Health benefits of Turmeric for Cough:
Turmeric is one such herb that treats cough initiated by any of the listed hidden medical conditions. Medicinal value of turmeric is due to the compound Curcumin.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family, and its mustard yellow powder is commonly used as a culinary spice in South Asia. However, Turmeric also has an active medicinal ingredient called Curcumin which has many anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial properties.
Turmeric for Cough:
Cough is a medical condition that develops due to hidden disease such as bacterial infection of upper respiratory tract, sinusitis, asthma, pneumonia or reflex of stomach contents. Cough can be acute or chronic. Cough initiated by allergic reactions or by bacterial infection can result in a myriad of symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, sore throat and post nasal drip all of which cause discomfort. Hence, cough should be treated without delay by identifying the exact cause. Generally, use of conventional medicine demands you to use multiple drugs to treat different symptoms associated with cough. Some of these drugs cause weakness and other side effects.
- Cough associated with running nose can be relieved by drinking hot water mixed with turmeric powder.
- Roast the turmeric root and ground it in to powder. Take about 1-2 gm of this roasted turmeric powder along with honey thrice a day to obtain relief from dry persistent cough.
- Chronic cold and cough can be relieved by keeping a small piece of turmeric in mouth all-night.
- Add pure turmeric powder to boiling water and inhale the vapours. This relieves cough as well as sinus congestion. Covering you with blanket while inhaling vapours aids in easy inhalation of the vapours. Boil a teaspoon of carom seeds in a cup of water with teaspoon of powder. Add honey and have about 1/4 cups 2-4 times a day for cough and chest infections.
- Turmeric can be useful in treating chronic cough too. Here is how you can prepare a turmeric cough remedy at home:
Take 1 gm of roasted turmeric powder and keep it within betel leaf and 0.25 gms of Javakhar (Potassii carbons). Keep this in patient’s mouth and ask him to keep sucking it gradually. This should be done twice a day – one in morning and another after dinner. Apart from the above, the patient should be given goat milk along with turmeric. The way to prepare this milk is – add powder to milk and then boil it. Allow it to cool down and then drink it. Note: it should be added while boiling the milk and not after it.
Best way of preparing Turmeric Milk:
Turmeric milk is not only high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, healthy fats (especially when using coconut milk), but also manganese and iron (found in turmeric). In traditional recipes, which include peppercorns, actually enhances the absorption of curcumin (the main component found in turmeric) in our bodies. The ingredients in this recipe actually work in a synergistic fashion, fascinating! Traditionally this Milk comes from many Ayurveda practices and medicine in Indian cultures. Turmeric is nothing new to Eastern cultures, in fact it’s been known as a “healing spice” used to help anything from sore throats, colds, flues, stomach aches to wound healing, abrasions/skin issues due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
2 cups of organic almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, or soy.
1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
Small pinch of black pepper and grated ginger (fresh is best)
1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon of local honey
- Simply pour all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil, reduce heat and drink warm.
- You may also consume this chilled, but warm is best.
- Strain if you have large pieces of ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, etc.
Enjoy! The milk. It won’t taste great, but good for health.