Discover Golden Milk - Time for Our Golden Latte

Cheerful Buddha's Lion's Mane Golden Milk Blend

Let’s be honest about milk and coffee. The latte is a timeless and delicious champion. But has it been pipped at the post? Maybe so. Has the first place on the podium now gone to golden milk? A radiant beverage with a rich history, golden milk has transcended its Ayurvedic roots to become a global phenomenon.

This warm, inviting drink is more than just a trendy latte; it's another way to add valuable superfoods to your daily routine. Here we will break down the essence of golden milk, its potential health benefits, and how to craft your perfect cup.

What is Golden Milk?

Golden milk, also known as turmeric milk, is an exotic beverage steeped in the wisdom of ancient Ayurvedic medicine. Traditionally made with milk (dairy or plant-based), turmeric, and other warming spices such as ginger and cinnamon, it's known for its beautiful golden hue and comforting flavour. In practice, it's a brilliant way to get potent superfoods into your system. 

Golden Milk’s Key Ingredients

Three key ingredients are needed to create golden milk:

Turmeric: The heart and soul of golden milk lies in turmeric, a vibrant yellow spice from the ginger family. Turmeric contains a bioactive compound called curcumin. This compound is the source of many of the health benefits linked to golden milk. 

Milk: Traditionally cow's milk is used, but increasingly people are choosing plant-based alternatives such as almond, coconut, rice or oat milk. With so many options available, you can experiment. To optimise further, choose milk with no added sugars and fortified with calcium and vitamin D to maximise the nutritional value. 

Spices: Here are some of the traditional ingredients that work in beautiful synergy with turmeric, enhancing the flavour and increasing the bioavailability of curcumin.

  • Ginger: Powerful and pungent, adding a warming quality and may aid digestion.
  • Cinnamon: Aromatic and indulgent, boasting antioxidant properties and a hint of sweetness.
  • Black Pepper: Piperine, a compound found in black pepper, significantly enhances curcumin's bioavailability in the body, maximising its benefits.
  • Honey or Maple Syrup (Optional): A touch of something sweet can balance the earthy flavours of turmeric and ginger.

8 Golden Milk Benefits and the Power of Turmeric

lion's mane mushroom turmeric latte ingredients


So, why is golden milk becoming a go-to for many? Yes, it’s a bit more fancy, but that’s not the whole story. Golden milk hits the spot between taste and health benefits. Let’s start by focusing on turmeric, the stuff that puts the gold in your golden milk. There is much to cover with this super spice, so buckle up. 

Golden milk, (haldi doodh in Sanskrit), has a long history within Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional and ancient Indian system of holistic healing that has been practised for centuries. 

Studies suggest the curcumin compound possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may contribute to a range of health advantages. Here are our top 8 benefits:

1. Reduced Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is linked to various health issues. Curcumin's anti-inflammatory properties may offer relief for conditions like arthritis, general joint pain, stiffness and inflammatory bowel disease.

2. Antioxidant

Turmeric's curcumin fights free radicals with its antioxidant power, potentially protecting the liver from damage. The golden spice may help the liver function better by aiding toxin removal. 

3. Enhanced Brain Function

Research suggests curcumin may improve cognitive function and memory, potentially mitigating the risk of age-related cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

4. Heart Health Support

Curcumin may help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels, potentially contributing to a healthier heart.

5. Digestive Aid

Golden milk's ginger content may aid digestion by soothing nausea and promoting better conditions for overall gut health.

6. Overall Well-being

Golden milk's warming spices and potential anti-inflammatory properties may promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. Nice things make you feel nice after all. 

7. Blood Sugar Control

The Curcumin compound has been found to help regulate blood sugar levels, and could potentially support the management of Diabetes.

8. Immunity Boost

Key ingredients found in traditional Golden milk, in particular turmeric and ginger, have been found to possess immune-boosting properties.

Are There Any Negative Effects?

Seems too good to be true? It's a fact that golden milk is generally safe for the vast majority of people when consumed in moderation. However, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Moderation is Key: While turmeric is safe, consuming excessive amounts may cause digestive issues. 
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult with their doctor before consuming golden milk due to limited research on its safety during these times.
  • Medication: In rarer cases, it may interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners. Additionally, those with gallbladder issues should seek consultation. Speak to your doctor for personalised advice before incorporating it into your routine.

How to Make a Turmeric Milk Latte

lion's mane mushroom turmeric latte

Crafting a Golden Masterpiece: The Traditional Recipe

  1. In a saucepan, measure out your chosen milk (dairy or plant-based) using your favourite mug.  
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon of ginger powder, a pinch of black pepper, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  3. Heat gently over low heat, whisking occasionally, until warmed through. Do not boil.
  4. Strain the mixture into a mug and as an option, sweeten it with honey or maple syrup.

