My earliest childhood memories of every fall, bruise, allergy and illnesses include a cup of Golden Milk! There were constant scrapes, cuts and insect bites as I grew up enjoying the outdoors to the fullest, climbing trees, spending long summer evenings playing in the lawn and exploring nature all around me. At the end of all that fun, a cup of warm milk brewed with turmeric and spices awaited me, which I readily gulped down to avoid a ban on playing outside! I don’t remember taking any antibiotics till much later in life, as also not taking most other medicines in my childhood.
Although Golden Milk is recently becoming more well-known in the West, it has been popular in many Asian countries for centuries. It tends to be a yellow liquid that combines milk and turmeric together and is also called turmeric milk. It’s considered to be an ancient recipe and can taste great. Scientists continue to investigate Golden Milk as it’s been linked to a variety of health benefits due to the turmeric present, including:
- A possible reduction in the risk of cancers
- Better digestion
- More energy
- Reduction of inflammation in the body
- Fighting common illnesses like flu, body aches, allergies, etc.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a member of the Ginger family, and like Ginger it too is a tropical plant. The root is harvested, cleaned, dried, and powdered to be used as a spice (turmeric gives curry its beautiful golden yellow color) and as a medicine. … Just as oranges are a source of vitamin C, turmeric is a source of curcumin. To the best of our knowledge, Turmeric originated in Southern India and by 800 AD had spread across much of Asia, including China, and across Africa. By the 18th century it had made its way to Jamaica and is now cultivated throughout the tropics, including Hawaii and Costa Rica.
It is believed to have been cultivated in the Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, possibly as early as the 8th century BC. Turmeric was an important herb in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. Some four centuries later it was included in what is considered to be the world’s first pharmacopoeia, the Tang Materia Medica, compiled in China around in 659 AD.
Ayurvedic medicine employed Turmeric for the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems. Here it is used to treat indigestion, purify the blood and quell intestinal gas, cough and arthritis. Chinese medicine uses Turmeric for moving Qi and blood in the treatment of epigastric and abdominal pain, various menstrual irregularities and swellings and trauma.
You can make golden milk at home or buy it at some health food stores. These stores may also sell different versions of golden milk. It’s possible to find both dairy and vegan varieties.
There are many recipes for golden milk and they vary greatly. Experiment with them to find your favourite. My personal recipe for golden milk is easy to make and I have it about 4 times a week, first thing in the morning after my walk. Combine half a glass of milk with half a teaspoon of turmeric, a little pinch of black pepper, small piece of cinnamon and a drop of ghee (clarified butter). Mix them together and bring to boil. Strain and drink warm. Some recipes use coconut milk or almond milk instead of dairy milk. Other recipes add cardamom and more spices.
How much golden milk you should drink depends on your health, lifestyle, and other factors. Some people claim to see benefits from drinking several cups of golden milk a day, while others only drink it once a week. Most experts recommend drinking at least one cup of golden milk a day.
In general, golden milk is considered safe as long as you’re not sensitive or allergic to any of the ingredients. It’s important to verify with your physician that turmeric won’t interfere with any of your medications or other supplements. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before making any serious diet changes and ask for advice.
If all is good, enjoy your glass of Golden Milk and Glow with health and vitality!