What is Turmeric and what is it good for?
Turmeric is a spice that is grown in Southeast Asia. It is part of the ginger family and must grow in temperatures between 68-86 degrees. It is harvested as a root, boiled, then dried before it is ground into the spice that we use. It is often used in Ayurvedic cooking and medicine. Tumeric has a deep, earthy, warm, and spicy flavor. Indian cultures have been using this incredible spice for centuries. The strong yellow-orange color can also be used to naturally dye fabrics.
There are so many benefits to using this herb…
- Anti-inflammatory – it can relieve arthritis and joint pain.
- Helps digestion – Relieves IBS and gut problems
- Liver detoxification
- Lowers LDL- the bad kind of cholesterol- reduce plaque build up in the arteries.
- Reduces blood sugar levels – Great for diabetics, and for those trying to not have highs and lows after eating.
- Aids in some cancer prevention – When this herb is combined with onion it has benefits to reducing Colon cancer.
- Removes plaque in the brain which is commonly associated causing Alzheimers!
This yellow beauty is like the golden ticket to health! I mean why not try to get a little in your diet everyday. You can choose to take it in a pill form, liquid, or the old fashion way of just sprinkling over your food. It doesn’t take much to have a big impact. I like to use it in curries, lattes, butter, and soups, etc. I’m not great at taking pills so prefer to use it while I’m cooking. Here is one of my favorite recipes…
Turmeric Vanilla Chai Spiced Latte
So I like to get tea leaves from my local tea shop verses getting anything at the grocery store. If you haven’t tried making tea this way then get ready because it’s life changing. I Steep away everyday! Adagio Teas makes a great precision tea kettle and this really cool infuser that makes things so simple. I also like to use Gaia’s golden milk turmeric blend because it has the added spices that you want. It also helps cut down on time in the morning.
1-2 Teaspoons Turmeric powder
1 cup hot water
1 cup almond milk
1 pinch of cinnamon
dash of sweetener if needed
Pour hot water over your tea leaves let steep 3-5 minutes. Heat your milk just until it starts to simmer. Add in your turmeric, some ghee, and I like to use a small hand mixer to incorporate everything. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top and enjoy!