Turmeric is an herb that's related to ginger, and like ginger, has Chinese herbal medicinal properties. In Chinese medicine, it goes by the name Jiang Huang and is used to "move the blood" which means, biologically speaking, that it has antiinflammatory properties.
We use turmeric in Chinese medicine to assist with some of the following health concerns:
- Chest Pains
- Abdominal Pains
- Menstrual Pain
- Muscular Pain
- and Pain and Swelling due to trauma
In western herbology, turmeric is also helpful for use with:
- Cardiovascular function
- Digestive function
- Heart health
- Immune System
- Joint and Muscle health
- Liver function
So with such a useful herb being right at your fingertips (or at your nearest grocery store!), here's one of my favorite ways to use turmeric:
Turmeric Milk Recipe
8oz Almond Milk (or your milk/milk substitute of choice)
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Honey
Optional 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, ginger, or my favorite "Pumpkin Pie Spices"
Gently warm milk on the stove.
In your mug, combine the spices and honey
Once the milk has been warmed to your preferred temperature, add it to your mug and thoroughly mix together, making sure to leave no clumps.
I've been drinking Turmeric Milk instead of my usual coffee or hot chocolate recently. It totally satisfies my cravings for sweet and rich and creamy without the added sugar, and let me tell you, that is NO EASY FEAT. In addition, I've noticed that my sinuses have been less swollen from my allergies! Bonus!