RECIPE: Golden Milk + the health benefits of Turmeric

RECIPE: Golden Milk + the health benefits of Turmeric

As I continue my research and spend more time with the wonderful Indian/Asian spice, Turmeric, I love and learn more and more about it. Known in Sanskrit as the “Golden Goddess”, turmeric is often used in sacred Hindu ceremonies. Turmeric has been a staple in Indian food traditions for millennia and has at least 4,000 years of use in Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese, and Siddhic medicinal traditions. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that turmeric emanates the energy of the divine feminine and helps grant prosperity.

RECIPE: Golden Milk + the health benefits of Turmeric

Health benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant and is a member of the ginger family. It’s most known for it’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and is also a natural blood purifier, analgesic and antiseptic. The bioactive compound, Curcumin is what gives turmeric its bright yellow/orange color and is an effective topical antibacterial agent. It has stronger antioxidant properties than vitamin E, is anti-tumor, antibacterial and antimicrobial. It’s also known to assist in liver detox and has been used for centuries to promote healing of the gut, stomach and liver.

Note: Because it’s been found that turmeric is rapidly metabolized by the liver and intestines, its medicinal properties may not be as effective unless it is consumed with black pepper, which has been found to increase the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.

RECIPE: Golden Milk + the health benefits of Turmeric

So, not only is turmeric a vibrant natural dye perfect for using this time of year, it has amazing health benefits too. How can you not love this spice!? Turmeric can be consumed dried, cooked, or raw, and has a slightly peppery, mildly bitter and earthy flavor. There are many ways to incorporate turmeric into your cooking and it can also be drank as a tea. A common method I found in my research is to make what’s called, Golden Milk. And to make it, you must first create a turmeric paste…

RECIPE: Golden Milk + the health benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric Paste
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ¼ cup ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly until it forms a thick paste. Transfer paste into a small glass jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

 

RECIPE: Golden Milk + the health benefits of Turmeric

Once you’ve made your turmeric paste, you can make yourself up a warm cup of Golden Milk anytime you want!

Golden Milk
 
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Serves: 1 cup
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  • 1 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric paste
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Honey or maple syrup (to taste)
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Combine the milk, turmeric paste and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until it just starts to boil. Pour into a mug and sweeten with honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

RECIPE: Golden Milk + the health benefits of Turmeric

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Tie-dye has been a favorite hobby of mine since I was a kid. I remember first learning to tie-dye as a girl scout at summer camp and it’s what initially inspired my former handmade business, Camp Smartypants back in 2009. While I still love to wear tie-dye today, it’s been years since I’ve dug out my supplies and tie-dyed something new.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

For my newest hobby (I have many), I’ve taken up the study of herbs and creating my own Materia Medica. When choosing which herb to research next, I settled on Turmeric for it’s amazing orange color (perfect for the fall season). Turmeric is used in Indian and Asian cuisine, it has amazing medicinal properties, and is also used as a natural dye for both food and textiles.

Turmeric is one of my favorite spices (I turn to it often to help ease pain and inflammation) and I was excited to be able to get crafty with it and dye a new scarf to wear this fall season. Of course, I couldn’t resist tying up the fabric before tossing it into the prepared dye, making for a vibrant, natural tie-dye.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Supplies Needed

• Turmeric powder (about 1/2 cup)
• White vinegar
• *White natural fiber scarf (like cotton or silk)

Additional Tools

• Large pot
• Rubber gloves
• Waxed thread (I used Flat Sinew)

*I used a white jersey scarf from American Apparel

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Instructions

First things first, wash and dry your fabric to release any starch that might still be in the fibers. Then simmer fabric in a large pot with a water/vinegar solution for one hour (use 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar). This process creates a fixative for the turmeric dye.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Rinse and ring out your fabric under cold water until it no longer smells of vinegar and set aside. Fill the pot with fresh water again (using enough water to cover your fabric) and bring to a simmer. Add the turmeric powder (I used about 1/2 cup of turmeric, but you can use more or less depending on whether you want a dark or light color) and stir until dissolved. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

