Nourishing Hot Drinks

There are many ways to take your herbal supplements, but in the Winter time, one of my favorite ways is in hot drinks. Not just herbal teas, which are wonderful, but also herbal powders cooked into milk for a rich, frothy, rejuvenative treat. Here are a few of my favorites!

cup of warm milk

*Note* If you need to make substitutions, here are my suggestions:

for whole Milk, use Almond, Oat, or Rice Milk

for Ghee, use unrefined Coconut Oil

for Honey, use Maple Syrup or Date sugar

 

Golden Milk

TurmericRoot

You may have already heard about the wonders of Golden Milk. It is a delicious traditional tonic from the Indian herbal tradition of Ayurveda. There are many recipes out there, and I recommend you experiment until you find your favorite. Here is a basic recipe to start.

 

1 cup organic whole Milk

1 teaspoon Ghee

½ teaspoon Turmeric root powder

1 teaspoon raw Honey

pinch of Black Pepper

In a non-reactive saucepan, bring milk almost to a boil on low-medium heat. Slowly whisk in dry ingredients. Turn off heat. Stir in Ghee and Honey. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

 

Shatavari and Cinnamon

Shatavari Whole Plant

Shatavari is most often marketed as a “women’s herb”, which is a shame, because it is so much more. This slightly sweet root is a nourishing and moisturizing herb particularly effective for the mucus membranes. I like to take it in the winter to protect the sinuses from dry, cold air. In milk, with a little sweetness and a pinch of Cinnamon, Shatavari is a soothing and delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time of day.

 

1 cup organic whole Milk

1 teaspoon Shatavari root powder

1 teaspoon raw Honey

pinch to ¼ teaspoon of Cinnamon powder

In a non-reactive saucepan, bring milk almost to a boil on low-medium heat. Slowly whisk in dry ingredients. Turn off heat. Stir in Honey. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

 

Ashwagandha Cocoa

Ashwagandha harvest 2013

This little treat is really just a variation on the Shatavari drink above. For a long while I was having a bedtime drink of Shatavari and Ashwagandha in milk to encourage sound sleep. Over time, this evolved into Ashwagandha cocoa. I use a prepared cocoa mix for convenience, but you can, of course, use your own favorite cocoa recipe.

 

1 cup boiling water

2-3 teaspoons hot cocoa mix (I use Equal Exchange brand)

1 teaspoon Ashwagandha root powder

organic whole Milk or Cream to taste

Add cocoa mix and Ashwagandha powder to a large mug. Stirring constantly, pour in boiling water, leaving enough room for a generous amount of milk or cream. Add milk to taste and enjoy! You’ll probably have to keep stirring as you drink to keep the powders from settling to the bottom.

 

These are just a few of the delicious options out there for soothing hot winter drinks. I encourage you to experiment and find what you like best! Any nourishing tonic herb, like Eleuthero, Licorice, Reishi, or Marshmallow, can make a good herbal beverage, and traditional Chai spices like Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Cardamom and Ginger make for great flavor. So make yourself an herbal treat!

In good health,

Susan

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  1. GLORIA BROWN HICKS says:

    Excellent recommendations for the cold temperatures.

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