This is my favourite go-to drink when I’m in need of some serious R&R after a long day or if I feel like I’m coming down with something. I drink this especially on days where I know I really need to wind down and get some good quality sleep.
The coconut milk adds a slight sweetness which pairs perfectly with the mild flavour of turmeric, and the addition of spicy ginger and aromatic cinnamon round out the flavours so well. It’s amazing how plants taste great and have so many healing properties within them!
Turmeric // Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and gives that signature golden hue. Fresh turmeric root looks very similar to ginger root and can be found in the same aisle at the grocery store. If you can’t find it, powdered turmeric will do for this recipe.
Ginger // Ginger is used as a natural digestive aid, to treat nausea, and can also stimulate blood circulation.
Black Pepper // Why black pepper?! I know it sounds weird to add to a drink, but you only need a pinch and it doesn’t contribute to the taste at all. Black pepper actually contains a compound called piperine, which when paired with turmeric, greatly increases the absorption of curcumin.
HEALING TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK
1 mug of coconut milk (about 250 mL)
1/4 teaspoon powder + 1 pinky-sized piece fresh turmeric root (optional)
1 pinch ginger powder + fresh ginger root
pinch of black pepper
pinch of cinnamon
maple syrup or agave nectar (optional)
Peel the ginger and turmeric root. Here’s a little life hack for you: it’s actually easier to peel ginger and turmeric skin with a spoon rather than a knife. Finely grate the ginger until you have about a tablespoon of it. Thinly slice or grate the fresh turmeric if you are using it. I must warn you that fresh turmeric stains very easily, so don’t be surprised if you have yellow fingertips for a few hours!
In a small saucepan add the coconut milk and all ingredients except the sweetener. Slowly heat up until just before boiling, stirring constantly – you should see little wisps of steam emerging when it’s heated up enough. Add maple syrup or agave to sweeten if you wish, but I personally don’t think it is necessary.
Pour into your favourite mug, relax with a good book or tv show and enjoy!