Benefits: Why not switch up your milky coffee or chai latte for one of these every now and again, enjoy the mellow, spicy aroma and enjoy the many health-giving properties of Turmeric. The active component of turmeric is the polyphenol - Curcumin, which is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic and analgesic. Amongst many other benefits, studies report that curcumin aids liver detoxification may help to boost immune function, assist in the balance of blood glucose levels and promotes digestive health. Due to the Iron chelating properties in curcumin, turmeric may not be suitable for those with anemia.
Turmeric latte, AKA Golden milk, makes a decadent warming non-caffeinated brew, which I love to share on our Winter retreats, often served after dinner, to encourage restful sleep.
Notable tip: by adding black pepper along with the turmeric, the effects of curcumin in the body are greatly enhanced!
1/2 Ltr milk of choice
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp maple syrup/ honey
Make a paste with a little milk and turmeric powder.
In a saucepan warm the milk, add the paste, the spices and sweeten with syrup/honey.
Bring to simmer, then remove from heat.
Infuse for 5 minutes, then pour into cups, using a sieve to catch the whole spices.
(Makes 2 cups)