Bullet Turmeric Spiced Chai (Herbalist Guest Post)

October 08, 2017


 

wood platter with metal tablespoons holding various eastern spices - text bullet turmeric spiced chai tea

This is a guest blog post from our in-house herbalist Avery from Mindful Medicine. Turmeric is a supportive herb for your liver which in turn is beneficial for your skin because the liver and the skin are both excretory organs. We want to support elimination through our digestive system by supporting the liver to avoid toxic build-up in the bloodstream. Excess toxins in the body can cause breakouts and discoloration of the skin. Read more about internal health and skin complexion here. 

Ingredients in this recipe also found in Miiko Skin Co products are:

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Hello, my name is Avery! I am a herbalist here in Victoria. My company is Mindful Medicine, and I would love to connect with you in person or online! Please check out my Instagram!

It's Fall! And that's my cue to spend copious amounts of time in the kitchen, crafting up all sorts of different recipes and brews. 

I'm sure by now everyone has heard of the amazing benefits of turmeric, and how delicious and nutritious the fan favourite "Golden Mylk" is, and I couldn't agree more! The benefits of turmeric are pretty outstanding and well documented. Its use as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory is widely known and recognized in the health community, and I'm personally thrilled that an ancient medicine is becoming a commonly known remedy. 

In Ayurvedic medicine, Turmeric has been used for hundreds (if not thousands!) of years as a common kitchen spice to add into dishes but doubles as a medicine. The ancients knew of its healing ability, and us westerners are finally starting to figure it out!

I love when plants just give you the answers - for example, Turmeric is a liver protecting (hepato-protecting), and increases the flow of bile and helps lower cholesterol. Bile - being the bright orange/yellow colour that it is, nearly perfectly matches the colour of turmeric. In herbalism, this is called the Doctrine of Signatures - when a plant describes what it is a remedy for, by the characteristics that it may have. 

Now that I've gushed about Turmeric and a few reasons to use it, let me tell you my new absolute favourite night time treat!

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Bullet Turmeric Spiced Chai

Ingredients
  • 2 cups nut milk of your choice - I use cashew, but almond, hemp or coconut will do just fine
  • 1 tsp ground Turmeric
  • 3 whole Cardamon pods (crushed and open)
  • 2 whole Cloves
  • 1 tsp whole Fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp grated or chopped fresh Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon (or small whole cinnamon stick - which can be kept for the next batch as well)
  • 1/2 tsp honey (optional)

turmeric, cardoon, cinnamon, clove, on wood

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a pot on medium heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Do not let it get to a full boil.
  2. Strain into the nutribullet and blend with coconut oil and honey
  3. Pour into a big mug, sprinkle some cinnamon and care chocolate nibs for an Instagram worthy photo. ;)

 

stainless steel pot with spices

The beauty is, you can add whatever other herbs or spices that you like. I use a lot of cardamon because it's my favorite, but maybe it's a bit overpowering for you. Play with it! 

Not only is this so warm and yummy, but the aromatic spices can do wonders for bloating, gas and indigestion, and also have a relaxing effect on the nervous system. Now add all those benefits of turmeric, and you got yourself a tasty medicinal treat for the cold months.

mason jar with turmeric milk with cinnamon