Do you often have complications with joint pain, high cholesterol, weight loss, menstrual pain or acne flare-ups? There are various pharmaceutical medications on the market for the ailments previously mentioned. However, the toxicity and side effects of these medications will most likely negatively affect our bodies in the future. Fortunately, nature provides us with various items, such as Turmeric, to heal physical ailments that occur. Turmeric, Curcuma longa, is a plant or root that originates in Southeastern Asia, and was traditionally used in Ayurvedic healing and natural medicine.
Curcumin is an essential, active ingredient found in the turmeric plant. Curcumin, an antioxidant, contains anti-inflammatory properties, which also aids in destroying mutated cancer cells. Vitamin C and magnesium are additionally found in the turmeric plant. The bloodstream’s ability to retain curcumin is especially low; therefore, Ayurvedic healers recommend certain consumption methods of turmeric. Black pepper contains piperine, which aids in the absorption of curcumin. Pairing black pepper and turmeric is recommended in order to receive the full benefits found in this healing plant.
More ailments Turmeric may be used for:
- Weight Loss
- Pain relief
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Bypass surgery
- Gallbladder disorders
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach ulcers, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, bacterial infections
- Brain health, depression, Alzheimer’s disease
- Liver damage
Primarily, it is best to introduce turmeric to your diet in small amounts. Turmeric is a potent plant and can have strong effects if used incorrectly. Pregnant women can use turmeric; however, it is best to use moderately. Consult your doctor if you plan on consuming more than a small amount of turmeric daily. Turmeric has a bitter taste and many individuals find it difficult to incorporate it into their daily diet and lifestyle. However, there are countless ways to ensure daily consumption and use of turmeric. Listed below are six simple ways to incorporate turmeric use in your daily life.
- Turmeric Tea:
Boil 1 cup of water. Stir in ¼ teaspoon of ground/grated turmeric and ¾ teaspoon of ground/grated ginger. Simmer for 10 minutes and strain. Add honey to sweeten.
- Curry Powder:
Stir ingredients of 8 parts ground coriander, 4 parts ground cumin and 1 part of turmeric and cayenne pepper or paprika.
- Smoothie or Green Juice:
Blend 4 cups of dark leafy greens, 1 cup of strawberries, 1 cup of blueberries, 2 cups of almond milk, 1-2 pinches of ground turmeric, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 cup of ice.
- Drink with milk:
Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric into 1 cup of warm milk of your choice. Add 1 pinch of cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of honey.
- Roast Veggies:
Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to mixture of cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potato, carrots and chopped onions. Roast in olive oil.
- Face Mask for glowing skin, acne and dark circles:
Stir 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, a few drops of fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt/milk into a small bowl. Adjust amount of yogurt/milk to form a thick paste. Apply to face evenly and allow face to dry. After 20 minutes, wash with cool water. Dry gently with cloth and moisturize.