How To Make Homemade Coconut Milk

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I grew up greatly disliking anything coconut. I hated the smell and taste of everything associated with it. At the time, I didn’t consider myself a picky eater and would eat almost everything… except coconut.

All that changed about 10 years ago when I had my first coconut honey macaroon at a local health food store. It was the first time I had eaten real coconut (compared to the overly sweetened coconut sold at most grocery stores), and I fell in love with it! Now I keep coconut on hand for things like homemade granola bars, to sprinkle on oatmeal, and to make homemade coconut milk.

Speaking of coconut milk… I recently made homemade coconut milk for the very first time and was so surprised at how simple it was to make! In fact, it was so easy that I’ll never have to buy it again! And like most homemade items, it’s healthier than store-bought versions, and it also saves money.

Today, I’d like to share some reasons why I think you should make homemade coconut milk and then show you how to make it as well.

Join me at Growing Up Herbal where I’m sharing why you should make coconut milk, how to make your own coconut milk (it’s sooo easy!), and a list of 10 recipes to use your coconut milk in.

Click here to read all about it and let’s get busy making some super healthy coconut milk!!

Have you ever made coconut milk? Let me hear about it below!

Kratom: A Powerful Pain-Relieving Herb

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Today we have a guest post from David Mastrine on the herb kratom. I love learning about new herbs and their many benefits. Today David focuses on using this particular herb for pain.

What is Kratom?

Mitragyna Speciosa, otherwise Known as Kratom, is a tree that is native to Southeast Asia. You can find this underrated herb growing wild in Indonesia, Thailand, the Malaysian Floristic Region and surrounding areas.

The leaves of Kratom are usually dried and made into a powder. This incredible plant can treat a vast number of ailments including Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Hypertension, Fatigue, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Many people use Kratom to simply improve their energy levels, as an alternative to coffee. We prefer to purchase our Kratom from Health Kratom as they are a trusted source and lab test all of their products.

Who Can Benefit From Kratom?

In America, the most popular and effective use for Kratom is pain relief. This herb is a Godsend for those who suffer from any form of chronic pain including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Nerve Related Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Post Surgical/Trauma Pain

If you are looking for a natural way to treat these or similar conditions, then Kratom is likely your best option. For many people, their current medication is not working or has stopped working. In this situation, one can easily transition on to Kratom as a natural effective alternative.

A few of the lesser known advantages are an increase in energy and focus as well as an improved sex drive. When taking Kratom in the form of hot tea it can be very soothing for the mouth and throat. If you have soreness in these areas, specifically the throat, a nice warm pot of Kratom tea will give you amazing relief.

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Preparing Kratom Tea

You can prepare your tea using either crushed leaves or powder. We prefer the Red Vein Bali powder from Health Kratom which you can buy here. Depending on how strong you would like it you will want to use between 3 – 6 grams of kratom (2 – 4 tsp) per cup of water. If you are using powder make sure to use a tea filter bag and not a metal tea ball. You don’t want a mug full of plant grit! Bring your water to a boil and brew the tea for at least 15 minutes to properly extract the healing alkaloids that dwell within this helpful herb.

Now at this point, you have a relatively bitter brew. If you like it that way then go ahead and drink your freshly brewed tea! Now for those of us who like our tea a little less on the bitter side, there are a few things that you can do.

  • Cut the tea with more water to make 2 diluted cups of tea (make sure to drink both!).
  • Stir in some fresh lemon juice prior to drinking.
  • Add some honey or sugar for sweetness.
  • Add a splash of coconut milk.

You can also include other herbs and tea bags into your brew to try and mask the bitterness of the Kratom. We suggest drinking it right away while it is still warm, especially if you have a sore mouth or throat. The effects of the tea will set in within 20 – 45 minutes.

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Other Ways to Use This Herb

For Extreme Pain

If you need the effects to be extra strength, say for something like break through pain relief, then you can take 4 – 5 grams of the powder and mix it with something acidic like lemon water or fresh squeezed orange juice. The acids in the juice will help to quickly break down the Kratom and assist in faster digestion. Kratom does not mix well in water alone.

For Those Sensitive to Taste

Capsules are an efficient and convenient alternative to tea or raw leaf. You can purchase perfectly measured out Kratom capsules at Health Kratom as well as the powder. If you want to make your own, measure out your Kratom powder and pack it into vegetable capsules much like you would any other supplement.

Final Notes

While this herb is incredibly helpful to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, it is important to remember Kratom is meant to treat symptoms not cure illnesses. It is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to be as active in our own health care as possible.

You can purchase kratom here.

Do you have any experience with Kratom? We would love to hear about it!

David Mastrine is a Certified Financial Advisor and Business Analyst with a focus on Quantitative Finance. Working closely with herbalists, naturopathic doctors and other holistic doctors to overcome a serious illness, David has made an oath to set aside time to write about his experiences in hopes of helping others in need. Helping others to find wellness and relief is what drives his continued study of herbs and diets.

My Health Story Part 3: The Answer To My Craziness

This post was originally published on May 6, 2011.

Don’t miss the other 3 posts of My Health Story. You can catch up by clicking below:

I want to clarify that I don’t believe people who are depressed are crazy! There is a true thing of depression that can come from chemicals taken inward or a chemical imbalance in our bodies. There are natural things to do for depression too. But this post isn’t about depression, so I won’t go into that now.

So here I was trying to live my days with extreme fatigue, having a hard time doing daily tasks, and feeling like I’m some astronaut floating in outer space anytime I went somewhere. And 3 different doctors have told me that I’m perfectly fine and healthy!  

This really started making me feel like I was crazy or a hypochondriac and imagining these things, but I thought I had a sound mind! So as I said before, I started really praying! Do you ever have something really important to pray about, but you just offer small petitions to God instead of really doing some serious praying? Well, this got serious enough for me that I was begging God for an answer!  

The Answer To My Craziness

The answer came soon after when I was speaking to a lady about my situation. I had talked to this same lady before but this time, she recalled someone that also had symptoms that doctors couldn’t explain. She gave me her name and I immediately looked her up and explained what I was going through. This lady told me about a certain chiropractor who was able to help her feel like a new person. I called this chiropractor’s office and made an appointment with “Dr. Sunshine”. I will never forget his name since he definitely brought “sunshine” in my life by making me feel better. :)

Dr. Sunshine is a “natural” chiropractor. He is a practicing chiropractor but is also very knowledgeable about supplementing. When I explained my symptoms at my first appointment, he knew what to do.  

Finally! I had found a doctor that didn’t think I was crazy or depressed! What a load lifted off my shoulders!  

What was his diagnosis?  

I was very depleted of nutrients!  

God made our bodies very complex, and they need certain “vital” nutrients to function. When we lack in these nutrients, our bodies go haywire! A variety of symptoms can happen, and nothing can make us truly feel better except replenishing ourselves. What Dr. Sunshine did was took different vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements and tested me to see what I was lacking in.  

What did I take?  

I don’t remember! 

I really wish I did, but up to this point I knew nothing of supplements and natural things, so all the names were foreign – not something my brain remembered.  I called Dr. Sunshine’s office to see if they still had my records, but unfortunately my records have been shredded.  

 {UPDATE! I recently found the paper in storage with my diagnosis! Read what it was here!}

I took these supplements and began to feel better within a few weeks. I took them for about a total of 4 months. When we replenish ourselves, it’s not a quick fix like popping a pill in our mouth and covering up symptoms. Remember how long I took antibiotics every day?  For 6 years!  I can’t expect to fix something in a short time that took 6 years to mess up. It’s a slower process as our body balances and heal themselves. 

I still have liver problems that I struggle with from the many years I took the medicine, but I’ve been able to live a normal life since I replenished my body with what it needed to function.

Join me Monday for the conclusion:

Part 4:  My Recommendation For You!