I love curry. Especially the curry from Novo in San Luis Obispo. That creamy, spicy, warm curry that really hits the spot during these wet cold winter months on the central coast. If you haven’t yet tried Novo’s curry, you definitely need to put that at the top of your SLO food bucket list.
I’ll confess for a couple months, curry was on my weekly Wednesday night routine. While this may have been an expensive habit, it was also a very therapeutic one. The main spice in curry is Turmeric, a beautiful golden herb which is catching herbal world on fire right now.
This golden herb has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine for over 4,000 years.
It has several functions in the body including:
- Fights infections and some cancers
- Reduces Inflammation
- Treats digestive problems
- Powerful antioxidant
Turmeric is warm, bitter, and boasts a bright yellow color. It contains a chemical called curcumin which gives the spice its distinct yellow color. Curcumin has shown in studies to decrease swelling and is also beneficial in treating inflammation. It has been shown to effectively treat arthritis, joint pain, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease.
I recommend my patients take turmeric for a wide range of disorders and symptoms. As Turmeric treats systematic inflammation its fantastic at treating chronic pain, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, or sciatica just to name a few. It’s also a great supplement to add to your wellness regime as it as such strong cancer-fighting abilities.
I’m a big advocate of incorporating medicinal herbs into your everyday diet and eating them as a whole food vs. supplementation form. When we eat herbs in their less processed natural state we are able to absorb more of the medicinal healing qualities of the herb. A great whole-food way to supplement with turmeric is to make one of my favorite bedtime treats, Golden Milk!
Golden Milk is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and also helps boost the immune system. I particularly like to drink it as a bedtime treat during my hard marathon training days as it reduces some of the joint pain or muscular inflammation and aids with my recovery.
- 2 Cups almond or hemp milk
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp honey
- pinch of black pepper
- pinch of cayenne
Blend all these ingredients together. Heat up this frothy golden goodness on the stove for 3-5 minutes until warm. Serves 4.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!