Turmeric Golden Milk for a Better Sleep

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Turmeric Golden Milk for A Better Sleep
 
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Turmeric, ashwagandha and chamomile are the sleep-inducing ingredients for a great night rest without pills.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Divide the paste into two mugs, and pour over hot almond milk and chamomile tea.
  3. Mix to combine and serve warm.
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12 Comments
  • Karlie
    March 16, 2017

    This looks amazing! I’ve been having terrible sleep lately so I’ll be trying this tonight 🙂

    • Ana
      March 21, 2017

      Oh Karly, I totally get you on this one, I hate not being able to have a decent sleep! I really hope this helps you too!

  • Jess @Nourished by Nutrition
    March 16, 2017

    I love this combo! Ashwaganda is one of my favorites. Luckily I don’t have trouble falling asleep but I do enjoy something warm and soothing to relax before going to bed. Have you tried using fresh turmeric to makes this? I know the recipe calls for powdered but I you have the beautiful roots in your photos. Just wondering if you’ve made it that way with success.

    • Ana
      March 21, 2017

      Recently discovered Ashwagandha too and really love it! I used turmeric roots for the photo, but detailed powdered one in the ingredients because I rarely find the whole root and I assume it’s the same for everybody. I tried using the roots too, peeled and grated – the flavor is more intense, the effects are probably the same. A lot of mess in the kitchen though, yellow stains everywhere 🙂

  • Sarah | Well and Full
    March 17, 2017

    I love holistic remedies like this… Turmeric is such an amazing root, it helps with so many different health aspects! Plus, I love its taste in a latte 🙂

    • Ana
      March 21, 2017

      I love holistic approaches too, and recently discovered the Ashwagandha powder which for me works magic when combined with turmeric.

  • Laurel
    March 22, 2017

    Turmeric milk is a staple drink for me and I am BEYOND excited to try this version with ashwagandha. I have been trying to incorporate more adaptogens into my diet, and this milk is the perfect way to get it daily!

  • Majken
    March 31, 2017

    This looks great! I struggle with not being able to relax at night, do you think this will help to calm down at night?

    Thank you for sharing, sleep is the most important thing!

    • Ana
      April 5, 2017

      Majken, I have the same problem of not being able to calm down, and this may be caused by excess cortizol, the stress hormone. I will do a test for this one, and highly recommend it to you too if you have trouble sleeping and relaxing.

  • Joy
    April 24, 2017

    This looks like a great soup to give my Juice and Soup cleanse clients… but when do you use the oil? And is it more sweet than savoury?

    • Ana
      April 30, 2017

      The coconut oil is added at step one, when creating the paste. If you add the sweetener, it’s on the sweet and spicy side. The Ashwagandha it’s bitter, so I would recommend using the sweetener, at least for the absolute beginners of sipping turmeric milk. I really hope your cleanse clients will love the taste and get the wonderful benefits of this drink!

  • Melanie
    May 23, 2017

    I have suffered from chronic sleep maintenance insomnia for a couple of years and absolutely nothing has helped – not melatonin, nor changing my sleep hygiene, nor even sleeping pills. I have been to the doctor and ruled out sleep apnea, but have found that certain supplements at least keep me asleep longer. I’m going to try this remedy tonight and report back!

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