I've always had an affinity for medicinal tonics and hot drinks. Show me something that's healing, tasty and novel and I'm sold.
Perhaps it was my obsession with witchcraft as a kid. I was crazy for Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Craft, Hocus Pocus and The Wizard of Oz, and bought several earnest books about witchcraft which I have kept front and center in our bookshelf, mostly in order to startle the cat sitters when we are out of town.
I truly believed that one day I would develop magical powers. (Here's lookin' at you, 30th birthday). The closest I've come to that, however, is experimenting in my kitchen and finding various ways to use interesting ingredients that promote health, wellbeing and mental clarity. After all, we now know that witches were healers.
There is a huge part of me that has learned to be grounded and minimalistic in my approach to wellness. Eat whole foods that are grown locally and sustainably. Eat 3-4 well rounded meals per day with appropriate amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Walk a lot and do intelligent movement in the gym. Enjoy yourself when out with friends and family. Have fun, be kind and never deprive yourself. Let me just say, as a disclaimer, that this part of my approach is entirely responsible for keeping me healthy. It is my foundation, and without it I would be unstable.
Yet I find myself wanting a little extra, which is not to say that you should too. It's just that I personally crave a sprinkling of fun and enchantment on an otherwise uncomplicated situation.
I become giddy at the mention of wild mushrooms, pearl powder, collagen, kombucha, matcha or ashwagandha. If only you could have seen me the day I read Amanda Chantal Bacon's Moon Juice Cookbook. Heart pounding, I ordered a juicer, nut milk bag and dehydrator faster than you can say "lusty adaptogenic brew". (This is the kind of language she uses to describe her Hot Sex Milk on p. 121). I have found few things more seductive, food wise, than this book.
I also find it exciting to learn of the benefits that humble kitchen and pantry staples such as cinnamon, turmeric, pink sea salt, parsley, lemon and ginger possess.
This recipe is in a similar vain to Bacon's recipes. A zingy hot cocktail to leave you balanced, sharp and light on your feet. Matcha is stimulating yet calming, and boasts 3x the amount of antioxidants than regular green tea. Lemon is all kinds of healthy with its high vitamin c and phytochemical limonene content. Ginger is stimulating in its own way while also being soothing to the digestive system. Finally, the Beauty Dust. An absolutely delightful mix of beautifying herbs!
Pick Me Up Potion
8oz Hot Water
1 tsp Matcha Powder
1 inch piece of Ginger Root
1/4 Lemon with the Peel
1 tsp Moon Juice Beauty Dust (feel free to substitute with a green or collagen powder!)
Throw all the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Enjoy!
At the risk of sounding cheesy I believe that life is brimming with magic when we are willing to acknowledge it. I see it with my clients all the time - when low back pain disappears, energy increases and it just becomes easier to physically move through life. How starting the morning off in a positive way changes the course of their entire day.
I feel that magic when my stress melts away while chopping vegetables for dinner at the end of a long day; when I take a moment to look up at the trees on a wintry dog walk through the woods with my mom; when I'm walking home in a pure state of bliss after a delicious yoga practice. Heck, sometimes all it takes is a great cup of coffee. It may not be the type of witchcraft my younger self had imagined, but it feels pretty magical to me.