if she could even have it on her plain yogurt for breakfast!
And now, because I am not a doctor, my disclaimer!
The information presented on this web site is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss this information with your own physician or healthcare provider to determine what is right for you. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. I can not and do not give you medical advice. The information contained in this online site and emails is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge. The information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your physician or other health care provider.
Oct 13, 2014
Here's my contribution.