What Is Turmeric?

Updated: Feb 20

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 & respiratory system but really supports all

tissues of the body

Acts as a nutritive tonic, antibacterial/antiseptic agent, demulcent (soothes & 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 & bruises, anemia, poor circulation,

congestion, sore throat, low/poor circulation

Turmeric tastes great in foods and can be added to anything that you want to have a yellow color (i.e. yellow rice). It can stain fingers yellow so be mindful while working with this healing herb.

Nourish yourself, be well and be radiant.

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