Updated: Aug 8, 2019
Here’s my spin on the famous Turmeric Latte - A rejuvenating, zingy beverage that will give your coffee a real run for its money.
My Spicy Turmeric Tonic turns it up a notch and really doubles down on the medicinal constituents that turmeric has to offer.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial herb but unfortunately not all turmeric products are created equally.
The active medicinal constituent in turmeric is called curcumin and unfortunately due to mass consumption and ‘food gentrification’ many turmeric powders and ‘latte mix’s’ are processed in such a way that they don’t contain and curcumin at all.
Don’t get me wrong there are some great products out there, (we love Wunder Workshop if you are in the UK), but in all honesty you will save a lot of money and give yourself the best chance at getting the most of your turmeric by buying the fresh root from your local supermarket.
The same goes for the ginger in this recipe, fresh is best.
When you use the whole plant/root you can be sure you are getting the most out of your medicine, nothing has been tampered with and everything is intact. It’s not that powders aren’t potent, it is simply that these days, with turmeric in particular because it has become so popular, mass processing means that the quality assurance just isn’t there. Often you can pay a small fortune for a 50g of turmeric powder which you were probably better off getting from the asian grocer for £1.99.
If it is more convenient for you to use a powder just be sure to do your research and make sure that the product you are investing in contains curcumin.
Alright let’s get into it!
You will need a blender or a nutribullet for this recipe and a saucepan and stove top.
1/2 cup of coconut milk from a can or your choice of milk alternative.
1/2 cup of boiling water from the kettle
2 cm piece of fresh turmeric (1/3 thumb)
2 cm piece of fresh ginger (1/3 thumb)
2mm slice of a fresh red chilli
1 medjool date
generous crack of black pepper **
pinch of cardamom
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt
** Don’t skip this part as the black pepper is what ‘activates’ the curcumin and enhances it’s absorption.
Heat coconut milk in a pan on the stove on medium heat until hot (be sure not to boil).
Peel and remove the outer layer of the turmeric and ginger and place in the blender.
Add the chilli, date, black pepper and hot water from the kettle.
Once the coconut milk is ready, add it to the blender and blend on high for around 1 minute.
Get ready to get your caffeine free buzz on!
A few reasons why the turmeric latte is more than a fad.
Traditional Ayurvedic Golden milk has been used as healing herbal remedy for thousands of years in India. It is most famous for its anti-inflammatory properties but actually does so much more. Here are a few more reasons so add more turmeric to your diet.
- It is an alterative herb meaning that it helps to clear toxins from the blood and increases circulation.
- It helps to alleviate skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.
- It is a powerful digestive supplement aiding in absorption and indigestion as well as treating IBS and gut disbiosis.
- It is also a useful herb for women's reproductive health and works to receive pain associated with endometriosis, fibroids and cysts.
I could go on but I will save the rest for another post… For now I highly recommend adding turmeric to your tonics, to your cooking and even externally as a gel to cuts, wounds and itchy and infected skin conditions.
Do you enjoy a turmeric latte? Let me know if you like my spin on this old classic and if you have any requests for information on any health and healing issues you might have!