Turmeric is becoming widely popular for its many health benefits such as aiding in digestion, improving immune function and possibly protecting against some cancers. But who thinks about putting it in their tea? I know when I get excited about reaching for a cup of hot tea, I typically opt for a green tea, something with Jasmine, or even peppermint (when I'm not nursing) :-)
Though it doesn't sound delicious, this ancient golden milk is slowly creeping in as a staple in our household for the winter months to avoid illness and build our immune systems. Some of you may be wondering, "Can't I just add turmeric to my food instead of drinking this beloved milk"? The answer is yes! But when is the last time it was a front runner in your spice cabinet?
Did you know that it also contains curcumin which is known to halt enzymes that may be responsible for converting environmental toxins into carcinogens in the body? Curcumin also increases digestion of fats and sugars which helps with inflammation in your digestive system. Pretty cool, huh?
*Please note: The University of Maryland Medical Center released a study stating that it is OK to cook with turmeric while pregnancy and/nursing but to avoid turmeric supplements without medical advice. As always, I suggest talking to your medical provider if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any health conditions.
On to the recipe....
Turmeric Tea aka Ancient Golden Milk
2 cups of you milk of choice (Almond, Cashew, Coconut, or Dairy Milk)
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of raw honey or maple syrup (optional, you may use stevia)
Pinch of black pepper (aids in turmeric absorption)
Tiny piece of fresh peeled ginger root OR 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
First, blend all ingredients in a high power blender or food processor.
Pour into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 min over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
Want to make a batch of Tea Mix?
Use this recipe and make tea mix ahead of time and store in a air tight container until use.
1/2 cup of turmeric powder
1/4 cup of cinnamon powder
2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
1-2 Tablespoons of ground ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Add mixture to 2 cups of milk and 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup (if desired) and blend together.
Warm as directed above.
Drink Immediately :-)
As with many recipes, you will find many different version of turmeric tea.
To gain the full benefits, you must have 4 things:
- BLACK PEPPER
- HEALTHY FAT FOR ABSORPTION
Do you make your own version of this delicious and beneficial tea? Drop your favorite recipe in the comments below. ENJOY!