From curing the common cold to preventing or fighting against cancer, turmeric is an essential spice that you should become familiar with. With a long history of being used in traditional medicines such as ancient India’s Ayurveda, it has lately become more recognized in western practices – it’s really no surprise that it is currently the most studied spice on the planet.
Beat aches, pains and inflammation with Mother Nature’s greatest anti- inflammatory weapon. If you are suffering from pain, and/or participate in athletic activities, turmeric is your best friend. Don’t make the mistake of taking Advil after your athletic training, exercise, yoga, etc. It will kill your mitochondria and your gut flora.
I try to drink a warm cup of turmeric milk everyday. I especially make sure I get my cup in after my yoga practice, as it’s nature’s best anti-inflammatory, helping relieve any general aches and pains. Plus, it’s really delicious – making it a nice treat before bed.
Turmeric Latte Recipe:
- 2 cups of coconut milk (or your dairy-free milk of choice)
- 1 teaspoon dried turmeric powder OR one half-inch fresh turmeric thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder OR one half-inch piece of peeled, fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
- A dash of freshly ground black pepper
- Honey to taste (use local if possible – this will also help with allergies and do not add to the milk when it is HOT, as this turns the honey toxic. Wait until it is warm.)
- Combine all the ingredients (except the honey) into a blender.
- Blend for 30 seconds to a minute.
- Pour mixture into saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to boil.
- Turn off heat, cover, and allow mixture to cool for a few minutes.
- Add honey.
- Serve and enjoy!
Alternatively, if you do not have a blender, skip steps one and two and combine all ingredients in a saucepan. If you are using fresh ginger and turmeric, use a strainer to filter them out before serving.
Health Coach Jenna