Let’s talk turmeric! This lovely, yellowy root is packed with health benefits you might not even know about. It’s been used in cooking for centuries, especially curries, and makes a very beneficial tea.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and boosts the immune system, which pairs well with treating symptoms of arthritis, ulcer reduction and cancer prevention. It also is known to lower LDL (the bad cholesterol). Obviously, you should consult your doctor about ways to use turmeric as treatment, as with anything, too much can have side effects, but if it isn’t already in your kitchen, turmeric can be easy to integrate into your diet.
Here are a few ways to use it:
To Make a Tea
Simmer 3-4 cups of water
Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric (powder or the raw root)
Stir and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes
Strain and add honey, lemon, milk or coconut milk to taste.
It makes a wonderful bedtime tea. Of course, those who have used turmeric know the bright yellow color it leaves behind very well. One trick I like to use is to pre-cut the root and grate it into a jar of honey and leave it in the fridge. From there you can spoon out amounts and add it to smoothies or just take a spoonful. This way you still get the benefits of the raw plant, without the mess.
You can also add it to this fire cider recipe. A great immunebooster and cold remedy, especially for cold season.
Supplements are certainly available, but in most cases, we recommend using the natural form of the plant for the best benefits both in potency and absorption.
Lest we forget, get a jar of the dried spice! It works wonderfully in many dishes with its subtle and unique flavor and is easy to work into your diet.