Updated: Jun 27, 2020
First post of the new year! Hope you all are manifesting some magic.
About 6 months ago I started practicing Kundalini Yoga daily. I felt so drawn to the practice that I decided to sign up for a 9 month teacher training in Santa Fe, NM! Most of you know that I live in Iowa...so that's a pretty big trip every month. Thankfully, my mother decided to do the training with me. Once a month we travel to Santa Fe for about 5 days to the "mother yoga." We go deeper into self reflection, learn ancient healing techniques and connect with our inner guidance.
I have always played around with turmeric when I cooked, but it wasn't until starting this training that I learned about how AMAZING it truly is. Now I have 2-4 tbsp of the paste everyday.
To be totally honest, the paste isn't very tasty...Yogi Bhajan used to mix it with yogurt and it was called "ruining the yogurt." But Golden Milk (aka Turmeric Lattes) on the other hand are AMAZING!
Yogi Bhajan used to say that if it wasn't working then you weren't taking enough.
The things that are best for us are rarely easy, comfortable or delicious ;) lean into the discomfort and know that you are taking care of your temple!
Yogi Bhajan taught that turmeric is the tonic of vitality and flexibility.
"Turmeric is the most healing root for the body. It comes from the root of a plant which is grown mainly in India but it has been used in many countries for thousands of years as a healing food. It is known to be beneficial to the inner organs, the spine and the joints. It is purifying to the blood and promotes general good health. It also has external healing properties and can be used in masks and baths for the skin.
Golden Milk can help to repair damage to nerve centers caused by drug abuse. Drink it every day for 40 days.
It keeps a person beautiful. When used internally, it should be cooked rather than raw, so that the body can more easily assimilate its healing powers. It is an essential nutrient for women over the age of 28.
Golden Milk is especially beneficial for stiff joints and provides a source of lubrication for the entire system. It includes both essential oils and turmeric, both vital ingredients to help women keep their flexibility and vitality."*
If you live around the Iowa City area, I recommend getting your turmeric powder from Stringtown Grocery ( 2208 540th St SW, Kalona, IA 52247 - they only accept cash or check). You can buy it in bulk for an awesome price.
Turmeric paste is made of 2 parts water, 1 part turmeric.
I recommend starting with 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of turmeric.
Pour water into a sauce pan.
Gently whisk in the turmeric powder.
If you wish to add ginger in, make sure it is finely grated and whisk it in with the powder.
Paste will start to form.
You want it to get pretty think.
Wait until it cools and then "enjoy"!
I recommend starting with 2 - 4 tbsp per day. If you have arthritis, take 6 tbsp.
GOLDEN MILK (one serving)
1 tbsp turmeric paste
1 1/2 cup milk of your choice (almond / hemp / coconut / dairy / etc)
2 tbs raw almond oil or coconut oil (I switch it up between these two)
1 cardamom pod (optional)
1/4 tbs cinnamon (optional)
1/2 tsp agave / honey (optional)
Simmer turmeric paste in almond milk with the oil. Suggested cooking time is 5-8 minutes. add in the rest of the ingredients and mix whisk them together - electronic frothers are fun here too!
As soon as it boils, remove it from heat. Add agave or honey for taste.
If it seems too thick, mix in water until you like the consistency.
If you try this recipe tag me in it or send me a pic!
* - https://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/yogic-diet/yogic-foods-recipes/golden-milk-healing-tonic-vitality-and-flexibility