Like moon milk, turmeric milk is a trendy hipster drink right now. Now let’s make this clear. I am not a hipster in any way. This mom of soon to be 6 doesn’t have time for that but the health benefits of these new trendy drinks can’t be ignored. While this won’t replace your morning coffee it does make a great option for your bedtime ritual to help you and your kids sleep better.
What is turmeric milk?
Turmeric milk is a healthy beverage that originates in India where turmeric is a daily staple. This drink is becoming trending in hipster coffee shops and on social media from Instagram to Pinterest. While you can use dairy milk for this it is traditionally done with plant-based milk such as soy or almond. Turmeric along with other herbs work together to add flavor and medicinal value to the beverage.
Benefits of turmeric milk
Ginger and turmeric in turmeric milk can aid in digestion and improve digestive health. Ginger has been long known for its ability to help settle stomachs.
Turmeric is antibacterial making it a great immune booster to help fight off cold and flu.
The ginger and cinnamon in turmeric have been proven to help lower blood sugar. Paired with the protein in the milk this makes a great healthy beverage choice for diabetics and those with insulin resistance like women with PCOS.
Turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon found in turmeric milk have all been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease packed with powerful antioxidants that help keep your heart and body healthy.
The active compound curcumin has been proven to boost mood and help fight off depression.
Turmeric Milk Recipe
What is in turmeric milk
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
- 1 small pinch anise
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
How to make turmeric milk
Place your milk into a pot over the stove. Add in your ginger and turmeric root and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat.
Once your milk and roots have finished simmering for 30 mins, add in your cardamon, ashwagandha, cinnamon, lavender, and pepper.
Let steep for 5 minutes.
Blend until frothy.
* Dried ginger or turmeric powder can be used in place of the fresh roots. In this case, don’t simmer for 30 minutes. Instead, bring milk to a boil and add in all of your herbs and let steep for 5 minutes. Then add in your oil and honey and blend.
When using fresh roots, you need to simmer for longer to bring out the good for properties of the roots. When using dried roots in powder form, they are ready for absorption.