Turmeric, the golden spice

 

I’ve been sharing this information and recipe with several people lately from friends and family to the clients I work with and it finally dawned on me that I should share it with you as well.  The more I learn about turmeric the more I realize we all can benefit from having it in our diet on a regular basis.

Known in India and Ayurveda world as the golden spice or the spice of life it has been said that is it an all purpose cleanser for the body.  Also used in Chinese Medicine turmeric is an orange/yellow root in the ginger family with the active healing ingredient curcumin.

What I’ve learned about turmeric;

o   It is a good source of manganese, B6, iron and potassium.

o   It is an anti-viral, an anti-bacterial and an anti-fungal.

o   It moves and purifies the blood.

o   It improves circulation.

o   It improves skin conditions.

o   It reduces inflammation and eases joint pain.

o   It reduces Kapha in the body which may show as respiratory support, reducing mucus and moving ama (toxins) through and out of the body.

o   It is a good remedy for coughs and asthma symptoms.

o   It regulates menses and decreases the intensity of period symptoms.

o   And it stimulates the digestive system.

Until recently my experience with turmeric has been when I use it for adding spice while cooking primarily in my kitchari as well as an addition to my cough and cold honey concoction (raw honey, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and a dash of black pepper).  I’ve also added fresh turmeric to my green juices along with ginger when available.

More recently with my family and my clients I’ve been working with them on joint pain and inflammation as well as extremely painful and uncomfortable menstrual cycles which has brought me back to turmeric.  I’ve recommended this turmeric paste and turmeric milk with great and pretty quick results.

Personally I’ve found the golden (turmeric) milk to be much more palatable than just having the paste but you could certainly try and experiment yourself.  This could be a great way to incorporate turmeric into your diet or if you’re someone who is in pain and looking for its anti-inflammatory benefit you may want to have it a couple times per day to start.

Turmeric paste

¼ cup dried turmeric

1 cup purified water

 

Place both in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and stir to mix and heat for 7 minutes.  It will thicken but should look like a paste, if it becomes too thick you can add more water while heating.

Once finished cool and store in a glass container in the refrigerator for 14-20 days.         turmeric

Golden (turmeric) milk

 

½ cup of milk (almond, coconut or cow’s)

1/2 tsp turmeric paste

Drizzle of maple syrup (optional)

Drizzle of sesame or omega3 oil (optional)

 

Heat and mix together well.  For additional joint care and lubrication add the oil before drinking.

 

 

I found a great video which demonstrates how to make the turmeric paste and then the golden milk if you’d like to see that, check it out here.

If you use turmeric I’d love to hear how you incorporate it into your diet or if you try the recipe and would like to share your results, please do.

 

Be well,

Amber

 

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