Gold milk is the fabled "milk and honey" of the promised land and provides tremendous nourishment. Its fragrant spices will awaken your appetite for its nurturing satisfaction. In South Asia, people believe milk is sacred because it (along with fruits) are one of the few foods freely given without violence to the plant or animal. A mother freely gives milk to a calf with love. Gold milk is thus a loving way to relax and enjoy the holiday season.
Healthy Holiday Cheer
There are many special dishes and foods that evoke the holidays: holiday cookies and fruitcakes, hams and rich side dishes, even eggnog. But how many of these foods and drinks ultimately help you to feel good? December is full of joy and family. It is also full of rich feasts, gatherings, and meals-on-the-run due to last minute shopping. These activities can exhaust your system, creating fatigue and making you vulnerable to viruses. Sometimes you need something that is delicious in a traditional, holiday way, but also is supportive to your health. This sweet, warm milk recipe, reminiscent of eggnog, is spiced to infuse you with that essential holiday cheer and strengthen your body.
A Recipe for Those Who Need Milk Most
Gold milk strengthens and rehabilitates those with weak constitutions. Cow's milk is the star of this drink and it is a supreme rasayana
, or rejuvenative, aiding you through the chilly, demanding weeks of the holiday season. Just as milk nurtures a baby, it can satisfy your every nutritional need. However, there are many misconceptions about milk and the best ways to consume it. Cow's milk is difficult to digest and many find it downright indigestible. Thin, emaciated, weakened individuals (Vata types) need milk's nourishment most, but often these are the very individuals who cannot digest milk. Gold milk makes the nourishment of milk accessible to all. The key to this improvement on milk is in the spices. Vata individuals often suffer from poor digestion due to dryness, cold, weakness and digestion. The turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom in this drink add heat and stimulate extra blood flow to the digestive tract, counteracting coldness and making the milk easy to digest.
Enjoyable for Those who Love Milk Most
Vata types aren't the only ones who have trouble with milk. Milk can create instant congestion for those with a Kapha-type body (i.e. those who tend to have low metabolism and gain weight). Kapha people who drink too much milk soon end up with excessive mucus in their digestive tract and sinuses. Since it is nutrient-dense, milk has a tendency to cool, congeal, and clog the blood. As circulation becomes more stagnant, thick mucus and fluids tend to collect in the lungs and sinuses. This kind of mucous lodges deep in the lungs and can be very difficult for Kapha individuals to expectorate. The spices in gold milk, on the other hand, actually destroy mucous in both in the respiratory and digestive tract, making this nutritive tonic supportive even for Kapha types.
The Golden Spice
Colds and flus are as much a part of the holidays as caroling and jingle bells. The herb that gives this recipe its namesake, the golden turmeric, heats, thins and invigorates the blood. Thin blood circulates freely, mobilizes the immune system and making Kapha body more warm-blooded in colder winter months. Additionaly, turmeric is a natural antibiotic and antimicrobial that is appropriate for even weak individuals. The heat in cinnamon, beloved in many fall and winter desserts, also helps you rebound from a cold or flu.
A Good Night's Sleep
Suffering from insomnia? Spiced milk is an age old formula for relaxation in Ayurveda. From a western standpoint, the calcium and magnesium levels in milk indicate its ability to relax a racing mind and tight muscles. From an Ayurvedic perspective, Gold Milk contains all the qualities that bring on sound sleep- it is heavy, warm, and nourishing. Milk is what lulls babies to sleep; it innately offers a sense of peace.
What About Raw Milk?Many health-conscious people are enthusiastic about raw milk. These individuals are often surprised to find that Ayurveda recommends heating milk, even the prized raw milk. Bringing milk just momentarily to the boiling point breaks up difficult-to-digest molecules. While raw food experts say raw milk contains helpful digestive enzymes, Ayurveda recommends cooking all milk for easy digestion. There is no right answer. Try both and find out what your body prefers. For maxmimum benefit, be sure to source cow's milk from an organic dairy.
Milk is deeply nourishing to all tissues and aids in calming raw nerves. Warmed and properly spiced, milk enhances the effect of herbs in many medicinal preparations, not just gold milk. Gold milk will smooth the bumps of a turbulent and joyous month, supporting good digestion and just plain tasting delicious. This recipe is bound to be a favorite for all, creating whole new culinary holiday memories. A holiday drink that tastes great, keeps illness away, and makes you feel good? It's a gift for the whole family. Spice it right, and reconsider milk!
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can we have this before going to bed?
- julie, Bangalore
, 02-18-10 (Reply
This is now my all-time favorite cuddle-up-on-the-couch-in-front-of-a-fire drink! Very tasty and makes me feel warm and cozy inside and out!
Yes Julie, we can have this before going to bed. It will promote sleep.
I've recently found out that I am allergic to milk protein, so any milk products containing whey make me break out in a rash. Could I substitute Soy or Almond milk instead of Cow's milk??
- steve, Hamilton, ON
, 04-15-10 (Reply
All my life I have had trouble with milk and it wasn't until I began to understand Ayurvedic principles that I could take and enjoy milk! What about Buffalo milk? Is the same treatment required? ( I am getting buffalo milk where I am now)
- Di, Almora
, 04-24-10 (Reply
I made this with plain soy milk and it turned out fantastic! Thanks for such a great recipe. :)
- Michelle, Winston-salem, NC
, 11-01-10 (Reply
Steve, you could certainly substitute other forms of "milk" for regular dairy, but the underlying principles are simply to modify an existing food product in a way that makes it more digestible for the general population. I suspect that your allergic reaction is a symptom of deeper systemic toxicity, but if soy or almond milk do not cause digestive distress, you probably do not need to make a "gold" version of them to enjoy them. This recipe certainly is tasty and will do no harm to you, but it is meant specifically to "denature" some of the more difficulty aspect of milk for those who have non-allergic reactions to consuming it. Bright blessings!
