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It’s time to reduce inflammation! Inflammation is something we seem to hear about frequently. But is there any truth to all of the warnings in the wellness media? Some of the symptoms that could occur as a result include migraines, joint pain, stiffness, and/or fatigue. For some, it might even be a chronic issue. Long term inflammation can damage cellular tissue and can contribute to issues such as type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer.
Luckily we have natural and effective ways to treat, prevent, and reduce inflammation! Turmeric is an agent that can help to reduce chronic joint pain. And ginger, in addition to its anti-inflammatory abilities, can offer anti-nausea, digestive, and respiratory benefits. Read on and try some of my own recipes from two of my books, Apple Cider Vinegar Handbook and Essential Oil Handbook, to aid with prevention and treatment.
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Reduce inflammation with these recipes!
Turmeric and Ginger Soup
Turmeric is nature’s anti-inflammatory agent. In studies, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to be as effective as some commercial anti-inflammatories. The ginger in the soup adds more than just some zing; it is also has properties that reduce inflammation and aids in the digestive process. The garlic has potent antioxidant effects.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 stalks celery, finely sliced
1 carrot, finely sliced
1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
6 cups vegetable broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups cauliflower, finely sliced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced
2 cups kale, finely sliced
1 teaspoon ACV
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
Melt the coconut oil in a big saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until it begins to brown. Add the celery and carrots, and cook for a few minutes until softened. Stir in the turmeric and garlic, and ensure that the veggies are as evenly coated as possible. Cook for 1 minute before adding the broth, salt, and pepper. Allow the soup to come to a boil, stirring often.
Add in the cauliflower and reduce the heat to low. Cover and allow the soup to cook until the cauliflower is cooked through. Add the kale and the beans and cover. Cook for another few minutes until the kale wilts.
Secret Detox Drink
Shhhhhh! This wholesome detox drink is loaded with superfoods and it’s so good you might want to keep it to yourself! Ginger and cayenne pepper tag team in fighting symptoms of inflammation while the added cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar, preventing insulin resistance. Just a touch of honey is all that is needed to fend off bad bacteria.
2 tablespoons ACV
2 tablespoons lime juice (liver detox agent)
1/2–1 teaspoon ground ginger or a drop of ginger essential oil
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or a drop of cinnamon essential oil
1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon raw honey
Combine all ingredients, and mix into 12–16 ounces of warm water. Serve warm.
Sage Turmeric Fizz
This refreshing and fun tonic is an infusion of health boosting properties, making it a great brunch time drink to enjoy with friends. Many ingredients in this recipe, including apple cider vinegar and tumeric, are powerful agents for anti-inflammation. The added sage and thyme are both antiviral and antibacterial herbs, respectively. And ginger is renown for treating digestive issues.
1 sprig mint
3 sage leaves (rich in carnosic acid)
1 sprig thyme
1- 1-inch- piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (rich in curcumin)
1 cup club soda (or water)
Juice of 1 medium orange (rich in vitamin C)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Muddle the sage, mint, thyme, ginger, and turmeric in a tumbler or glass of your choice. Add the orange juice, club soda, ACV, and honey. Stir until combined. Strain and serve over ice.
ACV Beet Salad
You can whip up this salad in minutes, and it tastes great, to boot.
The beets are loaded with iron that is much more easily absorbed because of the apple cider vinegar. This salad is packed with nutrients and fiber that will give you tons of energy. The ginger, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil have potent anti-inflammatory effects as well.
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon- apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated beet roots
1/2 cup grated Granny Smith apple, with the peel on
2 teaspoons chopped parsley
1/2 cup peeled and grated carrots
Mix together the honey, ACV, ginger, and olive oil, and set aside.
Mix together the beat roots, apple, carrots, and parsley. Stir in the dressing. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let the flavors develop
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Forget the sugar-packed lemonades found in the grocery cases. This refreshing beverage is simple, quick, and, best of all, loaded with just enough Ginger essential oil to warm the mind, soul, and the body. Ginger and honey are a great pair in that they both have properties that reduce inflammation. Lemon is good for kidneys and the bladder, and the added lime promotes health to the liver.
Yield: 1 Serving
4 cups lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup honey (or 1/2 teaspoon powdered stevia)
5 drops Ginger essential oil
Mix citrus juices, sweetener, and essential oil in a tall glass pitcher. Add as much water as you think you need, stir, and taste until satisfied.
Place ice in a cup, pour, and enjoy!
Warming Massage Oil
Massage is not just a great way to relax or a sexy buildup to a romp with a partner. It can also heal and strengthen sore and aching muscles. The right massage oil can help boost the healing process for sore or tight muscles. Use some Warming Massage Oil next time your calves tighten up. The warming and anti-inflammatory effects of Ginger and Black Pepper essential oils will relax those taut muscles and ease away any pain.
Jojoba oil: Soothes and moisturizes skin, non comedogenic
Ginger essential oil: Anti-inflammatory, warming, relieves anxiety
Black Pepper essential oil: Warming, reduces muscle pains
Combine 1 ounce of Jojoba oil with 6 drops each of Ginger and Black Pepper essential oils. Store in a dark-colored container.
Brightening Turmeric Face Mask
Dull, tired, or irritated skin gets some TLC with the Brightening Turmeric Face Mask. Turmeric helps reduce inflammation and works wonders to calm irritated skin and acne while drawing out a healthy glow. Lemon essential oil supports turmeric by cleansing toxins from the skin to improve your complexion and leave skin soft and bright. Raw organic honey brings it all together to moisturize and heal any wounds or irritations. With regular use of this mask, you’ll be left with glowing, calm skin and a radiant complexion.
Turmeric powder: Anti-inflammatory, calms irritated skin and acne
Raw organic honey: Antibacterial, moisturizes, heals wounds
Lemon essential oil: Improves complexion, softens skin, cleanses toxins
Combine 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon raw organic honey, and 1–2 drops Lemon essential oil. Wash your face first to remove any makeup or dirt. Smooth the mask over your face, being careful to avoid the eye area. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse. If you have any leftovers, cover and store them in the refrigerator. Use twice a week for best results.