Warming, healing and delicious Turmeric Tea

Turmeric tea

This time of year and every change of season our body needs help to adjust. The healing spices in this turmeric tea have been used for centuries. We need to maintain our body temperature every day and when the outside environment is up and down that can be a stressful task for the body (cue fever!).

Spices have a long tradition in every culture to help support the body by providing essential nutrients as building blocks. Turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, cloves, cacao and nutmeg all have a rich tradition as healing herbs. Any combination of these is going to help to support, boost, calm and restore the body during any up and down period (stress included).

I love to make this at the beginning or end of the day. Especially when I am feeling run down, cold, stressed or pre-menstrual. The combination of the herbs gives a big dose of nutrients and healing power. I sometimes make it with milk (I tend to use this coconut cream or cashew milk), I also make it with hot water and a dash of coconut cream.

Simply make up a jar of this mix and add what you like. I especially like to add it to my hot chocolate recipe! The kids like it too….

Turmeric Tea
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A warming cuddle in a mug. Perfect to boost the immune system and calm the nervous system.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 8 tbsp ground turmeric
  2. 10 tbsp coconut sugar
  3. 1 tbsp ground ginger
  4. 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  6. 1/2 tbsp cardamon
  1. Use 1-2 tsp of the mix in a mug.
  2. Either warm a cup of milk (any milk) and pour into cup, stirring while pouring
  3. Boil kettle and take off just before boiled. fill mug stirring whilst pouring.
  4. Enjoy
  1. The sweetness may need to be adjusted for your palate. If it is too spicey for you, adjust rather than not drinking it at all
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I normally get big bags of herbs from my favourite brands on iherb, here are my links here (I get a bonus if you buy through these links) however you can find them elsewhere too.


Coconut Sugar




Black Pepper

Raw Cacao


Star anise


Christmas Kraut


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This spicy, tart and juicy Christmas Kraut is a match made in heaven for your plate, throughout the holiday season.


Traditional Christmas foods are naturally rich in fats, nutrients and, of course, sugar! Many of us will also be enjoying a tipple or two at parties over the coming weeks. Adding a fermented aspect to these meals, this Christmas Kraut may help the body to deal with and digest all these excess foods and drinks. Hopefully lessening the fatigue, bloating, hangovers, sugar highs (and lows) and of course the noxious fumes that generally comes with turkey, sprouts et al.

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Perfect on the plate at the main event or served with cheese, this Christmas Kraut will totally change some of your Christmas traditions!! It will certainly be on the menu for me for years to come.

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So simple, if you are in a warmish climate you could ferment this in a week and have it ready for your Christmas table this year.

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To find out how to make a basic sauerkraut see here and for my beetroot and ginger flavour see here.

Christmas Kraut
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  1. Ingredients
  2. 1 whole green cabbage thinly sliced
  3. 1 whole red cabbage thinly sliced
  4. 1.5% Salt
  5. 250g of fresh cranberries cut in half
  6. 1 orange (zest and segments cut in 3)
  7. 2tsp Pumpkin pie spice (or use a mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and star anise)
  1. Retain 1/2 of the outside cabbage leaves for later.
  2. Make sauerkraut by mixing the cabbage with the salt. Massage the cabbage until it starts to wilt and release water.
  3. Add and combine the cranberries, orange and spices.
  4. Press the mixture into a fido (airtight sealable jar) jar and keep pressing down to release liquid.
  5. When the mixture is all in the jar and there is liquid covering the top, press down the outside cabbage leaves to keep any stray bits of cabbage from floating to the surface of the liquid.
  6. Seal and leave to ferment on the counter for a week-28 days. Keep tasting the kraut every few days.
  7. Put in the fridge for an additional week.
  8. Enjoy, Merry Christmas
  1. This recipe is especially nice with cheese or an alternative to cranberry sauce.
Adapted from How to Ferment: Sauerkraut
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Cinnamon Salty Sweet Popcorn

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 My lovely friend Gemma shared her kid’s favourite snack in my Mama Up-Front Chambers’ Mama. Since then I have been making popcorn for me and the kids. We like ours with a little twist- Cinnamon!

I love Cinnamon because it helps the body to process sugar by helping cells to recognise Insulin when it knocks on the door. This is called insulin sensitivity. You may have heard Insulin resistance surrounding tummy weight gain and type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon is a nutrient that can reverse this. Naturally sweet in itself it can help you to reduce how much sugar you use. It then makes cells more insulin sensitive meaning that the sugar will actually be used rather then allowing it to be re-circulating which increases blood sugar levels. Whenever I use sugar you will almost always see me adding cinnamon.

Cinnamon also boosts the immune system and is a natural bacteria balancer as it also feeds bacteria we need in our body. As an anti-inflammatory it can also help heal some of the potential chronic inflammation which may be present in the body. It is nice and warming and the flavour of cinnamon also helps the palate and taste buds to be satisfied which helps us feel satiated (full up) quicker- thus playing another role in weight balance.

It is also totally delicious! Total winner! It adds a really nice flavour dimension to the popcorn too.

We also love a salty sweet popcorn so I add some pink salt right at the end. This also helps balance the palate and provides some nice nutrients necessary to digest and absorb sugar and the popcorn itself.

It is so important to use organic corn kernels as such a huge portion of corn production is GMO. These foods hugely increase inflammation, especially in the digestive system and have a huge impact on the immune system. Not food in my humble opinion! So definitely not going to nourish my children.

