Turmeric is the powerhouse of natural remedies. Regular use of turmeric has been found to reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and may play a role in its treatment. It is also being studied as a natural remedy for arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and similar conditions, as it has anti-inflammatory characteristics. Turmeric is also an effective remedy for skin conditions like cystic acne, boils, hidradenitis suppurativa and MRSA.
Your grandmother probably had a tiny tin of the spice turmeric in her cupboard to use when canning pickles to add some color. Yes, turmeric does make an excellent dye, but that is among the least of its amazing uses!
Turmeric is in the ginger family. The root is the part of the plant typically used. It is a bright orange color with a somewhat earthy and bitter taste. It can be easily found in the spice section of your grocery store. But you will likely get a better price and quality if you buy it in bulk at a local Indian market or health food store.
The simplest way to take turmeric of course is by capsule and you can find some excellent brands of turmeric curcumin online.
Turmeric contains nutrients like potassium, vitamin B-6, magnesium and vitamin C. But what really makes turmeric shine is its anti-inflammatory effect, which comes from the curcumin in turmeric.
Ten Reasons to Take Turmeric
Acne often has a bacterial root. Taking turmeric internally works as a natural antibiotic and will often bring healing to a chronic acne problem. It also helps reduce the inflammatory cause of acne. Turmeric can also be mixed with clay to make a paste to apply directly to acne on the skin. Rinse the paste off after ten minutes. This treatment is best done at night as the skin may take on an orange hue for a few hours.
MRSA is an antibiotic resistant staph infection. This stubborn infection often responds well to turmeric, which is a natural antibiotic. For extensive information about using turmeric for MRSA, please see this page.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and healing effects has been shown to be helpful for Alzheimer’s patients, as reported by this study.
Turmeric is effective against a variety of infections. Not only does if fight the infection itself, it reduces inflammation associated with infection, bringing relief on two different levels. When taking turmeric for infections, it should be taken several times a day.
The pain and inflammation from arthritis responds well to turmeric. Many people can take turmeric long term without experiencing side effects, unlike conventional pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Additionally, over the counter medicines can sometimes cause liver damage over time, whereas turmeric can actually improve the health of the liver.
Pain from sources other than arthritis also respond well to turmeric. These pain sources include back pain, muscle pain, neck pain, stomach pain, frozen shoulder pain and bursitis pain. As with arthritis, for most people, turmeric is a safer option than over the counter or prescription pain medications.
Acute and chronic inflammation accompany many diseases, including lupus, chronic fatigue, IBS, Lyme disease etc. Including turmeric in your natural arsenal can help with inflammation.
Turmeric may be a helpful component in cancer prevention and in part of a protocol to fight cancer. See this page for more detail about turmeric for cancer.
Turmeric not only relieves diarrhea, it can relieve the pain and inflammation that commonly comes along with diarrhea. Turmeric capsules are not ideal for diarrhea. With severe diarrhea, there is risk of the capsule of turmeric passing through the entire system before it dissolves and allows the turmeric to do its work. Taking turmeric powder in applesauce or water is an alternative to capsules. If you only have capsules available, you can open the capsule and mix the contents into your food or drink.
10. Wound Healing
Turmeric can be used to help with wound healing. Turmeric can be sprinkled into a wound to reduce the risk of infection. Do be careful when using turmeric on the skin because it can cause a temporary stain on the skin and a permanent stain on some kinds of fabrics. Turmeric can be made into a paste for the skin by mixing it with honey, coconut oil, or olive oil. Each of these ingredients have healing properties as well.
How Should I Take Turmeric?
In some cultures, turmeric is used daily as a cooking spice. This allows the body to benefit regularly from this wonderful herb. But if your palate isn’t accustomed to the turmeric flavor, your may prefer capsules or mixing your turmeric into food. Your daily dose of turmeric can be added to applesauce, yogurt, or cottage cheese. A popular way to take turmeric is in “Golden Milk.”
Golden Milk Recipe
- 1 cup of warm milk (cow, goat, almond, rice, soy)
- Add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Add 1 teaspoon raw honey
- Pinch of black pepper.
Enjoy this milk once or twice a day as desired. You will need to stir your drink frequently as the turmeric will settle to the bottom.
If your milk is a nonfat milk, you should add a teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil to your golden milk.
The black pepper and coconut oil help with the absorption of turmeric.
You can also make “Golden Paste” to take internally or use topically. See this page for a recipe and more information about the use of Golden Paste.
Should I Use Raw or Powdered Turmeric?
For medicinal purposes, most people use powdered turmeric because it is easy to find and take. However, if you raw turmeric available to you, by all means, try it. Raw preparations tend to be more potent, so you may need less raw turmeric than powdered turmeric. Raw turmeric may also be more likely to cause staining.
How Much Turmeric Should I Take?
Typically, adults take between one and four capsules (between 1/4 – 1 teaspoon) of turmeric once or twice a day, depending on their own systems or the condition they are treating. It is generally best to start with a smaller amount and increase slowly if it seems to be necessary. More is not always better. Additionally, more is more likely to cause side effects.
What are the Side Effects of Turmeric?
For some people, turmeric can cause side effects, especially in large quantities. Side effects include nausea, gall bladder pain, stomach pain, heartburn, dizziness and constipation. Turmeric may also lower blood pressure and increase bleeding.
Are There Any Contraindications for Turmeric?
Turmeric is reported to have blood thinning capabilities. Because of this, if you are prone to bleeding and bruising, or if you take blood thinners, you should check with your health care provider to make sure that turmeric is a good option for you.
Turmeric has also caused constipation in some. If you are prone to constipation, be sure to take your turmeric with plenty of water and start with a small dose first to make sure turmeric suits your system.
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