I am a fan of turmeric (Curcuma longa) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) and love to weave their inflammation-fighting magic wherever it makes sense. One of the easiest and most delicious ways to do this is by drinking golden milk. Fresh turmeric and ginger rhizomes (the underground stems) are far better than dried when making golden milk. While these were hard to come by in the past, many grocery stores now carry them in the produce section.
While traditionally, turmeric was cooked in ghee (clarified butter) and milk, you can put your own modern twist on it by using almond, coconut, cashew, or cow milk. To sweeten, I use dates in my golden milk, but you can experiment with agave, raw sugar, honey or maple syrup. The peppercorns help with the absorption of the curcuminoids, powerhouse compounds in turmeric rhizome that contribute to its overall health benefits, so leave those in your recipe.
1 to 1 ½ inches turmeric root cut into slices and then pieces
1 inch ginger root cut into slices and then pieces
2 medjool dates cut into slices
1 cinnamon stick
6 peppercorns (to enhance the absorption of the curcuminoids and for some spice)
1/8 to ¼ tsp cardamom
2 cups milk of your choice (almond, coconut, cashew, cow)
Cook on stove for 20 minutes, Strain, and drink. Great in the evening before bed to help with sleep.
Golden milk is an herbal decoction using fresh turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and peppercorns and sweetened with dates. The turmeric in this decoction contains curcumin and the pro-kinetic properties of ginger stimulate gastric motility which can help with heartburn and indigestion. It has beautiful color, tastes amazing and is a medicinal beverage you can make at home!
We drink golden milk a couple times a week here, more in the winter months, less in the summer. I’ve served it to young children, elders, and macho ranch hands and, without exception, everyone loves it! Some people might need to take turmeric supplements for health reasons, but for many of us, just including some in our diet can be a healthy choice.
For ingredients go to npscript.com/theherbdoctor