Vedic Golden Milk

Posted by: on Jan 10, 2015 | 41 Comments

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‘New Year, New You’. Isn’t that the craziest thing to say? I don’t get the fascination of creating a new self when we enter the month of January. I’m all for a spruce- and check-up when it comes to getting clear on what you want, how you can serve and how you wish to feel, and I guess some sort of reset in terms of making conscious and (mostly at least) healthy food/lifestyle choices is brilliant. I just feel like when the January cleansing hype hits that the resolutions never last. The media world tells us to create new versions of ourselves and I’m sorry but when is that ever a good idea? What the world want and desperately needs is YOU. All and every aspect of you. If we loose the wierd quirks and seemingly misshaped puzzle pieces we can neither learn nor give what we came here to do/share. A perfect picture based on who you think you’re supposed to be or look like is never as seriously rad and explosively awesome as your real you. Embrace your crazy, it’s what we love and crave the most. Simple as that.

Over the years I’ve done juice fasts, obsessive weeks of bikram yoga and loong lists of resolutions and some of it has been good. So good, but when I think back on New Years Eve’s and new beginnings, what I remember the most are not those things. What pops into my mind are more along the lines of crazy dancing with friends, kissing a crush at the strike of midnight, gentle dreams of change, looking at the fireworks with Fabian and then walking back inside to talk about the exciting year to come. Or standing on a remote beach in Thailand, releasing patterns no longer needed and offering flowers to the ocean.

All that said, I also think it’s so freaking cool how many are using the powerful transformative collective energy this time of year to step up, change the game and create real difference. It’s all about great intentions and taking small steps every day to bring yourself closer to your deep desires.

This year I’m being as real and honest as I can with myself. Gentle curiosity and loving action is best. That’s what moves mountains. Let’s see our dreams clearly, envision their light and just and keep them there. No need for a roadmap, the directions will come to you like sweet nudges or like sudden strikes of thunder.

In the meantime, let’s sip some warm Vedic Golden Milk and let it’s powers boost our body and mind in a delicious, kind and soothing sort of way. Here’s an idea: let one of the additions to your life this year be the super medicinal Turmeric (more facts below). You won’t regret it and also, you’ll be so very trendy. Happy 2015, friends. It’s on. It is Oh So On.

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

I was cooking for the first time ever for a whole bunch of groovy yogis at a yoga teacher training and suddenly found myself with a thick paste of turmeric smeared over my finger tip. Why? Well I had just cut my finger (ouch!) and one of the really awesome people around me who later became a dear friend rushed to my rescue with.. turmeric?! My only previous experience with turmeric was as a decoration in my room as a girl. I filled a pretty little glass jar with that yellow powder and it sat in my window sill just looking sunshine-y. So from decor to healing my cut and then later on using it in cooking. Major step. 

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) a rhizome that sort of looks like a smaller version of ginger is native to India and enjoyed as a spice throughout the world. Turmeric has been used for centuries and is widely known for it’s many powerful properties. As much so that it is and have been investigated in many studies around the world linking this yellow miracle to helping people with chronic pain and diseases such as cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Nourishing traditions with broad knowledge on how to use nature as medicine is something we ought to pay attention to. Turmeric is used a lot in Ayurvedic recipes which is also why I became so close friends with it while cooking and participating at yoga teacher trainings and retreats where we focused a lot on Ayurveda. The term Ayurveda means ‘knowledge of life’ and has it’s roots in the sacred scriptures of India called The Vedas, incredible knowledge that I’ve studied a lot (and still do). Golden Milk is a warm healing concoction traditionally made by many yogis or people inspired by the recipes and knowledge of Auyurveda (Yogi Bhajan was a big fan). Golden Milk is now popping up in all hip’n trendy health focused places at the moment and I couldn’t be more happy about it! For many years I’ve loved to either end my days with this nourishing routine or letting it give me a soothing start when I have to rise really early *ahem* Kundalini yoga with Sadhana before the break of dawn *ahem*. Anyway, turmeric is all the rage and for a good reason. I’d need to write far to much if I were to fully describe why Curcumin -which is an antioxidant and the active ingredient of Turmeric- is so incredible but let me break it down for you here. Something is better then nothing I reckon. So,

On the outside Turmeric can be used it in the form of a paste (recipe below) as a teeth whitener or ingredient in a face mask to help with eczema-, red spots- or skin pigmentation issues. As previously noted it’s great to put some paste onto minor cuts, scrapes and bruises as it’s very  anti-inflammatory, anti parasitic and anti-bacterial.

