A Warming Turmeric Cauliflower Soup For Chilly Winter Days

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Winter is here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably craving soup! There is nothing better on a chilly evening, wrapped in a blanket with loved ones, than sipping from a bowl of warm, soothing soup. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and cauliflower are gaining popularity in many healthy recipes as they have a plethora of nutritional benefits, are versatile, and are delicious. In this article, we will share the benefits of this healthy and nutritious root and vegetable pairing and offer a recipe for a warming, turmeric cauliflower soup that you can enjoy on cold winter days.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric has been used for centuries as food and as an herb to assist with many imbalances. Its tough, fibrous root (the rhizome) is where its beneficial properties lie and give it its yellow color. Curcuma longa, whose Latin binomial comes from the Arabic name Kurkum, has also been called The Yellow One and Golden Goddess in Sanskrit (Gallant, n.d.).

Besides giving Indian curry its beautiful golden hue, turmeric has been used as a dye in packaged foods such as mustard and chicken broth (Gallant, n.d.). Turmeric can even be used as a natural, plant-based dye for fabrics like silk, cotton, and wool (Kayne, 2016).

Where wellness benefits are concerned, turmeric is most well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties (Gallant, n.d.). Turmeric is in the Zingiberaceae family, which is also home to its cousin ginger (Zingiber officinale). Turmeric is native to India (and a staple in Indian cuisine), but it can also be grown in other warm climates around the world. In ayurvedic herbalism, turmeric is commonly used to balance the doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha (Gallant, n.d.).

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Benefits and Uses of Turmeric

As mentioned earlier, turmeric is most commonly used to assist the body when inflammation is present. It is believed that turmeric helps to inhibit an inflammatory gene by helping to lower histamine levels, subsequently increasing natural cortisone production by the adrenal glands (Rathaur, Raja, Ramteke, & John, 2012).

It has been found that turmeric can aid in health issues such as osteoarthritis (Kuptniratsaikul, Thanakhumtorn, Chinswangwatanakul, Wattanamongkonsil, & Thamlikitkul, 2009), back pain, and general inflammation (Rathaur et al., 2012), and according to a 2006 study, curcumin is also considered an antioxidant (Khor et al., 2006).

Turmeric can also benefit digestion by assisting the body in producing digestive enzymes that help the body to digest fats, thus supporting liver detoxification (Rathaur et al., 2012). While turmeric has been found safe for many to take in high amounts without side effects (Rathaur et al., 2012), some individuals can be more sensitive to turmeric so it’s best to start at the low end of a suggested dosage and slowly work up from there.

Many studies show that turmeric should be combined with black pepper to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin. Curcumin is a curcuminoid most often researched as turmeric’s primary active compound. The addition of black pepper will aid in the absorption of curcumin in the body and also facilitate the production of digestive enzymes (Shoba, 1998). Traditionally, most recipes with turmeric also include black pepper.

Curcumin is also fat-soluble, meaning that in order to obtain the benefits of the herb you should combine it with a portion of fatty food or substance. This means, if you simply put turmeric in water, you may lose out on curcumin’s benefits (Higdon, Drake, & Delage, 2005). For this reason, coconut milk is used in the recipe below.

It is also believed that turmeric should be heated in order to make the curcuminoids more bioavailable to us (Kurien & Scofield, 2009). This is likely why we most often find turmeric in traditional recipes of soups and curries.

Nutritional Benefits of Cauliflower

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If you shop in a natural foods store, you may find that a growing number of packaged items are made of cauliflower these days, from pizza crust to mashed “potatoes” to cauliflower “rice.” The list goes on. The use of cauliflower has become very popular in the low-carb diet world as a substitution to grains or legumes making it a fantastic way to increase your vegetable intake. Cauliflower is extremely versatile; I personally enjoy it steamed, raw on a salad, or dipped in hummus. The turmeric cauliflower soup recipe below offers the option to roast and puree the cauliflower, creating a warm, creamy, and delicious soup.

Cauliflower is a wonderful dietary addition as it is widely available and affordable. It is also an excellent source of antioxidants and nutrients (Elliot, 2017). While it is low in calories, it still packs a punch with its high nutritional value and vitamin content with one serving of cauliflower containing over 75% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C (SELF Nutrition Data, 2018). According to Dr. Joseph Mercola (2014), cauliflower is a great source of vitamin K, protein, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese. It is also high in fiber which supports healthy digestion and also aids in the detoxification process in the body (Mercola, 2014).

