Updated: Mar 24, 2020
A comforting, warm and yummy drink that boosts immunity and supports your digestive system with anti-inflammatory magic!
Turmeric, also known as curcumin, is a common herb used in Ayurveda for its an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has also been used for thousands of years to support the lungs, joints, digestive issues, and fatigue. The pinch of pepper aids in the absorption of the turmeric in the body, while cinnamon warms the body and intestines to soothe the muscles. Cinnamon is also commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. Ginger, another big hitter in TCM, is known as a Qi tonic. This means its warming properties helps to circulate Qi around the body and disperses cold outwards. This supports the upper respiratory tract in a lot of ways, as well as the digestive system. In TCM principles, this benefits the Wei Qi - the equivalent to the immune system in Western terms. Lastly, the coconut oil in this recipe adds healthy fat, which in turn makes all the herbs and spices better absorbable throughout the body.
What you'll need:
1.5-2 cups milk of choice (any dairy or nut milks will work; if choosing coconut milk - best in can but carton will do and if choosing dairy - full fat milk is best as they both provide a creamier blend with less sugar content)
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
Pinch of ground pepper
2 teaspoon of coconut oil
1 inch knob (or larger to taste) of fresh peeled ginger root, or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup, or to taste
Optional yummy additions: nutmeg powder, cayenne pepper, coconut oil
Warm milk in a small saucepan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes
Add in all your yummy spices and sweeteners
Whisk ingredients together until spices dissolve and milk heats up but not boiling
Transfer into a mug and drink immediately
Keep the ginger and cinnamon pieces in the mug if you'd like
Let me know how you enjoyed your golden milk latte. Take a photo and tag me!
Adapted from Minimalist Baker