Golden Turmeric Milk




Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice with many medicinal properties. It is a relative to the ginger plant.  Widely used in many Asian cuisines for flavor, it is used medicinally in Ayurveda.  Turmeric is one of the most researched herbs highlighting its numerous benefits.  










Benefits of Turmeric *

            • Anti-inflammatory 
            • Anti-oxidant 
            • Supports immune function 
            • Supports liver function and detoxification 
            • Supports digestion 
            • Improves gut inflammation and gut permeability
            • Analgesic
            • Supports every system of the body

I started taking turmeric as an analgesic and for its anti-inflammatory properties a couple of years ago.  I’ve noticed a significant improvement with my arthritis and my digestive system.  One tasty way to add turmeric to my diet I discovered is to drink Golden Turmeric Milk.  I enjoy this beverage in the morning, afternoon or evening.   Sometimes turmeric may upset my stomach since it is a pungent and a heating spice.  Eating turmeric in foods or beverages with some good healthy fat (coconut oil or ghee) helps to alleviate stomach upset and allows for better absorption of the spice along with it’s healing properties.  Find a good source of Turmeric powder such as Banyan Botanicals and make yourself a cup of Golden Milk. 

TURMERIC PASTE

Yield: 1 cup
INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup turmeric powder 
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or ghee 
  • 2-3 tbs raw honey or maple syrup (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine turmeric and 1 1/2 cups of water in a small pot, stirring constantly with a whisk.  Bring mixture to a very gentle simmer stirring constantly. 
  3. Add mixed spices and continue to cook on low, stirring for 3 – 5 minutes, or until paste is thick and smooth. 
  4. Turn off heat and add coconut oil or ghee.  Continue to stir until completely smooth. 
  5. Add optional sweetener, and thoroughly mix it while mixture cools.
  6. Transfer to clean glass jar. Mixture will thicken as it cools. Place lid on jar after mixture has completely cooled. Store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.  Use a clean spoon each time. 

GOLDEN MILK 

Place 1 cup milk or non-dairy milk of choice in a small pot. Add 1-2 teaspoonful of Turmeric Paste and simmer mixture  just to a boil. Place in a mug. May add a pinch of cinnamon or turmeric.  Enjoy! 








*References:

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/turmeric/ataglance.htm
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/ss/slideshow-psoriasis-research-trends?ecd=soc_tw_170212_cons_ss_psoriasisresearchtrends

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