Golden Milk & why everyone is drinking it

golden milk

While I'm always willing to try weird home-made remedies, it's usually for the sake of experiencing it without expecting the results they promise. Mainly because there are so many "trends" now that no one even knows what's real or not!

I've seen a lot of posts about golden milk on Pinterest and other blogs that I follow so it's always been in the back of my mind. But the other day, someone had posted about it in a fitness Facebook group swearing that this helped with their stomach issues (and that they also don't usually fall for health trends/fads). 

That finally gave me the motivation to say "OKAY!" and actually try it. Also, I already had all the ingredients in my apartment–so why not.

My disclaimer for this is that I do not like spicy things. If I feel like I need to eat an entire loaf of bread and drink a gallon of water in order to get rid of the spicy-ness, then it's not worth eating/drinking whatever the spicy thing is. 

Well, unfortunately, golden milk is a little spicy. Not like hot sauce spicy, but burn-your-throat-a-little spicy. Because, y'know, turmeric. However, it still tastes okay and if you add enough honey or maple syrup it dulls the burning. 

SO, why are people drinking golden milk?

Well, it has anti-inflammatory properties, can boost your immune system, and may be a good digestive aid. Some people have also said it helps with anxiety and is really soothing. 

How do you make golden milk?

First of all, there's a lot of recipes that just include turmeric, ginger, milk and some honey. I do not recommend that unless you are 10/10 a fan of turmeric and don't mind drinking something that tastes pretty gross.

If you're a fan of chai lattes and want something a little more enjoyable, follow this recipe:

Make this small spice mixture to store an airtight container:
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger

Heat one cup of milk (I used coconut milk) in a small sauce pan on medium heat until it starts to steam (not boil!), then add in 1 tsp of the spice mixture and stir constantly while heating for another 2 minutes. Don't let it boil!

Once finished, add in 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and (a decent amount of) honey or maple syrup to taste.

Let me know if you try it!

P.S. People also add golden milk to coffee, so naturally I will be trying that at some point. 

Cold Brew at Home – Slingshot Coffee Concentrate

slingshot coffee concentrate

It's pretty much common knowledge that I have an unhealthy obsession with coffee. Meaning, even if I shouldn't have any more, I'm probably still standing in line at my local coffee shop anyway. I may also be driving up to 45 minutes for a good cup of pour over. Ridiculous.

I've also been crazy stalking both Whole Foods in Tampa to see if they've started stocking bottles of cold brew yet–and I mean useful bottles that will last, none of their single-serve ones that I'd have to purchase seven of in order to get through the week.

Well that day has finally come and I found Slingshot Coffee concentrate. Since it's concentrate, I only need to use about half a cupful each time. Then I add equal parts water and either drink it black or with a little bit of coconut milk. It's not bitter at all, which is great! (And the reason why I can drink it black).

This bottle has lasted me for at least four or five cups, so it's definitely worth the purchase. It also keeps me from excessively stopping for over-priced cups of coffee and drinking too much dairy. (I'm tempted to start carrying cups of coconut milk with me when I know I'm headed to a coffee shop).

My next goal is for my Whole Foods to start carrying Stumptown's new coconut cold brew, because I miss New York and I miss Stumptown Coffee.

Any other cold brew recommendations? Or alternatives to dairy (because I'm still not 100% sold on the coconut milk)?

Spot Treatment for Breakouts

murad and caudalie

My face has been horrible recently. Horrible. And I have absolutely no idea why. I mean it may be because I wasn't making the best healthy choices when it came to food, but still. My face is all broken out in my T-zone and they spots don't want to go away for anything.

I'm not usually prone to crazy breakouts. I'll sometimes get one spot every-so-often, but it's still an annoying one that refuses to budge Regardless, I still try to find a good spot treatment for when it does happen (whether it's a mild spot or a crazy breakout like right now).

The actual spot treatment that I like is Murad's Acne Spot Fast Fix. It's a thin gel with micronized benzoyl peroxide to eliminate bacteria. It is supposed to be non-irritating, but I would recommend only applying a light layer if you have sensitive skin. It works well, but if I put on too much, it can cause some redness.

My other favorite way to heal a breakout (or prevent them!) is to use a detox mask. Both of these masks and be used on your whole face or as a spot treatment. My favorites are the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask and the Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores.

The Caudalie Instant Detox Mask clears the pores of impurities and toxins, purifies from pollution, and gives your skin a nice boost. Your skin feels tighter, toned, and fresh after using this as a mask, but I also like to apply some as a spot treatment and leave overnight if I realize a spot is forming.

The Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores does exactly that. The activated charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers. As this mask dries, you can kind of see it pulling impurities out of your pores. Once it's try, you rinse it off to leave clean and purified skin! I do use this one as a spot treatment as well, but I don't leave it on overnight because it dries a lot and visibly pulls at the skin surrounding it.

Bleached Hair + Olaplex

bleached hair with olaplex

Olaplex isn't a new thing, but I just recently found someone in my hometown who offers it to her clients. It's a three-part-system that is free of silicone or oils and links broken bonds in the hair during/after chemical services to make them stronger than they were before.

The first two steps, your stylists does while doing your hair. The third step is a take-home treatment that you use as a hair mask once a week. 

Now, my hair isn't super light (I was too traumatized by the last time I lightened my hair to do anything too drastic), but my hair is super sensitive. If I tried to lighten it at all, it would immediately be fried. It also wouldn't curl. My senior year of high school, I had bleach blond hidden highlights (I know what you're thinking and yes it was a poor decision), and the blond strands were like semi-straight pieces of straw mixed in with my curls. 

When I got my hair done with Olaplex, it was like I hadn't sat with chemicals on my hair for a half hour. It still curls, it's completely healthy, and it acts like my normal, non-lightened hair. I mean, my hair isn't bleach blond (which is a good thing), but it's still been lightened a lotI'm also planning on lightening it more at some point, which proves how good Olaplex is because I typically panic about doing anything that might damage my hair.

Plus, my hair feels so smooth and healthy right after using the take-home treatment. It's seriously like magic.