The word “golden” probably brings some positive and shiny images to mind when you hear it – success, victory, wealth. But does it also bring to mind the beautiful image of living a healthy lifestyle? If you’re a fan of “golden milk” – or turmeric root tea – then it certainly does. Find out more in this blog post!
Search for golden milk the next time you’re scrolling the newest pins on Pinterest, and you’ll be greeted with pages and pages of bright yellow and golden results. And you’ll get more than recipes for the turmeric root tea for sipping; you’ll also see recipes for golden milk cashew butter cups, golden milk overnight oats, and many other derivations to both sip and snack on.
Turmeric – especially the root and rhizome of the plant – has gained popularity all over social media. For many health and wellness experts, it’s not a surprise. In fact, turmeric has been widely used medicinally for generations all around the globe due to its perceived curative and healing properties. The compound in turmeric that is known for its potential health benefits – and that signature golden color – is curcumin.
According to WellnessMama.com, that curcumin is believed to slow or even stop an enzyme that may be responsible for turning external toxins into internal carcinogens. It has even been a folk remedy to help protect the body from oxidation and other negative effects of tobacco use.
Potential Benefits of Drinking Turmeric Root Tea
According to HealthLine.com, drinking turmeric root tea may provide seven potential health benefits:
- Supports joint and muscle comfort
- Promotes healthy aging of the brain
- Supports cellular health
- Supports digestive tract health
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Maintains healthy cholesterol levels already within the normal range
- Supports eye health
But on top of the potential health benefits, many find it delicious and work it into a healthy diet just as they do protein, vegetables, and water.
How to Make Your Own Golden Milk
Recipes for turmeric root tea are as varied as the people who create them, but there are some constants from one recipe to the other.
- A liquid base. This can be water, milk, or nondairy milk like almond or soy.
- Of course! What’s turmeric root tea without the turmeric? Shop for certified organic fresh turmeric root at your local natural health food store and wash and grate it, or try a turmeric root powder such as Daily Turmeric from MegaFood or Bone Broth Protein Turmeric from Ancient Nutrition.
- Whether honey or stevia or anything in between, golden milk needs a little something to sweeten its taste.
From there, it’s very easy to make the recipe your own by adding other spices like cinnamon, black pepper, and cardamom. Pepper may sound like an odd additional to a warm “milk” recipe, but there is a compound in pepper – piperine – which is believed to help increase the benefits of turmeric. Many recipes also suggest the addition of coconut oil to ensure the curcumin from the turmeric is absorbed into the digestive tract. Then take all ingredients and heat just to a boil, simmer for just a minute or two, and enjoy while warm.
No Time? No Worry
If you don’t have the time or desire to make your own turmeric root tea from scratch, we’ve got you covered. Alvita makes an organic turmeric root tea that you simply need to steep and sip. Jarrow Formulas has created a golden milk turmeric infusion in powder form with all the spices ready to go for you; just mix and drink!
Whether you make it yourself or select a ready-made route, turmeric root tea – also known as golden milk – can be a beneficial addition to your healthy diet. Add with potential health benefits like supporting healthy-looking skin and promoting a healthy internal response during seasonal health challenges, it’s definitely worth giving a try!
Do you have a favorite turmeric root tea recipe? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.