The Spice Must Flow!

Spices are more than just tasty ways to enhance your food. They can be powerful remedies that provide inexpensive relief without harmful side-effects. One of the most versatile spices is turmeric. It has been used for thousands of years to treat many illnesses.

Recent studies show that turmeric can treat joint pain and even protect the brain from Alzheimer's Disease. If you decide to try a turmeric supplement. pre-made capsules can be purchased at most major health food stores. If you purchase capsules, make sure the formula includes piperine (a black pepper component) to increase the bioavailability.

You also have the option to make your own capsules and include other helpful spices like ginger and cinnamon, known for their anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. The recipe below is formulated to fill size 00 gel caps, available from most health food stores or online.

We jokingly call the turmeric pills "Melange" after the spice from the sci-fi cult classic "Dune", but this formula wont allow you to fold space. It is just a great way to naturally relieve arthritis and joint pain. Let the spice flow!

Melange (Turmeric Capsules)

1/2 cup organic turmeric
1/4 cup ground black pepper
1 Tbsp maca root powder*
1 Tbsp ceylon cinnamon
1 Tbsp ginger root
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper

Mix ingredients well and load in to 00 gel caps. This can be done by hand or by using a capsule filler. With the capsule filler, you will not need to take as many capsules to feel the effects because it tamps down more ingredients in to each pill. You may want to wear gloves regardless of the method. Turmeric will stain your fingers yellow.

Make 166 00-sized capsules

Dosage: Take 1-3 pills per day with a meal. You should notice a reduction in joint pain within 3 days. Adjust dosage depending on your needs.


WARNING: While these ingredients are "just spices", they do have therapeutic effects and can interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications. Be sure to discuss incorporating turmeric in to your supplement regime with your doctor.

Flavored vodka can be a sugary trap

If you are carefully tracking your carbohydrate intake, you might be using vodka as your adult beverage of choice. It's true that plain vodka does not contain carbohydrates, but that is not necessarily the case with flavored vodkas. While current laws do not require distillers to release carbohydrate content, individuals have contacted different alcohol companies in the past requesting carbohydrate information. Informal claims range from zero for Absolut brand, 2g/shot for some Smirnoff flavors, and up to 6.6g/oz for some 360 brand Vodka flavors.

Until distillers officially release carbohydrate content information, why take the chance on hidden carbohydrates you do not need? Luckily you can replicate a lot of the flavors by simply using plain vodka along with sugar-free syrups. Torani and Da Vinci are the two sugar-free syrup leaders, both offering many quality options without the potential carb count of flavored vodka products. While originally created as coffee syrups, these flavored syrups work just as well for your mixology experiments. Other syrup brands may be available at places like Dollar Tree and World Market. Just check the label carefully to make sure the syrups do not contain sugar. In the case of Dollar Tree, their Cafe al Fresco syrup IS sugar-free, but it does not state it is a sugar-free product on the label.

The chart below gives some  guidelines to creating your very own sugar-free vodka flavors (or download the pdf). As for ratio of vodka to flavored syrup, that can depend a great deal on vodka brand as well as brand of sugar-free syrup you are using. Start with 1oz of vodka to .5 oz of flavoring and adjust to taste from there.

Turmeric Milk for Colds

This home remedy is based on an ancient Ayurvedic recipe for coughs, colds and sore throats. Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and anti-oxidant properties. Sipping turmeric milk can reduce nasal congestion, sooth sore throats, and reduce the length and severity of your cold. 

Modern Savage Living testers have found turmeric milk to be more effective than over-the-counter syrups and pills. The best part is it tastes great and does not have the side effects of commercial cold remedies.

Turmeric Milk

  • 2 cups organic full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 2 black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Liquid Stevia, raw honey or organic erythritol (optional)

Place all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat – stir frequently. Sweeten to taste. Pour through a strainer into a mug and drink hot.

NOTE: The coconut milk in this recipe can be replaced with cream or raw whole milk. If using raw milk, carefully follow the instructions on the Windsor Dairy recipe page