I remember the first time I attempted to use food to help my body combat inflammation. I was feeling pretty awful. So, I decided to purchase almost every organic fruit or vegetable -that Google said helped with inflammation- to make a smoothie.
Ginger’s Flavor = a Little Rough…
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 and had spent my last dollar on organic produce. So, I choked the whole six cups of it down over the course of the next 24-48 hours. Ever since, even a hint of ginger’s spiciness makes me nauseous.
Why Golden Milk?
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, It which was raved about everywhere, so I decided to give ginger one more try. The drink was an inflammation miracle!
It was also the first time I could get ginger down; 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. It 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. Each help the body absorb turmeric.
So check out the recipe below to start enjoying the benefits. Or embrace these similar options: find your way to all my healthy drinks OR learn more about another anti-inflammatory favorite, tart cherry juice).
(P.S. Just a quick tip, 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,
Golden Milk – Miraculous Anti-Inflammation Drink
- 2 cups unsweetened organic coconut (or almond) 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.
*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.
Does it have to be fresh turmeric and ginger? I have dried and would like to try it.
Regain Your Sparkle
Hi Tonya! No, it doesn’t have to be. You’re welcome to use 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1 teaspoon ground turmeric instead in this recipe. Hope you enjoy it!