Codependency: you can love TOO much
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Let's define codependency

In a nutshell... you're codependent when you base your self-worth on how much you help others. There's nothing wrong with wanting to help people, BUT there is a line with helping TOO much and it'll hurt the person you're trying to help AND you'll end up hurt as well. 

As always I don't expect you to be able to distinguish where that line is all on your own so I'm here to help. A good identifier of if you're codependent is how helping others makes you feel. When you help people do you feel resentment for helping them? Or do you feel like you were trapped or guilt tripped into helping them? Or do you feel guilty for NOT helping? Like I keep saying, if you do not WANT to help them solely because you're compassionate and will enjoy it, you're probably codependent. 

For example, if you find yourself only going out and drinking with your best friend because that's what they wanted to do even though you were feeling a movie and going to bed early and THEN you feel resentment towards them afterward, or if you're afraid they won't like you anymore if you say no... you're codependent. 

Another example would be if your adult child or parent frequently asks you for money and you say yes telling yourself it's because you're a kind person, but really you find yourself screening their calls because you know they're going to ask you for money and you feel that resentment creeping in... you're codependent. 

OR if your relationship is only stable when you feel like your partner needs you. Again... you're putting your self-worth into another person needing you, or into their well being, or how much they think you've helped them. 

"How empty of me to be so full of you"

Why this is SUPER dangerous

There are SO many reasons tbh. You can end up enabling bad behavior. Your self-esteem is based on others perceptions of you which means it can go down and there's nothing you'll be able to do about it. You can put a negative strain on your relationships. You can start resenting people because you're masking your feelings and not stating how you really feel. 

What is so hard about codependency is that it blurs the line between compassion and "doing too much". This topic is taught in trauma and addiction therapy to families AND patients because it can lead to compulsive behaviors, anxiety attacks, chronic depression, apathy, suicidal thoughts and loss of self. I cannot stress this enough... if you're feeling ANY of these things PLEASE really think about why and seek therapy because we ALL have codependent tendencies. 

How to recognize and break away from codependency

In other words "okay, I've realized I have these tendencies... what do I do?"

The first thing you should do is set boundaries. I wrote a post on Why Setting Boundaries is Important that can explain more on how to do this. Start really thinking about how these behaviors make you feel. Notice when you feel resentment and stop doing it. I stopped going out with my friend who only wanted to drink because I didn't want to and our friendship was worth more than a night out. Resentment ruins friendships so I stopped saying yes to things I didn't want to do because I actually cared about the friendship enough to say no. 

The second thing is to put focus back on yourself. Being a self-less person is not an admirable trait. You NEED to address your needs before anyone else's. Ask yourself how you would feel about doing something before you do it. Again this goes back into self-awareness that I feel like I talk about all the time. You are the MOST IMPORTANT person in your life! Write that on a sticky note and stick it to your mirror because if you fail to put yourself first people are going to take advantage of you, and you're going to ruin relationships because you resent them and it's not fair to those who are important to you. 

The third thing is to LET THE FUCK GO. You need to detach from everyone else's life, drink a margarita, sit in the quiet, and meditate. It's also codependent to try to run other people's lives. This is the one I struggle with the most (I always think I know what's best for everyone in my life). The real selfless act is allowing other people to live their life and make their own mistakes and I PROMISE you your relationships will be so much stronger. You hate when other people butt in and tell you how to live your life, so don't do it to them. 

Repeat after me:

If I keep from meddling with people, 

they take care of themselves

If I keep from commanding people,

they behave themselves

If I keep from preaching at people,

they improve themselves,

If I keep from imposing on people,

they BECOME themselves.

- Lao-Tzu

(The founder or Taoism)

 

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Smudging: A Quick Quide To Ridding Your Life of Negative Energy

What is Smudging?

To put it simply smudging is just correcting energy. There are many different ways you can smudge to rid negative energy or to bring in positive energy, etc. It's an ancient ritual that has been practiced throughout the history of humankind.

There are many ways to correct energy such as bells, drums, and smoke (smudging). One day I'll probably end up using all of these methods, but for now I just use smoke. You can use dried sage, Palo Santo, sweet grass, and Tibetan incense for energy correction. Sage, Palo Santo, and many kinds of incense rid yourself, your home, your pets (really anything) of negative energy. Sweet grass and other types of incense bring in good energy.

