Turmeric Tea (Golden Milk) – (recipe from Wellness Mama, image from herbalteasonline)
GREAT FOR BREAKFAST AND AS A HOT DRINK AT BEDTIME
Ingredients (Serves 4)
2 cups of whole milk (almond / rice milk)
1 teaspoon Turmeric (grated fresh curcumin)
½ teaspoon Cinnamon powder or 1 small cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
Tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
Pinch of Cayenne pepper (optional)
Pinch of Black pepper
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Alternatively grate the ingredients finely and strain larger chunks out before drinking.
Pour into a small sauce pan and gently heat for 3-5 minutes over a low heat until hot.
Benefits: Turmeric (curcumin) is a natural spice made from the herb Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. The major chemical constituents of turmeric are curcuminoids, the most prominent of which is curcumin. In traditional medicine, it has been used as an oral and topical agent to treat a wide variety of ailments. Recently, investigational focus has shifted toward the role of curcumin as an intracellular signalling agent, and studies have demonstrated that curcumin, much like green tea polyphenols, is an inhibitor of NFkB and leads to downstream regulation and inhibition of proinflammatory genes and cytokines