The Healing Power of Golden Turmeric Chai

Golden Chai

I just love sitting down to a cup of warm, spicy chai latté and an engaging book – who wouldn’t?

Then I discovered something even better: a Golden Chai latté (also called yellow chai or golden milk). And now they’re all the rage in trendy inner city cafes boasting all-day breakfasts of smashed avocado on Turkish bread drizzled with pomegranate molasses.

So we’ve got trendy and tasty, and now with the golden turmeric added into the mix, this chai latté packs some impressive healing power too. Turmeric’s main compound curcumin gives this spice its signature yellow hue. It is also the source of excellent healing benefits, including cancer-prevention and weight loss.

Ancient Medicine

Once I did a little more research, I realized that turmeric is the pre-eminent spice of the ayurvedic kitchen and is immersed in the ancient medicinal system of Ayurveda. It has long been used to assist digestion, reduce pain, and combat inflammation. Being highly anti-oxidant, as well as anti-microbial, turmeric does a fantastic job of boosting the immune system.

More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.

Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Turmeric, together with these other delicious and healing spices, makes the Golden Chai a perfect way to boost your health. Check out why…

Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, supports healthy metabolism and joints, improves heart health, regulates cholesterol levels, balances hormones, helps to manage weight, aids the digestive system.

Cinnamon: blood-sugar balancing, anti-bacterial, promotes circulation

Ginger: anti-inflammatory especially for the gut and respiratory system, aids digestion

Fennel: regulates blood pressure, reduces sinus and lung congestion, assists with digestive upset

Anise Star: anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, improves sleep and digestion

Cardamon: anti-oxidant, soothes the gut, promotes circulation

Cloves: anti-parasitic , soothes the lungs and gut

Here’s my own favorite golden chai recipe, give it a try and tell me what you think…

Golden Turmeric Chai Latte

Warm, spicy, golden goodness that tastes divine and supports your immune system too!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: turmeric
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk – use your favorite…almond, coconut, cashew
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder – organic if you can
  • 2 slices fresh ginger or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 2 pods cardamon – lightly pressed with a fork
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 anise star
  • 2 cloves
  • sweetener – maple syrup/honey/rice malt
  • tiny pinch black or cayenne pepper – optional
  • 1 tsp tea leaves – black/white/green – optional
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil or organic butter – optional

Instructions

  • Simmer milk and spices for 5 minutes in a small pot.
    Golden Turmeric Chai simmering in a pot
  • Add tea leaves (if you want) and simmer gently for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Using a strainer, pour into a mug.
  • Add the optional coconut oil or organic butter.
  • Sweeten to your taste and sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon if you like.
  • Savor your warm, healing chai!

Notes

To enjoy the full healing benefits of turmeric and absorb it better, it is ideally taken together with a bit of pepper and fat (eg coconut milk).
If there are any spices included here that you don’t like, just leave them out 🙂 
Since I drink this chai often, I’ve made up a jar of all the dried spices (except the turmeric & ginger), so it’s easy to dole out a couple of teaspoonfuls into my pot to get my chai simmering faster!
May Shelton

May Shelton

May lives the "village" lifestyle with hubby, two kids, one cat, and grandparents in tow. With various food allergies and auto-immune challenges to manage, eating and living well is an absolute priority in the family!

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