Golden Milk is the English translation of the Hindi words - Haldi Doodh. The golden color comes from Turmeric; a rhizome touted for several health benefits including its well known anti-inflammatory properties. With roots in Ayurvedic medicine this blend is taken a few hours before bed. The soothing warm drink helps one sleep better and aids healing. While sleeping humans repair and heal hence it is considered the best time to drink it. That said, it is a blend that anyone can benefit from at anytime of the day. To get the maximum benefits it is recommended to drink it daily.
Curcumin in turmeric works synergistically with piperine from the black pepper to unlock maximum potential of the two spices. All the other spices play their role as well in maintaining balance and repair of the body.
What is it about turmeric makes it a so called "superfood"? The active compound in turmeric is curcumin which may have several healing properties*. These possible healing properties are;
Anti-inflammatory - a vital function of reducing inflammation. Inflammation in itself can be beneficial but chronic inflammation can lead to damage of tissue. Curcumin is an effective anti-inflammatory that maybe able to help overall reduction of inflammation.
Antioxidant - we are constantly being subjected to stress mentally, physically and emotionally. These stresses trigger oxidative processes within our bodies. Oxidation speeds up aging and triggers other health issues. Curcumin has been shown to have antioxidative properties to help our bodies cope better with everyday stresses.
Heart disease - Curcumin helps improve the functioning of the cells around the blood vessels. Along with the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties it significantly helps heart function.
Depression - Curcumin may have anti-depressant properties. There is some evidence to show curcumin boosts the production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are the two main neurotransmitters responsible in regulating our mood.
While we've listed the benefits of Turmeric, all other ingredients such as pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger hold their own in the world of health and wellness.
Prep time: 5 mins
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup oat milk
2 tablespoons Honey or Maple Syrup
1/4 teaspoon One Good Knife Golden Milk
Warm the milks together in a pan with sweetener
Add 1/4 teaspoon of One Good Knife Golden Milk. (add 1/2 tsp if a stronger flavor is preferred)
1. Traditionally, golden milk is made with whole milk. Substitute both coconut and oat milk for regular milk if preferred.
2. Avoid adding the blend to piping hot milk. High temperatures can destroy the properties in turmeric. For best results, drink warm.
3. When mixed into cold milk it may not "dissolve" easily. A blender should be used.