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Fall is here and although saying goodbye to summer can be tough for many, I'm looking forward to rainy weekends when I can cozy up with a book and drink hot pumpkin spice latte. Make your own pumpkin spice mix and store it in a glass jar - it comes handy when you're craving something warming to the body and mind.
Pumpkin spice is warming and healing. Ginger, a well know rhizome is good for controlling nausea of all types. It is also an excellent digestive, aiding in the absorption of food, and elimination of gas and bloating. Ginger stimulates circulation so it is good for cold hands and feet and we all need that in the cold months that lie ahead!
Cloves is a powerful antifungal and antimicrobial, making it a clear choice to promote digestive health.
Cinnamon helps with reducing blood glucose levels in those with type 2 diabetes, and is also proven to reduce triglycerides, LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and total cholesterol, as well as ward off urinary tract infections.
I often use essential oils in my drinks but be mindful about the quality of essential oils used. They must be of high quality and food grade. I have been using these for years.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
1 cup milk (dairy or non dairy)
1 tsp pumpkin spice (see recipe below)
Cream/Coconut cream/Frothed milk (all optional)
Homemade Pumpkin Spice:
4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
All spices should be finely powdered.
Heat milk, then blend with pumpkin puree and spices.
Add cream, coconut cream or frothed milk if desired.