Last week, I shared one of my favorite ways to get a dose of turmeric into my day: Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Bombs. Coincidentally, shortly after I first created that recipe, I was introduced to an even more convenient way to get a hit of turmeric: TurmericBoost, from Gaia Herbs.
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What is Golden Milk?
Golden Milk, a traditional Ayurvedic beverage, features a blend of warming herbs and turmeric in hot milk. While it may seem unexpected to pair a savory, astringent flavor such as turmeric with a sweet beverage, there is method behind the madness.
In a recent lecture from an Ayurvedic herbalist, I learned that in the Indian tradition, food is matter-of-factly consumed as medicine. Plants and herbs with medicinal qualities are incorporated into every aspect of a meal. A bite of food is expected to deliver health benefits as well as flavor.
Further, the herbs used in Golden Milk create a multi-faceted flavor profile, a feature of Ayurvedic medicine. In the Ayurvedic tradition, a meal should provide all six flavors: sweet, astringent, salty, sour, pungent and bitter. For example, the turmeric lends an astringent quality/flavor/energy, and black pepper along with ginger creates a pungent quality/flavor/energy.
With the warmer weather, I find myself craving cooler beverages over a mug of steaming Golden Milk. This smoothie delivers the nutrient-rich herbs found in Golden Milk along with nourishing fat from coconut.
TurmericBoost from Gaia Herbs
If you want an easy way to incorporate turmeric and Ayurvedic herbs into your day, Gaia Herbs just released their TurmericBoost line. TurmericBoost is a blend of turmeric extract and carefully formulated herbs to support anti-inflammation, energy, mental clarity and digestion.
Because TurmericBoost contains no sugar or sweetener, it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Don’t be thrown off by the association of chai spices with a sweet beverage – think of all the savory curry recipes that use these spices! TurmericBoost makes a superfood addition to:
- Tea (I now stock my purse with the convenient single-serving packets to mix with tea or hot water)
- Bone broth
- Rice (or cauliflower rice!) or legume dishes
TurmericBoost Restore contains traditional chai spices and a prebiotic base.
- Turmeric powder and turmeric extract pack a potent punch of curcumin, a compound displaying anti-inflammatory properties in thousands of studies
- Black pepper extract works synergistically with the turmeric to improve curcumin absorption. Studies show that curcumin is more powerful when paired with black pepper. Golden Milk recipes include a pinch of black pepper along with warming spices and turmeric.
- FOS, short for fructoogliosaccharides, are prebiotic – providing nutrients to foster the growth of healthy gut flora.
- Warming herbs including ginger, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom are traditionally used for supporting digestion and metabolism by “stoking the digestive fire.”
TurmericBoost Uplift features herbs known for their adaptogenic and energy-balancing qualities*.
- The synergistic blend of turmeric powder, turmeric extract, and black pepper extract is found in both the Uplift and Restore versions.
- Gotu kola is revered in India as one of the most rejuvenative Ayurvedic herbs. In the Western herbalism tradition, Gotu Kola is used to support a balanced nervous system and aid mental clarity*.
- Holy Basil, also known as tulsi, is known for its adaptogenic qualities – it supports a healthy response to stress in the body*.
- The Uplift flavor also features ginger, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom. In the Ayurvedic tradition, these Ayurvedic herbs provide warmth and balance due to their flavor profiles.
*Like all the statements on my site, this statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. TurmericBoost is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Also, this was an icing-on-the-cake factor for me: the TurmericBoost plastic canisters are made with 100% plant/mineral/compostable materials… no petroleum-based plastic.
- Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until creamy. Voila! An instant way to incorporate turmeric and Ayurvedic herbs into your day.