By Danielle, Contributing writer
While discussing my new raw milk farm, a Pakistani coworker asked if I had used it to make golden milk – a warm milk with turmeric?
I quickly jumped on Google and searched this remedy. I am so intrigued by people whose ancestors passed down age old remedies, and am always up for trying a new one. I tried some golden milk that night before bed, and woke up refreshed. It is now my go-to remedy for any major ills, allergies, and any sort of cold or cough.
Turmeric’s healing properties have been known since at least 4,500 B.C. It is best known for it’s ability to fight inflammation, which is the cause of most pain. Any condition which has chronic inflammation and pain should be supplemented with turmeric. Turmeric’s main component, curcumin, is what is believed to house turmeric’s benefits. You can purchase fresh turmeric (it looks like ginger, but is a golden yellow on the inside), ground turmeric powder, or curcumin in capsule form.
Golden Milk and Turmeric Tea: Ancient Cure-Alls
Turmeric is beneficial to just about anyone in some form.Here are just a few of its most popular benefits:
Turmeric can help just about any autoimmune ill, and is especially known for aiding rheumatoid arthritis and intestinal issues. Inflammation is our body’s response to imbalance, so the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric can boost the body’s ability to fight off disease.
Cancer Treatment and Prevention
Supports Liver Function
The liver is the main organ to digest vitamins and minerals and to regulate the body. It is truly the key to health, but the standard American diet (SAD) wreaks havoc on your liver. Turmeric reduces oxidative stress on the body, and can improve liver function as a result.
Lower Blood Cholesterol
Studies show it can lower the circulating ‘bad cholesterol’ in the body, and, along with its antioxidant effects can improve heart health.
Turmeric has been shown to improve memory related conditions, including Alzheimer’s.
Adding ground black pepper to turmeric enhances its bioavailability–the body’s ability to absorb the goodness in turmeric–by up to 2,000%. Piperine, the main chemical in pepper, helps slow down digestion, and allows the curcumin in the tumermic to be better digested. So, grab some of your favorite black pepper and grind it up!
So, how do you use it? You can make a turmeric paste to keep on hand to mix into your milk to make golden milk, or into hot water to make turmeric tea.
Turmeric Paste Recipe
- 1/4 cup of ground turmeric
1/8 tsp of ground black pepper
2 tbsp of coconut oil, ghee, or grass-fed butter
Warm the oil, ghee or butter on low heat. Once melted, all your turmeric and pepper and remove from heat. Stir until thoroughly combined, and pour into a small, glass jar. Scoop out 1-2 tablespoons when needed and into your milk or tea! Keep in refrigerator.
Golden Milk Recipe
Ancient societies saw this recipe as a cure-all for just about any ailment, from injury to digestive issues. Combining the healing properties of turmeric with the proteins, omega’s and amino acids in milk makes this tonic a must-have for ailments.
- 1 cup raw, grass-fed milk (per person)
1-2 tbsp of turmeric paste (above)
Warm your milk on very low heat, stirring occasionally. Once warm, but not boiling, pour over your turmeric paste in a mug. Sip as soon as is cool enough to drink. Sip before bedtime to feel wonderful in the morning!
Turmeric Tea Recipe
If you are a dairy free person, or don’t have access to raw milk, you can make a tea instead and still utilize turmeric’s healing properties.
- 1 cup boiled, filtered water
1 tbsp turmeric paste, ground turmeric, or fresh turmeric sliced
Boil your water, and pour over turmeric of choice in mug. Sip as soon as it’s cool enough to drink.
Turmeric is an essential remedy for every natural household. Golden milk and turmeric tea are some of the best ways to use turmeric in your home, but it is also a great seasoning on curries or roasted root vegetables, especially sweet potatoes. Mix yourself up some turmeric paste, and have it on hand for the next illness in your home!