A delicious, soothing drink that Yogi Bhajan recommended we drink at bedtime
This drink can be made with milk substitutes.
Golden Milk is great for lubricating your joints (both the almond oil and the turmeric help with this). Turmeric is one of Ayurveda's most revered roots. It is a profoundly powerful healer with natural antibiotic properties. Turmeric is believed to help purify the blood, clear the skin, heal reproductive organs, and balance blood sugar.
Yogi Bhajan said that Golden Milk is an essential drink for women and helps the entire female system function. It is also great for people suffering from arthritis, pain caused by inflammation, back pain and can help break up calcium deposits.
In India, it is believed that drinking Golden Milk in the last few weeks of pregnancy ensures a simple, easy birth. It is also believed that it will give your child beautiful skin and good health. In addition, turmeric is supposed to be a mild, natural pain killer that can help reduce the pain of childbirth. (Note: Turmeric is a mild uterine stimulant, so it is extremely critical that you consult a doctor before taking any herbs during pregnancy.)
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First I make a large batch of Golden Milk paste like this to keep on hand in the fridge. It's easy to make the drink every night by adding a spoonful of the stuff to heated up milk rather than making a small batch every time.
In a medium sized sauce pan, throw in the turmeric root powder and the 3 or 4 cups of water. This is the basis of the paste. Don't worry that it seems like too much water - the turmeric expands a lot!
Heat on medium heat and keep stirring. It gets very thick and gloopy. You don't want it to burn or splatter all over your kitchen (which I've done!) Once the basic paste is starting to form I add a bunch of cinnamon to taste if I have it on hand but its not really part of the recipe. I avoid adding things like cayenne, pepper or anything potentially stimulating or irritating to the system. Also as much as I love nutmeg I avoid that too, just for this medicinal drink.
After about 8 minutes I stir in the almond oil for another 5 minutes or so. Almond oil also helps to cut the bitter taste of the high doses of turmeric, and makes this beverage sweet. (NOTE: If you don't have any you could use coconut oil but its beneficial in a different way to almond oil - so try to get the almond oil! AVOID soy oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, canola oil, rapeseed oil as these will mess with the benefits of the recipe.)
Then I add the honey at the end, so it doesn't get overcooked and lose all its goodness. I add raw honey not only for taste, but because it stimulates the immune system and has antibacterial properties. (NOTE: Please don't use sugar-fed or corn-syrup fed honey. Try to find a locally produced raw honey -- it often has the tell-tale foam on top! The mass-produced grocery store honey is made by sugar-fed bees and will mess with your sugar levels, feed candida, contributes to colony collapse and lowers your immune response.)
Stir, stir, DONE with the paste!
In a separate pot heat up a cup of milk or your favourite milk substitute. Pour into your cup.
Stir in a heaped teaspoon or tablespoon (if you love it as much as I do) of your paste, add a little more honey to taste if necessary, and enjoy!
Bear in mind that a simple quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg daily does the job, so you don't need very much if you want your paste to last and last.
Once the paste is cooled down enough, pour it into a big mason jar and store it in the fridge. It should last a long time because nutmeg and raw honey are natural preservatives.
I like to drink this morning and night, especially during flu season! You can spoon this versatile paste into your oatmeal or add it to homemade salad dressing too.