When you think of eating healthy, you probably think about fruits and vegetables. Most people don’t consider herbs and spices beyond adding them last minute to a meal. You might be surprised to know that some are so potent that they have healing and protective powers over many ailments. A well-stocked spice cabinet is not only an asset to a cook, it can also be your medicine cabinet. I want to help shift the idea that through eating and nutrition, we can live vibrant, healthier lives. The combination of Turmeric, Cinnamon and Ginger are combined in this ancient tonic known as golden milk.
Turmeric is most often seen in Indian cuisine, such as in curries blended with other spices. It is a brightly-colored yellow spice with a warm flavor.
Studies of turmeric are beginning to show an association with cancer treatment, namely that it can prevent some kinds of cancer as well as possibly stop the cancer from growing. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which makes it beneficial against a whole host of diseases. Inflammation has been shown to be a cause behind many chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis.
Cinnamon goes great in desserts such as snicker doodles or apple pie, but it shouldn’t be written off as just a dessert spice.
It has been shown to be effective when used in weight loss plans, as it can boost your metabolism as well as regulate blood sugar, which makes it a good spice for diabetics to use. Like turmeric, it is anti-inflammatory as well as antibacterial, which makes it good for any kind of natural remedy.
Like cinnamon, ginger is also found in the cold weather months for desserts such as gingerbread, but is commonly seen in Asian cuisine as well as stir fry dishes and sauces.
Ginger has been a natural treatment for stomach issues for centuries. Things like ginger ale and ginger tea are great remedies for upset stomachs, nausea or anything else that can upset your stomach. Like everything else on this list so far, it is also anti-inflammatory.
An Indian specialty called Golden Milk is a great way to get a good dose of turmeric, cinnamon and ginger in a tasty chai-like beverage.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 piece turmeric fresh, unpeeled, thinly sliced
- 1 piece ginger fresh, unpeeled, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey raw, unfiltered
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil virgin, unrefined
- 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- cinnamon stick (optional for garnish
Add milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns and water in a small pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. To get maximum potency, blend mixture in a blender or bullet, then Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Pour into mugs and garnish with cinnamon stick (optional).
You can use powdered turmeric, but it is highly recommended to use fresh where possible.