Autumnal Equinox: A beautiful time of year but it with comes colds, coughs and sore throats
Fall is my favorite time of year. The world beings to slow down and prepares for the coming winter. I sadly say goodbye to perfectly ripe tomatoes but oh how I love the bounty of fall. Roasted vegetables and rich soups comfort the soul as nature puts on a display of colors that is nothing short of magnificent.
The only downside to the change of season is the shock to the immune system, which causes many to get sick and feel lousy. How do you fight back? How do you stay healthy so you can enjoy the awesomeness of nature's beauty? I suggest one simple cocktail:
Turmeric Milk - The benefits of turmeric are vast and it's health properties can help fight many common ailments. Sore throats and common colds are no match for this blend of Indian spice and dairy goodness.
A few days ago I curiously asked some of my Indian friends about turmeric, as it's a staple of curry and I knew it to be common in their diet. One of my friends looked right at me with these eyes, these eyes that said point blank, are you crazy? After these non verbal words were spoken, I asked him if they used turmeric to fight illness or something like the common cold. "Of course!" he exclaimed.
I should have seen that one coming...
A little timid at this point, I asked what another way besides curry one could consume turmeric. My friend softly replied, "Turmeric milk, obviously."
Obliviously, what was I thinking. They say there is no such thing as a stupid question but I was clearly challenging that statement today... Spoiler alert, it wasn't that obvious to me and never in my wildness dream would I think to myself, curry? yum.... milk? yum...why not mix them together!
Don't be scared and try not to image what it will taste like, this is actually quite enjoyable. Here's my newly acquired recipe, if you can call it that:
Recipe for Turmeric Milk
- 1 teaspoon of Turmeric or a 1 inch piece of whole Turmeric root
- 8 ounces of milk
Simply add the turmeric to the milk and simmer on the stove for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Make sure the turmeric and milk blend evenly.
My friend also told me, "We use turmeric in many dishes and curries but we also use it to fight all small disease. Sore throat, fever, colds, headaches, upset stomach, diarrhea...things like that. We always prefer to use turmeric and natural things for small disease and only take medicine for more serious issues."
I love food tradition and the idea of using nature as a weapon against the wear and tear of life. Food cultures fascinate me so I subscribed right there on the spot. I've been drinking Turmeric milk everyday since. If I can adapt coffee into my everyday routine, why not something being used by a billion people to fight the common cold?
Modern science is finally catching up to what Asian food culture has been preaching for centuries. Not only is turmeric a powerful anti-inflammatory that promotes good health, but there is also evidence to suggest that it can reduce and even reverse the growth of cancerous cells within the body!
If that doesn't make you curious and a little bit thirty for Turmeric milk, I don't know what will.
Cheers and drink to your health.