On the inside Turmeric works wonders to support healthy mucus membranes and skin. It is commonly used to relieve joint- and muscle pain and our digestive system gets an incredible support from the Curcumin as well. Because Curcumin is closely linked to relieving inflammation and many health issues and diseases has it’s roots in inflammation turmeric is and have been for years studied intensely for it’s aid in many chronic diseases. Curcumin also cleanses the liver thus letting the liver do it’s job more easily (meaning it will be allowed to detoxify our bodies without being so heavily weighed down by too much work).

Other fun uses Turmeric can be used to dye fabric, paint a masterpiece, color natural homemade play-dough or make a longevity tea (!) 

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Vedic Golden Milk

This is a wonderful medicinal treat to make anytime of day. I like it best early in the morning or late at night to help me relax. Be mindful when using turmeric as it stains. Like, for real. Do not use white clothes, people. The paste that you are about to make will last two to three weeks in air-tight glass container, if it starts smelling slightly metallic it has gone bad. For other uses of the paste see the ‘Fun & Fabulous Facts’-section above. The black pepper and sweetener is optional but the pepper makes the turmeric more bio-available so try it out before judging.

Golden Paste
1 cup water
3.5 tbsp turmeric powder

1. Add water and turmeric powder to a sauce pan and cook until you have a creamy and smooth paste. This will take about 15-20 minutes and the cooking process makes the turmeric taste less bitter. Store in the fridge in a air-tight glass container for 2-3 weeks.

Vedic Golden Milk  

Serves two
1.5 tsp cold pressed, unrefined coconut- or almond oil
1 tsp turmeric paste (recipe above)
5 cardamom pods, crushed peel removed
a pinch freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp pure ground vanilla
1 tsp honey/maple syrup, optional
2 cups plant based milk

1. Add oil and cardamom to the sauce pan, cook on medium-high heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds – 1 minute.
2. Add all other ingredients aside from your optional sweetener (especially if you are using honey) and let it warm up over medium heat. Stir in the optional liquid sweetener, pour and enjoy with a cinnamon stick straw or just as it is.

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Give yourself a little cup of this gentle cleanse every day together with a sensational side of rocking visualization and a moment of gratitude. Small steps, friends. So what’s one good thing you’re adding to your life in 2015? Put it into words in the comments below! Let’s do this thing!

..and hey! Share your creations on Instagram using the #Earthsprout hashtag! 

Crazytown loads of love,

Elenore

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41 Comments

  1. Hana
    10 januari, 2015

    logged on to get your sun salutation sumie recipe and now i think i might have to make this other sunshine-y goodness instead! thank you!

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  2. Rochelle
    10 januari, 2015

    Looks so great! I have fresh turmeric. How much would you use instead of the powder? Thanks so much. Rochelle

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    • ElenoreEarth
      12 januari, 2015

      Hi Rochelle!
      I have never tried making turmeric paste out of fresh turmeric so I won’t be of much help here. However you can make the golden milk with fresh turmeric, just grate it (about 1 tbsp for 1 serving). Good luck!

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  3. Jessica
    10 januari, 2015

    Hello from Seattle,
    Every evening before bed I make myself something similar and since I do not tolerate dairy very well I use coconut, oat or almond milk and I add ginger either fresh or powdered. Will try your recipe tonight I like the addition of cardamom. I wonder if I could use goat milk since I can tolerate that.

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  4. Monika
    10 januari, 2015

    Dearest Elenore, could you please write in the near future some advice about mood improvement? I really don’t know what to do – I tried to eat more vegetables and sprouts (I’m on a very tight budget, I don’t have juicer and my blender is very weak, so sneaking more to my diet is not very easy…), I take vitamin B and C suplements, saffron, try spend more time outside. But I feel worse and worse, the winter and university stress are killing me. I’m absolutely unable to focus or relax. But I really don’t want to look for medical help, I strongly believe connecting to nature and diet will help me better than synthetic drugs… Could you advice anything?