How to Smudge

To smudge yourself you want to burn your medium (sage, palo santo, etc) and make sure all of your windows/doors are closed. You need to make sure the negative energy is expelled, with a window open it can hide. You want to first take the burning sage or whatever and make an outline of your body (kind of like a chalk outline for dead bodies). Then you'll "color it in" both your front and back sides. I spend most of my time on my stomach and head because that's where I feel the most negative energy hiding, but spend more time on the places where you feel it needs more.

To smudge your home you want to simply take your burning medium and do the outline of each room first and then "color it in" spending more time in places where you feel negative energy. I usually spend a lot of time over my bed (because when you sleep you're unprotected and negative energy knows it) and in my closet because what I wear holds negative energy too.

Once you have gotten out the bad energy you can use sweet grass or various types of incense to bring positive energy back into the room or to yourself. This is a great ritual to do right when you get home so you shed off the world's negativity and bring in positivity for yourself and your family to feel at peace.

Also, keep in mind that in the beginning you might hurt. I always got raging headaches in the front of my head. This is a GOOD thing. It means the energy is leaving. Negative energy doesn't want to let go so it's putting up a fight. My recommendation is to keep smudging until it stops hurting and then you'll have won.

When to Smudge

I literally smudge every single day. If I'm feeling cranky or not like myself I know it's time to smudge. If I can't meditate I know I need to smudge. We gather energy, good and bad, all day long just from being in other people's auras (each aura is 3 feet so if you're within that length you're essentially sucking up someone's energy).

If you watch something on TV that's sad or makes you angry it's because you're picking up on those vibrations (vibes). Whenever you're feeling like you're having a bad day (which isn't a thing, your energy is off), or if you feel like you're out of balance because you keep dropping everything or tripping then your energy is off and you need to smudge.

Last Notes

You can buy any of the mediums I mentioned to smudge with online or at crystal/new age shops, or even health foods stores sometimes have little kits you can buy. My advice is just to try it once and I promise you'll be hooked. You'll feel better almost instantly. Now it's like as soon as I get home I can't wait to smudge and feel like myself again.

If you have any questions at all about what to buy or what to do reach out and I'd love to help.

Why Badass Bitches Meditate Every Single Day

I've noticed that meditating is all of a sudden this huge fad craze and let me just say I am STOKED about that! Meditation used to, and probably still does to some extent, have this stigma surrounding it that it was for disillusional hippies or for pagan religions and blah blah blah. Let me first just say every religious text mentions meditation, every prophet meditated, and YOU SHOULD TOO. Here's why....

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Badass bitches are busy AF

If I had a dollar for how many times people told me they were "too busy" to meditate I could pay for a cruise. I just want to make one thing very clear... if you are "too busy" to meditate then that means you need to meditate even more. If you don't have time to meditate for 5 minutes every day then you should be meditating for 10.

When your brain is constantly going without ever getting a break it it much less productive. Meditating puts your brain into lighting mode and allows you to get so much more done in a shorter amount of time so you're working smarter, not harder, and will eventually be less busy.

Their creativity is going to get a boost

Want to know what I do before I write a post? I meditate. If I don't, all of my thoughts from whatever I was working on earlier are still encompassing my brain and they don't allow me to just focus on writing. There's a reason why some of the most creative minds on the planet meditate daily, it gives them that edge.

And no matter what profession you're in, from sculpting to accounting you need to be creative because you need to be resourceful in order to be the best in that profession. You need to be resourceful to constantly be improving your daily habits and routine.

They're going to have more patience

Badass bitches are well-liked as I stated in my other post, How To Be A Badass Bitch Who Gets Shit Done. Well-liked people are happy people and happy people are patient people. I'm a much happier person when I'm not instantly irrated because I just got cut off in traffic. I'm a happier person when I can handle negative people because I have the patience for it. And when I'm a happier person people like me more and when people like me more it builds relationships, which builds my network, which increases my resourcefulness... you see the evolution of this right? We all know patience is a virtue so I do whatever I can to increase mine... which means meditating daily.

They're going to increase their self-awareness

Meditating helps you fine tune your intuition and this is super important because it's at the center of our decision making. "Going with your gut" is only a wise decision making technique if you're mediating. Since you're increasing your intuitive power you're also increasing your self awareness because you'll have a clear vision of what you want and you can make decisions that help you get what you want. This is again why very successful people meditate... they need to know that the decisions they are making are helping them reach their goals.

