"How wonderful the color yellow is. It stands for the sun." - Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh certainly isn't wrong... and he reminds us of our very own internal sun. The color yellow is commonly associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra, our 3rd Chakra and the house of our personal power and identity. During the month of April I was deeply immersed in a creativity project that was made up of different prompts daily and I used these prompts to create any thing, in any way that spoke to me in the moment. One day I was given the prompt, "something yellow"... and an exploration of the Solar Plexus Chakra ensued. On this day I practiced a yoga flow to unlock this Chakra, I painted (which I do not do, ever) a small canvas and wrote my very own mantra for this Chakra, and I sat down for a marvelous cup of turmeric tea - otherwise knows as Golden Milk! And this is the recipe I have for you below, but I wanted to begin with this little bit of context because there are so many ways to care for yourself and nurture your energy (movement, meditation, mantra, art in all it's forms, and nutrition of course!).
So what's this about a Golden Milk Latte?
Turmeric is a bright-yellow sunshiny spice that has an incredibly positive impact on your body and brain. It contains bioactive compounds like curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Additionally, it has been shown to improve brain function and lower risk of brain disease, as well as suppress symptoms of depression by boosting levels of brain hormone BDNF (brain-derived neuropathic factor) and neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Turmeric is fat-soluble, so adding the coconut oil in this recipe makes the curcumin more bio-available for our bodies! As does the cracked pepper - because curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, the substance piperine in black pepper enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%. SCIENCE, Y'ALL.
For this easy beverage, you will need:
1 tsp Turmeric
1 Cup Non-dairy milk (I use oat milk, but you can use almond or coconut milk as well)
1-2 tsp (or to taste) Coconut Sugar
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Freshly cracked black pepper
Heat the milk, turmeric, sugar, and coconut oil in a saucepan until warm and cozy. Whisk to combine. You can add in the black pepper while it's still in the pan, or sprinkle it on top before serving! Transfer to a mug and enjoy thoroughly.