What is Golden Milk?
Do you know the golden milk? It is also called Golden latte or Golden milk, it is a drink with miraculous properties. Of Indian origin, it would have many virtues for the body and even for the spirit. A real magic potion for those who consume it, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect is remarkable thanks to the turmeric and its thousand virtues!
In this article, discover the benefits of golden milk and how to make its traditional recipe. We warn you, you will not be able to do without it!
The golden milk is a spicy drink from Ayurvedic medicine (Indian medicine). This drink is made with vegetable milk and a paste is added to it. based on spices mainly turmeric which gives it its golden color. Even if today some people personalize the recipe to make it more to their taste, the traditional one is made from turmeric and black pepper .
The golden milk was advocated by Yogi Bajhan who is known to have brought the Kundalini yoga in the United States in the 1970s. The Kundalini yoga is a practice that dates back to 1000 BC.
At that time, it was said that golden milk could increase flexibility . Today, many yogis have made it their daily drink in the West for innumerable virtues that it brings.
Tips for getting the most out of it
Here are a few tips so that you can take advantage of all the virtues of this miraculous drink:
First of all, it is recommended to consume Golden Milk on an empty stomach in the morning to give you energy or in the evening before sleeping to calm your mind. Of course, you can also take a cup of Golden Milk to avoid hunger pangs during the day!
As with all Ayurvedic preparations, golden milk is powerful, so do not abuse it. Do not overload the milk with paste. The best is to make a cure of a few weeks, 30 to 40 days would be sufficient to notice the effects.
Concerning the temperature of the milk, we have no recommendations. Treat yourself!
The benefits of turmeric
Turmeric is a spice that is inevitably found in Indian cuisine. Today it has also conquered the hearts of Westerners.
Although excellent in dishes, it is also a medicinal plant used for thousands of years.
The Arthava-Veda, the first Hindu text on traditional medicine, mentions turmeric as a natural remedy for various ailments, including jaundice and heart disease.
What properties does turmeric have to be known as a healer?
Turmeric is said to be regenerating. In fact, the curcuminoids present in turmeric improve blood circulation and healing is improved and accelerated.
This is why turmeric can be used after a strong physical effort because curcumin helps the body to recover faster, and to soothe the pain quickly.
In addition, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. It is a good natural alternative for those suffering from chronic inflammation such as osteoarthritis or tendonitis.
Turmeric improves digestion. It acts as a protective barrier on the gastric mucosa. It destroys some of the bad bacteria in the digestive system. It is therefore an excellent way to prevent gastric and duodenal ulcers. Moreover, it stimulates the secretion of bile to facilitate and make more pleasant the digestion. All this while soothing ailments related to the digestive system: stomach aches, nausea etc., because its natural antioxidant content is high. Curcumin is a good help for relief when you have Crohn’s disease.
Turmeric also protects the joints! The active ingredients of the plant are very effective in calming the pain associated with it.
Golden milk an excellent immune booster that can reduce the risk of cancer
Golden milk is often used in India to cure the common cold . In fact, Golden Milk is mostly seen as a immunity booster because it has been proven that curcumin is antibacterial and antiviral and that ginger prevents the growth of certain bacteria .
The cinnamon it would also be an inhibitor of the growth of certain bacteria. This would be more specifically the cinnamaldehyde an active compound of cinnamon, which would help to fight against infections of the respiratory tract caused by fungi.
The properties anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties mentioned in the paragraph above above also help to strengthen the immune system.
Research has shown that the substance 6-gingerol contained in large quantities in ginger has an anti-cancer action . As well as compounds of cinnamon that would have the property to slow down the growth of cancer cells and curcumin which could kill these cells and cells and prevent the growth of blood vessels s in the tumors.
Choose organic ingredients
First of all, the main ingredient of Golden Milk: the vegetable drink!
Several types of milk can be used: oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, hazelnut milk, etc.
To choose your plant milk, let yourself be guided by your tastes and by the benefits you want for your body. For example, almond milk is known to help with weight loss because it contains few calories compared to other milks. Or hazelnut milk, which helps reduce stress and inflammation.
You can also use coconut milk but it is richer in fat so you will get a more delicious Golden Milk but with less benefits.
Turmeric, this plant with many virtues, is with the vegetable milk, the essential ingredient of the Golden Milk.
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its full-bodied, bitter and slightly aromatic taste which is what makes Golden Milk delicious. Its many benefits on the body are obviously the reason why the drink becomes miraculous. The rhizome of turmeric (the buried part of the plant) is used and is the source of the beautiful golden color of golden milk.
Curcumin is the molecule that gives the plant its full potential.
Black pepper contains piperine. Piperine promotes the absorption of curcumin by the small intestine. It also promotes the secretion of gastric juices which helps digestion. Its use is often indicated in case of nausea, flatulence, lack of appetite etc.
Black pepper adds another reason to consume this magical drink!
Virgin coconut oil
Coconut oil promotes the absorption of curcumin by the intestine. The latter is liposoluble, i.e. soluble in oil. Putting coconut oil in the golden milk is therefore a way to contribute to the intestinal absorption, of your body. The saturated fatty acids of coconut oil are very interesting for the body.
Ginger does not appear in all the recipes of the golden milk, as it is the case in the traditional recipe for example.
Like turmeric, ginger is a rhizome that is highly valued for its health benefits and unique taste. It is possible to cook this spice in fresh, dried, powdered or marinated form or even as an herbal tea.
It can be kept at room temperature for two weeks, or in the refrigerator for several weeks.
Cinnamon, which you will find in some recipes, brings a bewitching flavor to Golden Milk. It is most often sprinkled on mugs.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of the Cinnamon tree which is cultivated in India, Java or the Seychelles etc. It is an excellent stimulant (perfect for those suffering from colds, flus or other ailments), it is antiseptic and is a powerful bactericide.
The honey is the soft final touch to bring a sweet and greedy note to your preparation. In spite of its purifying and repairing properties, do not abuse it, it remains made of sugar!
Preparation of the dough and milk
Turmeric paste preparation:
20 gr of turmeric powder
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp ginger
15 cl of water
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over high heat.
Move to medium heat and stir for a few moments until the mixture thickens to a paste.
Once the mixture is cold, put it in the refrigerator.
Preparation of the Golden Milk :
1 tsp turmeric paste
15 cl of vegetable milk (according to preference)
½ tsp. coconut oil
½ cup of honey (optional)
Mix the paste you just made with the vegetable milk and coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir constantly (the mixture should not boil).
Add honey if desired.