Golden Turmeric Milk – An Amazing Home Remedy


So I researched “golden milk” a while ago, and have spent some time testing it out – now I want to share this amazing remedy with you! I saw the recipe initially on Pinterest (many a blogger has posted something similar), and felt like I should give it a try just because it truly looked and sounded delicious. Little did I know about all the amazing health benefits to this helpful tonic!

Turmeric has long been an Ayurvedic remedy for many an ailment in India and other parts of the Middle East. Many families would cook with it to prevent and treat illness, and would specially prepare a tonic similar to this for sick family members.

The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been found to have amazing antioxidant , anti-inflammatory , and antibacterial / antiviral properties, as well as being helpful for bone and joint health. It is widely used as an alternative treatment for arthritis, as well as being beneficial for osteoporosis – especially in conjunction with natural, whole milk. It is also a very effective treatment for pain.

Curcumin has also shown promise as a possible aid in the treatment of cancer, (as with many other potent antioxidants), although research is in its early stages and involves the isolated component, and not the whole food (I question whether they would have more immediate results had they not isolated the compound and instead just used it in natural and traditional forms).

One problem with turmeric by itself as a supplement is that the curcumin is not readily absorbed by your bloodstream in its raw form. However, a substance called piperine in black pepper makes it infinitely more bioavailable. Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it is ideally consumed along with healthy fats.

So how should you take this amazing spice? The answer is: in this delicious golden milk recipe!! Milk contains the fats necessary to help your body absorb the curcumin, and the black pepper in the recipe also steps up your absorption a mega-notch. And there are also some other tasty and beneficial ingredients on the list. Care to check it out? Keep reading:


1). In a small pot, add:

1 to 1.5 cups whole milk (OR for a vegan option, choose whole fat coconut milk)
1 – 2 tsp finely grated / “zested” fresh organic turmeric root OR organic, fair trade pure turmeric powder
10 or so kernels black peppercorns
5 or 6 thin slices of fresh ginger root
A cracked up stick of organic fair trade cinnamon (I don’t recommend subbing the powder, but you can if need be).

2). Bring to a low simmer, stirring frequently, until the milk turns a nice golden colour (3). It will take less time to become golden with the powder than with the fresh root. I usually simmer the milk from 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and cover the milk to steep for an additional 5 minutes.

Stir in 1 tsp to 1 tbsp (depending on sweetness desired) of organic, quality raw honey. Mix until dissolved. I totally forgot to put this in the picture…..sorry ;). It’s mostly a taste thing.

4). Pour the milk through a reusable coffee filter or very fine strainer, unless you want it chunky ;). Sip and enjoy!

I find that for pain relief, this recipe usually goes to work within 15 to 30 minutes. I once used it to treat some bad menstrual cramps, and it literally took them away for the rest of the day. Just gone. I have been using the milk for a severe headache today, and it has worked pretty amazingly well. I am sitting here sans headache right now. It also works brilliantly well to settle tummy and other digestive troubles, especially with the ginger included.

Not to mention it is SOOOO delicious! I just love it. My picky eating two and a half year old even drinks it! Let me know how it works for you if you try it! I highly recommend giving it a shot before taking and pain meds (although I am certainly not a “doctor” and you should always research for contraindications). I find it works infinitely better than Tylenol or Advil. It’s worth a try, no? And at the very least you get a tasty drink with many other health benefits to your bod 😉

Some sources on turmeric and curcumin:

Immune boosting, energy rich smoothie!


I bought a hand blender a little while ago and have been making a LOT of smoothies with it. This is my favourite personal recipe so far, and my two year old loves it too. All of the ingredients are in the graphic – just blend! But don’t forget to let your chia seeds soak in the water / juice for about 5 minutes prior to heighten their bioavailability and make them more palatable.

I find this smoothie gives me more energy than a cup of coffee, and without the crash afterwards! Not to mention it helping your body immensely when you are sick – especially due to the turmeric, ginger, honey & lemon – don’t leave any of these ingredients out. Feel free to omit the yogurt and just add a bit more liquid (fresh orange juice would be my recommendation) if you are going dairy free. Hope you enjoy!

Jayne’s Sick Tricks


With the stress of my recent move, and this being the season for it, I’ve just been hit really hard with a massive head and chest cold. I thought I would share with you some of the many natural remedies I use when myself or a family member gets sick, as this has been the persistent theme of my last two weeks!

Let me start by saying these recommendations are by no means a replacement for, or to be taken as, professional medical advice. These are simply the methods I have researched, applied, and found to be useful in my family. I recommend doing your own research for anything that you are not completely comfortable trying. That being said, however, most of these remedies are pretty benign, and unless you are pregnant or breastfeeding (if so, you should really research ANYTHING novel you attempt trying with your body) they should be fairly innocent!

