• Briya Freeman

Turmeric Latte for the New Mother



"Make no mistake about why these babies are here

—they are here to replace us."

- Jerry Seinfeld


In Ayurveda, the first 42 days postpartum is a sacred time for the mother to rest, recover and bond with her new baby.


In many traditional cultures, a woman will be cared for by her mother and friends during this special period.


In the same spirit, this recipe offers a warm and nourishing postpartum drink to serve to new mothers (and fathers!). The simple herbal formula helps regulate the nervous system, reduce inflammation and swelling, and support healthy breastfeeding. It is also very delicious and relaxing to consume!




Turmeric Latte for a New Mother


Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 - 2” piece of ginger, peeled and sliced

  • 1 cinnamon stick (3-4” long)

  • 2 tsp fennel seeds

  • 3 cloves

  • 8 black peppercorns

  • 10 cardamom pods, cracked and crushed

  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds

  • ½ tsp turmeric powder

  • Pinch of saffron threads

  • 1 quart whole milk (4 cups) —Almond milk, oat milk or coconut milk also work

  • 3-4 TBS pure maple syrup

  • 2 ½ C water (filtered)


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour 2.5 cups of filtered water into a medium saucepan.

  2. Crush the cardamom pods with a mortar and pestle and add to the water.

  3. Peel and slice (or grate) the ginger. Add to the water.

  4. Add the remaining spices, except for the saffron, to the water. Bring spices to a boil.

  5. Turn the heat down to med-low and simmer the spices for 15-30 minutes, until the water is reduced to ½-1 cup in quantity. This is your tea concentrate.

  6. Add the four cups of milk and pinch of saffron.

  7. Bring milk to boil, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 2-5 minutes longer.

  8. Add the maple syrup.

  9. Pour into a mug, sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg on top.

  10. Serve to the new mother and watch her enjoy it and relax.


VARIATIONS

  • Add 1 star anise or ⅛ tsp nutmeg powder (or fresh grated)

  • Substitute whole milk for almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk

  • Substitute maple syrup with 6-7 dates, cooked with concentrate, and pressed through a strainer

  • If you have thyroid issues and are taking thyroid medication, omit the fenugreek seeds.


Reference : The New Mother Caregiver, Shelley Rahim