Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 6,000 years. It is a fascinating herb with many beneficial actions. Curcumin is the most powerful constituent in turmeric. It is an antioxidant that has been shown to be beneficial in reducing inflammation, fighting infection and supporting the liver.
Turmeric on its own is not easily absorbed by the body, but nature has given us an easy solution for this problem: when paired with black pepper and healthy fats such as coconut oil, the body is able to absorb and use a significantly larger proportion of the beneficial constituents. Golden Milk is an easy and delicious way to incorporate turmeric into your daily routine. The warm colour, earthy scent and peppery taste make turmeric the perfect base for a soothing and delicious warm drink.
For the turmeric paste:
- 1/4 cup turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup water
For the golden milk:
- 1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric paste
- 1 cup of your favourite milk or milk alternative (almond, cashew or coconut milk work well in this recipe)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp (or more to taste) honey or maple syrup
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Your favourite mug!!
Make the turmeric paste. Add the turmeric, black pepper and water to a small saucepan and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly until a paste is formed (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and store the turmeric paste in a glass container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
For the golden milk, combine the turmeric paste, coconut oil and milk in a small saucepan and heat on medium until warm (do not let the mixture come to a boil). Once the golden milk is heated, transfer to your favourite mug and add honey (or maple syrup). Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon, pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!