It’s that time of year again! The cold has come a-knockin’ and most of us just don’t have time for it. Instead of being hopped up on drugs, there are plenty of natural options you can avail of to make you feel better, from eating oranges for the vitamin C, to drinking plenty of water, to a good night’s sleep, to eating a bowl of hot soup.
Another option (and one many people swear by!) is turmeric milk, which has been used to fight colds, congestion, sore throats and headaches for many many years. Turmeric has a host of benefits (personally I put it in almost everything, from curries to soups and smoothies!) and it’s now the most-studied spice in the world.
Turmeric’s main golden property is called curcumin, which is cancer-preventing and disease-inhibiting, and it is also excellent as an anti-inflammatory. Find out more about the amazing effects of turmeric on Fresh Bites Daily.
Turmeric milk is super simple to make, and tastes quite similar to drink you’d have at Christmas time.
- 1 pint of almond/coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons of ground turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Half teaspoon of ground ginger
- Half teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of honey (optional) or maple syrup (also optional)
- Juice of half a lemon
Gently heat the milk on the stove and add the turmeric powder, stirring until it’s dissolved.
Then add the cinnamon, ginger (a natural anti-viral), black pepper (which helps turmeric absorption) and the honey/maple syrup (optional) at this point as well.
Stir and leave on the heat until it starts to thicken up a little (not too much, it should be the consistency of full fat milk rather than skimmed milk, for example).
Then add the lemon juice, stir, and pour into a cup. You can bottle it if you make too much and keep in the fridge. You’ll have to shake before using and make sure consume within a day or two at most.
Benefits of the Ingredients Used:
Black pepper is not only an antioxidant, it’s also great for the stomach and it provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. It has a property that helps to break up the mucus and phlegm depositions in the respiratory tract, and its natural irritant quality helps to expel the loosened material through the act of sneezing or coughing.
Ginger helps to stimulate perspiration which cleanses the system and brings down body temperature. It also contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which helps to boost up the immune system, and it acts as an antihistamine and decongestant. It also contains properties called sesquiterpenes which targets rhinoviruses (the most common family of cold viruses). As well as all that, it’s a natural pain and fever reducer and also a mild sedative.
Cinnamon is loaded with anti-oxidants and it’s also an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Cinnamaldehyde (the main active component of cinnamon) may help fight various kinds of infection and cinnamon oil can aid in the treatment of respiratory tract infections.
Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial properties. Many studies have shown that it is effective at fighting external and internal infections, though some vegans choose not to consume honey due to ethical reasons.
Maple syrup supplies inflammation-reducing polyphenol antioxidants. It contains zinc and manganese in fairly high amounts, in addition to potassium and calcium. Zinc can help fight illness and improve immunity since it keeps your level of white blood cells up. Contrary to popular belief, maple syrup is not the same as consuming cane sugar (which offers no nutritional benefits whatsoever).