Are you already familiar with the sinfully delicious and warming mood enhancer from Ayurveda with the melodious name “golden milk”?
With its immune-boosting effect, golden milk helps you with colds and listlessness, for example. It also has an anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effect. Responsible for the positive properties of golden milk and also the main ingredient and reason for its name is the spice turmeric, which is said to have detoxifying and liver-cleansing properties.
Golden milk: a remedy with a long tradition
In Indian cuisine, nothing works without spicy and aromatic herbs and spices, and spices also play a very important role in Ayurvedic cuisine. We have already written an article about Ayurveda and herbs for you here. Golden milk (or yellow milk) is an ancient Ayurvedic recipe that is used for healing, strengthening the immune system and improving general well-being. The reason for the positive properties of the milk are the three ingredients: Turmeric, cardamom and cinnamon.
Turmeric in particular is often used in Ayurvedic cuisine as it balances all three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). In Indian medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric is regarded as the remedy with the greatest anti-inflammatory effect. Various studies have now shown that curcumin (the yellow pigment in the turmeric bulb) has the same effect on pain as high doses of ibuprofen – but without any of the undesirable side effects. Those who consume turmeric regularly will find that it reduces blood pressure, improves blood lipid levels and has a positive effect on brain function.
Golden milk recipe
Making golden milk is quick and easy. All you need for 3 cups is the following ingredients:
– 2 cups of water
– 4 tbsp organic turmeric (ground)
– 1 tsp black pepper
– 600 ml almond milk (or another milk of your choice)
– 1 tsp honey
– 1 tsp coconut oil
– 1 pinch of cardamom
The first step is to make a paste from the turmeric. This turmeric paste will keep in the fridge for about two weeks, so you can use it several times if you make enough.
Put the water, turmeric powder and pepper in a pan and bring to the boil over a low heat, stirring until a paste is formed.
Once the paste is ready, heat ½ – 1 tbsp of the turmeric paste together with all the other ingredients (except the honey) in a small saucepan.
Finally, pour the golden milk into a cup and slowly stir the honey into the cup and enjoy.
Variations of golden milk for the different Ayurvedic doshas:
For Vata: Instead of honey, you should use a date sweetener. You should also add a pinch of fresh ginger.
For Pitta: Replace the honey with maple syrup.
For Kapha: Add two pinches each of ginger, pepper and cinnamon to your golden milk.
We recommend anyone looking for a tasty, relaxing or even warming drink before going to sleep to give golden milk a try. It is also a tasty and very easy way to incorporate more turmeric into your diet and benefit from the power of this spice.
Tell us about your experience with the golden milk. We look forward to hearing from you!