My New Addiction

A few of you have sent me the sweetest notes asking me to get writing again. One or five of these even included some remedies for what ails me. You cannot know how much your well wishes and proddings to “get well soon” have meant to me. I always find that when times get tough, there’s someone on my side.

I posted my last PBP post at The Files. Then I went and signed up for the 2013 PBP. It’s been addictive.

I want to talk a little about another new addiction of mine. You see, like I said–many of you knew I was unwell and sent me homeopathic remedies. Given that I have Lupus, I have to be extremely careful about herbal remedies. Sometimes they can set of a cascade effect that makes the situation worse instead of better.(Here’s a decent site if you need one. Here’s another.) As my body rebels against itself, it swells and rumbles and complains and bitches and throws things and makes mucus. Gross, I know. Since Thanksgiving, I have been slowly drowning. I’m tired of it. Overshare? Sorry, it is what it is.

Undershare? Read this.

I’ve meant to set aside the one little moment I need to initiate the process of self-healing, but just as I get my ducks in a row and get ready to blast, I’m too tired.

Then I lay down. Then I cough. Then I can’t sleep. Rinse. Repeat.

What’s a Witch to do? (Besides read, watch foreign film, be exceedingly grateful that the semester is out and The Husband has paid-PTO.) Typically, the answer is herbal. Sometimes this works for me. Sometimes, um, not. This time I discovered that one of my favorite spices (spice–not herb, go figure!) is good for what ails me.

So, I decided to add a new category to the blog: Ehsha’s Apples. As in “an apple a day.” I’ve never been one to wallow in my diagnoses; and I’m certainly not one to post those horribly specific medical statuses on Facebook. But it came to my attention that mayhaps someone else is looking for what I happened to have found. (Chances are, y’all knew it years before me. I’m a great gardener; I’ve never been a big herbalist.)

Today, it’s turmeric.


I’m a big curry fan and make my own blend (and my own Garam Masala–the house smells amazing for a week!) and have always looked for an excuse to add turmeric to any dish. But I never thought of adding it to my tea. Or making a tea of it alone–let alone with. . .

Wait, should I just give you a recipe?

  • 8 ounces coconut milk–warm gently

To your mug, add:

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2-inch wide round slice of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash of cayenne pepper

Mix a few tablespoons of warm coconut milk (I suppose you could use almond milk too) to the spices until they are well dissolved. Then add some honey to sweeten the deal. (I’m told you could also add

  • butter, cinnamon, and/or cardamom. I tried cardamom today but the difference was negligible.) Finally, fill the mug with the remaining milk and stir.

The drink is hot–cayenne and ginger, right–and sweet and creamy. Who could ask for anything more? The result is that both the turmeric and ginger lowers inflammation and breaks up phlegm without sending my immune system into a tailspin. The only other botanicals shown to do this for lupus patients without fail and without backlash are harpagophytum procumbens (aka “devil’s claw”), hyssop, and–yup, you guessed it–cannabichromene, found in cannabis. (Don’t get me wrong, some other stuff works for some other folks some of the time. These five are the things for which I have heard/found consistent reports of relief and no reports of rebound.)

Of course, you can take your ginger and turmeric in pill form, but why do that? This drink is lovely and absorption is better (you get to breathe in the fantasticness as you drink) than pill form.

So, if you are in town and smell the smells of  spicy coconut milk, stop by. But, heads-up, BYO Kleenex.

(Ew, right?)

Happy breathing and waes hael,



4 thoughts on “My New Addiction

    • You are so entirely kind and I thank the cosmos for letting our paths cross. Let me know what you find–as ever, I am willing to try anything once! Responses are very individual (and sometimes things will cause a cascade whereas other times not), so it’ll be an experiment for both of us.

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