Cauliflower is rich in choline which plays an important role in brain health and development (Elliot, 2017). Another reason cauliflower is known to be a nutritional powerhouse is that it contains the potent antioxidant sulforaphane. Research shows that sulforaphane may also help to reduce high blood pressure and support overall heart health (Yang et al., 2015).

According to the National Cancer Institute (2012) and Abdull Razis & Noor (2013), cruciferous vegetables contain many unique antioxidants and compounds that may reduce inflammation, help protect against cancer cell growth, and even shrink existing cancer cells.

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How To Make Turmeric Cauliflower Soup

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2 heads cauliflower, roughly chopped
2 medium yellow onions, diced
1 bunch carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1-1 ½ tablespoons fresh minced ginger (Zingiber officinale)
8-10 cloves of minced garlic (Allium sativum)
1 dried bay leaf (Laurus nobilis)
1 small bunch fresh thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
1 small bunch fresh sage (Salvia officinalis)
2 tablespoons dried ground turmeric (Curcuma longa)
1 teaspoon black pepper (Piper nigrum)
Juice from 2 large lemons
32 ounces of broth (chicken or vegetable)
32 ounce carton of unsweetened coconut milk
1 can full-fat coconut milk
½  cup gluten-free flour (King Arthur’s or Bob’s)
½ cup coconut oil
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper (to taste)
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste)

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  • Cut cauliflower heads into pieces while removing large stems and toss with olive oil and salt. Roast on a sheet pan at 450 degrees F for 25 minutes or until brown.
  • On a separate sheet pan, roast carrots, celery, onion, and garlic with bay leaves, sage, and thyme at 450 degrees F.
  • While vegetables are roasting, sweat ginger (sauteed on low heat) in olive oil.  
  • Combine gluten-free flour to coconut oil to make a roux (thickening base).
  • Slowly add in the stock on low heat while whisking vigorously to make veloute (savory sauce made from a roux and stock).
  • Blend roasted cauliflower, vegetables, and ginger in a blender with coconut milk until extremely smooth.
  • Add lemon, pepper, and salt to taste and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. Additional water or milk may be added during this process to maintain the desired thickness.

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REFERENCES

Abdull Razis, A.F., & Noor, N.M. (2013). Cruciferous vegetables: Dietary phytochemicals for cancer prevention. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 14(3):1565-70.

Conrozier, T., Mathieu, P., Bonjean, M., Marc, J.F., Renevier, J.L., &  Balblanc, J.C. (2014). A complex of three natural anti-inflammatory agents provides relief of osteoarthritis pain. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 20 Suppl 1:32-7.

Elliot, B. (2017). Top 8 health benefits of cauliflower. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-cauliflower

Gallant, L. (n.d.). Turmeric: “The golden goddess.” Retrieved from http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles/students/turmeric

Higdon, J., Drake, V., & Delage, B. (2005). Curcumin. Retrieved from https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/curcumin

Kayne, J. (2016). DIY: Dyeing with turmeric. Retrieved from https://www.jennikayne.com/ripandtan/dyeing-with-turmeric

Khor, T.O., Keum, Y.S., Lin W., Kim, J.H., Hu, R., Shen, G.,…Kong, A.N. (2006). Combined inhibitory effects of curcumin and phenethyl isothiocyanate on the growth of human PC-3 prostate xenografts in immunodeficient mice. Cancer Research, 66(2):613-21. https://doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-05-2708

Kuptniratsaikul, V., Thanakhumtorn, S., Chinswangwatanakul, P., Wattanamongkonsil, L., & Thamlikitkul, V. (2009). Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts in patients with knee osteoarthritis. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,15(8): 891-897. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2008.0186

Kurien, B.T., & Scofield, R.H. (2009). Oral administration of heat-solubilized curcumin for potentially increasing curcumin bioavailability in experimental animals. The International Journal of Cancer, 125(8): 1992-1993. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijc.24547

Mercola, J. (2014). Top 8 health benefits of cauliflower. Retrieved from https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/22/cauliflower-health-benefits.aspx

National Cancer Institute. (2012). Cruciferous vegetables and cancer prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/cruciferous-vegetables-fact-sheet

Rathaur, P., Raja, W., Ramteke, P. W., & John, S. A. (2012). Turmeric: The golden spice of life. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, 3(8), 1987.