- Stephen, El paso, TX
, 12-23-11 (Reply
Can a mix this combo with my Quionoa in the AM to have a more digestable milk? Or do you not suggest mixing the combo. What about this in the AM with an apple?
- Antoinette, Noumea
, 03-20-12 (Reply
Does the pasteurization process make the milk more easily digested? Scott, 09-16-12
- Scott Murn, 09-16-12 (Reply
how many times can you drink the golden milk?
- cynthia, 11-11-12 (Reply
how many times shuld take and which time also?
- bichitra, 11-20-12 (Reply
Since these ingredients are all natural and with minimal processing, you can follow your natural cravings - as long as they aren't emotionally based. Otherwise, once a day is probably enough - before bed is a good time.
Isn't that considered heating the honey? Shouldn't you use sugar?
- Lisa, Nicasio, CA
, 12-13-12 (Reply
Is this drink not recommended for Pittas?
- Murrill, 12-13-12 (Reply
I usually add some saffron threads and a bit of cloves to this for flavor.
- Bhairavi Gabrielle Jones, CA
, 12-13-12 (Reply
@ Lisa - Warming honey is okay - but not cooking it. It depends on the temperature of the milk. @Bhairavi - Great suggestions!
Where do I get a similar cup? It's so nice !
Thanks for the recipe-it's delicious and comforting.
if raw cow's milk is unavailable where I live, can just organic pasteurized cow's milk be used?
- sammy, Honolulu, HI
, 12-17-12 (Reply
Pasteurized cow's milk is simple cooked cow's milk - it will not affect the results of this recipe. However, most pasteurized cow's milk tends to homogenized as well. Homogenized milk causes digestive problems and should be avoided.
Always loved warm milk before bed and this lovely concoction takes it to he next level!
Ive been drinking this before bedtime, for more than 5 years. I use Almond milk or Coconut milk because I don't drink cow milk. I add a touch of ginger, too, and grind my own Ceylon cinnamon and cardamom.
Is the drink with all it's ingredients OK for vata-constitution or should vatas omit honey from the recipe?
- Valves Gunnarsson, Reykjavík
, 04-19-13 (Reply
This was recommended to me by my Ayurvedic therapist or the 'grounding' qualities as my vata is completely unbalanced.. I can't believe how delicious it is! So nourishing and comforting. Thank you! I love this website and the recipes.
can we use this recipe with commercially available pasteurised, homogenised, standardised cow milk?
Thank you for this lovely holiday gift. Delicious!
Dear Lavanya, Homogenized milk may create digestive problems, as the altered milk fat molecules are absorbed directly by the intestines without proper digestion. Pasteurized milk is okay though.
Dear Valves, Yes - since milk pacifies Vata, Vata people can safely enjoy honey in this recipe.
Yet another fantastic recipe! What a great and helpful website! Thanks for being there!! - Den M.
Can I use goats milk?
- mari1804, 12-12-13 (Reply
We have not tried goat's milk....give us an update if you try it.
We have not tried goat's milk....give us an update if you try it.
as yummy as i expected. added 1/8 tsp. ground ginger and used raw milk from my goat.
Hi Y'all - pasteurization heats just to below boiling temp, and makes the milk proteins glom together, harder to digest. At home, we can take it up to boil three times, to break up the proteins into smaller molecules again. That is, let it climb the pot, slide pot off burner to drop the froth, then slide back on and repeat 2X more. Per Dr. RamaKant Mishra. I find it helps me personally. Am sensitive to the whey, though the spices and making sure it is not low fat milk also helps. Mari, Goat milk is lighter, drier, more astringent, with diff properties. It is more suited to Kaphas and to those with more ama. It is still yummy this way, needing less spices. If using, I prefer it plain, in summer, or with something to make it thicker and more soothing to Vata in winter. A tsp of ghee in either type of milk is especially nice at night, or to build ojas even better, add ghee, a few almonds, and a couple soaked medjool dates (or as desired) and few threads saffron. Blend a little of the milk with the nuts and dates, then add the rest so it doesn't spit, you know? Yum!
Thank you for all this info John! Also a thank you to Ysha Oakes for your comment / info too.
Lovely and filling -- a nice pre-bedtime drink.
My favourite evening drink, thank you :)
Was a little hesitant about the cardamom due to it's pungent odor & spicy taste but it was a nice compliment to the mix. Tasted great - THANK YOU! *(use this for pain-works well and NO crazy side effects like with pain RX's).
This is super delicious. Soothing, calming and wonderful at the end of a long day. Definitely try it again.
Oh hush up and drink your Gold MILK,,,,,
- kendra, 12-18-14 (Reply
So delicious! I've tried various versions of golden milk and this is by far the best tasting, most relaxing and enjoyable recipe. Pain and sleep are both improved! Thanks!
I used rice milk it's gorgeous
Even on a hot Sydney night it is refreshing
Thank you for such great recipies
Thanks for this recipe. Where do I find a cup like the one in the recipe or can I use a copper cup?
Sooooo beautiful! I'm in heaven
I add a little nutmeg.
Generally Ghee and honey does not go together unless it is used in appropriate proportions. Please check and make sure honey is more than the weight of ghee so that it can do its job later. You may want to see expert advise for the right combinations of proportions between honey and ghee in the same drink. Good Luck. Enjoy!
- WEBSITE, 01-11-16 (Reply
I would like to try this recipe, but as I am Kapha, what milk should I use?
- Helene Pandy, Brisbane
, 06-25-16 (Reply
Try rice milk.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ
, 06-27-16 (Reply
Delicious!!! Made my mouth and my soul smile in delight:)