Everyone's already knows the saying about the apple keeping the doctor away, but do you know about the amazing healing qualities of magic milk? No cauldrons necessary, this blend of turmeric spice, honey and warm milk is truly the perfect night cap. Used since ancient times, turmeric infused milk has been used for both its preventative and remedial qualities for a plethora of diseases. Throw some honey in the mix, and you got yourself some magic milk!
Let's get started on alleviating whatever...well, ails you!
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Step 1: Benefits of Turmeric
This curiously yellow spice is native to Southern India, and has been used for its medicinal qualities for thousands of years mainly because turmeric has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, to name a few. In Chinese medicine, it is used for treatment of various infections and as an antiseptic. Because turmeric is a strong antioxidant, which helps protect cells from damage, ongoing studies of the spice as a cancer preventer and cancer mitigator are still being studied. Topically, turmeric mixed with water to create a paste is used as an antiseptic on wounds
Basically this stuff is magic. But how does it taste? Interestingly enough, not bad. Although it is a spice, it has a mild musky flavor, that easily gets absorbed and overridden by other seasonings or extracts.
Source: Turmeric | University of Maryland Medical
Step 2: Benefits of Honey
This amazing golden-brown elixir is not only an excellent natural sweetener but also a remarkably multi beneficial medicine.
Ancient documentation proves that honey was used both topically to treat wounds and even burns, but also internally, for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. The slightly acidic pH level of honey is what helps prevent the growth of bacteria, while its antioxidant properties cleans up free radicals. It can also help regulate allergies, but most notably, alleviate cough and congestion.
What exactly is honey? Aside from being the regurgitation of bees' processing of nectar, honey is made up of glucose, fructose, and minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphate, sodium chlorine, potassium, magnesium.
Honey, much like turmeric, is used both as a preventative and medicinal pharmacon. Plus, its sweet taste makes it all the more nom nom.
Step 3: Heating It All Up
For every 8 ounces of milk, add in 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1/2 tbsp honey- or to taste.
For best results, I warm the milk in a saucepan on the stove, just so both the turmeric and the honey get well absorbed. Heating in the microwave would also be fine.
On low, pour your milk into a pot and allow to reach a warm temp before adding turmeric and honey. Once added, mix for a minute or two to ensure the milk won't stick to the bottom of the saucepan. Its ready to drink!