Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is abundant in South Asia and most tropical countries. It’s often applied on wounds to protect against infection and is known to be beneficial against depression, high cholesterol, cancer and premenstrual syndrome.
Turmeric is commonly used in India as a home remedy against colds. It contains the active ingredient curcumin which has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that boost immunity.
This led me to golden milk (so called because of the color from turmeric), which I now drink regularly to incorporate this spicy root in my diet. The ingredients are so easy to find and making it takes less than five minutes.
- 1 tsp turmeric powder (equal to 1 inch fresh turmeric or 1 tablespoon freshly grated turmeric)
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
- A slice of ginger
- A drop of coconut oil
- Pinch of pepper (I personally prefer adding more because the spice just makes the drink more soothing!)
- 1/2 tsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan
- Wait for it to boil and simmer
A cup is loaded with antioxidants that fight cell damage because of the ginger, cinnamon and turmeric. Aside from the health benefits, I simply enjoy having a cup because the drink soothes me. I recommend drinking it before going to bed, though personally, I make a cup whenever I want to feel refreshed or relaxed.