They increase motivation and will power

You know what you don't have a limited supply of? Will power. You know what's one thing that can't be taught? Motivation. You either have it or you don't. If you don't then you definitely need to meditate. If you do have it then meditating will increase your motivation and will power when your supply is running low.

To give you an example of what I mean let's use diet. I'm currently what I like to call AVAP (as vegan as possible). So when my office brings in sliders for lunch it takes will power for me to say no, especially to free food. So when I go home that night and my roommate has made chicken pot pie and offers me some I have less will power to refuse because I've used some up already. After I meditate I'm recharged and ready to focus on my goals and cook a vegan meal for myself.

You have to replenish your will power if you're trying to implement any sort of new habit, whether that be to quit smoking, or drinking, or to work out, whatever. Badass bitches have a shit ton of discipline to implement healthy habits and they get it from meditating.

How to meditate

There are so many myths around mediating that keep people from trying it. If you're more experienced I would recommend trying deeper forms of meditation as often as possible.

If you have never meditated a day in your life then start by sitting in a comfortable position with your eyes closed and count your breaths. I always hear things like "oh but my mind won't quit racing so I can't meditate".

I want to shake them.. THAT'S WHY YOU'RE MEDITATING. It's a practice, you're not going to be perfect at it right away... I mean look at how long it took Buddha to reach enlightenment. The point of meditating is to practice mediating... so when thoughts come into your head that's a good thing it means you're a human being who can use their brain.

Once you've realized that a thought comes into your head you just think "oh not right now thought byeeeeee" and go back to listening to your breaths. Something that really helped me was to picture myself underwater, usually under a pond, and whenever a thought would come into my head I put the thought into a bubble and have it float away. I'm very visual so this works well for me.

The first time I meditated it only lasted about 2 minutes and 1 minute 30 seconds of it was spent thinking about how I was trying not to fall asleep. All you need to do is try... dedicate a certain amount of time to it every day, I recommend 10 minutes per day.

Start a timer so you don't have to keep checking a clock or worrying about falling asleep and missing something. If you fall asleep, so what? If you have to push thoughts out of your head the whole time, so what?

The point is to get a little better at it each day. Once you can sit for 5 straight minutes without having conscious thought increase the time, try different meditation techniques, learn more about it. I've been meditating every single day for 3 months and I'm just now starting to get the hang of it. My life, however, has completely shifted for the better. Ask anyone in my life and they'll tell you that I've changed so much in such a short amount of time.

But really just 5 minutes per day of giving your brain a break will make all the difference in the world.

How I Got My Energy Back

This is not going to be another bullshit post about how people got their energy back by eating salads and training for a marathon. I'm going to list out exactly how I went from sleeping for 12 hours and feeling like I didn't sleep at all, walking around all day like a zombie, and having to cancel all of the plans I made because I was constantly sick to having enough energy to hike 12 miles, go home and shampoo my carpets, give my dog a bath, and then go out with friends (which I did a few weeks ago).

Vitamin B12 Shots

If you follow me on Snapchat you know that I'm obsessed with these. There are so many benefits to taking B12 including cancer protection, it's good for your skin, hair, and nails, high blood pressure, digestive system, nutrient absorption (and many more...), but most of all... ENERGY.

I don't eat a lot of meat (like almost none) and that's the only place where you can find B12. And even if you do eat meat... it's not enough B12 to increase your energy dramatically. There are places where you can go to get vitamin "cocktails", but those suckers are like $15 a pop and I am taking two shots per day so I can't afford that lifestyle.

I asked my doctor for a prescription for the B12 and I give myself the shots. It comes out to about $1.50 per shot and I can totally do that. TBH... just doing these shots is going to triple your current energy levels. If you do nothing else... do this.

Meditation

I'm going to preach meditation until every single person in the world is meditating because that's a world I want to live in. Meditation is the human form of restarting your computer when you have too many applications running and it starts to fritz or run super slow. You NEED to meditate to give your brain a break, a restart. You don't have to commit any more than 5 minutes per day (that's where I started).  You can read my other post Why Badass Bitches Meditate Every Single Day for an in-depth explanation on why you need to and how to meditate.

I'm up to 15 minutes per day now and the more time I devote to meditating the more energy I have. The more energy I have the more productive I am. It all connects. I also make sure to ground myself throughout the day (read more about grounding here).