SELF Nutrition Data. (n.d.). Cauliflower, raw nutrition facts and calories. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2390/2

Shoba, G., Joy, D., Joseph, T., Majeed, M., Rajendran, R., & Srinivas, P.S. (1998). Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta Med, 64(4): 353–6. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-2006-957450

Yang, B., Xiaolu, W., Song, Z., Chunye, M., Jiuwei, C., & Yang, Z. (2015). Sulforaphane protects against cardiovascular disease via Nrf2 activation. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2015, 407580. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/407580

Turmeric Lemonade: Health Benefits & How To Make It

Turmeric Lemonade: Health Benefits & How To Make It | Herbal Academy | If you’re looking for a refreshing drink for summer, look no further than this turmeric lemonade recipe. It tastes great, and it's good for your health!

There is something so beautifully simple about using herbs and roots to live a healthy life. The familiar adage, eat the rainbow is apropos –  it is not hard to imagine the health benefits of ground beet root powder with its bright red color or the beautiful blue-green shade of the superfood spirulina.

Turmeric is amongst many foods which are both beautiful and health-supporting. Turmeric, with its orange-yellow hue, is a vibrant and inspiring root we can integrate into our diet.

Although this root is included in many Indian and Asian recipes, if you are unfamiliar with turmeric, it may seem intimidating to incorporate it into your diet in other ways. However, it can be as easy as creating a simple, refreshing drink such as lemonade.

Follow this post for an overview of the health benefits of turmeric and get a recipe for a nutritious and delicious turmeric lemonade!   

Turmeric: A Mighty Colorful Spice

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Whether it’s grated from the fresh root, dried and ground using a mortar and pestle, or simply in powder form, I just love the vibrant color of turmeric. There’s something about its bright, cheery orange-yellow hue that puts me in a good mood. Part of the magic of herbs and spices is in the color and flavor they bring to our lives, and turmeric is one spice that does not disappoint in this regard.

Turmeric has traditionally been used in Indian dishes and is most well-known in the West as the yellow component in premade curry powders. Although it is often seen in powder form in this part of the world, turmeric grows as a root and is a relative of ginger.

Turmeric is abundant in health benefits, namely, its inflammatory supportive properties (Murray, Pizzorno, & Pizzorno, 2006), and I have personally benefited from using turmeric in recipes in order to soothe inflammation in my body. The golden spice has been traditionally used in India for hundreds of years to remedy a wide range of ailments (Rathaur, Raja, Ramteke, & John, 2012). Turmeric provides many health benefits, however, aiding inflammation is perhaps the most well known. According to Rathaur et al. (2012), turmeric can help to ease health issues such as bursitis, arthritis, back pain, and overall inflammation in the body. Turmeric reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels, increasing natural cortisone production, and by inhibiting cytokine, an inflammatory gene (Rathaur et al., 2012).

In addition to its inflammatory supportive properties, turmeric benefits digestion by aiding the body in producing digestive enzymes and by increasing bile production which helps the body to digest fats while also detoxing the liver (Rathaur et al., 2012). It has also been shown that turmeric can be taken in high doses without side effects (Rathaur et al., 2012). Currently, some in the scientific community are advocating for the increased use of turmeric in medical treatments due to its many benefits (Rathaur et al., 2012).

Turmeric’s lovely light ginger flavor is not overpowering, and while we are most familiar with turmeric in our curries and soups, it can be added to smoothies and even incorporated into skin remedies (although beware it will impart its vibrant color to skin and clothing!).

One of my favorite ways to use turmeric during the spring and summer months is to make Turmeric Lemonade.

How to Make Iced Turmeric Lemonade

Turmeric Lemonade: Health Benefits & How To Make It | Herbal Academy | If you’re looking for a refreshing drink for summer, look no further than this turmeric lemonade recipe. It tastes great, and it's good for your health!

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Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

Adapted from an original recipe by Wellness Mama

This bright and refreshing drink will help to integrate the health benefits of turmeric on a sunny-summer’s day!

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2 cups water
2 cups ice
2 tablespoons fresh mint or basil, muddle
3 freshly squeezed lemons
2 teaspoons turmeric powder
1 teaspoon maple syrup (or more to taste)
One or two grinds fresh cracked pepper.

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  • Muddle mint/basil using a mortar and pestle. Otherwise rough chop it to the point that the aroma of the mint/basil is released. Place it in the bottom of your pitcher.
  • Blend the remainder of the ingredients in a blender.
  • Pour the fresh juice into your pitcher.
  • Pour into cups over ice and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and a lemon wedge.
  • Enjoy with your family on a hot day.

