What is Ayurveda and What’s the Buzz about Golden Milk?

Ayurveda seems to be something that has been popping up a lot in my life. But what is Ayurveda? I am assuming most of you has never heard of it and, frankly, neither did I until I watched a podcast on it a year ago and found a few outdated magazine articles on it.

Ayurveda is a thousand-year-old Indian medical practice based on ideas that the mind and body connection is linked and that your mind can heal your body. Maybe you can see an appeal as more people begin to seek out alternative medicine for their health issue. In modern America, this can be seen as a form of holistic health science and is not considered a mainstream medical practice. The main topic in media is the ayurvedic diet. There is a strong appeal for a personalized health care aspect. Ayurveda doctors often put a huge importance on diet and lifestyle in their medical system. They categorize their patients into three doshas: Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, and Kapha Dosha; and base their diet and lifestyle based on these categories.

With ayurvedic remedies like golden milk all over social media (Instagram in particular), it’s surprising me that I haven't seen an Ayurveda buzz. Golden milk is a turmeric and milk recipe used to help fight inflammation.  It has been attributed to numerous health benefits like improving brain function, helping to aid in sleep, improve digestion, and carries many rich antioxidants and vitamins. It includes additional ingredients like coconut oil, coconut milk, black pepper, and raw honey. The recipe varies slightly person to person. For many people into alternative medicine, they may not know the tradition behind it and still include it into their daily health routine.

I myself, have personally tried a dairy-free version of golden milk. I personally made mine with almond milk and coconut oil, because I do not carry coconut milk in my house regularly. I used fresh turmeric, which I bought at a local health food store with local honey and ground black pepper. I would drink the golden milk every night before I went to bed over winter break. I noticed a huge improvement in my overall digestion. This has inspired me to look more into the health benefits of Ayurveda and educate myself on this holistic tradition.

Ayurveda seems to be becoming more popular as American spiritualists and yogis begin to adopt their practices. There are numerous Ayurveda nutritionists across the countries.  As more people seek out alternative medicine will Ayurveda be the next trend? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.