Over the last couple of weeks, we have had quite a few emails asking for the Turmeric and Coconut Bedtime Elixir recipe that I shared a while back. This is the perfect time of year to be making this warm, satisfying drink. It’s still one of my favourite winter bedtime recipes.
The light, creamy, slightly spicy flavour is delicious, and apparently having a warm drink at night helps to boost the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. The combination of turmeric, coconut, ginger, and nutmeg also helps to improve digestion and calm the nervous system, preparing you for a restful night’s sleep.
Try adding this to your evening routine every night for a couple of weeks to see the best results. There’s nothing like sleeping soundly through the night and waking up refreshed with plenty of energy for the day ahead.
Turmeric and Coconut Elixir
4 cups coconut milk (I used light coconut milk)
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp peeled fresh turmeric or 2 tsp powdered turmeric (I used powdered Organic Turmeric)
2 tbsp peeled fresh crushed ginger or 2 tsp powdered ginger (I used fresh ginger peeled and diced)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon
1 tbsp raw honey, I used Earthbound Raw Manuka Honey (you can leave this out, up to you)
12 peppercorns, crushed lightly
Combine all ingredients except for the coconut oil and cinnamon and heat in a saucepan, bring to a simmer
Let the mixture bubble gently for around five minutes and let cool for a further six minutes
Stir in the coconut oil
Strain the mixture through a few layers of cheesecloth or a fine strainer
Serve in mugs with cinnamon sprinkled over the top. I started with 1/4 cup and worked up to 3/4 cup a night.
You can drink it right away and store the rest in a glass jar, reheat gently on the stove. This recipe will keep for about a week in the fridge.
For more information on turmeric check out handy list of 12 uses.