The Healing Herbal Tonic, Golden Milk
Falling in love with turmeric has been one of the greatest joys of my life ever since I started my wellness lifestyle and became more aquatinted with herbs and their healing properties. Turmeric is a great herb to start with if you are wanting to dive into herbalism, but you are not sure where to start. However, even if you are just looking for a healthier version of a latte other than what your local coffee shop has to offer, I think you're going to love Golden Milk Lattes. I also think I am more drawn to turmeric lattes because of the rich warm pigment turmeric naturally gives off. However, be careful, it will stain everything!
I enjoy making these drinks on days that I feel sleepy and sluggish, or I just need something that will keep me warm and cozy- especially during the colder seasons. Also, if you're anything like me, I am more drawn to warming herbs, in tea for example, because it fills my body up with so much love, and it's like I'm being hugged from the inside! When I say warming, it's not so much about the temperature of the beverage, but the herb itself. Some warming herbs that I love include cardamom, clove, cinnamon, turmeric and cumin. Ah, my mouth is salivating.
I use turmeric every single day belief it or not! Turmeric is a wonderful multipurpose herb, and it holds so many rich qualities that you could always find some kind of reason to use it in your day to day life. For example- if you're not a fan of the taste, put it on your face! Yes, really! Turmeric holds anti-inflammatory properties, so if you struggle with acne or scarring, turmeric will calm down any inflammation you have on your skin. Below is a quick face mask recipe you can whip up in 2 minutes!
- 1/2 cup of organic unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 tsp of Turmeric
- Organic Sunflower Oil
*Careful, it can stain your face as well, but will fade in a couple hours. You can use apple cider vinegar to take off the residue if you are in a hurry.
Besides being great externally, turmeric is my favorite to use internally. I make my own turmeric pill capsules, and I will take one 500mg turmeric capsule a day to calm down my IBS and food intolerance symptoms. Turmeric is considered a carminative herb, and carminative herbs relieve intestinal gas, pain and distention. They will also settle digestion, dispel accumulating Ama in the gastrointestinal tract, and keep your digestive system moving with ease. Not only that, it's one of the very few herbs that work with all of the tissues within your body because it's a natural antibiotic, and it improves the intestinal flora.
It's the herb that gives the Divine Mother her energy.
golden milk latte-recipe
With all of that information that you now have, it's easy to tell why Golden Milk is a great way to treat your body from the inside out, or just give you a delicious treat here and there when you need a boost! There are many ways you can create this beverage, but I'll share with you my favorite way!
1 1/2 cups of almond milk or your preferred choice.
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, or more to taste.
1/2 tsp of coconut oil-for smooth digestion.
1/3 tsp of black pepper- black pepper absorbs turmeric well, and creates a warm taste.
1/2 tbs of cinnamon for taste.
Optional: Drizzle of honey for sweetness, and/or 1 tbs of collagen for internal health benefits.
Once you have your ingredients, bring a small sauce pan to a burner and keep on low/medium heat. Slowly pour in your milk, turmeric, coconut oil and pepper to a gentle simmer. It's normal to see a bubbly coating at the top of the warming milk. This is what makes it a latte! Then, once those ingredients have absorbed together to a froth and is steadily steaming, transfer your liquids to a preferred mug. Then, sprinkle on your cinnamon and drizzle your honey over your drink for finesse! Voila! A Golden Milk Latte in under 10 minutes.
Now, one thing I am starting to practice, and I think you should too, is that it's always a great idea to bless or send energy to your beverage/meal. The Ayurvedic Practitioner I'm seeing, and a good friend of mine, recently taught me this, and it makes so much sense. Typically I send positive energy throughout my body when I am meditating at the end of the day, and I always feel so good and it seems to always calm down any discomfort I am experiencing after I have eaten something that is disagreeing with me. However, Breanna says that giving thanks and love to your food right before consumption will bring the energy directly into your body and help ease the tension so it's not as bad a few hours later. Duh, why didn't I think of that?