As promised on Instagram, I wanted to share a recipe for a magical concoction I've been whipping up A LOT lately, mainly because of its super anti-inflammatory properties and healing benefits. Turmeric is a staple in my kitchen; I enjoy the root almost daily, both in this lovely milk and as a seasoning (combined with black pepper) in many of my other "clean" recipes.
If you guys are unfamiliar with turmeric, it's an aromatic spice with a bright yellow-orange hue that you want to get to know! Here are some fun facts about its benefits and origin:
W h e n t o e n j o y i t: about an hour before bedtime - as you would a soothing tea or a relaxing nightcap!
W h y i t 's g o o d f o r y o u: Turmeric contains loads of nutrients, as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. It also contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
W h a t i t ' s u s e d t o t r e a t: sore throats, colds, flus, stomach aches, wounds, abrasions, skin issues (it has been shown to improve skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and acne)
A n c i e n t m e d i c i n a l u s e s: jaundice, menstrual problems, blood in the urine, hemorrhaging, toothaches, bruises, chest pain, flatulence, and colic.
I t s h i s t o r y: Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric has been used as a healing spice in Eastern cultures for thousands of years. It has also been traditionally used for flavoring and coloring in Asian cooking, and as a fabric dye.
- 1 can of organic coconut milk
- 2 tsp. of turmeric powder
- 1/2 medium-sized turmeric root (these look like little caterpillars, as you can see in the Instagram pic!)
- 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 of fresh ginger (can substitute with 2 tsp. of ginger powder, though fresh ginger is preferred)
- 1 tsp. raw local honey (can also use 1/4 teaspoon of Stevia)
- a few dashes of black pepper (peppercorn enhances the absorption of curcumin, the main component found in turmeric responsible for its medicinal properties)
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
Here's how to make it:
- Use a blender (for about a minute) or a NutriBullet (for about 30 seconds) to combine all the ingredients, except the honey.
- Pour mixture into a small saucepan over high heat, and bring to a light boil, whisking thoroughly.
- Reduce heat and let mixture simmer for up to 10 minutes. Stir in the honey (and/or Stevia) a few minutes before removing from the stove.
- Enjoy! I find this drink to be the most soothing if you drink it when it's still warm!
*If you do not have a blender, you can use still combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, and simply strain the milk of excess turmeric root, peppercorns or ginger before serving. If you do not have a blender, it is recommended you grate the ginger and finely chop the turmeric root before adding ingredients to saucepan.