Turmeric is the root-stalk of a tropical plant in the ginger family. This root has been in use for thousands of years in India and china as a spice, and medicine for certain conditions including heartburn, diarrhea, stomach bloating, colds, fibromyalgia, and depression. It is sometimes applied on the skin for ringworm and infected wounds as it’s said to have anti-bacterial properties. It is the spice responsible for the yellow curry. One of the main components of the spice is a substance called cur cumin which has potential healing properties.
Cur cumin is a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been scientifically proven that cur cumin could be helpful in the prevention and cure of some inflammatory conditions. It could also be used for curative and preventive measure in the following ways:
- As a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
- It can be useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
- When combined with cauliflower, turmeric can prevent prostate cancer.
- It can be helpful in the prevention of the spread of breast cancer to the lungs.
- It reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
- It is a natural liver detoxifier.
- Turmeric is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works well without any side effects.
- It is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
- It aids in fat metabolism and helps in weight management.
- It can also be used in the treatment for depression.
- It boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
- Turmeric has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
- It speeds up healing in wounds and assists in remodeling damaged skin and other inflammatory skin conditions.
- It could also be used in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer disease.
Turmeric can also be used in the following ways:
- As Spice: add it to anything, besides sweets for a new flavor and a ton of health benefits. You can use turmeric to add some taste to cooked vegetables, eggs and meat dishes. You can also add it to boiling water for cooking pasta, rice, soups and more.
- As Tea: boil four cups of water and add one teaspoon of grounded turmeric. Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.
- As Skin Detox: mix it with castor oil for a skin detox. Castor oil with turmeric powder is a powerful toxin releaser for your skin. For every woman, it is great to apply to the breast and under the arm because it will pull out harmful toxins from the lymph nodes and fat cells of the breast.