Off late, we’ve seen the words “Golden Milk” and “Turmeric Latte” all over the internet. The wondrous drink is being raved about in the West owing to its delicious taste and salubrious properties. While the drink has just started gaining international traction, we know where it all began. The much revered Golden Milk started out as a humble little cup of Haldi Doodh (Remember grandma forcing you to gulp down a glass filled up to the brim while you grimaced at the concoction?).
While turmeric milk is being infused with fancy ingredients such as honey, cinnamon and almond milk in the West, the traditional, thousand year old recipe includes only two simple ingredients – turmeric and warm milk.
Turmeric originated in Southwest India and is a part of the ginger family. For thousands of years, it has been a widespread phenomenon due to the endless list of benefits. It possesses anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral properties and the list goes on. It has been a part of Ayurveda for years and is now being recognized as an alternative healing method in the west as well.
What exactly makes Haldi Doodh the most sought after drink in India? What’s all the hype about? Read on to find out the benefits you can derive from this miraculous elixir:
Relieve Cough and Cold
As a child, you probably consumed the most amount of Haldi Doodh when you had a cough or a cold. The anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic properties of turmeric provide instant relief to throat soreness while the milk soothes it further making Haldi Doodh a widely accepted home remedy for the condition.
Get Rid of Headaches
Next time a pesky and persistent headache hinders your productivity, try a cup of piping hot turmeric milk. Due to the antioxidants and other essential nutrients packed in Haldi Doodh, it has been given the title of ‘natural aspirin’.
This has to do with the anti-viral properties of the drink. Consuming Haldi Doodh regularly will prohibit the multiplication of viruses in your body, thereby protecting you from several diseases including hepatitis, liver disease and even cancer. It has even been known to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
If you are one of those people who just cannot fall asleep at night even though you’re incredibly tired, then Haldi Doodh can be your saviour. Milk contains melatonin and serotonin, compounds that contribute greatly to your sleep cycle. Turmeric is packed with ingredients that bust stress and relax your mind and body. The amalgamation of the two will ensure a good night’s rest for you.
Reduce Menstrual Cramps
Ladies, put the pain medication away and gulp down a glass of Haldi Doodh during that time of the month. Its anti-spasmodic properties will give you the much needed relief from cramps by soothing your muscles. Gives you one less thing to worry about during your period, doesn’t it?
Get Glowing Skin
It’s simple. There are free radicals in your body. Free radicals cause diseases and skin ageing. Haldi Doodh fights against free radicals. Therefore, Haldi Doodh gives you great skin. Try it! Just a few weeks of consuming the drink and you will be blessed with the glowing skin you always wanted.
Such is the power of the Turmeric Latte!
If the basic Haldi Doodh seems like a dull deal to you, here are a few recipes which contain the usual ingredients and then some. So you get the usual benefits and an added kick! Check these out:
Turmeric – Coconut Milk Blend – A Coconutty Route To Good Health
Iced Turmeric Latte – Add A Little Ice To The Spice
Carrot, Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie – A Tall Glass Of Tropical Goodness
Turmeric Tonic – Ginger + Lemon + Cayenne Pepper, Packs A Punch!