Turmeric lattes seem to be all the rage at the moment with many Melbourne cafes now offering this warm nourishing yellow drink. Truth is there is nothing new about turmeric lattes they have been around for thousands of years albeit known as Golden Milk.
Golden Milk is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy from India. In Ayurvedic medicine turmeric is said to balance all of the doshas or constitutions, be cleansing to the body fluids, help to dissolve tumours and blood clots, improve circulation, promote healthy menstruation, strengthen muscles, heal soft tissue injury, decongest the liver, aid in the digestion of sugar, fats, and oils, and support those with diabetes and low blood sugar.
Traditionally golden milk is drunk once a day for 40 days for lasting effects.
Follow the basic recipe below for supply joints, a good all round detox and many great circulation
Basic Golden Milk Recipe:
1/4 -1/2 tsp. turmeric
A good pinch of freshly ground black pepper corns
1/2 tsp. coconut oil (or other favourite oil from a fruit, such as olive or avocado)
125 ml. (+/- 1/2 cup) water
125 ml. (+/- 1/2 cup) milk of your choice
Sweetener of choice (maple syrup, honey)
In a small pan, stir the turmeric in the oil to dissolve (turmeric does not dissolve in water) then add the water. Heat and allow to simmer gently a few minutes until it thickens slightly. This can be between 5 to 8 minutes. Add the milk and allow to heat through without boiling. Remove from heat, add freshly ground black pepper * and sweeten to taste.
Optional: Add a few shakes of cinnamon, crushed cardamom seeds or both with the turmeric
*Turmeric is not absorbed very well on its own the addition of oil and black pepper can increase the absorbency rate by up to 200 %.For an effective therapeutic drink do not exclude these ingredients from the recipe
Note of caution; turmeric does have many anti –cancer properties but should only be taken under supervision of a qualified practitioner by anyone undergoing chemotherapy.