On a whim, I recently bought a small container of goat’s milk at Zabar’s on the Upper West Side. While drinking the earthy tasting, calcium-loaded substance, I was reminded of Mahatma Gandhi’s reference to goat’s milk in his autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth.” After years of complete abstention from animal products in observance of ahimsa (the yogic self-discipline of non-violence) and frequent fasting, Gandhi-ji’s health was in jeopardy. His new doctor, Dr. Dalal insisted the emaciated Gandhi-ji add goat’s milk to his diet. After some resistance, he complied and his health improved in due time. Resentfully, Gandhi-ji committed to drinking goat’s milk for the rest of his life to stay strong.
Goat’s milk is acclaimed for being beneficial for digestive health, loaded with vitamins and minerals, non-mucus forming, immune system boosting, having anti-inflammatory compounds, and fighting bone-demineralization. It’s also less allergenic than cow’s milk as it’s alkaline versus acidic, making it an option for lactose intolerant people. Likewise, it’s naturally homogenized, so nutrients and positive bacterium aren’t lost in the pasteurization process. It has a slightly higher fat content that cow’s milk, though the fat globules in goat’s milk are smaller and easier to digest. While reduced fat versions are available, I prefer to buy the full-fat version and drink it in small quantities.
I decided to mix up the following Ayurveda tonic using goat’s milk, ghee, turmeric, a pinch of dried ginger, and a few strands of saffron. This relaxing concoction benefits digestive and joint health. Ghee, a nutty tasting clarified butter made out of cow, goat, or sheep milk, is considered a medicine in the science of Ayurveda. Increasing my intake of ghee in the dry winter months helps lubricate my joints. Read more about ghee’s benefits on this blog I wrote last year. Turmeric, an anti-inflammatory miracle spice, is also wonderful for the joints. Read more about it’s medicinal attributes here. Ginger is known as a digestive aid and adds a sinus-clearing kick to this tonic. Saffron, which is a more decadent spice, is believed to alleviate asthma, depression, and menstrual pain. For a little sweetness, you can also add a teaspoon of raw honey. This can be particularly relaxing to drink shortly before bed.
In a small saucepan, heat 4 to 6 ounces of goat’s milk.
Whisk in a little under 1 tsp of ghee, ½ tsp of turmeric, and a pinch of ginger.
Heat until warm.
Pour into cup. (Honey and/or a few strands of saffron are optional.)
Not so much! You can score a liter of goats milk for about $3.00. You can also use regular organic milk, which usually costs about $0.50/cup in my neck of the woods.