Golden Yogini Milk

I love Chai Lattes, there is a place I go once a week for the best ever Spicy Chai Latte and I had decided to try making them for myself. I have been experimenting with recipes online but none of them come close to it for flavour.

When I saw this recipe I thought I would try because of the turmeric, it’s very good for the pain of fibromyalgia. Apparently this drink is great for a peaceful sleep but I have been having it mid-morning. I added ginger and a small amount of honey and THIS is well and truly as good as satisfying as my special chai lattes.

Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory, it also is good for lifting spirits and calming anxiety. Don’t let the turmeric put you off trying this, it doesn’t taste at all like curry in this drink 🙂 I altered the recipe a little the second time around to make a bit spicier….to suit my tastes. I also raised the amount of coconut oil in this as I have been trying to incorporate more in my diet in small ways.

The original recipe comes from Katie Silcox and she calls this her Guardian Angel Medicine. She also discusses the merits of drinking this, Ayurvedic medicine and plant allies. Check out her lovely blog, her post and comments on this soothing, very moreish hot drink. I would probably suggest making her version first and seeing if this is spicy enough for you.

Any option to dairy milk will work with this.

Golden Yogini Milk:

1 tsp coconut oil

1 1/2 tsp turmeric

1/3 tsp ground cardamom

1/3 tsp cinnamon

1/3 tsp ground ginger

pinch nutmeg

1 cup milk

1/2 tsp honey (optional, to taste)

Melt the oil gently in a pan. Once melted add the spices and stir through. Once you can smell the spices add the milk and stir well. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat and pour into a blender. Blend for 20 seconds. NOTE: You will not want to leave the vent covered because of the steam (I had a nasty burn years ago from doing this) Cover loosely with a cloth instead. The resulting drink is rich, frothy and deliciously fragrant and spicy.

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Turmeric and Coconut oil Toothpaste

Ok… after talking about it I made some and I like it 🙂 Coconut oil has anti-bacterial qualities and there are many recipes around for the paste which also uses baking soda. I posted a couple of days ago on using Turmeric as a tooth whitener/polisher (which is very effective) and someone suggested I try it in the toothpaste.

3 good tablespoons coconut oil, softened

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp tumeric

Whisk all together well until thick, well combined and creamy. Store in sterile jar. Use on a dry toothbrush and brush gently for a minute over a basin of water (It’s messy)

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This doesn’t taste bad. It has a mild flavour, the turmeric takes the edge off the baking soda but is not over powering. Apologies for the poor picture quality (will replace at some stage!)

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Turmeric for teeth whitening.

I found this on the internet a few weeks ago. I have thinning enamel on my teeth so they are sensitive, commercial whiteners are too harsh for me and I can’t afford unnecessary dental care so thought I would try this, I have tried it several times….I’m sold!! This is effective, very gentle on teeth and gums and costs just a few cents each time. The only drawback is that it is messy to use and will stain anything it falls on so care needs to be used to guard against this. You will need to use an old toothbrush as it stains them.

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Mix 3/4 teaspoon turmeric with a very little amount of warm water, just enough to make a stiff paste. Brush teeth for one minute or so, holding an old towel under your mouth to catch any dripping. Rinse mouth out and clean with toothpaste as normal.

There is a video here which I watched before using it, from Secrets of Longevity.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffYTPtnA1yk This is the before and after photos he uses.