The food you eat can be the safest and most powerful form of medicine….
This is absolutely true as we are living in a world filled with deadly environmental toxins and harmful microorganisms, posing serious threats to our health and overall well-being. To counter these diseases, we turn to prescription and over the counter drugs, which do more harm than good However little do we realise that Mother Nature has provided everything in nature’s bounty with amazingly potent medicinal and healing properties required for optimum health. Besides, certain foods, available in our own kitchens, contain natural antibiotic properties, which when included in our daily diet helps keep diseases and infections at bay. One such wonder herb is turmeric, ‘the goddess of spice’, used from time immemorial as a natural cure to treat myriad ailments, owing to their astonishing magical properties.
Turmeric Properties and Benefits
Originally from India, turmeric, a versatile herb, is the dry and ground rhizome of the Curcuma longa root. Referred to as the ‘Indian saffron’ they belong to the ginger family known as Zingiberacea. Cur cumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is responsible for its medicinal activity and pigmentation. A widely researched natural antibiotic, Turmeric is best known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, anti tumour antioxidant, astringent, anti-allergic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive properties, a very effective substitute for pharmaceutical medicines.
- Antibacterial Turmeric, a natural antiseptic, prevents the growth of certain types of parasites, bacteria, and fungi and helps prevent fungal and bacterial infections.
- The volatile oil in turmeric is anti-inflammatory, which prevents and protects against arthritis and stomach ulcers.
- The powerful substance of turmeric is good for the digestive tract, heart, liver and in preventing formation of tumours.
- The antioxidant properties in Turmeric are proved beneficial in boosting immunity and curing cancer.
- Anti-bacterial in nature, they help protect and heal burns, wounds, and cuts faster.
Milk Properties and Benefits
The cold, creamy white beverage is full of a unique balance of nutrients.
- A rich source of calcium milk builds healthy bones and teeth maintaining bone mass.
- Protein content in milk serves as a source of energy, builds/repairs muscle tissue.
- Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure
- Vitamin B12 helps maintain healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue
- Vitamin A promotes a healthy immune system; helps maintain normal vision and skin
- Niacin: Metabolizes sugars and fatty acids
Turmeric Milk in Ayurveda
Owing to their curative properties, Turmeric has been used as a spice in Indian recipes and as medicine in Ayurvedic for over thousands of years. Blended with the goodness and healthy nutrients of milk, they make a wonderful combination and a time tested natural cure for numerous ailments. To enjoy the benefits and goodness of this magical wonder, we primarily have to know the way of making this sweet nectar. So, here is how you do it, to get a daily dose of this exotic drink, popular among the traditional yogis.
Turmeric Milk – Basic Recipe
For a basic recipe of turmeric milk, boil ½ to 1 inch piece of turmeric along with 8 ounces of milk for up to 15 minutes or until the milk starts boiling. Strain the turmeric and drink this milk after allowing it to cool for a few minutes.
However, prepared this way, the raw turmeric powder tastes very bitter but tastes much better when cooked though.
To make Turmeric paste you will need about ¼-cup turmeric powder and 2 ½ cups water. Stir and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium-high heat and stir constantly until it reaches a thick honey-like paste consistency. If it gets too dry while cooking, add some water. Once cool, transfer the contents into an airtight glass container or jar and can be stored in the refrigerator up to about a month.
Gold Turmeric Milk
To make Golden Turmeric Milk combine in a saucepan, 1 cup of milk with a teaspoon almond oil, ghee or olive oil, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric paste. Stirring constantly heat the mixture and bring to a boil. Finally add some sugar for taste.
Turmeric Milk with Spices
There are many variations for preparing this exotic concoction. A few spices are blended to enhance the taste flavour and health benefits.
In a saucepan, add ¼ cup water along with ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger, a few corns of crushed fresh pepper, about ¼ teaspoon of ground/ whole cardamom, 1 teaspoon honey, ½ to 1 teaspoon of the turmeric paste. Stir this up and bring to a boil. Let it cook for about a couple of minutes or more. Add ¾-cup milk, lower the heat and cook until hot (not boil). Then add about ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil, almond oil, or sesame oil. Almonds, pistachios, dates, fig and saffron strands may be used for a healthy garnish.
