What is Turmeric?


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 antioxidant and 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


It tastes good in foods and can be added to anything. It has a strong yellow color, so it will add color to food (great for making yellow rice). Enjoy in radiant health!

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