Turmeric, is the superfood everyones talking about but what exactly makes it so super? Studies have revealed that Turmeric is not only one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world but profoundly beneficial for brain function, particularly within those of us suffering from depression and anxiety.
I was recently introduced to the benefits of Turmeric following a recommendation from my mum. My mum has been using natural immune boosting remedies to aid the recovery of my Dad following his long stint of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment for his Cancer. She recommend this to me shortly after she started to replace her morning tea with a Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon and Honey drink. After researching the benefits of it myself, I soon began to implement it into my daily life and have been amazed by the results.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is made by grinding the dried root of the Curcuma Longa plant, a perennial herb in the ginger family and has long been the key ingredient for curry powder. Curcuma longa, and its main active component curcumin, “have been evaluated as potential natural remedies for conditions like cancer, allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, cataracts, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and cardiovascular disease”, giving Turmeric its deserved title as a Superfood.
Here are a list of proven benefits as to why you should add turmeric to your daily life:
- Natural Liver Detoxifier
- Fights against inflammation
- Protects the heart in various ways
- Helpful for arthritis
- Brain boosting
- May be helpful for diabetes and cancer
- Useful for depression and anxiety
- Helps with headaches
- Helps circulation
- Helps cholesterol
- Helps bloating and can help cleanse the colon
- Helps reduce acne
Convinced? I’m going to give you 5 of my personal tried and tested ways of how to add turmeric into your life.
1. The Flu Fighting Tea and Immune Booster.
Above you’ll see how NOT to take a spoonful of Turmeric, even though technically, she’s doing the ‘cinnamon challenge’.
But this really is simple to make and something I drink on a daily basis. I find it’s the best and easiest way to get all that goodness crammed into one morning beverage.
All you have to do is thinly slice the lemon and ginger, add 1 tsp of honey, 1tsp turmeric and add hot water. I will warn you now that this will taste a little different at first and your probably going to hate it quite honestly (see GIF above), so take a deep breath, hold your nose and just go for it.
This definitely gets better with time or, you just get used to it, one of the two but I personally have grown to love the taste. If you leave it to stand for 2 minutes it actually has a chance to brew and tastes quite nice.
I’ve also used this mixture when dealing with stress related headaches and low mood as it’s a natural brain booster and anti-inflammatory. I drink this to help with my IBS which causes me to suffer from really bad bloating and constipation and since drinking it every day, my bloating has decreased significantly and afforded me more frequent bowel movements – yay!
- 1 tea spoon of Turmeric
- 4 slices of Ginger (peeled)
- 4 slices of Lemon
- 1 tsp of Honey, and hot water
2. The Famous Golden Milk
This Ayurvedic soothing and healing drink is a great flavourful way to get turmeric into your system as well as helping you get that good nights sleep. Grab a small pan, add all of your ingredients to it setting the temperature to a medium/high setting. Wait until warmed or hot (depending on preference for drinking), then serve. You can drink this hot or cold, day or night and save for later by storing it in the fridge for up to 2 – 3 days.
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 1/2-1 tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp ghee (optional)
- If your drinking this before bed add 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, cardamon, and nutmeg to promote a good nights sleep
3. The Lurgy Buster
This soup is perfect for killing off those unwanted infections and viruses.
I feel like people either love soups or hate them but this soup is no ordinary soup, not only does it help fight off those horrible colds but also aids against those draining flu viruses. I absolutely love this recipe from The Healthy Maven. Her version of the ultimate immune boosting soup is delicious. However, I’ve put together something I usually make which I often crack out when I feel cold coming on.
- 6 medium mushrooms (sliced or halved)
- 1 leek (sliced)
- 2 carrots (chopped)
- 1 sweet potato (peeled and diced)
- 1 white onion (sliced or diced)
- 2 vegetable/chicken stock cubes or fresh vegetable/chicken stock or both to thicken
- 2 teaspoons of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
- Sprinkling of oregano
- Small amount of rosemary and thyme
- Pinch of salt and pepper to season taste
- Boiling water in large pan or stock pot to boil all of the above
Method: Bring water in pan to boil, add all ingredients and boil for about 30 minutes until cooked.
4. Turmeric Scrambled Eggs (child-friendly)
Obviously all of these recipes are child friendly but I know how hard it is getting kids to eat healthy, so I highly recommend adding it to scrambled eggs to introduce it to them. The taste is slight and the yellow of the turmeric will go unnoticed amongst the already yellow eggs. Perfect. They’ll never know.
- Pinch of salt
- Add 1/2 tsp turmeric
5. The Golden Glowing Face Mask for the Perfect Skin Care
I have used this face mask a handful of times after discovering it recently when researching about turmeric. the mask is very easy to make. The colour will start off a light yellow mustard colour and by the time you take it off will be a bright yellow colour. I also used this on my partner following a severe skin picking session (Dermatillomania) she said this face mask not only smelt refreshing but helped soothe her skin and left her skin feeling fresh and cleansed. I would recommend using the back of a teaspoon to apply it to the face and leave it on for around 5 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water. Thandie Newton refers to this as her ‘Secret Beauty Weapon’ and by the looks of her amazingly flawless skin, its worth a try!
- Turmeric is extremely high in antioxidants which helps slow the process of cell damage
- It works wonders with inflammatory skin conditions, such as dry skin, psoriasis, eczema and acne.
- It helps to reduce any pigmentation and give your skin an even tone.
- It is also said that it helps to eliminate those unwanted wrinkles.
Will this stain my face?
I recommend using a thin layer, any stains can be washed off in the shower, but you might need to wash it off a few times. I wouldn’t recommend doing this before any nights out or important events just incase you are left with a slightly yellow tinge on your hands or face. I do find it stains my face but only very slightly, nothing major and totally worth it after how glowing your skin will feel afterwards. Remember turmeric is used as natural dye so I would avoid getting it on any clothing or towels you don’t want ruined and try not to leave it on your skin for longer than 5 minutes.
- 2 tablespoons of unsweetened yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of honey.
Warning: Please Read Carefully before using Turmeric based products/recipes. The above recipes and ideas may not be suitable for you if you are allergic to dairy or any of the above ingredients. In this case I would recommend replacing the yoghurt for a coconut cream. Please also not that I am not a skin care professional or specialist, nor am I a medical professional so please ensure you consult your doctor before using turmeric in your daily diet if you have a medical condition. This is also unsuitable for those who are pregnant.