Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tummy Rescue Smoothie

You may have good results with the tummy rescue smoothie recipe below, which I developed in response to a “gluten emergency” of my own. The healing properties of each ingredient are also listed. Puree in blender until smooth, and slightly thickened. It is most soothing when consumed while still warm from the hot tea

1 cup hot freshly brewed nettle leaf tea (anti-histamine, anti-spasmodic)
¼ Cup Santa-Cruz pear juice (flavoring/sweetener - pears are the least allergenic of fruits)
¼ - ½ teaspoon whole fennel seed (reduces gas & bloating)
2 Tablespoons slippery elm powder (healing & soothing to mucous membranes and the gut)
1 Tablespoon flax seed oil (soothing, anti-inflammatory)
¼ - ½ cup rice milk (hypo allergenic, use to thin to desired consistency)

This smoothie is best consumed in small sips over an hour or so. Magnesium also helps with pain and relaxes muscle spasms, so taking a little extra magnesium may be of benefit. For severe symptoms, drink the smoothie while reclining in bed, with a warm castor oil pack over the abdomen, covered by a heating pad set on low. Do not leave the pack in place for more than an hour.