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The Magic Elixir for Good Health and Happiness : Golden Milk

Healing, RitualsChloë Rain1 Comment
Turmeric, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.

Turmeric, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.

Living in the Arctic Circle is wild and wonderful, and it has surprised me in ways I could not of fathomed before arrival. It is good to be surprised by life, especially your own life. It's good to know you can still be surprised.

The landscape is vast and strange, and I have had to learn the world around me almost like being a child again, learning how to walk and talk and carry myself in this new environment.

With the dark months of no sun, I dive deeper into my inner world and personal spiritual practice. One of the ways I help myself to feel more grounded, bring warmth to the body, and create a heightened sense of light in my life is by preparing a small personal ritual everyday and drinking— Golden Milk— the magic elixir of light.

I share my favorite recipe below and some information on its health benefits.

There are a myriad of variations as to how to make Golden Milk, which is an ancient medicinal drink that has been enjoyed for thousands of years for health and healing, but these are the necessary components you need to have in order to receive the full health benefits of Golden Milk:

Heat
Turmeric
Black Pepper (a small amount)
A bit of fat for absorption (in this case coconut oil— a healthy plant based fat)

You must always combine a small amount of black pepper with turmeric in order to receive the health benefits, because black pepper contains the bioactive compound piperine which helps the with the absorption of curcumin (from turmeric) in the body.

I make Golden Milk fresh as part of my grounding and centering self care ritual, and this is my favorite way to serve it with some extra spices added in...

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups- 2 cups Coconut Milk— unsweetened vanilla flavor (in the carton)

  • 1-2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or just a pinch of finely ground black pepper for less spice)

  • Sweetener of choice to taste : honey, or maple syrup, or coconut sugar *please do yourself a favor and only use natural sweeteners in your Golden Milk, stay away from any kind of processed and refined sugar, or even things like Stevia or Agave that are also highly processed*

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2- 1 Tbsp coconut oil — adding this extra amount of fat helps with absorption of all the healthy benefits from the spices, plus drinking this in the morning helps to satiate the body's hunger response allowing for proper brain function and helping to curb your appetite first thing upon waking

  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/2- 1 tsp Vanilla extract — important that it is real vanilla extract (Not necessary if you are using Coconut Milk with Vanilla already included!)

  • Non-sweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk other non-dairy vegan milk or nut milks can be substituted for Coconut milk *but coconut milk really is the best*

I purchase organic spices and turmeric in bulk at my local co-op because I eat a lot of it because I'm in love with turmeric's natural grounding properties and the way it makes me feel in my body and at a deeper level, my Spirit. When purchasing turmeric, look for a brand that is organic, non-irradiated, and contains curcumin (the brand will often specify a percentage).

INSTRUCTIONS:

I pour my coconut milk into a clear glass two cup measuring container, then whisk in all my measured spices minus the sweetener, before adding it to the saucepan for heating. I find it helpful in making the right measurements and adjustments for liquid and spices. But this does involve an extra step, so you can go straight to the saucepan.

  • In a small saucepan, add coconut milk, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, & coconut oil

  • Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot — but not boiling — I watch for steam to come from the surface of the liquid— less than four minutes. Do not boil the liquid and spices as this will damage the health benefits of the ingredients!

  • Remove from heat

  • Before pouring into cups, whisk swiftly until frothy and fully mixed.

  • After pouring into individual serving cup, add sweetener of choice. (I usually add a teaspoon of honey, and in fall, a tablespoon of maple syrup seems to bring me more enjoyment for the season)... Add more turmeric, cardamom, or ginger for intense spice and flavor.

  • Serve immediately. Best when fresh, though leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2—3 days. Reheat on the stovetop *do not microwave*.

Golden Milk Elixir for Good Health

This wonderful beverage actually maximizes the natural antioxidant power of turmeric because it is one hot and two combined with other beneficial spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom, and a little bit of healthy plant based fat.

Turmeric’s health benefits such as anti-inflammatory response and aiding in digestion are due to a special compound called curcumin.

Curcumin is believed to halt an enzyme that may be responsible for turning environmental toxins in to carcinogens in the body. Curcumin also improvse digestion of fats and sugars and help alleviate inflammation in the digestive system.

According to principles of Ayurveda, indigestion leads to production of “ama” – a sticky toxin which blocks microchannels of the body and slows down metabolism adding to weight gain. Cardamom helps to digest “ama” and clears the blockages. Since it possess the quality “laghu” or lightness, it helps to increase the rate of metabolism just like a supply of air increases intensity of fire.

