Have you heard of golden milk? or a turmeric latte? They’re basically the same thing. It’s a milky drink based around the super-antioxidant rich spice – turmeric. There are different variations out there and if you give one a try, you’ll likely make your own little tweaks to your own taste.
Golden Milk has actually become really popular as people realise more and more the health benefits of turmeric.
What is Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice and it contains compounds called Curcumin. Turmeric is known to have a vast amount of healing properties and has had thousands of studies proving the benefits of it and of its compounds – curcumin. It has been largely compared to conventional medicines in terms of its effectiveness, to which it rates very highly and is said to be just as beneficial. Turmeric is a very effective anti-inflammatory, and chronic inflammation is extremely ageing for the body. The anti-inflammatory benefits can help with all kinds of aches and pains. It can help to ease conditions such as arthritis, injury and fibromyalgia, as some examples. As an anti-inflammatory, it can also be beneficial to help ease skin conditions such as acne, acne rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.
There are so many links to different illness and disease prevention etc. If you’d like to read information about those you can find it over at Dr Axe.
How it Benefits Skin Health
In relation to skin health, anything that improves your general health is also improving your skin’s health, as ultimately your skin is a reflection of that. I wrote a previous blog post explaining what antioxidants are and why we need them to keep our skin functioning effectively. It also explains how they help to prevent premature skin ageing. Antioxidants are a vital key in retaining more youthful and glowing skin! So, eat as many as possible through your dietary choices. Top up with spices like turmeric in your cooking and drinks. Potentially supplement with them and use antioxidant rich skincare products.
In India it is Known for its Beauty Benefits
In India, Turmeric is used in many of the recipes and is also a spice that is recognised for its skin benefits. A couple off days before a Hindu wedding, both the bride and groom each hold what is known as a Haldi creremony. The Haldi paste is made with turmeric, sandalwood powder and rose water. The paste is then applied on the knees, feet, arms, hands and the face. It’s considered to be a cleanser for the body and soul in preparation for married life.
Turmeric is also widely used to make homemade face masks. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it can help in clearing the skin of acne and breakouts. It is also useful in helping to lighten hyperpigmentation and sun spots. This helps to promote a more even skin tone and give the skin a gorgeous glow.
Make Your own DIY Face Mask
To make your own face mask, get adventurous in the kitchen. Mix up some turmeric with a little water to make a paste. Try adding natural yoghurt, honey or some oats. A word of warning – Be mindful of skin staining and maybe don’t choose to do this right before you need to leave the house. If you don’t fancy mixing up your own concoction you can also find it in the rawgaia Organic Raw Chocolate Face pack.
Take it Daily Where Possible
To take turmeric daily, if you’re like me and you enjoy the taste, it’s easy to make golden milk. You can also add it to curries, stews, scrambled eggs, soups and smoothies … Wherever you think you can enjoy it basically. The other alternative is to supplement for those days that you can’t fit it into your diet.
To make Golden Milk/Turmeric Latte:
Choose your milk base – I use almond milk or coconut milk
Add to it a teaspoon of turmeric – or more if you prefer
I like to add a sprinkle of ginger, some cinnamon and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt
You might also like to add a little honey or vanilla if you prefer it sweeter.
You can warm it up in a pan or, what I do first is blend it all in my Ninja (smoothie maker), then warm it in a pan