Golden Milk is especially beneficial for stiff joints and provides a source of lubrication for the entire system. It helps us keep our flexibility and vitality. Turmeric adds flavor to food and has many health benefits. It can be used as an anti-inflammatory for people suffering from arthritis, joint pain, clears the skin, alleviates muscle pain, aids in digestion, works as an anti-parasitic, and anti-bacterial. Turmeric is not good for people who have gall stones. While it is wonderful for older men, older women may not want to have their bodies producing less estrogen because they take turmeric regularly.
Turmeric is currently being investigated in many studies for possible benefits in Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and other clinical disorders. What the Ayurvedic tradition of India has known for thousands of years is just beginning to be discovered by modern medical researchers. I say “beginning” because though doctors are giving people "curcumin"-- this is a drug extracted from turmeric with toxic solvents. It does not work near as well as turmeric cooked in milk. It should be ingested with a lipid (fat). Just about any "milk" you use will have some fat in it. We prefer almond milk. This article collects some of the studies done on the effect of turmeric on those with Alzheimer's http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/turmeric-produces-remarkable-recovery-alzheimers-patients.
Black pepper originally comes from India, where it has been in use for at least five thousand years. Adding Piper Longum (Piper Nigrum is the more common black pepper for the table) dramatically increases the turmeric’s bioavailability (Buhner). Many of the studies done on increased bioavailability have focused on Piperine, an isolated constituent of pepper. Besides increasing the bioavailability of herbs, it has been shown that piperine can dramatically increase absorption of selenium, vitamin B, beta-carotene and other nutrients.
You can find a mix of Organic Turmeric and ground Piper Longum on the Buy Plant Medicine page of this website. Or you can purchase these two organic spices recommended to take together by Ayurveda here
One can simply add the spices to the milk and make one cup at a time.
1 tsp. turmeric
1 cup milk (dairy or nut milk)
dash of piper longum
dash of ground cardamom (optional)
honey to taste after taking off of heat
1/2 tsp. sesame oil or ghee after removing from heat
For making a Paste
3 teaspoons turmeric
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp ground piper longum
1 cardamom pod (optional)
honey to taste (after taking off heat)
Simmer turmeric and piper longum in water until it forms a nice paste. Suggested cooking time is 8 minutes, you can add more water as necessary. Meanwhile, heat the milk. Before it boils, remove from heat. Combine the two mixtures using a blender if desired. Add honey to taste. The cardamom may be cooked with the turmeric for added flavor.
According to an article published in the "Journal of Ayruveda and Integrative Medicine" in 2010, piperine has been shown to increase the absorption of vitamin C, selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B-6 and coenzyme Q. The article goes on to suggest that piperine may be useful for people who suffer from conditions that cause malabsorption of nutrients and people suffering from malnutrition.
Take one teaspoon of organic sesame oil in the mouth. Moving the oil in the mouth, sip, suck and pull through the teeth. This process makes oil thoroughly mixed with saliva. Swishing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the gums and blood. The oil should not be swallowed as it collects bacteria and plaque. As the process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. If the oil is still yellow, it has not been pulled long enough.
After eight to ten minutes spit out the oil and rinse the mouth with warm water or brush the teeth. Scrape your tongue with a spoon to clean it.
During the oil-pulling process one's metabolism is intensified. You may notice the tightening of loose teeth, the elimination of bleeding gums and visible whitening of the teeth. To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day.
Sesame Seed Oil has been used as a healing oil for thousands of years. It is naturally antibacterial for common skin pathogens, such as staphylococcus and streptococcus It is a natural antiviral and anti- inflammatory agent. In an experiment at the Maharishi International College in Fairfield, Iowa, students rinsed their mouths with sesame oil, resulting in an 85% reduction in the bacteria which causes gingivitis.
It has been used extensively in India as a healing oil, including in experiments which showed it was useful in unblocking arteries. In recent experiments in Holland by Ayurvedic physicians, the oil has been used in the treatment of several chronic disease processes, including hepatitis, diabetes and migraines. Here is a link to one study on oil-pulling with sesame oil. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21525674
All of the research done on oil-pulling has been done with sesame oil. The use of coconut oil is an American fad.
