The mornings are my favourite time of day. Rising just before day break is a practice in silence. Even the cats are not home yet from their nights' rendezvous of the neighbourhood.If I am not distracted by house guests or an early work appointment, I bask in this quiet time.
This morning my thoughts were on you, dear reader. The truth is, I want to show you the natural ways to manage your health. I want you to come clean and reduce the toxic load of chemicals one tends to pile on daily from pain killers to synthetic vitamin pills. I want you to have a strong core from where your immune system is buttressed with solid nutrition.
I want to share with you the powerful secret to longevity.
How do I begin to reveal these secrets to you, are they 10 bullet points that may save your life? You could spend time with me in a Consultation or let me guide you through a period of Coaching and Healing. Or you can live with me through these blogs where I will share with you the quirks of my daily practice in my pursuit of the secret.
The sun is up and the cats are home. Now is the time for the best part of my morning. This is the space between Wow and Divine; Spiced Tea
SERBAT is the Javanese version of spiced tea that includes ginger, pandanus, cloves, fennel and lemongrass and other herbs.The ingredients are combined with water and slow boiled over a fire. The brew is said to relief the symptoms of colds and manage inconvenient conditions like flatulence and fatigue. Being phenolic in nature, the ingredients such as ginger and spices help to reduce intestinal worms and parasites. Drinking the tonic tea on a regular basis may help clean and reduce acidity in the gastrointestinal tract and improve the gut flora.
here is my version of the Serbat Tea. The brew is just as potent as the original medicinal Serbat. What is more, you get to enjoy it as a Chai when a nut milk is added.
SERBAT TEA (Spice Tea)
100 grams fresh ginger tuber ( old ginger is best )
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder or 1 small cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole cardomons
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1 tablespoon black tea or green tea leaves
Crush the clove, cardomon, ginger and cinnamon stick ( if you are using whole cinnamon ) together in a morta to just break open the spices and bleed the ginger. Place all ingredients including the tea into a tea pot and pour hot water over for an infusion of about 10 minutes. I like to wait for a couple of minutes to allow the boiling point of the water in the kettle to cool down a bit before pouring over the pot's contents.
I enjoy my Serbat with nut milks such as almond, cashew ,hazelnut or coconut. On days when I need something sweet in the mornings, I indulge in a dollop of raw honey or palm sugar ( Gula Melaka ).
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