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Gold Wellness Drink + Broth of Life

The year was 2011 and I had just been bragging to my acupuncturist about how I never get sick. Famous last words. I woke up with a runny nose, fuzzy head, and a bit of the aches. You'd have thought I would've learned my lesson, but when I said to my friend at brunch on Saturday, "It'll probably be gone by tomorrow", you can imagine: it only got worse the next day. Being my pitta-self, I didn't just drink a little tea and hope for the best.

I went after this cold with the full arsenal of my holistic cold-fighting wisdom.

Three full days of r&r later, and I felt much better.  You can tell by the symptoms I mentioned above my agni was low. One of the worst things you can do when agni is low and you've got a cold is to eat a lot. As soon as I realized my body needed more support (and if only I'd noticed sooner!) I kept my diet extra light and full of warming spices and foods. These two recipes you find below were my lifeline. They immediately helped me feel better, and over the years since I posted this recipe on my blog I've heard from many of how they saved them too. 

And in case you're curious about what else went into my immune system bolstering routine for those three days, check out the bottom of this post. 

To health!


Either you can willingly limit yourself or Nature will limit you. Disease is Nature’s way of forcing you to slow down and rest. This is why She is called Mother Nature: She loves you so much that She cannot bear to see you ruining yourself. She warns you of your errors over and over, and turns to drastic measures only when you obstinately refuse to listen to Her. It is a classic case of freedom versus responsibility: either you restrict your freedom a little bit each day, or Nature will come along and restrict it for you for days, weeks or months at a time.
— Dr. Robert Svoboda in Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution
gold turmeric lemon wellness tea


Turmeric, the golden powder that gives this drink its color, has been highly revered in Ayurveda for thousands of years and is now touted for numerous health benefits by modern medicine as well. Turmeric is warming and can suit all three doshas in moderation. Turmeric is useful in relieving pain, improving circulation, and stimulating agni. A simple google of "turmeric health benefits" shows the popularity of this simple root.

Makes 1 serving. 


1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 a lemon, chopped in half

1+ tsp fresh grated ginger

1 pint hot water

...once tea is cool enough to drink, add:

1 teaspoon + honey.

If just making a cup, halve this recipe.

broth of life soup



  • 6 stalks celery
  • 1 bunch swiss chard
  • 2 beets + greens
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger, sliced
  • 5 large cloves of garlic
  • small piece of kombu
  • water to cover

Simmer above ingredients covered for 2 hours.

Strain & save. Drink as you like to keep you breathing. (It's great for congestion)

For a meal if you have the appetite, cook 1/4 c of basmati rice in 3 cups broth.

If you've had too much ginger tea and you're starting to overheat, top your broth with chopped cilantro.


More of my health reviving tools for a cold: 

  • ocean-fulls of turmeric, ginger & honey tea.

  • broths of all kinds (except chicken, doh)

  • vitamin C galore

  • chinese herbs

  • ayurvedic herbs

  • triphala

  • more tea

  • some aloe vera juice

  • Umcka (not even sure what this stuff does, but it seems pretty good)

  • hot baths with epsom salts, lavender & peppermint

  • White flower oil (I practically bathed in it)

  • a neti pot almost becoming my fifth appendage

  • yoga postures like baddha konasana with my king size pillow behind my back

  • acupressure points (genius for my headache)

  • and the hardest to fit in, but most important: REST!