Turmeric and Sleep
Apr 2014

Turmeric almond milk

Turmeric almond milk

If you have trouble sleeping like I do, consider incorporating turmeric in your life. I work long hours and also have inflammation, which has lead me to find alternative ways to naturally take care of myself. I’ve known about this bright yellow root for some time now, but have just recently been eating this root on a consistent basis. Turmeric contains curcumin, which aids in inflammation, controls diabetes, improves digestion, detoxifies your liver, boosts your immune system and much more.

Despite long days, I find myself staying up late doing non-work related reading even though I know the best thing to do is just go to sleep. This cycle continues until I crash inevitability one evening from exhaustion. I’m also an early riser. My version of sleeping in is 8am if I’m lucky. Studies show that not getting enough sleep is detrimental to our health. It can alter our mood, immune system, increase our risk of diabetes and obesity just to name a few side effects.

I use turmeric at least once a day, sometimes twice. I definitely notice that I sleep better when I’m using it regularly. In the morning, I drink a hot meyer lemon and turmeric tea.

Meyer Lemon and Turmeric Tea
1/2 inch slice of meyer lemon (or regular lemon)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 cups of hot water

Once in a while, I’ll also add in 1 tablespoon of fresh crushed ginger too. I use a wide blade knife to flatten the ginger. You can add a sweetener if you’d like (turmeric is a little bitter), but I drink it as is.

In the evening, a warm cup of golden yellow turmeric milk is soothing and helps me sleep soundly through the night.

Turmeric Milk
2 cups almond milk
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp raw honey or sweetener of your choice

In a small pot, bring almond milk to a boil, turn off the heat and whisk in turmeric, cardamom and raw honey. Sometimes I like adding 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla. You can substitute the milk of your choice and adjust the amount and type of sweetener used such as agave, stevia, raw cane sugar, coconut sugar, maple etc.

It’s both calming and anti-inflammatory. I’d love to hear what you think about turmeric.