Since this is the time of year that seems to bring on bouts of bronchitis and other upper respiratory tract infections (URIs), I wanted to share with you something that works very well to tamp down that elephant-sitting-on-the-chest feeling. Those of you who are prone to bronchitis know what I’m talking about. It feels like you’re breathing through heavy cloth. Some people describe this as a “tight” feeling.
I have dealt with bronchitis since I was about 10 years old, and these days I do anything I can to keep it from getting to the point where I need antibiotics.
I’ve read various recipes for golden milk, including using fresh turmeric and fresh ginger, or heating it on the stove. However, I made my own adjustments so it would be easy and quick to make—both very important things for me with very low energy levels. In the short time it takes me to drink a cup of Golden Milk, that tightness is gone. I typically drink it in the evenings because that is when I am most troubled by that heavy feeling and this keeps me from coughing a lot during the night.
If you want to take some to work with you in case you need it during the day, you can easily combine and heat all the ingredients, then pour it into your travel mug to take with you. Most travel mugs will keep the contents hot for quite awhile.
I do not think anything in this recipe would be bad for anyone but I am not a doctor, so I’ll just say that this works for me. If you have any questions about it, please do call your own doctor to check.
Makes one 1-cup (8 ounces) serving
1 cup milk (any kind, dairy or non-dairy)
1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
3 or 4 shakes of black pepper
Honey or other sweetener to taste (I use 1/2 teaspoon of a 50% sugar-50% Stevia mix)
Pour the milk into a heat-resistant mug and microwave for 60 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients to the milk and mix well. Microwave again for another 30 seconds. Stir well.
As you view the photos please keep in mind that I’m a terrible photographer and took these to give you an idea of what the milk looks like. Before I took these photos, I had already microwaved a cup of unsweetened almond milk for 60 seconds.
Photo 1 shows the spices added to the warmed milk but not mixed in yet. In Photo 2 the spices are somewhat mixed into the milk, which is ready to go back into the microwave. Photo 3 shows the finished Golden Milk after stirring.
That’s it! The entire process takes me only 90 seconds.
I’ve been drinking this Golden Milk for about a year, usually during the cold months when bronchitis keeps threatening to take over my life. And if I can help myself without having to take any prescription meds, I’m all over it. 🙂