An integral element of Indian cooking, turmeric blends well with other spices and herbs to create tasty flavours, but mix it with a glass of milk and you may have just found your new healthy best friend. So here are six ways it can help everyday ailments or simple brighten up your day.
Helps Build Immunity
A quick glass of turmeric and milk will help you increase your general immunity, which can be helpful for a range of reasons. Thanks to its antiviral effects it is great for preventing or fighting a cold or the flu. If you find yourself prone to catching infections try having a glass on an empty stomach before or after you wake up.
Relief from a Blocked Nose
If you have a cold, turmeric can be a very useful tool. With its ability to increase mucus production it is ideal for clearing your respiratory tract and getting you feeling comfortable again. Also, if you find the AC giving you trouble during the night due a blocked nose or a slight cough, a small glass of turmeric and milk will help you get a good night’s rest.
Good for Digestive Problems
You can treat most of the digestive tract problems with turmeric. That could be why it came to be regarded as an important culinary spice. As well as digestion, it helps with heartburn, gas relief and bloating as it increases the flow of bile, which helps in fat digestion. Also a loss of appetite and indigestion can be successfully treated with a cup of turmeric milk a day.
Blood Purifier and Skin Cleanser
As turmeric helps to improve the functions of the liver, it is a great way to purify your blood of toxins or just to generally flush out your system. This also leads to it being very good for clearing your skin as it has been known to clear up blemishes, reduce acne and even help with wrinkling.
Good Headache Remedy
As turmeric has blood thinning properties, it should not be used if people who are taking other blood thinners. However, along with its mucus-building properties and its blood-thinning effects, it helps to ease headaches caused by a number of aliments.
Reduces Arthritic Pain
There are many reasons why people turn to herbal remedies, one of which is for pain relief, such as from arthritis. While creams help on the outside, turmeric can help on the inside with many people using coconut milk instead of cow’s milk due to possible worsening of symptoms.
(Pictures curtecy of Care2, Clinic and Pexels)