Have you ever thought about why you cough when you have a cold? A cough is your body’s natural reaction to something attacking it. Whether it’s viruses like the flu, or allergies, you cough to get rid of them. A cough is just one of your body’s warning signs. But when it’s persistent, it can last weeks or even months at a time. This is because coughing irritates your lungs which spur on more coughing. To treat a cough, we normally take cough syrup. But a review of studies supporting the use of cough syrup revealed that many studies were conducted with a conflict of interest. In other words, the studies were conducted by people with ties to this billion dollar industry. A more comprehensive review found that only a few cough syrups were actually effective for adults.
So what can we take instead? What if I told you there was a delicious and creamy alternative that could replace both cough syrup and your daily cup of coffee? This recipe for golden milk is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds making it well-suited to preventing and treating coughs.
Golden milk is an age old Ayurvedic drink that boasts some amazing health benefits. A cough syrup usually only acts as a suppressant and expectorant (mucus clearing). Beyond treating a cold, golden milk is used for pain relief, detoxifying the liver, treating inflammation, and fighting cancer.
Golden milk is typically created using a turmeric paste, a milk (typically coconut milk), sweetener, and a fat. While each of the ingredients have their own health benefits, it’s the orange-yellow pigment of turmeric, curcumin, that gives golden milk its acclaimed healing abilities.
Among many other things, curcumin can:
- Balance cholesterol levels
- Inhibit the formation of tumors
- Preventing type 2 diabetes
- Reduce inflammation
- Treating depression
But curcumin isn’t the only special thing about this recipe. This golden milk recipe is a special one that incorporates brain-boosting sage.
Sage is one of the best herbs to keep on hand when cold and flu season hits. This is because the volatile oils and flavonoids in sage have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants work to prevent colds while the anti-inflammatory compounds help treat cold symptoms. This makes sage great for both preventing and treating colds once they’ve happened. To sooth coughs and treat sore throats, sage is often prepared as a tea.
But that’s not all sage is renowned for. Research has shown that sage is exceptional as a memory enhancer. A study published in Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior had 45 participants take either a placebo or sage oil extract. It was found that participants who had taken sage were able to recall even hours after the test!
By infusing golden milk with this potent herb, you amplify golden milk’s already amazing benefits. Had enough of awful tasting and ineffective cough syrups? Try this sage-infused golden milk and I’m sure you’ll never go back!
Sage-infused Golden Milk
- 250 ml Coconut milk
- 1 tbsp. dried sage
- 1 tsp. Butter from grass-fed cows
- 1 tsp. raw organic honey
- 1 tsp. powdered curcumin (adjust to ½ tsp. for children)
- Add the sage and the coconut milk into a pot and bring to a boil.
- Once it starts boiling, set aside. Add the butter, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Strain the milk into a mug.
- Add the honey and curcumin and stir well.