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Herbal Habit #3 Turmeric

Turmeric is beyond beneficial, and something that I attempt to work into my diet at every possibility. This is due to its active constituent, Curcumin. Research has shown that Curcumin is beneficial as a;

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory:
  • Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
  • Antiviral
  • Prevention of Blood Clotting
  • Anti-depressant
  • Destroyer of cancer cells
  • Regulator of both Blood sugar + Cholesterol

Wow,  now that is a pretty amazing herb….

Did you know, heating it, with a bit of black pepper that its power goes up over 2000%? This, and eating it with protein increases its bioavailability, that is the means that the ability the body has to absorb all the benefits of Turmeric.

I do believe those curry eating Indians are on to something!  Indians have also been using Turmeric in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years – and it is only now taking the Western world by storm.

As soon as I realised the benefits of turmeric, I started looking for the best ways to integrate it into my diet. I prefer natural intake of nutrients over supplements.  It took some time, yet it’s now become an integral part of my diet. Here are a few of my favourite ways to use it;

I keep a jar of ready to go Turmeric (heated Turmeric with a pinch of cracked black pepper) in my spice cabinet. Ready to add to:
Cold_recipe

  • Smoothies
  • Coconut/ Olive oil salad dressing
  • Scrambled eggs or tofu
  • Sprinkled on an avocado
  • In my morning hot water with lemon, honey
  • Ginger + Turmeric Tea

Coconut Fried Kale
½ bunch of chopped Organic Kale
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp Shredded Coconut (sugarless)
3 tbsp Pumpkin seeds
1 tsp Nutritional Yeast (the yeast I use is listed here)
1 tsp Turmeric + pepper
Heat oil in a skillet, add the turmeric + yeast, throw in the kale and fry a little – add more yeast or turmeric as required.  Brown, until soft and a bit crispy, stir in the shredded coconut. Serve with topped pumpkin seeds.

And my all time favourite recipe:

Golden Turmeric Milk
2/3 cup organic almond milk
1/3 cup coconut cream
½ tsp Turmeric + black pepper
Plus a dash of Ginger powder, Cardamom seeds/ powder, Anise Star, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Heat for 5-10 mins on a low heat.  Take off the heat, stir in some raw honey and serve.

Super delicious! Healthy and easy to make.

EternalSerenity004It’s also fabulous for the skin as it’s both nourishing and gives the skin a healthy glow. Which is why I add a few drops of Turmeric Essential Oil to my Eternal Serenity Face Oil.

So give it a try by adding Turmeric to your diet. If you do choose to use supplements, please buy them with the black pepper added, and take when eating protein for the best absorption.

If you buy the herb itself please buy the organic variety, fresh or from a health store near you, or online Australian Shops such as:
Doorstep Organics
Santos Organics
Honest to Goodness

If you’d like to research it further, please check out these resources:

Health Ambition
University of Maryland Medical Centre
Dr Axe
Banyan Botanicals 

Comfrey: Proven relief from Osteoarthritis and Sprains

Touched base on the weekend, with the lovely Graeme Little, who inspired my ointment making and education of the endless benefits of Comfrey. Graeme was recently featured in the weekly times, farming section be sure to check out the article by clicking here.
Graeme, also kindly shared some of interesting articles and research out there that supports the claims of comfrey and it’s healing effects on back pain, strains and osteoporosis – so check it out.
The last three are for fun and much more easy reading, the gist of it all though is comfrey works, with amazing results!  Of course I know it works, however this is all great information and supports the our divine little comfrey – who has at time gotten a bad rap, how dare it grow like a weed, be un-patented, and free :)
Anyway, I also found it interesting that the Big German Pharma company Merck has ditched some of the drugs they were using for pain relief and replaced them with comfrey – in their own patented version.  Pfff, so they can try to patent it, personally I much prefer my home cooked version. I am glad though with some big pharma behind it, that it supports more research and results, it may lead to further investigation to the more benefits and help it clear some of the not so true accusations that the plant has to deal with.  Strange isn’t it that if its just good, and maybe miraculous no one wants to invest in research.  I don’t mind though how it happens, just good to see Comfrey out there and happening, making a difference in the world.
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Graeme’s comfrey website
Find my own ointment online at Etsy here.
Or of course if you are in South Australia can also buy it via Pure Organic Ministry or give me a shout.
Market days in July are in the planning – will relay dates shortly.