Turmeric is known to be one of the most powerful healing herbs.
Turmeric has been used for many thousands of years in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for conditions including heartburn, diarrhoea, stomach bloating, colds, fibromyalgia and depression. Followers of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine also sometimes apply turmeric to the skin for ringworm and infected wounds as it’s said to have anti-bacterial properties. It is also great for bones and joints as it has anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
Turmeric improves metal health
Turmeric may also boost the ‘happy hormones’, the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. So what makes turmeric good for treating depression? The main reason is curcumin, the main biological active phytochemical component of turmeric.
After numerous studies researchers found out that depressed patients experienced similar improvements when taking either curcumin or Prozac! However, the patients that took both experienced the greatest improvement in mood – highlighting the potential of turmeric to boost mental health.
So how do you find a way to add a little of this magic stuff into your diet on a daily basis? There are lots of great turmeric recipes, but let’s be honest – it’s easiest to sprinkle some into a drink for a fast and easy fix.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- 5-7 inches turmeric
- 5-7 tamarind
- 2 lemons
- raw honey
- mason jar(s) or other glass jar with lid
1. Peel turmeric. Your fingers will turn yellow. Don’t worry! All-natural dish soap gets it right out. If your cutting board or countertop get stained, slather on dish soap and rub it in. Let it soak in for 5 min or longer, then scrub with water and sponge. The turmeric stain will vanish!
2. Crack and open tamarind. Make sure you get all the inner roots off, too. We’re only going to use the inner fruit.
3. Fill a big pot with water, put peeled tumeric in and let it boil for at least 20 minutes until the water becomes a rich and vibrant marigold color.
4. While the tumeric water is boiling, get a pan and pour 1 inch of water in with the peeled tamarind. Move the fruit around with a wooden utensil, mix it in with the water so it can melt and dissolve into a jam like texture. More water shouldn’t be needed, but if it’s lookin’ a bit dry, pour water in as needed.
By this time, you should be able to see the little seeds coming out. When the texture looks soft, turn heat off and let it cool down.
5. Go back to the tumeric water. By now, the color should look ready. Pour a little bit of cold water to lower the temperature. Take the turmeric water and pour it into the blender with the tumeric. We boiled it so the root could soften and have more flavor, now it’s ready to buzz in the blender for even more flavor and richness! Blend, blend, blend. The color now should look like an extra extra fiery marigold.
6. Go back to the tamarind in the pan. Pour substance into the strainer that is placed on top of a small bowl to catch the tamarind. Swish the jam like substance around in the strainer with the wooden utensil– we only want to use the soft bits of the fruit. No seeds, no seed peels.
7. Pour the tamarind that has been caught in the bowl into the blender with the tumeric water. Buzz it around again.
8. We’re almost done. Squeeze your lemons into the blender. Now take the blender and pour your yummy juice into your mason jar(s). Add honey to taste, close with lid, shake it up to mix.
9. Store in fridge up to 3-4 days and drink daily!
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- half a cup of almond milk
- 2 teaspoon of black tea
- 2 glasses of water
- 2 teaspoons of powdered turmeric
- 2 teaspoons of ground cardamom
- 2,5 cm long piece of ginger, ground
Put the ginger, powdered turmeric, cardamom and cinnamon in the water and place the mixture on fire for 10 minutes. Add the black tea in the mixture, as well, and cook for another 2 minutes. Once the mixture is cooked, strain it in the cup of almond milk. Sweeten the resulting remedy with honey.
Way of consuming:
Drink the resulting remedy throughout the day as soon as you feel body aches.
Anti-inflammatory turmeric tea
- 32 oz boiling water
- ½ Tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 5 peppercorns, whole (if tolerated on AIP)
- 1 orange, juiced (or substitute 1½ tbsp honey)