Turmeric Potentially Has Over
150 Therapeutic Activities
“Spice of Life”
Traditional medicinal uses in both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as well as Ayurvedic medicine include the treatment of liver disease, skin problems, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, sprained muscles, joint pain, and general wound healing.
Turmeric is one of the most potent anti-inflammatories in nature, which is why, if you’re struggling with any inflammatory disorder, golden milk is a beverage worth learning to love.
The main flavonoid which gives turmeric its medicinal properties is Curcumin. Curcumin has also been reported to treat diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, tumors and toxicity. It plays an important role in the treatment of dementia as well. Curcumin is known to reverse the cerebrovascular dysfunction in dementia and feelings of “brain fogged”.
Studies have shown that many chronic diseases have inflammation at their root, and even if you’re currently healthy, you may benefit from an anti-inflammatory beverage like golden milk, particularly if you eat an inflammatory diet (one that is high in processed foods, sugars, and/or grains). Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.
Here is a Golden Milk recipe to download and print. Click the link to open the printable PDF in a new page. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family.
Ancient Golden Milk
(makes 2 one-half cup servings)
- 1 cup full fat coconut (or other milk of choice i.e. almond, pecan, or dairy)
- 1/2 tsp Coconut Oil (virgin, cold pressed, unrefined)
- 1/2 tsp ground Turmeric
- 1/4 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp raw, wild honey or maple syrup or un-sulfered black strap molasses
- 1/8 tsp fresh (peeled) or dried ginger root
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 1 small pinch of cayenne pepper
- First, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Then, Pour into a small sauce pan (use a non-metal pan such as ceramic lined or glass)
- Heat for 3-5 minutes over medium-low heat until hot but not boiling.
- Pour into a mug, and enjoy immediately
How to Make a Dry Turmeric Tea Mix
(to reduce the prep time)
If you’d rather not mix up the spices each time, you can easily make a mixture of the spices and just add to warmed milk when ready.
- 1/2 cup turmeric powder (24 tsp)
- 1/4 cup cinnamon powder
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons ground ginger (or to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne (optional)
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly until well blended. Store in a glass container in a cool, dry place.
- To make Golden Milk, just Add 1 to 2 tsp of mix into 1 cup of hot milk of choice. Add the honey, maple syrup or molasses to the milk as heating.
- Whisk until well blended.
- Enjoy immediately
- When adapting recipe to smaller or larger sizes, here are the correct equations to use, presuming 1 teaspoon of Turmeric:
- Turmeric to black pepper is 6 to 1 (1/6 tsp black pepper)
- Turmeric to Cinnamon is 2 to 1 (1/2 tsp Cinnamon)
- Turmeric to Ginger is 4 to 1 (1/4 tsp Ginger)
- Turmeric to cayenne pepper 8 to 1, or less (1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. Use less cayenne if you are like me and can’t handle the heat!)
- To get full benefits of this recipe, at a minimum,you need: heat(stove), turmeric, black pepper and fat for absorption. All other ingredients are added benefit.
- If using using other than full fat coconut milk, you may want to consider adding 1 tsp of organic coconut oil to your tea.
- This may stain blenders and counter tops yellow. The color isn’t harmful and will eventually fade. Recipe can be halved or doubled as needed.
- Ceylon is the cinnamon used in clinical tests (I buy in bulk because I use so much of it. Get Ceylon Cinnamon on Amazon.)
- Look for Turmeric that is organic, non-irradiated and that contains curcumin. I also buy Turmeric in bulk. (Get Turmeric in bulk or caps on Amazon here.)
- Turmeric requires some kind of fat for highest absorption. Tests show organic coconut fat to be the best fat for this purpose – whether as full fat coconut milk, or organic coconut oil.
- Black pepper and coconut in combo increases Turmeric absorption by 200%.
- If you are choosing to take Turmeric capsules, look for curcumin (active anti-inflammatory ingredient in turmeric) and bioprerine (black pepper). If you can get it with ginger, even better. (Turmeric capsules with Bioprerine, Curcumin and Ginger)