You’ve probably heard tidbits, if not waves about the new miracle spice that claims to have unbelievable healing powers. It’s actually not all that new. What’s all the buzz about Turmeric, the spice used in Indian curry? Well, for 4,000 years, Turmeric (aka Curcumin) has been used in Eastern medicine to treat inflammation (think arthritis), to fight infection, treat digestive problems, and cure skin diseases (adios, acne!). Many herbalists and holistic practitioners even claim that Turmeric has powerful cancer-fighting properties.
So is there anything to it? You’ll have to try it and decide for yourself. *(Consult your doctor before adding any supplement, turmeric included especially if you are currently on any medications.)
Here are 8 ways you can use Turmeric to help heal your family and get an added boost of superfood powers!
1. Whole root or ground powder?
Turmeric comes in two forms: whole root or ground spice powder. You can find whole root turmeric in health food stores and grocery stores (it looks kinda like ginger). Peel off the skin with a spoon or peeler and then grate the root to use in soups, dressings, smoothies, etc. If using the powdered version, buy organic turmeric spice, free of chemicals, preservatives, and additives.
2. Should I take the pill?
Many people are using turmeric capsules as a daily supplement. Although in capsule form, you may be missing out on the full potential turmeric has to offer as opposed to cooking with it. Skip the supplement. The active agents in turmeric are fat soluble, meaning that they require a fat source (like coconut and cooking oil) to effectively absorb nutrients¹. Sooo…the best way to get your turmeric miracle agents is through cooking. Yum!
3. Turmeric + Black Pepper=POW!
To increase the POWer of turmeric, add a little black pepper to it. Turmeric and black pepper are like the ultimate power couple…the Brangelina of spices if you will. Curcumin (the active agent in turmeric) is a powerful anti-inflammatory and black pepper contains piperine, which helps reduce pain². When cooking veggies, start with a little coconut oil in a pan and add a turmeric and a pinch of black pepper until hot. Then add your veggies and saute to perfection!
4. Drink “Golden Milk.”
Golden Milk is an ancient Ayurvedic drink made with turmeric and milk. It’s creamy, satisfying, and good for you! In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of almond milk, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp coconut oil, a dash of black pepper, a tsp of vanilla, then honey or agave to taste. Add a dash of cinnamon on top–delish! See more yummy Golden Milk recipes here!
5. Add turmeric to your smoothies.
An easy way to get a little turmeric is by adding it to your smoothies. Make sure to combine your turmeric with a little coconut oil before adding it to your smoothie, preferably heated together. Try our favorite smoothie recipes or specific turmeric smoothie recipes found on Pinterest.
6. Shake it up in your dressings and marinades.
Turmeric is a perfect addition to salad dressings and meat marinades. Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of turmeric to any of these delicious homemade vinaigrettes for a delicious and miraculous meal.
7. Make a turmeric spice rub for meats.
8. Try a turmeric facial mask.
Have you seen those crazy yellow face masks floating around your Facebook or Pinterest feed? However silly they seems, people are swearing by turmeric face masks and the acne-fighting, scar-fading power they have. Hey, I’m willing to try anything once! Get all sorts of DIY turmeric face masks here!
So dish…have you tried turmeric yet? What do you think?
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