Turmeric Milk – The Natural Antibiotic

We all know that small kids are susceptible to get cold and cough especially in winters. I have seen parents visiting doctor’s clinics every other day for their small kids suffering from cold, cough, chest congestion and fever. Our great grandparents were doing all those little things which helped them keeping their children healthy in every season. Therefore, they hardly had to visit any doctor or Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician) for their small kids. Many of us know that our kitchen has the best answer for a variety of ailments and several ingredients have been used traditionally to cure various kinds of ailments. Almost all of us are aware of the healing properties of turmeric but we hardly value it as a ‘drug of choice’.

As we all know that excess of any medicine is not good and has bad impact especially on liver. This is more relevant in case of antibiotics (the potent medicines known to relieve from bacterial infections). Because of low immunity, kids use to get cold and cough very frequently; the use of antibiotics so often causes chances of developing antibiotic resistance (ability of a microorganism to withstand the effects of an antibiotic). It is the responsibility of every parent to minimize the need of medicines in their kid’s life. Turmeric milk is one of the best remedy for many of the ailments.

 

Why Turmeric milk is best to fight with cold and cough?

For small kids, turmeric milk is the best medicine we can give to increase their immunity against pathogens. For common cough and cold, turmeric milk works very fast. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties of turmeric have several health benefits. Turmeric has been scientifically studied in various research and traditional Ayurvedic texts for its proven benefits in various health disorders.One to two grams of turmeric in a glass/cup of milk can be taken two to three times a day. Here are the benefits of drinking turmeric milk:

  • Boosts immunity; best homemade recipe for cold and cough. Suitable for everyone including small kids.
  • Nutrients present in warm milk and turmeric help increase the energy level. It also improves blood circulation to achieve energy boost and proper functioning of body organs.
  • Helps to give good night’s sleep for those suffering from chest congestion, stuffy nose or cough.
  • Beneficial for people with weak bones and joints such as people with arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Wards off bacterial infection due to its antimicrobial property; therefore, works as a natural antibiotic.
  • Turmeric milk is beneficial for internal healing due to the wound healing and antioxidant properties of turmeric.

As per Ayurvedic and modern Science, turmeric has several other benefits (such as cholesterol lowering, cardiovascular health, arthritis, blood cleansing etc.).Turmeric milk two to three times a day can help effectively relieve from cold, cough and many other ailments. Therefore, take a smart decision of using turmeric milk for your family and reduce their intake of medicines. Cheers for Turmeric milk!

Recipe – How to prepare Turmeric milk?

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup/glass of milk (without cream)
  • ¼th teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 Cardamom (powdered) and a pinch of black pepper

Method:

  • Combine milk and turmeric, give it a boil.
  • Add cardamom powder and black pepper into it.
  • Add honey or any sweetener of your choice.
  • Pour the turmeric milk into cup or glass.

Note: Simply adding turmeric powder into warm milk will also work for everyone especially small kids.

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