How about a sweet and summery brew for your Midsummer celebration?
Golden milks have grown in popularity beyond their Ayurvedic roots in recent years and they are such a pleasant way of enjoying the healing qualities of the sunny root known as Turmeric (Curcuma longa). Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory working its magick throughout the body, from soothing a irritated intestines to musculoskeletal pain. Turmeric's medicinal qualities are vast and I encourage you to spend time reading about it's gifts in your favorite materia medicas. You might even consider working with it for 30 days as a plant ally. Magickally, Turmeric's bright yellow roots align it with the Sun and the solar energies of vitality, will, and clarity of purpose.
When creating a Turmeric brew it is important to combine the herb with black pepper to make the plant's healing qualities more bioavailable to us which is why my variation of a golden milk is a delicious spicy brew. I've also included another Midsummer herb, Elder (Sambucus nigra), into the mix as another cooling remedy for the long days of summer.
My Midsummer Brew is created in two steps. First, you combine all the herbs in hot water and let them steep. Then you add in some coconut milk and
Begin by combining the following into a saucepan with your water:
- 2 parts Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
- 1 part Elder flower (Sambucus nigra)
- 1/4 - 1/8 part Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Bring to a boil, cover, and turn off the heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Sing to the sun and dance about the kitchen or cookfire. Then to every 1 part water add:
- 1 part coconut milk
- 2 parts milk of choice (I like almond or soy milk)
Heat your brew just before boiling, strain, and sweeten with honey or other sweetener of choice. My Midsummer Brew is delicious hot or iced!
I hope all of your Midsummer adventures are full of love and luck as only the longest day can bring! If you're looking for some divinatory insight, check out my tarot spread for the season - Bonfire Offerings : Summer Solstice Tarot Spread. Otherwise, enjoy the day and dance through the night, clever ones!