Japa K. Khalsa
Don’t forget over the holidays that it’s always a good time in the winter to work on preserving and serving your own health. It’s easy to go into overindulgence mode with all the sweets and treats everywhere. Ask yourself, “How do I want to feel this holiday season, and what can I do for myself to feel nurtured and healthy from the inside out?” One winter wonderful way to strengthen your health is to make a cozy warm drink at night that is slightly sweet and gives you something to look forward to every day. This drink will have special spices (nutmeg, turmeric) in it that help you sleep better and bring down inflammation (nutmeg, turmeric), and other ingredients like hemp seeds and sesame oil that support the nerves and brain with their healing fat content. You can look forward to the maple syrup that sweetens it and perhaps avoid overindulging at holiday parties because you know you’ve got yourself covered. This health-restoring drink is also known to support the nerves and the adrenals.
Soothing Holiday Drink to Restore Nerves
1-cup milk of choice
(Hemp, cow, rice, coconut, etc.)
If you are using whole or cow’s milk, scald the milk for a few seconds
(at a full boil) and then as it cools, remove the skin. Scalding the milk helps to break up the proteins and make it more digestible
(according to Ayurvedic medicine).
1 tablespoon chopped dates
5 cardamom pods
1 tablespoon chopped coconut
Pinch of saffron
Pinch of turmeric
Combine the ingredients with the scalded cow milk and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Strain out the above ingredients and and mix in:
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon of ghee or sesame oil
Sprinkle nutmeg on top
Go ahead and make your own version of this drink. Even if you don’t have “all” the ingredients, it will still be great for you to drink before bedtime. Let these spices give you a little burst of antioxidants. Happy Holidays and all blessings and happiness, love and laughter to you and yours.
Japa K. Khalsa, (DOM), is co-author of Enlightened Bodies: Exploring Physical and Subtle Human Anatomy (enlightenedbodies.com). She teaches a weekly yoga class for people with chronic pain at Sacred Kundalini in Santa Fe. She combines traditional acupuncture with herbal and nutritional medicine, injection therapy and energy healing. Her work emphasizes optimal health and personal transformation through self-care and awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. www.drjapa.com