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Golden milk, the magic beverage of Kundalini Yoga, always makes me happy. This cozy drink reminds me of being cuddled and comforted as a little girl. Not only is it delicious and restorative, but in a world where everyone is longing for calm amidst the chaos, it has powerful healing components.
You can thank golden milk’s main ingredient—turmeric—for its medicinal properties. It helps heal stiff joints and relax connective tissue. It is also helpful for anyone with digestive issues. Consumed after a meal, it can act as a digestive enzyme, kind of like a baby’s last bottle of the evening. The benefits don’t stop there: Turmeric is a tonic for the liver. It also purifies the skin, lubricates the joints and ligaments, and detoxifies the bloodstream.
This recipe is based on the drink Kundalini Yogis have been consuming for years, especially after consecutive days of deep seated meditation. Personally, I love a mug of golden milk in the evening, when I am curled up in front of the fire with candles, soft music playing, and a good book. My inner child feels cozy, healed, and loved. We all need more of that these days, so make this at home, enjoy it, and share it with those around you.
Golden Milk Recipe
Step 1: Make a turmeric paste.
- 4 tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 cup water
Add turmeric and water to a saucepan or skillet. Simmer and stir until it forms a yellow paste. Continue stirring once it starts to thicken so it does not burn. If it gets too thick, add a little more water. Note: Heating activates the healing qualities of the turmeric.
You can keep the paste refrigerated and use a few spoonfuls whenever you would like to make golden milk. (Do not store it in a plastic container or use plastic utensils, as the mixture will start to soften the plastic.)
Step 2: Make the magic milk.
- 1 mug of milk of your choice. Cow, goat, almond, hemp, oat, macadamia, and soy are all great options. (I always use sweetened almond milk.)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric paste, adjust to your taste
- 1 tbsp sesame or coconut oil, not the toasted kind
- Honey, or other sweetener, to taste. (I add local honey during allergy season, which eliminates my allergies.)
For each serving, combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat gently, just up to the boiling point. Use a whisk or beater to froth it up.
Voila—you have it! Pour into a mug, get cozy, and enjoy one of the healthiest, and most delicious drinks around.
About Our Expert
Karena Virginia has 20 years of experience as a powerful healer and highly acclaimed yoga instructor. Based in the New York City area, she conducts workshops in the United States and Europe and is a pioneer in bringing positive change to the world through fierce love. She’s co-author of the 2017 book Essential Kundalini Yoga and released the DVD The Power of Kundalini in 2015. Her app, Relax and Attract with Karena, has helped thousands of people around the world to find inner peace and healing. Karena’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Bravo TV, and the Oprah Winfrey Network.