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If you’re living in the US right now, you know the one health subject on everyone’s minds: the flu. Did you get the flu shot?  Questions with never-ending answers, bloggers asking on their pages and in their tweets. It’s a subject everyone’s buzzing about because everyone hates getting sick.

A few years ago, I remember getting a flu shot and I don’t really remember if I got sick or not. I tend to stay far far away from needles; I’m scared to death of them and when I’ve got to get blood work done for something, I walk into the lab and warn the nurse that I will cry. And I always end up crying and having to have my blood taken out while laying down. I’ll get dizzy and faint (true fact). Thus, I try to stay away from needles.

But enough of needles talk! Let’s talk about how to avoid getting sick the easy way – herbs and spices. Disclaimer: I am NOT a health professional and all this information is from my own research. I’m not claiming turmeric is a miracle healer. I am just sharing some information with you, my dear readers.

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It’s common knowledge that you are what you eat, so it’s obvious if you are putting junk food in your body, your health will become junk. So spices seem to be the natural choice of flavoring in my house right now. Sure, I still make brownies and eat Fruit Loops from time to time, but I’m hoping to make 2013 the healthiest year to date. But back to the flu. While researching anti-viral spices, I stumbled upon turmeric and it’s health benefits and wanted to create a recipe perfect for a cold winter day, thus how this Turmeric Milk came to life.

One of the most active ingredients in turmeric is curcumin, “a polyphenol with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Polyphenols have the ability to stabilize free radicals, which can damage the body’s cells”. Some of the many benefits of turmeric is that it aids in the healing of: external wounds (anti-flamatory), coughs and colds (anti-viral), digestive issues (anti-bacterial), and parasites (anti-fungal).

Since it’s known as a natural anti-viral, it’s my current go-to remedy to prevent the flu. It helps your body fight the virus if already in your system and aids in preparing and making your cells stronger in order to prevent it. Here’s a complete list of the benefits of turmeric!

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Spiced Turmeric Milk

Perfect warm drink to beat the flu season and keep your defenses high!
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  • 8 ounces milk I used Silk Coconut Vanilla
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 green cardamom pods crushed
  • ½ tablespoon honey I used Apricot Raw Honey


  • Simmer the milk over medium heat in a small sauce pot.
  • Once warm, add spices and honey. Slowly whisk to incorporate.
  • Simmer for 2-3 minutes and remove cardamom pods. Serve immediately.
Servings: 1 cup
What other spices do you use as home remedies? Please share your favorites – links and recipes welcome in the comments below! 

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  1. Having read this (and Jackie’s comment about it tasting like it should be bad for you), I think I need to buy some tumeric on the way home tomorrow. I love chai flavors and the thought of this throat thing turning into bronchitis or strep scares the pants off of me! Thanks so much for the tip! xo

  2. Anonymous says:

    I do a variation of this with fresh ginger, but the real key to my version is using fresh frozen turmeric. It looks like ginger knobs but more slender. I swear that as soon as I drink it, my immune system revs up! I think fresh turmeric if you can find it, is worth using versus turmeric powder.
    -a reader in NY (via a tweet from nella22)

  3. Looks good for what ails you! Is it really 1/2 tablespoon of honey? The reason I ask is you write “1/2 tablespoonS” which leads me to believe there might have been a full number in front of it at one time

  4. Thanks for this recipe Marnely!

    I’m sipping my version of this right now and it’s delish — very much like chai without the tea. I used 16 oz of So Delicious Coconut Milk and added a 50 cent piece knob of grated ginger, a stick of cinnamon, 5 crushed cardamom pods, one whole clove, freshly ground nutmeg and 1/2 tsp of turmeric and honey to taste. I simmered it for 10-15 minutes to make sure the ginger was incorporated and I added some water to compensate for the evaporation. It actually tastes like it’s bad for you.

  5. I never knew turmeric was a flu prevention remedy! Judging from the ingredients it seems the turmeric milk tastes a little like chai?

    My own flu prevention supplies include kimchi, yogurt, and way too much orange juice. So far so good this winter!