Golden Milk Ginger, Turmeric & Mushroom Tea

March 14, 2016
ginger and turmeric golden milk
Categories: Recipes, Uncategorized

This is an update to my golden milk tea recipe from 2012 – because of the 2015 studies on ginger and cancer prevention, I have decided to add ginger, and  also optionally adaptogenic reishi mushrooms too!

Golden Milk Tea is typically made from tumeric, it is a rich and creamy beverage that is wonderful for before bedtime, and some may also find it to be a nice coffee substitute.  I have added a few more superfoods to make this the ultimate Golden Milk tea!

  • Turmeric*:  A rich history in Ayurvedic medicine, tumeric it is one of the most revered roots.  Tumeric is an incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant herb – which is how it earned it’s nickname “Nature’s Advil.”  Tumeric has been shown to detoxify the liver, assist in the removal of mucus, lower cholesterol, help to manage weight, treat IBS, provide iron, and and is a wonderful herbal remedy for the treatment of stiff, sore, arthritic, or inflamed joints. Studies suggest it could be useful in preventing cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes. It is also a digestive tonic, antiseptic, antiparasitic, astringent, pain reliever, blood purifier, wound healer, kidney-stone dissolver, eczema treatment, and more.
  • Ginger:  Ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, it is soothing to the digestion, helpful is resolving nausea, and is thermogenic (warming and metabolism boosting).  A recent study found that ginger was 10,000 times more potent than chemotherapy against cancer!
  • Reishi: Mushrooms are wonderful adaptogenic foods – and reishi are particularly beneficial for managing stress and balancing mood – they are known as “the mushroom of immortality”  because it has been shown to support a healthy immune system, anti-aging, and supports the prevention of many conditions including allergies, asthma, dementia, diabetes, and more.  Helpful in When exposed to UV light, mushrooms are also an excellent source of Vitamin D (which is not commonly found in foods).
  • Manuka honey:  A very unique type of honey – manuka has incredible anti-bacterial properties – even shown in studies to be effective against MRSA.
  • Coconut Oil:  A powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral, it is useful in detoxifiying the body.  Research shows that coconut oil can have preventative effects for Alzheimers symptoms (and can even reverse some).  The fat helps with the absorption of the curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric.

The Ultimate Golden Milk Ginger and Turmeric Tea

Golden Milk Paste (this makes enough for about 4 cups of golden milk tea). this can be made ahead of time, store in refrigerator.Golden Milk Paste

  • 2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla powder (or extract if you can’t get vanilla powder)

Ingredients to make 1 cup of golden milk tea:

  • 1 tsp. of golden milk paste (see above – add more if you like a stronger taste)
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of coconut milk/cream (I use the full fat coconut milk from a can – scoop out the coconut cream on top and stir together with all but about 1/2 cup of the coconut water from the can – this will create a thick and rich coconut cream – I keep it in the refrigerator, it is also great in coffee.  I use the rest of the coconut water from the can for a smoothie). Use more coconut milk and less water if you want your tea thicker/creamier.
  • 1 tsp. virgin coconut oil (or more if you prefer).
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. of manuka honey (optional – the coconut milk already gives it a nice sweetness, so you may not need any sweetener.  Or you could use stevia, monk fruit, raw honey, coconut nectar or another  natural sweetener)
  • 1 tsp of mushroom powder (such as this brand from Mushroom Matrix) – optional
  • a little fresh cracked pepper – helps with the absorption of the curcumin (turmeric), and also adds a little zip!

Directions

Make the paste:

Place the 1/2 cup water, turmeric and ginger in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, stirring for about 3-5 minutes until most of the water evaporates, and it is like a paste.  Add in the vanilla powder after about 2 minutes of simmering (if using vanilla extract – put it in when you put in the turmeric and ginger).  Store the paste in the refrigerator in a glass container up to 4 days.

Make the tea:

The Ultimate Golden Milk TeaAdd 1 rounded teaspoonful (more if you like a stronger flavor) of the golden milk paste to 3/4 cup of hot water, stir in the rest of the ingredients.  Make sure to let it cool a bit before sipping (esp due to the hot oil). Optional – top with a little freshly cracked pepper (a couple turns on the pepper mill), or sprinkle a little cinnamon or cardamom on top.  Enjoy!

As with all herbs and supplements, please consult your doctor if you are on medication before taking this tea. Herbs can very powerful and may interfere with and interact with medications!

*Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Although turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.


 

Resources/References:

  • http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78
  • http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric
  • http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72
  • http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/ginger-10000x-stronger-chemo-taxol-cancer-research-model-1
  • http://www.reishi.com/what-is-reishi.htm
  • http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2013/2/how-reishi-combats-aging/Page-01
  • http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/manuka-honey.html
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdIWStwNtgM

 

 

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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