GOLDEN BALANCE: ALEXANDRA DUDLEY

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City life can take its toll on the hardiest of us, especially this time of year. Winter is upon us and there is something in the air that seems to push us to stay busy busy busy all the time. In amongst the festive madness it's more important than ever to stay balanced. We know this is often easier said than done, so we make it a habit to pick the brains of some of the busiest bees we know to discover what keeps them balanced. Meet recipe developer and author of Land & Sea: a collection of sustainable, seasonal and sensational dishes, Alexandra Dudley

Hi Alexandra. We would love you to tell us little about you and your story. Where and when did your love affair with food and cooking begin?

I've loved food since I was a child. My mother is a keen cook and my grandmother was too so I was always watching a learning from them. As I grew older I just cooked more and more and I started my own catering company when I was 15 doing private dinners and also selling my homemade cakes and tarts.

How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

I try to take just a few minutes to myself each day and to connect with nature in someway. I feel most alive when surrounded by nature and that the city can often drain me of that alive feeling. It is often something as small as appreciating the leaves on my walk into work or noticing the way the air feels but often it is in the kitchen working with ingredients for the nights supper. I like to eat seasonally so the produce I buy always gives me that sense of appreciation for the earth and it makes me feel grounded.

How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

Im often one to stress a lot and take on too many things but recently I've really made the effort to carve out some time for myself. I've just started having reflexology which has been wonderful. its amazing how effective it is on me. I feel as though I’ve had a four hour massage after a session and super zen, but I think its also the act of committing that time to myself that makes the difference. 

Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration. 

You are enough. 

We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

I try to eat lots of greens. I am a big believer in eating what you enjoy and I don’t like to deprive myself of anything but I do think that getting some good veg into your system is good both for the body and the mind.

What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

Cooking, dancing, singing out loud and (badly) playing my guitar. I find music incredibly powerful.

Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Miso paste, tahini, mixed spice. 

Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

Ha definitely. I have many but my top ones are probably cinema popcorn, peanut m and ms and dark chocolate covered rice cakes.

What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I eat omelettes a lot and love throwing it in my omelette, but I also add it to my porridge and pretty much every soup or curry I make. 

Coffee or turmeric latte?

The truth is both. I'd like to say I was turmeric all the way but I do love a good espresso too.

ALEXANDRA'S 'SAVOURY PARSNIP PANCAKES, LEMON WHIPPED RICOTTA + TARRAGON, WALNUT PESTO

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Make like Alexandra and embrace all the beautiful seasonal produce of the moment. We have a feeling these super light, fluffy pancakes are set to become a brunch staple at Wunder HQ. 

| serves 4 |

For the pancakes

  • 2 medium parsnips
  • knob of butter (or olive oil)
  • 200ml milk (cow, goat, almond, cashew or oat – I wouldn’t recommend coconut milk with this recipe)
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 100g spelt flour (you can also use gluten free or a standard plain flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the lemon whipped ricotta & tarragon, walnut pesto 

  • 1 lemon
  • 100g ricotta (more if you like)
  • 100g walnuts (toasted on a dry baking tray for 10 mins in a 180° oven)
  • handful of fresh basil (stems incuded)
  • handful of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

METHOD

- Peel your parsnips and chop them into roughly 2cm pieces. Transfer to a medium sized saucepan along with a good knob of butter and a pinch of sea salt and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until your parsnips are soft. You may need to add some water to stop them from browning too much. I usually add about 100ml.

- Once your parsnips are cool pour over your milk and add your tsp of sea salt.  Blend either by transferring everything to your nutri-bullet container (it should fit in the larger cup perfectly), blender or using a stick blender. Pour into a large mixing bowl and allow the mix to cool.

- Whilst this cools make your pesto and ricotta. Zest your lemon into a medium bowl, add your ricotta and whip using a fork until you have a smooth consistency.  Set aside in the fridge until ready to serve.

