So I researched “golden milk” a while ago, and have spent some time testing it out – now I want to share this amazing remedy with you! I saw the recipe initially on Pinterest (many a blogger has posted something similar), and felt like I should give it a try just because it truly looked and sounded delicious. Little did I know about all the amazing health benefits to this helpful tonic!
Turmeric has long been an Ayurvedic remedy for many an ailment in India and other parts of the Middle East. Many families would cook with it to prevent and treat illness, and would specially prepare a tonic similar to this for sick family members.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been found to have amazing antioxidant , anti-inflammatory , and antibacterial / antiviral properties, as well as being helpful for bone and joint health. It is widely used as an alternative treatment for arthritis, as well as being beneficial for osteoporosis – especially in conjunction with natural, whole milk. It is also a very effective treatment for pain.
Curcumin has also shown promise as a possible aid in the treatment of cancer, (as with many other potent antioxidants), although research is in its early stages and involves the isolated component, and not the whole food (I question whether they would have more immediate results had they not isolated the compound and instead just used it in natural and traditional forms).
One problem with turmeric by itself as a supplement is that the curcumin is not readily absorbed by your bloodstream in its raw form. However, a substance called piperine in black pepper makes it infinitely more bioavailable. Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it is ideally consumed along with healthy fats.
So how should you take this amazing spice? The answer is: in this delicious golden milk recipe!! Milk contains the fats necessary to help your body absorb the curcumin, and the black pepper in the recipe also steps up your absorption a mega-notch. And there are also some other tasty and beneficial ingredients on the list. Care to check it out? Keep reading:
1). In a small pot, add:
1 to 1.5 cups whole milk (OR for a vegan option, choose whole fat coconut milk)
1 – 2 tsp finely grated / “zested” fresh organic turmeric root OR organic, fair trade pure turmeric powder
10 or so kernels black peppercorns
5 or 6 thin slices of fresh ginger root
A cracked up stick of organic fair trade cinnamon (I don’t recommend subbing the powder, but you can if need be).
2). Bring to a low simmer, stirring frequently, until the milk turns a nice golden colour (3). It will take less time to become golden with the powder than with the fresh root. I usually simmer the milk from 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and cover the milk to steep for an additional 5 minutes.
Stir in 1 tsp to 1 tbsp (depending on sweetness desired) of organic, quality raw honey. Mix until dissolved. I totally forgot to put this in the picture…..sorry ;). It’s mostly a taste thing.
4). Pour the milk through a reusable coffee filter or very fine strainer, unless you want it chunky ;). Sip and enjoy!
I find that for pain relief, this recipe usually goes to work within 15 to 30 minutes. I once used it to treat some bad menstrual cramps, and it literally took them away for the rest of the day. Just gone. I have been using the milk for a severe headache today, and it has worked pretty amazingly well. I am sitting here sans headache right now. It also works brilliantly well to settle tummy and other digestive troubles, especially with the ginger included.
Not to mention it is SOOOO delicious! I just love it. My picky eating two and a half year old even drinks it! Let me know how it works for you if you try it! I highly recommend giving it a shot before taking and pain meds (although I am certainly not a “doctor” and you should always research for contraindications). I find it works infinitely better than Tylenol or Advil. It’s worth a try, no? And at the very least you get a tasty drink with many other health benefits to your bod 😉
Some sources on turmeric and curcumin: