I'm not a "lifestyle blogger", but I've been raving for days about turmeric and how amazing it is, so I figured it would make a nice, relaxed Sunday morning post. I'm not a fan of medicine, but this past Monday I woke up with the absolute worst cold I've ever had. Usually, my colds start out very mild, build to a crescendo, then fade over a couple days. This often includes a sore throat and a deep cough for about a week. It's not that I don't take medicine, but I like to use over-the-counter pills as a last resort.
I'd read before that turmeric is an Ayurvedic trick for improving a wide range of health issues, including colds. I found a recipe for a tea that included turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and honey -- all of which I happened to have in the cabinet. I figured it was worth a shot if it meant not having to deal with the runny nose and watery eyes that had kept me under water for the entire day. So, I boiled some water, mixed my tea, and hunkered down to start sipping.
Although right away I didn't feel anything, in the morning I woke up feeling amazing! I was still a little stuffy, but my sinuses weren't swollen and my eyes didn't feel puffy. Over the next two days I mixed turmeric into my chai and had a mug of the tea when I got home, and sure enough by Thursday I was totally fine!
As someone who can get a little too enthusiastic about natural remedies, I've encountered a lot that don't really work. But turmeric kicked my cold so fast -- way faster than medicine would have or if I had just let it run its course. Turmeric itself is a little spicy, but the flavor is mild and worked in masala chai without being overpowering. The deep yellow dyes fingers and cloth, but it came out of white mugs without a problem. With winter approaching and chilly fall nights already here, I'd highly recommend picking up a bottle of turmeric next time you hit the grocery store!
Do you have any old remedies you rely on? My usual sick food is Chicken Rice-A-Roni and red Powerade -- I'm the poster child of health, right? I'd love to hear your go-to for when you're feeling off. Have a great Sunday!
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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