The Value of Turmeric (plus a recipe!)

Hi! I’m Emily, Katherine’s sister and I am passionate about Herbalism and Wellbeing. I have a Master’s of Public Health as well and it’s been a little bit since I did some research so I utilized some skills to give some good information (scientific and traditionally based) about Turmeric! 

Turmeric — the subtropical/tropical plant in the Ginger family that has long been consumed for its medicinal benefits. Stemming from India, Turmeric has ‘roots’ (haha) in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine, dating back to 2,500 years ago in India! All around the world, people use it regularly in dishes as a spice (especially in Curry), drink “Golden Milk,” take turmeric pills, and use it in their creams and lotions for their skin. Turmeric is “good for us;” but why? Although in the world of herbs “research-based evidence” isn’t always comparable to the long-standing traditions and wisdom of our ancestors, who I don’t think we can argue were more in touch with the land than we are today. In this day and age, we like to have evidence, know why scientifically, some people may be skeptics or some just curious, or just want validation. So seemingly so, research has so far proven that Turmeric is medicinally beneficial. Let’s take a gander shall we!? 

“Curcumin (diferuloylmethane), the main yellow bioactive component of turmeric has been shown to have a wide spectrum of biological actions. These include its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, anticoagulant, antifertility, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiprotozoal, antiviral, antifibrotic, antivenom, antiulcer, hypotensive and hypocholesteremic activities. For traditional Ayurvedics, turmeric plant was an excellent natural antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic, while at the same time the plant has been often used to aid digestion, to improve intestinal flora, and to treat skin irritations.”  (Verma 2018)

Free radicals, which contribute to damaging cell membranes and overall wreaking havoc on our cells are fought by antioxidants which are potent in Curcumin. Cell damage, resulting from external and internal factors can contribute to disease, and death. 

What have you been told that turmeric helps with? 

Was it that it helps with arthritis, helps decrease chances of getting cancer or helps with skin conditions? Evidence based research suggests that turmeric can help with these conditions:

  • Increase antioxidants in body  
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Indigestion
  • Bacterial and Viral conditions
  • Antifungal
  • Skin Conditions

No wonder so many people are into Turmeric! I’m definitely into it, I not only make and sell Turmeric paste (which is super easy to make, and I will share the recipe for ya), I make turmeric capsules as well. I however have not used turmeric externally; I would love to try a scrub and see if it helps my eczema — I just hope it doesn’t leave my skin orange like it did to my table when making capsules 😳 

This recipe is great because it leaves you with lots of paste to make Golden Milk with OR you can throw it in your coconut milk or water to make some good curry (which I actually just thought of and will be doing next time!). 

All you need is a good jar (I use a 4 oz glass jar), a saucepan, a silicone or wooden spoon, plus these ingredients:

1/4 cup organic turmeric,

 2 tablespoons organic cinnamon, 

2 tablespoons organic ginger,

1 tsp black pepper 

1 tsp almond oil

  • Put all of these ingredients in the saucepan with 1/4 cup of water (you can add more after stirring if you prefer a thinner consistency).
  • Mix ingredients on a low simmer until a paste forms. 
  • Let the paste cool, jar it, refrigerate it, and you’re done! 

When you want to use it take 1 teaspoon and add to your choice of milk in a saucepan, add additional spices as you like and honey (or another sweetener) to sweeten. I use mine up pretty quickly but should stay fresh for several months. Yay! Now you have some proven medicine to use consistently which should assist you in your journey of a healthy life. 

If you are interested in more Herbal information and just general Herby stuff, please check out my Instagram, @EganBrightHerbals or head over to my Etsy shop, EganBrightHerbals!

Thanks for reading!

Emily 💛

References:

Verma, R., Kumari, P., Maurya, R., Kuma, V., Verma, R. and Singh, R., 2018. Medicinal properties of turmeric (Curcuma longaL.): A review. International Journal of Chemical Studies,6(4): 1354-1357. 

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