Cinnamon Salty Sweet Popcorn
Salty sweet cinnamon coconut sugar popcorn. Great snack and really delicious.
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  1. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  2. 1/2 cup organic popcorn
  3. 2 tbs coconut sugar
  4. 1tsp cinnamon
  5. Pinch himylayan pink salt
  1. Add the coconut and popcorn in a saucepan with a lid.
  2. When the coconut oil starts to sizzle add the coconut sugar and cinnamon
  3. Keep swirling the kernels until they start popping.
  4. When they stop, pour out into a big bowl and add salt to taste.
  5. Eat!
  1. Store in an airtight container until you want to consume. Will last a couple of days
  2. Great in Lunch boxes!
Adapted from Chamber's Mama Popcorn
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If you are searching for ingredients in Hong Kong iDetox has a great selection (they sell Cocobono) at good prices- otherwise iherb is the general consensus. Use code WJZ679 for $10USD off your first order, Cocobono Coconut Sugar and Coconut Oil is my favourite source of coconut products (Only available in Hong Kong)

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Kids lunch box approved

Other Popcorn recipes;


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Elderberry Cordial and Cough Syrup


Elderberries are amazing for the immune system. See my Nutrient Fact Sheet here. There is already a well-known cough syrup that contains them, this elderberry cordial and cough syrup knocks it out of the park! I have used it for months for my family (kids included), to make Kefir, Gummies and as a cordial with sparkling water. Because this is so concentrated, it will last for ages!

Elderberry Cordial or Cough Syrup
A great way of combining the flavours and nutrient properties of many immune boosting nutrients.
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  1. 1.5 cup dried elderberries (see here)
  2. 7 cups of water
  3. 2 T fresh or dried ginger root (ginger powder can also work)
  4. 1 tbs cinnamon powder or 1 cinnamon bark stick
  5. 1 tbs cloves or 1/2 tsp clove powder
  6. 4 Star Anise
  7. Juice of one lemon or orange (optional)
  8. 1/2 cup of dried Cherries (optional)
  9. 1tbs fresh tumeric root (optional)
  10. 1/2-1 cup raw honey (sweeten to taste but raw honey also has immune boosting properties)
  1. Bring the water and Elderberries to the boil in a non reactive saucepan (ie stainless steel). Allow to simmer for 20 mins. Allow to cool slightly. Strain Elderberries through a muslin bag or strainer, squeezing to extract all the juice.
  2. Throw everything else together (except the honey) into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer until the liquid has reduced to half (about 15 mins). I then let the mixture cool with all the bits still in to try and get every bit of goodness!
  3. When it has cooled (it may still be a little warm) strain out the elderberries and roots and spices. Add the honey to the liquid and stir. Pour into a jar or bottle (you will have about 2 cups of liquid- about a litre).
  1. Is great mixed with soda water, in water Kefir as a second ferment, in Gummies or on its own off a spoon when necessary.
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You can take this daily (1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids over 1 and 1 Tbsp for adults) or you can take it when you start to feel run down. Or you can use it to make Kefir or Gummies. You could also add some Vitamin D3/K” like this one to the bottle to really pack a punch (add 10 drops to the liquid to get a small Vitamin D kick when using it.

Here are some other coughs, colds and natural remedy posts;

What do you do when you get sick- Fevers

What do you do when your Kids get sick

Naturopath’s First Aid Kit

Naturopaths Family Travel Kit

How Nutrition can change your life

Cheerfully Imperfect- Wet Sock Treatment

Mix Wellness; 12 step program to stay healthy (naturally)

Homestead Garden; Here is another recipe for How to make elderberry syrup



Kumquat, Cranberry and Cinnamon Water Kefir


Kumquat, Cranberry and Cinnamon Water Kefir

I have been tinkering around with lots of new flavours of Water Kefir and this, Kumquat, Cranberry and Cinnamon, is my new favourite (after my ginger, lemon and honey water kefir!) I have used bought dried Kumquats in this recipe but they are abundant in the shops at the moment so am also keen to dry my own. I have used my own dried cranberries. 

Kumquats are in season in winter and in spring (they are very popular as ornaments at Chinese New Year as they represent gold and are also used as offerings in temples and shrines). As are cranberries. So this recipe for Kumquat, Cranberry and Cinnamon Water Kefir is very seasonal. Kumquats are quite unique from other citrus fruits as they are eaten whole- peel and all. They are extremely tart but still have a degree of sweetness. 

Since the whole fruit is eaten the skin’s fibre, oils, phyto-nutrients and antioxidants are present and add to its nutrient value. The anti-oxidants and vitamin C, A and E you would expect from a citrus fruit are also in abundance in Kumquats. Here you can find a table of nutrients contained within the fruit. 

See the health benefits of Cranberries here and Cinnamon here

The mix of tart, sweet, sour and spicy make a really refreshing drink with a festive twist. 

Ingredients for Kumquat, Cranberry and Cinnamon Water Kefir 

1 litre Water Kefir ( I make mine with coconut sugar but it is also nice with Maple Syrup Water Kefir)

4/5 Dried Kumquats

Handful of Dried Cranberries

1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon or one rolled cinnamon bark


Because I have used store bought dried Kumquats I have not needed any additional sugar for the second fermentation. I allowed 24 hours for the fermentation (I also prefer to ferment with a covered open vessel but you could do it closed with regualar opening to release excess gas build up. Check out the marketplace for Kefir Grains and vessels

Once it tastes to my liking I strain the fruit (which I save to add to my Green Smoothies). I then store it in the fridge ready to drink.

For many more Kefir and Kombucha recipes and how to make these fermented products please check out my ebook Culture Your Life

Check out all my other Kefir Recipes here



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