delicious hot drink is very good for the spine. It lubricates
all the joints and helps to break up calcium deposits.
tblsp. raw almond oil
or maple syrup to taste
the turmeric in water for about 8 minutes until it forms a thick
paste. If too much water boils away, add a little more water.
Meanwhile, bring milk to a boil with the almond oil. As soon
as it boils, remove from heat. Combine the two mixtures and
add honey or maple syrup to taste.
desired, prepare a 'reserve supply' of turmeric paste by boiling
a larger quantity of turmeric and storing in the refrigerator
for up to 40 days.
a change of pace, whiz golden milk in the blender until frothy
and serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Also see The Power of Oregano.
more about Turmeric and its fantastic health properties here.
Turmeric capsules here.
1/3 cup raw honey
2-1/2 teaspoons dried turmeric
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
Work the turmeric into the honey until it forms a paste. You can keep this on hand, in a jar, for whenever you'd like a cup. For each cup of tea, place a heaping teaspoon of the turmeric paste in the bottom of a mug. Pour hot (but not boiling water) into the mug, and stir well to dissolve the turmeric paste. Add a big squeeze of juice from a lemon, and a good amount of black pepper. Enjoy!
Stir now and then as you drink so all the good stuff doesn't settle to the bottom, or top off with more hot water as you drink it. Prep time: 2 minutes - Cook time: 3 minutes. NOTE: Turmeric tends to stain anything it comes into contact with, so be careful.
Nursing mothers can use this as a nutritional
supplement in order to enhance their breast milk.
Some use it as a supplementary milk for infants.
Notice: Always check with
your pediatrician, first.
yields about 5 cups of almond milk.
cups whole peeled* almonds or other whole raw almonds
tsp vanilla extract - optional
tblsp maple syrup or honey - optional
of cinnamon - optional
First thing, soak the almonds
long enough to enable removal of the skin. Peeled almonds work
best because they have the papery, slightly bitter almond skins
removed. Unpeeled almonds can be used, but the milk will need
to be strained more to get all the skins out. The most important
point is that the almonds are raw, not toasted.
Cover the peeled almonds with
water, and soak them for at least 4 hours.This softens them
and makes them much easier to blend.
Once they're soft, strain the
water from the almonds, and place the soaked almonds in the
blender. Add 1.5 cups of water. Use less water in the beginning
of the procedure, so the mixture will become a smoother paste.
Blend the almonds in water
for 1-2 minutes. Stop occasionally to move the mixture around
with a spatula. Do not be alarmed when the mixture starts looking
like chunky baby food.
After a few minutes, it will
become a smooth puree. Add the cinnamon and maple syrup or honey.
(Note: No honey for babies before they are at least one year
old. Botulism can be a problem with a baby's immune system,
and honey is a possible carrier. Maple syrup is preferred.)
Add the remaining 2.5 cups
of water. Blend everything together for another 2-3 minutes,
until it is completely smooth and frothy. Taste the milk, and
adjust the vanilla, cinnamon, and-or sweetener to taste. A pinch
of salt will bring out other flavors in the milk.
The almond solids in the milk
tend to give it a chalky texture. For a smoother, more creamy
product strain the almond milk.
Place 3 or 4 layers of cheesecloth
over a metal strainer set over a bowl. Pour the almond milk
through the strainer into the bowl. Use a spoon or spatula to
press down on the strainer and move the solids around, to help
the almond milk through the cheesecloth.
Once the milk has passed through
the strainer, gather up the cheesecloth and gently squeeze it
to remove excess liquid. What's left is a fine almond meal.
You can discard it, or you can dry it out in a very low heat
oven and use it in place of almond flour in baking recipes.
almond milk in place of milk for drinking, on cereal, or in
baking recipes. It keeps fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
You can also freeze it.
milk in a saucepan. Heat it slowly so as not to scorch it. Just
short of boiling, remove it from heat and let cool to a lukewarm
temperature, about 118 degrees F. As it cools, stir it occasionally.
Then add 2-3 tblsp. of already made yogurt as a 'starter' and
stir gently and thoroughly. You can leave the milk in the saucepan,
covered, or you can pour it into a sterilized jar with a lid.
Wrap tightly in a towel to hold in the heat, and place in a
warm, dark place where the temperature can be maintained for
6-7 hours. A gas oven with only the pilot light on works well.
