Turmeric is a principle herb in Ayurveda (India's ancient holistic health system). Turmeric is believed to cleanse the blood, maintain healthy skin, assists the nervous system, helps the body absorb vitamins & minerals, purges wastes & builds healthy blood. Turmeric may benefit the circulatory system & a woman's reproductive system. Turmeric is believed to keep eyes healthy, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, support the liver, balance blood sugar, help maintain normal cholesterol levels & more!
There are many ways to incorporate Turmeric into your diet by using the herb to season your food, taking a supplement, adding it to smoothies & one of my favorites, as Turmeric Milk aka Golden Milk.
If you decide to add a turmeric supplement to your regimen, I strongly recommend you try to get a brand that is free from additives. I used to recommend Organic India because it is bottled in glass jars, has no fillers, is organic & uses ginger to boost absorption. But they now add pepper per consumer demand. I do not consume pepper because it is an inflammatory. Pepper is not necessary to increase absorption if turmeric is enjoyed with a fat like it is in this recipe. In supplement form, ginger helps increase absorption. Or, simply take the supplement with a fat containing meal. Unfortunately, once folks become fixed on an idea, it is nearly impossible to change their mind. After all, everyone else is doing it. If you wish to avoid pepper, I recommend Nature's Life. It does have fillers, it is not organic, & the bottle is not glass. My options have become severely limited as you can see. The herd mentality says, "Give us pepper!" & manufactures comply. And why wouldn't they? It only makes sense to follow the money. There is no logical reason to make something if no one will buy it.
Ready to make some delicious turmeric milk? You can use fresh organic grass fed whole milk, organic coconut milk (best choice), organic oat milk, or your own homemade nut milk or Malk. I don't recommend any store bought milk alternatives due to all of the additives - including the certified organic brands other than Malk & Oatsome. You want to be healthy right? If you don't have all the ingredients on hand, we have provided links to each ingredient so that you may order them without having to search all over the internet.
1/4 C Turmeric Root Powder
1 TSP Cinnamon
1 TSP Ginger
1 TSP Ashwagandha Powder (optional, do not use if you have autoimmune disease)
1 C Milk, Coconut Milk, or Homemade Dairy Alternative
1 TBSP Coconut Oil or MCT Oil
Honey or Maple Syrup to taste
Gently mix the turmeric, cinnamon, ginger & ashwagndha powders together until evenly blended.
Add approx. 1 TSP (or more to taste) of the mixed powder to about 1 TBSP of your milk choice to a matcha bowl or drinking mug & whisk together (with a bamboo whisk if using a match bowl or a metal whisk if using a drinking mug) until a smooth runny paste is formed. Add the remaining milk, coconut oil & honey, whisking vigorously or blend in a blender. Note that without continuous stirring the powders will settle to the bottom of your mug. You can drink the dredges or try reusing them for a second cuppa.
Serve hot: Heat the mixture over the stove.
Serve cold: Add to a blender with some ice.
You can also use the powder in smoothies, add it to coffee or cocoa, whatever appeals to your personal taste.
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