Turmeric: The World’s Best Herb

Turmeric: The World's Best Herb-Thymetoembraceherbs.com

Turmeric is one of the world’s best kept secrets.  Though not surprisingly, it has been used in India for thousands of years, both to season food and as a medicine.   It hails from the ginger family.  Turmeric colors curry yellow.  Because of this, I would call it the happy herb.

The tongue would say it has a peppery, bitter taste, while the nose would say it smells of orange and ginger.  Its main ingredient is curcumin, which is what counteracts inflammation.

Turmeric Medicinal Uses

  • Boosts brain function
  • Treats arthritis
  • Fights depression
  • Kills cancer cells
  • Aids in digestion
  • Eases heartburn
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s
  • Counteracts inflammation

With so many amazing benefits, what is keeping us away?  Ignorance.  Though its painful to write.  Nobody mentioned any turmeric in my four years of nursing school.  Nobody mentioned it during my years working at the hospital.

So if you like Indian food, you can indulge with no guilt.  And since we are focusing on health this month, extra brownie points for you.  Though we didn’t season much with pepper growing up, most people reach for the pepper shaker at the table.  Beat them to it, and season with turmeric during cooking.

If you are wanting to use turmeric for prevention, occasional use in cooking is probably what you are looking for.  However, if you are using for medicinal purposes, you may need to supplement.  Whether that be actual labeled supplement or perhaps a tea, it may depend on your preference.  It’s wintertime, so I kind of like the idea of tea.

Before I wrote this post, I was only aware of this amazing herb in a spice jar.  But apparently you can grow it.   You can get the rhizomes from a health food store.  Planting time is September or October.  I will have to keep that in mind for fall.

Do you need turmeric?  Get it off Amazon here.

Let’s Talk…

How have you used turmeric?  Are you familiar with it?

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14 comments

  1. Ann says:

    oh yes! I love tumeric. I use it quite a lot. The plant is pretty hardy too. We grow it in our balcony just by planting the fresh root and whenever we thought it’s dead, we’d just top up a little water and the leaves would start growing again. I use the leaves for cooking too and it gives a nice fragrance and flavour to food. 🙂

  2. Rachel G says:

    I use turmeric in my cooking all the time (just the normal dry powder)–I grew up in SE Asia, so it’s completely a normal spice for me! I use it as one of the spices in my fried chicken batter, I put it in veggie stir fries and fried rice–anything that I’m making that’s spicy gets a little turmeric kick to it. 🙂

  3. Gwen says:

    I have made curries for years, using ground turmeric, but literally only in the past few months have I seen photographs of the whole root! Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Deborah Davis says:

    I love making healthy and delicious dishes using turmeric so I am so delighted that you shared Turmeric: The World’s Best Herb with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party! Thank you so much for sharing your gems and for your support! I’m pinning and sharing! All the best, Deborah

  5. April J Harris says:

    I have heard a lot about how wonderful Tumeric is but it’s nice to learn more! I really need to work out how to use more of it in my cooking. I was also interested to find out that it can be grown fairly easily too. Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  6. Emily @ Chirpings From a Little Sparrow says:

    I have heard from a few different people about how great turmeric works for them! I struggle with depression and the medication I was taking had been bothering my stomach so I’ve stopped taking them. I tend to be wary of herbal supplements because I’m what we call “treatment resistant”, so it actually takes a higher dosage of meds in order to even be affective for me. But after doing research, I have found a lot of other treatment resistant people who have said turmeric works even better than antidepressants! I have been putting off trying it out of fear that it’ll just be something else that won’t work. But I think it’s time to try for real this time 🙂 I found them in capsule form at Walmart! That should help if you can’t tolerate the bitter taste.

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      I have considered an eBook. I have guest posted. You can see the published ones on my as seen on page. Two more to be published this week.

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