I've decided to start posting blogs that aren't necessarily alllll about yoga.  To me, it's all related.  So whether it's a book, a recipe, or just a thought about life, I wanted to branch out and offer you all some tidbits about what I love and enjoy.

Today's topic is on turmeric.  It's a culinary spice, and a major ingredient in Indian curries.  Accumulating evidence suggests that this ginger relative is a promising preventative agent for a wide range of diseases, most likely due to its anti-inflammatory properties.  

The National Institute of Health lists 24 current studies on the effects of turmeric.  Recent research ranges from reducing the levels of heterocyclic amines (carcinogenic compounds that are formed when meats are barbecued, boiled or fried) by up to 40 percent, it can inhibit the growth of certain types of skin and breast cancers, and it can even help prevent brain decline which may explain the low rate of Alzheimer's disease in India.  Turmeric has even been used as an arthritis treatment.  

I found this great recipe for creamy turmeric tea.  It's best to choose an organic brand of powdered turmeric as excessive pesticides are often used in commercial turmeric cultivation.  This tea is great any time of day, but also a really pleasant way to end a meal.  This slightly sweet, almost savory drink is a real treat and has so many great health benefits!  Don't get turned off by the combo of first glance they don't seem like they can go together, but somehow it works!  


Servings: 1 cup of tea

-8oz (1 cup) of almond or coconut milk

-1/2 tsp. of turmeric

-1/2 inch wide round slice of ginger root peeled and finely chopped

-dash of cayenne pepper

-1/2 to 1 tsp. of honey or other sweetener

-optional: a dash of cinnamon, a couple of cardomom pods

Gently warm the almond milk on the stove.

In a mug, combine the remaining ingredients.

Drizzle a teaspoon of the warmed milk into the mug and mix until the liquid is smooth with no lumps.  Add the rest of the milk and mix well.  You can leave the pieces of ginger or cardomom in the tea, or strain it out before drinking.


Enjoy!  And the only side effect I've noticed is the very temporary staining of the lips and tongue due to the beautiful yellow color of the turmeric.  So if you're headed out on a fancy date, just give yourself a good brush and you're good to go.

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Thanks for the Tumeric Tea recipe, Jilly. With your father's knees suddenly going funny on him, I'd like to think this might help his gimpy-ness. Dad says I should drink your tea for "brain decline" symptoms! Humpf...but I'm eager to brew it up because it sounds so yummy.

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJan Miller White

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