Ever wondered how, whenever we hurt ourselves, when we
were young, we would be basted with a yellow paste?
This miracle spice, turmeric, has been around for centuries and still people fail to realize how brilliant the health benefits are.
In fact, now in Sydney, while I browse through Pharma stores, I am surprised to see supplements containing pure Turmeric for consumption. Seems like the world is realizing after all! This brings me back to the time when a simple paste of this spice with water applied to a wound, heals it in no time.
What exactly is Noni juice?
It is juice which is derived from the fruit of an evergreen plant called Noni. This fruit is also known as Indian Mulberry or with the botanical name Morinda citrifolia. It mostly grows throughout the tropics including Southeast Asia, India, Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti and northern Australia where it is sometimes called "cheese fruit".
What is Turmeric?
Also commonly known in India as Haldi, is basically a root of the ginger family native to South Asia. In Indian cuisine, dried turmeric is ground into a fine powder and used as a flavor enhancer.
The Science bit of it.
Evidence has proven that turmeric, when used in the
right way and dosage, can have major health benefits on
your body and brain.
Reason being, the medicinal properties, and compounds, commonly known as curcuminoids, most importantly curcumin, has anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong anti-oxidant.
Curcumin, however, is very poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It dissolves in fat, not water, and since the digestive system is predominantly made up of water, curcumin is mostly excreted from the body.
Hence, when used in cooking along with oil, it may increase the bioavailability in the body.
Inflammation: Curcumin is strongly
anti-inflammatory, fighting inflammation at the
molecular level. Assists in arthritis as well.
As an anti-oxidant: We need oxygen to survive however oxygen may be one of the key reasons for diseases in our body. During metabolism, oxygen is broken down giving rise to free radicals. The human body has its own capacity to eliminate these free radicals however this process is hindered by pollution, the junk we eat, lifestyle, etc. In a nutshell, these free radicals can affect your DNA and cells. Curcuminoids search for these free radicals and neutralize them. It is also believed to prevent the development of free radicals and assist in enhancing the activity of antioxidant enzymes! That should be good enough to start consuming turmeric!
Protects the Heart: Turmeric assists in preventing clot formation and plaque build up. It is said to minimize the risk of platelets forming clots by relaxing the blood vessels.
Brain Booster: Curcumin is a natural anti-depressant. It is believed to work by increasing two major neurotransmitters, serotonin, and dopamine.
It may also impact depression by reducing brain inflammation.
It is a potent antioxidant that crosses the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells from free radical damage. Thus delaying brain aging.
It may also be proven to treat Alzheimer's by breaking up the plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
Cancer: Curcumin has the ability to selectively kill tumor cells while not harming normal cells.
Diabetes and Prediabetes: Curcumin is potent in prevention and control of diabetes since it helps in lowering blood sugar.
How do I use it?
The absorption of Curcumin from Tumeric is increased to a larger extent when along with Black Pepper since it contains Piperine. When used during cooking or for any beauty treatment, add a small quantity of black pepper to enhance the effects.
Golden Milk/Turmeric Milk: Use any kind
of milk, can be full cream milk, almond milk, soy milk
or coconut milk. Add a pinch of black pepper, about half
a teaspoon of pure organic Turmeric. Stir it up and
drink it. Preferably do not use any sweeteners or sugar.
Face Mask: One of the best antibacterial ingredients, Curcumin, present in Turmeric will ward off all those pesky skin issues and pimples. Combine Turmeric into any of your face masks and apply.
For dry skin: Turmeric mixed with yogurt and Honey.
For Oily skin: Turmeric mixed with milk
Cuts/Wounds: Turmeric mixed with water. Apply and let it dry.
For Pimples: Turmeric mixed with honey. Dab on spots.
Itchy/Burned skin: Turmeric mixed with Aloe vera gel.
Whiten teeth: Sounds strange isn't it? Try it. Your toothbrush will be stained, but it's better to have a yellow toothbrush than teeth. Wet your toothbrush and dab it into turmeric. Brush your teeth with the turmeric and let the turmeric sit for about 4-5 minutes. Then follow up with your normal brushing. You will start noticing results in a week. It won't be bright and shiny like the fake smiles on TV but you will achieve the normal color teeth should be opaque white.
Sore throat/Cough/Cold: Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric with a tablespoon of honey. Consume for immediate relief from a sore throat. This can also be stored and consumed later. Also, have turmeric milk for a faster relief from cold/flu.
Tried, tested and implemented over centuries. Don't let
this power spice just sit on your kitchen rack. Put it
to good use and see the benefits over time. It's
definitely worth it!!
For now, stay healthy and let Nature take its course in your life!
* These home remedies are not a substitute for your regular medication. Please consult your doctor if you have any medical concerns before trying them out or have any reaction to the same.Back to Blog