I actually was recommended this by my naturopath so I can’t take all the credit in finding out about Turmeric but it is definitely my new favourite herb! It has so many healing properties and it is so easy to get and take!
The coolest thing about Turmeric is that it helps with pain and with healing, all in one go!
It contains a substance called curcumin which decreases the amount of prostaglandins we have in our uterus. Those are the nasty guys that cause us pain! Turmeric then releases a natural cortisone which reduces inflammation. Perfect!
Here is a fantastic list of all the things we struggle with that Turmeric can eliminate for us:
- Sore and aching joints, backache and tension in the muscles
- Allergies and hay fever
- Skin conditions such as eczema and acne. Check out more skin benefits here.
- Support the immune system
- Large cyst build-up by thinning the blood and preventing blood clots
- Relieves irritable bowel syndrome and loose stools
- Elevates mood, overcomes fatigue
- Reduces inflammation
- Cures puffy eyes
- Reduces PMS symptoms
- Reduces ulcers or stomach burning
- Can replace ibuprofen for pain relief – really good on that first day of our period!
Turmeric contains several components that also help the liver including stimulating a more soluble bile making it easier to digest fats and reducing gall stones.
So, have you tried Turmeric?
It is a wonderful spice which we can easily add to rice for an additional flavour. However, we want to increase the amount we take to more than just the occasional rice dish!
Here are some ways you can take Turmeric:
1. In capsule form.
This is the mixture I would suggest:
- 3 Parts Turmeric
- 1 Part Ceyenne Pepper (actually gets the Turmeric where it needs to go!). It is also an anti-inflammatory, anti-swelling and pain-relieving ingredient.
- 3 Parts Dry Ginger. Ginger has a warming effect on the body, which is great for Endo.
2. Drink it from powder form.
Now Turmeric in its pure form doesn’t taste that great so we are going to combine it with ginger, lemon and honey.
It is really yummy this way!
- Bring 2 cups of water to the boil.
- Add 1tsp of Turmeric powder
- Add 1tsp of Ginger Powder
- Add 1tbsp of honey and lemon.
Drink it warm! You can add rice milk to this combination if you want that winter-warm feeling!
Important tip: Make sure the Turmeric is fresh. If it isn’t, it will just come straight out the other side, meaning your body won’t absorb it at all! Trust me! I speak from experience on that one! 🙂
3. Make your own tincture
Tinctures can be expensive to buy so you can make one!
You should generally take about a ½ teaspoon per day, 3 times a day.
4. Grow some or buy some and juice them!
This is probably the best method as the plant will come with all the necessary absorbing nutrients your body needs!
I know I will definitely be adding Turmeric to my daily routine after reading all of these benefits! Wow! So amazing that one little plant can have so many healing properties! Maybe all the best stuff is in root form – Maca Root, Turmeric, Ginger….. interesting!