- For the pesto roughly chop your basil – leaves and stems. Transfer to a food processor along with your toasted walnuts, tarragon, garlic and the juice of the lemon. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil and pulse until broken down but still full of texture.

- I like a rough pesto. To achieve what I’ve made here be sure not to over pulse. Transfer your pesto from the food processor into a bowl and add your seasoning and more oil if needed here. This avoids the pesto losing all of its texture. Set aside in the fridge until ready to serve.

- When your parsnip mix has cooled add in your eggs and whisk to combine.

- Sift in your flour and baking powder and gently whisk until just incorporated. For a fluffy pancake be sure not to over whisk, there should be a few lumps remaining.

- Heat another knob of butter or a little olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and drop a heaped desert spoonful of the mix. Allow it to cook for 2-2.5 minutes before flipping and cooking for a further two minutes. You should see little bubbled forming just before you flip.

- I always advise to cook just one pancake at first to ensure get the temperature right (the first pancake is never perfect. After that you should be able to get three in at a time. Place your cooked pancakes on a plate in a lightly heated oven or under a dry cloth until you are ready to serve.

- Plate with the lemon whopped ricotta and pesto atop or in little bowls. I like to add some freshly ground black pepper and a little olive oil too.

GOLDEN BALANCE: PHOEBE TAYLOR OF THE KIP SRI LANKA

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On our recent adventure to Sri Lanka, we were lucky enough to spend a few nights + host a golden workshop at boho luxe hideaway The Kip. Owner Phoebe has created a true tropical home away from home for travellers seeking a laid-back atmosphere, lush surroundings and balmy nights. She shares her favourite ways to stay cool, calm + collected in the tropical temperatures. 

Hi Phoebe, we would love you to tell us little about the story behind The Kip:

Seddy and I decided to start The Kip after falling in love with Sri Lanka and it’s slow rhythm of life. We came on an extended holiday here a few years back and during this time were reminded how we missed the simple things in life. On top of this, during our travels around Sri Lanka we really noticed a gap in the accommodation market. You either had luxury accommodation or backpacker accommodation, not many options in between.  So we decided to try and start something that mixed all these elements plus brought together like minded, creative and socially conscious travellers by offering workshops and pop-ups in line with our 'slow life' ethos.

How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

Living on a beautiful tropical island such as Sri Lanka means that I am lucky enough to have access to an endless supply of Thambili's (aka King Coconuts), banana’s and sunshine - the ultimate golden gifts from mother nature (along with turmeric of course)! It also helps that all these things are available in our jungle garden too, so I have no excuses. 

How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

Self care is super important to me. 

Essentially, moving to Sri Lanka and starting The Kip was all about self care. The modern, corporate life was just not working for me. I was stressed out constantly and total sick of the rat race. So, Seddy and I decided to pack up and move to the most magical island we could find to follow our dream of a slower life….and we haven’t looked back! Best self care decision we ever made.

Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration. 

Um one quote! This is hard as I love all quotes by Alan Watts (a British philosopher, writer, and speaker) but the below one is probably my all time favourite; purely because when I heard it for the first time I was in Sri Lanka and it was an absolute penny drop moment. Everything became so simple and clear. It was the catalyst for me to quit my job and start living my life inline with what makes me happy at a core level (physically, mentally, ethically and emotionally)

"What do you want to do?... forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way” ~ Alan Watts ~

PS - If you haven’t listened to his speeches. You must. Check them out on youtube. Life changing!

We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

I don't have a naturally strong constitute so making sure I get enough sleep is paramount. I love nothing more than a little afternoon “kip” (hence the name of our business)! Hahaha.

Also, meditation. Although I  am am not practicing everyday at this point in time  (it is a work in progress), I truely believe that when I do it gives me the ultimate nourishment from the inside out. It makes me  feel clear, grounded and at peace . This, in turn, most definitely radiates outwards in both my actions and appearance. 

What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

Reading, yoga, beach time but most of all playing with my dogs, Rubie & Delilah . Nothing helps me wind down more or bring a smile to my face quite like watching these two scallywags running around. They make me laugh constantly which to me is one of the best forms of relaxation.

Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Firstly, I must preface the below by saying I am not the chef/cook in the relationship. Seddy is…BUT, I do love to eat and of course love to give him lots of pointers in the kitchen (from afar and much to his annoyance).

  1. Cinnamon ~  the  best natural sweetener. We are also lucky enough to have a cinnamon tree in our garden which makes things super easy!
  2. All things coconut ~ we love and use everything and anything derived from coconut; From coconut milk to coconut oil to coconut flakes to coconut water.
  3. No meat ~ Seddy and I are vegetarian for both ethical and environmental reasons so we have a strict no meat policy in our kitchen.

Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

Absolutely. Hot chips! Seriously, you can’t keep me away from them. Seddy’s nickname for me is even ‘Chippy’! Pathetic really. I just love them soooo much.

What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

To be honest, before stumbling across the Wunder Workshop my use of turmeric was very ‘traditional’,  in curry’s, dhal, etc.. but NOW I am totally inspired. I am having turmeric lattes, turmeric porridge and using it as a antiseptic when I get a nick or scratch on my skin! The best healing agent yet!

Coffee or turmeric latte?

Both! Up until recently I have been a strong coffee drinker but as already mentioned I am now loving a turmeric latte of a morning. Alternating between the two is working for me perfectly! It’s all about balance right?

SRI LANKA - BACK TO THE ROOTS

We have just returned from our trip to the turmeric farms in the heart of Sri Lanka where we had such a wonderful time meeting all the farmers and people that make our sourcing the very best turmeric run so smoothly. Having based ourselves in Kandy, we drove for 3 hours every day up into lush beautiful mountains, where the air is so crisp and you have endless stunning views of the untouched mountains and valleys. Whilst our legs were covered in leeches, and the mosquitoes were swirling around our heads, we walked through the farmers' forest gardens. This is the most sustainable method of farming as it mimics the original ecosystem of the area, therefore having minimal impact on the natural habitat of all plants and animals. It was a dream to learn more about all the Ayurvedic spices and of course our turmeric. 

Whilst we had many business meetings in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, we made sure to escape the city as much as possible and travelled down to Galle, Weligama and Ahangama on the colourful speedy highway bus, blaring out the latest Sri Lankan pop songs. On the coast we spent most our time at The Kip, and held a little turmeric workshop, creating golden tinctures and glowing face-masks followed by full-moon Yin yoga. All in all, we can't describe how lucky we feel to be able to do business with such a wonderful country and most importantly with such warm-hearted people. Find below some photos from our last trip.

GOLDEN BALANCE - Mira Manek

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As the year draws to a close, it can be difficult not to get too carried away and feel the pressure to get everything done. We catch up with Saffron Soul author and turmeric lover Mira Manek about how she stays rooted and balanced on the daily in mind, body and soul. 

 

Hi Mira. We would love you to tell us little about the story and dreams behind your beautiful cookbook Saffron Soul and how you discovered your love for cooking.  

I grew up eating delicious Indian food cooked by my mother, grandmother and aunts, wholesome nourishing Gujarati curries and daal, and then suddenly as a teenager I was sucked in by the granola and low fat yoghurt fads, overdoing the ‘healthy’ snacks and eating very little that was real and fresh, thinking of oil as the absolute enemy. I realised many years later that I had it all wrong (ludicrously wrong), I started eating good homemade food again, my body and tummy felt much better, and so I went about changing this perception of Indian food and making it homemade and healthy again. I started creating a whole new array of Indian-inspired recipes, full of flavour, lightly spiced and nourishing andthat’s how Saffron Soul came about! 

How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

Turmeric milk or ‘hardar doodh’ as we called it was our winter remedy growing up. We didn’t necessarily turn to it for a comforting warming drink, so now that it’s become the new hot chocolate, the new thing people sip on as a delicious treat, I’ve started drinking it a lot more and absolutely love it. It’s rather like yoga I guess! I love the way brands like Wunder Workshop have taken turmeric and made so much more from it, making Indians like me eat and drink a lot more of it (even though we’ve always used it in our curries and dishes).

