Golden Milk is a creamy tea made of fresh ginger and turmeric root, and is a delicious treat that has amazing health benefits!
What you need
- 1 – 3 inch piece of fresh ginger root
- 4 or 5 pieces of fresh turmeric root
- 1 tsp. of Turmeric powder (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- Coconut milk or Organic Milk
- Wild Flower or Raw Honey
How to make
- Take a pint of water and place in blender with the fresh roots of ginger and turmeric, pulse for a moment.
- Then take a 2-quart size sauce pan, place blended mix in pan and add more water.
- Simmer on low for at least 25 minutes (I like to let it cook down and add more water as needed.)
- Once you are ready add the milk of your choice and honey.
How often should you drink?
I suggest making this 1-3x a week to receive the healing benefits.
Ginger root | Zingiber officinale is a powerful anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory, it also helps to relieve nausea. Ginger is an amazing remedy for stagnation and increases blood flow to the digestive and reproductive system. Freshly juiced ginger is used to relieve cramps associated with PMS and ginger in tea or capsule form is used to relieve overall pain and swelling.
Turmeric root | Curcuma Longa is actually in the ginger family and has been revered as a food and medicine for thousands of years. It has a warm energy with a spicy, bitter taste and enters the Spleen, Stomach and Liver. It invigorates the Blood and Qi and has analgesic, emmenagogue, cholagogue, antibacterial, anti fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
When herbal medicines get popular in our culture and become a part of the mainstream they usually get media coverage for one specific thing i.e.; Lavender is calming, Kava is relaxing, St John’s Wort is for depression, etc. In my lineage we acknowledge that humans are all different and we all respond to medicines and plants differently. So not all herbs are good for all people, all the time. When it comes to taking an herbal tincture, capsule or standardized extract it’s important to know how that herbal remedy works for your constitution or body type, specifically, for you. Culinary herbs can be used daily because the dose is small and it’s considered, at that time, a food. This is important because herbal remedies have become a fad, which can lead to gross overuse by a portion of the general population. If people started juicing Turmeric everyday and taking capsules and standardized extracts of it for inflammation, but it’s not their medicine, per se, it could actually cause an imbalance from which it is hard to recover. For example, Turmeric can deplete your body’s yin, which can be very difficult to rebuild. If that doesn’t mean anything to you then check out this link to learn more about what yin means and how it may relate to you and your health, Michael Tierra’s Blog. One last little pearl, the healing benefits of turmeric often get missed when taken in these other forms because the different healing constituents need to be mixed with something fatty (milk, coconut oil) to be absorbed by the body. This can also help to avoid the yin depleting characteristics of this wonderful healing plant.
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