Recipe for ultra glowy skin:
- 2 cups milk of choice such as almond or cashew (my favorite brand)
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- pinch of ground black pepper
- fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 2 tsp french vanilla creamer
*been eyeing these adorable gold measuring spoons FYI
- Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth.
- Pour into small saucepan and heat for 5-10 minutes over medium heat until hot, but not to a boil. (10 mins is recommend to reap maximum benefits/absorption)
- Pour over 1 cup of brewed black coffee.
- Drink while warm or chill for later.
It’s what stains your clothes, your countertops and worst of all, your white tipped acrylics before your freshmen homecoming dance #stillupset.
So when I heard ‘Turmeric Latte’ I have to admit I was not interested. You see, turmeric, or what we grew up calling ‘Haldi’ in our North Indian household, is a spice that is super essential in all of our traditional dishes. It’s what stains your clothes, your countertops and worst of all, your white tipped acrylics before your freshmen homecoming dance #stillupset. I’ve always heard about the powerful benefits of turmeric, but never really considered actually drinking it. It’s not just a spice we consume, this is a super essential ingredient in DIY facial masks that became very mainstream recently. It’s also the fundamental basis of a entire ceremonial event during a very lengthy Indian wedding week, but that’s a different story for a different day.
So I began researching the slew of benefits turmeric has to offer, and why you should make this latte asap. Before we dive into the science of why this pretty little powder packs a punch, I have to explain something kind of nerdy. Basically, turmeric is actually powerful because it contains curcumin. Curcumin is the active, main ingredient that contains the anti-inflammatory effects. Secondly, it has to consumed with black pepper. I know this may not be your thing when you hear ‘latte’ but hear me out. Piperine (which is found in black pepper and also sounds like the name of a Disney Princess) is what facilitates the absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%. If you don’t combine the turmeric powder with the pinch of black pepper per the recipe, you don’t experience the magical effects of it at all. Lastly, you should use a full fat milk (or butter/oil if you’re keto) to enhance the effects. Turmeric is fat-soluble which means in order to break it down and get the most out of, it needs a fatty substance for maximum absorption.
Why you should drink this latte, a lot:
- anti-inflammatory agents (reduces puffiness and swelling)
- anti-oxidant (breakdown of cells cause damage healthy cells=premature aging)
- lowers risk of depression and Alzheimer’s
- enhances memory and information retention
- lowers risk of heart disease
- helps regulate blood pressure
- combats psoriasis (drinking it& applying it topically, as well)
- promotes the glow from within by combatting dullness
- anti-microbial which kills acne causing bacteria (drinking it & applying it topically)
And lastly, aside from making my skin super, insanely radiant-it killed my sore throat. At the risk of sounding like I’m pitching essential oils, just hear me out. This ancient herb has literally healed a terrible case of post flu bronchitis + pneumonia that a laundry list of prescriptions couldn’t fight. Although I don’t want to discredit the power of pills, the cough lingered for way longer that I anticipated. And then I drank the latte for three days in a row, twice a day and poof-cough was gone.