Hi, Dave here.
Today I thought I could share with you my experience, strength and hope for the future. Sounds pretty big doesn’t it? Well, to right size this blog post I would like to touch on a problem that many of us experience daily. Arthritis.
So my mantra has become “Arthritis, Get a Grip!“.
It’s probably best to give a brief ‘back’ story at this point, otherwise there would be no point to validate this post.
In a former life I was a sheep farmer and fencing contractor and also spent many years involved in building work and such like. ie: manual work, wear and tear, good for the soul, not so good for the body!
As a result, I have pretty bad arthritis in my joints, mainly hands and feet. All of which is not only painful, but also pretty frustrating, for this sixty something year old anyway.
It also affects my guitar playing, and that my friends is not acceptable!
Now to cut a long story short, I had been taking Ibuprofen for years and when that no longer worked sufficiently, I was prescribed Naproxen, another anti-inflammatory… albeit a stronger drug.
I took this for a couple years and it seemed to help, until about four years ago… when…
One fine Saturday morning I was working in the garden at home, and I had what Barbara has described as a ‘funny turn’… funny not funny! An ambulance ride later and a day at the local hospital, we left none the wiser. Was it a Stroke, a TIA or similar? We still don’t know.
What I do know is that I am allergic to these drugs ie: all NSAIDS (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs).
How do I know this, you ask. Well, Barbara and I ‘Googled’ Naproxen and low and behold, many of the side effects that I had been experiencing were there, in black and white.
I was pretty much out of action for some months, well just pretty much out of it actually! Vague, unable to concentrate, mind fog etc etc..
Which brings us up to now, today.
I try to use only Homeopathic / Herbal remedies. Including Acupuncture, hemp hand cream, and Turmeric!
Which brings us to the point of todays blog… Golden Milk!
Turmeric is a natural anti inflammatory, and for this recipe I like to use Fresh Turmeric.
3 or 4 good sized pieces of lovely fresh turmeric.
About an inch of fresh ginger
A couple of cinnamon sticks
A dozen or so whole black peppercorns.
1 litre of milk (whatever milk you drink! I like oat milk these days)
Honey to taste.
Wash the Turmeric under a cold tap, just to get the loose bits off.
Now chop them up. A word here, I cut mine up on a piece of kitchen paper, that way the kitchen worktop stay the right colour! How does he know this you ask? Turmeric stains everything. So use the kitchen paper idea, then you don’t even have to handle the cut Turmeric.
Slice up the piece of ginger, bruise the black peppercorns in a mortar and pestle.
Put everything into a stainless steel pan or jug, adding the two cinnamon sticks, and gently bring to heat.
Theres no need to boil this, heat it up and let it simmer away for 15 to 20 mins. Give it a stir!
At this point you may want to add a little honey, just to taste.
Now, strain into a jug… pour into your favourite mug or cup.
Delicious… Hot or cold.
Keeps in the fridge for a week or so… that’s if it lasts that long!!
Turmeric’s anti inflammatory and strong antioxidant properties are well documented.
However you do need to use black pepper with the turmeric in this case to get the benefits, because of the reaction between these two. The body does not absorb the turmeric (curcumin) without black pepper (piperine)… least ways, not very well. You can always adjust the taste.
So finally, does it work? I hear you ask…
Personally I find it helps a lot, and I am all for alternative remedies.
Unfortunately I have not been able to get to an acupuncturist for the last couple of months due to the Corona Virus pandemic… but hey ho, we will get through this, together.
My own experience with pharmaceutical drugs was not good and although I am not qualified to advise about their use or non use, I can only share my experience…
I hope that you will give this a try, it really is pretty special.
Take care, stay safe Dave x