Turmeric seems to be the latest superfood showing up on Pinterest and Facebook feeds. I had heard of it briefly, but had never recalled tasting it before. I decided to put my nutritional skills to use and was set on making a warming turmeric milk tea. By the time my taste buds registered the first sip, I was in love. Little did I know that it has been used for thousands of years in ancient medicinal practices, due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, and is mainly used in spices and curry dishes. Many practitioners prescribe it to relieve inflammation caused by arthritis, swelling, or even as an antiseptic. It has been known to treat conditions such as flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and inflammatory bowel disease. Turmeric is not only high in iron and manganese; it’s also a good source of vitamin B6 and potassium.
One of my favorite things to make is a soothing turmeric milk tea. This not only aids in digestion, but also may help combat inflammation in your GI tract. Feeling a little bloated? Sip on this tea first thing in the morning to help kick-start your digestion. Oftentimes I will pair my tea with a square of organic dark chocolate with a 72 percent or greater cacao content for an added treat.
Turmeric Milk Tea
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla hemp milk
- 1 packet sweet leaf stevia
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
Bring everything to a boil in a teapot and enjoy!