In the traditional Indian medicine Ayurveda, turmeric is know as the healing spice, used for curing anything from colds, sore throats, stomach aches, to arthritis, multiple sclerosis or even cancer, due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-oxidant properties. Turmeric (curcuma) became valuable to humans after they discovered that the powdered root preserved the freshness of foods, so it started to be added to foods to improve storage conditions and preservation. Today turmeric is growing in popularity for its scientific proved benefits, so make sure you add it to your diet every time you have the occasion (in curries, in sauces, desserts, smoothies or other healing drinks like this anti-inflammatory milk recipe.
2 cups vegan milk of choice
1 tsp turmeric powder
3 whole cardamom pods
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
* Optional sweetener of choice (raw organic honey, raw sugar cane sugar)
Peel the ginger and roughly chop it. Pour the milk into a pan, and add the turmeric powder, the crushed cardamom and the ginger cubes. Heat over low heat for 2-3 minutes, until the spices start to release their flavors and transform the milk into a real medicine. Use a strainer to filter the milk and remove the cardamom pods and ginger pieces. Add the sweetener if needed, and drink right away.