Golden Milk. The divine drink

Golden Milk is well known in Ayurvedic tradition for its healing properties and ability to balance all of the three Doshas.

Traditionally served as a warm drink, we will be offering those who attend our August workshop Golden Milk Coolers to suit the hotter weather. It’s really easy to make at home and you can use our tried and tested recipes, below…. 😃

Ingredients

  • Milk (almond or coconut milk are traditionally used but use the milk you like)
  • 4 pieces of Ginger root or 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp of grated Turmeric or ground Turmeric
  • Half tsp of Black Pepper
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks or 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of Coconut oil
  • Honey 🍯 (optional)
  • Cardomom pods (optional)
(for 1-2 mugs)

It’s always best to use fresh ingredients where possible such as turmeric and ginger roots, fresh ground pepper kernels and cinnamon sticks. Ground powder is still good if this is more convenient.

Warm Golden Milk

Add the coconut oil to a saucepan and warm slowly. Stir in the turmeric to form a paste and then add enough milk to fill your mug(s). Add the pepper, ginger, and cinnamon sticks. You could also add crushed cardamom pods at this point for a more fragrant taste. Heat gently for around 5-10 minutes to allow the spices to infuse with the milk (don’t let it boil). You can serve with the whole ingredients present or you can use a sieve or place into a filtered tea pot if you prefer to have a smooth and creamy drink. Add the honey right at the end to your desired level of sweetness.

Golden Milk Cooler

For a more refreshing drink, you can make the golden milk as above and then leave to cool. Remove any whole ingredients and blitz in a blender with ice cubes, enjoy right away 🥛

The Benefits

Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years and contains powerful compounds that are proven to have a healing affect on the body. Curcumin is the star ingredient in Turmeric which is a strong antioxidant and anti inflammatory. The full benefits of this spice can be hard for the body to absorb but by adding the black pepper, this enhances the absorption considerably. Turmeric is what provides the rich golden colour.

Ginger contains numerous minerals including magnesium and zinc which are great for blood circulation and especially beneficial if you are run down or suffering with a cold or fever. Ginger also helps the body to absorb nutrients which is exactly what you want to make sure you are getting the maximum benefits of this drink. Ginger is also a natural anti inflammatory and is great for the stomach and the body’s overall immunity.

Cinnamon is full of nutrients which are essential for good health including, magnesium, fibre, calcium and iron. This spice is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat heart disease, IBS, menstrual discomfort and diabetes, to name a few! Again, this is a spice with anti inflammatory properties as well as being antibacterial and aiding the healthy renewal of cells in the body.

If you add the optional extras such as the cardamom and honey, you’ll be introducing more anti inflammatory and antibacterial nutrients. The cardamom is also known for promoting oral health and fighting bad breath 😬

We love the unique and creamy taste that comes from combining theses amazing spices and you’ll enjoy this even more knowing that it contains so many nutrients that will nourish your mind and body.

Enjoy! Andrea & Han

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