Dominican Republic. ‘Golden Milk’ is named as such for its intense turmeric colour and for its therapeutic value; it is defined as a ‘natural aspirin’, derived from the Ayurveda practice and the healing medicine of indigenous’ cultures.
We all know turmeric as a ‘miracle spice’, not only for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties but also for being rich in manganese, iron and vitamin B6. In fact, the turmeric root has numerous medicinal uses, it may help combat Alzheimer’s disease, reduce the risk of several types of cancer, and has recently been incorporated, as an extract, into supplement menus to boost the immune system and act as a powerful antidepressant remedy. Externally, it can be used as a soothing mask or lotion to reduce aging of the skin.
Traditionally, ‘golden milk’ has been used as a remedy for colds, congestion, headaches and sore throats, as well as a drink that promotes general detoxification of the body, and taking it daily helps purify the blood and liver. Drinking a glass of warm, ‘golden milk’ before bed also helps you relax.
Golden milk recipe
The majority of recipes use whole cow’s milk, but there are different options for people who are vegan or dairy intolerant. We recommend including peppercorns as this increases the absorption of curcumin – the main component of the turmeric – in our bodies.
2 cups of almond milk
1 tablespoon of agave syrup
1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 small pinch of black pepper and fresh grated ginger
Simply place all the ingredients into a small saucepan and stir to blend. Once you see small bubbles appear, lower the heat and cook for a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes. Strain the milk if there are large pieces of ginger, cinnamon, pepper, etc. To serve, add agave syrup or a dash of cinnamon. Best enjoyed warm!
Precautions when using turmeric
Normally turmeric is safe in food, however, there have been reported cases of allergic reactions, and reactions to medicines for treating diabetes or to reduce stomach acid. It is recommended pregnant women do not use turmeric.
Source Maddalena Meiani
Maddalena Meiani is the owner of AmaLuna Restaurant, a Vegan Restaurant offering a unique experience in the heart of Cortecito, Bavaro. (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) For information call (809) 552-0664 of visit the Facebook page at AmaLuna Vegan Restaurant or website at AmaLunaRestaurant.com