Turmeric - 3 ways

by Collette White | July 3, 2017

Good Afternoon friends! I hope this finds you all well! We are all well here ?

I am going to cut to the chase today as I have loads of information to share with you … all about one of my favourite ingredients ‘Turmeric” … I have ‘facts’ about this wonder herb from my trusted sources and Naturopaths Alisha from Naughty Naturopath Mum and also for the first time, Peter Mullen from Mullen Health. I ALSO have Golden Turmeric Milk and Morning Turmeric Shot recipes for you to enjoy!

Alisha from ‘Naughty Naturopath Mum’ is a Naturopath, blogger, Essence Practitioner and stay-at-home-mum to 2 little ones. Alisha loves and is well known for her passion of Australian Bush Flower Remedies, health, good food and balance.

Peter from ‘Mullen Health Hamilton‘ is one of Australia’s leading Naturopaths, who has helped thousands of people achieve their health goals during his 25 years of practice. Peter specialises in Iridology, children’s health and digestive disorders, and has a particular interest in working out the cause of health complaints that have been plaguing people for a long time.

Turmeric – Naughty Naturopath Mum

This is easily my favourite herb as it’s pytochemicals have been shown to help with everything from alzheimers to cancer but my main excitement is how it helps our gut lining.The main phytochemical or plant compound of this herb that has shown these amazing health benefits is curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. This anti-inflammatory action is directly seen on the mucous membrane lining our gut so any inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis, Irritable bowel or Chron’s disease, will benefit greatly from the regular consumption of this herb (as well as keep you from ageing but I digress, I get a bit excited about turmeric). Curcumin has also been used to assist with weight control and digestion as it stimulates the gallbladder and produces bile. Because bile helps digest fat, experts believe this improves digestion and may help control weight. Studies have found it helps with indigestion and reducing symptoms of bloating and gas. It is a vivid, absolutely gorgeous yellow colour in it’s powdered form (even used as a yellow dye) and wonderfully aromatic so use it liberally in your curries and stir fries. The root looks like a thin piece of ginger or galangal and using it fresh to brew tea or shaved into cooking and dressings is another great way of taking it.

Piperene (pytochemical in black pepper) does enhance uptake of curcumin (pytochemical in turmeric) so adding that can greatly increase benefits of turmeric. But not always a great addition for compliance/taste so that is why I recommend taking turmeric with a good fat like butter, olive oil or coconut oil which also helps with absorption.
Dosage per day varies greatly depending what you are aiming to treat etc. This is a rough dosage recommendation – I recommend you ask a health professional if you are concerned about taking this. 
Adult dosages: Fresh root: 1.5 – 3 g per day Dried, powdered root: 1 – 3 g per day Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 – 600 mg, 3 times per day Fluid extract (1:1) 30 – 90 drops a day Tincture (1:2): 15 – 30 drops, 4 times per day For Children, I would halve this from age 12 onwards and 1/3 for children 5-12 years of age

Turmeric – Peter Mullen

Turmeric is more than just the yellow spice that makes your curry delicious – it actually has the potential to improve your health in more than 150 different ways!
Turmeric has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments, including liver disease, skin problems, digestive problems, joint pain such as arthritis and general wound healing. But recent research has found the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, could even ward off dementia and prevent cancer.
How could that be? Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and a powerful inhibitor of the growth of new blood vessels in tumours. It’s also a powerful antioxidant! Research shows these properties have the potential to break down the amyloid plaques in the brain that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
There are so many ways we can add turmeric into our everyday diet. You can add the fresh or powdered spice in to curries, stirfrys, or even mixed into your morning omelette. I love to flavour our meat with spices as this makes the flavour. You can use turmeric alone or add it with ground cumin, coriander seeds and cinnamon. I love adding turmeric to my fresh juice or smoothie to give me that antioxidant hit! And have you ever heard of golden milk or a turmeric latte? It’s a caffeine free, antioxidant warm drink made on coconut milk, honey and turmeric. You can drink it to replace that morning coffee or have before bed to have a restful sleep. To keep well in winter our family makes daily immune shots made with ½ orange, ½ lemon, ½-1 teaspoon of turmeric, and ½ teaspoon of grated ginger. Yum!

Turmeric Paste

Ingredients

1 cup water

½ cup turmeric powder (organic)

4 tblspns coconut oil

1 tspn black pepper

 

Method

Place all ingredients into a saucepan. Stir continuously over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until it ‘just’ starts to thicken.

Remove from heat and allow to cool before transferring into a glass jar with a lid.

Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

  • use in soups, stir fries, casseroles, golden milk

Turmeric Milk

Ingredients

1 cup milk of choice

1 tspn turmeric paste

¼ – 1 tspn honey (depending on your taste buds)

 

Method

Heat milk in a small saucepan.

Place the turmeric paste, honey and warmed milk into a coffee mug and stir well.

Enjoy!

Morning Turmeric Shot

Ingredients

280ml water (or coconut water)

7 tblspns apple cider vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)

3 heaped tspns turmeric powder

3 heaped tspns honey

½ tspn black pepper

 

Method

Place all ingredients into a blender and blitz extremely well until thoroughly combined.

TMX: Speed 5 – 30 seconds

Store in an airtight bottle for a week.

Take a 30ml shot each morning.

Wishing you a truly wonderful week ahead! I look forward to connecting with you more again soon.
Take Care of You,