Turmeric! It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and about ten other things. Basically, the answer for everything. (OK, maybe we can’t go that far…) Looks like it’s gone mainstream, too. I just saw “Golden Milk Powder” featured on display at a local store. But it had dextrose and other weird ingredients in it, so I’ll continue to make my own. Mine is cheaper, and higher quality, even if it is a little more time-consuming.
Most golden milk formulas include a few particulars. Like, black pepper and Ceylon cinnamon (the best of the various cinnamon varieties), which work synergistically with turmeric to increase absorption of nutrients.
Once I’ve made a batch of Golden Milk Paste, I like to blend it with some “Nut Milk, Bullet-Style” (same idea as “bullet coffee”). Adding coconut and butter to the golden milk helps sustain good energy levels; the healthy fats level out sugar levels.
Heating the turmeric mix helps bring out more of the healing qualities, hence the method. This mix keeps two weeks, refrigerated, so freeze some of it (or make a half recipe) if not making several drinks of it daily. Makes about 10 ounces of concentrated paste, for quite a few drinks.
- 2 TBS. fresh ginger, sliced thin
- 1 tsp. or so fresh black pepper (grated or whole peppercorns)
- 1/4 c. turmeric root, sliced thin (or sub powder)
- 2 TBS. Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne
- Optional: 1/4 c. honey
- 1 1/2 c. boiling water
- Per serving: Milk of choice (dairy, coconut, etc.)
To make “golden milk paste”, mix the first six ingredients in a small pot. Use: > 2 TBS. fresh ginger, sliced thin > 1 tsp. or so fresh black pepper (grated or whole) > 1/4 c. turmeric, sliced thin (or substitute powdered) > 2 TBS. Ceylon cinnamon > 1/2 tsp. cayenne
Slowly stir in the boiling water and simmer for 10-20 minutes, to get the flavor out.
Let pot cool some. Optional: Stir in the honey, if desired, using: > 1/4 c. honey
Stored in glass jar in refrigerator, this will keep for two weeks or more. Or, freeze some of it, to prolong shelf life.