In Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine, heat bringing spices stimulate digestion and help build a naturally healthy digestive system. This digestive booster recipe is a wonderful way to incorporate these spices into the diet. Peanut butter acts as the base in this recipe – it masks the taste of the herbs and makes them easier to take. This type of herbal concoction is called an electuary. Electuaries are also made with honey or made as herbal jellies.
Please Note: If you have ulcers, or any stomach or intestinal condition which spicy foods aggravate – this recipe is not for you!
Gatlianne’s Peanut Butter Booster For A Naturally Healthy Digestive System
- 7 Tablespoons Peanut Butter (or nut butter of choice) – Make sure to read the label on the packaging carefully so you know what you’re buying (here are some tips)!
- 1/8 teaspoon (t) cayenne pepper
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 2 t. cinnamon
- 2 t. ground ginger
- 1/2 t. paprika
- 1 t. turmeric
- 1 t. coriander
“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” James A. Garfield
- Mix all spices separately to blend
- Flatten peanut butter out in a bowl and shake spices over top
- With a spatula, fold the spices into the peanut butter (will need to scrape down the spatula with a knife from time to time.) Incorporate well! You want the consistency of light dough. If it’s too thick, add a bit of peanut butter or a drizzle of honey. If it’s too thin, add 1/2 t. more of cinnamon, ginger or turmeric.
- Put onto a piece of plastic wrap, fold wrap over and shape peanut butter into a log. Put in refrigerator to harden (at least an hour)
- Take out and quickly roll log into a thinner log so that you can cut off “pills.” You want them to be little peanut butter disks, small enough to swallow if you just want to swallow but large enough to give you a dose of the spices. They will be roughly a 1/2 teaspoon worth of peanut butter. You can chew them if you like – they have some heat to them and the turmeric gives them a little bite but they aren’t bad at all. You can also use honey peanut butter for a sweeter taste.
- Place on waxed paper and sprinkle with cinnamon, ginger or corn starch so they don’t stick, coat all sides. Store in air tight container, in waxed paper.
Start with 1 per day (with food)!
Cayenne – Anti-inflammatory, Anti-irritant, Aids metabolism, Stimulates gastric secretions, Digestive disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders,
Black Pepper – Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Antioxidant, Circulation, Digestive disorders, Gas, Gastrointestinal disorders, Hay Fever, Energy Stimulation, Colds and cough
Cinnamon – Anti-fungal, Bloating, Body odor, Circulation, Blood sugar control, Nausea, Pain, Candida/Yeast infections, Gas, Fatigue, Indigestion, Energy Stimulation, Stomach Ache
Ginger – Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Anti-viral, Stimulates bile (digestion), Detoxification of system, Gas, Digestive disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders, Indigestion, Nausea, Muscle recovery
Paprika – Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, High in Vitamin C, Aids digestion,
Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory, Detoxification of system, Gas, Digestive disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders, Joint pain, Indigestion, Cellular Regeneration, Bladder Health
Coriander – Tonic, Indigestion, Nausea, Digestive Disorders, Stimulates Kidneys, Gas