I love the fall season…it’s probably my favorite. While I love the long, warm days of summer, there’s just something about the brisk weather, falling leaves (albeit few of us in California enjoy the colors of autumn), and the coziness of a warm kitchen filled with the aroma of soups bubbling on the stove and something yummy coming out of the oven. Of course, I’m not thrilled with the prospect of what has been labeled “cold and flu season,” which seems to make its debut in the fall.
With the cooler temperatures, something warm in the evening not long before bed always seems to hit the spot. Turmeric milk is one of my favorites…it’s soothing, yummy, and satisfying. One of the key benefits of turmeric milk is helping with sleep. The other, which is especially awesome during the so-called flu and cold “season” (news flash: colds and flu can happen any time of year!) is that turmeric milk is antimicrobial – it attacks viral and bacterial infections. This may be useful for illnesses related to our respiratory system, such as coughs and congestion…and the spices help heat the body helping to clear congestion the lungs and sinuses.
Here are some other benefits of turmeric milk:
- Antioxidants help fight free radicals
- Aids with digestion
- Anti-cancer – curcumin has been found in the prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, and prostrate cancer, as well as esophageal and oral cancers in research done with animals
- Helps clear up rashes, eczema, and skin redness (dab a cotton pad in turmeric milk and apply to affected area for 15 minutes – the slightly yellow stain on the skin will fade with the rash!)
- Antispasmodic, so it may help relieve menstrual cramps – it can also help post-partum recovery and improve lactation
- Supports the breakdown of fat, which is good news if you’re in weight loss mode
- May help in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s because it reduces inflammation and oxidative damage since curcumin has been shown to cross the blood brain barrier (see this abstract from the Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology – click here
- Support the natural detoxification organs helping the body get rid of toxins!
I especially love it for its anti-inflammatory properties…just remember to add a pinch of black pepper to help your body absorb the curcumin, which is the main active ingredient. Curcumin is anti-inflammatory and a strong antioxidant (more than 2 dozen) and when paired with black pepper is a great pain and discomfort reliever. In fact, there have been some 700 studies done which clearly demonstrate the turmeric is more effective than many pharmaceutical drugs for its effects against chronic ailments and many debilitating diseases (reference: Alternative and Complementary Therapies, October 2007 and HerbClip, published by the American Botanical Council in July 2008).
Enjoy a cup tonight and feel better – Just click here for my recipe.