What exactly IS Golden Milk, and why all the hype?
With the dreaded cold and flu season upon us (especially so if you have small children), it's time to bust out the pre-emptive powders and home remedies, one of my favourites of which is a traditional Ayurvedic drink, commonly known as Golden Mylk.
I first discovered this magic elixir last winter when my then 4 year old and I were suffering through a sleepless night because of his dry cough. Hesitant to ply him with cough syrup, I turned to Google for something I cold whip up in my kitchen, and came upon a simple recipe for Golden Mylk, a non-dairy, immune boosting, warm milk drink full of turmeric, which is known to be anti-inflammatory, and an anti-oxidant, as well as having a myriad of other health benefits.
Golden Mylk is a mixture of turmeric paste (turmeric and water with optional black pepper which increases absorption of the healing space, but my suggestion is to leave it out if you're preparing this drink for a younger child), and a variation of milk, honey, and cinnamon, mixed together and warmed nicely. I've tried maple syrup to sweeten, and I've seen recipes with coconut oil added. I think that the warm milk and the turmeric are the essentials, the rest is up to you.
You can keep the spices on hand and make your own drink using a recipe like the one I found, or you can purchase a superfood Golden Mylk like this amazing one from Botanica Health, and simply stir a teaspoon of the powder into a cup of warm coconut or almond milk.