Golden Milk, i.e. Turmeric milk relieves cough, congestion, colds and skin problems among many others.
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The message talks of a popular belief about Golden Milk, i.e. Turmeric milk (also called Haldi Doodh in India) is a good home remedy for cough, congestion, colds and skin problems among many others. Yes, the claim is a fact, but does not give complete information.
What is Golden Milk
Turmeric Milk, Golden Milk, or Haldi Doodh is an age old ayurvedic preparation using Turmeric, Milk and other spices, which according to ayurvedic practitioners, can also help patients with asthma or productive cough with expectoration of mucous.
Turmeric has been in traditional use since many years and is presently studied for variety of health benefits including some types of Cancers and Alzheimer's. You can read about it in detail in our article here. The primary active component of Turmeric is called Curcumin, a polyphenol which exhibits a number of potential health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. In India, turmeric is a popular home remedy for cough, colds, congestion and skin problems, especially during winters.
Golden Milk Benefits
As such there are not enough scientific studies done on the effectiveness of Golden Milk, but many ayurvedic practitioners have been using it for various conditions pertaining to good health and beauty. Turmeric milk is shown to help people suffering from joint pain, muscle pain, arthritis, respiratory ailments, used to soothe the stomach, aid in digestion and promote sleep.
How to Make
There are various methods to prepare golden milk, as people use many kinds of spices to go with the turmeric and milk. Described below is one good method:
1. Take 1/4 cup turmeric powder (preferably original, not processed one), mix it with 1/2 cup of pure water and heat it on low flame for about 7 minutes, stirring constantly, and adding water if necessary, so as to make a fairy creamy paste. Once cooled, put the turmeric paste in a glass jar and store in fridge. This preparation shall be good to use for up to one month.
2. Add 1/2 to 1 tsp of the turmeric paste to 1 cup of hot milk, preferably Cow milk because it contains magnesium that is good for your bones. Gently heat and stir the mixture well.
3. Add 1/2 tsp. of oil like almond, sesame or coconut oil that acts as a lubricant to your body joints.
4. You can also add some black pepper to golden milk to enhance the absorption rate of curcumin in your body.
5. People who do not like the taste of golden milk can add a sweetener like Honey, it's better to avoid adding artificial sugar. To add flavor to your turmeric milk, you can also add a bit of warming spice like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, or nutmeg.
In the video, you can see Dr. Arjan Khalsa demonstrating how to make golden milk in a healthy way.
Using golden milk for various health conditions is an ancient ayurvedic tradition, and there are not many scientific studies done on its effectiveness and also the dose. So before using the turmeric milk one has to be cautious.
While turmeric is safe to consume in small amounts, it can cause nausea and diarrhea, especially in high doses or after long-term use. Pregnant women are advised not to use turmeric. To avoid bleeding issues, people are advised to stop taking turmeric two weeks before surgery. These same concerns can apply to golden milk as well. So it is better to check with a doctor before using it, more so if you are suffering with any serious condition like diabetes, gallbladder or kidney disease, bleeding disorders, or immunity problems.