Turmeric is a wonderful antiinflammatory herb. The following are recipes that help you encorporate turmeric into your diet in doses high enough to decrease inflammation in your body.
Turmeric Paste: Take 1/4 cup turmeric powder, mix with 1/2 cup pure water and simmer over medium-high heat for at least 7 minutes, stirring constantly. You will notice a thick paste form. If it get’s too dry while cooking you can add additional water. Once cooled, put into a glass jar and put in fridge. This is good for a few weeks to one month. This paste can be added to smoothies or rice dishes or used to make golden milk.
Golden Milk: Add 1 tsp of the turmeric paste to 1 cup. hot milk (cow, goat, soy, rice, almond, or any combination), maple syrup or honey to taste and 1/2 tsp. of almond or sesame oil. Gently heat and stir and then Enjoy!
Turmeric tea: 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 2-3 cardamom pods (optional), 1/2 cup boiling water. Simmer the turmeric and optional cardamom for 5 minutes, then add 2 tablespoons of almond oil, bring to boiling point then remove from heat. After cooling add raw honey and milk to taste. WARNING – do not heat honey! Sip slowly as a warm tea.
Turmeric Milk: 1 cup soy, coconut, or almond milk, warmed, 1 Tbsp. ground turmeric, 3-4 whole black peppercorns, honey, to taste. Heat the milk and add the turmeric and peppercorns. Let steep for at least 5 minutes before drinking. You may strain out the powder and peppercorns if you wish, or just leave them in the bottom of the mug.