As we settle in for winter I am interested to find out more ways to enhance our natural immune system to fortify our bodies against infections. Winter is a glorious season to be outdoors and healthy to enjoy!
Golden Milk has been around for centuries, curing people of ailments from cancer to depression. Its main ingredient is turmeric. Not only will tumeric kill nasty winter bugs, it has many other medicinal actions. It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, antimicrobial, antibiotic, antihelminthic (parasites), anti-platelet aggregating, circulatory stimulanting, hypolipidemic (lipid lowering), carminative (good for digestion) and alterative (good for blood). It also protects and restores the liver! Learn more about tumeric or any other herb at Dr. Marciano's website, a beautiful herbal medicine compendium.
Golden Milk is a traditional ayurvedic remedy. It is easy to make and indicated in many medical conditions. Tumeric is used internally to treat liver and digestive complaints and painful periods. It is highly anti-inflammatory and can be helpful for arthritis (RA and OA) as well as other conditions of inflammation: tendonitis and bursitis. As a carminative it can be used for digestive upset, to relieve gas and protect the stomach mucosa from damage. Tumeric is anticancer and can be used as both a treatment and prevention. One interesting fact about pepper is that it helps us to absorb and assimilate nutrients! Combining the tumeric with ground pepper increases it absorption into the blood from the digestive tract.
Golden Milk Recipe
1/4 cup Tumeric
1/2 cup Filtered water
1/2 tsp Fresh ground pepper
Place all the ingredients into a sauce pan and heat on low. Keep stirring until the mixture becomes a paste. This will not take long, don't leave the room! Let mixture cool, store in a glass container in the fridge.
1 cup Almond Milk (or any nut milk of your choice)
1 tsp Coconut oil
1 tsp Tumeric paste
Directions: add tumeric paste and coconut oil to milk in a saucepan and heat on low. Remove from heat and add in honey at the end, to taste. Drink the Golden Milk before bed to calm your system and prepare for sleep.
RAW GOLDEN MILK
If you want to make it raw use my friend Ave's recipe: take all the ingredients and put it in a blender. Squeeze through a cheese cloth or nut milk bag and you're ready to go.
If you have any questions about this recipe or would like a consultation about your heath, send me an email. I would be happy to hear from you.
Dr. Ariel Jones ND