CALMING GOLDEN MILK, AN AYURVEDIC ELIXIR
This year's holiday gift guide highlights some of my favourite products and services (all but a couple being local or Canadian-made). But, if you're anything like me, you also enjoy hand making some of your gifts. Not only is this an incredibly love-filled and thoughtful way of giving, but it's cost-effective, too.
Every year, I'll bake some cookies. However, this year, I wanted to share something that's a treasured staple in my home: golden milk.
A powerful digestive aid with anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits, golden milk is calming for the mind and healing for the body.
The bitter and astringent turmeric that gives this Ayurvedic elixir its golden colour, helps to purify the blood and support detoxification of the liver. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is what really gives this super root its beneficial qualities. When paired with black pepper, the bioavailability of curcumin increases immensely. The warming spices found in golden milk also help to promote circulation and support a sound nervous system. Taken before bed, golden milk can promote a deep sleep.
Give the gift of nourishment.
Nourishment — it's what I wanted to gift this holiday season. This supportive blend is made extra calming with the addition of ashwagandha, commonly known as Indian ginseng and used to help moderate stress and balance hormones.
For one jar, mix together:
1/3 c. ground turmeric
1/3 c. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. ground cardamom
1 tbsp. ashwagandha
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground black pepper
To prepare, mix 1 1/2 tsp. per one cup of milk, and slowly warm on the stovetop. Stir in sweetener (I like maple syrup) and 1 tsp. coconut oil or grass-fed ghee.
Note: The ashwagandha is optional in this recipe. Also, it should be taken with care. If you are new to ashwagandha, it is best to consult a physician or health care practitioner before using. Especially for women who are pregnant, there are many contradicting studies on the use of ashwagandha during pregnancy.