Tag Archives: spice

Wellness Remedy: Turmeric

I’ve alluded to the “super powers” of Turmeric  on this blog before (see this general Wellness Post) and I recently wrote about Ginger as a wellness remedy (to ward off colds and aid in digestion)! Turmeric and Ginger are actually in the same family and both are known for their medicinal properties, specifically for their anti-inflammatory properties.

You will perhaps know turmeric best from Indian cuisine (it’s a common ingredient in curry, but does not taste or smell anything like curry), Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Asian cuisine. It is used for flavor (warm and slightly spicy) and as a natural color agent – creating a beautiful rich golden color in anything you add it to.

I learned about the medicinal properties of turmeric from an Indian colleague years ago. She would give a tiny pinch of turmeric in milk to her kids to help build a strong immune system. I was intrigued – having two little ones myself. But there’s more! There seems to be a lot of recent research on natural remedies and turmeric has other benefits including: fighting various types of cancer, supporting brain, liver and eye health, used as natural painkiller and anti-depressant, and used for better sleep! Further reading included in links below.

Anyway, I am preparing for some upcoming international travel and also fighting a bit of a spring cold which has been going around. So.. turmeric to the rescue. Icarry the dry powder with me when I travel and drink it in hot water with breakfast.

The only downside I’ve found is that it is very yellow – so brush your teeth or eat some crunchy food (like an apple) after eating turmeric.

turmeric blog (3)turmeric blog (2)turmeric blog (1)

Ingredients

  • Fresh turmeric, rinsed and peeled
  • Turmeric powder (found in the spice aisle or bulk section)
  • Water or milk

Directions

  • Heat liquid and add desired amount of fresh or dry turmeric (I will use ~1 tsp of dry or 1 Tbsp of fresh in a cup of boiling water)

Further reading

Enjoy, stay well, and be happy!

dit-elle-Esther

Spiced Coffee

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except for mommy wrapping presents..!
And she needed some coffee!

Not really. But maybe. It certainly will be a good Christmas breakfast drink tomorrow morning. Coffee, spices, hot milk and some optional whipped cream on top. This is delicious. Enjoy!

spiced coffee blog (3) spiced coffee blog (2) spiced coffee blog (1)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-2 cups milk (cows, almond, coconut, or other)

Directions

  • In a coffee filter, add coffee, cardamom, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Mix gently to combine
  • Add water to coffeemaker and brew
  • Heat milk until just steaming
  • Pour coffee into mug and top with desired amount of milk
  • Optionally serve with some fresh whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick
  • Cheers and Merry Christmas, happy holidays!

dit-elle-Esther