I jumped at the chance to try this recently, and (bizarrely) it’s delicious as well as having big health benefits. Although I often use turmeric in curries and my pear breakfast smoothies I was at a loss to see where I could get it in every day. Don’t miss out the black pepper, its piperine increases the bioavailability of anti-inflammatory curcumin in turmeric by 2000%! Vary the amounts of ginger and cardamom if you want. Here I give the recipe for a latte blend as well as quantities for just one cup.
DO remember to pick milks free of emulsifiers that tear the lining of your gut – in particular carageenan (E407) , carboxymethylcellulose (E466), polysorbate 80 (E433), maltodextrin (E1400). I like Ecomil brand as it’s pretty natural.
I use dairy-free milk but if you normally drink lots of cows milk with no respiratory/sensitivity issues, use your normal…
For 1 serving (see below for quantities to make up a whole jar):
200ml/1 mug of non-dairy milk of your choice (e.g. unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk)
½ level tsp (teaspoon) turmeric powder
¼ level tsp ginger powder
¼ level tsp cardamom powder
Pinch freshly fine ground black pepper (if you leave it too coarse it just stays in bottom of the mug)
Optional: Small pinch of cayenne/chilli powder
To sweeten: a few drops of stevia or half a teaspoon of xylitol/raw honey
- Heat the milk on the stove or with the electric steam milk frother on your coffee machine.
- Add the spices and sweetening of your choice, whisk to mix.Variation: If you are feeling decadent, a sprinkle of Ceylon (Sri Lankan) cinnamon on top of the latte is lovely and boost vitality even more.
Turmeric latte blend (approx. 30 servings)
Keep this in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in a dark place to keep potency and flavour.
90ml/6 level tbs (tablespoons) turmeric powder
30ml/2 level tbs ginger powder
30ml/2 level tbs cardamom powder 5ml
5ml/1 level tsp (teaspoon) finely ground freshly ground black pepper
Optional: 2.5ml/½ level tsp ground chilli powder
Why this is great for you
Turmeric reduces inflammation everywhere in your digestive system. A study using 1g turmeric powder twice a day resulted in a massive improvement in remission rates in inflammatory bowel disease. 1 gram is just half a teaspoon. Turmeric is also well-studied in relieving gastritis and gastric reflux and keeping your brain healthy. What’s not to like? Ginger, like turmeric, supports your liver function to help skin, energy, bright eyes and skin. And it helps reduce nausea. Chilli powder helps thicken the mucous linings of your stomach and intestines. Chilli is used successfully in Ayurvedic medicine to heal stomach ulcers and gastritis! Its usually not the spices in “spicey food” that make people feel bad – it’s the large amounts of toxic, cheap refined oils your average Indian takeaway or restaurant uses in the cooking. Ceylon/Sri Lankan cinnamon (not “cinnamon” from supermarkets, which is in fact the cheaper cassia) has remarkable health effects. Like ginger, it can help prevent diabetes (or tackle it) but it also reduces “bad” bacteria and yeast (candida) overgrowth in your gut. Most spices have a selective effect on your gut bacteria – helping encourage growth of “good guys” and inhibiting disease-causing ones. Helpful bacteria in your gut make natural anti-bacterial and ant-viral substances like interferon gamma which travel to wherever you have an infections and help see it off.
This would be a great drink for someone with a cold or flu as it’s anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.