the Golden Goddess - 5 benefits & uses of turmeric

Turmeric is a magical root that truly helps with all the things. It has incredible medicinal properties. Turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years as a spice, for religious ceremonies and as a medicine. It is most widely used presently and historically throughout Southeast Asia and in India as an aryuvedic medicine. You may be hearing the buzz about it more and more in the US and around the world, for good reason. 

 

This root contains the powerful compound of curcumin. Curcumin is where the real medicinal properties come from. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties as well as increases the ability for the body to take in antioxidants. The curcumin also can positivity impact brain function, help prevent cancer, Lowered risk of Alzheimerโ€™s, assist with arthritis, an anti-depressant, and can help with anti-aging. You are definitely doing yourself a favor by including it in your life in one way or multiple ways.  

  

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1.     Spice up your life

Add it foods for extra flavor plus benefit. You can add turmeric to just about everything. It is great to flavor cooked vegetables, use it in sauces, soups, and so much more. It can be a mild flavor when you sprinkle it on, where it really is not that noticeable but has great benefits if you do it often. You can also add it in to your smoothies. Truly you can add it to just about anything you choose. Experiment and find ways to incorporate it that you love. Here is a great option and price for the powder below, click image for more info:

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2. Supplement 

Using the spice itself is a great option but it is difficult to get the full potential from turmeric by only adding it to your foods as a spice. Especially if you are dealing with any inflammatory issues, taking a supplement can be a great idea. Those with arthritis have seen great improvements from taking turmeric supplements The best way to use turmeric is when you can intake high concentrations of the curcumin that is contains. Using a supplement can allow you to do this. Below is a great option of one you can purchase through the amazon store. Click the picture for more:

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3.  Drink it up

It may seem strange if you have not tried it but there are some delicious drinks that you can make with turmeric. Every morning I start my day with warm lemon water, where I also add some organic turmeric powder and honey, and sometimes some apple cider vinegar. This is a perfect way to wake up your body systems. Traveling through Bali and Thailand I had some of the best iced turmeric lemonades as well as boosting shots.

 Morning Water:

1/2 lemon squeezed and slices

1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder (use fresh root or powder is ok too)

1 drop of honey

4. Put it on

You may also start to find many beauty products that contain this magical root, from face masks, to body washes and more. It contains healing properties that can be great for your skin as well, plus natural is always better. The anti-bacterial properties can help to detox and clarify the skin. It can also assist in healing scars, wounds and help with anti-aging. Turmeric can also help to soothe skin that is dry, including such issues as psoriasis. To help with a burn you can mix some of the powder with milk. These are just a few of the endless uses to heal your body on the outside.  The face mask below I have used, this drying mask leaves my skin feeling so soft & refreshed. Click photo more info & to buy:

5.     Color naturally

 

You may notice the vibrant color of turmeric. It can be used as a natural color dye for baking as well as many other things. Fabric of clothing, a tablecloth or anything you desire can be colored a beautiful yellow by using turmeric. Here is a great tutorial of how to use it as a dye.

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