Turmeric is a really excellent herbal remedy and spice that has earned a permanent place in my pantry. This is just a short ‘nutshell’ article, to cover the basics. If you’re interested in reading a more thorough review of it (with links to the source article) check out the full length turmeric herb article.
The History of Turmeric
Turmeric is a bright orange root that has been used since ancient times as a food flavoring, coloring agent, and medicinal herb. It’s one of the key flavors of curry, and has a warm, peppery flavor. And it stains like the dickens. The people of India love turmeric, and eat around a teaspoon per day in their food on average.
I buy powdered turmeric in bulk, so that I can use it in cooking, as well as put it into capsules as a supplement. My herbal home remedy kit will always contain turmeric. It’s my go to remedy for:
- inflammation (swelling)
- sports or joint injuries
- staunching bleeding
- coughs and bronchial inflammation
For convenience sake, there are also good brands of capsules with the pepper extract already added, so you get maximum benefit. This is a brand of turmeric capsules that I have in my Amazon affiliate store:
How I Use Turmeric
Mixing in a 1/4 t. (a couple pinches) of black pepper into a cup of powdered turmeric DRAMATICALLY boosts the body’s ability to absorb the curcumin…the active anti-inflammatory in turmeric.
Studies show that taking turmeric with pepper boosts absorption by 2000%!
I use it in my honey cough syrup remedy here. In fact, it’s the main component that kicked our persistent whooping cough, and we now use it when we feel a headache or allergic reaction coming on. It’s also great after an injury to combat inflammation.
For the most part, reasonable amounts of turmeric can be taken without concern to side effects for healthy, non-pregnant individuals who are not on prescription medications.
Using larger doses (more than about a teaspoon per day) is not advisable for pregnant women or those on prescription drugs.
For more information including additional uses and studies, check out the full length turmeric article here.
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