Ayurvedic practitioners have long recommended turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties, and recent studies back that up. If like me, you struggle with chronic inflammation, you may want to find ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet. You can take turmeric as a supplement, or eat lots of curry. And you can make this spicy sweet turmeric paste and add it to nut milk for a bedtime drink, or add it to your morning bulletproof coffee. An added benefit is it helps me sleep better when I drink it at bedtime. While you’re preparing turmeric paste, the spices fill your kitchen with a rich aroma that is healing all in itself.
- 1/2 cup of organic ground turmeric
- 1 1/2 tsp of organic black pepper (increases the bioavailability of the anti-inflammatory compounds in the turmeric.)
- 1 Tbsp ground organic cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp ground organic ginger
- 1/2 cup organic filtered coconut oil
- 1 3/4 cups filtered water
- 6 Tbsp of raw honey, preferable locally grown (good for allergies.)
- Combine the first six ingredients (everything but the honey) in a heavy saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat and keep on a low boil for about 10 minutes, while whisking frequently. Boiling removes the natural bitterness of the turmeric and makes the paste smooth.
- Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.
- Whisk in the raw honey to emulsify the mixture and make it tasty.
- Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It should last for several months, no problem.
- Add 1-2 tsp to a cup of heated nut milk (almond, coconut or cashew) for a bedtime drink. Add 1-2 tsp to bulletproof coffee before blending.