Turmeric milk is one of my favorite night time drinks, other than hot tea. It is comforting and soothing at night and very nutritious. Nothing compares to the smell of turmeric milk warming up on the stove. Turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Warm beverages, both in the evening and in the morning, provide soothing effects to the digestive system.
Turmeric, The Golden Healing Spice
Turmeric has been around for hundreds of years and is known as the “healing” spice to the Eastern cultures. It is known to help with sore throats, colds, flus, stomach aches, wounds, skin problems and abrasions. Just like coconut oil, turmeric provides antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The combination of turmeric and peppercorn enhances the absorption of curcumin, the main ingredient found in turmeric. Recipe:
2 Cups milk (whole fat dairy, almond, coconut, hemp, whatever you’d like…but I prefer almond)
1 tbsp local, raw honey (can substitute with stevia for less sugar)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp black pepper and grated ginger
Pour all ingredients (except for the honey) into a small saucepan and whisk into a light boil. Reduce the heat to low for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the milk (if you have large pieces of ginger or peppercorn). Then add the honey (you don’t want to cook the honey) and an extra dash of cinnamon and enjoy! It is best served warm.
*Be careful not to cook the honey because raw honey is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It contains significant amounts of: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulfur, and phosphate. Honey in its proper form, not heated, is one of nature’s most healing substances.
Brooke Mader MS, FDN-P, CHHC, has a master's degree in Functional Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health and practices in California. Brooke has an understanding of the complex role of food and nutrition on our health.