What is Turmeric Latte? Recipe and its Benefits in Ayurveda

Before the plain old turmeric milk or haldi doodh turned into a fancy turmeric latte, I grew up with this as a home remedy for aches, pains, bruising or any swelling, small cuts or wounds, sniffling or cough.

It was the first thing that mothers gave when we needed some immunity boost. I remember my mother and grandmother insisting that we drink a glass every time someone fell down, and hurt or got a cold. Furthermore, this is one of the most common thing that I learnt to use for my own children.

It is a great immunity booster when suffering from cold, cough, sore throat, headaches, joint aches etc. Turmeric offers many health benefits.  It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.  It can relieve swelling and pain due to wounds. It also has anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties. Thus, it prevents infections and heals wounds. We have used it topically on skin for cuts and boils, bruises and wounds.

What is Turmeric Latte Recipe and its Benefits in Ayurveda

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric has some major benefits, which I think Indians have always valued, and which is why it is such a useful spice in many Indian households. Not a single day goes by when I have not used it in my kitchen. I don’t think I can work without turmeric in my kitchen, and for that matter, any Indian would find it hard to have a kitchen with no turmeric in it.

Turmeric, or haridra in Sanskrit, is bitter, astringent and pungent in taste. In ayurveda, each taste has a relationship with the balance of the doshas.

Turmeric has many benefits: it supports detoxification for the liver; boosts immunity; and also has anti bacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. In addition, it assists digestion; helps purify the blood; improves circulation; and promotes health of the lungs and our nervous system.

Turmeric contains curcumin, a flavonoid that supports a healthy inflammatory response, so is good for general well-being. Furthermore, research also shows that ginger, cinnamon and curcumin — the active ingredient in turmeric — have potent anti-inflammatory properties. It is being used as adjunct for cancer patients in some hospitals.

Turmeric Latte Recipe

Let us first look at what is the simplest way to make it. Then you can add optional spices as you wish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of whole organic milk
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • A pinch of black pepper

Directions

  • First of all, place milk in a saucepan over low/medium heat.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Add turmeric and black pepper. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off heat.
  • Serve hot.
  • Finally, drink slowly while it is still hot.

Additional

  1. When the mixture has cooled, you can add honey or sugar to taste. Honey should never be cooked. Heated honey is considered toxic (very hard to digest) in ayurveda.
  2. You can add ¼ – ½ tsp of ginger powder if using it for cold and cough.
  3. Can add cinnamon ¼ – ½ tsp for taste
  4. Can add ½ – 1 tsp ghee in it if you like for deeper sleep if you are taking it at night.
  5. Can add vanilla essence or extract if you like
  6. The quantities are for healthy adult. For children or very old people, dosage can vary.

Disclaimer

The purpose of this article is to provide information. This information is not for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional. If you are looking for advice of a trained ayurvedic practitioner, call or e-mail us.