Just like all the herbs I use, I like to know where it's coming from and what's going into my body. For that reason I don't like to take "pills" promoted by a certain company or even listen to "claims" by companies who sell these "formulas". That said, I do look for solid research and found some claims backed up by research.
In an article titled 20 Health Benefits of Turmeric over at healthdiaries.com you'll find links to University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, lots to studies in the U.S. library of Medicine, Michigan State University and more. The benefits of Turmeric can include help for Parkinson's, Inflammation, Depression, Pain, Brain Tumor, Liver issues, skin cancer and more. Check the article out.
My experience with Turmeric has been for inflammation. I had incredible results after having a heart cauterization. I was about a week out, and my hand, wrist and arm started swelling up. It wasn't going down. I decided to give Turmeric a try and within a couple hours most, if not all of the swelling was gone. I was amazed.
Please note-with anything you decide to take, ask your doctor and do your own research. Herbs, just like prescriptions can affect other things your taking and have side effects. Turmeric, for instance does have a slight blood thinning effect. If you are on other blood thinners your Dr. may not want you to take it. I'm not a Doctor, just sharing my experience and what has worked for me, please use your own wisdom for your health needs.
|You can see it's only half full, I forgot to take a pic until I drank most of it!|
Typically, I'll make my own Turmeric capsules, but when you can it's nice to incorporate some into your diet. See my entry on capsule making here. I'm not a huge fan of the flavor, so when I heard about this Turmeric Chai Latte recipe I was skeptical. However, I had all the ingredients so I tried it. One word: AMAZING!
Turmeric Chai Latte
2 cups milk (regular or Almond)
1 T. butter
1 t. Turmeric
1 t. ground Ginger
15 whole black peppercorns
1/2 t. coconut oil
honey for sweetness if desired (I used about 1teaspoon.)
Cinnamon to garnish
Place all ingredients except honey and cinnamon in saucepan and simmer. The longer you simmer the stronger it will be. Cool slightly and place in your blender. Blend till frothy. Pour into mugs, add honey if desired and sprinkle cinnamon on top. ENJOY!
This recipe comes from my favorite place to buy dry herbs, the Bulk Herb Store, recipe modified slightly of course!