Hi, everyone! Today I’d like to post my variation on a Turmeric Milk recipe I discovered & tweaked to perfection! This post is one of my VERY FIRST blog posts back in 2016 and as I update this post in May of 2020, this is Still one of my absolute favorite soothing, healing, Anti-inflammatory drinks that also does double duty to boost the immune system! Keep reading to learn all the Health & Immune Boosting benefits of Turmeric, as well as the recipe of Turmeric Milk in detail!
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I’ve been seeing a lot of articles in the health industry touting the amazing benefits of Turmeric and finding different ways to incorporate this incredible spice into our daily lives. I was initially hesitant to try it, especially as a drink, because the idea of drinking turmeric just didn’t seem very palatable….right? HOWEVER, I am so, SO happy to announce that I put my apprehensions aside, gave this drink a go, and it is AH-MAZING! 🙌 This Turmeric Milk recipe literally tastes like Chai tea with warm, grounding spices that are calming and soothing. 👌
The addition of pumpkin spice seasoning, vanilla flavored coconut milk, and coconut oil make this drink creamy, smooth, “marshmallowy” in flavor and an absolute treat! You will end up craving this drink and look forward to it every single day! AND, my VERY picky 3 year old LOVES it! The best part is that this Turmeric Milk is the exact opposite of “chugging it down while holding my nose because it’s healthy” type of magical elixir! Just goes to show that healthy changes can taste amazing and be a treat, too!
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Turmeric Milk RECIPE:
- 1 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon (or more)
- 1/4 teaspoon of fresh Pumpkin Spice Seasoning
- Pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- Pinch of Black Pepper
- 1 heaping teaspoon of Extra Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil
- 1-2 teaspoons of Raw Honey or Manuka Honey
- *Optional* Liquid Stevia to taste (I used 4 drops)
- Pinch of Crushed Ground Cloves to taste
Place all of the above ingredients in a small pot and heat over the stove until boiling. Stir ingredients as the drink heats up. Pour into your mug of choice and you’re done!
The main ingredient in Turmeric called Circumin is fat soluble, which is why it’s important to add the coconut oil into this drink to reap the full benefits.
Additionally, consuming Turmeric with black pepper increases the absorption of its properties by 2,000%, which is why it’s equally important to add that pinch of pepper!
Cinnamon is wonderful to use because it stabilizes our blood sugar, which is very important for our hormonal balance.
Pink Himalayan Salt is the best kind of salt to use in all of your recipes because it contains many nutrients and cleansing properties that are depleted in typical, processed table salt.
I personally love adding Clove, as it contains an incredible amount of antioxidants and has amazing immune-boosting properties!
You’ll have something that looks like this: (the separation is due to the addition of the coconut oil)
Benefits of Turmeric:
Turmeric is a spice that is most widely used in Indian and Chinese cultures for its strong medicinal properties as an anti-inflammatory agent. Modern science has started backing up these claims. The compounds in Turmeric with medicinal properties are known as curcuminoids and curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric.
Holistic medicine comes from the perspective that chronic, widespread inflammation in the body is at the heart of ALL modern diseases, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers, Arthritis, and various degenerative diseases. Our modern American diets are highly acidic, which creates an imbalance within our bodies. We should be consuming enough Alkaline foods (such as leafy greens, fruit, lemon water, etc.) to counteract the acidity we take in from primarily acidic foods (meat, sauces, refined foods, dairy, etc.).
When our bodies are overly acidic, widespread inflammation occurs, resulting in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut syndrome, Acid Reflux, Heart Burn, and Gas. These are the beginning signs of inflammation, which will ultimately lead to more serious diseases down the road, as an acidic body has your immune system working in overdrive, which will ultimately burn out and not work as it should to prevent other illnesses, as well. The body works as a cohesive unit. When one part falters, the rest of our systems try to make up for it, but our bodies can only do so much without our help!
This is where Turmeric comes in to save the day!
Turmeric increases the antioxidant capacity within our bodies, which reduces free radicals that wreak havoc on our bodies.
Turmeric has been found to prevent and treat cancer, alzheimer’s disease, and arthritis.
Studies have found that Turmeric is amazing in the treatment of depression. Various studies have found that Turmeric supplementation has had the same results as Prozac, therefore, Turmeric may be as effective as a standard antidepressant medication. Turmeric may boost the two main neurotransmitters involved in depression: serotonin and dopamine.
Turmeric may help delay aging along with illnesses related to the aging process.
Turmeric also works very well in the treatment of sore joints, minor aches, and pains due to its profound anti-inflammatory agents. This is great for when you’re sore after a hard workout or any other strenuous activity!
In order to get the most benefits out of using Turmeric, in addition to including it in your diet, it’s best to take it in supplement form where the circumin level is highest. Supplements of Turmeric and/or Circumin are surprisingly affordable and my go-to brands are this one and this one!
As a side note, my husband has a very physically demanding job & he suffers from chronic joint pain in his legs and back. He SWEARS by the above Turmeric Supplements in keeping this pain manageable! This is coming from a man who literally gave himself an ulcer from too much ibuprofren, which thankfully, he no longer needs now that he uses these Turmeric supplements daily!
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