An insulated cooler, or even a cardboard carton covered with
a blanket will usually do the trick. Let it sit undisturbed.
The temperature must be neither too hot nor too cold, or the
yogurt will not form. After 6-7 hours, you may remove it from
its 'hiding place' and refrigerate. To grow a stronger yogurt
culture (for more acidophilus in the yogurt), allow it to sit
out at room temperature for from 3 hours to three days.
is a great drink for heading off a cold or flu when you feel
one coming on. But be careful! It's hot. If you've never tried
it before, use only the minimum quantity of jalapeno's. One
more piece of advice -- it's not quite so hot if you drink it
with a straw.
fresh jalapeno chiles
jalapeno's and blend with milk.
cups homemade yogurt
medium mangoes - very ripe
tblsp. maple syrup or honey
tsp. rose water
and slice mangoes. Put all ingredients in blender and blend
at high speed. Serves 4-6.
Yogiji's Celery Pancakes
Pancakes made with celery may sound strange, but wait until
you taste them! They will purify your blood and strengthen your
central nervous system.
tsp. Caraway seeds
tsp. Oregano seeds
tsp. Cumin seeds
tsp. Fresh ground black pepper
tsp. Celery seeds
Cup finely chopped celery
Cup garbanzo flour
Mix ingredients in a bowl, adding water to form a smooth pancake
batter. Fry in ghee
like a pancake. Serve with yogurt or sour cream.
Makes 8-10 pancakes.
From Foods for Health and Healing. Based on The
Teachings of Yogi Bhajan ©.
ON TOAST - Tastes like fried egg sandwich! Options: Add paprika,
chili pepper, and/or salt and pepper on top.
AVOCADO SANDWICH - Spread avocado on bread with any of the following
on top: onions, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, sprouts, vegetarian
baco-bits, or anything else that sounds good. Add salt and pepper
BAKED BEANS - Comes in meatless/vegetarian styles at grocery
store (you can add sauteed celery, onions, green peppers, barbeque
sauce, salsa, and mustard, to give it more taste and healthy
BAKE POTATOES - Bake potatoes and add butter, sour cream, parsley,
chives, cottage cheese, salsa, beans, cheese, broccoli, or anything
BEANS AND RICE - Add canned (or cooked) beans and cooked
rice together with salsa and serve on shells. Any bean and grain
combination provides a complete protein component.
BLT SANDWICH - Vegetarian BLT Sandwich - Soy bacon, lettuce,
and tomato, with mayo on the good bread of your choice.
CEREAL AND MILK - For any meal, day or night. Add honey or maple
syrup to taste.
CHILI - In sauce pan add (twice as many beans as tomatoes) kidney
beans and chopped canned tomatoes, and add sauteed onions and
garlic and chili powder to taste and simmer for about an hour.
Add a little honey or maple syrup to taste.
COTTAGE CHEESE AND FRUIT - Add any type of canned or fresh fruit
on cottage cheese. Add honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
EGGPLANT CASSEROLE - Peel and slice eggplant into thin strips
similar to a thin piece of ham. Dip in breading and fry or bake
until cooked to taste. Add tomato sauce (above) and grated cheese
of your choice. Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until cooked
to your taste.
JELLO - Get
recipe for Vegetarian Jello here, but cut down on the amount
of water if adding canned fruit. Good combinations include:
Lime or orange with cottage cheese and pineapple, lime or orange
with cottage cheese and pears, orange with mandarin oranges
(canned), or without cottage cheese, if desired. However, the
cottage cheese adds protein. Let your imagination run wild!
OATMEAL - You can add: cinnamon, raisons, cranberries, applesauce,
apples, any fruit, green chilies, brown sugar, yogurt, coconut,
vanilla flavoring, almond flavoring, chocolate chips, nuts,
etc. again, anything that you like.
POTATO SALAD - Boil 8-10 potatoes in water on stove for about
1 hour or until soft (test by inserting a fork) and let cool
and peel chop into bite-sized pieces. Add chopped sweet onions,
celery, mayo pickle relish, mustard. Add any other family secret
ingredient by asking Mom or Grandma.
SECA (Spanish Rice) - Put about a cup of Basmati Rice or
Uncle Ben's Converted Rice in a saucepan and cover with oil.
Cook for about 5 minutes, LOW HEAT, or until the rice is lightly
browned and expanded about 3-4 times it original state.
