This time of year, our immune system needs some extra TLC to help ward off colds and flu. I head straight to the kitchen and make restorative drinks that provide me with a concentrated source of nutrients that the bodily can easily absorb. It may be a vegetable juice, a protein packed smoothie or this tumeric latte.
Now for some reason I am totally Tumeric obsessed at the moment, so you may see a few more tumeric recipes coming to my blog very soon.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in Tumeric, responsible for the distinct yellow colouring and the impressive list of health properties. Tumeric has been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. Tumeric is great for any healing of the gut, helps counteract anaemia, slows down aging, reduces pain, immune booster and promotes sleep. It is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in maganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron.
Cinnamon is another herb I use in this tea. Cinnamon is great for lowering blood sugar levels, reduces risk of heart disease, used to help treat muscle spasms, vomitting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite and has a plethora of other impressive benefits.
Then there is Nutmeg. Nutmeg is also an anti inflammatory, antiseptic, brain tonic, good for bad breath, helps with fatigue, fights depression, heart health, a great kidney and liver cleanse, mood enhancer, skin health, sleep aid, treats arthritis and the list goes on and on.
So mixing these 3 freshly ground herbs together in just one delicious warming drink makes a super powerhouse drink. Once you start making this, you will be making it each and everyday and replacing your daily coffee with this tumeric latte.
The reason I add the cayenne pepper and coconut oil is an ancient Ayurvedic medicine in Indian cultures. The coconut oil is a good fat mixed with the cayenne pepper actually enhances the absorbtion of curcumin (the main component found in tumeric) in our bodies. The ingredients in this recipe actually work in a synergistic fashion, which is fascinating! Also the heat of the pepper with the honey is great for respiratory congestion (great for cold and flu).
Many people may need to add a little more honey to start with to get used to the taste and gradually decrease over time.
My favourite way to enjoy this inflammatory fighting elixir, is when I’m unwinding at night, after my warm bath. The Honey is great for the liver (whicj I will talk more about in weeks to come), so if you find yourself waking up between 1-3am this is the time in chinese medicine that the liver is in need of some help, then this drink is perfect for you.
So here is the recipe.
1/2 tsp organic ground tumeric
1/2 tsp organic ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
1 tsp organic raw honey
1 tsp organic coconut oil
dash of cayenne pepper
1 cup purified water
1 cup of organic coconut milk
Place all herbs, coconut oil and water in the saucepan on medium heat. Bring water to the boil and whisk all together. Simmer for a few minutes and then add the coconut milk and let sit on low heat for a minute till milk is warm and your latte is nicely mixed together. Pour into a mug with the tsp of honey and slowly sip.