Golden Milk ~ an Ayurvedic Cure-All. And it tastes delicious!
I have recently been coming back to my love for Ayurveda - the ancient Hindu art of medicine and prolonging life. The origin of the word Ayurveda lies in the ancient language of Sanskrit. It stands for āyur- life, vital power + veda knowledge. So in short you could say that Ayurveda is the Knowledge of Life.
I love how Ayurveda approaches dis-ease in a holistic, all encompassing way of Body, Mind and Soul. In Ayurveda illness is believed to be an imbalance of not only the body, but of the mind too and it approaches dis-ease not in a combat-we-must-fight-this manner, but much more in a "let's see what has gone out of balance here, and how can we lovingly re-establish that balance by working with the wholeness of Body, Mind and Soul".
One of my go-to remedies for just about anything is Golden Milk - a beautifully spicy, creamy and nourishing drink that is full to the rim with wholesomeness. It contains Turmeric, Cinnamon and Ginger, all of which are amazing at fighting inflammation, infection and free radicals and have a whole host of other benefits for our body. It is also a beautifully soothing, calming drink to have just before bedtime, and whilst you roam the astral planes in dreamtime, the spices do their magic for your body.
Here are just a few good health reasons to start drinking Golden Milk.
1. Turmeric milk helps build immunity
2. Gives relief from a cough and cold
3. It is a good remedy for digestive problems
4. It is a liver tonic
5. It is an excellent blood purifier
6. Clarifies the skin
7. Gives relief from autoimmune diseases
8. It’s a good headache remedy
9. Reduces arthritic pain
10. Improves reproductive health of women
11. It has anticancer properties
12. It is a good sleep aid
The best thing is: it is so easy to make too. Here is what you need and how to make it:
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) unsweetened plain almond milk
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) light coconut milk if you want to make it extra creamy
1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 cinnamon stick (or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon | I prefer the stick!)
1 Tbsp (15 g) coconut oil
Pinch ground black pepper
Stevia, Raw Honey or Maple Syrup to sweeten, although I think Raw Honey works best and is most beneficial for the body.
You can add other super beneficial herbs and spices, such as Cardamom, Ashwaganda & Vanilla. Allspice, Cloves, Mace and Nutmeg are sometimes used, too.
* Using a small saucepan, add almond milk, ground turmeric, ground ginger, cinnamon, coconut oil, black pepper.
* Warm over a medium heat. Heat until hot to the touch but not boiling - about 4 minutes - whilst stirring frequently.
* Turn off heat and taste to adjust the flavour if needed. Add your sweetener of choice. Ayurvedic tradition tells us to never cook with Honey, rather add it at the end when things are cooling down. Honey turns toxic when heated.
And that's it, it is really that simple. You can drink it before bed, or as a coffee or tea replacement in the afternoon or morning. Do be aware thought that is is quite calorific (about 80 calories per serving), so don't drink too much if you are trying to keep an eye on the weight ;)