5 Herbs & Oils (Plus 1 Recipe) to Make You Feel Amazing
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5 Herbs & Oils (Plus 1 Recipe) to Make You Feel Amazing

Natural and used for Thousands of Years

La Haute Staff Writer | March 14, 2019

“All good things are wild and free.” Henry David Thoreau

In the wellness world, adaptogens are en vogue, but that scientific-sounding word is really just a newish way of talking about centuries-old herbal remedies. Adaptogens are herbs and compounds that interact with your body to make you more resilient. When you’re stressed, they can help bring you back into balance. Here are five we love, and why. (Hint: they’re pretty much all anti-inflammatory.)

Coconut Oil
It ups your “good” cholesterol levels (HDL) while helping to convert “bad” cholesterol (LDL) into the good kind. It’s also great for hair and skin. You can cook with it, mix it into your coffee, or use it as a daily skin moisturizer.


Devil’s Claw
Traditionally used to treat arthritis and back pain, devil’s claw gets its name from tiny curled petals that cover the plant’s fruit. The roots are ground and put into capsules, which you can take daily for joint and heart health.


Galangal
Although it looks like ginger, galangal root tastes completely different. It’s earthy and extra-citrusy, and it’s great for making soups and curries. Traditionally used in the Middle East to treat arthritis, it’s also known to improve digestion.


Ginger
A staple of Chinese medicine and Asian cooking, ginger root aids in digestion, relieves nausea, reduces inflammation and can even calm your nerves. Try it in stir fries, teas, tonics, capsules—your options are endless.


Turmeric
It’s anti-inflammatory, and it’s super versatile—you can cook with it, sprinkle it on eggs, or take it in capsule form. We love to mix it with coconut or almond milk and a little bit of ginger to make turmeric lattes. So delicious.

The simplest ways to start bringing these herbs and oils into your diet is to cook with them, or take them in capsule form. To get you started, here’s a quick recipe for a delicious, anti-inflammatory ginger turmeric tea.

Mix turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, almond milk, and water together to make golden milk. Stir in a little bit of honey or maple syrup with cinnamon to sweeten.

Easy, Essential Golden Milk

What You’ll Need

1 cup almond, coconut, or hemp milk

1 cup water

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 fresh turmeric root, peeled and diced (or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)

1 fresh ginger root, peeled and diced (or 1 teaspoon ground ginger)

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional: 1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or sweetener of choice

Small saucepan

Mesh strainer

What You’ll Do

Whisk the milk, water, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, and sweetener (if using) together in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.

Bring the mixture to a low boil.

Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes, until everything is well blended.

Pour through a mesh strainer into mugs and top with cinnamon.

Golden milk is a warming treat at breakfast, at the end of the workday or before bed.

This recipe makes about 2 cups and takes 10 to 20 minutes (depending on whether you’re using fresh or ground spices). It’s best served warm, but can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. If you have trouble falling asleep, make a nightly ritual out of preparing it and drink it before bedtime.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.