How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

Self care, for me, is taking a yin yoga or kundalini yoga class, taking a sound bath, getting a massage, ending the day with a long steam, things that nourish my soul, bring calmness and make my body feel ready for a delicious sleep. I usually manage one of these things every week, but don’t have regularity in what I do when, partly because I love trying new classes and events and so like to mix it up!

Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration.

I wish I had one quote that I carried in my mind daily, but I actually don’t! I do, however, listen to Alan Watts a few nights a week while I’m going to sleep. His philosophy and the way he speaks is very relatable and it all just makes so much sense.

We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

Nourishment to the body through the food I eat, always a good balance of greens and trying to constantly tame that sweet tooth I’ve always had, trying not to succumb to snack pressure all day long. And nourishment to the mind and soul through moments of pause and prayer and breath at the start and end of the day (on most days!)

What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

Cooking and then eating what I cook, which I surprisingly don’t do every single day, especially recently as I’ve been out so much. Watching a series. Listening to Alan Watts. I would say reading as I do love reading, but I’ve not done much of it recently! So this is a good reminder to get stuck in a book again. 

Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Turmeric, cinnamon, almond milk (there’s definitely loads more!)

Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

Dark chocolate – if you put a slab in front of me, it’ll all be gone, especially with nuts and a good coffee.

What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I usually start my day with turmeric, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and a little grated ginger stirred in hot water. 

Coffee or turmeric latte?

I literally love both! 

GOLDEN BALANCE - Warren + Josie of Amma Sri Lanka

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Setting up and running your own social enterprise is certainly no mean feat. Even more so in a land far far away from home, Sri Lanka. But that's just what founders of Amma Sri Lanka, Warren + Josie have done. We caught up with them to hear about their journey and how they achieve their very own golden balance whilst running a deeply nurturing, community-driven initiative. 

Hi Warren + Josie. We would love you to tell us little about the story behind Amma Sri Lanka.

The idea of AMMA first came to us a year and a half ago when we were working for a local charity in Sri Lanka. We were told about the high levels of unemployment amongst women living on the tea estates in the central province. We felt like there should be an alternative for these women other than poorly paid tea picking. It also became obvious that mothers were not working because the option for flexible convenient employment wasn’t available in the area.

Josie’s background is in textile design and her interest in using natural dyes felt like a good area to explore considering the abundance of plant matter that could be used to harness colour in Sri Lanka. So after a few trial workshops we went back to the UK with an idea and a rough plan to start a social enterprise. It took a lot of fundraising but in November 2016 we moved to Sri Lanka and in May 2017 we opened our first AMMA workshop welcoming two mothers who live on the local tea estate.

For ‘P’ it was her first job. At 23, she had moved into the area once she got married and had her daughter shortly after. Recently, we held our 6 month reviews and P told us that nobody believed she could sew, and it wasn’t until the pre- school teachers told the other mothers at a parents meeting that people in her community started to believe her. Women overcoming the low expectations that are placed on them is key to what we stand for at AMMA.

AMMA has had to be sustainable from the start, we arrived with a small grant for equipment and funding to cover our living costs and 3 months of initial mothers wages, but not much else. We were lucky enough to have interest and small orders from the start, this meant the mothers learnt on the job and although this meant we had a lot to overcome it moved us forward quickly, giving confidence to the mothers knowing that what they were making was good enough that someone wanted to buy it.

Our hope for next year is that we can move into a bigger workshop which would give us the opportunity to employ more mothers and increase our productivity in mastering the sometimes unreliable art of natural dyeing.

 How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

I'm so privileged to spend my days making, which has always been for me the most calming and focusing act I could do. Without being able to work with my hands and see an idea come to fruition i think i would find it difficult to feel myself.

