With fancy names like turmeric latte or golden milk
, the west seems to have suddenly discovered a drink that is deeply rooted in Indian culture and civilisation and is also being looked at as a coffee alternative.
Turmeric is a spice that has always been an intrinsic part of our lives, be it through religious ceremonies or through our food. Vegetable preparations, dals, curries and rice dishes, most of our food seems to be incomplete without this miracle spice.
Apart from the gorgeous colour, turmeric also imbues a dish with its characteristic flavour and most importantly, it’s miraculous healing properties.
Some turmeric highlights-
1. Turmeric is great for many health ailments like- intestinal disorders, worms, anaemia, asthma, cough and cold, sprains, boils, skin disorders and sore eyes.*
2. It is one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent known to us- good for arthritis, aches and pains.
3. It is supposed to prevent and inhibit cancer cells, help in diabetes management, blood pressure control and also in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Turmeric has been used for beauty applications for ages- acne, skin lightening, brightening and tightening and other skin ailments are greatly benefited with the appropriate use of turmeric.
5. Turmeric is known to delay ageing, fight age related chronic diseases and also prevent and manage depression.
Turmeric, has to be one of the most researched spices in the western world and it’s great that people are waking up to its benefits.
My consumption of turmeric is mainly through the Indian food that I cook and eat. I also love to mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder into my milk at night. There is nothing fancy about this drink, but the rejuvenating powers of turmeric work their miracle to make me energised.
I love to add some cardamom powder into my turmeric milk at night. I find the fragrance and flavour resulting from the union of turmeric and cardamom, soothing and restorative when mixed into a cup of milk. If I’m in for a cold, then maybe ill add a splash of ginger juice too. A dash of pepper mixed into the milk is also good when you want to fight a nasty cold.
Today I would also like to share with you a little tit bit about one of my favourite products that has turmeric in it. I have sensitive skin and use ubtans and home made packs on a daily basis. But when I’m filming/shooting or have events to attend, it means that I need deep cleansing to remove my makeup. After trying face washes from across the spectrum of products available in the market, right from drug store to premium brands, I came across Himalaya Herbals
purifying neem face wash, recommended by one of my favourite make up artists