Among many natural remedies, one that I find the most helpful is... turmeric 💛 and as it turns out, turmeric latte aka golden milk couldn't be easier to make from scratch - no need to buy those expensive ready made powder mixes and you decide yourself, how "spicy" you want it. It might seem odd to you, to add pepper into your latte, but there's a logic behind that madness - adding a pinch of black pepper to your recipes with turmeric can help you get the most out of it. Pepper and its bio-active compound piperine, enhance curcumin absorption by the body by up to 2,000% making turmeric more effective in smaller doses.
In my turmeric latte you'll find: fresh ginger and fresh turmeric, black pepper, ground turmeric, cinnamon, cloves and plant milk (my favourite one for this drink is soy vanilla one). Turmeric has many, but many health benefits (see infographic below) and to avail fully of its properties you should consume 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of turmeric per day and you may start to feel the benefits after about four to eight weeks.
How to make it...
- 2 cups milk of your choice (coconut, almond, soy, oat etc.)
- 1 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1 cm piece of fresh turmeric, thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cm piece of fresh ginger, grated (I rarely peel mine, just make sure it's clean)
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or 1 teaspoon coconut sugar (optional)
- pinch of ground black pepper
Warm all ingredients in a small saucepan until it comes to a low simmer. Whisk well to "dissolve" spices and froth the milk slightly. Pour through a small strainer directly into mugs. Enjoy while still hot.
*Always check with your doctor before adding anything (herbs, supplements etc) to your everyday routine. While turmeric lattes are generally safe to consume, drinking too much in a day could be harmful!