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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.
It helps to alleviate menstrual cramps
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
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)
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
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
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.
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
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.