Posts Tagged: herbal medicine everyday

Cocao Turmeric Peanut Butter Smoothie

cocoa turmeric peanut butter smoothie

I had something else planned for this weeks post, but this smoothie recipe is too good not to share.

If you’ve heard about the amazing benefits of turmeric, and have been wanting to add more into your diet, this is an easy way to sneak some in.

Recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond, Coconut or Cashew Milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tsp of Raw Cocao powder (have you heard that raw cocao is actually amazing for gut health? Anything good for the gut is great for the skin, brain, improving your mood, balancing your hormones and increasing immunity)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 3 Tsp of honey or coconut sugar (or sweeten to taste)
  • 4 Tsp peanut butter*

*You can replace it with almond butter or your nut butter of choice if you prefer, or if you’re concerned about aflatoxin in peanut butter.
{I love peanut butter so I decided not to worry about it. I left it out a few times but to me the pb is what makes it.}

(if it sounds better to you, substitute coconut oil or coconut butter.  The fat will help you absorb the nutrients.)

  • Blend & Enjoy.

Fancy blenders are lovely but not required. $15 travel blender from target. Done.

Try it! It’s the bomb.

-Liz

p.s: Today is day 31 of the #herbalmedicineeveryday challenge on instagram, but I’m having so much fun I’m going to see how long I can keep going. I’m so happy that other people are having fun with it too. Feel free to join us. :)

Does this recipe sound good? You may also love this hot cocoa with a healthy kick ( a variation of ayurvedic golden milk)

 

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Day 3 – Nettle leaf infusion

Today is day 3 of my #herbalmedicineeveryday challenge, and I’m making a nettle infusion, inspired by the great American herbalist Susun Weed.

Nettle is rich in iron & vitamin K to name a few things, and it’s gently cleansing to the body. To really get all of those nutrients out of the plant, you need to steep for at least 4 – 10 hours.
Learn how to make your own infusions, here: http://www.susunweed.com/How_to_make_Infusions.htm

I’m giving myself a challenge this month. Are you in?‏

As I mentioned in Mondays post, my challenge for the rest of the month is to get more nourishment into by body by enjoying different herbs every day. I have quite a collection of herbs here in my mini home apothecary, and I really need to start using them more. (Plus, there are so many great herbs to be found at health food & grocery stores.) We’re getting less nutrients in our food these days – the soil is more depleted then ever, and the “medicine” has been bred out of a lot of the food we eat for a long time now (see this article for more info) – so it’s always a great idea to nourish with herbs.

(Yesterday’s gray weather called for a spicy / sweet / chocolatey version of ayurvedic golden milk, with turmeric + other spices – recipe soon to come – sign up here to have it sent to your inbox next week. )

I’ve been fascinated by herbalism since I was a kid, when my dad would bring home mysterious bags of herbs to brew from Chinatown in Chicago.

Another early memory is of Kava drinking sessions with friends in high school. They had a whole ceremony for it – we would have to clap before receiving our wooden bowl of kava to drink (which they called a bup, because it looked like a combination of a bowl & a cup.) Very official.
Since then I’ve slowly been getting to know some of our many plant allies. It never ceases to amaze me how each plant has something different to offer to fix our ailments.

One of these days I’ll make it official and become a certified herbalist – in the meantime I’ll just continue to learn about and experience the healing power of plants.

Anyway, I’d love it if you’d join in on the challenge one day, or every day, for the rest of the month. I’ll be posting daily on instagram (by far my favorite social media platform)

http://instagram.com/thelotusroot

I’m using the hashtag #HerbalMedicineEveryday – feel free to follow it or use it on your own photos to share what herbs you’ve been enjoying.

Not on instagram? Feel free to share your pics on facebook. I’ll be posting on my blog throughout the month, too.

Got an herb you’re not sure how to use? Let me know and I’ll try my best to help you out or do a post on it.
Hit reply or ask anonymously, here. {I’ve been loving all of your questions and if I haven’t answered yet I’ll be in touch soon! Keep ‘em coming!}

Liz