Turmeric is a wonder herb. I love it. I love it so much I wrote a post outlining 6 of its top health benefits.
In his book Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, says of turmeric: “No other food ingredient has such a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.”
HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST BENEFITS OF TURMERIC:
1.) Turmeric is cancer fighting.
2.) Turmeric relieves arthritis.
3.) Turmeric is a natural antibacterial agent.
4.) Turmeric can protect against Alzheimers.
5.) Turmeric can help maintain weight and promote weight loss.
6.) Turmeric is antioxidant/immune-boosting.
Learn more about its many benefits here!
I’m sharing my favorite recipe for turmeric milk, also known as “golden milk tea,” which is a traditional healing beverage from Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric isn’t the only healing ingredient in this delicious, warming beverage; cinnamon, raw honey, coconut milk, and ginger are all incredibly beneficial.
Cinnamon is known for its ability to control blood sugar as well as its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Honey (especially raw, local, + organic) helps stave off allergies and contains trace amounts of a vast array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Coconut milk may aid in weight loss and boosting metabolism, improve immune function, and even reduce heart disease risk.
Ginger has been known to reduce inflammation and is perhaps best known for its ability to soothe stomach problems.
Black pepper plays a very important roll in this beverage. Introducing black pepper into a dish with turmeric in it boosts the bioavailability of curcumin, the active compound in the herb, by up to 2000% (source). Without black pepper, our bodies simply don’t absorb the optimal amount of curcumin from turmeric.
Now, let’s make some turmeric milk!
1 can (or about 12 ounces) coconut milk
1/4 cup water
1 tsp turmeric, ground
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
Pinch of black pepper
Pinch of ginger, ground (optional)
1 tbsp honey
1.) Pour all ingredients – except for honey – into saucepan. Mix together well with whisk.
2.) Simmer on low. After about 10 minutes, add honey. Mix well.
3.) Continue to simmer on low for another 5-10 minutes. Do not boil.
This recipe makes 1-2 servings, depending on how much you want :)
You may make a larger batch and store in the refrigerator.