I recently began posting about my new adventure with elixirs on Instagram and have had quite a few questions So I thought I would begin a running set of posts about all the new superfood elixirs I’ve been cooking up!
The first elixir I made was Golden Milk; which is essentially a mix of the spice Turmeric and milk, as well as a sweetener.
Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family, found in southern asia. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Its active constituent is curcumin, which gives turmeric its bright yellow colour, spicy flavour and amazing health benefits. Science is just discovering what Indians have known for years, that this truly is a magnificent herb with incredible healing qualities.
Below are just a few of its benefits.
•Natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
•Been shown to prevent prostate cancer (when combined with cauliflower) stop existing cells from growing, prevent the spread of breast cancer to the lungs in mice, reduces risk of childhood leukaemia, prevents metastasis of cancers and reduces tumour blood vessel growth. It also makes cancers cells more susceptible to chemo and radiation. Some sources even claim it can cure cancer.
•Natural liver detoxifier.
•May prevent and slow the progression of the disease Alzheimer’s (India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s, its one quarter that of the USA.)
•Potent anti-inflammatory, can be used as a treatment for inflammatory skin conditions.
•Aids in fat metabolism and weight loss.
•Has been used in Chinese medicine for treatment of depression as it helps balance mood.
•Accelerates wound healing
•Natural pain killer and loosens stiff joints.
Some ways to supplement with Turmeric is by using it in cooking by making curries and soups. My favourite curry is by Oh She Glows. I had never had curry growing up and was nervous to try it, but now its a regular on the menu.
If you’re not a fan of the taste, then you can use supplements, but always purchase from a reputable company, or store. Remember, you get what you pay for.
I’ve also used turmeric as a skin mask by combining honey and turmeric and rubbing into the face. Caution, it does stain the face a bit, especially if you’re lighter toned, and it will stain the sink! (so use your kitchen sink) Benefits include reducing inflammation and wrinkles. And it is actually used as a mask before an Indian bride’s wedding.
And then of course, you can drink it!
For one serving I used;
1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 tsp of natural vanilla
1/2 tsp ginger, cinnamon
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tbsp of coconut oil (optional, but it made it really silky)
1 tsp honey or coconut sugar
Bring everything to a boil, remove from heat, serve and enjoy! So simple, and so delicious.
The black pepper seems an odd placement in this drink, but it’s actually an important ingredient. Black pepper enhances the bioavailability of curcumin, thus activating the benefits. So if you find it overpowering, just dial it back a notch and add 1/8 a tsp, but don’t full omit.
Turmeric and Pregnancy
I had some people question whether this was safe to consume in pregnancy. Turmeric is safe to use as a spice while pregnant (can we all pause and just think about how much Indian women consume in 9months, okay thanks.) however, I would avoid the high doses you would find in capsule or supplement form.
The same is for cinnamon. Cinnamon bark, or cinnamon supplements, as well as cinnamon essential oils, and clove essential oils, should be avoided in pregnancy. Again, culinary use is okay.
Hope you enjoyed this little post! Happy brewing!