Growing up, I thought turmeric had no purpose other than to make curry, yellow. Boy, was I wrong. It turns out that turmeric, which contains the active ingredient, curcumin, is one of the most potent, powerful natural healing foods you can buy and, is often referred to as the "Queen of Spices."
Some even go so far as to call it the healthiest food in the world. I'm no expert but, when something comes that highly recommended, I'm willing to give it a shot.
Now, it's great that turmeric is super healthy but how do we put this dusty, yellow powder to good use? Do we just put it on a spoon and eat it? stir a spoon-full into our morning coffee? Well, no. Instead, we make golden milk.
Golden milk, a hot, slightly sweet and spiced coconut milk concoction with a turmeric stained yellow hue has been used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to help improve digestion, blood flow, facial complexion and heart health - just to name a few. Combined with cinnamon, cardamon and black pepper to aide absorption, the turmeric in this delicious hot drink is powerful but not overbearing and just warming enough on a cold winter's morning.
4 tbsp organic turmeric powder
4 inches of fresh turmeric - peeled and sliced
4 inches of fresh ginger - peeled and sliced
1 tsp ground black peppercorns
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 cup coconut milk like Silk Coconutmilk
1 tsp honey
1. in a food processor or mortar and pestle, grind together turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cardamom until you achieve a thick paste. this paste can be stored in the refrigerator in a glass jar.
2. to make golden milk, place coconut milk in a sauce pan and add 1 tsp of the golden paste and heat over medium until hot but not boiling.
6. add honey and strain if desired. drink immediately.