What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a super-spice that has a high antioxidant value and boosts the immune system.
It is a powerful anti-inflamatory and is popular among those with arthritis and joint problems for this reason.
Turmeric is antiseptic and kills yeast and parasites when used internally.
It is a member of the ginger family and it is what gives many Indian Foods their yellow colour.
It is used in curries and in mustard.
There is some evidence that it supports brain health and can help avoid Alzheimer’s Disease.
How to Use Turmeric
It can be used externally to sooth skin and reduce inflammation.
It is often used for skin with conditions like eczema or psoriasis.
Turmeric can be made into a paste with water or honey to make a skin scrub that cools inflammation and helps stop acne.
A paste of turmeric and aloe vera gel can ease pain and itching from burns, bites, chicken pox, poison ivy, or eczema.
Many people take it as a supplement in capsules to help reduce inflammation and pain, especially those with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
Add to Tea to sooth during illness or improve sleep. This is one of my favorite uses! See my recipe below.
How to Make Turmeric Tea:
Turmeric Tea is incredibly soothing and great during illness or as an everyday immune booster.
It’s easy to make and kids usually like it.
Makes two cups.
1 can of Coconut Milk - Or make 2 cups of homemade (2 cups of hot water and 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut into a high powered blender)
1 teaspoon Turmeric
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup or to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
What to do:
Add to your blender - hot water, shredded coconut, Turmeric, Cinnamon, honey/brown rice syrup and cayenne pepper and blend for 2 minutes.
Or heat the coconut milk on the stove until hot but not boiling then add the other ingredients and stir well.
You can also heat the coconut milk and then add all ingredients to a blender for a smoother version.