Turmeric milk is a traditional Indian and Ayurvedic beverage that is typically drunk before bed. Similar to what we do here in the States with warm milk before bed. Although, I never really enjoyed warm milk before bed as a kid, I sure do enjoy this delicious beverage. The warming effect it has on the body puts you right to sleep!
I chose to add ginger to my recipe to further enhance the anti-inflammatory properties (especially for the digestive tract!). Honey is optional as a sweetener…but it does also add more medicinal properties! I use coconut milk because it is full of healthy fats and contains lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids and capric acid, which have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
Turmeric has many beneficial healing properties and have been shown to:
Ease arthritis pain, due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties
Help the liver detoxify by enhancing liver function, and also enhances the flow of bile (aka gallstone prevention!)
Boost blood circulation, and also thins the blood (CAUTION to those already on a blood-thinning medication)
Heal and soothe the digestive tract, and even help prevent ulcers due to the antiseptic properties
Reduce the pain and fever associated with illness
A large group of logical examinations have additionally taken a look at the capacity of curcumin to battle cancer. Curcumin murders a few sorts of cancer cells in the lab. In animals, curcumin prevents or slows tumor in the skin, breast, liver, fore-stomach, duodenum and colon. Curcumin likewise has anti-angiogenic properties; interpretation: curcumin truly slows new blood vessel development in tumors, causes asphyxiation of tumors and therefore keeping their growth and metastases.
Here is how to make this delicious healing beverage:
2 cups coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (the absorption of turmeric is actually enhanced when combined with black pepper)
1″ piece of ginger sliced
raw honey to sweeten, if desired
*Note: If you have an ulcerative intestinal problem, omit the black pepper as it can be problematic with ulcers. Black pepper can even make small cuts in the bowels of people with Crohn’s disease
In a saucepan add all ingredients (except honey, if using) and whisk to combine
Heat over medium heat until it starts to bubble
Then turn heat down to low and simmer for about 5 minutes so the flavors meld
Strain out the ginger
Add honey and stir
Makes 2 servings, so you can share the love
Here’s how I keep it on hand for ease of use:
In a small jar combine:
3 Tbsp turmeric
2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp powdered ginger
Cover the jar and shake to combine
To use: Mix 1 teaspoon of the powdered mix with 1 cup of milk