Add chopped onions and garlic MEDIUM HEAT, about 5-6 onions
and about 2-3 tablespoons of garlic, more if you want it extra
garlicky. Saute and stir frequently until the rice absorbs the
flavor of the garlic and onions and the onions are soft and
Add 1 large can of whole tomatoes "smashed" in a molcajete
bowl or blender so the tomatoes are in small pieces. This
provides the liquid needed for the final cooking of the rice.
Cook until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste and let stand
until ready to eat. The next day is actually better for this
rice, since the garlic and onions are stronger and the rice
has absorbed more of the flavor the second day.
SPAGHETTI SAUCE - Use the prepared meatless Ragu sauces, or
any other brand. Ragu Roasted Garlic is our favorite. Saute
chopped garlic (about a tablespoon), onion (1), green pepper
(1), mushrooms (1 small can), celery (1 stalk finely chopped),
into a saucepan and saute in oil or butter for abut 10 minutes,
or until cooked to your taste.
Add 1 jar of your favorite sauce and simmer on lowest setting
on stove for about 15 minutes to let the sauce absorb the taste
of the veggies. Add a little honey or maple syrup to taste.
be frozen if desired for a later serving, or will keep in fridge
for about a week for future servings.
TAPIOCA PUDDING - Make according to recipe on back of box, but
separate eggs, beat the egg whites to foamy peaks while adding
1/2 of the sugar called for, and then add the rest of the mixture
to the meringue to make very light tapioca. Also, try adding
2 times the real vanilla called for in the recipe.
TOAST - With jam, with peanut butter, or with raw garlic pieces.
YOGURT AND CEREAL - Add any type of cold cereal and fruit to
YOGURT AND FRUIT - Add any type of fruit to yogurt.
For A Healthy Immune System
to the West in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan, Yogi
Tea* is a delicious ancient Eastern recipe and remedy. Yogi Tea is health promoting, delicious and soothing and a great coffee substitute. The benefits of Yogi Tea would fill pages. In the science of yogic foods the spices used are said to have the following properties. It acts
as a tonic for the entire nervous system. It reduces tiredness and
helps restore mental balance. Yogi Tea is a remedy and preventative
measure for colds, flu and sinus problems. The peppercorns are a blood
purifier, cardamom is for the digestive system, cloves are for the
nervous system, cinnamon is for the bones, ginger is an aid in strengthening
the nervous system, as well as energizing the entire person, and the
black tea acts as a catalyst for the other ingredients. Milk aids
in the assimilation of the spices and helps avoid irritation of the
stomach and colon. And the mucous-producing qualities of milk are
greatly reduced by boiling the milk. Most folks love the aroma and
taste of Yogi Tea. See The Power of Oregano. Also see Golden
Milk and Almond Milk.
• Black pepper: blood purifier
• Cardamom pods: digestive aid
• Cloves: beneficial to the nervous system
• Cinnamon: strengthens the bones
• Ginger root: healing for colds and flu, increases energy
The milk in the tea helps in the easy assimilation of spices. A homeopathic dose of black tea acts as an alloy for all the ingredients, creating just the right chemical balance. While it was not a part of the original recipe, the use of soy milk is a variation that Yogi Bhajan permitted.
For each cup:
10 ounces of water (about 1-1/3 cups)
3 whole cloves
4 whole green cardamom pods, cracked
4 whole black peppercorns
½ stick cinnamon
¼ teaspoon black tea
½ cup milk
2 slices fresh ginger root
Bring water to a boil and add spices. Cover and boil 15 to 20 minutes, then add black tea. Let sit for a few minutes, then add the milk and return to a boil. Don’t let it boil over. When it reaches a boil, remove immediately from heat, strain, and sweeten with maple syrup or honey, if desired. For a special treat, add just a touch of vanilla extract. See the dangers of using Aspartame as a sugar
a) Without milk this brew is not really considered Yogi Tea, b) The
milk aids assimilation and digestion, c) Herb tea may not be substituted
for the black tea. In this combination and with the small amount of
black tea it has a balanced chemical action on the system.
Ginger is considered to be the universal medicine in Ayurveda.
Ginger is one of the best herbs for nausea and vomiting. It aids digestion
and assimilation generally, relieves cold spasms and cramps, and supports
Ginger is particularly synergistic with onions and garlic, the combination
of the three being called 'Trinity Roots' in Ayurvedic dietary therapy.
