Are you up for warm, comforting, spicy and aromatic drink? Turmeric milk is the one. Although known perfectly as “before bed ” drink, I prepare it whenever I need to warm up. Lately I drink it quite often as it has anti-inflammatory effect thanks to wonderful turmeric, It is an old ayurvedic recipe. I wrote separate post about turmeric health benefits, so check it here. Traditional recipe includes cow milk. I replace it with plant milk, as I don’t drink cow milk since many years. My body does not digest it properly, so I resigned from it (except some dairy’s products like kefir, Greek yogurt or certain type of cheese). But coming back to turmeric milk. If you are drinking cow milk, you can still use it, although I am not a fan of it and will not promote it. It works perfectly with any plant milk. I like it with almond or coconut milk- but choose, what you like best.
I have heard for the first time about this recipe from a traveler, whom I met in Thailand in one of the the yoga centers on Koh Phangan island. He recommended it as a perfect drink if we want to avoid infections and include daily intake of turmeric in a pleasant way. As autumn is already here and winter is coming together with flu season, you can include this recipe among other natural remedies (like garlic, herbal teas, raspberry juice, oregano oil, etc.).
As I wrote in the post about turmeric,it is a golden spice, worth our attention. It helps to fight infections. It is a strong antioxidant and will definitely help you to go through autumn and winter season in health. Thanks to the spices used in the recipe, it will also have a warming up effect- ideal when the temperature outside is low.
What you need:
- a cup of plant milk (if you wish- use a cow milk, but I use coconut or almond milk for this recipe)
- 1/2 tbs of grounded turmeric powder
- 1/2 tbs of coconut oil
- pinch of cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and black pepper (powders)
- 1 tbs of honey
If we want to fully benefit from turmeric, we need to remember that active ingredients of turmeric can be absorb only with fat (here coconut oil). Additionally, the active ingredient in turmeric- a curcumin, combined with black pepper, becomes 2000 times stronger. Thus the pinch of black pepper is necessary.
How to prepare it?
Warm the milk in a pan over low-medium heat, stir occasionally. Once warm, add coconut oil and spices (turmeric,ginger, cardamon, cinnamon and black pepper) and stir until there are no chunks and the powder is absorbed into the milk. Bring it to light boil. Remove from the heat and wait few minutes until it has “drinkable” temperature. Add honey. You can now enjoy this perfectly golden drink. Enjoy!