A classic comforting, warm, and boldly spiced turmeric milk recipe with a hint of sweetness.
If you’ve never heard of turmeric milk, you’re in for a treat. Turmeric milk is my absolute favorite night time drink other than hot tea. This drink is not only completely comforting, relaxing, and soothing, but it’s also extremely nutritious. Turmeric contains loads of nutrients, especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which make this a win-win in my book. Another benefit is that it simply tastes delicious! Turmeric has a warm, slightly spicy, bold, and earthy flavor, and when mixed with a hint of sweetness it makes the nightcap beverage (sans alcohol).
Turmeric Milk: Where It Comes From
Most of us here in the Western culture (U.S.) have some story of a mother, parent, grandmother, etc. who have told us to drink warm milk before bedtime because it’ll help us sleep. The theory behind that originated due to the tryptophan content in milk (the same theory behind turkey making you sleepy), which has been proven false.
Instead, the sleepy effect is simply because we eat way too much and our energy rushes to our digestive tracts to digest that load of food and not because of the amino acid tryptophan. Honestly, I can’t show any research that supports the theory that warm milk helps you sleep (in fact this one says different), but the fact is that it’s simply comforting. Anything warm in the evening hours provides soothing effects on our digestion and almost instantaneously relaxes us.
Most traditional recipes will use whole cow’s milk, but I substitute with almond milk since it’s a little more friendly to our bodies and digestion, especially for those suffering from digestive issues or intolerances to dairy.
Traditionally, turmeric milk comes from Ayurvedic practices and medicine in Indian cultures and is nothing new to other Eastern cultures. In fact, it’s been known as a “healing spice” and used to help anything from sore throats, colds, the flu, and stomachaches to wound healing and treatment of abrasions and skin issues (due to it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties). I wrote an in-depth post on the nutritional value of turmeric here, and because it boasts so many benefits, it’s a spice that’s always in my pantry and one that I use almost daily.