It’s coming up to that time of year again. Another month until preparations for cold and flu season begin. So I’m here to help you all get ahead of the game with my favourite way to fend off the bugs. Reinforcing your immune system with my favourite healing spice without having to take supplements or pills.
What is this Cold-Fighting Spice?
Well, if you’ve been watching the health food scene for the last couple of years, you’ll have noticed that one spice has been creeping up the popularity ranks. In fact, in 2015 I wrote a post about it!
I’m talking about TURMERIC! I’m crazy for this golden spice for at least six months of every years. And turmeric milk is my all-time favourite way to enjoy it while getting the maximum benefits from it.From the golden colour that makes me think of sunnier days through to the warm spicy-ness that tingles all the way to my toes. Oh, and did I mention the cool creaminess that soothes the inevitable sore throat.
Why all the Fuss over Turmeric?
If the bright, golden, happy colour of turmeric wasn’t enough to make you love it, it has a whole host of health benefits. I’ve seen it given to dogs trying to fight off cancer. I’ve taken it as a tonic with coconut oil to get through the horrors of a youth weekend with a summer cold. I can’t talk for the dog but the tonic definitely meant I was definitely a nicer leader on that weekend.
if you try researching the precise health benefits of turmeric, and its magical compound churchmen, be prepared for serious confusion. I just spent a few minutes doing just that and I think I read over 16 different benefits across three websites. If I’d kept looking, I’d have gone straight down a Google rabbit hole. We all know how you can get lost in them for hours! For that reason, I’m not going to try and compile a definitive list. Instead, here are the two turmeric benefits I consider the most important for cold and flu season.
Boosting Your Immune System Against Cold and Flu Season
My number one reason for making turmeric milk during autumn, when colds and flus run wild, is that it boosts your immune system. I’m not sure how this works but apparently there are various compounds and nutrients in turmeric that will boost your immune system. Considering that the first line of defence against colds and the flu is your immune system, boosting it is one of the best things you can do.
A Natural Anti-Inflammatory
As someone who suffers from mild eczema and chronic wrist pain that can get inflamed, the idea of a natural anti-inflammatory is definitely intriguing. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties come from it’s key compound, curcumin. Once again I don’t very much about how this is possible or what causes it. What I do know is that having an inflamed body, whether that’s eczema or joint pain, is not particularly pleasant for anyone. If turmeric could help with controlling that, then I’m definitely up for trying it.
Why Turmeric Milk?
I could take my turmeric as a supplement. Less effort and without the taste. Just one quick swallow. Cheaper and easier.
So why do I choose to drink it as a milk? Firstly, if you have a sore throat, the creaminess of turmeric milk feels good sliding down it. Secondly, turmeric milk allows you to combine other ingredients that boost and complement it’s cold-fighting properties.
The cashew butter that provides the creaminess also adds in a good dollop of fat. Don’t let this scare you. The curcumin in turmeric is better absorbed when eaten with fat, so the cashew butter means you get more goodness out of your drink.
Adding in ginger and cinnamon complements the spiciness of the turmeric. More importantly, ginger also helps to combat cold and flu by also boosting your immune system. Cinnamon has the useful property of helping to balance out your blood sugar, preventing those pesky highs and lows. So not only do you have a tastier turmeric milk but one with triple the health benefits.
Basically, turmeric milk is one of the best drinks going. It tastes good, it does good and looks good… well, golden at least. So get your blender off the shelf and blitz up the recipe below!
- 200 ml Almond Milk
- 1 tbsp Cashew Butter
- 1 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
- 2 tbsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Ginger
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Pour the almond milk into the blender.
- Add in all the other ingredients.
- Blending until a smooth and creamy consistency is reached.
- Pour into a glass, sip, and enjoy.
- If you have an immersion/stick blender, pour the almond milk into a suitable jug to blend in. Many immersion/stick blenders come with a tall, thin jug that would be suitable.