One of the common myths about homeschoolers is that they are quarantined in their homes all the time. I’ll save the big response to that myth for another day, but just know that my children do leave the house on a regular basis. Whether it’s to church, the grocery store, or a friend’s house, they spend time around other people, and when you get around other people, you’re bound to pick up germs.
All of my children currently have colds, so it’s good that we don’t have formal school during the summer. This morning, guess who else woke up with a cold. Me! The discomfort of a piercing sore throat and constant runny nose was amplified by my lack of sleep, after being up half of the night with a miserable, sick, teething toddler. Oh, the joys! So I needed something to help me get back on my game; there are lots of things to do today, fireworks included. (Happy Independence Day, America!)
Enter golden milk. Golden milk is another name for a milk-based tea made with turmeric, a pungent, deep yellow-colored spice. Often used in Thai and Indian dishes, turmeric has a bit of a kick, but when it is blended with other spices in this tea, it is fairly tame.
The results? After one glass, my throat was 90% improved, and my nasal passages opened up. Now, keep in mind that this tea doesn’t perform miracles; it’s not Jesus! I won’t continue to improve after just one shot, but after a couple more cups today, I should feel pretty much back-to-normal. Made with only milk and spices, this warm drink would probably be safe for children, but I’d stick with those over age 5 just to be safe.
If you google “golden milk” or “turmeric tea,” you will find plenty of recipes, but this is the one I enjoy. Here is what you need for one serving:
1 cup milk (regular, almond, soy…whichever you prefer)
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch black pepper (I know it seems gross, but a lot of chai tea recipes include black pepper, as well, and, yum, chai tea!)
1 teaspoon sweetener (honey, stevia, agave nectar…again, whichever you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Add all of the ingredients, except the vanilla, in a small saucepan. Mix it well.
2. Warm it on low, stirring often until it is steaming hot, but not boiling. It should be ready in 5-10 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, and add the vanilla. Stir to blend.
4. Pour into mug and taste. You may choose to add more sweetener at this point. Take note if you do add more, so you can use the appropriate amount to start with the next time you make the tea.
Enjoy, and feel better!