The benefits of turmeric – so powerful!!!

Curcumin and  turmeric offer numerous health benefits since they are powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial agents.It is used to relieve swelling and pain due to headaches and wounds and is called ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine.Turmeric, when mixed with milk, can be very beneficial for a number of health problems. This is an effective remedy to fight hazardous environmental toxins and harmful microorganisms.

[Taken from http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/benefits-of-turmeric-milk]

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Turmeric milk benefits

Turmeric has been used as a spice in Indian recipes and as Ayurvedic medicine for many thousands of years. Turmeric offers many health benefits since it has bothanti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

It is used to relieve swelling and pain due to headaches and wounds and is called ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine.

It also possesses anti-bacterial properties and when applied to small cuts and wounds, it can stem 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.

This all natural cure for various ailments is safe to use. Milk we all know strengthens bones. Combined with turmeric it provides additional benefits to bone health. Now, this is very important for people with bone disorders such as arthritis. Turmeric is known to help people suffering from joint pains.

Both milk and turmeric are anti-oxidants. Turmeric milk helps fights free radicals that damage skin and make it lose its glow and elasticity. Most of us know turmeric face masks and how they help skin but internal usage of turmeric (as milk or otherwise) can also help.

One of the key benefits of turmeric milk to me personally has been during cough and cold. I 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 has decreased. This is firsthand account of how turmeric milk has benefited me!

Turmeric milk can treat diarrhea and indigestion. For this, low fat milk must be used for high fat milk can aggravate diarrhea.

Turmeric milk works as soothing mask or lotion to reduce redness of the skin or patches. Skin patches and its redness are common problems we all face and that can be effectively taken care using turmeric milk at home.

Turmeric milk is also a great way for general body detox. Taking turmeric milk daily can help in blood purification and liver detox. Blood impurities can lead to sever health problems and turmeric milk is a great way to combat it.

Turmeric is said to help those with Alzheimer’s disease by slowing its progress and lowers risk of various types of cancer.

Okay, so there are so may benefits of turmeric milk. Let’s understand how to prepare it. It is very very simple!

Recipes for Turmeric Milk

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The following are some simple turmeric milk recipes:

Basic Recipe:

A ½ to 1 inch piece of turmeric is heated for up to 15 minutes along with 8 ounces of milk until the milk is almost boiling.

Strain out the turmeric and drink this milk after allowing it to cool for a few minutes. This recipe can soothe inflammation, diarrhea (use non-fat milk), strengthen bones and fight free radicals.

To use as a mask or wash, take ¼ cup of whole milk and add to this ½ teaspoon ground turmeric. Take a clean washcloth, soak in the mixture and apply to affected skin. Leave it for 10 minutes before washing off.

Recipe to soothe sore throats and coughs

This simple recipe has been used in Indian households for centuries to soothe an aching throat or feverishness. A sip of this hot turmeric milk will give you a good night’s rest and improve your symptoms by morning.

Add ½ teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon ginger (minced) to a ¼ cup of water and mix well. Top off the cup with milk. Microwave or boil the mix for a few minutes until the milk almost boils.

Let this mixture stand for a few minutes to allow the ingredients to blend well with the milk. To this you can add honey, jaggery, sugar or cane sugar to taste. Mix and re-heat for a few minutes. Strain the mixture to get rid of pieces of ginger and turmeric. Drink this while hot.

As a variant, few peppercorns can be added along with turmeric and ginger. Peppercorns is said to help improve absorption of turmeric by the body.

Another addition to the above recipe that can give a slight different flavor to turmeric milk is to add a few pods of cardamom (cracked) and pinch of saffron to the milk / water concoction before boiling.

Here is another variant turmeric milk recipe to soothe a cough. Take a cup of milk, add sugar to taste, heat and keep this aside. Take ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds) and heat in a non-stick pan for a few minutes until brown.

To this add a large pinch of turmeric powder and stir for a couple of seconds. To this add the warmed milk, mix well, pour into a cup and drink while hot.
Turmeric Golden Milk

This is a delicious recipe and if you like, you can make and keep turmeric paste mixture for a month in the fridge.

So, to make the turmeric paste, take good quality (organic) turmeric powder – ¼ cup and add ½ cup of pure water. Combine both and keep over a medium flame for a minimum of 7 minutes until a thick paste forms.

If the mixture gets too dry, add a little more water. Take this mixture off the fire and allow it to cool before putting in a glass container and storing in the fridge.

To make the organic golden turmeric milk, take a teaspoon of the turmeric paste and combine with a cup of organic milk. The milk can be soy, goat, cow, coconut, almond or any other milk of choice. Let this mixture boil well.

Take off the stove and add some honey or maple syrup to taste. To this add ½ teaspoon of organic sesame or almond oil or ghee (clarified butter). Turmeric milk is ready to enjoy.

 

Benefits Of Turmeric Milk (Haldi Milk):

1. Respiratory Illness:

Turmeric milk is an antimicrobial that attacks bacterial infections and viral infections. It is useful for treating illnesses related to the respiratory system, since the spice heats up your body and provides quick relief from lung congestion and sinuses. This is also an effective remedy to cure asthma and bronchitis.

2. Cancer:

This milk prevents and stops the growth of breast, skin, lung, prostate, and colon cancers, since it has anti-inflammatory properties. This prevents the cancer cells from damaging the DNA and reduces the side effects of chemotherapy.

3. Anti-Inflammatory:

Turmeric milk is anti-inflammatory, and can prevent and protect from arthritis and stomach ulcers. It is also known as ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine and can cure headaches, swelling and pain.