As an Ayurvedic physician I have many reasons to remain faithful to the original Ayurvedic tradition. One reason is that western science always backs up this tradition. This is as true for oil-pulling as it us for the use of silver. "The Huffington Post recently shared the findings of Michelle Hurlbutt, RDH, MSDH, an associate professor of dental hygiene at Loma Linda University in Southern California.
The expert compared the use of water, coconut oil, and sesame oil in three groups of experiment participants. The results revealed a very clear winner.
Hurlbutt found that those who used sesame oil each day saw a five-fold decrease in the bacteria, compared to the water group, and the coconut oil group which saw a two-fold decrease. Once all the participants stopped oil pulling, each saw the levels of the bad bacteria began to creep up again.
Sesame oil seems to be the clear favorite in this analysis of this practice.
- Oil pulling reduced counts of Streptococcus mutans bacteria – a significant contributor to tooth decay – in the plaque and saliva of children.2 Researchers concluded, "Oil pulling can be used as an effective preventive adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health."
- Oil pulling significantly reduced plaque, improved gum health and reduced aerobic mircoorganisms in plaque among adolescent boys with plaque-induced gingivitis
In vitro, sesame seed oil has inhibited the growth of malignant melanoma (a skin cancer): PROSTAGLANDIN LEUKATRINES and ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS 46: 145-150, 1992.
Also in vitro, sesame seed oil has inhibited replication of human colon cancer cells: ANTI CANCER RESEARCH 11: 209-216, 1992.
Research shows that sesame seed oil is a potent antioxidant. In the tissues beneath the skin, this oil will neutralize oxygen radicals. It penetrates into the skin quickly and enters the blood stream through the capillaries. Molecules of sesame seed oil maintain good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).
Sesame seed oil is a cell growth regulator and slows down cell growth and replication.
As nose drops, sniffed back into the sinuses, sesame seed oil has cured chronic sinusitis. As a throat gargle, it kills strep and other common cold bacteria. It helps sufferers of psoriasis and dry skin ailments. It has been successfully used in the hair of children to kill lice infestations. It is a useful natural UV protector.
Ghee is made from butter with the milk solids and impurities removed. Many people who are lactose or casein intolerant have no issue with ghee.
Clarified butter or Ghee is made by cooking butter over low heat so that most of the water evaporates.
Ghee contains about 25% medium or short chain Our bodies metabolize medium-chain and short-chain fats differently than long-chain ones. These are not associated with cardiovascular problems in the same way as the long-chain fats are.
Ghee has been shown in studies to reduce serum cholesterol slightly. It is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health. It contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida, lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism, anti-oxidants. It is a source of Vitamins E, K and selenium. The saturated fats in this oil have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
Conjugated linoleic acid is a component of ghee and butter. This is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster. It’s also a source of vitamin D --essential to absorption of calcium. This helps protect against calcification of the joints.
Taking ghee can help prevent hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland. Contains iodine in a highly absorbable form. As a source of quick energy it is not stored in our bodies adipose tissue. Contains Arachidonic Acid (AA) which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
1. Ghee has a high smoke point (250 °C 482 °F).
You can cook and fry with ghee and it will not break down into free radicals like many other oils.
2. Ghee does not spoil easily so does not need refrigeration.
3. Buttery taste without causing dairy allergies.
How to Make it
Place organic, unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Slowly bring butter to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Watch closely as the butter forms foam that then disappears.
Ghee is ready when a second foam forms on top of butter, and the butter turns golden in about 8 minutes. There will be brown milk solids in the bottom of pan. Gently pour into a ceramic or steel container through fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Alternately you can scrape the crust off with a spoon. I put this into my dog's or cat's food as they require some animal fat.
Store in airtight container, being sure to keep free from moisture. Ghee does not need refrigeration and will keep in airtight container for up to 1 month.