Turmeric uses and applications are abundant, and we are just starting as a western society to recognize these.So pull up a recycled chair with a handstitched Guatemalan cushion and let me tell you the real deal about Turmeric- the decadent product of nature. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a herbal spice that is held in high esteem for its bountiful health endorsing properties as well as its culinary uses. It has always been a favorite herb of Chinese, Ayurvedic and traditional medicine and the methods of TURMERIC as a therapeutic herb dates back thousands of years. The energetics of turmeric on our human body is warming and bitter, so this makes it a fabulous circulatory stimulating herb as well as a liver and gallbladder stimulating tonic. Let’s face it when we are getting around everywhere on a unicycle or a vintage bike we need all the sustenance we can get right?
The wonderfully bright cadmium yellow of TURMERIC comes from its primary active ingredient Curcumin. It’s a boss.Even though the active ingredient is Curcumin, as any good herbalist will tell you we don’t just use one element of a medicinal herb when we are using it as herbal therapy, as it is the constituents of the whole beautiful herb that has been born to work together to achieve the beneficial result. Herbs, when used for herbal medicine, have energy derived from the plant source. Therefore it is much preferred by the human body than chemical-based medicine and TURMERIC is a prime example of one of these herbs. Holistically the herb works so well because it needs every part of its chemical compound to function optimally. (Say that 10 times quickly with a mouth full of marbles.) TURMERIC’S bio-availability(the proportion of a drug or other substance which enters the circulation when introduced into the body and so can have an active effect) is quite low though, so taking TURMERIC with black pepper is advised. Black pepper (Piper nigrum) contains piperine, and this acts as an excellent bio-enhancer and may increase TURMERICS bio-availability up to an astonishing 2000%. You only need to use a pinch of black pepper for this result to occur. Most of us know TURMERIC for its anti-inflammatory properties but did you know that TURMERIC is also
- anti-coagulant (reducing the risk of blood clots)
- liver protective
- decreases blood cholesterol
- improves protein digestion
- increases ligament flexibility
- reduces period pain
- blood sugar regulator
- assists with settling down the inflammation associated with asthma (2)
- is a potent antagonist of numerous cancer-causing cells (1)
- neurological supportive
- cardiovascular supportive
- immune system supportive
- aids in metabolic health
- may be favorable to healthy thyroid function
- may promote longevity
- may be supportive in decreasing inflammation of irritable bowel syndrome.
- There is even evidence suggesting that TURMERIC may inhibit replication of H.I.V.1! (2)
RECIPE FOR TURMERIC LATTE ½ to 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric ½ teaspoon of organic cinnamon grated organic ginger to taste pinch of organic black pepper honey to taste (add when finished boiling) 1 cup of milk (organic cows, almond, rice, coconut )
- Blend all powdered ingredients into the milk of choice
- Place in small saucepan and bring to boil.
- Add honey.
- Pour into a hand pottered cup with a saucer made from repurposed banjo strings and most of all-
References (1) FOOD YOUR MIRACLE MEDICINE, Jean Carper, Collins Publisher (2) DR. ATKINS VITA-NUTRIENT SOLUTIONS, Robert C. Atkins, Fireside edition. About Susan Byrne
Susan Byrne is absolutely passionate about health and well-being with a focus on people being empowered and lifted in the knowledge that they are healthy and happy. Susan a specialization in Women and children’s health. Susan has over 20 years of health experience and in-depth qualifications in Nutritional Health, Herbal Medicine, Supplementation and Flower essences including a Bachelor of Health Science, Dip. Herbal Medicine and Dip. Nutrition as well as being a member of the NHAA. She is a well known public speaker on Naturopathic subjects and is an advocate for women’s welfare.