It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Ways To Add Turmeric To Your Life:
Make your own turmeric tea: –
people in Okinawa, the Japanese island nation with the world’s longest average life span, drink turmeric tea daily.Just boil 1 cup of water and stir in ¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric or fresh grated turmeric and simmer for 10 minutes and strain before drinking. Stir in honey, ginger or fresh lemon juice for better taste.
Stir up a curry powder:
When you’re cooking with turmeric, it’s a good idea to mix it with some black pepper or oil (or both!) as this has been shown to increase the bio availability of cur-cumin so that your body can use it. That’s why one of the best ways to eat turmeric is in dishes with some fat, plenty of black pepper and curry powder. A basic curry powder can be made with the following spices:
1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon whole cardamom seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds, toasted
1/8 cup ground turmeric
1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon cayenne ( substitute with paprika for less spicy (variation)
Place all ingredients in a container with an airtight lid. Shake to combine. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. When ready to use, grind and add to dishes according to taste.
Blend it into a smoothie or juice it:
You can add a pinch or two of ground turmeric or one to two inches of raw fresh turmeric to a flavourful smoothie, and you won’t even taste it! Granted… it may change the colour of your smoothie, since it’s got such a strong pigment;
Season roasted veggies:
Toss some fresh vegetables (like diced potatoes, cauliflower, or brussel sprouts) with a dash of olive oil and turmeric, along with any other seasonings you like. Roast at 400 degrees, tossing once until done, usually about 30-40 minutes.
Brush your teeth with it:
Former Miss USA Susie Castillo swears by her recipe for homemade toothpaste, which includes turmeric powder. Although turmeric is known for its staining prowess, it is commonly used to whiten teeth Simply dip your wet toothbrush in a pinch of turmeric, brush your teeth with it, and allow it to sit on your teeth for about 35 minutes. Make sure to rinse your mouth . This isn’t a daily ritual, just do this occasionally to brighten up your smile.
Add color to boring dishes:
Stir a dash of turmeric into plain basmati rice, quinoa, mashed potatoes, or eggs for added color. It doesn’t add much flavor, and changes things up a bit.
Drink Golden Milk:
This is an ancient Ayurvedic recipe that can be made a number of ways. It is essentially just a turmeric paste mixed with warm milk and oil or ghee. You can use any kind of milk for this recipe (dairy, goat, nut, oat).
To make the tumeric paste,
½ cup filtered water bring to a low simmer
¼ cup of ground turmeric mix in, stirring constantly until it makes a thick paste (this can take 5-10 minutes) adding more water as needed.
To make the golden milk,
mix 1/2 teaspoon of paste with
1 cup of milk in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.
Stir in about 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee before drinking (you can also add other spices like cinnamon, ginger, or black pepper, and honey or maple syrup for some sweetness).
Store the remaining turmeric paste in your fridge for 2 weeks. This is fabulous before bedtime!
Save your scalp:
A combination of olive oil and turmeric to deter dandruff and to improve the overall condition of the scalp. Make a mix of turmeric and the oil of your choice (coconut oil or sesame oil would be nice), massage into your scalp and leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo and style as usual.
Fortify your soup:
A few dashes of turmeric can be added to most soups without changing the flavor, it adds a nice color to brothy soups and may help you fight a cold.
Homemade cold remedy:
Turmeric is known to boost immunity and fight viruses like the common cold, One way to do it is by mixing 1 tablespoon of powdered turmeric with 7 tablespoons of raw honey . Whenever you want to boost your immunity or are fighting a cold, dissolve a 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture in your mouth every couple hours.
Saute a healthy side dish:
For a quick side dish, saute some fresh greens (kale, spinach, etc) in some olive oil and turmeric. I like to add fresh garlic and a bit of sea salt too.
Easy Avocado snack:
This is a healthy snack, full of fiber, just sprinkle some turmeric powder on avocado and enjoy it. Another option is to mash the avocado, mix in some ground turmeric, a bit of sea salt, some black pepper, and spread it on bread or crackers or cakes.
Make natural food coloring:
Just boil some water, mix enough turmeric to create the desired yellow shade , and boil for 3 to 5 miinutes. Cool and store it in a glass jar in the fridge – to dye Easter eggs, simply add some vinegar to the dye.
As a salad dressing:
sprinkle a pinch of turmeric directly on your salad or blend it into about any salad dressing, and the flavour will be unnoticed. Make your own salad dressing by whisking together:
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric,
2 teaspoons miso paste,
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar,
1 tablespoon olive oil,
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/2 a lemon juice
Spread it on your skin:
Turmeric has been known to reduce the inflammation and itching caused by eczema when applied directly to the skin. Just mix some ground turmeric with a little water (you can also use coconut oil, almond oil, or sesame oil), apply it on the affected areas, and wash off after about 15 minutes.
Eliminate sprain –
Turmeric is also used to relieve the pain and swelling of sprained joints. One popular sprain remedy is a mixture of 2 tablespoons turmeric 1 tablespoon lime juice, and a few drops of water until it makes a thick paste. Carefully rub it on the sprain and wrap it in a cheesecloth or a cloth bandage. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Beware, that turmeric will temporarily stain your skin, so this works best on body parts that you can cover easily or don’t mind being orange for a little while!
Spice up your soap:
If you make home-made soap, adding several teaspoons of turmeric to it will not only dial up its colour, but will boost its skin friendly benefits as well.or just add some turmeric paste into your shower gel.
Before you run out buy some turmeric…
Beware of the turmeric in the market, because many of these spices are irradiated, grown with conventional pesticides, and not organic. If you want to use turmeric effectively, it’s recommended that you buy organic high quality ground turmeric or fresh turmeric root from the produce section.