Golden Milk is a magic elixir of spices that not only aids in digestion, but helps with weight loss & metabolism, reduces inflammation in the intestines and tissues, creating more vibrant and healthy skin, and helps with overall health and wellness on many levels.

For me, it makes me feel grounded in Spirit and good in my body on a daily basis, and this makes me happy.

Please share with me in the comments below, how Golden Milk has helped you in body, mind, health and Spirit. I would love to hear from you!


Bayan Botanticals is a wonderful website full of good information on Ayurvedic principles and also a wonderful source for organic Ayurvedic herbs and supplements.

Research has proven that turmeric and curcumin have the abilities to:

  • Help improve the memory of individuals in the early stages of diabetes and those at risk for cognitive damage.

  • Reduce free radical damage to cells and tissues thanks to potent antioxidants.

  • Reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis as well as numerous other inflammatory joint conditions.

  • Support healthy cholesterol levels and prevent low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol oxidation.

  • Positively modulate more than 160 different physiological pathways.

  • Improve liver function.

  • Protect against heavy metal damage.

  • Inhibit and prevent certain types of cancer, including pancreatic, breast, and colon cancer.

  • Reduce the degenerative symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is also a source of numerous vitamins and minerals including manganese, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, E, and K.

Source: Organic Authority

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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The Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox in Our Modern Lives

Ceremony, Nature, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceChloë Rain2 Comments
Fall Equinox Spiritual Significance
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As the midday sun begins to sink lower in the sky and the night becomes chilly and darker, before we even notice the changing of colors with our eyes, our senses tell us that the reign of summer has come to an end in the northern half of the world. 

The autumn equinox arrives at 3:50am Eastern Standard time or 9:50am Central Europe time on Monday, September 23, 2019, officially marking the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and 12-hour night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year.

The Autumn Equinox is a meaningful time of year to honor the harvest. Whether that be a "real" harvest of the things planted in your garden or the harvest of efforts and intentions for your life path that you set earlier in the year.

The changing seasons are key points in the cycle of life in nature, and within this cycle many ancient cultures perceived a powerful deeper message for humanity.

Indigenous cultures recognized earth-based wisdom and understood that the four focal points of the year: the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox; illuminated stages of an inner spiritual journey – a spiritual cycle that the individual takes within themselves.

As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.

A favorite ritual of mine is to take the 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the equinox to sit quietly on the ground in thoughtfulness and meditation and open my mind and my senses to the intelligence of nature all around. In this time spent in thoughtfulness around the moment of equal light and equal dark, I acknowledge my personal growth cycle and ask for harmony and balance to be the fertilizer in the soil of my life's garden.

Spiritually speaking, fall represents the Harvest time of year, a time to acknowledge abundance as our natural state of being. Our lives go through cycles of growth, harvest, death, and rebirth just as we see in nature.

Fall Equinox Meaning : Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox

On the Fall Equinox you may want to honor abundance and shift your consciousness from one of lack to one of abundance in some way through a small ritual or ceremony. Such as lighting a candle, giving thanks, and speaking your gratitude for all that you are and all that you have.

Fall is the time of year that we set up our internal space and make room for what’s to come in the next year. We create fertile soil for our greater visions to grow but not by doing. 

By becoming quiet and listening to what is trying to emerge from within us.

When we take the time this time of year to go within and empty out space we are creating fertile soil for our creativity and greater visions. When we clear our internal ground in the fall, we go into dormancy and then rest in the cold and darkness of Winter.

Winter is the time of year of healing, when the cold and freezing becomes the healing that sets the soil for Spring and our rebirth.

The significance of the Autumnal Equinox for the person walking the spiritual path is the time of year where we activate our new growth cycle. As we become silent and rest we are allowing space for our greater vision to emerge.

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, we descend into the darkness of the night and face our own inner darkness—the darkness within, i.e. the ego and the subconscious—to prepare for the birth of the Light within, celebrated at the winter solstice.

The heart of spiritual practice is internal, and is usually invisible and unnoticed by everyone else. By enacting the spiritual with a physical ritual, we can both recognize and make concrete our spiritual process that is part of our reality as a person on the spiritual path.

I encourage you to take some time September 23 this year to acknowledge your life cycle and spiritual path. In doing so, you are honoring, not only your own growth and light within, but the ancient wisdom that has served our health and wellness for thousands of years.

I honor the light in you that is the love of all things, without your existence the light of the Universe would dim and all of existence would miss you.
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Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose.