How many times have you heard the benefits of ‘haldi doodh’ from your mother, grandmother, and nearly every other senior in your house? Well, for starters, they are right. This age-old remedy has been in existence since ages and is very effective when it comes to aiding many things. Whether external injuries or internal pain, or even quick beauty fixes, there is nothing that turmeric milk cannot fix. Yes, it does come with the fancy tag of turmeric latte too nowadays, but that does not take away from the benefits of turmeric milk as we know it.
Add on a mix of spices, shake it up and make it yummier. However you wish to take it, whether as a yummy mix with nuts, spices and a tinge of sugar, or as it is, the benefits of turmeric milk will stay intact and you will reap the best of those. In this article, we will take you through all you need to know about this magical golden recipe of good health and good skin. Well, as far as its effectiveness goes, we all have witnessed the beauty of our grandmothers. Let’s just say that we cannot deny the transformation that these remedies bring along.
So, are you ready to delve into the many, many benefits of turmeric milk? We surely are. Let’s go!
Benefits of turmeric milk
1. Purifies the blood
Hot turmeric milk is extremely good at purifying your blood and getting rid of all the toxins therein. This has the long-term benefit of clarifying the skin as the turmeric thoroughly cleanses your blood vessels, ensuring better circulation throughout your body.
2. Boosts heart health
Turmeric milk is good at cleansing the blood vessels and getting rid of the toxins that we ingest and inhale daily. This also ensures that the same toxins do not reach your heart. This further enhances and improves the functioning of your arteries and regulates your blood sugar.
3. Prevents and treats headaches
If you are someone who gets frequent headaches due to nasal infections and allergies that further happen due to pollution and other impurities around, turmeric milk can help. It helps improve the flow of mucus and also its texture. It also helps manage stress. The result? No headaches!
4. Clears the skin
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and an effective ingredient in many face pack recipes, especially when it comes to dealing with dark spots. Ingestion of turmeric milk over time also prevents the occurrence of blemishes and blackheads, leading to clear and better skin.
5. Gets rid of acne
Again, turmeric is a known antifungal and antibacterial ingredient and is thus used in many anti-acne face packs. Its rich content of antioxidants works well towards getting rid of acne and even preventing further spurts. The best way to do it is by dipping a cotton ball in turmeric milk and applying it over affected areas. Of course, oral consumption is good as well.
6. Helps lose weight
We all want to be our toned best, with no flab and all fab. But, how to do it in the healthiest manner? Our bet is on turmeric milk. It is known to expedite metabolism which also escalates and speeds up the fat-burning capability of the body.
7. Improves blood circulation
Regular consumption of turmeric is known to increase blood circulation with its anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning properties.
8. Gives relief from arthritis
Do you know that turmeric is rich in a natural painkiller known as capsaicin? That's why it is so effective when applied on the site of pain. Regular ingestion of turmeric milk is beneficial in getting rid of joint pain and easing arthritis pain as it increases the blood flow and manages the rigidity in the joints.
9. Gets rid of cold
Turmeric is a good remedy for keeping influenza, common cold and other such viruses at bay. Additionally, milk too is known to be effective in treating throat infections. A combination of both is rich in antioxidants and is amazing for preventing cold.
10. Improves liver health
Turmeric has detoxifying and hepatoprotective properties. It means it is efficient in improving your liver health. Given that the liver is responsible for maintaining and regulating various body functions, this is a great benefit for overall health.
11. Improves digestion
Turmeric milk is anti-inflammatory in nature and thus is helpful in treating heartburn and gas. It also helps counter bloating.
12. Builds up the immune system
Turmeric milk is full of antioxidants and is antifungal and anti-inflammatory in nature. It is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals. This helps build up the immune system and fight infections better, thus protecting the body.
13. Helps manage pain
Again, having turmeric milk everyday is good for managing pain, mainly because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps strengthen the bones, thus reducing the chances of rigid bones and joint pain.
How to make turmeric milk?
Now that you know a tonne of benefits that turmeric milk has to offer, you should know how to make it. And no, it is not just hot milk with a pinch of turmeric thrown in. Although, yes, that could be a way. But, to have the best of turmeric milk, here is a recipe that you should try.
- Take around 100ml of cow’s milk
- Take about 3 tablespoons of turmeric powder
- Take 2 tablespoons of black pepper
- Take 1 tablespoon of honey
- First, heat the milk and once it starts simmering add the pepper
- Now add the turmeric powder and wait for the mix to boil
- Serve it and let it cool down a bit Add the honey to the drink
- Add a pinch of cinnamon and drink it
Note: You can also use the mixture as a face pack, just before adding cinnamon.
FAQs on the benefits of turmeric milk
Q. Can I have turmeric milk daily?
A. Turmeric milk has a plethora of benefits such as being anti-inflammatory and being full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Further, it helps your heart, liver, and joints, among other things, to function better. So yes, you can have it daily. However, if you have a kidney disorder you should not take it. Also, if you are going through any treatment, consult with your doctor before starting to take turmeric milk.
Q. Can I have turmeric milk with blood thinners?
A. No, absolutely do not have turmeric milk with blood thinners. It can be life-threatening for you.
Q. Can I have turmeric milk before going for surgery?
A. No. The reason behind this is that turmeric milk can act as a blood thinner. When you are going for surgery, one of the risks is that of an accidental blood spill or internal bleeding, basically that of having blood loss. Blood-thinning can aggravate that situation, making even the most basic surgery dangerous for you. So no, you should not take turmeric milk before you decide to go in for surgery.