Mellow yellow

Read a national newspaper and you’ll learn that red wine is good for you, red wine is bad for you, chocolate is good for you, chocolate is bad for you, and that almost everything you do and don’t do causes cancer.

I’ve stopped bothering with these day-to-day reports as I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, but I have noticed lots of people writing and blogging about the benefits of turmeric, of late.

Apparently it’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, good for your brain, good for your heart, and is good at fighting a variety of chronic conditions.

It piqued my interest because it’s a pretty yellow colour and it seemed easy to make a nice drink from it.

There are lots of recipes doing the rounds for turmeric tea and turmeric latte, and I’ve noticed local coffee shops are now selling turmeric infused drinks. So I decided to give it a go.

My recipe was based on the ones I’d read, combined with what I had in my cupboard and a bit of guess work. I much prefer making things up.

You’ll find my recipe below, but I can confirm the following… it takes two minutes to make, and it’s absolutely delicious.

And, having done the maths, a cup contains around 50 calories, no refined sugars – and if the evidence is to be believed, it will make you superhuman.

Okay, I may have made up that last bit.

Here’s my recipe for a quick turmeric drink…

1 cup boiling water

2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp cinnamon

A pinch of clove

A grind of black pepper

A dash of vanilla extract

1 tsp honey

Mix all the ingredients, then blitz for a few seconds in a blender or whisk together. Pour half into a warmed mug and add a splash of milk (I frothed my milk to make it look fancy).

That’s it. Enough to make two cups of my quick turmeric drink.


PS Don’t worry. I’m not going to go all Nigella on you and start posting recipes. Unless you want me to, that is!


  1. I’ve been reading about turmeric. I made a latte which was yummy but then later that sane day I was struck by a sickness bug. I’m sure it wasn’t the turmeric but haven’t tried it again since!
    My husband has ME, before I try anything in him I want to find out other sufferers experiences of it as he can’t cope when it doesn’t work 😦 (we’ve been here so many times before !) so are you noticing any differences on it?


    1. Hi there. Thanks for this and sorry to hear of your experience – I’ll also hope it was a coincidence. It’s so hard to say if it’s made any difference as I’m doing so many different things to try and help myself. What I can say is that it certainly hasn’t done any harm. Sending best wishes.


      1. Thanks Gary. What things would you say are def helping? Even if only a little? I’ve read what you’ve said about mindfulness and that’s definitely something he is doing. Well we both are to be honest!

        Does your other half write or vlog about things from his side? Think that’s what I’m needing at the moment.


      2. Thank you. For me right now, in no particular order, I would say cutting out sugar and anything pre-made, cooking with a rainbow of vegetables in each meal, taking time to ‘breathe in’ the day, and learning (not easy) to just stop bothering to worry. Don’t worry about what people think, what may happen, whether you’re late for something. Zero worry. I’ve found it is allowing my body to ‘calm down’ from its heightened inflamed state. Supplement-wise, I have daily vitamins, calcium, iron, probiotic and prebiotic, plus regular vitamin B12 shots. Hope that helps. Re a vlog from Alan – I’ll ask!


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