Are you an allergy sufferer? This recipe is for you. I’m only slightly exaggerating when I say this beverage is a miracle immune boosting seasonal allergy buster. In my experience it relieves symptoms pretty much instantly.
The main ingredient here is turmeric, a root long touted for its medicinal properties. Turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, supports liver and immune health, may relieve arthritis and joint pain, and has been shown to kill cancer cells and suppress tumor growth.
If you experience itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, or other seasonal allergy issues, you know how unpleasant an otherwise beautiful spring day can feel. If you have seasonal allergies, your body mounts an immune and inflammatory response when you go outside and the trees spew pollen all over you. The released histamines inside your body cause increased mucous production to help coat and get rid of the allergen. That’s why you have a stuffy or runny nose and watery eyes.
Enter turmeric: Its active ingredient is curcumin, which blocks mast cells from releasing histamine. It has the ability to remove excess mucous and reduce inflammation in the sinuses and respiratory tract. Turmeric can benefit sufferers of hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, and allergies.
Golden turmeric milk is widely used as an Ayurvedic healing tonic for circulation, digestion, clear complexion, and blood purification. It’s an incredibly delicious, silky, warming and comforting tonic best taken before bed when the immune system is most active (though I use it anytime during the day if I experience seasonal allergy symptoms). I drink it with a coconut milk or almond milk base, as cow dairy may worsen your seasonal allergy symptoms.
Even if you don’t suffer with allergies, this golden milk is excellent for boosting the immune system and combatting inflammation (I often recommend curcumin to those with inflammatory GI issues like IBS, colitis, and Crohn’s) and chronic pain. Turmeric (curcumin really) has myriad health benefits. Read more about how to incorporate turmeric in your diet here.
I added raw honey to this recipe, because it may help combat allergy symptoms (raw honey local to your area in particular). Black pepper is added to increase turmeric’s absorption. You can also add a sliver of ginger root (or a shake or 2 of powdered ginger) for enhanced warming and cleansing. Ginger is also excellent for nausea and indigestion. The cinnamon adds a delicious sweetness and is great for blood sugar balance. Turmeric milk is so divine you’ll forget it’s medicinal! And no nasty side effects from over the counter drugs; to the contrary, turmeric offers so many more benefits in addition to allergy relief.
Golden Turmeric Milk
- 1 cup (8 ounces) nut milk. I use coconut milk or almond milk. Full fat coconut milk will make this very rich, so I recommend light coconut milk unless you want a thicker, rich drink.
- ½ tsp (1 full tsp if you're brave) ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp grated ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Honey to taste (1 tsp usually does it)
- cayenne to taste (optional, good if you have a cold)
- Add milk to saucepan and warm over medium-low heat.
- Whisk in other ingredients thoroughly until it reaches your desired temp. DO NOT boil.
- Pour into mug and enjoy. You can strain grated ginger out if you want.
- Alternatively you can mix everything together in a blender or immersion blender and warm it in the microwave.
- Doubles or triples easily if need be.
Mary Vance is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and author specializing in digestive health. She combines a science-based approach with natural therapies to rebalance the body. In addition to her 1:1 coaching, she offers courses to help you heal your gut and improve your health. Mary lives in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Read more about her coaching practice here and her background here.