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Spiced carrot soup – special for that time of the month

My dear female readers,  in particular those who still go through the so-called 28 day cycle, this story and recipe I share today is dedicated to you. I “became a woman” when I was quite young, barely 11 years old, naïve, didn’t know what reproduction was really about and didn’t completely understand what had just happened to my body. Fast forward 21 years and you arrive at where I was a little bit more than one year ago. I had been blessed with fairly easy going periods until all of a sudden they weren’t, and I found myself having to stay home from work too often. I was recommended a gynecologist to help me with this issue, and after a brief and very standard check up he suggested I changed my contraceptive from the very trustworthy Nuvaring which I have been using for more than 10 years, to the pill which I’ve had very bad past experiences with. When I explained my reticence, he said he had no other suggestions, so we could change to the pill and go from there. I said I would think about it, and left feeling very unsatisfied.

Later that same day I did some research online. I researched about period pains, homemade remedies, and how nutrition can have an immense benefit if used correctly. I started taking calcium (to regulate the contraction of muscles, nerve conduction, and clotting of blood), magnesium (to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression) and vitamin D (to help absorb and regulate calcium) on a daily basis as a product of my own research, which was basically me typing stuff on Google and finding straight forward answers which apparently a dude with a medical degree couldn’t do for me. Within two months my cramps had almost disappeared. Needless to say I didn’t see that doctor again. Since then, I have taken my research much further and have started treating myself in the way I need it, be it emotional or nutritional, and this recipe here is my first gift to you if you are on a similar path. Through nutrition we can give our bodies what they need during those days when we’re bloated and in pain, and in the need for something that will make us feel a whole lot better.

I started taking calcium (to regulate the contraction of muscles, nerve conduction, and clotting of blood), magnesium (to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression) and vitamin D (to help absorb and regulate calcium) on a daily basis as a product of my own research, which was basically me typing stuff on Google and finding straight forward answers which apparently a dude with a medical degree couldn’t do for me. Within two months my cramps had almost disappeared.

This carrot soup is packed with a lot of stuff that will help you feel better! Carrots are rich in iron, help control heavy bleeding thanks to the beta carotene and lessens the cramps. Garlic relieves bloating and reduces menstrual pain, and so does gingerCumin really helps with digestion in general, which is especially welcome during our time of the month. And turmeric is anti-inflammatory, reduces pain and combats premenstrual syndrome as it reduces the mood swings and depression associated. A perfect combo, ready to give you that relief you crave!

This makes enough soup for 1 person:

  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 clove or garlic
  • 1 drop of Young Living ginger essential oils (see BONUS TIPS)
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  1. Put a medium sized pot over medium heat and throw in the coconut oil. Throw in the carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat until the liquid has reduced to half. Turn off the heat.
  3. Separate the carrots and the stock.
  4. Add the turmeric, cumin, garlic and ginger to the carrots, and blend.
  5. Add as much of the stock to the carrot puré to make it into a creamy soup.
  6. Add salt to taste and the olive oil, and serve.
  7. Thank me for this marvelous recipe that you can make in no time right below in the comments!

 

BONUS TIPS:

  • I only recommend Young Living esential oils for ingestion, if you want to read about the reasons you can do so here.
  • You can use 1cm of fresh ginger root if you don’t have ginger essential oil.