Every now and then there’s an herb that makes its rounds into the news. Turmeric is one of them. Turmeric is an age-old Ayurvedic herb, that has been used for thousands of years and its importance in our modern world can’t be overstated. Vast research has been done on its various effects that have earned it the name of the “Golden Goddess.”
Here are just a few of Turmeric’s benefits:
- It’s an antioxidant powerhouse. It has its own ability to help the body block free radicals, but it also assists the body to produce its own antioxidant enzymes.
- It’s known for its anti-inflammatory properties and may assist the body in managing the symptoms associated with long-term, low-level inflammation, helping the body feel better.
- It supports brain health.
- It supports heart health.
- It nourishes cells at a molecular level and supports healthy new cell regeneration.
- It assists the body in nourishing the joints.
- It helps support healthy mood levels
Ayurvedic healers take Turmeric internally and externally in fresh juice, boiled tea, tinctures, or powder, and topically as creams, lotions, pastes, and ointments. There are many ancient Ayurvedic formulas utilizing turmeric. Many include milk.
Try this one to make your own “Turmeric Tonic”
2 cups coconut water (or filtered water)
2 tbsp grated fresh turmeric- about a 2 inch piece (or 1/2 to 1 tsp dried turmeric powder)
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger – about a 1 inch piece
Juice from 1 lemon or orange
1 medium carrot
1 tbsp raw honey or real maple syrup
Pinch of black pepper
Optional: a pinch of cayenne or cinnamon
Place all ingredients into high speed blender and blend until smooth. Drink as is or strain before serving.