For New Year’s I decided to travel to India to do some yoga, enjoy amazing food and get lots of foodie inspiration. India has always been a country that left me completely undecided if I loved it or not. It’s crowded, crazy, filled with people that throw a lot of attention at Europeans. But India has mastered two things which I adore: yoga and the art of using spices. Using spices not only for food but as medicine. I sometimes feel until now I had not really grasped the meaning and healing power spices can have. But how about this for a change? If you feel unwell go and spin your spice rack instead of opening your medicine draw. In India every spice is considered a healing agent or even a beauty product.
So to get to know more about what spices can do for you I decided to visit an organic spice farm in Goa. I was fascinated how much effort the farmers put into setting up an organic plantation that would take more than 50 years to grow to ensure no harm is done to nature and only the best products would grow. In the course of the next posts I will share all the wonderful secrets with you that our ‘spice guide’ has shared with me.
One of the most powerful spices is Turmeric. I knew Turmeric is healthy and I use it quite often but in India people see Turmeric as the most powerful cancer fighter. A cancer fighter? Now you’ve got my attention. I was stunned. The curcumine in Turmeric is considered to be a top cancer fighting agent when taken regularly. Not only that but:
- Turmeric is a great antiseptic , you can apply half a teaspoon to any cut or wound to help it to heal.
- Apply a paste of water and spice to your face for a soothing face mask.
- Works wonders for cold or throat infections.
So now we need a good way to get this magic spice into our body, right? There was a drink that I stumbled across a couple of times called the Golden Milk or Golden Tea. Having this wonderful drink is a genius way to incorporate Turmeric into your everyday routine. It’s warming, nourishing and helps to fight colds.
Vegan Coconut Golden Milk (for 2 portions):
- 2 cups of coconut milk (I really encourage you to make your own – recipe below*)
- 1 tsp organic Turmeric powder
- ½ tsp of cinnamon (freshly ground)
- 1 tsp lucuma powder
- pinch of freshly ground pepper
- 1 tsp of coconut sugar
Prepare the coconut milk (following the super easy recipe below*) or use canned coconut milk instead. Warm up the coconut milk in a pot but do not boil. Mix in all the dry ingredients and stir until the coconut sugar has dissolved.
*home made coconut milk: place 2 cups (480 ml) water and 1 cup (75 g) shredded coconut in your high speed blender and blend for 2-3 minutes and strain the coconut milk if you like it super smooth.