While the turmeric dye is simmering, tie up your scarf any way you’d like. I like to use flat sinew (a waxed thread) for tie-dye but you can use rubber bands or regular string as well.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Submerge the tied fabric into the dye bath and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir the fabric every once in a while to make sure it’s completely soaked in the dye and to prevent the fabric from burning. After 15 minutes, turn off the heat and let the fabric sit in the dye bath for as long as you want. I wanted my scarf to be as dark yellow/orange as possible so I left it in the dye bath for a full 24 hours.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Once the fabric is approximately two shades darker than your desired color, remove it from the dye bath and rinse under cold water to remove the excess dye. Cut off your string or remove your rubber bands and continue squeezing and rinsing until the water runs clear again. Place rinsed fabric in the dryer or hang dry.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

What a fun project! I am so happy with the results and am loving the pungent turmeric aroma that filled my kitchen over the weekend.

I used this post by Itty Bitty Impact as a guide for this project.

Three Healthy Drink Recipes

RECIPE: 3 Healthy Drinks #lemon #turmeric #acv #ginger
This year it seems like I’ve caught a minor cold (lasting about 3 days) every other week! After the second one runny nose kicked in, I knew it was high time to bring out my cold fighting, immune boosting, and homemade concoctions. It’s so easy to ignore feeling tired and rundown, or push through daily aches and pains. My struggle with chronic pain has taught me to pay attention when my body is trying to tell me something and give it the help it needs to heal itself.

I have three drink recipes that I always turn to when my body is in need of some TLC. Each drink contains ingredients that have natural healing benefits and can be drunk hot or cold.

For Alkalinity & Digestion

RECIPE: 3 Healthy Drinks #lemon #turmeric #acv #ginger
Hot water with lemon and cayenne is my go-to drink and something I have almost every morning when I wake up. Drinking lemon water helps to promote an alkaline state in your body and can kick-start your digestion and help your body rid itself of acids.

Benefits of Lemon & Cayenne

– Both lemon and cayenne have anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxification properties
– Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, helps with digestion, destroys bacteria, balances pH levels and cleanses the system
– Cayenne pepper increases metabolism, stimulates the circulatory system, aids digestion, helps regulate blood sugar, suppresses appetite

Lemon Water with Cayenne
 
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  • 1-2 lemon wedges
  • water
  • pinch of cayenne
Instructions
  1. Squeeze lemon into a mug of hot water. Add a pinch of cayenne and enjoy.

For Heart Burn & Detox

RECIPE: 3 Healthy Drinks #lemon #turmeric #acv #ginger
I drink apple cider vinegar whenever my body is feeling run-down. I only use Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar as it is organic and contains many natural healing properties.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

– controls hunger and cravings
– helps with detox
– a natural remedy for heart burn
– it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
– helps regulate digestion
– promotes healthy hair and skin
– balances hormones
– helps regulate blood sugar
– eases menstrual cramps

Sweetened Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir
 
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  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup unfiltered apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • honey or maple syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a large glass or mug. This concoction can be enjoyed hot or over ice.

For Pain & Nausea

RECIPE: 3 Healthy Drinks #lemon #turmeric #acv #ginger
I drink turmeric and ginger to help ease overall-pain in my body. Turmeric and ginger are also particularly helpful in aiding digestion and chasing away nausea (which is a common symptom I experience along with pain).

Benefits of Turmeric & Ginger

– Turmeric and ginger are both cancer-fighting, reduces inflammation, aids in digestion
– Turmeric reduces symptoms of indigestion like gas and bloating, relieves arthritis, reduces cholesterol, purifies the blood and helps with skin problems.
– Ginger eases motion sickness, helps reduce pain, has a warming effect and stimulates circulation.

Creamy Turmeric Ginger Latte
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk (feel free to use almond, coconut, rice, etc)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • pinch of dried rosemary
  • pinch of cayenne
  • dash of vanilla
  • maple syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Whisk together ingredients in a medium pot. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, then immediately turn down the heat and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the mixture into a large mug. Sweeten with maple syrup.

 

I hope you’ll try out one of these tasty and healthy concoctions the next time your body needs some love and attention!