[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his is my anti-cold go to. I love it, but more importantly my kids love it–need I say anything more? The minute they get a sniffle they ask for this drink. Tummy ache, they ask for this drink. The next day, no more sniffles! Ten minutes after the drink, she’s singing an opera. Tried and true. Turmeric is one of those roots that totally grew for a reason.
“Turmeric’s use dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic culture in India. In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric is thought to have many medicinal properties including strengthening the overall energy of the body, relieving gas, dispelling worms, improving digestion, regulating menstruation, dissolving gallstones, and relieving arthritis.”
“Modern in vitro studies reveal that turmeric is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent.”(study)
Known for its bright golden yellow color, turmeric contains the powerful antioxidant curcumin, which lends its anti-inflammatory properties and helps with:
- Bacterial infections
- Eye inflammation
- Heart Disease
- Stomach ulcers
- Viral infections
Not so fun fact: Turmeric can stain! I have always loved Indian food. But when I got braces as an adult, Indian food (loaded with turmeric) was something I could only eat the day or night before my ortho appointment, where they change the ligatures/rubber bands. The turmeric in the food stained them bright yellow! No amount of brushing would lighten them. So if you or your child is wearing braces, you have been warned. Turmeric will also stain clothing, towels, just about everything. But don’t let a little yellow ruin your fun.
1 cup of milk of choice (I use almond milk, and you want to make sure there is some fat in your milk, otherwise add a tsp of coconut oil because turmeric is fat-soluble)
1 Tbsp of turmeric (or more if desired)
1/8 tsp of cinnamon
1-2 tsp of raw organic honey
dash of black pepper if making for adults (this enhances the curcumin absorption)
This is going to be an extremely simple, no fuss recipe. Heat up your milk and stir in your ingredients until they have dissolved. If you have an emersion blender you can give a quick blend to froth it up, otherwise you can serve warm. Enjoy!