Golden Milk is effective for pain relief in the muscles and joints in as little 15 minutes, it is also an immune system nourisher – so great for any cold/flu symptoms – even post vaccination-related. Very effective for heavy dragging period pain as well.
It is not just for symptom relief – adding this into your day optimises hormone health, so I hope you are inspired to get out your pot and whisk!
- 1 400ml can full-fat coconut milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder Or grind up cinnamon bark for more flavour.
- 1 inch section of ginger root peeled and thinly sliced or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 inch pieces fresh turmeric peeled and thinly sliced or 1 teaspoon dry turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tblsp raw honey adjust to taste – or stevia is sugar free
- cinnamon powder to serve
- Put the coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and honey into a small saucepan.
- Add 2 cups of filtered water.
- Bring the contents to a low boil over high heat. Then, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. (If using ground spices, simply bring to a simmer and whisk well before serving.)
- Pour tea into cups using a strainer or cheesecloth to catch the chunky bits.
- Taste and add additional honey if desired. Top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
You can use almond, cashew, or oat milk in place of coconut milk. The one change I would make is to use 3¾ cups of the alternative milk and not add the 2 cups of water—there’s no need to dilute it like full-fat coconut milk.
Keeps in the fridge for 4 days.
The NUTRITIONAL factor
Calories: 16kcal Carbohydrates: 4g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 1mg Potassium: 12mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 2mg Iron: 1mg
How Turmeric Fights PAIN
Turmeric compounds that inhibit COX-2 work differently than drugs classified as COX-2 inhibitors. These pharmaceutical drugs bind to COX enzymes and prevent their activity. Conversely, compounds in turmeric (such as curcumin, eugenol, and fisetin) block transcription factors that trigger the production of COX-2.
This may explain why natural COX-2 inhibitors like turmeric don’t cause the adverse side effects of drugs such as ibuprofen.
Combining turmeric with pharmaceutical drugs could help lower the dosages needed to potently block COX-2. In turn, this could help lower the risk of side effects while achieving the same, or even better, results. Always consult with your doctor.