So let’s start off the list with my first recommendation:

The best, and most effective time to hit viruses and bacteria with natural remedies is at the initial onset of symptoms.. As soon as you feel that first throat tickle, that early sniffle, or any symptom that you suspect to be the beginning of something, hit it with all you’ve got.. Once something really has a hold of your body, it is much harder to boot it out, and often times you end up in for the long haul. I’m not saying you shouldn’t bother with herbal and natural remedies if you’re right in the thick of it, only that it will work better next time if you kick it out before it gets in the door :). Some of these remedies will prevent flus or colds from catching hold altogether if used early and effectively.

Herbal / Homeopathic Supplements I have used and found helpful (You can find these at your local health food store):

1). Oil of Oregano: This tastes awful, but it works. This herb has caught on like wildfire, so there are a lot of sub-par versions floating around. Make sure to buy organic, “wild” oregano. If it is super cheap, beware. You generally get what you pay for. Follow the directions on the label. Take this at first onset of symptoms. If you are right in the middle of a cold or flu, I personally wouldn’t bother much with it. There are some alternatives below.

2). Elderberry syrup: This remedy can be taken at onset of symptoms (for best results), or if you are fully ill. This is a powerful natural antioxidant and source of vitamin C that boosts your immune system’s ability to fight off infection. Plus, unlike oregano oil, it doesn’t taste nasty and is sold in dilutions safe for kids. Have fresh elderberries around? Eat ’em up, yum! They will work even better 🙂

3). “Respiractin”: For ANY respiratory concerns, including those brought on by colds and flu, such as coughs, wheezing, asthma related symptoms, this supplement is amazing. Filled with a mix of herbs that are natural respiratory tonics, they support your lungs in healing and expelling mucous. I have used this for myself, my husband, and my son. It can be used acutely to give fairly quick relief, or preventatively. Follow directions on the label.

4). “Stodal” by Boiron (Homeopathic): I used this homeopathic preparation for treating my toddler’s cough. It actually seemed to help quite a bit. I don’t claim to truly (other than surface level) understand how homeopathy works, but it definitely does for our family. I have used several of Boiron’s remedies on my son with success. Try this one out. I even found it at Walmart.

Food based remedies and relief:

1). Immune Boosting, Sore Throat & Tummy Tea: I make my own immune boosting, sore throat, cough, and tummy trouble treating tea for my family when we are sick. You can also include any of these (organic, please) ingredients in your cooking, in as close to raw form as possible, to achieve their immune boosting benefits. The ingredients and what they benefit are: peppermint (tummy), a few cloves (tummy, throat), a few slices of lemon with peel on (throat, immunity), raw honey (throat, immunity), sliced raw garlic (immunity), sliced, raw ginger root (tummy, immunity), fair trade, cracked apart cinnamon stick (respiratory tract).

My son won’t drink this tea, he is extremely picky about beverages. But I sneak a lot of the ingredients into other food dishes that i make, especially honey, cinnamon and garlic. If you aren’t into the garlic taste, you can skip it, but it is really beneficial for your immune system, so I highly recommend keeping it in if you can handle it.

2). Avoiding milk, cream, yogurt, and cheese as much as possible.. These dairy products are known to increase mucous production, which is not something you need during a cold or flu. It is best to avoid them when you are sick for that reason, unless you have a kid that you just really need to get some food in and one of these is the only thing he will take. Otherwise, best to steer clear until that mucous dies down!

3). Aloe vera inner filet gel:. This is a great remedy for sore throats, and upset stomachs. Also works great for heartburn, FYI. I like “Lily of the Desert” products the best. Do make sure it is the inner filet and not the whole leaf, as the whole leaf tends to purge your bowels.

4). Oil Pulling with Coconut oil: This is a traditional technique used for generations, involving swishing in the mouth, for about 15 minutes (yes, minutes, get comfortable), about a tablespoon of oil. I put some extra virgin coconut oil on a spoon, let it melt in my mouth, and swish. If you are really stuffed up, this is a bit uncomfortable as you have to keep opening your mouth to take a breath. BUT, that being said, this can be a excellent reliever of congestion and toxin build-up in your lymphatic system, so it is believed. Do not swallow the oil afterwards – although it can be beneficial to also eat raw coconut oil, spit it out this time. Supposedly it is “pulling” toxins from your system, so you would not be benefitting in swallowing them.

5). Making Vitamin C and Antioxidant Filled Smoothies: I love blending up a bunch of fruit and nutritious goodies into a smoothie for myself and sick family members. Load it up with fresh berries, apples, oranges, and leafy greens (you can’t even taste them with the fruit). Add some honey, a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon, coconut oil, and chia seeds for extra benefits such as immune boosting power, omega fatty acids, and protein to name a few. Plus, your little ones should love it, and it’s a great way to get some yummy, vitamin rich fluids in. I love my electric hand blender for this!

