Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?
Add golden to anything, and it’s instantly appealing… with the exception of, perhaps, snow.
You may have heard of this magical drink because it’s über-trendy, and the latest thing since matcha lattes, but what you may not know is that turmeric is an ayurvedic superpower. In short, it’s AMAZING, not just trendy.
What this bright orange compound (called “curcumin”) is most known for is being a very powerful anti-inflammatory.
Let us pause for a moment… See, many people don’t really know what inflammation is exactly. I didn’t really. But then in my holistic nutrition studies we talked a ton about inflammation, and more specifically about chronic inflammation,* so now I can break it down for you.
Inflammation = pain
Inflammation = causes dis-ease in the body
Inflammation 101. What you need to know is… you don’t want it. Like think of what you want LEAST in your life (soggy macaroni, athlete’s foot, Justin Bieber…) you want inflammation even less.
Thankfully there’s a root that was seemingly made to kick inflammation’s behind, and that is turmeric.
(*We do need a very small amount of inflammation in the body for proper functioning but we’re talking about the overload of inflammation which is rampant in today’s out-of-whack world.)
Glad you asked. You know the answer deep down, of course, but let me just corroborate the claims of the little voice in your head. Some of the causes are as follows:
See… you know this stuff.
But, wait a second… isn’t this supposed to be a recipe post? Yes, yes, but I want you to understand why we suggest golden milk. Especially because otherwise poor golden milk is always going to lose the battle with hot chocolate when you’re in the mood for a warm mug.
Other benefits of turmeric include:
Ayurveda is anything but new, and I’m fascinated by how long it has taken the West to get jiggy with all these timeless, natural, and effective remedies. (No doubt something to do with the big bad drug companies, but I digress…)
So, without further ado, let’s get milking.
We recommend making a "turmeric paste" so that you can enjoy golden milk several times a week, most especially if you're feeling under the weather.
*Keep in mind that these measurements are just jumping off points. Please experiment for yourself and see what works for you. Some people dig the taste of turmeric, some aren’t so keen but they do it because it’s so beneficial and they get used to it.*
For the paste:
For the golden milk:
I love golden milk in the evening. I find it very soothing — a cup of self-care. Give it a go, and let me know what you think… it may bring you golden slumbers. (A song I sang once. 😉 )
P.S. Need a cashew milk recipe? Here you go!