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Characteristics of turmeric, the main ingredient in golden milk
The "golden" milk is the most healing food that exists on the face of the earth, because it contains an ingredient with hundreds of benefits for the human body: turmeric. It is a spice that comes from India and has been used for more than 4 thousand years in Asia, for medicinal purposes, but also as a coloring and seasoning.
Turmeric has a myriad of properties and therefore it is recommended in various diseases and ailments. Just to name a few: for the spine, to lubricate joints and bones and making them more flexible, to purify the blood, to eliminate calcium deposits from the body, as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, better in general all organs and is ideal for suffering from arthritis, tendon or joint pain. In turn, turmeric has external healing properties.
Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger, which grows in China, India, Indonesia, and the surrounding areas. The part that is used is its rhizome, where the coloring matters, called Curcuminoids, are found. It is used as an analgesic, being ideal to relieve pain caused by blows, injuries and bruises. In addition, it stimulates the production of vital energy "Qi".
In the field of Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is used in the treatments of jaundice, flatulence, menstrual cramps, bloody urine, bruises, bleeding, toothache, colic, chest pain, among others. In turn, it is used topically (externally) to relieve inflammation and various pains.
In the West, this spice has been recognized to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The first is really significant, since it suppresses the production of cortisone in the adrenal gland, which indirectly intervenes in the process. Furthermore, turmeric acts as an inhibitor of the formation of the stimuli involved in inflammation, stabilizing cell membranes. The effects of curcumin are similar to those of cortisone, but the good thing is that it does not produce adverse or secondary reactions. If applied directly to the skin, it will act on nerve endings and will nullify substance P, a neurotransmitter of pain receptors.
Golden milk, also good for hair
Golden milk, in turn, has good effects on aesthetics, for hair and skin. Milk mixed with turmeric and honey favors capillary health, being recommended for:
Alopecia: Hair loss can occur for different reasons, but it is known that interrupting the normal cycle of growth and rest of the follicles can aggravate the condition. How is this "cut" produced? Due to a lack of nutrients in unhealthy diets or a hormonal imbalance, especially due to stress. While it may be temporary in some people, hair loss is a problem that is not always so simple to solve. Golden milk has many benefits to block or reduce the negative effects on the hair.
Scalp problems: flaky skin, itching, inflammation, or fine hair are disorders that result from problems with the scalp. Fungal infections can also affect the area, producing dandruff or dermatitis. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, antiallergic, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties, which is why golden milk is recommended in these cases.
Psoriasis: Although psoriasis does not appear only on the scalp, it can also be treated with milk, honey, and turmeric. You should always consult a doctor in case of suffering from this autoimmune disease. Golden milk can be an excellent complement to a treatment, be it herbal or with drugs.
Golden milk recipe
It is advisable to drink the golden milk before going to sleep and the necessary ingredients for a cup are:
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground turmeric (available in health food stores, health food stores and health food stores)
- ¼ cup of water
- 1 cup of milk, it can be cow, rice or soy, but preferably it has to be organic or homemade
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive or almond oil
- Honey (tablespoons to taste)
- Optional: 1 teaspoon ghee
The steps to follow to make golden milk are:
- In a small container, place the turmeric with the water and cook over low heat until the liquid evaporates, forming a kind of paste.
- In another saucepan bring the milk and oil to a boil and when it breaks the boiling point turn off the heat and add to the turmeric paste.
- Mix well and serve in a cup, let it warm up a little and add the honey according to the tastes of each one. It is necessary to take into account that boiled honey generates harmful toxins for our body.
- For a foamier consistency, you can run the milk through the blender for about 30 seconds.
- As an option, instead of oil, you can place the ghee, so that it has a different flavor and at the same time obtain the benefits of this ingredient.
In order to get better benefits, it is recommended to use almond or rice milk, thus avoiding intolerance, allergies, mucus and entering the body of preservatives, hormones, etc.
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