Turmeric milk, also known as Golden tea, is a traditional Ayurvedic drink to boost your health. It is usually taken at night to promote sleep and heal many ailments including common colds, sore throat, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, menstrual cramps, headaches and arthritis. I can definitely confirm a good night’s sleep after having this elixir before bed.
It also promotes digestive health, relieves depression, detoxifies the liver, purifies blood, boosts circulation, accelerates wound-healing, relieves pain, protects against cardiovascular disease and helps with neurological disorders.
Most benefits of turmeric come from its key compound, curcumin, which has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiseptic properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and copper.
The healing benefits of turmeric are enhanced by adding black pepper to it. Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that helps the body absorb curcumin better. So dont leave this one out when brewing yourself a cup.
Adding other spices like cinnamon and cardamom improves the taste as well as health benefits of turmeric milk. Cinnamon helps control blood sugar, reduces bad cholesterol, improves circulation and is delicious. Cardamom improves digestion, aids detoxification and beats bad breath.
Include virgin coconut oil in this drink and it adds to the immune-boosting and cholesterol-lowering benefits of your golden turmeric milk, as well as absorbtion in the body.
How to make yourself a cup:
1 cup of organic whole (full cream) milk (can be substituted with almond or hemp milk)
1 tsp Organic coconut oil or Ghee
¼ to ½ tsp of organic turmeric powder
A grind or two of Black or white pepper.
Large pinch of cinnamon, and cardamom powder, this is optional and to taste.
Raw honey to taste.
NOTE: If one cup of milk is too much, you can substitute by using ½ c of milk to a ½ c of water.
- Warm the milk in a small pan over low-medium heat, while stirring occasionally.
- Once warm, slowly add the coconut oil and spices while continuing to stir. Mix until the powder has fully absorbed into the milk. Add a small spoonful of honey to the desired sweetness. If you have a hand blender, this works particularly well, otherwise whisk the mixture to combine.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool to a drinkable temperature. Top it off with a sprinkle of extra cinnamon and enjoy!! I like to drink it and stir occasionally making sure you aren’t greeted by a mound of turmeric powder at the bottom of your cup
Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhoea.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Due to the nature of Turmeric consult with a doctor or midwife before consuming this if you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition.