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24-Feb-2011

Turn to Turmeric

Golden Milk for Achy Joints

When your joints are stiff and sore, it’s time to turn to turmeric—the Indian goddess of health and beauty—for some Ayurvedic support. This golden-yellow powder provides the active ingredient curcumin, traditionally used to reduce inflammation and relieve joint pain. Turmeric has many therapeutic properties, including aiding digestion, healing wounds and treating skin conditions, to mention just a few of its benefits. One way to enjoy this lovely spice is blended up in a foamy, hot yogic drink called Golden Milk.

To cook up a batch of golden milk, first prepare a turmeric paste.* For each serving of golden milk, heat 1 cup of dairy or non-dairy milk and 1 tsp. almond oil and bring the milk just to the boiling point. Blend hot milk mixture with 1/4 tsp. turmeric paste and honey to taste (may be whizzed up in a blender to make a sensational foamy drink). Serve with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top and enjoy daily for a “golden” glow inside and out.

*Take 1/4 cup of turmeric powder to 1/2 cup of water and boil in a saucepan until a thick paste is formed or sizzle in a little ghee or olive oil for 20-30 seconds. This takes out the bitter taste and also releases the essences of the turmeric into the oil or water. This paste should be stored in the refrigerator.

For more on Golden Milk and Turmeric see The Golden Healer

Recommended Read: Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing by Usha Lad

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