11 April, 2018
When you have a finnicky stomach like mine, it’s good to have multiple cures and fixes up your sleeve. I’ve got ginger chews, teas, mental exercises, you name it. Sometimes, though, you need to add something new to your repertoire. That’s where this turmeric millk comes in. It’s a sweet, spiced, hot milk drink that does a great job soothing the stomach when consumed as a slow sipper. Drink it too fast and the milk may have the opposite effect for a few minutes before the ginger can kick in and calm everything down. The ginger-turmeric power duo is also great for inflammation and joint pain, however, the curcumin in turmeric (the main anti-inflammatory) is not readily absorbed into the bloodstream. Adding black pepper, however, helps your body, in a way, to properly identify that curcumin as helpful. The chemical in black pepper responsible for this sudden change in absorption is called piperine, and only a small amount of it can drastically help your body absorb curcumin into your bloodstream. If you want to read more about the medicinal history of piperine, check out this article.
Probably the best thing about this drink is that it’s actually a really sweet, palatable way to get turmeric into your system with minimal effort. Some homemade turmeric teas, unless you have fresh turmeric root to steep, make you stir the tea before every sip, which can get a bit tedious. Milk, however, seems to bind with the turmeric much more readily than water, so letting the drink sit without stirring just lets the sediments (cloves and cinnamon, primarily) settle to the bottom, so you don’t get a mouthful of sand. If you have some cheesecloth or a very fine sieve at home, I suggest straining the drink. It just saves you the trouble. If you can’t, it’s not the end of the world. Let’s make some drinks!
1 1/4 cups Milk
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 – 1 tsp Ground turmeric
3/4 tsp Ground ginger
3/4 tsp Ground cinnamon (or, for larger batches, use a stick)
1/4 tsp Ground clove
1/4 tsp ground Black pepper
About 1 tsp Maple syrup
In a small saucepan, heat up milk, vanilla, spices, and maple syrup over medium heat until it reaches a gentle simmer, stirring gently with a whisk while it heats up. When it’s heated, pour through a sieve and into a mug and enjoy while hot!