This recipe integrates our Chai Masala and Eucalyptus Honey with organic turmeric powder into a warm and soothing milk cup. What does this combination do for you? Turmeric is full of antioxidants and contains healing properties to help fight inflammation, viral and bacterial infections, internal wounds and provide relief for discomforts.
However, in order for the curcumin to be properly absorbed into the body, it requires black pepper and a fat (ghee, olive oil or honey) to ensure maximum benefits.
Here’s a scientific explanation:
“Turmeric is one of the most anti-inflammatory herbs in existence. One of the most inflammation-causing genes is COX-2, and scientists have worked for decades to discover a drug that can inhibit it. It’s not been easy, but believe it or not, turmeric has proved to be a strong and nontoxic COX-2 inhibitor. We love turmeric,” scientists explain. The bright yellow pigment and active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, and it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is also a team player, and in order for it to be absorbed by your body, it needs some help – black pepper and fat. The ingredients are designed to work synergistically together and provide maximum benefits.
Black pepper: First of all, freshly ground black pepper will increase the bioavailability of curcumin, which basically means that it makes it possible for the body to absorb the curcumin. Piperine is the key active ingredient in black pepper, and according to various studies, it’s said to help make curcumin more bioavailable.
Fat: the second trick is to add some fat to the recipe as turmeric is fat-soluble, which means it dissolves in fat, and it is believed that curcumin in turmeric is more easily absorbed when taken with fat. This can be honey, ghee, olive oil or coconut oil.
Our Chai Masala has both black pepper and piper longum, which will help with the turmeric absorption. Furthermore, the other hand pounded spices help boost immunity levels, improve digestion and provide internal healing. The fat here comes in the form of Eucalyptus Honey – which also doubles up as a sweetener.
When should you have this?
Twice or thrice a week; anytime of the day. This can be had at night before bed, or in the morning. A warm brew of this in the morning may also help boost your bowel movements, whilst at night, may encourage restful sleep.
Who should drink this?
All age groups, particular those suffering from congestion, cough and cold
Serves: 1 mug
- 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- ¾ tsp turmeric powder (preferably organic)
- ½ tsp Chai Masala
- 2 tsp Eucalyptus Honey or ghee / olive oil / coconut oil (for vegans)
- In a small sauce pot pour the milk and add the turmeric powder and chai masala and whisk to incorporate
- Place the pot on low heat and whisk while the milk warms to ensure no lumps
- Do not let the milk come to boil, once it comes to a simmer, add the honey and mix well to incorporate
- Pour the milk into serving cup and drink warm
Cold version: pour all the items in a smoothie maker and blitz to seamlessly incorporate and pour over a few cubes of ice
To incorporate turmeric into your daily morning booster shot here is a recipe of anti-inflammatory drink: Anti-Inflammatory Detox Shot
Recipe by Kitchen Therapy