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    • Cleo
      15 januari, 2015

      Dear Monika, I felt an urge to reply to you, I hope it’s okay.
      Have you tried meditating? Tonglen is a very simple practice than can do a lot. In these times we really need to give our minds some quietude so our beings can reset, esp. when dealing with university stress. It may seem too simple or too difficult, but if you set out to try it for a few minutes everyday I’m sure you’d see the results. Affirmations and intentions can also have a tremendous effect on our mood and attitudes. Try writing down your core desired feelings in the present tense, i.e. ”I am calm, confident and joyful.” or ”I am releasing all stress and anger from my life” – you could get more specific with your intentions, too. Take the time to visualize it and let yourself be in that place that you want to bring about for yourself. I know it may sound less than effective, but our minds are truly so powerful. Deepak Chopra has some very useful insights on this. Once we get past resistance we are capable of bringing to us that which we wish to feel and experience. I hope this helps in some way, I had some issues with bad moods recently and with these practices I feel I’ve created a whole new space of optimism and joy in my life. We have all we need to create joy for our lives. <3

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      • Monika
        16 januari, 2015

        Thank you. I didn’t really expect anyone to answer – I just had a very bad moment and needed to ask someone else than my close ones to help. Sorry for doing it here Elenore, hope you don’t mind.
        Cleo – yes, I did try it and it helped a bit. It just seemed way too hard recently. I’ll try to convince myself and do it again. Very often, when I feel that bad, I just forget all the things that could help me and I’m unable to recall them. So thank you very much for your compassion and advice. Maybe it’ll help me remember. :)

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        • Claudia Andresen
          9 februari, 2015

          Sounds like you might be low on Vitamin D3, which is pretty common, and even more so during winter time. A supplement might be of help, just make sure to combine it with Vitamin K2, and since it is fat soluble, take it along some nut butter (or just raw nuts), or coconut oil,an avocado, etc.

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    • Lauren
      3 september, 2015

      Have you tried light therapy, especially in the colder months when you don’t get much time in the sun? Also I suggest Bach flower remedies <3

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  5. Kathleen
    10 januari, 2015

    This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the information about turmeric. I will try this for sure in 2015!

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  6. Millie | Add A Little
    10 januari, 2015

    So beautiful!

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  7. Jen
    10 januari, 2015

    if you want it to be ayurvedic, do not heat the honey!

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  8. Marina Garcia
    11 januari, 2015

    Hey Elenore! Thanks for this recipe ; ) I’m always looking forward to your new recipes, not just for the beautiful recipe inspirations themselves but for the love and enthusiasm I feel in your words. All the best, love xx x Marina

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    • ElenoreEarth
      12 januari, 2015

      Goodness Marina! I am so SO honored! thank you and much greenylicious love to you!

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  9. Lane | Green Spirit Adventures
    11 januari, 2015

    This post is full of so much sunshine! I cannot wait to try this golden drink, it sounds heavenly! And I love your words about the ”new year new you” thing – I’ve never been a huge fan of that either. This year I’m definitely turning my focus inward and giving more to myself – so that I can give more to the rest of the world. Sometimes I neglect self-care and love, but I’m realizing more and more that being kind to myself makes it so, so much easier to share vibrant, loving energy with the rest of the world.
    Lots of loving new year blessings to you and your family Elenore! :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      12 januari, 2015

      Oh lady you are so right! I feel you and I support you with all my heart!

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  10. Anette
    11 januari, 2015

    Thank you for another amazing recipe! I had forgotten what an amazing spice/herb cardamom is – thanks for the reminder. I just made this but with my homemade almond milk and it was so delicious – just what I needed/wanted to calm my soul and lift my spirit. I will be making this drink a lot this winter.

