These days, it’s all about the turmeric in health circles. It is making waves in scientific studies and anecdotal experience. Golden Milk, made with turmeric, is becoming very popular. And the taste is awesome. It gives a new definition to the “Hot Toddy.” I think it is safe to say that if you haven’t tried Golden Milk yet, you have been missing out.
So what is Golden Milk? It is an ancient beverage, typically consumed warm, from Ayurvedic medicine and is known for its delicious taste and numerous therapeutic, health benefits. In Ayurvedic tradition, this drink was taken to fight off colds, congestion, sore throats and headaches. Beginning in India, thousands of years ago, the drink has made its way across the world and now the main component, turmeric (curcumin), is being studied for these and other health benefits. Some other benefits attributed to turmeric are:
- blood purifier
- aids in digestion
- aids in cancer therapies such as radiation
- aids in brain function
Here are the main ingredients you will want to have in your Golden Milk:
Coconut oil – makes it easier (the fats) for our bodies to absorb the curcumin in the turmeric root. Curcumin is the main compound we are looking to absorb.
Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats that satiate as well as protect our brain against degenerative diseases.
Black pepper – The piperine in black pepper seems to be able to activate the curcumin to make it more bioavailable to our bodies. It makes the curcumin more potent.
Turmeric– either fresh grated or raw ground turmeric powder. I prefer the ground turmeric powder because it is easier to mix and I can keep it for longer. Tumeric is an anti-inflammatory root, similar to ginger root.
Coconut milk- the original recipe used milk, but I think coconut milk tastes better and is healthier
Honey -.Raw honey is best because of the enzymes contained in raw honey. Honey also has antibacterial properties.
Other ingredients– you can also add cinnamon or ginger to add more spice, some might want to add in some ginger as well. Cinnamon has anti-oxidants and helps to regulate blood sugar. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It will also help to take away some of the bitterness of the turmeric root.
Add all ingredients except the (raw) honey to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir frequently.
Boil for about 10 min. until the mixture is smooth and homogenous. Boiling also takes away some of the bitter taste of the turmeric.
After 10 min; remove the saucepan from the burner and cool for 10-15 min.
Add the raw honey and mix thoroughly. The honey will give the mixture a cohesive paste texture as well as add a pleasant taste.
Put the paste into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator. It should keep well for a minimum of 2-3 weeks.
Some Ways to Use Golden Paste
- in smoothies
- as a topping for pumpkin pie
- in coffee
- in Golden milk
- as a broth (omit the raw honey)
- in a salad dressing
- in soups (omit the raw honey)
- as a face mask
- as a poultice for inflamed skin or sprains
- as a whitening toothpaste (omit the raw honey and add baking soda and coconut oil)
- as a skin soother for sunburns and poison ivy breakout (mix with aloe vera gel)
There is no reason not to try golden milk or paste and add to your daily routine. With such outstanding health benefits and versatility, it merits becoming a staple in every home. From a warming drink in the evening to a tooth whitening paste, there is something for everyone. Why not give it a try?
Has this information been helpful to you? Let me know in a comment.