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Healing Golden Milk

IMG_2980I’ve recently discovered a new love:  Golden Milk.  Last winter when I felt like I was getting sick I searched high and low for new home remedies (rephrase–new to me) to help boost my immune system and fight the nasty germ invaders.  And that’s when I stumbled across golden milk.  Although at that time I had no idea it was even called golden milk.  It was more recently, last month at a party, that a friend and I were talking and she mentioned that she drinks this regularly for it’s health benefits.  How did I not think to do that?  How did I not think to make this fabulously soothing drink on a more regular basis, not just when I was feeling sick?  And so this prompted me to begin my obsession with warm morning drinks.  And what better time then October to start drinking orange colored beverages?

So let’s get to the reason why this is a great drink for your body to have.  Sure the taste is smooth and creamy, pleasantly sweet and warm with a teeny tiny fiery kick….but there’s so much more to it.  Here is the condensed version:

Turmeric – a strong anti-inflammatory (helps relieve chronic inflammation); antioxidant; anti-aging; anti-fungal; anti-bacterial; boosts immune system (great for flu and cold season). Be careful, turmeric stains clothing..and fingers!!

Ginger – improves absorption and digestion; relieves nausea; anti-inflammatory (helps reduce pain and inflammation); strengthens immune system (also great during cold and flu season).

Ghee  – reduces inflammation; helps to improve digestive system; rich in Vitamins A, D, E, and K (promoting bone and brain health); contains minimal (if any) lactose, and is preservative free.

Raw Honey (local) – contains essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties; strenghtens immune system; helps relieve (in some instances eliminate) allergies; balances blood sugar; aids in digestion.

What you will need:

  • 1 inch of ginger root, grated (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
  • 1 inch turmeric root, grated (or 1tsp ground turmeric)
  • 2 tsp Ghee*
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond/coconut milk (or your own alternative)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp raw honey

Begin to heat milk and water over medium-high heat.  In a small bowl (I used a mortar and pestle) combine the ginger, turmeric, and ghee until it becomes a paste.  Add paste to milk while heating and when it begins to lightly bubble, turn heat off and let mixture steep for about 5 minutes. (Note:  you will either want to strain it with a fine mesh strainer, or what I did was use a mesh tea ball for the paste and let that simmer in the milk, even while I drank it).  Add honey and enjoy!

*Ghee can also be substituted with coconut oil, or omitted completely.IMG_1553