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4. Cold And Cough:

Turmeric milk is considered the best remedy for cold and cough due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It gives instant relief to a sore throat, cough and cold.

5. Arthritis:

Turmeric milk is used to cure arthritis and treat swelling due to rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps in making the joints and muscles flexible by reducing the pain.
6. Aches And Pains:

Turmeric golden milk gives the best relief from aches and pains. This can also strengthen the spine and the joints in the body.

7. Antioxidant:

Turmeric milk is an excellent source of antioxidants that fight free radicals. It can cure many ailments.

8. Blood Purifier:

Turmeric milk is considered an excellent blood purifier and cleanser in Ayurvedic tradition. It can revitalize and boost the blood circulation in the body. It is also a blood thinner that cleanses the lymphatic system and the blood vessels from all impurities.

[ Read: Turmeric For Pimples ]

9. Liver Detox:

Turmeric milk is a natural liver detoxifier and blood purifier that boosts the liver function. It supports the liver and cleanses the lymphatic system.

10. Bone Health:

Turmeric milk is a good source of calcium which is necessary to keep the bones healthy and strong. India’s batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar, drinks this daily for good bone health. Turmeric milk lowers the bone loss and osteoporosis.

11. Digestion:

It is a powerful antiseptic that promotes intestinal health and treats stomach ulcers and colitis. This helps in better digestion and prevents ulcers, diarrhea and indigestion.

12. Menstrual Cramps:

Turmeric milk works wonders as it is an antispasmodic that eases menstrual cramps and pain. Pregnant women should take golden turmeric milk for easy delivery, post partum recovery, improved lactation, and faster contraction of ovaries.

13. Rash And Skin Redness:

Cleopatra took turmeric milk baths for soft, supple, and glowing skin. Drink turmeric milk for a glowing skin. Dip a cotton ball in turmeric milk and apply on the affected area for 15 minutes to reduce the skin redness and blotchy patches. This will make the skin more radiant and glowing than before.

[ Read: Herbal Slimming Tea ]

14. Weight Loss:

Turmeric milk helps in the breakdown of dietary fat. This can be useful in controlling the weight.

15. Eczema:

Drink a glass of turmeric milk everyday to treat eczema.

16. Insomnia:

Warm turmeric milk produces an amino acid, tryptophan, that induces a peaceful and blissful sleep.

So, what are you waiting for? Include these two wonderful, natural ingredients in your daily diet and reap the numerous health benefits. Don’t forget to share your feedback. Stay fit, stay healthy!

Precautions while using turmeric

Pregnant women are advised not to use turmeric. Turmeric being an anti-inflammatory agent can contribute to stomach ulcers.

Normally turmeric in food is safe. However, since it acts as a blood thinner, those who require surgery must stop taking any form of turmeric – food or supplements a couple of weeks before surgery.

It can also react with diabetic medication and medication taken to reduce stomach acid.

My take on turmeric milk

I am regular user of turmeric milk, especially in winter season as I get cold and cough very easily. While there are some specs on how much turmeric one should use, but if you do not want to use much, try taking a little bit less. It would still be better than taking none at all.

Again, just make sure – 1) turmeric you use is pure and 2) understand situations when you should not use turmeric. Hope, you try these various recipes for turmeric milk and enjoy the many therapeutic benefits.

From the comments:

Comment 1:

Cup of milk into a pan, mix in 1 t/spoon of turmeric powder, 1/4 t/spoon black pepper and 1 t/spoon of Honey, heat up the mix and keep stirring then just before boiling take off the heat and pour into your cup. I have this every morning for my elevenses. I started this recipe mid Feb 2016 and found that my very very bad migraines have all but ceased. Have also found that my acid reflux that I have had for some 12 years has eased considerably. I, also take as and when it will fit in with my meals, Cayenne pepper 1/2 t/spoon at a time, sometimes it could be twice a day or every other day.

comment 2:

I don’t know that much about this, but I think that it lightens our complexion….. I’ve been using just milk and home grown turmeric for almost 3 months…friends who have not seen me for 6 months are surprised at my glowing complexion….it indeed make you skin visibly fairer……

Comment 3:

Never add salt to milk

Comment 4:

Taking 1 Tsp 3x daily. Great success with my Fibro and Arthritis pain. Not helpful for my back.

Comment 5:

The turmeric is not water soluble but the paste is a kind of thick suspension. Adding the oil is crucial as you have learned, turmeric is fat soluble. The black pepper is the catalyst.

What is needed for making golden paste [turmeric paste]

  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder (125 mls) – Use organic powder.
  • 1 cup water (250 mls)
  • 1/2 cup water extra, if needed (125 mls)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper (7.5 mls) – We need this as turmeric is absorbed poorly in body. Piperine present in black pepper helps in its absorption.
  • 70 ml cold pressed Olive or Coconut oil – Adding fats is another way to increase the absorption of turmeric in body. Chose healthy oils such as virgin coconut to virgin olive oil.
  • Steps:

    It is extremely easy and quick.

    Add turmeric to water in a pan. Heat gently along with stirring. Do this till you get a think paste.

    This can take anything from 6 to 10 min.

    If you feel your paste is watery, add some more turmeric if you feel it has become too think, add some water.

    At the end — add the pepper and oil.

    Keep stirring to ensure that all ingredients are mixed properly.

    Allow it to cool.

    One great thing about this paste is you can keep it in a jar and refrigerate it. This will ensure you can make it once and use for a few days.

    Opinions vary on how long we can keep the jar, in my opinion 1-2 weeks is okay. Not more that that.

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