Who doesn’t love a good cup of chai on a rainy day? The creaminess and spices warm your soul like nothing else. I add turmeric to my chai, not so much for the flavour – it’s fairly flavourless in this recipe – but for the healing benefits.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric was first cultivated for use as a dye, colouring for curries and for cosmetics in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Now days turmeric is used as a pretty powerful herbal medicine. Here are some of the medicinal uses of turmeric:
- Anti-inflammatory for conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and cystic fibrosis
- Enhances liver detoxification and increases the excretion of bile from the liver (wonderful for digestion)
- Helps naturally lower high cholesterol levels and has an aspirin-like effect on the blood
- Anti-oxidant effects assists in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric is also attracting a lot of attention for it’s protective effects against cancer (currently being examined further)
Yep, a little bit of turmeric makes a wonderful addition to your diet. And now you should go forth and make this chai!
Cosy Tumeric Chai
What you need
1/4 c raw cashews
1 c hot water (or black tea if you prefer)
1 medjool date
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground tumeric
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
What you do
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend until smooth and strain into a mug – cozy up and drink!