Simple and delicious vegan turmeric milk that will help with inflammation and balance the three doshas; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to treat diseases and ailments. It contains at least 12 molecules that are anti-inflammatory and 20 that are anti-biotic, plus anti-cancer and anti-tumor molecules. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is more easily absorbed by the body when combined with black pepper, and you can add a pinch of it to your cup if you want to enhance the health benefits of this drink.
In Ayurveda, the three doshas or mind-body types, are vata, pitta and kapha. Doshas are the energies that make up each individual:
1. Vata Dosha — Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.
- In balance: There is creativity and vitality.
- Out of balance: Can produce fear and anxiety.
2. Pitta Dosha — Energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and your body’s temperature.
- In balance: Leads to contentment and intelligence.
- Out of balance: Can cause ulcers and anger.
3. Kapha Dosha — Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.
- In balance: Expressed as love and forgiveness.
- Out of balance: Can lead to insecurity and envy.
Turmeric helps balances all three doshas and can be used in fresh juice, teas, tinctures, creams, lotions and ointments. Have you used turmeric in a cream or lotion before?
We’re now in the beginning of the biggest snow storm in the DC area in a few years, the last one I remember was in 2010. They’re predicting about 2 feet of snow where we live, and we’ve stocked up on delicious food to get us through the next couple of days. Fred is currently making a broccoli coconut milk soup that smells amazing!
I’ll be snuggling up on the couch with my turmeric milk watching the snow fall and trying to enjoy slowing down. There are plenty of reasons to hate snow; it disrupts your normal day-to-day routine and makes commuting to work a nightmare, but there are also magical things that happen on snow days. Time seems to stand still for a moment, and I can happily stare out the window for hours looking at the different types of snowflakes. Snow days bring back that child-like innocence that is easily lost in adults.
Are you on the east coast with the snow storm? What are your plans if you get snowed in?