golden milkYou may be like many people who enjoy a cup of chamomile or soothing tea before bed or even a glass of warm milk.  We’d like to temp you with a drink that may become your favorite bedtime or even morning beverage.  Golden milk is not only soothing but has many health benefits as well.

Although it is called Golden Milk you can use any type of liquid that suits your fancy.  The basis of golden milk is a combination of the warming (and golden-colored ) turmeric spice.  Turmeric is part of the ginger family and has been used in Asian and Middle Eastern cooking for thousands of years.

Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines utilize turmeric to clear infections and inflammations on the inside and outside of the body. Although long a staple in Eastern medicine, Western medical practitioners have only recently come on board in recognizing the health benefits of turmeric.  Various studies show turmeric to ease inflammation ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17075840), be a powerful antioxidant (http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric), and inhibit the build-up of plaque (http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20090720/curcumin-may-prevent-clogged-arteries) among other things.

Here is a recipe we like -we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Golden Milk

  • 1/4 cup of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 2 T  ginger (optional)
  • 1 T cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of filtered water

Mix all ingredients in a small sauce pan and mix well. Turn the heat to medium high and stir constantly until the mixture is a thick paste. Watch the pan carefully.

Let this mixture cool and then keep it in a small jar in the fridge.  When you are ready to have a cup of Golden Milk mix 1-2 Tsp. with your favorite dairy or non-dairy beverage and a little honey or stevia.