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