Updated: Jan 24, 2019
Turmeric is a rhizome that has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties. It is known especially for its anti-inflammatory effects and has been found to be helpful for people with chronic pain and diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Topically, it has been used to treat eczema and even as a tooth whitener!
Golden Milk has been prepared by yogis and those well versed in Ayurvedic traditions. It is now becoming more mainstream, as those in the natural health movement are catching on to the amazing health benefits of this tasty brew. Immune boosting Golden Milk helps to fight colds, the flu, depression and more!
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric; however, the body does not readily absorb it. It has been found that piperine, the alkaloid in black pepper increases turmeric’s bioavailability. In addition, curcumin is fat soluble, which means it requires fat to dissolve properly so it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Coconut oil works wonderfully for this, as it is a very beneficial fat.
• ½ cup ground turmeric
• 1 ½ tsp black pepper
• 1 cup water
• 5 TBS coconut oil
Mix turmeric, pepper and water in a stainless steel pan. Stir over medium to low heat for 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and add coconut oil. Whisk with a fork until well combined. Transfer paste to an airtight glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
• 1 tsp Golden Paste
• 2 cups coconut milk
• tiny piece of fresh peeled ginger (optional)
• 5 cardamom pods (optional)
• honey to taste (optional)
Heat milk in a stainless steel pan, but do not boil. Add ginger and cardamom and allow spices to steep for a few minutes, then whisk in the golden paste. Strain out fresh ingredients before serving.