The Powerful Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric Benefits

Nature has such a plethora of herbs and plants that have been known by many cultures to have medicinal benefits. This post will share the health benefits of Turmeric and some recipes for how to use this powerful spice.

What is Turmeric

Turmeric is a perennial shrub that is grown in India and other tropical areas of Asia. It is a common spice used in Indian cuisine and has also been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It has a bright yellow color and is pungent in taste. If you are pregnant consult with a doctor prior to including turmeric in your diet because it can act as a uterine stimulant.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

  • Powerful Antioxidant
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Prevents Alzheimers
  • Natural Painkiller
  • Promotes Heart Health
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Promotes Healthy Skin
  • Improves Digestion

Turmeric Recipes

Tumeric can be used either ground (where to buy) or in root form (where to buy). I like to just throw a piece of fresh turmeric in juice or smoothies. I also like to use it to season meat or as an ingredient in my Supercharged Egg Drop Soup recipe to give it the characteristic yellow color without using artificial dyes that are typically used. Another favorite of mine is to drink golden milk before bed which helps me sleep amazing. It is very easy to make and so delicious. Here is my recipe for golden milk.

Golden Milk

  • 8 ounces of milk (My favorite is homemade coconut milk!)
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • dash of fresh ground pepper
  • dash of ground himalayan sea salt

Warm the milk in a saucepan on medium low heat. Add a dash of salt and pepper and ground turmeric and stir. Once warmed pour into a mug and enjoy! It is great for reducing inflammation and is used in many cultures to soothe the body for a good nights sleep. Here is another unique turmeric milk recipe you can try.

Do you include Turmeric in your diet? Do you have questions about how to use Turmeric? We would love to hear from you!

 

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Medicine Cabinet Must Have Part V: Raw Honey

HoneyI love raw honey. It is a Superfood and has made my list of Medicine Cabinet Must Haves. According to Ayurvedic medicine raw honey is considered a medicine while heated honey is considered a slow poison. Honey in it’s natural form is complete with beneficial vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Honey that has been heated destroys the honey’s nutritional value and which creates cellular toxicity and and can lead to immune dysfunction. Most commercial honey has been processed and should be avoided completely. When purchasing raw honey it is important that it is labeled as Unfiltered, Unprocessed or Unpasteurized. Please talk to your doctor or pediatrician before you give honey to babies under the age of 1.

Health Benefits of Raw Honey

  • Prevents cancer and heart disease
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Reduces Ulcers and GI Disorders
  • Prevents and treats cough and colds.
  • Prevents and treats osteoporosis
  • Reduces stress
  • Boosts energy
  • Treats insomnia
  • Improves immune system
  • Treats anemia
  • Eases arthritis pain
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Treats bladder infection
  • Reduce hyperactivity

Raw honey contains probiotics and is has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Because of it’s healing properties it makes an excellent addition to a medicine cabinet.

Medicinal Uses of Raw Honey

  • Heals wounds and burns
  • Treats Skin Infections
  • Cures Conjunctivitis
  • Treat nasal congestion
  • Treat migraines and headaches
  • Acts as a natural antibiotic
  • Treats sore throats

Other Uses for Raw Honey

Increases athletic performance– Ancient Olympic athletes would eat raw honey and dried figs to improve their performance. Recent studies show this is due to it’s ability to maintain glycogen levels and shorten recovery time.

Stop bedwetting– A teaspoon of raw honey before bed aids in water retention.

Get beautiful skin and hair- Apply raw honey to skin before bed to treat pimples and blackheads. Mix honey with equal parts coconut oil for a nourishing hair deep conditioner.

Where to Get Raw Honey

It is best to get local raw honey from either a Co-Op, Farmer’s Market or health food store. You can also purchase raw honey online but it won’t be local. Local raw honey helps to reduce seasonal allergies by making you naturally immune by providing necessary antibodies. We love raw honey in our house and I give my kids a small spoonful daily as a treat.

Honey

Medicine Cabinet Must Have Part IV: Chamomile

Chamomile tea

Chamomile is an herb from a flowering plant that has been used for centuries to treat a number of health problems. Not only is chamomile the world’s most commonly used tea, but this herb is also an anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory. It is a very popular and soothing herb, but many advise not to use it during pregnancy or if on blood thinning medication. So please consult your doctor if you fall into either category before using. Chamomile has been used for various internal and external ailments with little, if any, side effects. This post will share with you why Chamomile tea made my list as a Medicine Cabinet Must Have and why I think it belongs in every household.

Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile is an age old medicine that has been used all over the world. Scientific research over the past few decades have confirmed that many of the traditional uses do have therapeutic benefits and alleviate many conditions such as:

  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Insomnia & Sleep Disorders
  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Wounds, Scrapes and Burns
  • Stomach Problems: Ulcers, Irritable Bowel System, Stomach Flu, Menstrual Cramps
  • Skin Disorders: Eczema, Psoriasis, Diaper Rash
  • Eye Infections: Pink Eye, Irritated Swollen Eye
Chamomile Flowers

Uses of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile comes in the form of tea bags,dried flowers, pills, infusions, and tinctures. When purchasing products that contain chamomile look for at least 3% chamomile for the best results. Chamomile can be taken internally or externally depending on the condition. Cooled teabags can be applied directly to affected areas, or tea bags can be added to a bath to soothe skin disorders. Chamomillia tablets are useful to have on hand for teething or fussy babies as a great homeopathic way to calm and soothe.

I have used chamomile for a number of different problems. I used the tablets for both of my kids when they were teething or overstimulated. When my kids get tummy aches or are feeling a little under the weather I make them tea with local raw organic honey. I have used it on myself for hives, a swollen irritated eye and even when we had a bout of the stomach flu.

Do you use Chamomile as a medicine? If so please share your stories and experiences!

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104112140.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matricaria_chamomilla
Disclaimer:  Please note: I am not a medical professional. Please use your careful discernment and double check with your naturopath or doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements

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