Desperate for a restful night’s sleep? Nervous energy, upset stomach, menstrual pain, and general stress are all potential factors that can make sleep seem elusive. Regardless of the cause, I’ve discovered one golden-hued tonic that can help you achieve a good night’s sleep.
Turmeric, known as the golden spice, is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal spice that serves as the star of this nighttime tonic. Some organic virgin coconut oil satiates, adds creaminess, and ensures that the body can process the curcumin, which is the magic chemical compound of turmeric.
Turmeric Golden Almond Tonic: A Natural Sleep Remedy
1 cup almond milk, preferably homemade (or milk of your choice)
2 teaspoons organic virgin coconut oil
½ teaspoon ground turmeric or 2 teaspoons freshly grated fresh turmeric root
2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey for sweetness
Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Pour contents through a fine mesh sieve.
- Turmeric and Cinnamon Milk. Place one cinnamon stick in the saucepan and simmer along with the other ingredients.
- Turmeric and Ginger Milk. Add a two-inch piece of fresh ginger to the saucepan and simmer along with the other ingredients.
- Turmeric and Cardamom Milk. Substitute 1 to 2 pods of cardamom for the ginger or cinnamon.
Use fresh herbs and spices when available for greater flavor and nutrients. However, when needed, substitute dried herbs or spices for fresh. Use a 1:3 ratio. For example, when a recipe calls for one teaspoon of dried basil, use 3 teaspoons of fresh basil.
Turmeric, a mainstay in Indian and Chinese therapies, is becoming increasingly popular in Western culture. For centuries, turmeric was used by the Western world only as a non-toxic food dye. When modern research revealed that turmeric consumption reduces inflammation and pain, alleviates depression, improves skin quality, counteracts acne, lowers blood glucose levels, and improves oxygen flow to the brain, the West changed its tune. A spice that makes you feel and look better? We are fans!
Dried spices and herbs have a limited shelf life. Check the expiration date on the side or bottom of the container. A smell test is also a good idea. If the spice or herb lacks a strong, distinct aroma, it’s time for a replacement. Spices and herbs past their prime have not only a diminished flavor, but also a decreased nutritional and medicinal value.