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Healing Golden Milk

By Fredrica Syren:

You might have heard of the new trend — golden milk. Suddenly, everyone is drinking it and raving about its benefits … including me! So, what exactly is it? Golden milk refers to a warm beverage made with turmeric (a spice) and some sort of milk and/or coconut oil. Turmeric is best known as a major ingredient in curries; it’s what gives curry that yellow color. But turmeric has made a name for itself as a medicinal spice that for centuries has been valued for its potent healing properties.

Turmeric is a root that contains curcumin, an antioxidant rich polyphenol known for its anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting benefits.

Other health benefits also include the following:

  • Can help detox the liver
  • Boosts blood circulations
  • Digestion
  • May help level blood sugar
  • Serves as a natural painkiller
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Clarifies the skin
  • Protects heart and brain

Furthermore, turmeric is also packed with nutrients such as fiber, calcium, vitamins and minerals. However, always make sure to check with your health practitioner before taking large quantities of turmeric because it may increase the risk of bleeding. Liver or gallbladder problems might contraindicate the use of turmeric.

So how do you make golden milk? There are lots of different recipes and even mixes you can buy, but I like to make a golden milk paste that I keep in my fridge. This way I can add a dollop to warm milk in the evening.

  • 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. organic black pepper
  • 1T cinnamon
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 3/4 cups filtered water
  • 6 T raw honey or agave
  1. Combine all the ingredients — except for the raw honey — in a saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking frequently. Once the mixture begins to boil, whisk constantly and let it boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool for about 10-15 minutes, until it’s cool enough to touch. Add the raw honey or agave and mix until combined.
  3. Store your paste in a glass jar in fridge. It will last for a couple of months.
  4. To make the golden milk, just warm some coconut milk (or almond, soy, rice, etc.) and stir in the paste.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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