The chilly weather is settling in for the winter now and it’s that time of year where we need to stayed bundled up and warm. There’s so much to enjoy about winter – snuggling up with a book, toasty woollen socks and fireplaces, bare trees and atmospheric grey skies… but one aspect you may not enjoy is catching a spot of the flu season lurgy. We have just the thing for you though.
This recipe for creamy and delicious Turmeric Latte, otherwise known as Golden Milk, is wildly popular at the moment and for good reason. Turmeric is one of the most potent natural immune boosters around, and coupled with a couple of other flu-fighting spices and some coconut milk, this silky yellow elixir will not only boost your immune system, but help you recover from common colds and flus and leave you with a warm golden feeling inside.
A closer look at the spice medicines…
Turmeric is rich in bright yellow pigments, one being curcumin, a potent antioxidant and antibacterial that has been proven to stimulate the immune system and act as a powerful anti-inflammatory and decongestant.
Ginger is a fantastic remedy for settling your stomach and easing nausea, as well as reducing pain and inflammation. Special bio-compounds called sesquiterpenes help combat the common cold and it can also help sooth coughing, clear nasal passages and reduce fevers.
Cayenne pepper: surprisingly enough this hot spice is very soothing and acts as an anti-irritant for your body, actually bringing fevers down and clearing mucous with its capsaicin content. It’s antiviral properties combat colds and flu and it can help ease headaches and pains in the joints too.
Raw Honey is such an amazing antibacterial healer, it’s the best way you can add sweetness while boosting your elixirs healing powers even more, soothing your throat and combatting bacteria and viruses.
Cinnamon: In Medieval times doctors used cinnamon to treat coughing, arthritis and sore throats and its reputation for fending off flu infections with its immune boosting and antimicrobial action is still in full force today.
Golden Milk Cold & Flu Elixir
- 1 can coconut milk*
- 1 tablespoon raw local honey
- 1 teaspoon ground organic turmeric or raw, grated turmeric root
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon grated ginger or organic powdered ginger
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
- small pinch of ground black pepper
*If you find the idea of coconut milk too rich, you can also boil this tea up with water instead, and perhaps add an optional teaspoon of coconut oil. Coconut fat is rich in lauric acid, which converts to monolaurin, a compound that strengthens your immune system, and it also contains caprylic acid which is antimicrobial. It’s also really effective at helping your body absorb fat soluble antioxidant nutrients.
- Empty a can of coconut milk into a saucepan and add all the spices
- Heat and boil gently for about 10 minutes
- Remove from the heat and stir in honey to taste
You can enhance the tastiness by adding some extras such as 2-3 whole cardamom pods while boiling, and some vanilla extract or a vanilla pod.
Enjoy the healing interplay of spices the warm colours of autumn and toast to your good health this winter!