Where has this lovely, golden, life-saving powder been all my life? Although turmeric has been used around the world for thousands of years, we silly Americans used it primarily for yellow mustard that we slather on hot dogs and not for the amazing health benefits. This potent spice makes some remarkable claims. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, I am using it as a tea to help with some inflammation issues I’m experiencing. However, it has proven results with everything from arthritis, and heartburn, to some biggies such as Alzheimers and cancer. Here is a brief list of several other maladies it can help with:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Many skin conditions (when applied topically)
can inhibit the spread of HIV
My naturopath gave me this recipe and I love it. You will want to eat turmeric or drink it instead of using supplemental pills due to it’s bioavailability, which will make it easier to absorb. Plus, it’s yummy! My sister and I whipped up the first batch and it reminded us of our favorite store in Boulder, Colorado on the Pearl Street Mall, El Loro. It tastes like a trip through your favorite hippy and incense store! However, if you’re not into spicy foods, you may just want to add more raw honey to it to help. And please don’t skip the pepper, I know it sounds weird, but it enhances the absorption by up to 1000 times! Also, you will want to hit up your local Indian store or Whole Foods, somewhere that offers turmeric in bulk because otherwise, you’ll go through a lot of tiny bottles from your spice cabinet!
1/4 ts Turmeric Paste (see below)
1 c organic coconut milk
1 ts coconut oil
1 ts raw honey added at the very end
Mix in a saucepan over medium/low heat until mixed and warm. Add the raw honey and then pour into your favorite mug.
1/4 c turmeric powder
1/2 c filtered water
1 ts black pepper
Mix over low heat until it forms a thick paste. Stores for up to 4 weeks in the fridge. Mine got thick really quick, so if it’s too watery after about 2 minutes, you will need to add a little more of the spice.
Enjoy and I would love to hear your success stories!