Turmeric is probably most well know for it’s role in the delicious Ayurveda Golden Milk. But Turmeric can be used in lots of other recipes (which is good because it has lots of health benefits!). If you’re wondering how Turmeric is beneficial and why you should aim to introduce it more into your diet, hopefully this blog post will outline some of the health benefits of Turmeric.
Botanical name: Curcuma Longa
Ayurvedic texture quality: Light and dry
Ayurvedic taste quality: pungent, bitter and astringent
Adding Turmeric into your food recipes is relatively easy, a little pinch here and there would add a lovely bit of heat and flavor to a dish.
Health benefits of Turmeric
There are so many health benefits of Turmeric, it’s actually difficult knowing where to start! I guess the first thing to do is list off the basic health benefits of Turmeric;
- Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory
- Protects against damage (cause by free radicals)
- Turmeric boosts the immune system
- Turmeric has strong antioxidant properties
- It can helps skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
- Turmeric has been known to helps with asthma and cold sores
- Turmeric helps maintain liver and gallbladder functions
Did you know… Turmeric is know for being a symbol of health and prosperity? I didn’t either until a researched this article – but it explains a lot!
What about Turmeric remedies?
OK, so there are a few Turmeric remedies that you can use / make for specific health issues or problems. I’ve listed them below – just incase they’re useful for your future reference!
Remedy for congested airways
If you’re feeling wheezy (which could mean congested chest or lungs) a bit of Turmeric added to milk can do the trick. Boil the milk with the Turmeric in a small pan (you’ll need about 1/4 tsp of Turmeric per cup of milk). This is a very simple version of Golden Milk, and this works great for both adults and children.
Remedy for cuts (or skin grazes)
Turmeric has quite a powerful antiseptic quality, so it is beneficial to apply it to cuts and scrapes. Obviously it goes without saying, that anything deep or serious requires medical attention – this is a remedies for those little household cuts or scrapes. If you mix a little Turmeric with honey and dab it onto the cut / scrape / graze it’ll not only help stop the bleeding, but it’ll also help with it’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties too.
Remedy for colds and mild flu
There is a great home rememdy of tea you can make with Turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey with works amazingly well for fighting off the symptoms of a cold. You’ll want to boil a mug of water, with a tsp of Turmeric, grated ginger, lemon juice (half or whole – whichever taste you prefer) and a spoon of honey. You can also add a sprinkle of black pepper too.
Hopefully you’ll found this post on the health benefits of Turmeric useful! As you can see, it’s a really great addition into your diet and provides a lot of relief for many symptoms and difficulties.