How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

It has become more important especially since moving to Sri Lanka, you are much more aware of yourself here. We notice what we eat and cook a lot more - you can’t just grab a snack like you would in the UK. Their are also less distractions being so isolated and not having unlimited internet, so we spend more time outdoors. We play tennis which I think is more beneficial to my mental health than my physical!

Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration.

Currently the words of Mahatma Gandhi have been on my mind “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” I feel like this is so relevant to us starting AMMA, and why its important to try something even if you risk failure in the process.

We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day?

I try not to beat myself up if something doesn’t go to plan. Starting a business in Sri Lanka has taught me a lot about patience and resilience, its not been easy! I try to stay peaceful. I meditate & if I feel myself getting anxious or stressed I try to practice stillness - I would love to do this more. An aim for 2018.

What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

We don’t have loads of options living in a rural town. Along with playing tennis when we can, food is always important we like to cook and there are some incredibly cheap local restaurants close by. Podcasts have been a life saver. It can be hard to find silence - so on go the headphones and we zone out for an hour.

Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen?

We have to make all our meals from scratch and tomatoes form the base of most of them. Chickpeas are a current favourite that we can get locally and maybe its the Sri Lankan influence but chili powder always makes an appearance.

Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

Um, doughnuts! There is a bakery in town which we fail at resisting to often.

What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I use an Ayurvedic soap that i love which has turmeric in, its made locally and apparently is a sworn by recipe in Sri Lanka. I often use turmeric in a carrot and pumpkin soup that I make - and of course we use turmeric as a dye to brighten any dull looking yellows in the AMMA workshop.

Coffee or turmeric latte?

I haven’t yet tried a turmeric latte, tea is the king of drinks around here. But it sounds amazing and I’m looking forward to trying one when I’m back in the UK over Christmas. 

GOLDEN POWER - BY WUNDER HEALTH COACH CHANTAL DI DONATO

Most people know about Turmeric and its usage, aside than in Indian Curry. But, few really know the extends, of its magical powers! We all know it is healthy but how?

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), is arguably the most powerful herb (dare I say Super Herb?) on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease.

It has amazing healing properties and, despite the efforts of big Pharma to try and discredit the power of nature, there are currently over ten thousand, peer-reviewed, articles supporting the evidence that turmeric is healing, especially one of its renowned healing compounds, curcumin.

Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, which grows in India and other Southeast Asian countries. (Wunder Workshop sources its turmeric from an Organic, Ayurvedic farm in Sri Lanka).

The dried root is ground and roasted into the distinctive yellow turmeric powder we are familiar with. There are several chemical compounds found in turmeric, known as curcuminoids and the active substance in turmeric is, in fact, curcumin.

It is easy to state that Turmeric is a healing plant but of the thousands of reviews, some, interestingly compared Turmeric to conventional drugs and found this root MORE advantageous than drugs (no side effects is a great start). One can imagine how upsetting this is for Big Pharma and why they try to discredit Turmeric over and over using mainstream media for their agenda!

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So, what are the real and recognized health befits of Turmeric?

The list is pretty impressive and here some of the most common ailments Turmeric is pretty awesome for:

Anti-inflammatory: The most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. Studies revealed that after comparing several anti-inflammatory compounds, it found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin have also been studied as a possible treatment for Alzheimer's. At this point, evidence for turmeric’s effects on Alzheimer is inconclusive, however, further research might result in the development of future treatments.

Antidepressants: The journal Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study which took 60 volunteers diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), such as Manic Depression (bipolar), and split the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin fared against Prozac and a combination of the two. Not only was it discovered that all patients tolerated curcumin well, but they discovered curcumin was as effective as Prozac in managing depression.

Chemotherapy (Read this related article on the Daily Mail): Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to curcumin and disease reversal, cancer is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. In the words of charities like Cancer Research UK, Turmeric works incredibly well to help treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.

