I remember the first time I attempted to use food to help my body combat inflammation. I was feeling pretty awful and decided to purchase almost every organic fruit or vegetable (that Google said helped with inflammation) to make a smoothie. Ginger was recommended on almost every website, so in spite of my dislike for its flavor, I decided to get some for my smoothie. I cut off a huge hunk and added it to the blender. Needless to say, as I knew nothing about ginger, the smoothie was completely overpowered and awful. However, I was broke as shit and had spent my last dollar on organic produce, so I choked the whole 6 cups of it down over the course of the next 24-48 hrs. Ever since, even a hint of ginger’s spiciness makes me nauseous.
However, three years later, I found my body subject to a flare-up of inflammation (muscle pain was sooooo bad). I googled inflammation cures and came across something called Golden Milk, which was raved about, so I decided to give ginger one more try. The drink was an inflammation miracle and was the first time I could get ginger down, as the creaminess of the coconut milk mellowed the spicy flavor of the ginger and turmeric. In case you haven’t heard of it before, Golden Milk is a healing remedy from Ayurvedic medicine that combines two of nature’s most powerful inflammation fighters, ginger and turmeric. They are also paired with coconut milk (for a small amount of fat) and black pepper which both help the body absorb turmeric.
So check out the recipe below to start enjoying the benefits…(P.S. Just a quick tip. I know they’re not all-natural, but you may want to wear gloves anyways when handling fresh turmeric as it easily stains the skin).
I hope you enjoy a peaceful night with much less inflammation!
Here’s to regaining our sparkle together,
- 2 cups unsweetened organic coconut milk (brand without carrageenan)
- 1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh turmeric
- 4 black peppercorns
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons raw local honey
- In a medium saucepan, heat coconut milk, ginger, turmeric, and peppercorns.
- Bring mixture to a simmer. Simmer covered for 10 minutes.
- Add cinnamon and honey. Strain between two cups.
- Serve warm.
- *If the taste isn’t creamy enough for you, or you aren’t a huge ginger or turmeric fan, I did find that making this recipe with pre-sweetened coconut milk helped disguise their flavor much better. However, if using sweetened, please be extra careful to select an organic coconut milk brand without harsh preservatives.
- *I’ve read that almond milk can also be used to make Golden Milk, however, due to my dietary restrictions, I am unable to confirm. If you use it yourself, please let me know how it tastes!
- *Wear gloves when handling fresh turmeric—it easily stains the skin.
- *Of all the things Golden Milk is rumored to help with, I personally have found it to be the most helpful for any mood-related issues.
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