I don’t know about you, but when I think of TEA…. I think of tea! Black tea, green tea, chamomile, chi — certainly not turmeric. But a friend of mine stumbled upon this “golden milk” stuff and I was curious so I tried it and was pretty impressed with the creamy golden goodness.
But it was during my bunionectomy and metatarsal osteotomy that I REALLY fell in love with this anti-inflammatory goodness. Turmeric is a tuber and has become well known for its healing powers for indigestion, the immune system, liver health and even protection agains some forms of cancer.
What Makes Turmeric so Special?
…I’m glad you asked! Curcumin (up to 3% by weight), which has been studied extensively for its benefits and is believed to help prevent cancers by suppressing certain environmental factors. Curcumin may also improve digestion of fats and sugars and help alleviate inflammation in the digestive system.
Of course, Turmeric can be added to many foods as a delicious spice, but for those of us who want to consume it as a health treatment often turn to golden milk because of its potency. While I was recovering from my foot surgery, I drank a mug of this warm, creamy goodness two or three times a day. It helped with pain, but also with inflammation and healing. Now, I enjoy a mug before bed because I find it very relaxing and allows my body to heal and recover while I sleep. Its just a good time for the immune system to go to work!
Turmeric Paste Recipe
1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
1 cup filtered water (no fluoride)
1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup cold pressed coconut oil
In a stainless steel pot cook together water and turmeric until it forms a thick paste, stir and cook for 6 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add coconut oil and black pepper, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil. Finally, transfer to a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can freeze the golden paste if you can’t use it all within the two-week time frame.
I’ve had a few friends and readers question WHY the black pepper. GOOD QUESTION!!
The black pepper is important because it contains Piperine, a compound known to increase the absorption of turmeric
I must say — I thought I would be SUPER cool and use fresh turmeric root to make my golden paste and turmeric tea. Word of caution — while fresh turmeric root can absolutely be used, it will turn EVERYTHING, including your hands, countertops, dish towels, tools, etc… a BRIGHT and vibrant shade of yellow. While this yellow stain is not harmful, and will fade over time, it does take a LOT of time.
My own personal experience with Golden Milk has me a believer in the healing powers of this tuber.
What’s YOUR experience with Turmeric? Do you have a different recipe you follow?