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Notes:

  • This lemonade is meant to be served fresh!
  • You can also use stevia or erythritol if you prefer a sugar substitute. If substituting honey, it will not be vegan. You can also choose to omit the sweetener if you prefer a tart lemonade!
  • The cracked black pepper increases the bioavailability of curcumin (Shoba, Joy, Joseph, Rajendran, & Srinivas, 1998).

Turmeric is a potent spice to incorporate into your diet. It can support inflammation and contribute to overall health (Murray et al., 2006). In our home, we add it to most every dinner recipe including pasta sauces and curries. Turmeric lemonade is a creative way to incorporate this beautiful spice into your diet. Let us know if you make this recipe or if you come up with any non-traditional ways to use turmeric.

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REFERENCES:

Murray, M. T., Pizzorno, J. E., & Pizzorno, L. (2006). The condensed encyclopedia of healing foods. New York: Pocket Books.

Rathaur, P., Raja, W., Ramteke, P. W., & John, S. A. (2012). Turmeric: The golden spice of life. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, 3(8), 1987.

Shoba, G., Joy, D., Joseph, T., Rajendran, M. M. R., & Srinivas, P. S. S. R. (1998). Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta medica, 64(4), 353-356.

Vegan Golden Cinnamon Turmeric Latte

Vegan Golden Cinnamon Turmeric Latte

First it was kale. Then quinoa. There always seems to be a trending vegetable, spice or superfood that pops up on everyone’s radar all at once.

And the latest food trend is all about…turmeric!

Today, I want to tell you about the benefits of turmeric and how to easily incorporate it into your diet, and share a delicious recipe for a vegan golden cinnamon turmeric latte with you that will spice up your morning routine in a really good way!

Turmeric: A Powerhouse Spice

Turmeric: A Powerhouse Spice

This powerhouse spice is full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is showing up in recipes and restaurants everywhere these days. Best known for its potent flavor and vibrant color, turmeric has been most commonly used in curry or Indian-inspired dishes. But, with its long list of health benefits, it’s now showing up in everything from soups and stir frys to smoothies and juices.

My favorite way to enjoy turmeric is in this deliciously easy turmeric latte. In fact, I start every morning with one. Not only is it perfect for the increasingly chilly season, but it’s a healthy alternative to coffee.

Paired with cinnamon and honey, this turmeric latte is a quintessential elixir that will make you fall in love with turmeric! Also, make sure to always add a bit of black pepper to any turmeric drink or dish as the piperine in black pepper helps to increase the bioavailability of curcumin (one of the active compounds in turmeric) in the body.

Vegan Golden Cinnamon Turmeric Latte

Vegan Golden Cinnamon Turmeric Latte

Vegan Golden Cinnamon Turmeric Latte

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2 cups organic plant-based milk (cashew or walnut are ideal-the thicker the milk, the better)
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon turmeric
Pinch of black pepper

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  • In a small saucepan, whisk together all ingredients
  • Warm mixture over medium/high heat and continue whisking for 6-8 minutes or until latte has thickened a bit
  • Serve warm!

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How To Get More Turmeric Into Your Diet

Here are some easy tips for incorporating more turmeric into your daily diet:

  • It’s bright orange color makes it a great addition to smoothies and smoothie bowls that contain ingredients like mangos, carrots, bananas, pineapple, ginger, and coconut.
  • When it comes to making vegan cheese sauces or dips, turmeric can give things like blended cashews, boiled squashes, or pureed white beans that typical orange, mac-and-cheese hue. It’s also ideal for things like tofu scrambles or other vegetarian dishes that require an “eggy” color.
  • For joint pain, sprains or injuries, try a topical application of two parts turmeric mixed with one part salt.

And, if you’re looking for actual recipes to try, there are lots of vegan and non-vegan recipes that highlight turmeric. Here are some of our favorites!

