Quick Golden Milk Recipe

Living Now - - Health & Healing -

2 cups al­mond milk (you can also use or­ganic cow’s milk or other milk sub­sti­tutes such as hemp milk, co­conut milk, rice milk or oat milk) 1 tea­spoon of or­ganic ground turmeric (or as much as you can han­dle – I love my turmeric!) A touch of freshly cracked black pep­per ½ a tea­spoon of un­re­fined, cold pressed oil co­conut oil (you can also use sesame oil or sweet al­mond oil) Honey to taste (or use an­other natural sweet­ener such as maple syrup, ste­via) Place milk, turmeric and black pep­per into a lit­tle pot and cook on medium heat. Heat the mix­ture un­til steam­ing but not boil­ing, which can de­stroy the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent cur­cumin. Re­move from heat. When the drink cools down, add honey and oil. The oil sup­plies you with healthy fats and fur­ther in­creases turmeric ab­sorp­tion. This an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory drink is per­fect on a cold win­ter’s night, helps with joint lu­bri­ca­tion and pro­motes healthy di­ges­tive func­tion. If you feel ad­ven­tur­ous, try adding a dash of cin­na­mon or chilli in ad­di­tion to the turmeric and black pep­per! pan­ic­u­lata) – which also acts as a pow­er­ful im­mune-strength­ener (2). Be sure to re­spect these herbs, how­ever, as all bit­ters have a cool­ing qual­ity and can ag­gra­vate an al­ready cold con­di­tion in win­ter. Us­ing bit­ter herbs in com­bi­na­tion with warm­ing herbs such as gin­ger can coun­ter­act their cool­ing qual­i­ties. Con­sult an ex­pe­ri­enced natur­opath or herbal­ist to get an in­di­vid­u­alised herbal tinc­ture made up to sup­port you through the win­ter.

Sun­shine for vi­ta­min D, which en­hances im­mune sys­tem ac­tiv­ity and keeps SAD (Sea­sonal Af­fec­tive Dis­or­der) at bay. Vi­ta­min D also reg­u­lates lev­els of cal­cium and phos­pho­rus in the body, and im­proves bone health.

Aer­o­bic ex­er­cise that heats the body and stim­u­lates cir­cu­la­tion, and hatha yoga to keep mus­cles loose and joints lu­bri­cated.

Although win­ter is a sea­son of en­er­getic still­ness, it doesn’t mean we stand still, or that we do not ex­er­cise our bod­ies. Quite the con­trary – it is even more im­por­tant to move our bod­ies in win­ter than in sum­mer – but we need to build in times for proper rest, too. Rather than hide away in cen­tral heat­ing and stuffy gyms, try long walks or choose to ex­er­cise out­doors to stim­u­late the senses.

Emo­tional re­lease of fear. Ac­cord­ing to the an­cient Chi­nese sys­tem, the kid­neys are said to hold fear. Win­ter is a fine time to make your­self feel safe and se­cure, and even to work on your deeper fears. Med­i­ta­tion and prayer can be won­der­fully sooth­ing to the mind and soul, and help us to ac­cept and move beyond our fears. n

Casey Con­roy is a holis­tic di­eti­tian, nu­tri­tion­ist, natur­opath in-train­ing, yoga and Acroyoga teacher who spe­cialises in women’s health and ‘non-diet’ ap­proaches to weight man­age­ment. She is the founder of Funky For­est Health & Well­be­ing on the Gold Coast, and she loves mak­ing and eat­ing raw cho­co­late.

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