Golden Milk has all the rage and you can find almost every juice bar selling shots of turmeric, the “yellow” spice that gives golden milk its name. Indian haldi doodh, or turmeric milk has been used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Turmeric or curcuma has many benefits and can be used for indications of: indigestion, poor circulation, cough, amenorrhea, pharyngitis, skin disorders, diabetes, arthritis, anemia, wounds, bruises, joint inflammation, cuts, burns and any general inflammation in the body. Many studies have shown the benefits of Turmeric on Alzheimer’s patients, several types of Cancer, as well as depression. Overall, this is a great immune boosting beverage that should be a part of your weekly diet. You should not take turmeric if you are pregnant, have acute jaundice, hepatitis or if you have high pitta imbalance. Consult your practitioner if you’re unsure of the medicinal usages.
This warm healthier latte or hot chocolate makes a great substitute for those that have an excess evening sweet tooth. It is enjoyable before bed and can help with a restful nights sleep. I’ve included some of my favorite variations and hope you find them helpful as you assess your own needs.
- 1 cup milk | pitta/vata: almond milk, coconut milk, or organic whole milk from happy cows! kapha: almond milk
- 3 cloves (recommended for kapha only)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5-8 cardamom pods
- 1/4 tsp black peppercorns
- 1 inch piece fresh turmeric root, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped (morning/early afternoon – can boost energy)
- nutmeg (evening only – can act as a mild sedative and support rest)
- ground cinnamon or cardamom for topping
- Pour milk into saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add spices and whisk, bringing to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Strain spices from milk into a mug, add local honey and enjoy!
* spices can be used in powder form – take caution not to allow them to stick or burn the bottom of the pan. Whisk before drinking as the herbs will settle to the bottom of the mug.