|Turmeric: A Champion of Spices|
|Written by Laurene Hayden|
You may recognize turmeric's earthy, slightly bitter, pungent flavor from traditional Asian dishes and curries.
Early research confirms that turmeric has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxidentproperties. The studies are also indicating that turmeric shows promise in treating certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. In contrast to the isolationary methods of these tests, Ayurveda understands the synergistic effects of combining various foods while taking a broader approach to supporting one's overall balance andhealth for maximum benefit.
An Ayurvedic Health Practioner might recommend versatile turmeric to treat various imbalances evidenced by symptoms from acne to yeast infections, as part of a well rounded overall plan to restore balance and healing. In addition to the properties being recognized by Western science, it is also an excellent antibiotic, as well as promoting proper metabolism. It works on all thetissue elements of the body, and is especially useful in imbalances of the digestive, circulatory, andrespiratory systems. It’s heat coupled with its bitter and pungeant tastes is pacifying to kapha; it is also supportive to pitta and vata, but in excess can aggravate especially if not properly combined with other helpful ingredients and remedies.
Add a little turmeric to your life by using it to season sauces, rice dishes, and soups for digestive support, strengthening of digestive flora, and flavor. Or try the yummy Grape Juice Chai recipe below.
Grape Juice Chai
1/8 tsp Turmeric
Mash fresh ginger with a mortar and pestle. Mix ginger, organic grape juice, and the other spices together in a glass. For best results let sit for twenty minutes at room temperature before drinking. Add 1/8 tsp ashwagandha or 1/2 tsp amalaki for a more powerful tonifying and rejuvenating effect.