The combination of honey and turmeric is commonly known as ‘Golden Honey’ is a remedy used in Ayurvedic medicine since years.
Here are some of the benefits of consuming honey and turmeric, as a combination:
1. Beneficial for coughs and colds:
Consuming honey and turmeric can help soothe a cough and even keep cold and coughs at bay (recipes below). Turmeric contains curcumin. This is a compound which has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiviral properties. Consuming curcumin with a little black pepper can help the curcumin get absorbed into the blood stream better. Turmeric can help increase the mucus production which can help flush out the microbes that clog your respiratory tract and fight infection.
2. Can help promote better sleep:
Drinking turmeric and honey milk (recipe below) before bed can help promote a better sleep. Turmeric has the properties of alleviating stress and improving the mood. This has been widely used to aid sleep quality. Honey can help contribute to the increase of melatonin production in your body. Melatonin is naturally produced by the body and it is the hormone which helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle (circadian rhythm). Melatonin doesn’t put you to sleep, but can promote sleep by putting your body in a state of rest and making one feeling relaxed.
3. Can relieve pain of arthritis and inflammation:
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain caused by arthritis, because inflammation is one of the main causes of arthritis. Drinking honey turmeric milk with black pepper powder (recipe below) can help this problem.
4. For healthy and glowing skin:
Turmeric has antioxidant properties which can help rejuvenate the skin and give it a glow. Honey can act as an exfoliator and keep the skin moisturized. it also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can help prevent acne and breakouts. READ MORE – BASIL SEEDS WATER for glowing skin and healthy hair
Here are some DIY Recipes you can make using turmeric and honey:
Honey Turmeric Morning Elixir:
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1/4 tsp organic turmeric powder
- Pinch of pepper
- Organic honey 2 teaspoon
Method: In a glass of warm water, add in the turmeric powder and honey. Stir it well and it is ready to consume. This mixture should be consumed on an empty stomach, half an hour before your breakfast.
Honey Turmeric Mask for glowing skin in two ways:
- 1 tbsp organic honey
- 1/4 tsp organic turmeric powder
Method: In a mixing bowl add in the honey and turmeric powder and mix well into a fine paste.
Wash your face and apply this mix and leave it on your face for 15 minutes and then rinse off with water and dab dry with a towel.
Honey Turmeric mix for relief from cold and cough:
- 4 tbsp organic honey
- 1 tbsp organic turmeric (haldi) powder
- ½ tsp black pepper powder
Method: In a mixing bowl, add in the honey, turmeric powder and pepper powder and mix into a fine paste. You can consume half a spoon of this mixture even twice a day to provide relief from cough and cold. Do not immediately swallow, but keep it in your mouth for a few minutes and then do not drink or eat anything for 15 to 20 minutes after having this mixture.
The black pepper powder helps activate the curcumin (the compound responsible for the benefits in turmeric) in the turmeric.
Honey Turmeric milk for sleep, cough, arthritis and pain relief and general health and immunity:
- 1 cup of warm/hot milk
- ¼ tsp organic turmeric powder (haldi)
- 1 tsp organic honey
- dash of pepper powder (optional)
Method: In a warm/hot cup of milk, add in the turmeric powder and honey and mix well. You can also add in ¼ tsp pepper powder, which is optional. Stir it well and drink it before you sleep, for good sleep. It can also be consumed to soothe a cough or cold.
Caution: Those who suffer from pollen allergies can avoid consuming honey.