This is a guest post from Paisley, our resident vegan hottie.
Spring has definitely arrived in The Bay. In between the sporadic showers we’re experiencing, you may find yourself outside, soaking up some vitamin D, and balancing out the heat while wallowing in the cool grass, listening to life, and taking in some fresh air… and that high pollen count.
As poppin’ as the coconut oil and sunshine will have you feeling, I personally find it hard to feel cute with watery eyes and a runny or stuffy nose. Not to mention that annoyingly itchy throat that’ll have you making every barnyard noise listed in Old MacDonald Had a Farm trying to relieve it. Let’s be honest, an oink-oink here and a quack-quack there are only cute when you’re five and missing your front teeth.
If you’re tired of popping pink pills out of desperation for allergy relief, allow me to take you back, about five-thousand years back to an Ancient Indian system called Ayurveda. These practices or “science of life” are centered around self-care and nutrition based on doshas, or mind-body types, as well as the seasons. Some common staples in an Ayurvedic diet include ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and, of course, turmeric.
While turmeric can be found in it’s original root form in the produce department, it’s also more affordably accessible in an orange powder. Whichever way you can, get it how you live. Turmeric has many anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties, and can even act as an antihistamine. yes, an antihistamine is the same thing as the long unpronounceable word listed as an active ingredient in those little pink pills. So you’re basically getting the same effect without the added grogginess and mini-coma. There are infinite ways to implement turmeric into your diet, but here’s an easy way to include it in your morning routine.
Vegan Turmeric Tea or “Golden Milk”
1 cup non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, flax, hemp, soy)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cardamom powder
fresh ginger (added to your liking)
1 tablespoon agave nectar or maple syrup
Heat all of the ingredients in a saucepan, stirring often until warmed. Pour it up and enjoy!