Turmeric or yellow ginger can be mostly found in every households here in Asia and is also referred to as the “Queen of spices”. For nearly 5000 years, it has been cultivated not just a spice but also as a medicinal herb especially in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the classical Indian Medical System. Read on to find out about this inexpensive superfood and the wonders it can do!
Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor with a fragrance slightly reminiscent to orange and ginger. In fact, turmeric is a close relative of ginger however, they both have different properties, colours, flavours and effects. And while it’s best known as one of the ingredients for curry dishes, it has also significantly stayed true to its title (Queen of spices) because of its powerful healing properties.
Studies have shown that the curcumin substance found in turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, potassium and so much more.
The healing power of turmeric
While it has been widely used in Asia, turmeric has only recently gained popularity in Western cultures. Western scientists have discovered in addition to its strong antioxidant properties, it has also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
Turmeric is naturally rich in antioxidants which protects the body from free radicals that may lead to cell damage. It also supports vital blood and liver functionalities, ensures healthy joints and improves skin condition.
Making and storing turmeric powder
To make your own fresh turmeric powder follow these three easy steps: boil, dry and grind.
Boil the rhizome for about 45 mins.
Dry it under the sun for 10 – 15 days. The ideal moisture content in the final dried product should be around 5-10%.
Grind the dried up rhizome into a fine consistency. Just keep in mind that the rhizomes are dried well enough to be able to proceed to this last step.
And that’s it! You have your own turmeric powder ready to use!
Turmeric powder should be kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place. On the other hand, fresh turmeric rhizome should be kept in the refrigerator. To help extend the shelf life of your turmeric rhizome, store it in a BioFresh compartment.
Ways to incorporate turmeric in your daily life
Now that we know the healing wonders of the queen of spice, let’s explore the ways on how we can take advantage of its health benefits.
1. Brew turmeric tea for common cold:
Instead of eating medicines every time you catch a cold, make a turmeric tea! Since turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, mix it with honey and milk to help soothe your throat until cough subsides.
2. Add it in your home-cooked meals:
If your family are new to turmeric, use it as additional seasoning to your scrambled eggs, soups, or toss it with roasted vegetables.
Note: add black pepper to your mix to make the most out of your turmeric.
3. Refreshing smoothie:
Blend in fresh pineapple, banana, coconut, turmeric and chia seeds for a healthy and refreshing drink. This is definitely a must try!
4. As part of your beauty regime:
Combine 1 tsp honey, 2 tbsp yogurt or milk with a few teaspoons of turmeric in a bowl. Mix until it forms a smooth paste and apply on freshly washed skin. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes, then wash off.
Note: it will not stain your face but you might notice some hints of yellow on your skin. Don’t worry, after multiple washes it will go away. 😉
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