Whether consumed as a food, or as a potent medicine, ginger acts in
diabetics both by stimulating pancreas cells and by lowering lipids
(cholesterol and triglycerides) in the blood.
Ginger is considered to be one of the most important Ayurvedic medicines
in the treatment of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis.
Ginger is one of the best herbs for nausea and vomiting. It aids digestion
and assimilation generally, relieves cold spasms and cramps, and supports
Herbs and spices are typically not significant sources of nutrients
in the diet, but ginger has relatively high calcium and iron content.
Ginger increases peripheral circulation, so is used clinically for
cold hands and feet. Being diaphoretic, ginger is a treatment for
cold and flu.
Cinnamon is a very mild herb that is well tolerated
by a broad variety of people. Cinnamon is a pungent, sweet and hot
yang tonic. It increases general vitality, warms and energizes the
body as a whole, counteracts congestion, stops diarrhea, improves
digestion, relieves abdominal spasms, is anti-rheumatic and aids peripheral
Cinnamon enhances the flow of blood through the body, but, paradoxically, herbalists revere
it for its ability to stop excessive bleeding.
Cinnamon bark excels in treating menstrual cramps. Many women have
found it to be a dramatic remedy, often giving relief on the first
try, after years of monthly pain.
Like dong quai, cinnamon is a warming herb, which in Chinese terms,
"warms the middle and disperses cold." This property makes
it a very good choice to support menstruation. Cinnamon enhances circulation
to the uterus, so the warm relaxing blood flow can relieve the cramping.
As you would imagine, cinnamon is often used together with dong quai
for this symptom.
The person who can benefit most from cinnamon is cold, dry and frail,
and often has osteoarthritis, asthma and digestive problems.
Since cinnamon is common as a culinary herb, it is necessary to be
a selective shopper to get good quality. You can find medicinal quality
cinnamon in your health food store, Chinese herb pharmacy, or from
a top quality medicinal tea manufacturer.
According to Chinese medicine practitioners should be used with caution
Cardamom is an excellent digestive enhancer. It is
used in herbal medicine to treat gastralgia, enuresis (involuntary
urination), spermatorrhea, phlegm, indigestion and flatulence. This
herb is particularly appropriate for use in lung related formulas.
It aids the spleen, the stomach and lungs.
Cloves promote circulation in the lungs and the stomach. They treat cough,
and enhance digestion.
Herbalists use cloves
to aid the lymph system. The volatile oil is a powerful analgesic.
Clove is known to lower triglycerides and blood sugar.
Black Pepper is known only as a humble condiment
in most of the Western world, but in Asia, it is considered to be
the foremost detoxifier and anti-aging herb. Black pepper is a warming
This herb increases circulation, and lowers blood pressure and contains
compounds that prevent osteoporosis.
Black pepper has been long used as a detoxifier. Piperine, a major
active ingredient, also aids the liver.
Black pepper reduces free radicals. It is antioxidant, and prevents
the depletion of glutathione. It also prevents the destruction of
other antioxidants, such as vitamin A.
Pepper is used for treating sinus congestion. Its warming nature balances
cold herbs in formulas. Boil 10 peppercorns in milk, strain, and drink.
ANCIENT YOGIC FORMULAS
For the immune system ...
Blend five jalapeno peppers in one glass of milk for 3
minutes. Drink this blend and repeat daily as necessary.
For the blood ...
Include liberal amounts of raw onions, garlic and ginger
in the daily diet. Cooking or processing these herbs will
somewhat weaken their effectiveness and should be
avoided, but is recommended in some cases.
Raw onions can be eaten, immediately after peeling, with
salads and in sandwiches. They can also be used in
many cooked dishes. Mix one cup of fresh onion juice and
one cup of fresh mint tea and drink.
Raw garlic can be chopped and eaten, immediately after
peeling, on toast, in salads, on pizza and may be added
to many cooked dishes. Drink fresh garlic juice mixed
with almond oil or mint tea.
Raw gingerroot can be sliced and boiled to make a tea. See below.*
Boil four to five slices of fresh gingerroot in three cups of
water, add honey to taste and drink as often as you like.
three of these herbs can be sautéed together until lightly brown. Then add fresh black pepper and cook this mixture with mung beans and rice and may you be...Healthy, Happy and Holy. See More.
*Creamy Ginger Tea