Turmeric milk or Golden Latte as it is called today, according to AYUSH MINISTRY - milk + Haldi + black pepper if taken daily improves immunity.
Turmeric is an ayurvedic medicine and is used as a spice in the Indian kitchen for ages.
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) belongs to Zingiberaceae Family and is a perennial plant that grows 3 to 5 feet high in tropical regions. In India, it is grown all over, but heavily produced in Bengal, Bombay, and in Tamilnadu. In Hindi turmeric is known as Haldi. The rhizomes or roots of this plant are used as medicine and for other purposes. The rhizomes are boiled, dried, and then powdered. This powder is used for all purposes.
Ayurvedic aspects of Haldi
Rasa- tikta rasa (bitter), katu rasa (pungent)
virya - ushna veerya
Haldi balances vitiated Kapha dosha and pitta dosha.
The active chemical component of turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant and reduces inflammation by reducing histamine levels. Curcumin protects the liver, reduces cholesterol, and prevents internal blood clotting thus preventing heart attacks and liver tissue damages.
Turmeric is very effective in bronchitis, productive cough, and asthma. One spoon of turmeric boiled in milk should be consumed with a spoon of pure ghee in conditions like bronchitis, asthma, and cough. Turmeric milk is an excellent remedy for insomnia and PCOS. This gives very good relief and expectorates excessively produced mucous in the lungs.
Recipe of Golden Latte
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-inch piece of fresh, peeled ginger
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- Pinch of black pepper
- Warm all ingredients in a small saucepan until it comes to a low simmer
- Whisk well to dissolve spices and divide into two mugs
- Dosage: Consume 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of turmeric per day and you will start to feel the benefits after about four to eight weeks.
PRECAUTIONS: Turmeric is very safe. But special precautions should be taken in persons who have gall stones, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers, and obstructive jaundice.