Golden Milk comes to us from Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurveda, “The Science of Life”, is perhaps the oldest healing system. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic system which seeks to balance the bodies energies to heal and maintain health. Moreover, like Traditional Chinese Medicine, its healing principals depend largely on diet, lifestyle, and herbs and spices. Known in India as Golden spice and even The Golden Goddess, turmeric is one of the staples of Ayurvedic Medicine.
We have written extensively here about the health benefits of turmeric, especially as the spice benefits the brain and as a potential protective agent against Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, many of our favorite recipes include this magical spice.
Below are several recipes. Each recipe has some variations as well. The ingredients in Golden Milk are available in most grocery outlets. High quality and organic spices are also available at various online stores. We recommend Banyan Botanicals and Spicely Organics.
What is Golden Milk?
The original Golden Milk recipe was probably just turmeric and milk. That’s cow’s milk or goat’s milk. Most (not all) of the recipes I see favor milk alternativess, like almond milk or coconut milk. I often make mine with dairy milk, but always organic whole milk. The choice is yours. Moreover, modern recipes have also added several ingredients to improve taste, but also effectiveness.
Obviously the most essential ingredient in these recipes is turmeric. Followed by ginger. Both are strong anti-inflammatory agents, as is cinnamon. All of these spices have other important benefits as well. On the other hand, pepper and oil are important too. Why? Our systems have a difficult time absorbing turmeric. Just a touch of black pepper increases its bio-availability. Turmeric is not water soluble. It is soluble in oil, so the coconut oil or ghee helps us to get the full benefit.
We recommend here, as we do in all of our recipes, to use the best ingredients available to you. The ingredients here, including the spices, are all readily available in organic form.