Well, it’s officially Spring in New York City but the weather is still on the cool side. Gliding down Park Avenue by taxi yesterday, I noticed that the tulips and cherry blossoms I look forward to seeing every year have not yet started blooming. Family and friends in Canada and the UK seem to be saying the same thing — it’s still pretty cold out. Whether you call it a change of season or not, I’ve also noticed a lot of people have the sniffles, cough or cold, including my husband Sean. After doing the usual rounds of Dayquil & Nyquil, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep, he’s still clearing his throat and coughing, so it could simply be coinciding with the onset of allergy season and the slow, lazy shift from winter into spring.
Whenever standard drug store solutions fail to make a dent, I always turn to homemade Indian remedies. When I was little and battling a bad cough, my mom would heat milk in a small saucepan with a bit of turmeric and black pepper to help me sleep. It’s a soothing combination of something creamy, smoky, and peppery with a hint of sweetness. So if you’re looking for something different, give this concoction a whirl, and see if it works for you. Sit back and relax with a favorite magazine or book while you drink this. Don’t worry, it will feel like spring in no time at all.
Homemade cough remedy: hot milk with turmeric & black pepper
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- In a small saucepan, add milk, turmeric, and black pepper. Stir well.
- Heat on medium flame uncovered, until almost boiling.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. This allows the spices to blend evenly with the milk.