Before my world revolved around everything anti-inflammatory I was completely unaware of turmeric. I honestly had never had Indian food until last year! But as my search for natural remedies began, turmeric kept coming up in every book, article and post I read. As I looked more into it, I began to realize the amazing benefits of this ancient spice.
what is it?
Turmeric, similar to ginger, is an underground stem and can be used fresh or in its ground form. It's beautiful golden color is used to color many things from mustard and other foods to clothes!
Turmeric is a great source of iron and manganese as well as B6. Most importantly those anti-inflammatory benefits come from the active component, curcumin. Adding a dash of black pepper to turmeric will help boost the absorption of the curcumin.
It is surprisingly easy to incorporate more turmeric in your life. I have taken baby steps, adding a dash to soups, sautéing veggies with a 1/4 teaspoon and my new favorite concoction, Golden Milk.
I came across Golden Milk one day on Pinterest and just had to give it a shot. Honestly, a lot of people rave about the flavor but I am still warming up to it. I urge you to play around with the ratios to find the best flavor for you and then slowly increase the turmeric to up those benefits!
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
dash of ground cinnamon
dash of black pepper
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
raw honey to taste (I normally add one spoonful)
Combine all of the ingredients on the stove top and gently heat as you wisk to smooth.
I know there are many variations on this healing elixir, please share any thoughts you have!