My dad told me today that it was just so awesome that Todd's inflammation levels are back to normal and how much better he's doing than half a year ago. He then told me, nonchalantly, that I am "some witch-doctor"...thanks...Dad... Well, Mr. Todd is sick today. He's got a stomach bug/flu or something. So, being my witch-doctor self, I recalled a kind of turmeric "tonic" or other, on the world wide web. I decided that this was exactly what my one true love needed...among Aleve.
Turmeric is quite the powerful little spice. It's a strong anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory little root that is a vibrant orange-yellowish color and will stain anything it touches. Head on over to Refinery 29 to read this short, informative article on Why Turmeric Might Just Be The Healthiest Spice Of All Time and then promptly go make this tea!
My Healing Spiced Turmeric Tea is...dare I say reminiscent of eggnog? Throw a bit a rum in and it really would! Among turmeric, it has nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon, black pepper, and ginger. Wait, this seems to be venturing into Chai territory? Well, either way, it's base is silky coconut milk, and with the addition of xanthan gum it really makes this tea super creamy and dreamy. The vanilla and maple syrup add a comforting, sweet note.
Healing Spiced Turmeric Tea
Inspired by Simple Veda
Makes 2 cups
- 2 cups coconut milk (from carton, I like Silk)
- 1 Tbsp. ground turmeric
- 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger paste (or chopped ginger root)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- a dash of freshly ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum powder (optional)
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch of black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the maple syrup and whisk vigorously to combine over medium heat. Continue to whisk every so often, until the tea is almost boiling.
Remove from heat and whisk in the maple syrup. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and serve hot!