Miraculous Turmeric Recipes to Combat Winter Colds

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

Ingredients:

• 8 ounces cow’s milk, soy milk or nut milk, warmed
• 1⁄2 teaspoon (1⁄4 teaspoon for kids younger than 6) turmeric
• 1⁄4 teaspoon honey

Instructions:

Combine warm milk and turmeric in a mug and add honey.

Golden Broth Recipe

Ingredients:

• 1⁄2 cup chopped carrots
• 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

Instructions:

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.

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