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  11. Hana
    11 januari, 2015

    dear elenore – i have a question concerning the turmeric paste. i just made the milk and it turned out delicious (i used rice milk instead)! the turmeric and water, however, didn’t bind together – i used the exact amount mentioned in the recipe but the end result was liquidy. what would you suggest? thank you for the recipe again! hana

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    • ElenoreEarth
      12 januari, 2015

      Hi there Hana :) Try cooking it for a bit longer. 10 min or so. It will do the trick <3

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  12. Cassandra
    12 januari, 2015

    Hello,

    yes I agree with Hana. My tumeric paste was not at all a paste but very watery. Are the quantities correct?
    But still the drink was delish. Thankyou, love your stuff!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      12 januari, 2015

      Love your stuff too Cassandra! :) I’m glad you enjoyed the drink! Just increase cooking time by 10 min or so and you’ll get there!

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  13. Anette
    12 januari, 2015

    My turmeric finally turned into a paste, but at 7 – 9 minutes I could tell it wasn’t done and at 10 minutes it was still a liquid but at 15 minutes I could see that it was starting to turn into a paste so I kept cooking and stirring it on low/medium until it was more paste like, for a total of about 30 minutes.

    And again thank you Elenore for such an inspired post about the new year and a spectacular drink!
    May the new year bring the best of blessings to you and your beautiful family!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      12 januari, 2015

      Beautiful! Oh thank you and back at you! I’m glad you got your paste in the end! Sorry for the confusion but, yes it seems I did make a mistake when it came to length of time to cook although it varies greatly. I made a new batch tonight and it was ready after 15 minutes.

      love!

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  14. Hannah Siegmund @ ThisVeganWhimsy
    13 januari, 2015

    I’ve been meaning to try golden milk for some time now, because I’m trying to get more turmeric into my diet. This recipe looks wonderful.

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  15. Millie
    13 januari, 2015

    Hi Eleonore, thank you so much for The great blog and recipe. I will do it tonight. I can’t wait!

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  16. kate
    13 januari, 2015

    Hi !! Just the other day, I made pretty much the same thing, but the raw, fresh root version. Delicious. I blended homemade nut milk, or homemade coconut milk, chopped fresh turmeric root, a spoonful of raw honey, and a spoonful of yellow bee pollen…and some powdered vanilla powder. I think I also added some young Thai coconut meat…Blend all until nice and smooth. This was one of the best little milk shakes that I have tasted. enjoy.

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  17. victoria
    14 januari, 2015

    I’ve been a visitor to your blog for quite a while, but never commented before.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to your optimistic honesty. You have quite a gift! Your posts are insightful yet uplifting, and as a realist who tends toward pessimism, you help me see the world happily. Good for you!

    And ….. this recipe looks freakin’ baller. Making it tonight!

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  18. Dani
    15 januari, 2015

    Dearest Elenore,
    wise words and gorgeous pictures, as always! I particulary liked your phrase ”No need for a roadmap, the directions will come to you like sweet nudges or like sudden strikes of thunder.”

    So so true. No plans needed, it took me a while to figure that one out but I try to live by it now! Happy 2015!

    Big hugs,
    Dani

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  19. Lillyara
    16 januari, 2015

    Åh! Det här var nåt nytt! Måste prova – Tack!

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  20. kristie {birch and wild}
    17 januari, 2015

    This is just beautiful in so many ways, but especially in color! I fully beleive colors like this are what we should be eating, as they connect as back to earth. Natural, no artificial dyes, that is what food is supposed to be like! I have seen recipes for golden milk before, but have neevr tried it. Your looks very simple and very delcious, so I will go make it now!

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    • Emma
      24 februari, 2015

      Hi Elenore, this is so beautiful! Just wondering, I am currently breastfeeding and I read somewhere that detoxification should be avoided because the toxins can be released in the milk. I was wondering if you had any thoughts about this and drinking your beautiful golden milk while breastfeeding? Thankyou for your lovely recipes!

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  24. Ginger
    3 mars, 2015

    Hi!
    Thanks for this recipe. One question. I dont drink milk. Is warm coconut/almond milk a good substitute. ? Cheers. Gx

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  25. Alice
    13 mars, 2015

    Oh my goodness I am just sitting drinking my first cup of this amazing turmeric milk and i can’t believe how delicious it is! I have endometriosis and I leant today that turmeric has been shown in studies to diminish endometrial cysts as well as chronic pain as you have said above Elenore. i am so happy to find this delicious way of having turmeric everyday. Thank you so much for this!

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