Turmeric- The Spice that Helps Relieves Stress, Depression and Anxiety. BONUS: Recipe for Golden Milk

Need a warm, cozy beverage that compliments your #quarantine chic? Or maybe one that helps relieve or mitigates damage that stress has on the body? Or how about one that relieves some stress and anxiety? I have one that checks all the boxes.

Golden milk is one for the ages, and it’s got some amazing anti-inflammatory goodness as it contains turmeric. Turmeric is a root, and is best known for its bright gold color that will stain the 💩 out of your white cutting boards and more importantly, the anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties.

The active compound in turmeric is called curcumarin, a polyphenol aka micronutrient. It must be paired with black pepper to unlock it’s magical powers, which include helping to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, which is pretty important right now if you ask me. It’s not just the mental effects of stress, but it also helps mitigate the cellular damage that stress has on the brain and body. As we don’t know how long this will last, it’s best to take a prolonged and sustained approach to our health. Make small changes that lead to big impact.

While eating the root in any form is amazing, many claim that it’s best to take in a concentrated, high quality supplement for maximum antidepressant effects. I’m neither here nor there. I put it in everything from lentil curry to golden milk. I will sometimes make turmeric/ginger tea.

In TCM, they use it to move the blood and remove stagnation from the body. Sign me up! Especially now as I’m not moving quite as much as I was pre-pandemic pajama party.

Have you tried making golden milk?

🧡1.5 cups non dairy milk (I used a blend of coconut and homemade cashew)
🧡1 tsp fresh grated turmeric or ¼ tsp ground turmeric
🧡1 tbsp fresh ground ginger (strained before consuming) or 1 tsp ground ginger
🧡1 cinnamon stick (removed before consuming)
🧡1 tsp maple syrup
🧡1/8 tsp/pinch of ground black pepper

🧡Add all ingredients in a pot, whisk to combine and heat over medium heat until it’s hot, not boiling.


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