Brilliantly golden, slightly spicy and valuable: Turmeric is now considered a superfood in the Western world, but it was already seen as sacred 5,000 years ago in India.
Turmeric or curcuma is the root of a plant from the ginger family that primarily grows in South Asia and the Mediterranean region. It has been used in the kitchen for thousands of years – as an ingredient in the daily diet. Turmeric is what gives Indian curry its characteristic yellow colour.
Turmeric plays the leading role in the preparation of a very popular Ayurvedic beverage that has long been greatly appreciated by yogis and yoginis for its properties: Golden Milk.
Here are our two variations for preparing Golden Milk. The first variation is a traditional recipe that is prepared with turmeric powder and other ingredients. For the second and more modern variation,
1/8 cup curcuma/turmeric
1/2 cup water
1/4 litre milk (cow’s milk or grain milk)
2 tablespoons almond or sesame oil
Honey or agave syrup to taste
Simmer the turmeric in water until it becomes a paste. The recommended cooking time for this is about 8-10 minutes. If necessary, add more water. Bring the milk to a boil In the meantime and take it from the stove as soon as it reaches the boiling point. Then add the paste to the milk and mix both ingredients well. Add the almond (or sesame) oil and sweetener at the end.
Tip: You can make a larger amount of the turmeric paste at one time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 40 days without any problems. Then you can easily make the Golden Milk whenever you like.
The proportion for this is easy to remember: 1 part turmeric to 4 parts water.
Turmeric supports the sense of feeling safe even in turbulent times. We have combined turmeric with delicious chai spices and hint of cinnamon for a tea with a full-bodied, strong aroma. For the best possible development of the turmeric, simply boil a tea bag of YOGI TEA® Turmeric Chai in milk (100 °C) and allow it to steep at least 5 minutes for safe consumption. Then enjoy it!
To accompany the Turmeric Chai, we recommend this associated yoga pose for strengthening your digestion:
Sit in any position with a straight spine. Shape your lips so that they look like a beak and start ‘drinking’ air in little sips. Drink as many sips as you can. Then close your mouth, hold your breath and start moving your stomach area. Do not move the torso. Alternating circle the stomach in a clockwise and counterclockwise direction. When you can no longer hold your breath, exhale slowly and gently through your nose. Repeat three times. Do this exercise on an empty stomach.