I currently have a sniffling, stuffy headed, slightly feverish 16 year old. She’s on day 2.5 of not feeling so great, and is home again from school. I can’t really complain though, as this is the first cold she’s had this fall. Usually she is sick all fall and winter and well into spring. Yay school.
I’m not much on OTC cold medicines. They never seem to work, and cost an arm and a leg. I much prefer to use palliative care of the kitchen-witch variety; in other words the stuff our grandmothers used. Colds seem to take about a week to run their courses no matter what you do or don’t do, so I aim to keep my victims er, family, comfy and cozy while they rest and let their bodies heal themselves. I generally employ teas, toddies, soups and steamy showers as well as essential oils and heating pads to ease their aches and pains and open up their air passages. I’ve recently added Golden Milk to my arsenal of home remedies. Have you tried it?
If you aren’t familiar with this delicious, soothing drink allow me to fill you in. Golden Milk is a mixture of milk (coconut, cow, goat, whatever kind you like), turmeric (which makes it a lovely golden color), black pepper, ginger, honey or sugar, and in my house vanilla and cinnamon. Turmeric is a champ at supporting the immune system and the liver, and black pepper makes it more available to our bodies. Honey soothes the throat and supports digestion. Ginger helps settle the stomach, eases breathing, and calms anxiety. I add the cinnamon and vanilla because I like the flavor. Warm milk is a classic sleep inducer, and we all know how important sleep is to recuperating.
The first time I made this for my daughter I gave it to her in a thermal travel mug, so she couldn’t see what it was—Ive found it’s sometimes easier to ’surprise’ my family with something new. She tried it, albeit warily, and loved it immediately. It tastes a bit like a fancy latte without the espresso, and I imagine you could add in a bit of cocoa powder to make it more of a hot chocolate if your patient doesn’t like it as is.
With the winter just beginning, I’ll be keeping the ingredients for this in a handy spot. Heck, I might just start whipping it up as an after school treat/preventative medicine. Here’s the recipe I use. Let me know if you like it.
2 cups of milk of your choice (I used organic half&half since that what I had on hand)
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 twist of black pepper from the pepper grinder set on very fine
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp raw honey
Combine the milk, spices, and vanilla in a small pot. Heat over low heat until simmering. Stir constantly as the mixture simmers for 3-5 minutes. Simmering helps the turmeric become less bitter and the flavors to blend. I used a whisk and removed the pot from the heat as needed to prevent scorching and boiling over. When finished simmering, remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. While still hot, but below 186 degrees, stir in your honey. Adjust as desired to your preferred level of sweetness. Drink while hot/warm. Enjoy the relaxing healing properties of that yumminess.
Let me know how you like this--I promise it's delicious!