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Golden Milk

One of my favorite warm drinks is called turmeric tea or golden milk. It is an unusual mixture of milk, turmeric, honey, almond oil and cinnamon.  Turmeric is a shrub that is native to India and Southeast Asia.  It is the spice that gives mustard its yellow color.   It is also used in Indian curries. While it is known for its warm, pungent and flavorful quality; it also is believed to have many health benefits, which lie in the active ingredient called curcumin. These benefits include a reduction in inflammation by lowering histamine levels. This can be helpful for lessening joint pain.  Curcumin has shown promise in eliminating bad cholesterol (LDL).  This prevents the buildup of plaque in your arteries. Turmeric also has antioxidants that help fight free radicals that contribute to premature aging and cancer. It was traditionally used as a digestive aid because it helps stimulate the flow of bile. There have been animal studies that indicate that turmeric can even help protect the liver from certain toxins.  If all these benefits weren’t enough for one spice, well there could be more.  There are studies being conducted to see if turmeric could play a role in helping to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s or reduce the symptoms.

While Turmeric is generally considered a safe herb, one should perhaps avoid it therapeutically if they have congestive heart disease whose cause remains unidentified. People who have painful gallstones, obstructive jaundice, acute bilious colic or toxic liver disorders.  One should exercise caution if they are pregnant,  thinking of becoming pregnant, nursing,  taking blood thinners or have a blood clotting disorder.    We all know the drill, “when in doubt, ask your doctor.”

I myself enjoy turmeric in my scrambled eggs, blending it with the eggs prior to cooking them.  I also add it to my chili while it is simmering.  But when a chill is in the air I enjoy a cup of golden tea to start my day.  The recipe is below:

Golden Milk  Tea:

The Paste:

2 TBSP of turmeric

1/4 c water

The Tea:

1 cup milk (I use soy or almond milk myself)

*1 tsp of almond oil(this is not almond flavoring or extract)

honey to taste

cinnamon to taste(optional)

Stir together the turmeric  and water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a simmer on low heat and allow to cook, stirring until a thick paste is formed.  This happens very quickly.

Use only 1 tsp of the paste for each cup of golden milk tea.   Add the turmeric paste, milk, almond oil,  and honey to a saucepan cook on low heat.  Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top if you like.  Bring milk just to a boil, then remove from heat.  Whisk briskly.  Pour into a cup, sip and enjoy.

*Almond oil can be purchased from Whole Foods in their cooking oil section or from Mother Natures in Liberty.

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