Tumeric Benefits and Uses Beyond Mustard
Health, and the chasing after good health, or maybe a better way to word it would be chasing after what I need to prevent bad health. I already enjoy good health and am constantly looking at sources of products that improve or prevent things from happening so life runs smooth. I remember my grandma sitting in a wheel chair the last several years of her life and other family members that had diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer to heart disease to whatever. Each one I heard about I thought about what could I do to avoid or prevent that nightmare.
For brevity sake the article today is on Turmeric. To me it was just an ingredient in mustard that was my main condiment on hot dogs or coloring in food and other items found in the markets including cheese. Tumeric is a tropical plant grown mostly in tropical climates and mostly imported from India and is related to ginger. By the way I think I should write an article on ginger too and share my ginger ale recipe. But, for today I’ll just put in the Golden Milk recipe that includes Tumeric in it.
Most people will use tumeric in teas or cooking but there are remedies using it in tinctures. Lately, I’ve been testing it out in a recipe called Golden Milk. That is a real tasty flavorful drink that is supposed to be healthy. Since it tastes so good it probably isn’t that healthy because I grew up in the days that medicine burned, tasted bad etc. If you check out my Pinterest pages you will find the recipe for Golden Milk but it is so simple I’ll put it on here as well at the end of the article. I first became aware of tumeric reading the ingredients on a mustard jar.
When I got old enough to find out that inflammation causes aches and pains like arthritis I started looking for something to fix it that didn’t involve stinky lotions that burnt your eyes if accidentally rubbed near them. I think I must have been reading a magazine from the health food store that said a way to get rid of inflammation was to use curcumin. I had never heard of that and had to find out what it was. You can buy curcumin as an extract but it is one of the healing properties or benefits of tumeric. It is also antioxidant which was another word I learned that is supposed to be a healthy word to find in your food.
My kids think I would have made a good Indian Medicine Showman back during the days of cowboys and Indians because of all the poultices, elixirs, juices etc that I have been poking at them to keep them out of doctors offices. Some of my potions and remedies I’m not so likely to share with them since they make fun of me until they get sick and want me to fix them up. One thing I’ve been doing with tumeric powder is adding more of it in my cooking. Even when I cook my oatmeal I add a bit of it in there too. You can experiment with tumeric and add it into soups, sauces, and yogurt. I make my own kefir from cultures and I like that plain without flavoring. Kefir is similar to yogurt and since I make my own I think it is about the healthiest drink after my Tahitian Noni juice and Mangoxan juice.
Turmeric powder has a fragrance I could call aromatherapy that just smells healthy, with a hint of scent I would describe as hot but a mild kind of hot and maybe a little gingery if you know what I mean. It’s good for you and very inexpensive bordering on cheap as of this writing. Once I get the word out the stock prices will go up.
I was looking for health reasons I could write about but in this day and age I’m afraid some sue happy kook will want to take me to court over claims. So I will leave the benefit health claims to something I read on the internet about a German Commission E (whoever that is) approving it for use to relieve joint pain and anti-inflammatory effects. There was another word used called Ayurvedic treatment but I’m not up to date on that word. I did buy some info on it and when I get done reading it I may pass that along too once I find out what it is. There are other beneficial reasons for using tumeric.
I did find reasons not to use it and that is for women trying to get pregnant should limit intake and people with congestive heart failure. For more information please check out Tumeric on my Pinterest page. The information on my site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
The “GOLDEN MILK” Recipe
You will be making the Tumeric paste first.
1: Turmeric Paste Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup of turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
- 1/2 cup of filtered water
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a small a small sauce pan and mix well. Turn the heat to medium high and stir constantly until the mixture is a thick paste. It only takes a minute so don’t do anything but keep your eye on it. When mixture is cool put in baby food jar or jelly jar in refrigerator.
2: Golden Milk Ingredients:
- 1 cup of almond milk or other milk of your choice
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon or more of turmeric paste
Directions: Combine almond milk, coconut oil and paste in a saucepan on medium heat and stir constantly and don’t let it boil. When temperature is like hot chocolate add enough honey (tablespoon + or – to suit your taste. Here is a good video on golden milk: