Golden Milk - Your Anti-inflammatory Bomb
Anti-inflammatory Qualities of Turmeric
Turmeric has long been touted as an anti-inflammatory and immune boosting food in Ayurvedic medicine. And golden milk is a great way to enjoy the therapeutic properties. Turmeric grows easily in the tropics and is a root similar to ginger. They have lovely flowers too, in fact I grow it in my garden and harvest it after it dies off after winter by digging up the roots. The dried root can be powdered and contains the primary bioactive therapeutic substance called curcumin. Curcumin is known for its inflammatory properties.
Not A Coffee Drinker
Can you believe it I don’t drink coffee more than a couple of times a year. It’s just not my thing and it feels toxic in my body. For many people with sensitive digestive systems Coffee can be a laxative and very acid forming. So I love my other favourite hot drinks, like Spicy Chai and Turmeric Latte or Golden Milk. Scroll for my own creation which has become my favourite recipe. I love this at night or in the afternoon when I don’t want any caffeine from chai.
Black Pepper And Turmeric
To gain full benefit and enhance absorption it is best taken with black pepper. The reason is that, when used alone, curcumin cannot be utilised effectively in the human body because of its poor bioavailability. This simply means that most of it gets metabolised before it can get absorbed. Piperine is the active ingredient found in black pepper that helps in making curcumin more bioavailable. This is so it can be easily absorbed in your body. So you can add a pinch of black pepper or, as I do, a drop of black pepper essential oil. Black Pepper essential oil from Young Living is one of the Culinary oils which is great in the kitchen.
Cardamom Essential Oil
Cardamon is one of my favourite spices, I just love it. And a small drop of cardamom essential oil in your golden milk or turmeric latte will take you to heaven. Again Cardamom has anti-inflammatory properties and more. So it adds a healthy and tasty boost. And Cardamom Essential Oil from Young Living is divine. Just one little tap takes the cup to heaven. Another culinary oil to have in the kitchen.
Decant Your Oils
Oils are powerful and only a tiny drop is needed in each cup. So we decant our oils from a 5ml or 15 ml bottle into a 2 ml bottle with a smaller hole so the on tap in the cup is less. A whole drop is too much. So these oils last and last.
Sprinkle with Cinnamon powder
If you’re a spice lover like me you just may like an optional sprinkle of cinnamon on top of your Latte.
GOLDEN MILK OR TURMERIC LATTE RECIPE
- Milk: I like coconut (coco quench) but choose your own.
- Cardamom essential oil
- Black Pepper essential oil
- Ginger: either essential oil or powdered dried ginger
- Organic Dried Turmeric Powder
- Sweetness either honey or maple syrup.
- Optional organic cinnamon powder to sprinkle on top
add to one cup 1/2-1 flat spoon of turmeric powder, and 1/4 to 1/2 flat tsp of ginger powder, 1 tap cardamom essential oil, black pepper essential oil. Warm milk and pour over spices. Optional sprinkle of cinnamon powder on top.
Add honey or maple syrup to sweeten.