Tumeric Milk is ready to make at the first sign of cold symptoms. Consider this a cup of soothing wellness. Tumeric has been used for thousands of years not just as a spice, but as a medicinal herb. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Even though turmeric has a low curcumin content, its absorbtion into the bloodstream can be enhanced by consuming it with black pepper which contains piperine, a natural substance in pepper.(https://authoritynutrition.com) There are many articles available regarding the benefits of turmeric. I encourage you to complete your own investigation regarding tumeric or any other beneficial herb before using it.
Before making it, be aware that turmeric can stain clothing and countertops. (A bleach spray will remove it from countertops, I have found. ) The milk, honey/agave and spices are whisked together and warmed up for a couple of minutes in a large glass bowl in the microwave or a small saucepan on the stove.
This recipe makes 2 cups and can be easily doubled or halved. Making this ahead of time can save you from stumbling around the kitchen while sneezing and sniffling. Just warm up the strained turmeric milk in your favorite cozy mug that makes you feel better just by hugging your hands around it. My experience with Tumeric Milk is that it reduces the duration of my cold so the spicy peppery flavor can be endured with the natural sweetness of either the honey or agave syrup. I have even used my Nutri-Bullet to give it a frothiness. Fancy, without going out of the house, makes me feel better.
Serves: 2 cups
- 2 c. milk, soymilk, coconut milk or almond milk.
- ⅛ t. ginger
- ⅛ t. allspice
- ⅛ t. cloves
- 1 T. agave/honey
- 1 T. vanilla
- ½ t. turmeric
- ½ t. ground cardamom
- ¼ t. black pepper
- Whisk ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, while stirring. Or...
- Combine ingredients in a large glass bowl or measuring cup and microwave for 2 minutes.
- Whisk warmed milk once again.
- Strain off spices and serve.
- Refrigerate any unused portions.