Turmeric Milk Mix
Warm, creamy, a touch sweet, and a touch spicy. A hint of cardamom. A whisper of cinnamon. A pinch of peppermint and ginger. All blended into a beautiful golden color, like a field of sunflowers—or even the sun. Doesn’t this sound like a delightful way to start your day?
Also called turmeric milk, or haldi doodh, golden milk is good tender loving care for grownups and children alike. A traditional Indian staple, it has quickly been making a name for itself in the West, promoting its health benefits and its standing as a coffee alternative. With turmeric, ashwagandha, and other spicy herbs, Banyan’s Turmeric Milk Mix is the consummate cozy and creamy, guilt-free treat—for any time of the day!
Benefits of Turmeric Milk
Turmeric is well known to have a host of health benefits:
- Specifically, it supports the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems.
- As a bitter herb, it is considered cleansing, purifying, and tonifying.
- For these same qualities, it is also excellent support for the immune system.
As an adaptogen and a rasayana, ashwagandha has a rejuvenating and calming influence on the nervous system. For this reason, golden milk can be a welcome part of a bedtime routine, nourishing the body to help support restful and restorative sleep. Peppermint, ginger, and cardamom balance this formula by adding not only their distinctive flavors but also their warming and mildly stimulating properties to further assist digestion, assimilation, and healthy circulation. (Cardamom is also said to neutralize milk’s mucous forming properties.) Cinnamon and a touch of black pepper support this process as well.
When to Enjoy Turmeric Milk
One way we can bring balance to full and busy lives is simply to slow down. For some, taking quiet time in the morning prepares them for the day ahead. And for others, taking a short timeout in the afternoon helps to reinvigorate their energy as they head into the evening. Still others savor their bedtime routine. Golden milk is an excellent option for any time of the day. And because it is nourishing rather than depleting, it is a superior alternative to caffeine or sugar, and the cravings we often succumb to as the day wears on. Banyan’s Milk Mix is lightly sweetened with dates, which are themselves grounding, nourishing, and building, and, like milk, considered a rasayana.
Ways to Enjoy Turmeric Milk Mix
In the Ayurvedic tradition, milk is treated as a sattvic food, a rasayana, and an anupan. Because Ayurveda is essentially a qualitative system, it’s important to consider the energetics, or the qualities, of milk. Sattvic foods are said to promote the quality of sattva, or equilibrium. Its qualities are sweet, heavy, and building, or anabolic. While the qualities or energetics of nut milks may differ from that of cow’s milk, they absolutely are always an appropriate substitute.
Turmeric milk is just as delicious and equally beneficial made with the milk of your choice—a nut milk, coconut milk, or even oat or hemp milk lend their own special qualities, and you may want to experiment to see which you prefer best. You may also experiment with adding other herbs to your golden cup—extra cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, or even some shatavari to further support a hearty immune system (and reproductive system too!). And lastly, for those with more of a sweet tooth, adding a little honey or maple syrup is a good healthy option.
Balance is a central theme in Ayurveda. Just as our body is always working to maintain homeostasis, outwardly we can work with various lifestyle shifts and practices to bring balance to our mental and emotional states. Wellness can be supported and enhanced in a multitude of ways, and one way, especially at this time of year when the days draw shorter and colder, is to take the time to start or end your day snuggled up with a warm cup of something good for you. Let our Turmeric Milk Mix fortify you and support you in enhancing the quality of your life, one beautiful cup at a time.