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What Is Turmeric?

Updated: 7 days ago

The herb can and does assimilate inorganic material matter, and through some mysterious and unknown alchemy converts this inert and lifeless matter into living organic material, which, when presented to the animal or human cell, is hungrily absorbed, sustaining and renewing its life process …                                                                                                                                The life process of the human cell cannot be sustained by any element or compound obtained directly from the inorganic kingdom. ☥ Dr. Edward Shook ☥ Advanced Treatise in Herbology

My babysitter was an East Indian woman who cooked with a lot of curry. I loved growing up eating deliciously spicy foods from India and the West Indies. Little did I know, turmeric had become a vital part of my life. There have been numerous scientific studies on the healing benefits of turmeric, primarily as an antioxidant and for its anti-inflammatory properties.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a culinary and medicinal herb.

What Can I Do With Turmeric?

In the holistic healing world, turmeric is considered to be a natural antibiotic. The beauty of turmeric is that it serves as an antibiotic while strengthening digestion and improving intestinal flora. Whenever my clients are told to take antibiotics, I try to get them to increase their intake of turmeric because the antibiotic weakens our digestive system and upsets the balance of the intestinal flora. It is also important to take a probiotic two hours after taking any antibiotic to help re-establish the balance of the body. Here is a short summary of the benefits of turmeric:

☥ Natural antibiotic/purifies the blood

☥ Promotes proper metabolism (aids in the digestion of protein)

☥ Tonic for the skin

☥ Works on/supports the digestive, circulatory and respiratory system but really

supports all tissues of the body

☥ Acts as a nutritive tonic, antibacterial/antiseptic agent, demulcent (soothes and

protects), expectorant (promoting discharge of toxic fluids/mucus), emollient

(softens/relaxes) and mild astringent (i.e. cleans and constricts pores, etc.)

☥ Helps heal skin disorders, diabetes, arthritis, scrapes and bruises, anemia, poor

circulation, congestion, sore throat

Turmeric tastes great in foods and can be added to anything that you want to have a yellow color (i.e. yellow rice). It will temporarily stain your skin, but it can permanently stain clothes and certain surfaces yellow. Be mindful while working with this healing herb.

turmeric root

Self-Care is like a treasure map that leads us to the truest part of ourselves.

Epilogue ☥ Your Treasure Map For Self-Care

Thank you for taking the time to actively engage in your own self-care. If you have ever spent time at a hammam ☥ steam room ☥ sauna, you will notice that it is a comfortable space because you are wearing minimal or no clothing and you can just be yourself. However, after a short time, it starts to get hot, and you begin to sweat. This is a good thing because you are helping your body to eliminate toxins. If you want to detoxify your body correctly you will:

☥ Breathe slowly and deeply to help your body adjust to the intensity of the heat.

☥ Sip water every 15 minutes to stay hydrated.

☥ Have a piece of fruit ☥ pumpkin seeds ☥ favorite healthy snack available.

☥ Take a shower after excessive sweating.

☥ Go into a cold room/take a cold plunge/cold water rinse off to cool down before doing

another sweat and to stimulate your lymphatic system.

☥ Go for a walk in nature, spend time in meditation ☥ contemplation, have a healthy meal

and give your body some time to complete the healing process (which could include

sending you messages through your intuition about your next steps).

As you journey through ☥ interact with the blogs ☥ other content on, you might have an insight that causes you to suddenly feel mentally ☥ emotionallyhot” -- which could show up as:

☥ “Ah-ha” moments

☥ A hop-in-the-bed-and-cry-yourself-to-sleep or fetal position crying time of intensive


☥ Intense feelings of anger/regret about something in your past

☥ Disorientation caused by the realization of truth

Strong reactions such as heightened senses, vomiting; an urge to release emotions

such as yelling/screaming, going outside for fresh air/to take a walk, punching a

boxing bag/pillow; a feeling of tightness in the chest, etc.

When we face ☥ transcend our challenges, they no longer have power over us

If you find yourself having a strong reaction, I encourage you to flow with it while helping your body to release mental ☥ emotional toxins by using the same five self-care strategies listed above for releasing physical toxins. Your body talks to you all the time, but unconscious adherence to social conditioning can mute its messages.

Strong reactions are your body’s way of letting you know that there is a deeper issue requiring your attention.

Keep revisiting the content ☥ utilizing the five self-care strategies until you no longer experience the strong reaction, release fears and have identified ☥ transformed ☥ removed the root cause of the issue. You will find additional strategies throughout this website that you can add to your mental health self-care toolkit.

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☥ Revisit the content periodically and make a note of if/how your perceptions have

evolved. Check out our blog page for an experiential healing journey.

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Check back periodically to discover new/re-experience the content.

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journey and download healing resources to share with your friends, family and


When you share healing, healing comes back to and flows through you.

About Sharing ...

During my first presentation to an all-Black audience, I introduced 20-year-old research on the hazards of sitting. I presented the research because I noticed that people sat for way too long at convenings and realized that the information was not disseminated to Black ☥ Indigenous ☥ Immigrant communities. I was determined to intentionally include this research, often surprising participants by getting people up to stretch. After more than 13 years of intentional work, Black ☥ Indigenous ☥ Immigrant People are just barely beginning to normalize conscious movement. We still have a long way to go, and it is important that we share what we know as much as we can to prevent the disenfranchisement of wellness information to Black ☥ Indigenous ☥ Immigrant communities.

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Please do not keep to yourself. We will not co-create a better world until we heal our current, past/childhood traumas. We will not love others until we learn to love ourselves.





About Dr. Phyllis SHU Hubbard's work as a Health Warrior

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