Turmeric (Haldi) is versatile Indian Spice used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic Medicine for its medicinal properties, beauty and ceremonies, it is still highly regarded and known as ‘The Queen of Spices’ you will most often not see an Asian Dish without it giving curries its beautiful golden colour.
It’s very well known here in Britain that a mug of hot milk or cocoa before bedtime aids restful sleep on account of the amino acid Tryptophan increases Serotonin levels associated with relaxation and calm mood. Though by adding Turmeric to your hot milk it will increase its bioavailability to the brain, thus being a great tonic for Insomnia, and believe me I would not be without this bedtime beverage on occasions.
Before I met my partner Naveen I did not know it existed, but one winter when I was full of cold I could not sleep and was so irritable, tossing and turning in bed, it was then he got up, I could hear him clanking around in the kitchen wondering ‘what is he making?’ In came this cup of golden frothy milk, I was reluctant at first as thought it was going to be spicy (by the way since then I love my spicy teas) and from that moment on with my first sip I was in love and fell asleep almost straight away. I found that by the morning I had added benefits that I was no longer aching and my sore throat had stopped itching and my skin looked amazing! So with my quest of loving all things herbal I began to look into this wonderful yellow spice.
What I found was more benefits that I ever imagined and to this day it is making a come back with research into one of its main active ingredients ‘Curcumin’ for its anti-inflammatory properties and is being compared as just as effective as the an often prescribed drug Diclofenac (Voltarol) for arthritic pain, without the side effects.
My Recipe for Spiced Turmeric Milk
- 1 Cup of Milk (Semi, Whole, Soya or Almond)
- 1 Teaspoon of Honey (Organic Optional)
- 1 Half Teaspoon of Turmeric
- 2 Black Peppercorns (Assists Absorption)
- 2 Cardamom Pods (Cracked)
- Cinnamon or Nutmeg (For Sprinkling)
Simply pour all the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil, whisk to bring the ingredients together, reduce the heat on a low simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, take out the peppercorns, you can leave the cardamom pods in if you like to chew them (Great as a Breath Freshener! for another Blog!) or take them out. Enjoy warm at it’s best.
The Benefits of Turmeric
Fights Coughs and Colds
A Digestive Aid for Upset Stomachs
Relieves Aches and Pains
A Healthy Glow to the Skin