Jan 16, 2015

Golden Milk - to sooth the common cold

I've been reading about turmeric off and on for a long time. I first started learning about it way back when I realized I love curry and found it in a curry blend. Then it got mentioned over and over in my Foundations of Herbal Medicine course as an anti-inflammatory (and therefore a pain reliever). If you'd like to read some studies on turmeric and it's effects on inflammation, you can go here.

That was back when I was young and spry and didn't really care about words like "anti" and "inflammatory" and "pain". But then I got slightly older.

So, here is a recipe for something called Golden Milk. This is so yummy! It's a spicy lovely sort of hot drink reminiscent of hot cocoa (in a strange way) but really good for you, too. And what isn't inflammatory?! Colds? yes. Joint pain? yes. Sinus problems? yes.

Our Golden Milk Recipe:
2 cups of milk (coconut, almond, rice, etc.)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1 Tbsp of honey (or to taste)
1 Tbsp coconut oil (the second best part after the turmeric, in my opinion)

Heat milk and spices gently in pan. *Stir. Pour and serve. YUM! (Watching an episode of Red Dwarf at this point doesn't hurt, either.)

Turmeric is a native of Southern Asia and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as a blood purifier, digestive tonic, carminative and for liver disorders. This recipe is reminiscent of those days as turmeric was boiled with milk and sugar and used to treat colds. Turmeric was also used topically to treat bruises, sprains, wounds and inflammation.

*Author's note: Do not walk away from the stove while your Golden Milk is heating. It's not pretty - and you don't want to know how I know. But I know how I know. And I know that you don't want to know. Unless you do. 

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