Golden Turmeric Brew
Ever since I can remember, my mom always prescribed Haldar nu Doodh (Turmeric Milk) if I had a cold, cough, congestion or just general uneasiness. At the time, all I wanted was Robitussin! But, I dutifully drank the warm, golden milk and always felt better because of it.
I have tweaked the original recipe (just a small spoon of turmeric and whole milk) and have made it my own. All the benefits of turmeric were always embedded into the Indian food and drink made at home growing up, but I now know more of the whys and hows of turmeric!
Turmeric contains curcumin and just 500 to 1,000 milligrams daily can offer the benefits of its anti-inflammatory properties. A typical teaspoon of ground turmeric contains 200 milligrams of curcumins. Here are some of the benefits:
Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties which can ward off flu and colds
Reduction of swelling and stiffness in joints and muscles
Cinnamon and Ginger, which I add to my brew, also offer anti-inflammatory benefits
Easing of digestive upset symptoms
Alleviation of menstrual cramps
Turmeric Brew Recipe
1 cup milk (dairy or plant-based milk of choice, unsweetened. I enjoy Three Trees Pistachio or Almond milk)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ginger (ground or grated fresh)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of ground black pepper (helps the body absorb the curcumins in turmeric)
Any sweetener of choice to taste, optional
Combine all the ingredients into a small saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer on low heat. Stirring frequently, cook for about 5-8 minutes or until the brew smells spicy and has a uniform golden color. Strain the milk into a mug, take a long inhale, a deep exhale and savor it!
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