Golden milk, originally called Haldi Ka Doodh (meaning turmeric milk) has been used as a medicinal drink in India for centuries, as well as in Ayurveda. It is not a milk in the dairy sense of the word but it is traditionally a blend of turmeric, coconut milk and coconut oil.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric, also known as “the spice of life”, is a potent medicinal plant of the ginger family. It contains curcumin and it looks exactly like ginger but its colour is a darker yellow. It is known for and used in curry dishes.
Properties of turmeric
Turmeric has been (and still is) thoroughly studied, especially its impact on cancer cells. The University of North Carolina and Harvard Medical School have conducted such studies. This spice has several highly beneficial properties, including:
- Fights cancer cells
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Beneficial in asthma, arthritis, heart disease and Alzheimer
- Modulates genetic activity
- Modulates cells membranes
Benefits of Golden Milk
Golden milk is the ultimate health and soothing drink. I love drinking it before bed for a relaxing night. It has also been a saviour in times of cold and flu. Golden Milk has numerous benefits, including:
- It detoxes the liver
- It is extremely soothing and nurturing
- It helps you sleep
- It supports digestion
- It boosts the immune system
- It prevents cold and flu
- It increases bile secretion
Golden Milk is very quick and easy to make.
Note that turmeric powder is easier to find but the turmeric stick is more effective. If you use fresh turmeric, use 2.5 cm of a turmeric stick that you will have to crush (for our US readers, 2.5 cm= 1 inch).
For one big tea cup as shown in the picture above, you will need:
– 2 cups almond, soy or coconut milk (coconut milk is the traditional way; I use mostly almond milk)
– 1 Tablespoon turmeric powder OR 2.5cm (1 inch) of a crushed turmeric stick
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon honey
– 1/2 teaspoon clove powder
– 1 pinch of black pepper (supports turmeric absorption in the body)
– 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, as it is also anti-bacterial (optional)
– Some freshly grated ginger (optional)
- Pour the almond, soy or coconut milk into a sauce pan.
- Heat the milk for 2-3 minutes but don’t let it boil.
- Add the turmeric, cinnamon, clove powder and pepper. Add the coconut oil and the ginger now, if you choose to use it. Whisk.
- Wait 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from stove.
- Pour into a tea cup and add the honey. I also sprinkle some cinnamon on top. You may choose to add the grated ginger now, so that it is raw.
You can also double or triple the doses and conserve golden milk for up to 2 days in the fridge.
Note: Turmeric may stain your saucepan and counter top. Rinse immediately otherwise the colour will take time to fade.
Enjoy your soothing and comforting treat!
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