The benefits of turmeric
I use it readily in cooking- I add it to broths, stews, soups, lentils, curries, and on grilled or roasted vegetables.
Turmeric is a root that looks much like ginger but has thinner branches. In fact, it comes from the same family as ginger and cardamom- the Zingiberaceae family.
A Recap of Turmeric’s Benefits
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Precautions with Using Turmeric
A word of caution, turmeric stains. In fact, it
It is also common to find adulterated turmeric, especially as a dried spice, spice blend, tea, or essential oil, where it
To reduce the chances of getting adulterated turmeric ensure
When you see the word “curcumin,” it means
Also, avoid a product that shows another type of Curcuma listed, such as Curcuma
Uses for Turmeric
- Golden milk
–Heat upor boil milk, and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric, ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of natural or raw honey. Any type of milk can be usedincluding cow, almond, cashew, soy, or other.
- Fresh Herb in Cooking
–If using the fresh herb, make sure topeel it first. Then, grate it or mince it and add when first starting tocook, such as when adding onions to the hot pan or hot oil.
- Ground Spice in Cooking
–When using the ground powdered spice, add it to the pan after the initial vegetable base or mirepoix has changed color (or it’s sat in the pan for around 5 minutes). This initial vegetable base can be just onions, onions and garlic, a mixture of carrots, celery, and onion, or any other combination.
- Here is a recipe that uses turmeric in both fresh and dried spice from that may be useful
- Teeth Whitening - Contrary to its effect as a dye, turmeric can
actually whitenteeth. Simply sprinklesome on toothpaste and brush as usual. Keep in mind the toothbrush will certainlyturn yellow
- Treat Dandruff
–Mix turmeric with coconut, jojoba, olive, or other hair oil and spread it on the scalp. Leave it on the scalp for 20 minutes before washing off.
- Essential Oil
–Essential oil of turmeric has similar benefits to the herb. It is an anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, anti-cancer, liver detoxifier, and relaxant. Beware that it more readily stains skin and clothes,since it is more concentrated. Make sure to dilutethe essential oil prior to using,unless it’s being placed in a diffuser. When diluted in a body oil, such as cold-pressed almond oil, it is quiteeffective in relieving arthritis and joint pain.
There are many other uses. The infographic below, used with permission, displays additional uses for turmeric:
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