Golden Milk - an Ayurvedic Remedy
Ayurveda is the science of life, a 5000 year old science; the combined wisdom of health practices that span yoga, massage, aromatherapy, diet, lifestyle, cleansing and herbal medicine with the aim of balancing ones energies toward health.
Once a month in Mona Vale at our Tuesday class we have a little food based moment.... recently in class I made students some Golden Milk. Its a beautiful drink for settling the body in the evening, with many health benefits. Golden Milk is a turmeric based drink, to drink it feels nurturing and bestows many benefits from the extraordinary anti inflammatory properties of curcumin, which is an element of the turmeric. Turmeric in Ayurveda is said to support the mucus membranes and the skin, it is used commonly as a paste on the skin in womens' health, it is not uncommon to see a woman in public in India with a bright yellow face from a turmeric paste. Turmeric is considered to cleanse the liver, be anti bacterial and ant parasitic as well as giving a wide range of anti inflammatory benefits, Golden Milk is often recommended for medicinally, such conditions such as arthritis and other more serious illness, due to the role of inflammation in chronic disease. Western Science is backing up many of these claims and Turmeric is now used in many prescription drugs.
Traditionally there are two parts to making Golden Milk, first making a paste, cooking the turmeric for some time to take the bitterness out, then using the paste for some time to mix up the drink batch by batch. A paste can be made using the dry ingredients and a cup of water, cooking for 15 minutes and then keeping in the fridge for three weeks - if it starts to smell metallic it has turned bad.
My recipe involved using a base of coconut cream / milk which needs to be heated slowly without boiling, which has the same effect of cooking for a longer period to remove the bitterness. Pepper helps make the benefits of the turmeric more bio-available to your body - interestingly pepper is also used in Chai recipes.
Golden Milk Recipe:
One large tin of Coconut Cream, 5-7 peppercorns, one large heaped desert spoon full of organic honey, one level desert spoon of cinnamon three level desert spoons of turmeric, a cinnamon stick, some fresh ginger slices. I then warmed this really slowly so as not to curdle the mixture, for about 10-15 minutes. There might have been a clove bud or two amongst the peppercorns.
You can make all sorts of substitutions, almond milk instead or cows milk, adding in coconut oil - especially if the milk you choose is not a fatty milk, maple syrup as a sweetener, a tiny dash of cayenne pepper, or vanilla, cardamon pods.... the key ingredient of course being turmeric. You can buy fresh turmeric at Harris Farm. Warning: turmeric really really stains!!
A friend of my mums says that since drinking Golden Milk every night she is able to get her rings back on past swollen arthritic knuckles for the first time in year... in any case, even without the benefits it tastes YUMMY
Enjoy - peace and love