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I drink tea constantly, especially in the winter time. It’s warming, soothing and feels saturating for my tissues. Knowing it would be something tasty and nourishing, I asked my multi-gifted friend, dancer, fiber and ceramic artist, Body Talk practitioner and herbalist Danica Holoviak what was in her mug these days. “Fire Water,” was her immediate reply.

Juice of 1/3-1/2 of a lemon 
Couple pinches of each (to your taste): cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cayenne 
1/2 tsp molasses 
1/2 tsp coconut oil or cultured ghee 
Fill with hot water

I have been drinking this concoction for the past few weeks and it has been fabulously warming for my whole body. Plus, I believe it has helped me fight off a couple of colds that were threatening to take over. You might be surprised to see coconut oil or cultured ghee as one of the ingredients. I asked Danica to explain: “Everything in the body needs good quality fats to function. In the winter I always feel like I need a little extra. The extra oils make my skin feel more resilient to the cold, helps calm my nervous system that gets a little bit more hay-wiry when it’s cold, and helps my brain feel more efficient.” She described other benefits of high quality fats:

 Boosts energy
 Boosts brain function
 Improves immune function
 Supports endocrine function
 Improves blood glucose regulation
 Helps detox the body
 Reduces inflammation
 Supports healthy skin
 Aids in digestion and nutrient assimilation
 Coconut oil has vitamins K and E and iron
 Ghee is a rich source of Vit A and also contains Vit D

I, myself, am a big fan of adding coconut oil to my teas and ghee to my soups. I notice that I breathe easier and my tissues feel plumper and are not as dry. Danica quoted Rebecca Wood: “Quality fats, energetically speaking, lend a sense of ease, security and of being grounded.” We could all use some of that!

Danica is a remarkable Body Talk practitioner. To read more about her work, see her website. You can also take pottery lessons from her at La Mano Pottery.