I have a blog named using the words ‘tea’ and ‘turmeric’… a blog that focuses on the nutritional benefits of traditional recipes… a blog that emphasizes the intelligence of our ancestors.
This is the recipe I was born to provide you with.
I’m assuming you’ve heard of turmeric (since, you know, it’s on your URL). And if you haven’t, read on as I try to enunciate my love for it.
Chances are, if you are near me and have the sniffles or a sore throat, I’ll offer you turmeric milk. If you feel joint pain, I’ll slightly force you to drink turmeric milk. If you’re feeling kind of down with the blues, you guessed it – turmeric milk! (It’s a mood enhancer.) I truly, whole-heartedly, passionately believe in its benefits. Heck, it’s the first thing I drank after my baby entered the world.
Let me convince you with 5 facts (since you shouldn’t believe random people on the internet):
- There is an Island In Japan…Okinawa Island. The people of Okinawa have some of the longest life spans in the world – 81.2 years on average. They regularly drink turmeric tea. Coincidence? I think not!
- Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as well as Traditional Chinese medicine.
- In one of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric health benefits, ethnobotanist Dr. James Duke reviewed 700 studies and concluded that turmeric outperforms many pharmaceuticals to reduce inflammation and support brain and joint health.
- The National Institutes of Health PubMed database, one of the top directories for medical research, listed nearly 5000 studies and articles on turmeric or curcumin (and that’s in January of 2015).
- Numerous studies have linked turmeric with a vast amount of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
And I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg here!
With this recipe, you’re packing on the healing properties of all the additional spices as well. The black pepper actually enhances the absorption of the turmeric. Plus, turmeric is better absorbed with a fat. For example, turmeric is often used in curries, where there’s always a fat element. This is why I’ve included the option to use coconut oil or ghee.
With all this talk about its medicinal properties, I don’t want to undermine that this drink is truly delicious! The warming spices, the full-bodied, earthy taste, and the soothing aroma…it’s not just a drink, it’s an experience. So slow down, relax, and focus on how you’re nourishing your body while enjoying a unique and flavorful drink. W.I.N.
Authentic Turmeric Milk Tea - Golden Milk
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder*
- 1 whole green cardamom slightly broken
- 1 clove
- 1 small piece of cinnamon stick
- 2-3 black peppercorns
- 1 leaf of star anise
- 1/4 vanilla bean bean scraped or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 cup milk dairy, almond, soy or coconut work well
- 1 tsp honey jaggery (gud), or other sweetener
- 1/4 tsp coconut oil or ghee optional
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring all of the ingredients except coconut oil or ghee and sweetener to a simmer.
Lower the heat to the lowest setting, cover and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, depending on how strong you want the flavor of the spices. Turn off the heat and add coconut oil or ghee (if using) as well as your sweetener.
Strain into your cup. Delight in the warmth and comfort of therapeutic golden milk.
Recipe Notes*You can increase up to 1/2 tsp, but if you're trying it for the first time or you'll be drinking it often, use 1/4 tsp.