Turmeric milk is a traditional Indian and Ayurvedic drink that is typically drunk before bed. This drink is not only super comforting, relaxing, and soothing at night, but it’s also extremely nutritious. The warming effect it has on the body brings on the sleepies and if you’re an insomniac like me this is great!
Turmeric contains loads of nutrients, especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which make this a win-win in your diet. Another benefit is it simply tastes delicious! Turmeric has a warm, slightly spicy, bold, and earthy flavor, and when mixed with a hint of sweetness it makes the ultimate nightcap beverage.
Turmeric is a golden yellow spice used in Asian curries. The well-researched anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties of turmeric make it well worth including in your diet. If you are not a curry fan, turmeric milk is an excellent substitute.
Benefits Of Turmeric Milk:
1. Respiratory Illness:
Turmeric milk is an antimicrobial agent and fights against bacterial infections and viral infections which is beneficial in treating illnesses related to the respiratory system since the spice heats up your body and provides quick relief from lung congestion and sinuses. This also works as an effective remedy to cure asthma and bronchitis.
Turmeric milk is anti-inflammatory and helps to prevent and protect from arthritis and stomach ulcers. It is known as ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine and can cure headaches, swelling and muscle pain.
3. Cold And Cough:
Milk with turmeric is considered the best home remedy for cold and cough for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It gives an instant relief to a sore throat, cough, and cold. In fact, you can beat that stubborn cold if you add turmeric milk to your regular diet.
4. Blood Purifier:
Turmeric milk acts as an excellent blood purifier and cleanser in Ayurvedic tradition. It can revitalize and boost the blood circulation in the body. It stems blood flow by aiding with blood clotting, prevents infections and heals wounds. Combined with milk, turmeric is used as a drink, lotion or even a face mask. It has also blood thinner properties that cleanse the lymphatic system and the blood vessels from all impurities.
5. Good Remedy For Digestion Problems
Most of the digestive tract problems can be tackled with turmeric milk. It improves digestion, helps relieve gas and bloating as well as heartburn resulting from gastric reflux. Turmeric increases the flow of bile in the body, which helps in fat digestion. Loss of appetite and indigestion can be successfully treated with a cup of warm turmeric milk a day.
6. Keeps the Skin Clean and Clear!
Turmeric has been used externally as a beauty aid because of the visible changes it produces on the skin. Cleopatra used to bathe in turmeric milk for soft and supple skin. Drink turmeric milk for flawless, glowing skin. Dip a cotton ball in turmeric milk and apply on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce the skin redness and blotchy patches. Making the skin smoother it removes fine lines and other signs of premature aging, reduces acne, and lightens scars.
7. Menstrual Cramps:
Turmeric milk works wonders as it has antispasmodic that eases menstrual cramps and pain. Pregnant women can also drink turmeric milk for easier delivery, improved lactation, and faster contraction of the ovaries.
Drinking warm milk at bedtime is a well-known remedy for insomnia because of the amino acid tryptophan which can increase serotonin levels in the brain. This chemical is associated with relaxation, calm mood, and sleepiness. Warm turmeric milk produces tryptophan that induces a peaceful and blissful sleep!
Relief from arthritic pain is one of the most common reasons for a large majority of people turning to herbal remedies like turmeric milk. Turmeric milk fights against arthritis and treats swelling due to rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps to increase the joints and muscles flexibility by reducing the pain. Anti-inflammatory effect of turmeric could work better here, but if you find dairy worsening your symptoms, prepare turmeric with coconut or almond milk instead.
Recipe for Turmeric Milk:
The traditional recipe for turmeric milk uses whole cow milk, but it can be substituted with a non-dairy alternative such as coconut milk or almond milk since they’re a little more friendly to our bodies and digestion system. This is especially true for those suffering from digestive issues or intolerances to dairy.
Here is the recipe for this amazing and healthy drink!
1. 2 cups of milk (almond, coconut, dairy all works for this recipe)
2. 1 tbsp of honey (optional)
3. 1 tsp of ground turmeric or 1 inch of turmeric root
4. ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
5. Pinch of black pepper (helps with absorbing turmeric)
1. Simply pour all the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk to combine all the ingredients together. Reduce heat to low and simmer for a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Strain the milk and serve with a dash of cinnamon.
3. Enjoy it warm!