This is the golden spice commonly found in each household in India. It is an important ingredient in vegetables, consumed as a herbal supplement, used for topical application to make skin glow, a colouring agent and has many more uses. Another great means of consuming turmeric is by mixing it in milk.
Ayurveda has blessed us with the wisdom to combine compatible foods in amazing ways and create balanced tonics enriched with all the six tastes. The bitter taste of turmeric complements well with the sweet taste of milk to enhance turmeric’s efficacy. Bitters have numerous health benefits and sweets increase their bio-availability making them reach deep into our tissues.
Moreover, haridra or turmeric is tridosha shamaka i.e. tridosha balancing. Bitterness of haldi makes it pitta pacifying whereas its hotness helps pacify kapha & vata. However, excessive turmeric vitiates pitta & vata and can cause excessive internal heat. So turmeric milk is a good way for pitta-dominant people to balance out the heat of haldi with the coldness of milk.
Popular as a quick healer for wounds & injuries, turmeric derives this ability from its antibacterial and antiseptic properties which make it a disinfectant. It is excellent for internal healing and hence often consumed by people when recovering from an illness or physical hurt. It paces the healing process when applied externally over the affected area. It is also beneficial in infections, particularly, of the urinary tract and has anti-allergic properties.
Turmeric milk is packed with amino acids, especially, tryptophan so that it induces sleep for more relaxed nights. Clubbed with turmeric, milk also acts as an anti-ageing tonic. With regular consumption for a long period of time, it is effective in enhancing memory and concentration.
Haldi doodh is known to strengthen the bones and reduce the risk of decreased bone density. Ayurveda considers turmeric milk to be a great remedy and a preventive drink for arthritis and osteoporosis owing to its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps alleviate the pain and swelling associated with these conditions.
It helps cure a range of autoimmune diseases as well – diseases that develop when the body’s immune system attacks its healthy tissues and cells. It can treat psoriasis in which skin cells form scales, causing dry, itchy patches, rheumatoid – a chronic inflammation of the joints causing pain & swelling and scleroderma – chronic disorder of the skin, muscles, blood vessels & internal organs. It acts as a remedy in these and other autoimmune conditions.
The high antioxidant potential of turmeric milk combats free radicals that cause skin damage making it elastic and lusterless. It lightens skin complexion and helps you get rid of scars, pimples, acnes, rashes & irritation. Haridra corrects metabolism and allows free circulation of oxygen & nutrients to the cells. It assists in immune-modulation and ojas – the essence of all tissues gets replenished with the optimum nutrition of the tissues.
Moreover, turmeric helps regain the normal functioning of cells by relieving blocks in them. It also removes the blocks in the cells and channels created by contaminated kapha & pitta, thus facilitating free movement of vata. Haldi doodh is a highly digestive drink and promotes intestinal health. It assists in digestion, clears the intestines and relieves stomach ulcers & colitis.
It eliminates toxins from the liver & bloodstream and decongests the liver. Further, it cleanses the lymphatic system and improves the liver functions. It boosts blood circulation in the body and helps prevent health issues caused by impure blood. It can also dissolve blood clots and tumors.
Turmeric milk provides relief from common cold & cough and adding a teaspoon of pure ghee alleviates congestion & soothes a sore throat. Enjoy this great health tonic which not only boosts your immunity but improves the functioning of almost all the systems in the body.
Haridra pramehaharaanam – In Ayurveda, turmeric is an established herb to enhance insulin levels, boost glucose control and increase the effectiveness of diabetes medicines. It is highly recommendable in pre-diabetes to prevent its progression to type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Turmeric milk inhibits the growth of cancer tissues, controls chemotherapy effects and prevents cancer cells from affecting the DNA. It possesses useful anti-inflammatory properties and helps treat breast, lung, prostate, skin and colon cancers.
Making your haldi doodh at home is easy. Mix a pinch or ½ tbsp. turmeric powder in a cup of milk. You can spice it with a pinch of nutmeg, ¼ tsp. cinnamon and ¼ tsp. cardamom. It is also advisable to add a pinch of black pepper or long pepper as it enhances the bio-availability of turmeric and the potency of curcumin present in turmeric. Further, it facilitates the absorption of curcumin & antibiotics by the body and induces anti-inflammatory action.
Simmer the milk with all these spices for a while. After heating has been enough, you can add ½ tbsp. coconut oil or cow ghee. Sweeten the milk with raw honey or brown sugar, if desirable. If using honey, let the milk cool down first as heating honey has harmful effects. It would be good to use raw turmeric root which isn’t dried yet whether preparing the milk or for regular cooking owing to its high water content.