Tis the season...cold and flu season that is. Tis also the holiday season where none of us have the time to be sick. We have too much work and holiday shopping to do, plus all those holiday parties to attend. Today we're sharing one of our new favorite immune system boosters - golden milk, also known as turmeric tea.
The taste can take a little getting used to, but this age-old soothing remedy can help you and your family avoid illness and boost your immune system.
If you're not familiar with it, turmeric is a bright yellow spice that is a well-known remedy for its benefits including digestion, immune function, the liver and others.
We love sipping this before bed as it aids in relaxation, but feel free to enjoy any time of day!
GOLDEN MILK/TURMERIC TEA
Serves 4 (Can be halved or doubled as needed)
2 cups milk (almond, coconut, or dairy all work)
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (or to taste - helps balance the turmeric taste.)
pinch of black pepper (increases absorption - see notes below)
tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger or 1/4 tsp ginger root
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Pour into small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Do not boil.
- Drink immediately.
- This may stain blenders and counter tops. The color isn't harmful and will eventually fade.
- Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine. Basically, by mixing turmeric and black pepper together, you increase your body’s absorption of the turmeric by 2000%. Science is fun!
- Don't feel like mixing up the spices each time? You can easily make a mixture of the spices and just add to warmed milk whenever you want. Here's how to make DRY TURMERIC TEA MIX:
- 1/2 cup turmeric powder
- 1/4 cup cinnamon powder
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1-2 T ground ginger
- Just add 2 teaspoons of the above mix to 2 cups of warm milk. Also add raw honey or maple syrup if you like.