One of the biggest benefits of turmeric milk to me has been during fall and winter, whenever I started to feel like getting a cold or cough. I always prefer taking turmeric milk rather than any other medication for this. I have noticed that since the time I started taking it recurrence of cold / cough/ running nose has dramatically decreased. Yes!!! It is as simple. Especially in the cold time of the year and when seasons change, turmeric is a staple at our home for avoiding illness and keeping our immune systems strong. No more visits to the pharmacy!
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that contains Curcumin (up to 3% by weight), which is believed to halt an enzyme that may be responsible for turning environmental toxins into carcinogens in the body. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is used to relieve swelling and pain due to headaches and wounds and it also possesses anti-bacterial properties, so it prevents infections and heals wounds. Curcumin also enhances digestion of fats and sugars and helps combat inflammation in the digestive system. It is an age-old skin remedy and is even used to help alleviate gum problems.
While Turmeric is added to foods and it makes a great base for many spice blends, those who want to consume it as a remedy often choose the golden milk. Turmeric soothes the mind so it is ideal to drink 1-2 hours after dinner when you prepare for sleep.
Golden milk recipe:
½ tsp. turmeric
1 pinch nutmeg
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. cardamom
1-2 grinds pepper
1 cup organic milk (or almond milk)
½ Tbsp. coconut oil/ organic ghee
organic raw honey/ 100% natural maple syrup to taste
Slowly heat the milk with all spices over the stove. When heated enough, remove from the stove, add oil or ghee and maple syrup to taste. If you use honey, wait till the drink is not hot, so you keep healthy properties of honey. Enjoy and be well!