This recipe is one the most ingredient heavy recipe in my Adopting Adaptogens recipes but it is my favourite. This warming milk is great to drink at any time of the day but is especially effective in the evening, after dinner, when you are winding down to go to bed. Turmeric and cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties, and ginger helps to soothe your digestion. This warm milk helps to ease your mind and body toward restful sleep. Turmeric is fat soluble so you should always consume turmeric with some type of fat, such as coconut oil, coconut milk, with avocado, etc. There is some fat in non-dairy milk, but if you’d like to ensure full absorption, I recommend you add a small amount of coconut oil to the milk. I’ve outlined some of the many benefits of chaga mushrooms in my Chaga Coffee post if you want to read up on that. I’ve included a link from the University of Oregon which outlines some of the benefits of consuming curcumin, the active micro-nutrient found in turmeric. Please note that while there still have yet to be large randomized trials to scientifically prove all of the benefits of using turmeric, it has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries. If you would like to read up on the Ayurvedic perspective of using turmeric you can check out this page from the California College of Ayurveda.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Makes 2 servings
- 1 small chunk of ginger *organic if available
- 1 small chunk of turmeric root *organic is ideal if you can get it
- 1 cup of chaga tea
- 1 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil *optional
- pinch of ground turmeric
- pinch of cinnamon
- sprinkle of nutmeg *optional
- 1 tsp maple syrup to sweeten *optional
- Peel the ginger then slice ginger and turmeric root into thin slices
- Melt coconut oil into a small sauce pan over medium-low heat and add the ginger and turmeric root to the sauce pan.
- Stir in the chaga tea and the non-dairy milk and bring to a low simmer for five minutes.
- Whisk in cinnamon and ground turmeric.
- Pour into a mug, straining out the slices of ginger and turmeric if you want.
- Add a tsp of maple syrup, honey or agave to sweeten if you prefer a sweet drink.
- Serve with a pinch of nutmeg on top (optional) .