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Golden Milk: A Popular Drink with Tumeric

Today I’d like to share with you a very popular recipe for a drink called Golden Milk. This is basically hot almond milk (or other kinds of plant milk) mixed with tumeric or tumeric paste respectively. This is a good drink to defy the cold season and winter time. Tumeric or the roots of the Curcuma longa plant grows in southern Asia and belongs to the ginger family. Hence, like ginger, tumeric has a hot and aromatic taste. What is more, tumeric has many important health benefits because it has anti-inflamatory, detoxdfying and anti-carcinogenic properties. Thus, it generally strengthens the immune system. It is recommended that you drink Golden Milk preferably every evening before going to sleep 🙂

Golden Milk

Golden Milk with tumeric

Golden Milk with tumeric (photo: Sirinya’s Thailand Blog)

Let us now focus on the recipe: there are two ways of preparing this drink, you may either use tumeric powder or tumeric paste which you can make yourself at home. To prepare the tumeric paste you need the following ingredients:

Tumeric Paste Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup of (filtered) water

Preparation:

Put these ingredients in a small sauce pan and mix everything well together. Then turn the heat to medium high and stir constantly until the mixture thickens. This only takes a few minutes, then let this mixture cool down and fill it in a small jar so that you can store the paste in the fridge.

Now that the paste is prepared, we can move on to prepare the Golden Milk.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk (or other kinds of plant milk)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon or more of turmeric paste or tumeric powder
  • honey as to taste

Preparation:

Take a small pan and add all ingredients except for the honey. Then turn the heat to medium and while heating make sure to stir constantly and do not boil the mixture. Finally, you may add honey to taste. Ready to serve!

Golden Milk and the ingredients tumeric paste, coconut oil & honey

Golden Milk and the ingredients tumeric paste, coconut oil & honey (photo: Sirinya’s Thailand Blog)

I hope you give Golden Milk a try! I think this is a very effective drink with a lot of health benefits 🙂 Please also check out the benefits of tumeric here.

Yours, Sirinya




Traditional Thai Beauty Secrets

Thai women have often been admired for their flawless and unique beauty. They have been envied for their long silky hair, radiant glowy skin and perfect nails. The secret to Thai women’s beauty probably lies in their genes. However, there are also some traditional Thai beauty recipes that come from nature. Thus, I’d like to introduce a few different elements of traditional Thai beauty secrets. This category of Thai beauty secrets concerns special foods and nutrients.

Thai beauty secrets, painting by Chakrabhand Posayakrit

Thai beauty secrets, painting by Chakrabhand Posayakrit (photo credit: chakrabhand.org)

Beauty Secrets

1. Coconut oil

Thai food and also traditional Thai beauty products often contain coconut oil which is one of the best natural oils. Coconut oil has numerous health benefits. Thus, it is great for all parts of the body.  Organic extra virgin Coconut oil has many properties and thus it is a multipurpose product for face, body and hair. For example, coconut oil can be used as a make up remover, in particular for removing eye make up. It is very gentle to the skin and thus suitable for dry and sensitive skin types. That is to say coconut oil is very nourishing to the gentle eye area and also strengthens the eyelashes. Hence, it can also function as an eye cream.

Coconut everbeautiful.com

Coconut (photo credit: everbeautiful.com)

Coconut oil is also good as a facial cleanser. This is also known as the oil cleansing method.

It is also useful as a hair conditioner and mask because it has the ability to fully penetrate the hair shaft and thus moisturize the hair thoroughly. It works best as a pre-shampoo conditioner. Distribute the coconut oil evenly throughout your hair and leave it in for about an hour then shampoo your hair and you will have the smoothest hair ever 🙂

In addition, coconut oil can also perform as a natural deodorant because it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Coconut oil as body scrub, mix equal parts of coconut oil with brown organic sugar. Scrub away and this will leave your skin sooo soft 🙂

Facial and body moisturizer: it makes your skin amazing and glowing and does not cloak the pores. In addition, coconut oil also has a natural sunscreen (SPF 4).

2. Tamarind

Tamarind can be considered a Thai (beauty) ingredient because it is frequently used in all kinds of Thai recipes. Tamarind has great health and beauty benefits because it is very rich in vitamin and minerals. Since tamarind contains Alpha-hydroxyl acids (AHAs), it provides for a glowing and radiant skin. What is more, it also diminishes blemishes and dark spots. Hence, tamarind is often used by Thai women because it also brightens and lightens the skin 🙂

Fresh Tamarind with leaves (photo credit: indianbeauty.tips)

Fresh Tamarind with leaves (photo credit: indianbeauty.tips)

In fact, Tamarind is a wonderful beauty product. It’s most effectively used as a pure organic paste. Thus, it can be used as a facial cleanser and scrub to exfoliate the skin. Here is a very easy recipe of tamarind cleanser: mix honey and tamarind paste in equal parts and add three tablespoons of yoghurt. Then apply this mixture gently all over your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. After 10 minutes wash it off. Thus, it’s a perfect treatment for removing dead skin cells and increasing blood circulation.

3. Papaya

Papaya is an amazing beauty agent and has wonderful beauty benefits since it contains the miracle papain enzyme. Hence, a facial or body mask of papaya gives the skin a healthy and radiant glow. This is because the papain enzyme works as an exfoliator thus removing all dead skin cells. Make an easy face and body mask by mashing the papaya fruit pulp into a paste. Apply this to your face and body, let it sit for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse and shower everything off.

Papaya (photo credit: dreamatico.com)

Papaya (photo credit: dreamatico.com)

4. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a very common ingredient in Thai dishes. However, Thai women appreciate lemongrass also for its beauty benefits because it has detoxifying and exfoliating properties. Lemongrass is most commonly used for facial steams since it suits all skin types

Lemon Grass tekoafarms.co.il

Lemon Grass (photo credit: tekoafarms.co.il)

Here is an easy recipe how to make a lemongrass face steam: take a pot of boiling water and put in about 40 g of fresh finely chopped lemongrass. Let the mixture stand for about half an hour and then strain it. After that, inhale the steam for about 1 minute and let your skin absorb it too. Repeat it some more times until you have a lovely sauna effect. Thus, the steam cleanses and opens up your pores so that dirt and excess oils are removed.

Maybe you’d like to give these traditional natural Thai beauty secrets a try? I think it’s really worth trying 🙂

In fact, traditional Thai beauty has also been a great subject in the Visual Arts and painting. For instance, the Thai National Artist Chakrabhand Posayakrit very often portrayed beautiful and flawless Thai women.

If you are interested, I can do a second part on traditional Thai beauty secrets, focussing on Thai beauty habits and rituals such as Thai massage, for example.

Yours, Sirinya