Anticoagulants: Medical intervention generally includes an array of medications to slow and prevent blood clotting. a few examples of popular blood thinners are: Aspirin, Clopidogrel (Plavix), Enoxaparin (Lovenox), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), Naproxen and Warfarin (Coumadin). Unfortunately, for people with conditions that are treated by these drugs (i.e. deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), this approach may not always be the wisest decision. Ibuprofen overdose is very high! In addition to common side effects like excessive bleeding and haemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants abound and include everything from back pain to headaches to difficulty breathing. The NHS lists them all! Turmeric, on the other hand, has no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts (which one needs to work very hard to do). Studies show that the curcumin in turmeric is, in fact, a better option for those with vascular thrombosis.

Pain killers: One of the more widely accepted properties of curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain. The European Journal of Pharmacology published research that discovered curcumin naturally activates the opioid system calming pain! Typically manipulated by drugs, this natural process serves as the body’s inherent pain-relieving response.

Diabetes: For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance, there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding turmeric into your diet. In 2009, a study out of Auburn University explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes. The study discovered that curcumin in turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia. Here a great study to read for this topic.

Arthritis: Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to the drug Diclofenac sodium, which put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease. The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, Diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results showed that the Curcumin group had the highest percentage of improvement in overall. More importantly, no side effects.

Skin Treatments: The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric have proven effective in treating skin conditions. In Ayurveda, Turmeric is, in fact, an active ingredient of most skin care and healthy young women use this root for their daily grooming. But aside from beauty, the benefits for skin include speeding up wound healing; calming the pores to decrease acne and acne scarring; and controlling psoriasis flares. This cool study is one of many that shows how turmeric is excellent for skin health 

This is impressive, right? And this list is not inclusive at all! It is a very sensitive subject to claim that food/nature can trump medication but more and more evidence supports the claims that Turmeric really does. The issue is that Medical Doctors, unless they do the research on their own accord, away from what they have been taught, have no clue about how to use nature anymore and we can only hope this will change sooner or later. This by no means says that science and medicine are unhelpful, science has created hope for those who had none, but we are going a little overboard with drugs and more people die from drugs overdose than diseases.

Does Turmeric have side effects?

Like with literally EVERYTHING, Turmeric can have side effects too. Some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric, especially after skin exposure. Typically this is experienced as a mild, itchy rash*. High doses of turmeric have been observed to cause a few issues such as:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased risk of bleeding
  • Increased liver function tests
  • Hyperactive gallbladder contractions
  • Hypotension (lowered blood pressure)
  • Uterine contractions in pregnant women
  • Increased menstrual flow

But this is more of a concern when taking supplements and high concentrate; it is very difficult to consume too much as food.

People taking certain medications should also be careful when using turmeric in their food or supplementing with it. Turmeric may interfere with anticoagulants, like aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin. It also can affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

Even if you are on medication you can have turmeric in your food but always consult your GP for safety measures.

*Like with everything, a word of caution: Turmeric can cause an allergic reaction so do a patch test by applying a dime-size amount to your forearm. Then wait for 24–48 hours to check for any reaction before applying turmeric to your face.

Article written by: WUNDER Health Coach Chantal Di Donato wwww.liveleanhealth.com

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FESTIVE TURMERIC CHAI COCKTAIL

For the festive season, we teamed up with our favourite vodka brand OurLondon to create this delicious cocktail. We are all about balance, so we believe a tipple here and there won't hurt. 

Ingredients (for 2 cocktails): 

  • 2 heaped tsps -Golden Turmeric Chai tea 
  • 2 shots Vodka (we love ourLondon)
  • 500ml Oat milk (we love Oatly, or use any milk of your choice)
  • ice cubes
  • 1 to 2 tsps coconut sugar depending how sweet you like it
  • star anise (optional)

Add the Golden Turmeric Chai with oat milk to a small pan and heat gently until boiling point. Don't let it boil or it will become bitter. Strain the milk and leave it to cool down. This can take 20min. If you are in a hurry just add some ice cubes. Once the chai has cooled down, add it with the vodka, coconut sugar and ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour over ice cubes in 2 glasses and add a star anise to serve. Enjoy!