Coffee Alternative: Turmeric Ginger Latte


Coffee Alternative: Turmeric Ginger Latte

This concoction isn’t just anti-inflammatory, it can also help with candida, digestion, nausea, and headaches. It was inspired by a very sweet women, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Whole Foods. Maggie uses hemp milk as well as coconut milk, and finishes it off with soft sprinkles of turmeric powder.

I wanted to go over some of the benefits of turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. Before I do, however, I also wanted to say that although I am a lifelong lover of herbal medicine, I am by no means an expert. I love to share recipes but I also recommend looking up my dear friend, Rosalee de la Foret. She is a clinical herbalist who is also amazingly intuitive and is just an all around lovely human being. Also, one of the things that I talk about with fellow herbalists is how herbs can be used to treat symptoms but that ultimately, plant medicine is best used to treat the source of the problem versus its tendency to be used allopathically. Like structural medicine, getting to the root of the issue is where the real work begins.

Ok so here is a deeper look at these ingredients:

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Turmeric
You might have wondered what makes your curry so beautifully golden. It is a common ingredient in Indian and Indonesian cuisine.
Part used: root
Turmeric is an amazingly effective herb for your tissues. Curcumin is the compound found in turmeric that is not only what makes turmeric that gorgeous a shade yellow but is also what imparts the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of this plant. I’ve been cooking with this plant for several years. It’s also called “poor man’s saffron”.

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Ginger
Another effective herb that is both fragrant and spicy. It can be found in almost every kind of cooking throughout the world.
Part used: root
It also works wonders for your tissues. Ginger can be effective against nausea, migraines and menstrual cramps. K.P. Khalsa calls ginger “the universal medicine” in that ginger is like a medicine cabinet in a jar with widely effective uses and benefits.

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Cinnamon
This well-known spice has been enticing our senses for centuries. It comes from a species of evergreen tree, native to Sri Lanka.
Part used: inner bark
Another aromatic herb that is effective against nausea and menstrual cramps. It is warming and aids in circulation as well as digestion. I take cinnamon before my cycle and have noticed that the warming qualities of cinnamon are really effective against the damp cold of Seattle.

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Dosage for tea latte:
Personally, I like my tea to hit me back some. Maybe it’s the effect of living in the Pacific Northwest all of these years, but I want to feel my mouth burn with gingery goodness. I would futz around and see what works for you. Also, these herbs come most commonly in powdered form, which can sometimes be a bit off-putting in terms of texture. One method that seems to help with this is to make a paste of the ingredients with honey to be infused into the milk. With turmeric, a little goes a long way and yes it will turn your hands yellow! I suggest about a 2 to 1 ratio of ginger and turmeric to cinnamon with just enough honey to make the paste. Since honey is a natural preservative, the paste should keep well in an airtight jar as long as you don’t get moisture into your container and you keep it out of the sun. I like fresh foods so I would probably use my batch within 2 weeks. I also experimented with juicing my ginger and turmeric in a 2 to 1 ratio and used 1-2 teaspoons per cup of milk while sprinkling the cinnamon at the end for taste.

Please share your tips recipes! Happy latte-ing.