Turmeric Milk, the “Healing Drink”
Updated: Nov 8, 2019
This traditional Ayurvedic drink is nourishing and smooth, and it’s quite simple to make. Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic medical systems; it was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is still widely-used today in many parts of the world.
Its a mix of turmeric and milk, although the most traditional recipes will use whole cow’s milk, you can substitute with using dairy-free coconut, almond or cashew milk as well along with a pinch of pepper, cinnamon and maple syrup.
This Warm Turmeric Milk is smooth, sweet, and comforting. Sipping a warm mug of this “golden milk” is my favourite way to relax, not only because it is soothing, but because I know I am giving my body a healthy treat.
Now let's jump into those health benefits.
Turmeric is a very powerful anti inflammatory spice that is used not only for it’s gorgeous yellow colour but also it’s innumerable health benefits.
I’m also adding a few spices to the Turmeric milk to get maximum benefits of this healing drink.
Black Pepper: Turmeric and black pepper go hand in hand. BP increases the bioavailability of curcumin, a powerful compound that makes turmeric a potent spice.
Cinnamon: Another wonderful spice that helps boost immunity, keeps the body warm during cold, winter months and adds a wonderful flavour to this drink.
Cardamom: This adds a great aroma to this drink and also helps in digestion.
Ginger: This is another warming spice that helps fight inflammation and boost immunity.
Clove: this anti-cancer spice has been used to fight off infections for a long time now. But be careful, a little bit of this goes a long way.
It's very easy to make. Today, I’m using coconut milk, but you can also use almond milk or cashew milk or full fat milk too.
Here’s how you make it:
Pour the milk into a small saucepan on medium heat
Add some ground turmeric, a pinch of black pepper (which helps your body absorb the curcumin), a sprinkle of cinnamon, 1 pod cardamom, 1 clove, ginger.Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavours come together. Strain and enjoy.
Once you make your golden turmeric milk a time or two, feel free to get creative.
Sometimes I add a little bit of coconut oil as it helps the turmeric milk froth it up.
2 cups coconut milk, almond milk or cashew milk
1 tsp freshly grated turmeric or turmeric powder
1 tsp of freshly grated ginger
A pinch of black pepper
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pod of cardamom
1-2 tbsp maple syrup/honey or agave
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
Vanilla extract or vanilla bean