Golden Mylk (Sunshine Mylk / Turmeric Latte) is a traditional Ayurveda recipe dating back over 4000 years ago and seems to be THE hot trend of 2016!
When I first heard its name I questioned why “mylk” was spelt “mylk” and it turns out replacing the “i” with a “y” is a medieval spelling used to describe non-dairy milks…. How cool is that? NOW I don’t have to feel so stupid second guessing if I was spelling milk wrong all my life. What a relief!
Anyhow, this drink is traditionally taken to boost your bodies defense system (immune) to fight against inflammation, muscle and joint pain, poor digestion and absorption, colds and flu and opts as a delicious creamy alternative if you’re coming off coffee, or sugar for that matter, and great for the kids as well (if you have some of course)- just rename it to something appealing like turmeric latte or caramel latte and they’ll be asking for a cup every night before bed! 😉
You’re probably wondering what makes the golden shine? …..CURCUMIN does – the main curcuminoid found in Turmeric that is also responsible for the amazing health benefits. The effects of curcumin has been widely studied in Western systems of medicine for decades, and has been found to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Turmeric calms and soothes inflammation and also is very detoxifying for the liver and gallbladder. (I was sold on this point!!) But WAIT there is more….. In traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurveda medicine it’s used to treat arthritis, stimulate the gallbladder to produce more bile, which may aid digestion, and used topically as a paste to treat wounds, cuts, rashes, bruises, insect bites, and swelling.
Who knew a yellow herb would be so powerful!
What about the Recommended Turmeric Dosage:
The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends the following daily dosages for adults:
- Raw root: 1.5-3 grams
- Powdered turmeric: 1-3 grams
- Curcumin standardized powder: 400-600 mg, three times a day
- Liquid extract (1:1): 30-90 drops
- Tincture (1:2): 15-30 drops, four times a day
Note: many studies have shown that higher doses of turmeric are needed for greater medicinal benefits. Standard dosage may be better for preventative, every day use.
Now, how to make it?
Note: I can take up to a full teaspoon of turmeric in this, but I’d suggest starting with the quarter if you’re not used to drinking it. Also, the black and/or cayenne pepper is just for maximum turmeric benefit activation/absorption. I promise you wont be able to taste it!
- 1 cup almond mylk (or other plant-based mylk)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup (if vegan)
- 1/4 teaspoon all spice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 – 1 tsp turmeric powder
- tiny grind of cayenne or black pepper
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine almond or other plant-based mylk, coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, all spice, cinnamon, turmeric powder and cayenne or black pepper.
- Heat but DO NOT BOIL until all ingredients have mixed smoothly.
- Remove off stove top and drink warm/hot. ( I would suggest at least 1 hour before bed, but can be enjoyed just as nicely multiple times during the day or upon waking)
- ½ cup turmeric powder
- 1 cup spring water (+ ½ extra if necessary)
- 1.5 tsp ground black pepper
- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
- Mix water (1 cup) with turmeric powder in a pan and slowly heat it up and stir for 6-10 minutes until you get a thick paste (add the additional ½ cup water if it is too thick).
- Add black pepper and oil and continue stirring until all the ingredients are fully mixed in together.
- Allow the paste to cool. Store in the refrigerator in a jar for up to 1-2 weeks.
its wholesome kay, xo