One of the beverages I have fallen in love with is the popular Indian drink ‘golden milk’ – a combination of creamy milk with what they call ‘the spice of life’. No wonder Indians have been drinking it for thousands of years. Here is why golden milk may be one of Asia’s best-kept secrets.
What is it?
It is a comforting beverage, often consumed as a nightcap, primarily made of milk and turmeric. The turmeric is the most prominent spice and gives it its vibrant sunset colour, but the drink also includes other spices. These act in synergy with the turmeric to produce a powerful systemic effect. Traditionally mixed with honey, this rich drink is so beneficial you may begin to crave it.
The benefits of tumeric
Turmeric, the ‘queen of spices’, has taken the pharmaceutical world by storm. Ayurveda has long termed it a ‘healing spice’. People have used it to alleviate sore throats, colds, flus, digestive issues, abrasions and skin issues. Consuming turmeric will provide you with these essential vitamins and minerals: iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, vitamin B: B6 (pyridoxine), B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B9 (folate), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, antioxidants, phytonutrients.
Did you know?
Over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies exist on the medicinal properties of curcumin, turmeric’s primary medicinal component. They showed that curcuminoids contain over 1585 compounds, which compare favourably with conventional medicines for reduction in inflammation, chronic pain, depression, arthritis, digestive difficulties (dyspepsia) and HPV.
Golden Milk recipe
2 cups of milk
1 tablespoon local honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 cinnamon stick or
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of black pepper
a dash of cardamom
pinch of ginger (fresh is best but powdered will do)
What to do
1 Pour all ingredients into a small pan and boil. Whisk to combine ingredients.
2 Reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 10 minutes.
3 Strain the milk. To serve, add a dash of cinnamon.
4 Enjoy it hot!