Yoga

I literally just started by watching 10 minute beginner videos. Now if I don't do yoga in the morning and before bed I'm so cranky. I know myself and training for a marathon is never going to be on my dream board. I'm a Yoga/Pilates exerciser and I will proudly wear that badge.

Moving on... if you sit all day this is crucial. Yoga helps your body clear out toxins that hide in your muscles from a sedentary lifestyle. It also increases endorphins so goodbye depression and hello positive energy.

Quitting Caffeine

I can just picture everyone reading this post just scrolling right past this one, but hear me out. I was addicted to coffee, if I didn't have a cup of coffee within an hour of waking up I had a monstrous headache. And if I didn't have a second cup at some point later in the day I was completely exhausted.

Quitting caffeine trained my body to stop relying on coffee to stay awake and stay energized. Plus now my morning routine is shorter because I don't have to worry about making coffee. And at 3pm I'm not falling asleep in my desk chair. 

It was a bitch to quit... three days straight of throbbing headaches and being super cranky, but now it's so worth it because I have full energy all day long.

Quitting Alcohol

I was never a huge drinker to begin with, but all those nights I went out and partied made sure I was tired and recovering for the next few days. I'm sick and tired of girls drinking their life away and then wondering why they're always tired, why their skin looks terrible, and why they're gaining weight and can't lose it. I am living proof that it is possible to go out and have fun without taking one sip of alcohol. The best part is the next morning when I wake up feeling great because my body doesn't have to try to force the toxins I drank the previous night out of my body.

Kambo

I'm going to make a video about my Kambo experience all in due time. This is NOT going to be for everyone, but at least after reading this you'll be aware of what it is.

In a nutshell Kambo is a poison secreted from a frog in South America. Practitioners put the poison on your skin, the Kambo goes into your body and finds what your body needs to get rid of and you purge it out. This includes physical and metaphysical illnesses.

Let me just say that before Kambo I was ALWAYS sick, ALWAYS tired, and I had crazy mood swings from all of the negative energy that attached itself to me throughout my life. Kambo helped me to purge all of this out. I haven't been sick since, I get tired like a normal person now, and I feel like my true self for the first time since I can remember.

Do some more research on this if you're interested, I highly recommend it. You're also welcome to ask me any questions about it. If you're in Arizona Kim Mathis is the person to go see, she's the bomb!

Joy

I made a conscious decision to do more of what brings me joy and to ignore anything that drains my energy. I'm focusing on my relationships. I stopped watching the news. I spend more time outside. I stopped hanging out with energy vampires. I send people who are mean, selfish, greedy, etc, love (I mean they need it the most). I stopped watching doom-ridden documentaries. I started watching solution-based documentaries. And I decided to change myself instead of the people around me, my community, and the world in general. And I am putting effort into the people and the things that make me laugh.

How to Ground Yourself To Be Happier & More Productive

A very simple explanation of grounding is simply putting yourself back in balance. If you notice that you're feeling disconnected, light headed, tired, dazed, etc... you need to ground. Signs that tell me I need to ground myself are when I am constantly daydreaming, or I'll drive home and I can't remember the drive, or I become a horrible listener.

You kind of get where I'm going with this right? You know how this feels. You're so tired, and unfocused and you're feeling burnt out. Well there's good news because I have the solution... grounding.

Here are some ways you can ground -- I use ALL of them!

Yoga

There are lots of yoga poses you can use to ground yourself. This site has 5 yoga poses you can do for grounding including warrior II and tree pose. Mountain pose is my go-to simply because I can do it anywhere, including work, and nobody knows that I'm doing yoga to ground myself. ;)

Meditation!

I wrote a post about meditation here... but you need to meditate at least 5 minutes every day. There is a reason why successful people swear by meditation... it works! Just 5 minutes and I am a completely different person because I am grounded. Since I'm visual, while I'm meditating (in lotus pose) I imagine tree roots growing out of my body and down into the center of the Earth to connect with Mother Nature. Just five minutes of that visual connection and I can use her (Mother Nature's) energy throughout my day.

Eating!

Eat earthy foods like root vegetables and fruit. Drink herbal tea. Even chocolate helps. I want to use this section to bring up prevention though... if you eat high-anxiety foods like red meat, processed foods, dairy, or anything else your nutritionist is going to tell you to stop eating the you are going to find yourself feeling more anxious and needing to ground yourself more often. Stay away from these foods as much as possible.

