Looking for a home remedy for cough and colds? Read on for my favorite remedy as a Pediatrician mom
Who loves turmeric milk?!
Home remedies are largely rooted in tradition or culture. I think home remedies absolutely have a place in modern medicine. Golden milk is a popular remedy in Indian culture and Ayurvedic medicine.
With any home remedy, I want to make sure nothing about the remedy seems risky based on the components or method of administration. One of my absolute favorite remedies is golden milk (haldi doodh or turmeric milk).
Turmeric is a source of curcumin, a compound that is thought to reduce inflammation. Golden milk and curcumin have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It is often used as a remedy against colds and to battle the inflammation created by these viruses.
This recipe is my go-to the moment I am feeling under the weather or if I’m fighting a cold. It is also something we give to Ryaan when he is sick. Because this has honey, do reserve it for children over one.
Here’s the recipe:
All the components individually are spices and herbs that help with inflammation. When you put these in a fatty substance like milk, it brings out the properties of the spices (and each spice also help bring out the properties of the other spices). The most optimal way would be to boil the milk on the stove and add the ingredients, however using a microwave is a quick alternative we use.
1️⃣Warm a mug of milk of your choice (plant-based alternatives with similar fat content preferred).
2️⃣ Add the following (I make everything to taste, but measurements below if you need it):
- 3/4-1 teaspoon of turmeric for adults or 1/4 teaspoon or 2 pinches for children
- 1-2 pinches of black pepper (Or two-three grinds in pepper grinder)
- 1/2-1 teaspoon of honey for kids over one (no honey under one!)
- 1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1-2 pinches of cayenne pepper (if desired)
- Little bit of ginger (optional)
As a safety precaution:
❤️Use in moderation. We usually drink it twice a day when sick. There are some concerns of contaminated turmeric sources that contain lead. Some turmeric manufacturers internationally add lead to change the color and weight of turmeric (not okay!). Turmeric is a staple to Indian diet and we use it without reservation. We get ours from a local Indian store we trust. My advice: get ground turmeric from trusted grocery stores and/or trusted brands or use fresh turmeric root you ground yourself. Also, make sure your diet does not ONLY contain turmeric and don’t neglect other basic nutrients in your child’s diet. For more on the CDC lead risk regarding ground turmeric, read here.
❤️I do not support turmeric pill supplements for children, unless directed by a licensed medical professional.
❤️Turmeric milk and other home remedies should NEVER take place of receiving medical attention for a sick child.
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