It’s Pure Gold, Girl! Here’s Why You Need to ALWAYS Keep Turmeric in Your Kitchen

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Turmeric powder: one of those products that for the longest time, I passed by on the grocery store shelves, figuring it was for curry dishes only (and I am still trying to perfect my curry skills, bare with me). It was only within recent years that I started (finally) taking my parents’ advice to depend less on big pharma’s pain-killers for every pain under the sun.

There was Pinterest to the rescue, my personal search-engine of choice. No, seriously, whenever I needed to look up ‘natural remedies for (fill in pain here)’, that’s the first place I would go. Still do! Pinterest is a treasure trove of information in one place, and countless infographics later, turmeric became one of those ingredients that could potentially solve a lot of troublesome moments my body has put me through. It wasn’t long before the golden yellow goodness (I prefer powder form but willing to start using the root soon) became a staple that I stock up on every few months.

Here’s why:

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The What: Turmeric tea/turmeric latte

The How: Curcumin is the most active and beneficial component of turmeric, the one responsible for its anti-inflammatory benefits, helping to alleviate pains associated with ‘that time of the month’.

And this is after months of seeing great results. Formerly known as the pain-killer-popping queen (honestly, a friend once said I must have a mini pharmacy in my room; my tolerance for pain? -0.000001), it was hard to convince me that anything besides an extra-strength NSAID would ease my PMS cramps.

There is a caveat though; I have found that using turmeric helps my cramps most when they’ve just started creeping in (I suffer with the back-pain, rolling around in bed in pain, loss of appetite variety). Typically, when the pain slowly starts, water’s already boiling. One mug of turmeric tea later, cramps-be-gone. Mine are so bad that they sometimes show up again the second day, though. On average, over a span of two days, I make my turmeric ‘latte’ once per day for two days, after which I am cramp-free. (Want even better results? Don’t just rely on teas. Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water when that time of the month comes. Flavoured water works too. Just. Stay. Hydrated. Honey!)

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Here’s the tea/’latte’ that I make (I literally eyeball the ingredients as if making a typical hot chocolate or the like):

  • Almond milk
  • Approx. 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • (Optional) a dash of ginger powder)
  • (Optional) Sweetener of choice)
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Mix together and add hot water. Let it cool a bit and enjoy.

For fighting off flu or cold symptoms

Cold and flu, say hello to my little golden friend. Turmeric helps to take care of congestion and fevers most. It works best in conjunction with two other powders that, odds are, you can already find in your kitchen: cayenne pepper and cinnamon.

The What: Here’s the ‘tea’ I make for the flu:

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Mix together, add hot (not boiling) water and after letting it cool a bit, drink up.

The cinnamon powder helps to reduce inflammation and congestion, fight fevers, and boosts overall immunity. The cayenne pepper is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, helping to treat sore throats and congestion as well.

I use ACV simply as a ‘carrier’ for the powders, and have never tried making it any other way. Plus, the idea of milk AND spicy peppers together? I’ll pass. Doesn’t sound like the best combo, does it? The tanginess of the apple cider vinegar happens to be something that I’ve grown to enjoy. I’ve recommended this ‘brew’ to Seeking Millennial and she loved how well it worked!

Your Skin Will Love it Too!

Coffee addicts, raise your hands high. I too, love a warm cup of joe to start (and sometimes sustain in the middle of) my day; but despite all of my hopes, too much coffee isn’t the best for anyone. In efforts to keep my cravings for warm, cozy drinks satisfied, a few years ago I started drinking turmeric hot chocolate (Pret a Manger makes the best ones! Mine at home come in at a comfy second place though). I try to have it at least once a week to balance out all the coffee I drink (okay maybe not balance out, but you catch my drift). It was through this little habit that I realised how much brighter my skin would look the more I drank turmeric. Also, no pimples were coming out to play. Must be those powerful anti-inflammatory properties, right? Because acne, after all, is caused by inflammation underneath our skin.

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I have heard many people rave about turmeric face masks, but haven’t tried them yet. I’m worried about staining my clothes yellow. I make this just about the same way you would your average cup of hot cocoa/chocolate, except adding more turmeric than cocoa powder.

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If you’re still not sold…

…on this good gold stuff as a hot drink, there are many ways you can still try it out. I’ve seen lots of people rave about turmeric smoothies (imagine a turmeric banana smoothie with ginger; Kaylee’s of Lemons and Basil looks DEEELISH!), turmeric ginger iced tea, and a recent discovery (yup, another one) of mine has been turmeric kefir. The options are endless for trying it out.

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Which one are you likely to try? Thinking about ways to add more natural, healthy ingredients to your kitchen and cooking ‘game’? Or natural ways to ease pain? Why not give turmeric a go? It just might surprise you.