January and February are always the hardest months of the year for me. Cold, gloomy weather combined with too much time indoors gets me down.
The irritability and insomnia take their toll, and I realize that I am one big bear. We had some warm sunny days last week, only to sink into 30 degree temperatures again this week. brr. gram.
A couple of years ago, I wrote about how turmeric is great for brightening skin and came across this amazing spice again when looking for natural remedies for scars. [source]. Sam recently dove off a table and got some stitches on his forehead. I am applying a turmeric paste to reduce the rather unsightly scar.
It turns out that turmeric is not only great for healing scars, it can also help with winter illnesses, and many people also find it useful for calming the nervous system and helping you fall asleep.
Health benefits of turmeric tea
Turmeric is rich in curcumin, an antioxidant that helps your body produce more serotonin and dopamine. [source], both natural mood enhancers. Just adding a teaspoon of turmeric to your daily diet can reduce sadness.
In fact, a recent Baylor University study showed that taking 1,000 mg of curcumin per day could have the same effects as taking an antidepressant. [source]. You can buy curcumin supplements here to use when you need them for those times when you’re feeling a little low, or use the powder and whole root forms.
Apparently, turmeric is very similar to coconut oil – you can use it for just about anything. It is naturally antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory and works on everything from acne to Alzheimer’s. [source].
Dr. Sanjay Gupta drinks turmeric tea to calm his nerves before bed. Yes, this hot, spiced tea definitely has some relaxing qualities.
Curcumin has also been shown to counteract the effects of sleep deprivation [source]. So try using it for those times when you can’t catch up on sleep, like during peak holiday season when there isn’t enough time to get everything done during the day.
For the best overall effect, try using the whole root, which is known to increase your body’s ability to use the curcumin it provides seven to eight times. [source]. You can finely chop or grate it for soaking in hot water or for use in cooking.
My family drinks almond milk, but you can use whatever you like. Start with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and work your way up to 1 teaspoon. Not only do you get the benefits of turmeric, but I find the ritual of making tea and drinking hot milk really comforting.
My sleep and mood have definitely improved. Plus, it tastes great, which calms my late-night cravings.
Check out this article to see how adding pepper enhances the beneficial effects of curcumin. Just a pinch of pepper raises blood curcumin levels, allowing you to do what you do best.
Have you tried turmeric for the winter blues?
Turmeric Tea for Winter Blues + Insomnia
This hot spiced tea is a natural sedative.
Course: Drinks + Cocktails, Tea
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- a pinch of black pepper
Chai Spiced Turmeric Milk
Say goodbye to PSLs, because this healthy turmeric latte will not only calm your cravings, but also improve your mood.
Check out this recipe for ginger and turmeric tea
An anti-inflammatory tea that also adds lemon to boost vitamin C.
look at this recipe
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a board-licensed and certified pediatrician who has been practicing for over 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review committee here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you discuss it with your doctor.