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Amazing Health Benefits and Uses for Turmeric

by Tiffany in Health & Healing, Recipes

Amazing Health Benefits and Uses for Turmeric
 

It’s a key ingredient in curry powder. It is a gorgeous bright yellow-orange spice that adds color to your dishes and it tastes amazing when added to a variety of dishes. And I do mean a variety…one of my fave desserts is turmeric ice cream with ample amounts of the spice and grassfed cream. It is that amazingly earthy spice that has some pretty wonderful qualities…antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-angiogenesis (blood vessel formation). Turmeric, also known as curcuma longa, is a very common herb that acts as a natural medicine which heals the human body and serves it in many ways. Since ancient times, turmeric has been a medicinal aid and a source of relief. Even today it is well known as a great aid for curing a cold and fever when you drink turmeric milk. This article expands on the qualities of this natural medicine and why you may want make sure you getting  enough turmeric in the diet.

Fighting Cancer:

Turmeric helps a person fight cancer. In 2010 a study was published by The European Journal of Pharmacology and it revealed that curcumin (an antioxidant found in turmeric) inhibited the metastasis of breast cancer cells that had been implanted in mice.  Consuming the spice would be advantageous for those in the initial stages of cancer so that the disease is prevented from metastasizing (spreading) throughout the body. This is huge because it is often the spread of cancer to vital organs that lowers the chance of survival. Anything that can stop cancer in its tracks is hugely beneficial and it can be supported with a spice that virtually anyone can access.

Weight Management:

Many health conscious folks in Asian communities swear by drinking turmeric milk with honey in the morning every day to keep fit. The same compound discussed above, curcumin also does wonders to regulate our metabolism and break down fats in the body. Both of these aspects can help us to maintain a healthy weight or lose some pounds. Exercising and eating healthy will always be the holy grail when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight but turmeric can be used as an assist if this is an issue for you. Another study, also done on mice, revealed this to be true when two groups of mice were fed unusually high caloric diets. The group that was also given turmeric did not gain nearly as much weight as their counterparts who were not given turmeric.

Healing wounds:

Turmeric also helps in healing wounds faster than any other medicine mostly because of its antibacterial powers. It has been used since ancient times for just this purpose. A turmeric paste would be applied to a cut or wound as soon as possible to stop the bleeding and heal the wound. It can be used in first aid today as well. To use this method yourself make sure to clean the wound thoroughly and eliminate any dirt and debris. Then cover the clean wound with turmeric powder and reapply as necessary. For rashes, bruises, stings, sprains, or bites mix the powder with water to create a paste and apply. This will help prevent infection, reduce swelling, and help with healing.

Boosting immunity:

Turmeric is also used to boost immunity. When ingested it helps fight off bacteria, viruses, and infection (sepsis). It gives immune compromised or ill people a much needed assist and healthy people an advantage when they are exposed to illness.

Anti-aging & Beauty:

Aging is sped up by free radicals in the body and antioxidants (like turmeric) help neutralize free radicals and the damage they cause to cells and organs. This slows down the signs of aging and improves overall health and vitality. Applying it directly to the skin via a mask can help with skin problems such as acne and dry or oily skin.

Turmeric is a pretty amazing spice that helps in healing wounds, improving immunity, fighting disease, and keeping a person fit and fine in life. Adding more of it to your life/diet seems like a no brainer.

How to Get More Turmeric:

Eat more curry dishes
Add to a fruit smoothie
Sprinkle on yogurt
Add to chicken soup or homemade broth
Sprinkle on eggs, rice, and potatoes
Add it to homemade soaps (or buy turmeric soap)
Drink turmeric milk (recipe below)
Mix with coconut oil or water for a topical paste
Add to tea
Take it in pill form

Easy Turmeric Milk Recipe

Easy Turmeric Milk Recipe

1/4 teaspoon turmeric
2 cups regular, almond, or coconut milk (full fat)
2 teaspoons raw honey
Dash of cinnamon

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a saucepan or heat up just enough to warm through if you want to preserve the benefits of the raw honey. Remove from heat and pour into a mug. Enjoy!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

23 Comments

  • Nicole

    Great post! I love Turmeric, I try to sneak it into recipes. It’s especially tasty in soups and as a seasoning on baked chicken. Thanks for the health benefit info!

  • Brooke

    I have used turmeric to stop bleeding when I nicked my thumb cutting veggies in the kitchen. It worked surprisingly well! All I did was sprinkle a pinch of turmeric over the area and the blood stopped *almost* immediately. It wasn’t a large cut though.

    • http://www.naturemoms.com/blog Tiffany

      Great to hear!

  • SwaRai

    I’ve been hearing alot about turmeric, going to check it out!

  • Donna DeForbes

    Turmeric is one of my favorite spices. Time to start sneaking it into more foods…

  • Herbal Academy of NE

    We recently blogged about turmeric on our website as well! Turmeric Golden Milk is SO good and SO good for you. Pinning your recipe for later!

  • In The Know Mom

    YES!! I tell everyone the benefits of turmeric and most don’t listen. I make a very similar drink but a tea — will definitely try this milk recipe out later on today!

  • Emily_faliLV

    Oh I love putting some in my smoothie!! I’ll try your milk – sounds good!!

  • ThePistachioProject

    I keep hearing all the benefits of turmeric! It’s definitely on my list of things to try out!

  • heather

    I have never tried it in ice cream…very interesting!!

  • Kelsey Apley

    Wow who knew how beneficial it would be!! I need to see if we have any and if not get some and try it out! Thanks!

  • http://allternativelearning.com/ Kara Carrero

    I hadn’t thought of adding it to my yogurt. Tomorrow morning though… :)

    • http://www.naturemoms.com/blog Tiffany

      You can get ready made too. I love Snowville Creamery Turmeric yogurt. It is grassfed milk/cream and it is 8% fat!

  • Terri Lynn Grothe

    have never thought of any of this, thanks so much for sharing

  • Sarah Pantaleo White

    I definitely have been wanting to add more turmeric to my diet but didn’t really know how. I love the turmeric milk recipe!

  • http://www.green-talk.com/ Anna @GreenTalk

    It is my go to spice to liven up not seasoned enough food. I am growing it too.

  • http://www.ecokaren.com/ Karen Lee

    Turmeric….great spice for all types of food. But never thought to drink it in a milk.

  • http://www.jenandjoeygogreen.com/ Jen @ Go Green

    I don’t use it nearly as often as i probably should

  • Raine Lee Ritalto

    Honey should not be cooked. Doing so will kill the beneficial enzymes as noted. Add it AFTER the cooking is done and the mixture has cooled slightly.

  • http://www.eco-novice.com/ Betsy (Eco-novice)

    We love turmeric and curry powder! But probably should be eating them even more — I love your ideas of how to get more. I like the idea of adding to chicken soup.

  • Chrystal @ Happy Mothering

    Love turmeric, but I definitely don’t eat enough of it!

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