What Does Golden Milk Taste Like?

The unique flavour profile of golden milk is a combination of warm spices and subtle sweetness. Here's a breakdown of the taste experience:

Earthy Base: Turmeric itself has a slightly earthy flavour, which forms the base of the drink. 

Warming Spices: The addition of ginger and cinnamon adds a layer of warmth and comfort. Ginger provides a touch of peppery zing, while cinnamon brings its familiar sweet and spicy notes.

Sweetness: Depending on your recipe, golden milk can be sweet or more subtle. Try honey or maple syrup - but be mindful that some plant-based milks can add sweetness.

It's healthier to have less sugar, and limiting the amount you use helps the complex flavour profiles shine brighter.  

Creamy Texture: Traditionally made with milk, golden milk has a naturally creamy texture. Plant-based milk alternatives like coconut milk can add a touch of sweet richness. 

Overall, the taste of golden milk is a pleasant surprise. Not overly sweet, with warming spices complementing the earthy turmeric base. Experiment and find a ratio that works for you. Having said that…

Introducing Our Golden Milk: The Cheerful Buddha Lion's Mane Latte

Ok, so that’s the traditional Golden milk. Now for the Cheerful Buddha edition - a twist on the classic. Think of it as golden milk 2.0. Our Lion's Mane Latte retains the essence of golden milk with turmeric, but we've expanded this foundation with a blend of powerful superfoods to create a latte that's both delectable and expertly designed for well-being. 

We've added adaptogenic Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, which can reduce stress and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels, along with Lion's Mane mushroom, revered for its potential to support memory, focus, and cognitive function.

For some natural sweetness, there is Lucuma, a naturally sweet fruit native to South America, which has a lower GI than many sweeteners. Then, to tie it all together like a good rug, warming Cinnamon. 

We love options, so this latte blend contains coconut milk powder and, therefore, can be enjoyed with hot water or your favourite milk for an extra creamy texture. It’s another of our many caffeine-free options that offer the winning combination of exquisite taste and valuable nutrition. Visit our website to learn more about our Lions Mane Latte made with powerful turmeric.


Is it OK to drink turmeric milk every day? 

Generally, yes, daily consumption of turmeric milk is considered safe for the vast majority of people. The benefits can compound over time and offer noticeable and positive change - so consistency is key. However, consult your doctor if you have any underlying conditions or take medications - as described in the section on negative effects above. 

Is it OK to drink turmeric milk every night? 

Yes, turmeric milk can be enjoyed at night. Some find the warm, soothing drink helpful for relaxation and sleep as they activate melatonin in your system.

What is the best time to drink turmeric milk? 

There's no single "best" time. Some find it beneficial first thing in the morning, especially an enhanced blend such as ours so that the turmeric and other ingredients can do their thing. Others prefer it at night for relaxation. Experiment and see what works for you. 

Can turmeric milk reduce belly fat? 

While golden milk may contribute to overall health and well-being, there's no magic bullet for weight loss. However, curcumin's anti-inflammatory properties may play a role in managing weight by suppressing certain inflammatory markers that play a role in obesity. 

Is drinking milk with turmeric good for the skin?

Curcumin's potential anti-inflammatory properties may offer benefits for skin health, but more research is needed. Topical application of turmeric may be more effective for certain skin concerns.

Can you drink turmeric milk for a cough?

Some anecdotal evidence suggests that turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties might soothe a cough. Remember, it can't replace consulting a doctor for persistent coughs.

Does turmeric clean your stomach?

Turmeric has been found to support digestion, but there's no scientific evidence it cleanses the stomach. For example, it doesn't "clean" your stomach in the same way a laxative would.

How long does it take for turmeric and golden milk to work?

The effects of turmeric milk can vary in terms of timeline, depending on the individual and certain variables. For chronic conditions, regular use is recommended; but, we would suggest consistency for anyone’s consumption. Regularly consuming golden milk would allow you to feel the real-world benefits.

What are the side effects of turmeric milk?

Turmeric milk is generally safe, but some may experience mild digestive issues if excessive amounts are consumed. And there are some instances where the compound can interact with certain blood medicines. Always speak with your doctor about these potential interactions with medications.

What do turmeric and milk do to a woman?

Turmeric milk's positive effects apply to people of all genders, but there are some things to consider when pregnant and breastfeeding. See the section above on negative effects. 

Is golden milk good for you?

There's very promising research on the potential health benefits of turmeric and therefore in golden milk. Certainly, a superfood version of golden milk will have more added benefits, as described above.

It's important to note that although positive evidence is increasingly available - more research is needed to fully understand the extent of these benefits. Golden milk shouldn't be considered a cure-all, but rather a delicious addition to supplement a healthy lifestyle.


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published