A Turmeric Dose
Turmeric…natures answer to inflammation. A spoonful or 2 a day of this magical herb to help ease inflammation, the root cause of many dis-ease throughout the body. From skincare, digestion and immune health, turmeric works to reduce free radical damage and inflammation throughout the body.
Turmeric assists in keeping complexions clear by providing anti-inflammatory properties to skin, as well as nourishment to support healthy elastin. Antioxidants are essential for protecting the integrity of the skin by preventing free radicals from destroying its texture, tissue and elasticity. Turmeric also benefits inflammatory skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and acne, by soothing and nourishing skin both inside and out.
In Ayurveda, Turmeric is considered a bitter and carminative, improving digestion and reducing bloating. Turmeric helps in releasing bile from the gallbladder, which helps to digest food, especially fats and fat soluble vitamins. Turmeric improves stomach health by promoting intestinal flora and increasing protective gastric wall mucous, which act a protective layer from toxins we ingest, keeping them moving through the body’s detoxification process and excreted as waste.
The active compound found in turmeric is curcumin and has been studied to find immune boosting benefits as well as strong anti-oxidant properties to protect our cell DNA from damage. Turmeric is wound healing, soothes irritated tissue, antimicrobial, cancer preventing & contains many healing properties.
Turmeric can be ingested in powdered form through cooking, mixing with water, a smoothie, juice or even straight up by the tablespoon (that's my preference). Those may not be ideal choices if the taste is a bother so opt for Turmeric in liquid or capsule form if so. For a little more in-depth information on Turmeric, including linked studies, I highly recommend to hop over to Cognitune to check out their blog and organic supplements too. You can also check out Starwest Herbs and my favorite powdered turmeric here and be sure to check out a few Turmeric recipes below before you go...
Facial Masque | Combine honey, turmeric, lemon juice and/or yogurt to create a paste, spread onto cleansed skin and leave on up to 30 minutes. For sensitive skin and dry skin needs, spring water or rosewater can be substituted in place of lemon juice. Rinse masque off well in shower, followed by a cotton pad dampened with toner for added removal of any residual masque, completing with your serum application. Use an old towel and pillow case with this facial mask, as turmeric likes to make surprise visits.
Golden Milk | Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes.