Turmeric milk is a traditional Ayurvedic drink to boost your health and vitality. It is usually taken at night to promote sleep and heal an array of ailments including common colds, sore throat, indigestion, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, menstrual cramps, headaches and arthritis.
It also fights cancers like that of the breast, liver, colon and prostate, relieves depression, promotes digestive health, detoxifies the liver, purifies blood, boosts circulation, accelerates wound-healing, relieves pain, protects against cardiovascular disease and helps with neurological disorders.
Most benefits of turmeric come from its key compound, curcumin, which has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiseptic properties. Turmeric is also used as a carminative herb in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.
The health benefits of turmeric are further enhanced by adding black pepper to it. Research shows that black pepper contains piperine, a compound that helps the body absorb curcumin better.
Plus, adding other spices like cinnamon and cardamom enhances the taste as well as health benefits of turmeric milk. Cinnamon helps control blood sugar, reduces bad cholesterol and improves circulation.
Cardamom improves digestion, aids detoxification and beats bad breath. Including virgin coconut oil in this beverage adds to the immune-boosting and cholesterol-lowering benefits of your spiced turmeric milk.
How to make spiced turmeric milk at home
Things you will need:
- Milk (opt for low-fat milk)
- Black pepper
- Coconut oil
- A pot
- Measuring spoons
- A cup
- A strainer
1. Pour a glass of milk into a pot and turn on the heat.
2. Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder.
3. Add ¼ teaspoon of powdered black pepper.
4. Add a small cinnamon stick.
5. Crush the seeds from a cardamom pod and add them to the solution.
6. Add ½ teaspoon of virgin coconut oil.
7. Bring the solution to a boil, then let it simmer for a few minutes.
8. Strain it.
9. Sweeten it with a little honey.
- Vegans can replace the milk in this recipe with coconut milk or almond milk and sweeten this healthy beverage with stevia or some other natural sweetener.
- If you are using freshly ground black pepper, use a little less than ¼ teaspoon.
- If you do not have cinnamon sticks, use ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
- You can also add ½ or 1 teaspoon of grated ginger in your spiced turmeric milk.
- To make this recipe with turmeric tea paste, heat ¼ cup of turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon of black pepper powder and ½ cup of water together in a sauce pan on medium heat until they form a paste. Use ¼ teaspoon of this paste in your milk and add cinnamon and cardamom before boiling it. Cool and store the remaining paste in the refrigerator.