Turmeric milk

Golden milk or turmeric milk is hands-down a cure for everything (well, almost). Feeling a bit down in the dumps and life just doesn’t seem that perky? Have a warming mug of yellow milk. I swear it lifts your mood. Maybe it’s simply a case of the lusciously rich, almost psychedelic yellowness that makes you feel just that little bit better. During the past year I’ve been having on-and-off arm/wrist pains caused by tendonitis and a combination of other typing-related injuries, so I’ve been upping my anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory food intake. And I think it helps. Turmeric is one of those God-send ingredients that is said to help with all sorts of ailments, arthritis and joint pain to name just two. You can go too far with it in dishes though, putting too much in when chunks of it just seem to wangle their way out of the spice jar, so tread lightly I say.

This is my new winter concoction for before bedtime. It’s easy and takes about the same amount of time to make as boiling the kettle and brewing a tea, and makes you well sleepy.

Turmeric Milk

Makes 1 mug

1 mugful of almond milk (or soy milk is rather tasty too)

scant 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

large pinch ground cinnamon

pinch sea salt flakes

manuka or rewarewa honey, to taste

Heat the milk, turmeric, cinnamon and salt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until tiny bubbles appear. (Don’t let the milk boil, otherwise it will form a nasty skin.) Take off the heat, add the honey and drink up.

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