The benefits of turmeric…inside and out.

The benefits of turmeric…inside and out.

About 13 months ago I asked my doctor for some holistic practices to help ease the pain and inflammation in my right knee, due to hereditary arthritis.   She suggested that I start adding turmeric to my diet because it is great at reducing inflammation in the entire body, and advised me that when ingested it helps to assist with the following:

  1. Improves Digestion
  2. Anti-inflammatory
  3. Helps fight depression
  4. Aids in reduction of arthridic pain
  5. Helps to build Immunity
  6. Blood Purifier
  7. Good Sleep Aid
  8. Promotes reproductive health in women
  9. Aids women with painful periods and post menopausal symptoms.
  10. Gives relief from autoimmune disease

With this long list of benefits I figured I would give it a shot, and started introducing it into my life by ordering some organic turmeric capsules on amazon.  Within the first 2 weeks of use I noticed a huge difference in how my knee felt… and the inflammation had gone down considerably.

I started  doing some additional research on turmeric, and discovered that when used topically it’s excellent for maintaining clearer skin by reducing inflammation and irritation, evening out skin tone,  promoting glowing skin.   Since I battle with occasional adult acne and rosacea I decided to buy a bar of organic turmeric soap from Lather Bar to see how it worked…it did not disappoint.  My face cleared up right away and the few dark spots I had,  have gotten much lighter.   On the chance that I do get a blemish I keep a turmeric spot treatment stick from Cocokind on hand to get rid of it fast.

Now that I had turmeric on the brain…I  started noticing it is being used in all kinds of things.   “Golden” Latte’s (which are made with turmeric) are now an option on the menu at several coffee shops I frequent.  So,  I started surfing the web to see what other ways people are ingesting it and came across something called “Golden Milk”.

What is Golden Milk?  It is a creamy, spicy, non- dairy warm drink that is packed with nutrients, tastes delicious, and takes no time at all to make.   It is made with 8 ingredients which all contribute to overall wellness, and turmeric is at the top of the list.

I tried several recipes that I found on the web and played around with them to create this version.  I have replaced my nightly tea ritual with the golden milk recipe below, and I hope you enjoy it as well!

Golden Milk Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups  light coconut milk
1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Oat Milk or Plain Unsweetened Almond milk
1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 cinnamon stick
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Dash of fresh ground black pepper
Sweeten to your liking with honey, maple syrup, or stevia

Instructions:
In a small saucepan, add coconut milk, oat milk, ground turmeric, ground ginger, cinnamon stick, coconut oil, black pepper.
Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot but not boiling , whisking frequently to combine ingredients.
Remove from the heat and adjust the flavor to your liking.  If you want to add a little more turmeric or ginger to increase the flavor or spice go right ahead.

Serve immediately, dividing between two glasses and remove and discard of the cinnamon stick.

Sweeten each cup to personal preference.

I make several servings and keep it in the fridge for a few days.  Be sure to shake the container well before reheating your serving.

Note:  Make sure not to leave out any of the ingredients.  The coconut oil adds a touch of healthy fat to make the turmeric more available for your body to absorb because it is fat soluable so be sure to include the oil!  Also, black pepper makes the curcumin in turmeric more bioavailable, so be sure to include that as well.

 

 



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