It feels like it’s been ages since my last post, and it sort of has – about a month – eeeeek! Sorry for the delay, but that’s just how life has been lately. A lot has been happening in January – mostly grad school and wedding planning. So something not so fun and something really fun. I’ll leave it to you to guess which is which…. I’m really getting into the bulk of my thesis work which is great, but also requires a definite time commitment. The good news, is that I’m hoping to graduate in May – MAY!!!! OMG THAT’S SO SOON!!!!! Sorry (but not really sorry), I’m pretty excited about getting that MS behind my name.
Today’s recipe is something I’ve been meaning to post for a while now, because I’ve been making it regularly all winter season: Turmeric Tonic. That’s what I like to call it anyway. It also goes by other names such as Turmeric Milk or Golden Milk. There’s a million different ways that you can make this beverage; it really just depends on personal preference. But as long as there’s turmeric in it, you’re still going to be getting some fantastic benefits.
Why Turmeric is Amazing for You:
You could write a book on the many health benefits of turmeric (and I’m sure people have), but it’s most famously known for alleviating joint pain and arthritis. The specific compound in turmeric that is responsible for all its healthy properties is curcumin – also the compound that makes turmeric that lovely bright yellow color. A color which, p.s., stains everything – so be careful when you’re cooking/drinking. Please, please, please don’t spill this on your carpet. In fact, when I drink this I always put it in a mug that has a lid, except for shooting these pics. I was so nervous when I took these photos that I was going to spill it. Luckily, that didn’t happen. Curcumin is certainly available as a pill/supplement, but it’s very tasty so it’s easy enough to get in through your diet. The reason turmeric is so helpful for arthritis, is that it’s super anti-inflammatory. For this reason, I use turmeric to help my extra crappy skin. Since I’ve been lucky enough to develop cystic acne as an adult (yay me), I use turmeric to help with some of the inflammation that makes my acne so inflamed and painful. It can be used directly on your skin (like making a mask of raw honey and ground turmeric) or taken internally (like supplements or this tonic). In addition to helping inflammation, several promising studies indicate that curcumin also has an antitumor effect, and who doesn’t want that as part of their dietary arsenal? I’ve also seen studies touting the anti-depressant effects of turmeric as part of a more natural approach to managing depression/anxiety. Of course, if you’re considering supplementing with turmeric/curcumin, please consult with your physician first, but there’s no reason you can’t start incorporating it into your cooking for general health and wellness.
First of all, how cute is that planner? It’s pretty much my new favorite thing because I’m a 28 year old nerd that spends way too much time decorating her planner with stickers and searching for the best pens. FYI, I found the best pens, and it’s the Frixion erasable gel pen pictured here. I am super OCD about crossing things out in my planner – as in, I don’t like to do it and will always use white out instead so that everything looks cleaner. Yes, the obvious solution is to write in pencil, but let me just stop you there because I hate writing in pencil. It always gets all smudgy and gross. These pens have great ink flow and also erase easily and completely – they’re the greatest ever. God, I have such problems….
Anyway, back to turmeric….This is super easy to make, and can be tweaked to suit your personal taste preferences, but here’s the general recipe to get you started.
I like to use 2 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp of raw honey, but if you like things sweeter you may want to increase to a full tsp of honey or maybe even 2 tsp of honey. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so I keep it more spicy tasting.
The freshly ground black pepper is to help with the absorption of the curcumin. There’s a compound called piperine in the black pepper that greatly enhances the bioavailability of curcumin. I promise, you don’t taste the pepper in there.
I’ve talked before about my love of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides as a protein powder, and I still use it daily to help my hair and nails grow long and strong. Since I usually drink this turmeric tonic in the evenings, I just add the collagen right in there and since it is tasteless and dissolves completely, I don’t even notice it in there.
If you’re planning on adding an essential oil like Nutmeg, be sure you’re using a very high quality oil that is safe for ingestion. I use Young Living oils because I know and trust that their oils are held to the highest safety standards and are safe for internal use. If you don’t have a high quality oil, you could always use ground nutmeg instead. If you have any questions about essential oils, feel free to ask away in the comments. I’ve been doing a lot of research on them in the past few months!
So grab a mug and get whisking! This tonic is the perfect way to unwind and relax before a restful night’s sleep 🙂
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