Turmeric is certainly having its moment in the spotlight.
It has been on everyone’s radar for the last few years as a powerful anti-inflammatory – and, it can also help with reducing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, fighting the development of cancer cells, and, more recently, in potentially reducing the symptoms of some neurodegenetive disorders like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and even Prions disease.
In fact, it has been used for over 5,000 years as a way of adding both flavour and colour to dishes. This spice is native to Indonesia and southern India.
The active ingredient in Turmeric is a compound called Curcumin. The plant it comes from, the Curcuma Longa plant, has a tough brown skin and a dark orange flesh. The resulting ground spice is a dark yellow-orange colour that adds a beautiful complexity to curries, soups, and other dishes.
As well as containing the potent anti-inflammatory chemical compound curcumin, this spice also contains the following vitamins and minerals, which only serve to increase the benefits of this super spice:
Allergies, problems with lactation, anemia, digestion, skin infections, fevers, diarrhea, mucous in the throat and nose, etc…
There is truly an exhaustive list of conditions that this super spice is known to treat!
You can see why it is considered to be such a wonderfully healing and soothing spice and is revered by so many people in various cultures around the world.
In addition to food, many people – especially those following an Ayurvedic lifestyle – make a wide variety of tonics, teas, and tinctures to help with specific health concerns as needed.
Mix 1 tsp. turmeric and 2 tsp. ginger with a bit of water to make a thick paste. Apply to the affected area (usually a sore or inflamed joint) and cover with a bandage.
Or, add 1 tsp. of turmeric to 1 cup of dairy-free milk (coconut, almond, or cashew) and drink before bed.
Mix 1 tsp. of turmeric with 1 tsp. of aloe gel and apply directly to the skin as a salve.
Mix 1 Tbsp. of raw, crushed turmeric in 1/3 cup of water. Boil and sieve. 2-3 drops of this mixture can be used in each eye up to 3 times / day.
Turmeric is considered safe for most people, however, if you are pregnant, you will want to consult your healthcare practitioner before consuming turmeric as a supplement (small amounts added to food are fine).
Also, if you suffer from any of the following conditions, you should avoid using turmeric as a supplement: gallstones, ulcers, acute hepatitis, jaundice, and bile duct obstruction. Also avoid if you take blood thinners or platelet-inhibiting medication.
We hope that this information has demonstrated just a few of the many reasons why turmeric is our go-to spice in so many of our healing recipes at Ki’s Kitchen.
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