Turmeric is one of the most popular spices on the internet right now and it’s not hard to see why. This root is a cousin to the incredible ginger root and is native to India and South Asia.
This root and its healing powers have been used for thousands of years and gives curries and other dishes from this region their orange color. While turmeric may be best known for its powers as an anti-inflammatory agent, we often forget about its power to boost and support our immune system.
Food Alchemy Tip
Whenever you start to get joint or muscle soreness, add a small (1tsp) of turmeric to a cauliflower rice dish, stir-fry, or a smoothie to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory power! Just make sure to pair it with black pepper or coconut oil so your body can absorb it properly!
Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years to help the body and fight of infections. A common remedy is to make “Golden Milk” to promote longevity. It is also commonly useful to help heal jaundice, liver issue and gallbladder disorders. How I wish I had heard about turmeric before having my gallbladder removed!
Curcumin, which is one of the major healing components of turmeric is said to be so good at treating inflammation that is can actually help reduce stress and heal the mind. Studies have even shown that it is more effective than prozac for treating depression.
So much of disease and infection in our bodies is directly connected with inflammation that it is no wonder that turmeric is so effective at helping us heal. Turmeric is a more powerful antioxidant that vitamin E and is a natural antibacterial topical agent.
Next time you are starting to feel under the weather, have joint pains, or are just in the mood for some healing curry, try out this healing blend!
Medicinal Curry Blend
I really love when healing medicine and food go hand in hand. It is so with this wonderful curry dish. Every herb that is in traditional curry is also a well-known medicinal plant.
Often these herbs became part of the recipe as much for their wonderful medicinal properties as their incredible flavor. Curry powders contain drying, warming, anti-bacterial herbs that assist in digestion and stabilizing blood sugar levels. This particular recipe is from Kathi Keville, who is the author of the Illustrated Herb Encyclopedia.
- 1oz of coriander seed
- 1oz cumin seed
- 1oz of turmeric root
- ½ oz of chile pepper
- ½ oz of black mustard seed
- ½ oz of fennel seed
- ½ oz ginger root
The best way to use any spice is to have it freshly ground from whole dried herbs. If you are short on time, and for convenience and ease, you can always use the powdered herbs bought from your local store for any mix.
How to make your Curry blend
Combine the spices with a small amount of oil (about ¼ cup of oil for every 2-3 teaspoons of herbs) in a saucepan and warm over a very low heat for just a few minutes, until the herbs become quite fragrant.
You can use this spice blend as is, or if you want, you can and in just enough coconut milk or water to make a paste. Store in your fridge, where your new blend can keep for up to several weeks.
How to use your Curry
To treat a respiratory problem or a cold, add in 1 teaspoon to a cup of miso soup. To treat bowels and sluggish digestion, add in 1 tablespoon to any food as needed. Curry of course is great when served on a bed of rice or vegetables, also used with oil and vinegar as a dressing. Just about any curry dish!
Curry is a great way to spice up any dish, not only is it super yummy but it is also amazing for your body! If you have come across any other awesome dishes that is just awesome for you body, we would love to hear all about it in the comments below!
Sources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, pgs. 94-96, 98