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Golden State Golden Milk

Golden milk is a drink with a lot of history. Aptly named for its bright gold color, and known as haldi doodh in Hindi, or turmeric milk in western cultures, golden milk has been part of Indian culture for centuries. Essentially, it’s milk infused with turmeric. 

Many Indian families consider it the go-to solution for everything from colds to inflammation, aches to restlessness. Golden milk is also considered a staple in the practice of Ayurveda, which focuses on staving off disease to find and maintain ease is a key principle. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, is highly regarded for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

As it gains popularity in the west, you might have spotted it at specialty grocery stores and niche cafés as a “turmeric latté.” Whether you’re trying to keep your immunity strong, relax a bit, or coax yourself to sleep, this modern-use drink with a rich, ancient history in India is a simple, bright spot in the often complicated world of well-being.

To make it a true Golden State creation, the Almond Board of California shared this recipe for Golden Hour Gold Milk, using almond milk, of course. Enjoy!

Golden Hour Gold Milk 

Courtesy of Almond Board of California

Yields: Serving for one person

Prep time: 5 minutes


  • 8 ounces unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon liquid coconut oil
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or another sweetener to taste)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon


  1. Add almond milk, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, black pepper and cinnamon to a small, stovetop pan and whisk to combine ingredients.
  2. Heat on low heat for 3 minutes until warm, but not boiling, and stir frequently.
  3. Turn off heat and stir honey into the stovetop pan mixture.
  4. Once stirred, pour into a mug and serve immediately. 
  5. Add additional sweetener or cinnamon if preferred.
  6. To consume while at work or on-the-go, pour the beverage into a microwavable travel mug, reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds until warm, and enjoy!
  7. Add additional sweetener, cinnamon, or nutmeg, if preferred.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”

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“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.

Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?


Esalen Team