If you have trouble sleeping and you don’t have turmeric in your life, you need to change that immediately. For me personally, there are few things more frustrating than not being able to fall asleep, or just not having a good night’s rest. Apart from becoming a tad grumpy because of it, it affects so many other parts of your life too. Your concentration drops significantly and you become forgetful, it can cause depression, it ages you, it can cause you to gain weight, and it can lead to serious health problems relating to heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes.
If you didn’t already realize it before, I’m sure you can see now how much value there is in getting proper sleep on a regular basis. But when you’re not, don’t make the pharmacy your first port of call in trying to fix the problem. Sleeping pills come with their own set of risks which you don’t want to introduce into your life, so let’s have a look at how the wonderful turmeric root can help you.
At its base, turmeric reduces inflammation, lowers your blood sugar levels, helps your liver to detoxify, boosts your immune system and eases your digestive system – all of which help you to get to sleep faster, to sleep better, and to wake up feeling refreshed.
Adding turmeric to chamomile tea, as well as the other ingredients in this elixir, makes it the perfect natural pre-bedtime sedative. I can barely keep my eyes open after a cup of chamomile tea (sleep tea as it is sometimes called) so it’s always my go-to. This recipe just makes the effect that much better. Chamomile is well known for its sedative effects, bringing on a soothing and calming effect to your mind and body – just what you need when you’re ready to shut down for the day.
This drink also includes my latest favorite adaptogen – Ashwagandha. I’ve been supplementing with this raising super-star from a while, because of my slow thyroid function, but also for helping my body to cope easily with stress (being the photographer for a very-soon-to-be published book comes with its ups and downs).
The root of the plant called Withania somnifera has anti-inflammatory and antipyretic effects, with mild calming, relaxing effects. I usually take it in the morning, in my smoothies or my oats bowl, but when I have issues with my circadian rhythm because of late night editing and writing, I add it to my turmeric golden milk and have it before going to sleep.
- ½ cup brewed chamomile tea, warm
- 1 cup almond milk, hot
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp ashwagandha
- 2 tsp virgin coconut oil
- ½ inch ginger knob, peeled and grated
- 2 Black Peppercorns, crushed
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp nutmeg powder
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
- *Optional 2 tsp raw organic honey or pure maple syrup for the vegan version
- In a mortar add the turmeric, cinnamon, grated ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, ashwagandha, peppercorns and coconut oil, and mix with a pestle to obtain a paste. Add one or two chamomile teaspoons if necessary.
- Divide the paste into two mugs, and pour over hot almond milk and chamomile tea.
- Mix to combine and serve warm.