“Golden milk”, owes its name to the bright yellow colour of turmeric, is a detoxifying drink which originated in ancient Ayurveda thousands of years ago. Turmeric, also known as the “spice of life”, has been used on the Indian subcontinent for centuries in cooking, healthcare and as a beauty product. It is one of the most powerful herbs on the planet having both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is also used to relieve swelling and pain and is often called “natural aspirin” in Ayurvedic medicine.
After homemade ghee and coconut oil, turmeric is the latest health-food trend that comes from India. The spice is believed to help with everything from cancer to a cough, and is traditionally given to children with a fever. Indian women also use turmeric in a number of facial masks to lighten their skin.
How To Prepare “Golden Milk” At Home
The traditional recipe calls for turmeric mixed with ghee, milk, cinnamon and a dash of black pepper. There are a lot of variations of this recipe, including a vegan option, which is usually prepared with coconut or almond milk. The trick is to use fresh cold-pressed turmeric juice or at least high quality turmeric powder.
In Ayurveda many herbs are heated in milk. So you can add any of the ayurvedic herb powders (such as shatavari, ashwaganha, or astragulus) to your golden milk. Ayurveda uses ghee and fats to nourish the ojas of the body, which keep our reproductive system and bodies juicy. Ghee also helps us absorb the notoriously difficult to absorb curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric).
Golden milk (“haldi doodh“) is a wonderful beverage to have in the evening and the benefits are extraordinary. I enjoy golden milk as a sweet treat before bed so I always add a spoonful of honey to it. Sprinkle some cinnamon and you have an apple pie tasting healthy beverage.