At first, it might seem bizarre to make a latte out of this characteristic Indian spice, though once you try it, you will be hooked!
THE SPICE OF LIFE
Blessed with healing properties of Indian origin, this spice is highly respected in the Far East and is therefore also referred to as the “spice of life” . It is mandatory to keep it in every Indian temple and is used by Hindu women as a facial cleanser due to its rejuvenating effect. The bright yellow powder is obtained from the root of the plant. It is cooked, dried and ground to a powder – not only is it used alone, but it is also used as a base for the famous curry and Worcester sauce, and is used as a food coloring and in cosmetics.
The curcumin, that gives the yellow color to it, is a very strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral (anti-virus), immune boosting, anti-cancer active compound. Therefore, it is especially beneficial to consume it regularly during flu season.
Besides all above, it…
- stimulates digestion and bile function (also effective against gallstones)
- cures various gastrointestinal problems
- reduces bloating
- diuretic, beneficial for kidney function
- regulates cholesterol
- stimulates fat metabolism – helps you lose weight
- anti-inflammatory (good bye, pimples!)
- detoxifies , reduces the feeling of fullness – you can use it after a festive night out 😉
- anti-aging, rejuvenating skin
- blood purifier, stimulates blood circulation , inhibits blood clot formation
- relieves menstrual cramps
- is a natural painkiller
- has a hepatoprotective effect
When applied externally, it is an excellent wound healer, skin rejuvenator, pore cleanser and regulates sebum production.
A quick DIY facial mask recipe if you want to use it this way: Mix a tablespoon of yogurt or kefir with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and apply it to your face for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse well with lukewarm water. You will see it’s brightening effect!
Recent research has also shown the anti-cancer effect of turmeric (especially in colon and breast cancer ). In fact, they have similarly positive results in diabetes and Alzheimer’s .
DO NOT DRINK TOO MUCH
Consuming large amounts of turmeric can cause stomach problems. Of course, with 1-2 cups of turmeric latte a day you don’t have to worry about that.
TURMERIC LATTE RECIPE
- 2.5 dl almond milk (or any other plant milk)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon honey, agave syrup or coconut sugar
- milk frother (or blender)
- vanilla, cinnamon (optional)
Boil the milk in a saucepan. When done, add turmeric, honey or coconut sugar, cinnamon and / or vanilla (as much as you like), then use the frother to make some froth. If you don’t have it, no problem, pour the whole mixture into a blender and mix well until you have a frothy drink. Tada! All you have to do now is snuggle up under a nice warm blanket and enjoy your healing golden milk! 🙂
Mix a small amount of turmeric in rice to give a beautiful yellow color to it. You can also add a pinch of turmeric into sponge cakes, or you can use it to enhance foods made from light yellow eggs (eg scrambled eggs). I like to sprinkle a little on everything basically, smoothies, cream soups, and even my breakfast porridge. 🙂
Enjoy your latte and have a beautiful skin!
This article was also published in the 2016/06 issue of the Hungarian Wellness Magazine.