There is certainly no shortage of recipes for golden milk floating around out there in cyberspace, but I’m adding my own today especially for my brother. He recently had surgery for a bum knee that has troubled him since high school. With my neophyte’s grasp of Chinese medical theory, I’m just beginning to understand the concept of prior environmental factors becoming lodged in the body and influencing symptoms years later that on the surface seem totally disconnected from that long-ago experience. I’ve recently been prescribed an herbal formula I suspect Rick might benefit from too — its focus is deeply warming, returning the light to the core. We had the good fortune to grow up immersed in the natural world. But in Maine without central heat or perfect insulation, this also meant months of freezing floors — in addition to unheated bedrooms, days spent swimming in cold lake water, and the countless hours we spent outdoors in the most bitter weather.
Oh yes, and all those days on the mountain without the benefit of down jackets or high tech gear. Rick was a talented and truly mad skier. I tried my best to follow him on icy (and closed) trails, bushwhacking through obstacle-strewn woods detours, and onto more than one perilous brink of harrowing steepness. Often he would be yelling at me to hurry up from far down the slope as I attempted to extricate myself from a pine tree. When things got hairy, I slowed down; he sped up — sailing off jumps without knowing what was on the other side. Fearless.
Which led to the inevitable injuries and then early arthritis, and a continual miserable spiral of pain, stiffness and swelling. He’s now courageously working his way through another round of rehab. This brew will support those efforts. It brings supple warmth back in — to the body’s core and to the joints, themselves. I first learned about the pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric from a patient with arthritis, who had gotten off Ibuprofen completely with it. This recipe uses a substantial dose while still tasting good, and includes other deeply warming spices, which are also natural anti-inflammatories. Interesting how from one perspective a spice can be warming, from another, anti-inflammatory — they sound as if they might be at odds but in fact are describing the same end.
24 KARAT GOLDEN MILK: (This recipe fits into a pint size mason jar and is my typical morning serving.)
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (or 1 1/2 cups raw milk)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or 1 tablespoon ghee)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric (2 if you can take it!)
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander
- Dash chili powder (optional — if you really love heat!)
- Raw honey to taste (I usually use none — it’s gently sweet on its own.)
- Handful of goji berries
- 1 tablespoon bee pollen
Put the milk, oil and spices into a pot, and warm until the coconut oil or ghee has melted, gently whisking spices in with a fork or small whisk. Remove from heat, and add the honey. If you are serving at home, this looks beautiful in pretty mugs with the goji berries and bee pollen sprinkled on top. If you’re taking with you on the go, just throw everything in a jar or travel mug and head out. Give it all a few shakes to remix when you reach your desk or wherever you’re headed, and start your day off with this energizing yet soothing elixir!