  • Here, turmeric is used in its traditional form as the base in an Indian-inspired dish. This Vegetable Carrot Fried Rice-Carrot Veggie Turmeric Pilaf recipe from Vegan Richa is a crowd-pleaser.
  • Non-dairy mac-and-cheese can achieve its bright orange hue with turmeric. Not only does turmeric boost the color, but it adds a nutritional boost as well. This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese recipe from The Vegan Pact is a healthy alternative to the junk-food, store-bought version
  • Think you can’t have quiche without eggs? Think again! Tofu, black salt, nutritional yeast, and turmeric come together to form a decadent brunch dish that I think is better than the non-vegan version. This impressive Vegan Quiches with Asparagus and Tomato recipe from Vegan Heaven is one you can include in your weekly breakfast rotation.
  • This beautiful smoothie bowl that boasts a big assortment of turmeric, fruits, and ginger is a great option to kickstart any day. Get the recipe from Thrive Market here.
  • Is there anything better than getting a hint of fresh turmeric root in your non-dairy ice cream? I don’t think so! This candied ginger and turmeric dessert is beyond decadent and absolutely gorgeous! Get the recipe from Sassy Kitchen, and prepare to be amazed!

Additional articles on turmeric, featured on Herbal Academy.

If you’ve yet to try this powerhouse super spice, what are you waiting for? The benefits of turmeric are endless-and delicious!

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How to Make Gold Milk with a Spin!

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Enjoying a little beverage (and oils ????) that is a fun spin on an ancient recipe while doing some light reading. I like to call it Golden Mate.

Turmeric Gold Milk with a Spn

How to Make This Tea-Formally known as “Gold Milk” with a spin!

This is incredibly soothing, great during illness or as an everyday immune booster. It’s easy to make and kids usually like it. To double this recipe to make two mugs:

Golden Mate

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Use All Organic, GMO-Free:
3 cups of Hemp Milk
4 tablespoons of fresh pressed Turmeric juice
2 tablespoon of fresh pressed Ginger juice
1 teaspoon Raw Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Coconut nectar
2Ml of Black Pepper extract
Half a teaspoon of Cayenne pepper
4oz of strongly brewed herbal tea (approximately 3 gram total Yerba Mate, Skullcap and Lavender)

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  • Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  • Pour into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  • Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

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Gold Milk with a spin

From WebMD: Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems. Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds. 

Important For Women Seeking Pregnancy:

Turmeric should be taken in moderation or used in foods. Some medicinal history info suggests that it was used in ancient times as a birth control and it should not be taken by women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (though using it in cooking is fine). As with any herb or supplement, consult your doctor before using. When used externally, it will give the skin a light yellow hue for a little while after use and this can easily be washed off. This is not harmful just a temporary stain. #MyHerbalStudies”

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Allergy Home Remedies For Families

Springtime brings the waking of green things from the Earth. The air is fresh and wild, and we feel called to the out-of-doors, to nature. Yet for some of us warmer weather  is also the harbinger of, well, misery. If you suffer from seasonal allergies or someone in your family does, you know that the delights of the outdoors can be dubious because a little fun outside time may be followed by hours or days of sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Fortunately, there are a variety of home allergy remedies that can help to support the body and lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Dietary support and changes along with herbal allies can go along way towards helping your family feel better so you can get outside together and play!

Continue reading “Allergy Home Remedies For Families”

Turmeric for Dogs and Other Animals

Just as herbs can positively affect humans, the same is true for animals. It is thought by some that humans may have first learned to use certain herbs by watching the actions of animals. As humans seek to live more natural and self-sufficient lives, many of us also seek to use natural care for our animals. Turmeric may be one such helpful herb for some animals. Continue reading “Turmeric for Dogs and Other Animals”

Turmeric Health Benefits: The Golden Goddess

Turmeric Health Benefits - the golden goddess - Golden Milk Recipe

Most of us know turmeric (Curcuma longa) as the vibrant orange powder located in the spice section between thyme and vanilla beans. And many of us use turmeric root powder in our cooking, particularly if we have an affinity for preparing Indian-inspired dishes. Similar to the root-like component of its cousin ginger, turmeric has been a staple of Indian food traditions for millennia and has a long history of healing use (over 4000 years) in Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese, and Siddhic medicinal traditions.

Turmeric’s role in Hindu devotional and sacred ceremonies is alluded to by one of its Sanskrit names: Kanchani, the “Golden Goddess,” perhaps so called because its beautiful golden hue generously bestows healing to a wide range of ailments (Gallant, n.d.).

turmeric health benefits

Indeed, traditional Ayurvedic use includes turmeric as healing agent for skin abrasions, GI tract inflammation, aches and pains, and liver disorders, while modern research confirms the anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties of turmeric. Continue reading “Turmeric Health Benefits: The Golden Goddess”