Nature

All nature counts. Go for a walk, put your bare feet on the Earth, hike, swim, bird watch... I don't care. Connecting with nature grounds you almost instantly.

Crystals

This is one of the reasons why I've decided to start selling crystals. A few crystals that help with grounding are jasper, onyx, tourmaline and smokey quartz. There are many that offer grounding properties. P.S. Using crystals isn't a placebo effect or a hippie thing. Energy (which has been scientifically proven, thank you Einstein) is altered as it flows through crystals. This is why we use crystals in radios and watches. Different crystals change the energy in different ways. The reason you need to ground yourself is because you have messy energy that needs to be organized... and crystals can do that for you.

Salt Baths

Literally any salt. Salt is an Earth mineral and will help you ground. I like Epsom salt if I have sore muscles or Pink Himalayan Salt (because I can buy it in bulk for $2 a pound at my local health food store). Do double duty and meditate in the bath with your crystals next to you and you're going to become a brand new person, trust me.

Smudging

Again... another post about smudging is coming I swear. Buy some white sage or incense and burn it. Let the smoke surround you and you can smudge your home, your car, your pets, and afterward you'll feel better. Sage essentially gets rid of negative energy. Make sure you keep your windows and doors closed when you smudge so that the energy is actually forced out instead of into hiding. If you're feeling really spiritual you can burn sweet grass afterward to bring in positive, good, healthy energy. Again... I smudge myself every single day.

When to Ground

Every day. If you had a stressful day, come home and ground. If you're studying for a test ground yourself when you feel your attention wandering. If you're going to be meeting new people or going into an uncomfortable situation grounding will help you be your true self in that situation.

 

All I can really say to end this post is once you do it one time you're going to become addicted. You're welcome.

The 5 Essential Oils You NEED To Always Keep In Your House and How To Use Them

I have been obsessed with essential oils for as long as I can remember. I burn them, diffuse them, eat them, use them in skin care, use them for healing, for cleaning, EVERYTHING. One of the best things the internet has given us is the ability to have any essential oil we want delivered to our doorstep within days. I make a lot of oils myself, but I realize not everyone has time for that. So the next time you're at a store like Whole Foods or making an Amazon order make sure you add these 5 oils!

P.S. I keep a huge spreadsheets of all herbs and essential oils, how to use them, what they do, etc. So I'm going to add a lot of that information here. Email me or Snapchat me (feelthesunlight) if you're using these for the first time and I'll help walk you through any of these techniques.

1. Lavender

I go through lavender oil like it's nobody's business. This is one that I even make myself just to have a stock pile of it. Lavender is one of the safest oils, too, so not a lot can go wrong with experimenting if you're a first-timer.

Lavender helps with relaxation, insomnia, depression, digestion, skin care, hair parasites, blood circulation, urine creation, bacterial Infection (bladder, bowel, ear, gum, sinus, skin, throat, & wounds), pain relief (numbing, anti-inflammatory, & relaxation), headaches, stress, viral infection (cough, cold & flu), anxiety, panic, panic attacks, acne, bruising, scars, stretchmarks, and it cleans mold & fungus.

To use lavender you can put it in your oil diffuser to help you sleep, in your tea to help with internal infections or insomnia, dilute it in a base (like coconut oil, lotion or EVOO) and apply to your skin for acne or headaches, and mix it with water to clean mold and fungus. I use all of these methods, but there are so many more uses for it, too!

2. Peppermint

Oh. My. Peppermint. This magical EO is my number one favorite. It's the first I ever bought and I've never let myself run out since. I keep a bottle in my purse, a bottle in my room, and a bottle with my laundry soap. I keep peppermint around like most people keep chapstick... lol.

Peppermint helps with upset stomach, IBS, congestion, pain (warming & stimulating), nausea, lice, scalp conditions, stress, alertness, headaches, fatigue, exhaustion, mental burnout, memory, concentration, focus, and it's an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, AND anti-viral.

To use peppermint you can again put in in your oil diffuser to help with headaches or to cleanse the air of toxins, put a few drops in hot water for any of the internal problems mentioned above like a headache or upset tummy. You can dilute it with a base for acne, headaches or with water as a cleaner. I put a few drops in my laundry soap with each wash to kill any bacteria or viruses (plus it smells soooo clean and fresh afterward). There are tons of uses for it that I haven't mentioned, but again these are my MAIN uses.

