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This unique root has been used in ancient health systems
for over 4,000 years. It mainly grows in Asia, its primary exporter being India. Ayurveda
has always promoted its consumption and has created plenty of recipes and preparations
that take advantage of its properties.
Turmeric, or Curcuma longa-Rhizoma, is one ingredient we have all seen been acclaimed for its excellent, and not few, benefits. It is an element that has long been used in a wide variety of culinary preparations in India and religious occasions, as it is viewed as sacred.
Golden milk is traditionally taken in India to remedy all types of ailments or simply as a delicious and comforting drink. You can make it really simple, add a couple of ingredients and enjoy a healthy beverage with a twist, a punch, or both!
These root´s unique properties have shown that it´s a mighty aide for the immune system. It has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties due to its curcumin content. Although it has been proven that it holds many more attributes if consumed regularly, such as helping lower cholesterol levels, fight off colds, and reduce general aches. It has also been proven to be an excellent ally in treating digestive issues and bacterial infections.
Turmeric’s taste is pungent, bitter, and astringent. Its energy is heating, and its qualities are dry and light. Hence, it contains balancing qualities
for all three Doshas
: its heat balances Vata
, its bitterness balances Pitta
, and its dryness balances Kapha
, making it an astounding tridoshic
ingredient; the perfect cornerstone for this recipe.
Here you can learn how to can make a delicious cup of golden milk that will warm you up in cold weather, and if you turn it into a caffeine-free iced chai, it will cool you down in hot weather. Remember, this brew is pregnancy-safe, and it´s an excellent option for curling up with a book, as it´s absolutely soothing and delicious!
• Warm 1 cup of milk (you can use vegetal milk or with dairy, as you wish)
• Add 1 tbsp of ground turmeric (or grate about 1 tbsp of fresh turmeric, if available to you) and any other spices you want to add before simmering, and mix well
• Simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring every once in a while until smooth and golden
• Remove from the heat and sieve (or don´t, it´s up to you!) into a mug
Before simmering, you can add:
• A cinnamon stick for extra heat
• Fresh ginger for a different taste plus an added antioxidant booster
• A couple of cardamom pods for a refreshing twist and a bonus digestive supporter
• A pinch of ground black pepper for an added punch and enhancing the bioavailability of the curcumin
After simmering, you can add:
or coconut oil to better the absorption of curcumin
• Ground cinnamon for a warmer touch and antibiotic properties
• Maple for a vegan sugary taste
• Honey for a rich and luscious flavor
• Ice for an exotic delicacy, but do let it cool at room temperature first
Don´t be afraid to try new flavors that you think would go well in a cup of golden milk. If you do, remember to share on Instagram and tag us with #FAIYOS so we can learn from you and what you do to feel amazing in your own skin!