About a month ago, I decided I wanted to finally try out some of this “golden milk” or Turmeric Milk as you might have heard it. I had been reading about the benefits of Turmeric and decided it was time to try this mysterious concoction out. Let me tell you, I am so very happy I tried it, and I am here today to talk about the benefits and how to make your very own Turmeric milk.
Have you tried turmeric milk or golden milk before? I want to talk about my experience with it and why I find it an important part of my health routine.
I have suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember. I have suffered from digestive issues, as well as joint paint. All big results of having 4 kids, 4 c sections, and years of trying to get back to normal. I have found that ‘feeling normal’ was a thing of the past in many ways. I thought I needed to give up on that dream and embrace my ‘new normal’
But, I was really not interested in feeling that way forever. I had bouts of depression, crippling anxiety, and so many mystery symptoms. My doctors run test after test only to find that I am okay. I am in normal ranges. I have found that so often these symptoms are made brought on my my anxiety…and that my anxiety makes them all worse! It is the worst kind of circle you can run in.
I am trying to shorten my story down, but I feel it is important to talk about why I decided to try something like Turmeric Milk.
With many years of trying to right myself, fix the anxiety, the headaches, the digestive issues, and much more I was willing to try anything that was harmless and that had obvious benefits for myself. I added some really great multivitamins from Doterra, as well as their digestive supplement Terrazyme. These have made a big impact in how I felt from day to day. The Terrazymes have helped so much with helping me breakdown foods by adding digestive enzymes to my body.
My husband always makes fun of my desire to try these super healthy alternatives and thinks that my weird drinks and foods are so, so weird. I wish I could convince him to try them with me. Its always nice having a buddy to do these things with.
Its funny though, as I have talked with my friends randomly about these kinds of things, I have found one large similarity in a lot of their comments. They suffer from the same kinds of things! Foggy brained, bloating, digestive issues, period issues, anxiety, heart palpitations, and the list goes on and on! I am not going to say that this makes me happy, but it definitely makes you feel better when you find out you are not the only one.
So, when I came across Turmeric and its health benefits, I needed to learn more. Whats the harm in adding a simple herb to my diet, when it has proven benefits and poses little risk. Much easier to swallow than a prescription pill.
Here are just a few of the benefits of Turmeric and Turmeric Milk:
Now, I do not claim to be a health professional, I am not a doctor, nor am I an expert. I have just found in my own research, some information that I found helpful to me and wanted to share it.
- Natural antibiotic
- Natural analgesic
- Natural antiseptic
- Speeds up wound healing
- aids in digestion
- blood purifier
- skin tonic
- blood purifier
- helps coughs
- improves asthma
- slows symptoms of MS
- helps gas/bloating
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Heals Ulchers
- Improves Skin
- aids in sleep
- helps with anxiety
- aids in weight loss and metabolism
All of these things sounded pretty awesome and thought, why not try it!
So, I started by adding turmeric to my green smoothies…but my kids were not big fans of it. Turmeric has a spicy peppery taste and it wasn’t the best thing in a green smoothie, but I did not mind it!
Then I came across this magical Turmeric milk, or ‘ golden milk ‘ and needed to try it out for myself. I spend a few weeks trying out different turmeric recipes, tweaking and changing them as I desired. I found some of them to be incredibly spicy with cayenne pepper and ginger included in the recipe. These were harder for me to enjoy and I have adjusted my recipe to what I have really come to enjoy.
My Turmeric milk recipe has a more soothing, and mild flavor, and it is incredibly enjoyable. I love drinking it in the morning with breakfast, in the afternoon when I am hitting that mid day slump, or at night when I need something calming before bed.
I probably drink this 3 days a week. I have found that when I drink it before bed, I fall asleep quickly and sleep more soundly.
I have tried this golden milk recipe with cows milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. I will have to say that my preference is regular good old cows milk. Almond milk and coconut milk are good too, but I find I like the texture of regular milk.
Here is my recipe for the magical Golden Milk or Turmeric Milk…whatever you call it:
- 1 cup Milk, Almond Milk, or Coconut Milk Whatever milk you prefer to use will work just fine in this recipe.
- 1 tbsp Turmeric Paste
- 1 tsp organic honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or one vanilla pod
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Pour milk in saucepan and add your turmeric paste.
- Stir with a whisk. Add honey, vanilla, and cinnamon and continue stirring.
- Heat to just before boiling and then turn off. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy
- You can change this mixture up by adding 1 tbsp of pumpkin puree to give you that yummy fall flavor. My sister makes it this way and its really good!
Turmeric Milk for the win!
Now, I will tell you the little bit of Vanilla really transformed this turmeric tea. It gave it a depth in flavor that was not there before. It is slightly sweet from the honey, and the coconut oil from the Turmeric Paste aids in this too.
The pepper in the Turmeric paste is an important aspect, since it aids your body in absorbing the Turmeric.
My sister made some for me last weekend as a late night treat and she added a spoon full of pumpkin puree and it was very decadent. It has the most subtle and tasty pumpkin flavor, and combined with the cinnamon, it was soooo yummy.
Now, I feel like I should address another aspect of Turmeric. There can be side effects. I have not had any of these but they are a real possibility.
- GERD, and heartburn can be a side effect
- allergic reaction
- Lowered blood pressure
- increased risk of kidney stones…. and more
We all know that there are side effects with anything you use. Do your own research, know your medical history, and make sure you are safe to use it!
Use turmeric at your own risk! I am in no way a medical professional. I am just sharing a simple way that I enjoy ingesting turmeric milk. I definitely want this to be a pleasant experience. Don’t exceed the recommended dosage (400 mg to 3 g).
In the end…I just want to clarify that this post is not instruction on how to use turmeric, or advice that you should take it. I am just giving some information that I have found on the subject, and how I like to take turmeric,
If you want to add this to your health regime, make sure you know you can have it.
I would love it if you would share this post with friends and family that may be interested in this as well!
I hope you try this out and I would love to hear what you think! Have a great day!
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