For the love and health of Turmeric

For the love and health of turmeric, get it into your any way you can! Drink it, eat it and bath in it. Well, this may be a little extreme, however turmeric is a godsend that I just cannot do without.

IMG_0713Turmeric, is native to the South East area of India and grows wild and free in parts of Asia. It has been hailed for thousands of years for its medicinal, cosmetic and culinary attributes, and has a reputation as being one of the world’s most valuable and versatile herbs. Turmeric is accepted as being able to help with anti-aging, immunity, digestive, allergies, circulation, balancing blood sugar levels and vitality. Turmeric is rich in antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties putting it up there as a superfood to reckon with. Surely the people from The island of Okinawa, in Japan are on to something, they are some of the longest-lived people in the World and apparently drink a lot of turmeric tea!

Personally, I incorporate turmeric into my diet in many ways;

  • Drinking a homemade tonic with my husband during the week, which is really delicious
  • Seasoning and flavoring homemade meals
  • Adding it to my morning protein smoothies
  • Taking it as a daily supplement in capsule form, as I exercise with a variety of kickboxing, crossfit, running and horse riding, and it really helps with joint function and inflammation
  • I use turmeric as an ingredient to make cold pressed soap, with plans to incorporate it into other apothecary products for my start-up, Wythe and Berry

Organic India
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I bought f
resh turmeric in my local supermarket, however it is not readily to everybody and at all times during the year. At the moment I am seeing fresh turmeric everywhere, and for the tonic recipe below, I am fortunate to be able to use it this way. However, if you cannot get it fresh, I suggest buying it online from a company called Organic India. All of their products are certified organic, and non-gmo. They also support local farmers and tribal communities in rural India, and work very hard towards respecting Mother Nature and all that she provides for us. And, of course their products are of high quality.

 

Turmeric, Ginger, Citrus Tonic

Ingredients for the tonic

Ingredients for the tonic

Here in Brooklyn NYC where I live, there are turmeric elixir companies popping up offering wellness beverages of all kinds, however the company that I really like have quite a hefty price for a small dosage, so I decided to make my own. This tonic took me a few hours to make, but is well worth it. This recipe makes close to 3 litres, which is the perfect amount for my husband and I during the week, however feel free to alter the recipe if you need the measure changed.

If you cannot find fresh turmeric use dried turmeric powder instead, for this recipe I’d use 8 teaspoons (almost 3 tablespoons) going on the below formula.

The general rule of thumb for converting dried herbs or spices to fresh in a recipe is 1-to-3, so 1 teaspoon of dried spice is equal to 3 teaspoons — 1 tablespoon — of fresh. Roughly 2 inches of fresh turmeric root will yield 1 tablespoon of the freshly grated spice — livestrong.com

Both ginger and turmeric below to the Zingiberacaea family

Both ginger and turmeric belong to the Zingiberacaea family

What You Will Need

  • juice of 5 organic lemons
  • juice of 4 organic oranges
  • 1/2 cup raw maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup grated turmeric (with skin)
  • 4 teaspoon peeled and grated ginger
  • 12 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

What to do

  • Boil water in a large pot,
  • Add ginger, turmeric and salt and simmer for at least 15 minutes
  • Stir in maple syrup, orange and lemon juice
  • Strain in to a bottled jug,
  • Let sit till at room temperature
  • Place in fridge, and use for up till 10 days

Image-1**Note — I used a metal strainer and it did not work so well as there was a lot of sediment left in the tonic, next time I am going to additionally strain through muslin or cheese cloth.

This tonic can also be warmed up as a tea, and if the flavor is a bit strong with you to start, you can always dilute it with water.

I love this drink, it has a nice kick to it!

Don’t forget to shake the bottle before pouring.


Body Care Products

IMG_0693I also reap the benefits of turmeric by using it as an ingredient in the cold pressed soap that I make. Last weekend, I made a beautiful soap by using Organic India cooled tulsi tea as the liquid element for the soap, and Organic India’s turmeric powder at the end, to give my soaps a vibrant earthy red desert sand color.

I am very happy with the way it turned out, however now I have to wait 6 weeks for the soap to cure before it can be used; patience is a virtue and yes some things are worth waiting for.

If you are not into making soap, you can also use turmeric in your day-to-day routines, as an alternative medicine and healant, rather than toxic and chemically processed products you find in a main stream pharmacy;

  • Mix turmeric with aloe vera gel to aid with sunburn
  • Mix turmeric with olive oil for a dry skin mask
  • Mix turmeric with sandalwood powder for a mask to help with acne

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I believe that, prevention is better than cure, and incorporating turmeric into your diet can only help to smarten up your body, so to speak.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Peace, Love and Turmeric makes the world go around!

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