Other Tricks:

1). Breathe deeply during a hot shower, or using a hot steam humidifier: Inhaling steam has powerful benefits for congestion, both in your head, and chest. Stand or have your sick kiddos stand in the shower, or if too little, busy them with an activity in the hot bathroom. Try and engage in this for at least ten minutes, and consider purchasing a humidifier for nighttime and nap time use. They are relatively inexpensive, and I found mine to be supremely helpful in reducing my son’s nighttime coughing episodes.

2). Add some eucalyptus oil to your steamy experience by adding some in a sink or bowl of hot water and breathing it in, or buying a therapeutic aromatherapy diffuser and filling a room with it that way. Eucalyptus is amazing for clearing congestion. For my toddler, I used a diffuser, and put a few drops of the oil on his bedtime snuggle buddies. For adults, you can also add peppermint oil, although this is not recommended for young children, as in some rare cases it can actually work backwards and increase mucous production. If you find this is the case for you, just go back to straight eucalyptus.

3). Make your own vapour rub: See my article on making your own vapour rub HERE.. Put it on the chest and on the feet.

4). Engage in some lymphatic massage to drain your sinuses and ear canals. Watch THIS video for a thorough explanation of an amazing massage technique that truly works to relieve congestion. Have a little one with an ear infection? Try this lymphatic drainage technique several times a day before trying antibiotics if you are comfortable doing so. Some parents swear by this method for naturally treating ear issues in little ones. Make sure to oil up your hands to make the procedure more comfortable for sensitive skin.

So there you have it, a look into my repertoire of sick tricks. What do you use in your home as natural remedies for colds, flu, and allergies? Do you prefer natural remedies, or do you feel safer with drugstore remedies? To my displeasure, I know I had to cave and rely on some Benylin for some nighttime relief this time around, as this head cold has been particularly nasty. If you do prefer natural remedies, when do you throw in the towel and run to the pharmacy? I hope some of these remedies work for you, and that you stay relatively healthy during this cold and flu season.

DIY Vapour Rub


So I asked all of you what recipe you’d like to see first, and I think we decided on vapour rub? Fitting, since it is sickie season! This recipe is pretty darn easy, too. Eucalyptus and peppermint are powerful congestion busters! And I would like to think it is safer than Vicks (not to mention not using petroleum based products).

Because of the involvement of essential oils, it makes it tricky for me to do this one in ‘parts’. So unfortunately we are doing it with exact ratios today! It seemed to me like I had to use a ridiculous amount of essential oil to get that strong vapor rub sent – I am wondering if my eucalyptus oil is maybe getting a little old. Please let me know if this turns out to be too strong for you!

You will need to melt, in a double boiler on medium-low heat –

4 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp beeswax

Remove from heat, wait to cool for about 3 minutes, and add

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil

Stir thoroughly, pour into desired container and refrigerate immediately. Should be good to remove in about 5-10 minutes. Finished product will be relatively the consistency of petroleum jelly or so.

If you find the scent to be too mild, you can always add more. Don’t go too crazy though as essential oils at too high a concentration can irritate the skin. The scent may also fade over time, in which case go ahead and add more again.

CAUTIONS: I would not recommend using this for kids under two. There have been cautions surrounding using peppermint oil in infants and very young children. Rub on the CHEST and FEET, not on the face. You don’t want to overwhelm your child with a powerful essential oil right by their nose. Feel free to try it by your own nose, but don’t subject your kids to that, please!!

Let me know how this works for you!

Natural Digestive AND Sore Throat Tea


I was making my tea tonight and I thought I would share it with you! It works as natural digestive relief, as well as for sore throats and coughs! You gotta love things with multiple purposes, right? Oh, and did I mention it is super yummy? Well, it is.

Okay, so I was too lazy to scavenge some peppermint from my winter garden tonight (if you have some kicking around, by all means use it), so I cheated and used Traditional Medicinals Organic Peppermint tea as a base. Next, add to the teapot about 10 thin slices of fresh ginger root, a couple slices of lemon, and a few cloves. It is of course always best to source these things organically. Let steep for 10 minutes, with the lid on. Add a teaspoon or so of raw, organic, QUALITY honey to your teacup, stir, and enjoy!

If you don’t particularly care about the flavour, and want an extra kick, add a few slices of garlic and turmeric to your tea as well. It won’t be quite as yummy with these two ingredients added, but it sure busts bugs! I encourage you to add these in if you can handle it 😉

All of these ingredients calm your digestive system when it is irritated, as well as acting as immune boosters and throat soothers for you sickies out there! The ginger even helps to soothe nausea.

What are your favourite recipes for when you are sick?