The Golden Hour and a Toast to Health

When it starts to get dark at 5 pm in the Pacific Northwest, rather than heading out to take photos of golden light before sunset, I trade the golden light of summer for the golden hour in winter and settle in with a cozy cup of Golden Milk.

As the temperatures drop outside, it may be tempting to reach for a hot toddy or an eggnog latte. ‘Tis the season for drinking something festive. As we welcome a new year ahead, may we toast to living healthy with a rich and hearty beverage. Cheers to health!

This time of year, the wet, cold chills of winter wander into our nights and low-pressure weather systems wind their way deep into our bones. So catch your breath, build a fire and heat up your core with a cup of GOLDEN MILK! And I promise you this: it will still be cold outside, but you will be warm on the inside! Golden milk will stoke your smile, warm your body, and soothe your spirit.

Why “Golden Milk is Gold!”

Did you know that turmeric also contains curcumin which is known for its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties?! It is also known to help ease sore muscle joints and help with digestion!

You can buy pre-made Golden Milk powder if you don’t have the ingredients or time on hand. For the pre-made blends, simply add hot water or blend with your favorite milk.  GAIA Herbs blend is my go-to golden milk powder.

If you have a few minutes, try this 5-minute recipe out for your hearty and healthy homebrew.

Simple Golden Milk Recipe:


  • 1 tsp ground turmeric (alternatively, you can use 1 finger of fresh turmeric. Just peel and grate or throw in your vitamix)
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (Fresh ginger alternative: you can use one finger of fresh ginger. Peel and grate finely or peel and use a Vitamix to blend)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (turmeric is fat-soluble so adding a little fat will help your body absorb the turmeric)
  • dash ground black pepper (this is a critical ingredient. Black pepper contains “piperine” that increases bioavailability and helps your body absorb curcumin )
  • dash ground cardamon (adds a little spice and sweetness)
  • optional sweeteners: add a dash of vanilla, maple syrup, or honey for taste


Place all ingredients in a pot on the stove and simmer, stirring on low for a good 5 minutes.

Drink and enjoy.

Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor or health care provider before taking turmeric as it can interfere with certain medications.