Turmeric has recently been dubbed as the wonder herb, but it’s a root, like ginger .
It’s not the prettiest of cousins, but ginger isn’t really a looker either. Turmeric is the orange skinned, skinnier, more orange, member of the ginger family. Earthier, less spicy and overall more muted in flavour, turmeric seems quiet in comparison.
I recommend buying the root because you get a lot more for your buck and the potency level goes up one thousand fold. Fresh turmeric is a powerhouse of nutrients. Its curcumin properties help with inflammation, digestion, and as recent news suggests, it might, just might, be the preventative measure you want to include in your diet to help with the fight against cancer
I decided to buy fresh turmeric purely for selfish reasons. Four people at work have been ill and I'd rather be in fantastic health 24/7. It can be hard to find fresh turmeric in the UK, but I know Morrisons sell it, or you'll find in markets selling ‘ethnic’ produce.
I thought I’d make my classic, cold-busting drink, but this time add turmeric root and turn it into a tincture if you will.
Instead of boiled lemons, grated ginger and a swirl of honey, I decided to make something altogether stronger, even if it did result in bright yellow finger tips, messy yellow palms and washing my hands in lemon juice for a full five minutes.
You’ll want to start with the ginger. Peel it, add it to a pestle and mortar and give it a gentle bash. You want it pulverised, but the juices in the bowl, so bash, but consciously so.
Repeat with the turmeric, but be even more careful - having flying bits of yellowy orange skin can and will stain your face, outfit and work surface.
Pound the family beauties until they’re nicely bashed up, stringy, but still lively and juicy. That’s when they’re ripe and ready.
Add the bashed up turmeric and ginger to a bowl, grate in half the zest of an unwaxed lemon (it does make a difference) and squeeze in half of the lemon's juice. Then stir in a tablespoon of honey and add two cracks of the pepper grinder. Combine and store this powerhouse in the fridge, ideally in a glass jar.
Do with bashed turmeric and ginger what you will, but it makes for a protective, cleansing and strengthening combination when submerged in a mug of freshly boiled water.
Caution however: turmeric’s curcumin properties are sacred, precious even, so when you’ve poured the steaming water into a mug, let it cool a little.
If you’d rather make your first experience of raw turmeric a mild one, steep a teaspoon of the tincture into the mug of water you’ve let cool. Stir quickly and sip slowly.
Turmeric is truly fantastic with its active property being curcumin. It's not spicy at all as you might think however you'd recognize the colour.
When using Turmeric in cooking always use a few cracks of peppercorns into the dish as this increases the "power* or strength of the turmeric curcumin by 2000%!
Have a wound that won't heal? Mix about a 1/2 teaspoonful or so of Turmeric into a dish with Manuka honey, to make a paste. Clean the wound, apply the paste with the handle part of a teaspoon or applicator or the like so applying is very sterile and then add a wound dressing to cover over completely. Do this morning and night and see how fast the would heals. Amazing. Oh, to add to this is if you have a Staphylococcus aka Staph infection even like I had which was so very rare that even my Dr didn't know about it and after weeks of pain from the infection which wouldn't clear up from Trad. Meds I decided to find another way and up came Turmeric with Manuka honey. It healed fast right before my eyes within 3 or 4 days. My Dr couldn't believe it.
Turmeric addresses 600+ health issues and it can help you lose weight too, but you have to try too. It's good to use on animals too for would healing like I said and joint/arthritis issues/inflammation.
If you are going to buy a Turmeric powder then it's essential to buy 100% Indian Turmeric. Here, in Coles in Australia you can buy Mahatma 100% Turmeric. That's what I buy. Look at the ingredients panel to make sure it's 100% Turmeric.
You can do just so much with Turmeric, it's the most amazing spice I've ever used and it works!
Turmeric is one of the best kept secret ever in the world.
I've found an Indian spices etc outlet here in two suburbs and just this week bought the fingers as they are called or they are actually called rhizomes.
I use the powder on and in everything I eat plus I takes capsules. You can't overdose on it at all and has no side effects.
men and women deciding to get pregnant shouldn't take it or lactating mothers Or those on blood thinners and diabetics especially type 1 need to be vigilant as well as type 2 diabetics b.c a hypo may happen. Keep checking your sugars and over all with the other situations ask your medical professional. Those raking turmeric should stop eating it etc for 2 weeks prior to an operation.
the difference for me is that I haven't vern on my pain mess for 8 weeks after being on them for years so I decided after reading the benefits to try it. Within 24 hrs I was pain free.my eyesight has improved. I'm power walking and the , it goes on. I'm taking it for all the list of reasons but for preventing cancer especially now that I'm cancer free.