Turmeric is Medicine

In the winter we are fighting colds and in the spring it is nasal congestion, sinus issues or allergies. Turmeric has many benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It is a nature’s antibiotic. Turmeric has many benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. It is a nature’s antibiotic.

Turmeric in the Winter and Spring

Instead of depending on medicine and antibiotics, use turmeric more frequently during winter and spring. It can naturally help build your immunity. You might never reach for prescription medicines again. Doctors visits may also decrease.

My husband was the first to be in denial of turmeric’s power in treating seasonal allergies. He would suffer for weeks and take all sorts of allergy and sinus medications. I once was also dependent on these years back and he noticed that I was not taking these anymore. It intrigued him to do what I was doing, because it was obviously working.  Last year for the first time he started drinking turmeric milk, fresh ginger tea, tulsi tea and consuming more local raw honey. To his surprise, he has not needed any allergy mediation this spring.

Turmeric Milk Recipe

  • 1 cup milk (any type)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • raw honey
  • fresh sliced ginger (optional)

Pour milk, turmeric and black pepper, cinnamon in a saucepan and heat on medium until it is simmering. Remove from heat and pour into cup. Let it cool down to a drinkable temperature. Add 1 teaspoon of raw honey.

Turmeric Paste Recipe

  • raw honey
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric
  • equal parts raw honey
  • black pepper

Mix all together, form into a thick paste, and take every 1-2 hours.

If drinking turmeric milk is not your thing, then add turmeric and black pepper into meals. It is hard to get 1/2-1 teaspoon of turmeric into a single serving of food, hence turmeric milk and turmeric paste are better options. Make sure to not eat cold raw hard to digest foods, and stick to a vata balancing diet.

For Infants On Only Breastmilk Or Formula

It is a challenge to deal with an infant catching colds and viral infections. I took my son to his pediatrician at least 6-8 times for colds and congestion in the last 5 months. In Ayurveda, it is said that parents should take extra care during their child’s first year of life. It is their first time experiencing each season and transition from season to season. These changes can possibly taking a toll on their delicate immune system. For babies that are breastfeed, it is easier for the mother to eat certain foods in larger amounts to help pass that to her baby through her breastmilk.  The best thing for her to do is drink turmeric milk twice a day for upto a week until her baby has overcome her cold.

If your baby is exclusively on formula, then is does get trickier. If it is a cold with lots of mucus and congestion in the chest area, then a ajwain potli will help. Here is more on how to make an ajwain potli.

For babies/toddlers eating some solids or all solids: It is much easier to help cure a baby or toddler’s cold that is eating solids since a pinch of turmeric and black pepper can be added to baby food. It is best to avoid bananas, oatmeal, avocados or any mucus forming foods during colds as it will only aggravate it. During my son’s colds, I would put in turmeric, black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of grass-fed ghee into his food twice a day.

Children and Adults

In the morning and before bedtime have turmeric milk. If you prefer almond or another type of nut milk, that is fine too. If you have severe congestion, then dilute to 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 cup of water. To get rid of extreme amounts of mucus or a sore throat take turmeric paste.

On the onset of a cold with nasal congestion, it is best to use a netipot with warm water and sea salt to clean the nasal passages. It is contraindicated for sinus infections, as this could potentially make it worse by the water spreading into the sinus cavities.

Don’t Wait!

From personal experience, I can say it will tougher to get over a cold, fever, sore throat when waiting around hoping that it will go away.  This week, I was preoccupied with so many things that I wasn’t taking note of my low appetite and my scratchy throat. Because I waited a day before taking anything, within two days I had a low fever, body aches and pains, and nasal congestion. I did everything I could- eat kitchari and overall a light diet, take rest, take turmeric paste, turmeric milk, and tulsi tea. I did get better but I have to say my recovery was much much longer.

A LOT of people can affirm that holistic medicine and ancient medicine such as Ayurveda work. Though a lot of people wonder why it did not works when they did everything right?  The problem is most people want fast results which allopathic conveniently delivers. But along with fast and easy allopathic medications, there is also a lot of backend damage on the gut, killing the good microbes in pursuit of killing the bad ones.

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