Ah. Ladies, you know when those cramps start up but they're not quite so bad where you're looking for pain meds but bad enough where you're just lounging around the house with a hot pack on your abdomen? Insert golden milk here. Golden milk is made with turmeric, hence the rich golden color, and other spices that have warming and moving actions within the body (helps with the cramping). And guess what! It's also extremely anti-inflammatory, so men, you can enjoy this too! It's delicious and healthy, something you can drink daily to warm your soul when you first wake up in the morning, or just throughout those times when you're not feeling your best (eh, ladies, that one's for you).
1 cup plant-based unsweetened milk of your preference, see notes (I used an almond/coconut blend because it's what I had on hand)
1/2 leveled teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 scant teaspoon ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons unrefined coconut oil
1 teaspoon raw, unpasteurized, local honey
(I used both the chaste berry and ginger sliver from the additional extras below for today's golden milk)
1 chaste berry (vitex)- great for menstrual cramps, see notes below
Sliver of fresh ginger- also great for menstrual cramps
*I keep chaste berry in a pepper grinder mixed together with a few peppercorns, as it's about the same size of a peppercorn and tastes very similar. I grind the mixture over pretty much every meal as another way to incorporate chaste berry it in my daily routine. It's incredible for regulating female hormones, helps with menstrual disorders, and there is a bunch of research showing benefits of chaste berry for male pattern baldness, BPH and prostate cancer.
*Look at the ingredients to the plant-based milk you purchase, sometimes they're filled with thickening agents and other miscellaneous ingredients. Try and find one with minimal ingredients or make your own. You can also use a can of coconut milk to make this or water if you're having a hard time finding a quality nut-milk.
In a small pot add the plant based milk, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, and whatever extras you decided to use (I added chaste berry and ginger)- for now leave out the honey.
Bring to low boil before reducing down to a simmer for 20 minutes.
Fish out the ginger sliver and cinnamon stick (if you used a stick vs. ground cinnamon) and whisk in the raw honey.
Pour this into a mug or pulse it in a blender or with an inversion stick to get it frothy like a latte (that's what I did). Enjoy!
Makes 1 cup of Golden Milk.
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