Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Turmeric - My Studies

Turmeric Studies and Plan

Turmeric, one of the most powerful food / spice / herb one could choose to use. In my studies this week, I have been researching information about turmeric. I have a bunch of it sitting in my cupboard and I rarely use it, mostly because I didn't know how to use it. I also have a large cupboard full of herbs that I use on a regular basis for medicinal purposes, as well as cooking, but turmeric is one I have shied away from – until now! How I wish I had done my research on it before now!

Here are – in a really small nutshell – some of the healing powers and benefits of turmeric:

  • really strong anti-inflammatory – treats arthritis and helps fibromyalgia – natural pain killer and can repair damaged skin – great for eczema and psoriasis
  • a potent antioxidant – blocks and neutralizes free radicals
  • boosts brain function – neurons multiply and form new connections – helps improve memory and understanding / learning
  • may help in reversing heart disease – improves the function of the lining of the blood vessels – has shown that it could be almost as effective as exercise on the heart
  • helps prevent and even treat cancer – reduces the growth of blood vessels in tumors – actually kills cancerous cells – suppresses several stages of cancer development – can prevent metastasis from occurring in many different forms of cancer – shown to go into the deepest part of individual cells and kill tumor cells – kills bladder cancer cells – kills lung cancer cells – and many other cancers
  • treats and prevents Alzheimer's – crosses the blood brain barrier – clears the build up of amyloid plaques in the brain
  • incredible benefits against depression – boosts the neurotransmitters and produces serotonin and dopamine
  • helps delay the aging process
  • great liver detox and healing – keeps the liver healthy and protects it - decreases activity of enzymes, triglycerides and cholesterol and increases production of vital enzymes that reduce toxins
  • antibacterial
  • helps with weight management and loss in obesity by boosting metabolism and increases flow of bile breaking down dietary fat
  • reduces overall bad cholesterol
  • aides in speeding up the healing of wounds – controls severe burn pain – disinfects cuts and burns – sprinkle on skin or use in a salve
  • healing to digestive health problems
  • kills fungus better than ginger, cloves, and oregano

Turmeric is hard for our bodies to assimilate, but studies have shown that if it is taken with a bit of black pepper, it increases the assimilation process by 2000%. It also will increase the process when taken with good fats like coconut oil. Some people simply swallow a couple of peppercorns when they take their supplements, others take the pepper grinder and add a few grinds to their drink or food. However you do it, take the two together. I know there are even supplements, Curcumin (the active healing ingredient in turmeric) and black pepper together, even better for those who have a busy lifestyle and just want to swallow a pill or two a day. In fact use those with the recipes below and voila – you will start to feel healthy soon!

Recipes and My Turmeric Plan to get healthy and stay that way

Each night – brew the Pain Relief Tea to be drank the next day and as needed.
Each morning – drink the warm Turmeric Lemon Water
Breakfast – a Turmeric Smoothie
Before lunch and dinner – take a quick Wellness Shot
Before bed – one drink of Golden Milk

  • Eat lots of whole grains and fruit and veggies
  • Very little dairy products or animal products – I don't eat meat anyway
  • very little refined foods, like sugar, breads, etc. - try to go as gluten free as possible
  • before bed take vitamins and herbs as per normal, 1000 vitamin C and others
  • mornings – vitamins and herbs as normal with the smoothie
  • walk or yoga for up to 30 mins 3 times a week – go easy with this to avoid excess pain due to fibromyalgia

Pain Relief Tea / Healing Tea
5 cups water
1\2 cup ginger grated or smashed
1 tbsp + 1 tsp powdered turmeric
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp raw honey
juice of one lemon
Pour water into a pan with the ginger and boil for 20 minutes. Add everything else except lemon and honey and whisk well. Add in the lemon juice and remove from heat. Leave to infuse as long as you want then strain. Add in the honey and drink or store in fridge to drink as needed. It can also be kept in a thermos and drank throughout the day.

Warm Lemon Water for first thing in the morning
1/2 of a lemon
1/4 tsp turmeric
warm water
1 tsp coconut oil or a shake of black pepper
a dab of honey if desired
Squeeze lemon. Add other ingredients and stir well. Drink warm before anything else in the morning.

Alternate Detox morning drink for first thing
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 lemon sliced
1 inch fresh ginger sliced
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp honey – optional
grind of pepper
Steep 30 minutes – don't boil it, just pour the boiling water over and let steep, drink warm or cool and drink.

Breakfast Turmeric Smoothie – can also be used for a night snack
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup frozen pinapple or mango or peaches etc
1 fresh banana
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp chia seeds
Blend and drink

Natural Energy Boost / Wellness Shot
2 cups coconut water
1/2 – 1 tsp dried turmeric or a 2 inch knob fresh
1 inch knob fresh ginger root
1 lemon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 – 2 tbsp honey
Blender water, turmeric and ginger. Strain and add the rest. Few grinds of pepper in drink and serve. Great energy booster or to eat before a meal to help digest better and curb appetite.

Tea to drink throughout the day – great for regeneration and to boost metabolism
Turmeric Detox Tea
Green tea – or Ginseng, Chamomile, Mint or Ginger if you prefer – enough to make a good pot of tea
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
fresh ginger sliced
lemon juice or fresh lemons sliced
fresh turmeric root sliced
Add all ingredients and boil slightly and then allow to steep for awhile. This can be reused by discarding the lemons and tea bags, replace with fresh ones and use the same herbs a few times. Drink as often as wanted hot or cold. Extreme great health benefits.


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