The amazing health benefits of Turmeric.

 

Almost everyone has heard of turmeric.

But most people often confuse turmeric with curry powder.

Actually, turmeric is the powder of a rhizome. It looks like yellow ginger. Turmeric is part of a curry powder but it is not curry.

Turmeric is an old spice. It grows wild in India, it has been used for over 2500 years and it is known for its purifying and healing benefits.

Growing up in India, I remember that everyone sprinkles turmeric powder on cuts. It stops the bleeding and disinfects the wound.

Of all the spices used abundantly in Indian cooking, turmeric is the first one that is fed to babies who are ready for solid foods.

A tiny bit of ghee, some mashed up rice, a tiny bit of turmeric and salt often comprises a baby’s first meal.

It is also used ceremonially as it is considered to have the energy of Mother Divine herself.

When lime is added to turmeric, it turns into a brilliant red colored powder and is used for adorning the third eye of many Indian women as bindi. Brides are massaged with the paste of turmeric and sandalwood powder the day before the wedding. This ritual is for beautification and purification.

In short: 

How can you use turmeric in your daily health regimen?

First, whatever you do, please don’t use them in capsule form. Although it has tremendous healing benefits such as anti-inflammation, blood purifier, liver cleanser, it works best when cooked in warm oil and combined with other spices and foods. Don’t add it at the very end in your soup or sprinkle it on a salad.

We eat with our senses and the rich yellow hue of turmeric will pleasantly tickle your palate and attract your eyes. After all, food must taste good and also look appealing.

Here is a delicious spice blend that you can prepare and store in a jar. Use it for a curry or for marinating chicken or fish.

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The Mistress of Spice Blend

Ingredients:

1 tbsp turmeric

2 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tbsp fennel powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

Enjoy cooking with turmeric.

PS. It’s good for you. 

 

{Turmeric Society.}

 

 

 

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Aparna Khanolkar
Aparna Khanolkar inspires women to feel spirited and soft. She dedicates herself to teaching women how to feel beautiful, soulful and wise. Author of several books, former consultant to the Chopra Center, Khanolkar teaches workshops and retreats for women. “I show women how to be in charge of your own destiny—for health, happiness and peace and how to journey from Karma to Dharma in an easy and juicy way.” Connect with Aparna through her Website, Blog, Facebook & Twitter.
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15 Comments

  • Tanya Lee Markul
    tanya lee markul commented on October 4, 2012 Reply
    LOVE this Aparna! MMMM-MMMM. Thank you! oxox
    • Aparna Khanolkar
      Aparna commented on October 5, 2012 Reply
      You are most welcome. Happy cooking!
  • Mamaste
    mamastenyc commented on October 5, 2012 Reply
    Oh Aparna, your wisdom and cooking tips have opened up a whole new world for me. Thank you, my friend. xoxo ~Mamaste
  • Aparna Khanolkar
    Aparna commented on October 7, 2012 Reply
    You are most welcome. Enjoy cooking knowing it is a great act of self-nurturance. Much love xoxox
  • a.a.j.palacios commented on October 12, 2012 Reply
    I will try it now, if this is true, no more doctors!!!!!!!!!!!!!specially in my case, gas forming after eating,so terrible, and if it helps with muscles and ligaments,even better!!!!
  • Angela commented on May 10, 2013 Reply
    Might I ask why not take it in capsule form in addition to cooking with it?
  • Caitlin commented on May 24, 2014 Reply
    Thanks for the helpful post!
  • turmeric commented on May 25, 2014 Reply
    I actually wondered about how effective turmeric pills really are. Besides the fact that I hate taking any sort of meds/pills, I also think they have weaker results compared to the powder versions. Can you recommend any good turmeric seller within the US? I searched Amazon but there are so many options that I don’t know what to choose.
  • Mae commented on August 28, 2014 Reply
    I haven’t read every article in here but I have a feeling that every article here is GREAT. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS. MY SOUL IS GLAD.

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