There are numerous spices and herbs in the world and one of my favourites, turmeric, certainly holds the title crown of Mother Nature’s most perfect all-rounder.
A deep orange plant displaying glorious golden hues, this spice is one transported unswervingly and with conviction from the spice gods.
Not only does its dramatic colour provide an award winning status, so does its medicinal properties and health correcting expertise.
The dazzling golden colour of turmeric is provided by curcumin, a natural antioxidant that will fight off and repair damaged cells and everyday bombardments of anything from petrol fumes to pesticides.
Turmeric is a powerful secret weapon when it comes to good health, and enjoying this supercharged spice frequently in anything from drinks, bakes and main meals is encouraged.
Holding an abundance of antioxidants is not its only healing saving grace, this rich staple from your spice rack also holds an assortment of anti-inflammatory properties and can float effortlessly between traditional and modern medicine.
It’s no wonder that turmeric has really built a name for itself as a front-runner in natural painkillers!
In fact, numerous studies show the powerful healing properties of turmeric and if you’re interested in delving in deeper, you can find an assortment of interesting studies here.
With this in mind, today I’m sharing with you my three favourite ways with turmeric and a short beginners guide detailing how to use this secret weapon in everyday life.
Firstly if you haven’t tried it yet you must get into my anti-inflammatory Toddy drink. This soothing hot drink boasts it’s sweet flavour with a peppery tingle from the combination of the turmeric and cashew milk.
It’s an ideal pick-me-up if you’re feeling a little run down and a wonderful comfort for an upset tum, gas and bloating. Having long been used to nip unhappy bellies in the bud in Chinese medicine, it’s also used widely in Ayurvedic practices for various respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchial hyperactivity, and allergy, as well as for liver disorders, anorexia, rheumatism, diabetic wounds, runny nose, cough, and sinusitis.
In both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric is considered a bitter digestive and a carminative. Unani practitioners use turmeric to expel phlegm or kapha from the body and as a blood circulation booster.
Being a cholagogue, it helps to stimulate bile production in the liver and encourage excretion of bile via the gallbladder, which improves the body’s ability to digest fats, that’s why adding coconut milk to this recipe can boost your therapeutic benefits.
If you’re in need of a liquid rescue remedy click here. Enjoy it in the moment, and whenever needed relish in my natural form of SSRI, remember this acronym; Sip, Soothe, Relax and Improve.
Being native to Southern India and Indonesia, turmeric, a cousin of ginger is a key ingredient for curries. A dish with an abundance of flavours, smells and textures, curries can strike your senses with a flavoursome knockout punch.
One of my newer much loved curry recipes is a Tuna Tikka Curry from my latest cook book Eat Right For Your Shape It’s composed around my favourite Ayurvedic healing ingredients.
Now this is the kind of recipe that is sure to get your taste buds tingling and your belly satisfied.
Revive your senses and fill your happy belly with my Tuna Tikka Curry go here to learn more.
Because all good things come in threes, I want to take you on an adventure to Mexico now and share with you my healthier take on nachos.
If you’re a little hesitant of this luminescent ingredient, a great way to include more turmeric into your diet is to pop it into healthy bakes and crackers.
I find that the nacho recipe is a more laid back way to introduce children to this wonder ingredient.
I like to serve my nachos with a bowl of cooling guacamole and chopped tomatoes for a mouth-watering free for all and one that the whole family can get stuck into enthusiastically.
Go here to discover my not so naughty nachos!
Now it’s over to you to unleash this golden super spice turmeric into your kitchen and recipes.
I invite you to give it a whirl and charge forth towards less inflammation and better health.