Ok so I am clearly a big fan of turmeric milk in the fall but this isn’t for everyone…until now. The key to this recipe is using local honey, unpasteurized is best. The honey has great anti viral properties and the turmeric is great for fighting inflammation. Since I specialize in digestive health I find myself recommending this recipe to many of my patients, it seems to have such a positive effect on those with gastrointestinal complaints such as; IBS and colitis.
Golden fantastic Turmeric Milk
Warm and glorious, full of spice and everything nice.
Heat the milk slowly with the cardamom and cinnamon stick, whisking continuously.
Whisk in the turmeric, pepper, honey and coconut oil.
Heat until steaming but DO NOT bring to a boil.
Strain off the cinnamon and cardamom (unless you used powder) and enjoy immediately.
You could serve this cool or cold if you wanted but according to those who practice Ayurvedic medicine it is all about the warm spices and warm milk. I tend to agree when it comes to these herbal remedies, the idea of a comfort food is the warmth that comes with it.
So what is this drink good for other than making me feel all warm and fuzzy? Here is alist of all that Turmeric may do:
Anti-cancer (preventative and therapeutic), especially esophagus, mouth, bowel/colorectal, stomach, breast, pancres and new studies saying skin cancer as well.
There are human trials underway to test the effects on slowing the growth/spread of some tumors and it looks very promising.
According to Ayurvedic medicine, historical uses have been:
diarrhea, fever, bronchitis, colds and some viral infections, parasitic worms (yes we do have those in Canada despite popular western belief that we do not), leprosy, bladder and kidney infections, skin infections.