Like ginger, turmeric is a member of the Zingiberaceae family. This perennial grows in India, Southeast Asia and other tropical regions. Its rhizomes, or fleshy underground stems, are used as a spice (a key ingredient in curry) and medicine. Turmeric’s biologically active chemicals include curcuminoids, which produce the yellow pigment, as well as volatile oils, which create the characteristic aroma.
This is a time-honored recipe effective at curbing the common cold when taken at the first sniffle. As a preventive, you can drink a nightly glass all through the winter. Once a cold sets in, drink the milk recipe at night and use water rather than milk during the day.
Golden Milk Recipe
• 1⁄2 teaspoon (1⁄4 teaspoon for kids younger than 6) turmeric
• 1⁄4 teaspoon honey
Combine warm milk and turmeric in a mug and add honey.
Golden Broth Recipe
• 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
• 1⁄2 cup diced bell pepper
• 1⁄2 cup diced tomato
• 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
• 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric powder
• 8 cups water
• 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1. In a stock pot, saute vegetables in ghee for 4 minutes.
2. Stir in turmeric and sauté another minute.
3. Pour in water. Bring to a boil, add salt, and simmer until vegetables are tender and water level reduces about 25 percent. If you want clear broth, strain out vegetables and use as a base for soups, curries and sauces. Otherwise, enjoy as a vegetable soup.