Research indicates that black pepper ingested along with cur cumin increases the body’s ability to absorb and utilize cur cumin up to 2000 %. Hence, the age old Indian tradition of including peppercorn in this home remedy.
Health Benefits of Turmeric Milk
Turmeric Milk is Anti Inflammatory
A common folk remedy Turmeric is often referred to as “natural aspirin” in Ayurvedic medicine. Therefore, the drink is effective for curing headaches, reducing inflammation, swelling and pain.
Turmeric Milk for Cold and Cough
Due to their anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties a glass of turmeric milk provides instant relief from sore throats coughs and cold. Hence, this concoction is a very effective folk remedy in ancient ayurveda.
Turmeric Milk for Arthritis
Cur cumin, a component, provides the vibrant colour to this goddess of herbs. Anti-inflammatory curcumin helps treat swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis. It aids flexibility of the joints and muscles reducing inflammation. Consuming the drink twice a day before meals will ease morning stiffness, reduce pain and swelling in the joint.
For Respiratory Illness
According to ayurvedic tradition, it is believed that spices heat up the body and provide immense relief from lung congestion and sinuses. Besides the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric help alleviate symptoms of asthma and bronchitis, reducing inflammation in the respiratory passages. Hence, the Turmeric-milk-ginger and black pepper combo makes an effective cure for respiratory illness.
Turmeric Milk for Aches and Pains
Golden Milk besides tackling inflammation provides relief from aches and pains strengthen the spine and joints in the body.
Turmeric with potent anti-inflammatory properties contains cancer-fighting compounds. According to Research, consumption of turmeric milk once a day prevents cancerous cells from damaging DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and helps combat the side effects of chemotherapy.
Turmeric milk is commonly recommended because of the high antioxidant content in turmeric that helps fight free radicals that contribute towards various ailments
Turmeric Milk as Blood Purifier
Turmeric milk is a potent blood cleanser in Ayurvedic tradition as it revitalizes and boosts blood circulation in the body. It acts as a blood thinner imparting the blood a healing quality to cleanse the lymphatic system, blood vessels and tissues of all impurities.
For Natural Liver Detox
Turmeric is a well-known blood purifier encouraging liver function. Turmeric’s ability to support the liver while cleansing the lymphatic system makes it an ideal herb for natural detox. It stimulates the liver and bile flow, dissolving and preventing gallstones for most favourable liver function
Turmeric Milk Supports Bone Health
As we all know Milk is a good source of calcium that keeps the bones healthy and strong. Combined with the magical properties of turmeric they provide additional benefits to bone health. It is believed that India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar takes this health drink regularly for promoting bone health.
Adding turmeric to milk could decrease bone loss and alleviate symptoms of osteoporosis or osteoarthritis
For Digestive Health
A powerful antiseptic with anti-inflammatory qualities, Turmeric promotes intestinal health and work to treat stomach ulcers and colitis, bringing a truly holistic approach to digestive health. In addition, Turmeric milk guards the digestive tract from ulcers, diarrhoea and indigestion. All these aspects combined with improved blood flow enhance digestive health.
However, turmeric mixed with low fat milk make a better option for whole fat milk can increase diarrhoea.
For Menstrual Cramps
Turmeric milk works as an effective antispasmodic and helps ease menstrual cramps and pain.
Taking gold turmeric milk during the final trimester of pregnancy enables easy delivery
Post Partum Recovery
The combination of milk and turmeric is good for new mothers soon after delivery. It improves general health condition improving lactation besides facilitating faster contraction of ovaries.
Rash and Skin Redness
It is believed that Cleopatra took milk baths to help keep her skin soft, supple and glowing. Similarly, drinking a glass of milk, combined with turmeric imparts a glowing skin. Besides, a face pack with turmeric milk soaked in a clean cotton ball, placed on the affected area for approximately 10 minutes will help reduce skin redness and blotchy patches, making the skin considerably more radiant and glowing than ever before
To treat eczema, a glass of turmeric milk taken everyday can work wonders.
Some believe that warm turmeric milk can help produce an amino acid, tryptophan, believed to induce restful sleep, sure to bring sweet dreams. Read more natural ways to sleep blissfully.
Turmeric aids in the breakdown of dietary fat, hence a glass of turmeric milk can help in controlling weight.
Instead of slurping on unhealthy energy drinks a daily cup of turmeric milk may be just what you need to enjoy a plethora of benefits.