When the sun sets, it is nourishing to the spirit to slow down, relax, and let the calming energy of the evening settle your nervous system and prepare you to rest.
My days are often jam-packed with activities, from driving all over the valley to teach yoga, making time for my own practice, keeping up with the goings-on of all the children, making sure dinner is prepared and the house doesn’t fall apart.
Life can certainly be chaotic and at times over-stimulating, which can leave me feeling wired at the end of the day. Exhausted but unable to chill out.
I know many other moms can relate to being the conductors of the wild symphony of family life.
One very comforting ritual that softens all the crazy from the day and bestows a sense of tranquility into my nights is making and sipping on golden milk.
Not just any golden milk, of course, but one that is prepared slowly so that I can digest all the rich goodness of the nutrients. One that is formulated to ease off tension and stress. That’s my kind of sunset golden milk.
I created this recipe for a lovely client of mine, and I’ve been hooked ever since! It’s too good not to share with all of you who are looking for the same repose and relaxation in your evenings. Here’s the recipe + why the ingredients are so great!
Sunset Golden Milk Latte
1 cup raw milk
1 cup distilled water
1 inch chunk fresh turmeric, peeled & smashed
¼ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cardamom
Fresh cracked black pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
Few threads of saffron
½ tsp reishi
½ tsp ghee
1 tsp raw, local honey
Simmer all ingredients except reishi/ghee/honey on the stove for 15-20 minutes. Strain into a blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until frothy. Enjoy this when you are ready to slow down and soften your day.
Choose raw milk from grass-fed, pastured cows. Ones who have a name and are well cared for. Raw milk is full of digestive enzymes that makes it easier to digest than conventional milk. It is higher in nutrients and has been shown to improve healthy bacteria in your gut.
Turmeric is recognized as one of the most powerful non-steroidal anti-inflammatory herbs. It also helps to promote the growth of good bacteria in the intestines. Turmeric removes excess mucous and reduces inflammation while also repairing cellular intestinal damage. Aim for ¼ tsp minimum per day, every day, no more than ½ tsp (dried). Don’t take if you have issues with kidney stones or you are currently dealing with gallstones. To get the best absorption of turmeric, always take it with a healthy fat and with black pepper.
Reishi is also called the “herb of good fortune” the “elixir of immortality” and the “mushroom of spiritual potency”. I’ve included this mushroom because it helps to alleviate anxiety, tension and stress in both body and spirit. It’s ability to east tension, elevate the spirit, and promote peace of mind allows it to transform negative energy in the body. Reishi is another anti-inflammatory, even used in treating arthritis. It counters stimulants like coffee so that you can rest and relax when you need to. This mushroom is a must for extra relaxation!
Try this recipe and let me know what you think! Or, share your favorite way to make golden milk. I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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Love & Health,