As a super-food full of rich nutrients, turmeric can be used as a spice, a natural coloring for food and fabric, and a remedy for many health related issues. Turmeric is native to Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia and southern India, where it has been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.
Turmeric is a very commonly used ingredient in Indian cuisine and is the main spice in curry. Because of its bright, deep yellow color, it is used to give mustard its yellow color. Turmeric has a warm, bitter taste and is added to many food dishes, such as sauces, curries, soups, meats and rice dishes. The turmeric spice can be added to nearly any dish for a little extra flavor and color, as well as for its medical properties.
The turmeric plant is a perennial, broad-leafed plant that can be grown in diverse tropical conditions. It thrives in fertile soil and shaded areas but will also grow in full sun. The entire plant is edible, including both fresh and dead leaves, the rhizomes and shoots of the turmeric plant.
In terms of food and drink, turmeric, in all its forms, can be used in a number of ways. It can be added when cooking or steaming vegetables, added to favor rice dishes and curries, and added as a spice to lentils or other bean dishes. It is a nice addition to salad dressings and sauces. For a great intake of rich nutrients, add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to your daily smoothie, juice, or any food dish.
Turmeric is an excellent source of manganese and iron as well as a good source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), dietary fiber, and potassium. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Therefore, turmeric is a great antioxidant and is given to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or minor infections or even for the prevention and treatment of certain cancers. It may help to reverse some of the steps in the heart disease process. It is also used as a treatment for headache, pain, fungal infections, swelling, gallstones, lice, worms, and diabetes. It can be used to help in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, strokes, cystic fibrosis, and depression. In addition, turmeric has been tested to improve liver function and lower cholesterol. Due to all its benefits, curcumin and turmeric have become popular anti-aging supplements.
On the farm, we use turmeric to treat nearly all forms of injuries and illnesses. We had one case of fungus around the fingernail that persisted for 3 months. The finger was very red, inflamed, and painful for nearly three months. At first, we tried to treat it using a fungal cream, which slightly helped but did not heal it completely. It was a very painful fungal finger infection until one night when we tried packing turmeric around the finger with gauze and left it overnight. The next morning, there was no redness, no inflammation, and no pain around the finger. Turmeric was our magical cure.
Another time, we had a case of a fungal infection on the scalp. We used turmeric on the scalp, and the fungal infection disappeared almost immediately.
We use turmeric as an antiseptic – extracting the liquid and oil that is released from fresh turmeric.
Whenever someone has a sore throat, we recommend gargling with turmeric in the mouth, which tends to cure the sore throat.
How to take turmeric?
- Add a teaspoon a day in your favorite juice or smoothie. Best with the following for good absorption: Coconut milk, honey to taste and a pinch of ground black pepper / Pineapple, honey to taste and a pinch of ground pepper
- Add it to your food (in India they use ½ a teaspoon in each meal for good health)
- Make turmeric tea
- Make a poultice for fungal infections and skin cancer and bind on with gauze
- Gargle turmeric made into a warm lemon and honey drink
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