Healing, soothing and delicious, this spiced turmeric milk is a good drink to indulge in before going to bed or first thing in the morning.
Age is supposed to confer wisdom, but the main thing I notice these days is that my joints are a little creaky. I try to alleviate this by getting as much turmeric into my diet as I can. This is the first time I’ve made it the star of the show, however.
Building on my recent success with hemp milk, I decided to combine these two oriental power houses to make spiced turmeric milk. If the hemp doesn’t get you, the turmeric will.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) comes from the same Zingiberaceae family as ginger and is native to south Asia. Known as the Golden Goddess in some cultures, it has been used as a healing spice for thousands of years. Although the curcumin it contains is best known as a powerful anti-inflammatory, turmeric has many other benefits.
I’m not going to list all of them here as there are plenty of more knowledgeable sources of information than mine. Suffice it to say it’s meant to be good for colds, digestion, poor circulation and arthritis. It’s also said to help prevent or treat many of the diseases which are so prevalent in our time: cancer, Alzheimer’s diabetes and IBS to name but a few.
Spiced Turmeric Milk
I added a couple of other healing spices to my turmeric milk: cinnamon and cardamom. Not only do they have their own healing properties, but they taste good too. Cinnamon helps to control blood sugar and cardamom is a stomach soother. The last thing to go into the mix was honey.
Honey is another ancient healer and contains trace amounts of many vitamins and minerals. I understand the Ayurvedic tradition is to drink turmeric milk before going to bed as it helps to promote sleep, but it’s also good as a morning pick-me-up.
The spiced turmeric milk turned out to be a lot nicer than I was expecting, delicious in fact. Taking one’s medicine has never been so pleasant. You can of course, use whatever milk you like, but the hemp milk gives it a nice nutty flavour that acts as a complementary backdrop to the spices and honey.
Spiced Turmeric Milk – Top Tip
The body needs a certain amount of fat to help absorb the curcumin in the turmeric. So if you’re using a fat free or low fat milk, add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Likewise, a little black pepper helps too. I’ve thus included a grinding of black pepper in the recipe below.
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Spiced Turmeric Milk – The Recipe
Spiced Turmeric Milk
- 250 ml milk of your choice (I used homemade hemp milk)
- 1 cardamom pod - crushed
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup (manuka honey is particularly good)
- grinding of black pepper
- Warm the milk gently in a pan with the crushed cardamom pod. You want to get the milk hot, but make sure it doesn't boil, especially if using a non-dairy milk.
- When hot, whisk in the turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper and maple syrup or honey.
- Pour into two small cups or glasses and sip slowly.