Turmeric (haldi), the most granted spice in curry, often referred as the ‘queen of spices’, traditionally known as Indian saffron, rich in medicinal values, known for its golden colour, peppery, warm, bitter taste and mild flavor, is the idol of my Herbal Monday.
Turmeric is native to Indonesia and Southern India. It is an excellent source of both iron and manganese, also a good source of Vitamin B6, dietary fibre and potassium.
Curcumin is the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric and it does not produce toxicity. Before turmeric is used, the turmeric rhizomes are processed. They are boiled, then dried in sun and when it is sufficiently dry, it is powered.
Beside the uses and benefits, I mainly want to dig into the method of eating it raw and also the method and benefits of turmeric milk.
1. It improves liver function.
2. A potent yet safe anti- inflammatory.
3. A powerful blood purifier.
4. It improves digestion.
5. It heals wounds.
6 . Perfect weight manager.
7. Efficient treatement for bowel diseases.
8. It provides relief from rheumatoid arthritis.
9. It lowers cholesterol.
10. It protects against Alzheimer.
11. It controls diabetes.
12. It prevents cancer.
13. It helps cystic fibrosis sufferer.
14. It reduces risk of childhood leukemia.
15. It provides cardiovascular protection.
16. It is immunity booster.
Erode, a city in Tamil Nadu, is the world’s largest producer of and the most important trading center for turmeric. It is also known as Yellow City, Turmeric City or Textile City.
Now how to eat the turmeric raw! Take fresh turmeric root, peel away the dry outer layer. Grate the turmeric, mix with your salad or it can be taken directly. My dadi use to make small balls of it and used to ask us to swallow, so that it doesn’t stain our teeth. It is generally considered safe to take doses of between 1.5 to 3 grams daily.
There are endless uses of turmeric but taking it raw is the best thing you can do for long term health.
Just mixing it with milk and drinking it is not enough, other spices also plays an important role to enhance its benefits.
It is a traditional Ayurvedic drink to boost our health and vitality. Usually taken at night to promote sleep and heal an array of ailment like sore throat, common cold, headache, arthritis, body pain etc.
1glass low fat milk
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1 small cinnamon stick
4-5 seeds from cardomom pod
1/2 tsp virgin coconut oil
Boil the milk adding all the ingredients except honey. Strain it and sweeten it with honey.
Drink it daily at night before going to bed.
Now let us see how the ingredients are helping us–
— Benefits of turmeric comes from its key components, curcumin.
— Black pepper contains piperine, a component that helps the body absorb Curcumin better.
— Cinnamon helps control blood sugar, reduces bad cholesterol and improves blood circulation.
— Cardamon improves digestion, aids detoxification and beats bad breath.
— Virgin coconut adds to the immune boosting and cholesterol lowering benefits.
— Honey has its healing and antiseptic, antibacterial properties.
Besides this, turmeric paste is applied to the skin of the bride and groom before marriage in many parts of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The benefits of it and Turmeric face mask , we will discuss tomorrow. Till then take care…