Wellness Wednesdays: The only bed time drink you should be having

What hot drink is your preferred choice before bed at night? We suggest you replace what ever you are having with haldi ka doodh (hot turmeric milk)! Drinking warm turmeric milk makes tryptophan – an amino acid that induces sleep – more accessible to the body. This drink is not only comforting and soothing but nutritious and satisfying too.

Recipe: Hot turmeric milk (serves 1)

Add all of the following ingredients into a pot and heat, gently, on the stove whilst stirring continuously. You can use a sieve to strain the milk afterwards if you do not enjoy the grainy texture but we tend to just drink it as is. Also, turmeric will stain countertops, cloths and clothes so wear an apron and be sure to wipe up any spillage immediately. It is probably best not to drink this in bed with your pristine white bedding if you tend to be clumsy 🙂

  • 2.5ml Turmeric: ‘Nature’s aspirin’ has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and offers many health benefits since the active substance in turmeric, curcumin, has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Turmeric is a well known remedy for coughs, congestion, colds and skin problems.
  • 2.5ml Cinnamon: Has wonderful digestive properties, helps balance blood sugar levels and has some anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant effects too.
  • 1 tsp (or as desired) Honey: The best known health benefit of honey is that it soothes sore throats and kills bacteria that causes infection. It also a slight laxative effect so will combat constipation and bloating.
  • 1 ml fine black pepper: Black pepper boosts our metabolisms and has a direct influence on fat storage – preventing fat accumulation. Black pepper also offers antibacterial and antioxidant support. The addition of black pepper is important as it greatly increases the ability of the body to adsorb the turmeric.
  • 1 ml Ginger: This well known medicinal root aids digestion, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation.
  • 250 ml Milk: High in calcium which strengthens bones and teeth. Nutrients are better absorbed when there is a little fat in the diet so if you already consume healthy fats in your regular diet this should be fine but you can use full cream (whole) milk or add a tiny bit of almond, sesame, coconut or other good quality cold pressed oil to your drink. Any other non-dairy milk can be used as a substitute such as almond, rice or coconut milk.

Variations to the above recipe can also be made easily to adjust the flavour. You can add cardamon, cloves, vanilla extract, nutmeg or just adjust the amount of any ingredient added to suit your taste.

As a word of caution; pregnant women should not consume turmeric and since it acts as a blood thinner, those who are going in for a surgical procedure should not consume turmeric in their food or otherwise for a couple of weeks before surgery. It can also react with diabetic medicine and any medication used for stomach acid. Chat to a doctor if you have gallbladder or kidney disease, bleeding disorders, diabetes or immunity problems.

Have you tried this golden milk before? Let us know in the comments below!