Poor Man’s Saffron? Turmeric? No way – it’s not just a pretty colour, it’s one of natures wonder drugs.
Common name: Indian saffron, poor man’s Saffron, terra merita (merited earth) or turmeryte, Turmeric.
Turmeric is native to India and tropical parts of Asia. The Chinese called this herb Jiang Huang whereas in Sanskrit it is Haridra; the Malay named is kunyit.
The vibrant Turmeric, with its intense yellow hues, has become well known via the Indian culture both as a culinary delight and a natural dye.
But, its healing properties are becoming a matter of immense recognition throughout the Western medicinal communities and natural therapies.
The Ayurveda, the holistic medicine system of India, has been using turmeric to treat a number of ills for centuries; including but not limited to: digestive and liver problems, wounds and skin infections.
Recent research shows that Turmeric has the capacity to play a role in healing of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. This is remarkable.
It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, which the Indian culture did not have to wait till 2012 to discover.
A relative of the Ginger root, it is a warming herb with pungent and bitter taste that can turn a meal into an exquisite burst of flavour and heal the body.
Turmeric is an excellent source of both manganese and iron. It is also a good source of vitamin B6. Does it get any better than that? The herb is high in dietary fiber and potassium as well. It’s magic.
- It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent
- Research shows it has prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice
- It reduces the risk of childhood leukemia
- Works well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
- Is a natural painkiller
- Is an aid in fat metabolism – good for weight loss
- Has been used for depressin in Chinese medicine
- Stops the growth of new blood vessels in tumors
- Speeds up wound healing
- Is a natural liver detoxifier
- Protect the eyes from cataracts
- Prevents hardening of arteries by lowering cholesterol and inhibiting fat oxidation
- Is used to alleviate menstrual cramps
What makes turmeric the wonder spice?
Turmeric is prepared from the root of the Curcuma longa plant.
A natural polyphenol Curcumin, found in Curcuma Longa, is where the potent anti-inflammatory properties come from. Curcumin naturaly reduces many chemicals made by the body when it experiences inflammation.
Hot Tumeric Yogic Recipes Tips
3 Tbsp. turmeric
3 cups water
Bring turmeric and water to a boil. Let it boil for at least 8 minutes, until it forms a thick paste. You can add more water if needed. Stir constantly as it thickens to stop from burning. Place in a glass jar and store in the fridge.
Sore Throat and mucus/phlegm in throat
Take about ½ teaspoon of thick turmeric paste and form into a ball. Pop it into the back of your throat and swallow with a glass of water. You can do this a few times a day or as often as every hour if desired.
Golden Milk (great for lubricating your joints)
1/8 tsp. turmeric
½ cup water
1 cup milk
1-2 Tbsp. almond oil
honey for taste
Boil water and turmeric in small saucepan over medium-high heat for 8 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the milk and almond oil to boiling point in a separate pan and remove from heat. Combine the two mixtures and add honey to taste. Best drunk before bedtime.
Megan Jackson is a tarot card reader from Brisbane who delves into natural medicines, healing and ancient herbal remedies.