3. Thyme

I'm obsessed with Thyme (obviously... that's why it's on the list).

Thyme helps with bacterial Infection (wounds), pain relief (warming & stimulating), viral infection (cough, cold & flu), immunity, AND it cleans like bleach.

I put thyme in whatever foods I can, but there are two main uses I have for the EO. The first is when I have a cough. A few drops in some hot water with a slice of lemon and I can sleep the whole night. It's a cough suppressant though, so only use it if your cough is dry (like a tickle), DO NOT SUPPRESS YOUR COUGH IF IT HAS MUCUS! You need to get that mucus up and out for the infection to be gone.

ANYWAYS... the second use is for cleaning. DUDE. Thyme works JUST LIKE BLEACH. Scientifically it does the exact same thing bleach does. So put a few drops in some cleaner (that preferably also has citrus oil in it) and use it to kill any fungus, mold, bacteria, viruses, yellowing, ANYTHING. The best part... bleach has to be rinsed off and thyme doesn't. Plus is smells superrrrrr good, unlike bleach.

4. Eucalyptus

Moving along... YOU (*claps) NEED (*claps) EUCALYPTUS (*claps) ASAP (*claps). I use eucalyptus ALMOST as much as I use lavender.

Eucalyptus helps with respiratory inflammation, cough, asthma, bronchitis, sinus pain, it's antiseptic, an insect repellent, wounds, burns, ulcers, stress, anxiety, bacterial Infection (bladder, bowel, ear, gum, sinus, skin, throat & wounds), viral infection (cough, cold & flu).

To use eucalyptus you can put it in a hot bath or in an oil diffuser for relaxation, a cough, a cold, the flu, a headache, or congestion. It is what they put in Vick's vapor rub so you can make your own by putting Eucalyptus (plus menthol if you have it) with Vaseline and you have your own vapor rub. For infections it needs to be applied topically, not ingested, so mix it with a base and rub it over the infected area.

5. Lemon

When live gives you lemons make an essential oil out of them because it is so helpful!

Lemon helps with deodorizing, digestion, immunity, relaxation, concentration, bacterial iInfection (bladder, bowel, ear, gum, sinus, skin, throat & wounds), depression, pain relief (relaxation), stress, viral infection (cough, cold & flu), fatigue, exhaustion, mental burnout, fear, memory, focus, and oily skin.

The main use I have for lemon is in my oil diffuser to purify the air and increase my focus, energy and boost my mood. I loveeeee lemon tea too, I add a few drops to hot water and it'll help any internal infection, boost your immune system, and help with fatigue. It's the shit.

Again let me know if you're using any of these for a first time and I'd be more than happy to help you! There are so many great essential oils, but these are the ones I never let run out for the reasons listed above. If you have any questions whatsoever comment below or email me and I'd be happy to answer! :)

Golden Turmeric Milk: This needs to be a staple in your house!

The benefits of Turmeric are endless. It's an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic. What this means for you is that if you have a cold or cough that won't go away, drink this every night. Or drink this if you want to detox, sleep better, have glowing skin, boost your immunity, lose weight (it breaks down fat), or reduce swelling. Also Turmeric helps to fight depression, which I can definitely say is true after one cup I feel so calm and just at ease.

P.S. When I say Turmeric is good for your skin I mean it... Turmeric face masks are going to start becoming "a thing" soon.

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The Recipe:

  • 2 cups of substitute milk (I use almond milk, but coconut milk tastes the best!)
  • 1 tsp dried turmeric (I use a hefty teaspoon because I love the taste)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of honey (definitely local and raw if you have allergies)
  • Sprinkle of black pepper (helps you absorb the nutrients)
  • 1 tsp ginger (I add more when I'm sick, but I also LOVE ginger)

Over medium heat add the milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and pepper stirring constantly until it starts to bubble. Once you see bubbles on the side of the pan stir for one minute, remove from heat, cover and let it sit for about 10 minutes so all of the flavors infuse the milk. Enjoy!

Golden milk heals the cracks of the heart and the immune system. I drink it when I'm sad, sick or just cold and need something warm to drink. The best part is how easy it is to make. I'm kind of obsessed with it and I've been harassing everyone around me recently trying to get them to make it.

Let me know if you try it and what you think!