Every one has heard of the interesting healing and antidepressant qualities of turmeric because it’s a pretty hot topic for people who take supplements these days. So, what is all the excitement about? Putting it simply, many people claim to “feel better” when they take turmeric supplements or cook with turmeric as a spice in their food.
In this post, I’ll go over a little bit of history and you will learn some interesting details about the benefits. There is also information about how to grow your own turmeric plants along with ways to cook with it. Additionally, you’ll find a resource for turmeric essential oil. So, let’s begin.
This hearty spice is derived from the turmeric plant which grows as a root. It has been in use for more than 5,000 years as a spice and a medicinal herb. Moreover, it contains compounds with healing qualities. The most prominent quality is the medicinal qualities of the curcuminoids. Then, within the curcuminoids, curcumin is the most powerful ingredient and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic practices for reducing stress and other discomforts of the mind and body.
Today & for more than 5,000 Years, Turmeric Naturally Reduces Stress
Curcumin is a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which is also widely used as an anti-depressant. Interestingly, curcumin also assists in raising the level of the brain hormone BDNF. As the level of BDNF elevates it increases the growth of new neurons. This entire action helps improve declining activity in the brain as we age.
Chronic inflammation of joints and infections are subsided with the use of Curcumin. And, it inhibits many of the molecules that cause inflammation.
As a strong anti-inflammatory and free radical neutralizer, curcumin also works to increase the level of antioxidant enzymes in your body. How powerful is that?
If that’s not enough, here’s seven more health benefits people get from this wonderful spice:
- Natural antiseptic.
- Relieves stiff and painful joints.
- Improves memory.
- Relieves inflammatory bowel syndrome.
- Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
- Prevents stomach ulcers.
- Relieves chronic coughs.
The Benefits of Turmeric Essential Oil
As an ancient spice used in Ayurveda medicine for literally thousands of years, you will find this essential oil becoming a part of your daily routine for many purposes.
For instance, you may find yourself using it for anti-inflammatory or antioxidant purposes. Or, you might use it as an anti-depressant.
This essential oil is used topically or ingested to derive the best benefits for your life.
Guidelines for Cooking With Turmeric
It’s important to note that when cooking with turmeric that in order to get the maximum benefits, you must use it in combination with pepper of some kind. The recipe below uses ground peppercorns which is what I recommend. The reason for this is because the pepper works with the turmeric to release higher levels of curcumin while your food is cooking.
1. Sprinkle turmeric on and inside a roast chicken. For a quick, tasty, super-food snack, sprinkle turmeric on children wings and drizzle with coconut oil, then bake until crispy.
2. Add turmeric and ground peppercorns to your slow-cooking chicken stock to make a superfood even more super.
3. Put it in a green, leafy smoothy or sprinkle it on a green salad along with your favorite oil and vinegar dressing.
4. Stir up a curry powder with turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, fenugreek, and black peppercorn. Simmer with vegetables, meat, or both.
Grow Your Own Inside or Outside
To grow your own plant at home, click on the plant above or on any of the links in this description.
Yellow Tumeric – Curcuma Longa – Edible The WHOLE PLANT is edible This plant grows in full sun, partial sun or part shade. In addition, you may grow it either indoors or outdoors in a warm climate area. Also, these grow well in 4.5″ quart pots.
Grow outside: Planting season is September through October Plant into warm soil. Also note, you must plant the rhizomes 5-7 cm deep. Turmeric is planted on ridges and do well when planted a distance of 30 to 45cm between each plant. As illustrated in the image above, the little “rhizomes” are what you put in the ground.
Grow inside: Plant indoors in the late winter. Then keep the plant inside all year round. It takes about 7 to 10 months from when you plant to when you harvest. Again, turmeric grows from rhizomes which are fleshy root structures as you can see in the image above.
Spice up Your Food with Organic Turmeric
Each bottle is filled with only organic spice ground from the root of the perennial turmeric plant.