It’s almost 8 am and I was wide awake at 5 am to begin writing. This is about the time when I take a break and make my hot golden milk drink. For those of you who are coffee drinkers, it may be the second or third cup you have in your morning. For me, coffee tears up my stomach so I make this drink instead. I also take Siberian Ginseng caps at the same time.
How to Easily Add Adaptogen Herbs to Your Morning or Afternoon Break.. Designer Golden Milk …Hot and Delicious
Why do I call it Designer Golden Milk? I add more herbs into the drink than usually called for. One morning I may make it a bit differently than the next. I have an aversion to following recipes unless as in bread, it is a must. I have this part of me that likes to add or change a recipe for fun. This drink you can design as your health needs direct. If my knees are hurting, I add more ginger or Turmeric. I may drink it twice during the day. If I am feeling tired or less focused, I may add more Lion’s mane or my mushroom mix.
Designer Golden Milk Ingredients
The first ingredient is milk. I use from one cup to cups goats milk but it could be almond or whatever your favorite milk is. I then add about a 1/2 Tsp of turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of ginger, 1 tsp of lions mane, 1 tsp of a mushroom powder mix, nutmeg and clove to taste and black pepper a pinch. Turmeric needs black pepper to help your digestive system to use it properly. The last ingredient is 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 Tsps cacao powder with organic honey to taste. I heat this mixture up and drink it once or twice a day. You can add make this into a hot chocolate drink by adding hot chocolate mix powder as well.
Start out with less of each herb until you get the taste the way you like it. There are many variations to experiment with but this is mine. You can design this drink with more or less individual ingredients. You can add Lion’s Mane to your coffee as my husband does.
Why should you drink this instead of Coffee or some other beverage?
The turmeric is anti-inflammatory and beneficial for your whole health, the ginger is also good for your digestion and is anti-inflammatory. Lions Mane is a tonic for memory, brain health, focus, and concentration without any caffeine. Mushrooms support immune system function, support the whole body for energy and drive. The cinnamon is good for supporting your sugar levels, tastes and smells delicious. Nutmeg and clove are also supporting for your immune function.
Side Effects from your golden drink.
A note that Turmeric stains your tongue and any surface it touches so be careful. If you are going out to a group meeting, your tongue will stay yellow for several hours. Mouthwash does not take the stain away. If you spill Turmeric powder or liquid on your sink, spray the stain with bleach immediately. There have been a few people who have ruined a rug by spilling Turmeric powder or liquid on it. Turmeric will also discolor a colored saucepan as well. It is strong stuff.
Reactions possible to prescription drugs.
You can have an allergic reaction to any new product no matter how healthy it is. Just keep that in mind. If you take prescription drugs, it is possible for your stomach to react to mixing the drug and your drink ingredients. I would drink your golden milk two or three hours later or earlier than when you take your daily prescription drugs. Ginger could interact with one of the stomach acid prescriptions or one of the anti-inflammatory drugs. Turmeric has vast healing properties for all organs and systems.
Do you have a sensitive stomach?
If you have a sensitive stomach, add one ingredient at a time to the drink. Wait 2 days, then add two ingredients at the same time. This also helps you to determine how strong you like your drink. It is easier to add more to make it stronger, than to make it less strong if you have overdone it. Start out with a smaller amount of herb powder, then increase it. Make sure your herb powders are from a company who tests their herb imported powders for contamination, heavy metals, E-Coli, and to make sure the powder is genuine. For me, I only buy Turmeric, Ginger, and the other ingredients from either Banyan Botanicals or one of my other sources that I know test their products. Buy with this in mind or you are hurting your health.
I do hope you enjoy trying this drink to benefit from its healing properties.
Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin