Golden Turmeric Milk has become one of my favorite warm comforting drinks that I make before bedtime or in the morning. Traditionally, Turmeric milk has been used in Indian medicine (Siddha) and Ayurvedic practices to treat colds/flus, GI issues, inflammation, arthritis, muscle spasms, skin sores and wounds, and even lung cancer. There is a lot of research on the benefits of turmeric on Alzheimers. In 2012, a study found significant improvements in behavioral and psychological symptoms in those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia.
This spice is loaded with nutrients that contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties such as manganese, iron, vitamin A, B-6, B-12, C, and D. Turmeric requires black pepper and a fat source, like coconut oil, to enhance the absorption of the active ingredient curcumin. The honey must be added after the milk has cooled a little bit not during heating because it will lose its healing effects. If one doesn't have honey they could use maple syrup as a replacement.
Traditional golden milk uses a cow's milk, however, if you have any allergies or intolerances to cow's milk substituting with a nut milk is fine. I personally use almond or hazelnut milk and it takes divine. Other oils could be used instead of coconut oil like olive, soy bean, or safflower oils to name a few. I use coconut oil for their medium-chain triglycerides as they are directly absorbed and behave a little differently in the body. For the turmeric, if you have the root instead of the powder or paste you can finely grate it into the milk.
This spice is also used as a die and can easily stain anything it comes into contact with (stronger than coffee or tea). Brush teeth with baking soda and water or use a toothpaste that contains baking soda to prevent staining of teeth.
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or regular cow's milk
- 1 tsp fresh ground turmeric (if dried, use 1/2 tsp; if paste, use 1 tsp)
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- (Optional) 1/4 tsp. fresh ground ginger ((if dried, use 1/8 tsp)
- Combine all ingredients except for the honey in a small saucepan
- Gently warm over medium flame into a light boil while stirring
- Serve, add honey or maple syrup to sweeten and a dash of cinnamon.