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And It Was All Yellow ....

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Since I started tradng, I have only dropped and spilled two of the big 1kg bags of wholesale herbs and spices that I buy .... the first was a bag of Turmeric powder (of course!) ... which produced a spectacular golden mushroom cloud that covered me and the entire contents of the boat in a yellow film .... the second was ... yes, you guessed ... a bag of Turmeric, organic this time .... so messy!!!

The disaster occured as I was putting together my new "DIRTY TURMERIC TEA" mix... and as a consequence, I will have only limited quantities of the 100% certified Organic mix available for a little while.


So what is TURMERIC TEA ... and why is mine DIRTY? A simple Turmeric Tea can be made with sliced fresh turmeric root, or a teaspoon of dried, ground root, steeped in boiling water. Other spices like ginger, cardamoms and cinnamon can be added, and it is the addition of these three spices that make my mix DIRTY ... and delicious. If you can tolerate the taste, the addition of freshly ground black pepper is reputed to enhance the medicinal properties of turmeric, as is some form of fat or oil, usually coconut oil.  


I prefer to use my Dirty Turmeric Tea to make Turmeric Latte (or Golden Milk) or for a quick fix and boost to the metabolism, Turmeric Shots. My recipes are given here, but there are many variations on line.


Heat a cup of your chosen milk in a saucepan. You can use dairy, soya, almond or coconut. Add a teaspoonful of Dirty Turmeric Tea, or thumb sized knob of sliced fresh root.and stir well. Use a whisk to make it frothy if you like.


Remove from the heat before it boils and strain into a mug. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil if you have some, and sweeten with sugar or honey to taste, stir well and enjoy



These can be made in a blender if you have one using fresh turmeric root, or a cocktail shaker (or improvise) using dried turmeric or Dirty Turmeric Tea mix..

Blitz a small knob of fresh turmeric root, or shake a teaspoon of Dirty Turmeric Tea, with about 100ml of coconut water. You can add orange or lemon juice, cayenne pepper, pinch of sea salt, black pepper ... anything you like ... pour a shot and feel the benefits. Can be kept in a fridge for a few days.

The fresh root is readily available now in larger towns and cities, but not so easy to find in rural areas. 

So why drink Turmeric Tea, Golden Milk, Shots or Turmeric Latte? (apart from the fact that they all taste delicious) Turmeric has been used meicinally in India and South East Asia for thousands of years, and also for cooking and religious ceremonies. More recently, people in the west has begun to recognise its importance medicinally for both humans and animals, particularly as an anti-inflamatory. There is a vast amount of information available on line, but in summary, Turmeric has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It has been demonstrated to help with many conditions; arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression, diabetes, liver disease and cancer.... the list goes on. It may also help with weight loss and reducing cholesterol.

Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamoms, Honey, Coconut oil and Lemon also all have proven health benefits.

PLEASE NOTE This information does not constitute medical advice. You should always consult a qualified practitioner before self-medicating, particularly if you are pregnant, breast feeding, have a health condition or if you are taking any other medications or have surgery imminently.



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