Tumeric is such an amazing herb that I had to write more about it and the practical ways in which I use it on a daily basis in my home.
I have found truth to the claims that it is an immune system booster, great for alleviating pain, good for healthier looking skin, great for joint flexibility and so much more. It has been used for thousands of years and has been used in Ayurvedic medical practice in India. A few other things I did not know about it is that it supports healthy eyesight and that it supports healthy respiratory function.
How much tumeric should you take?
As always, you should ask your doctor, however, many doctors are not into non-pharmaceutical healing. I can only report to you what has been done by various individuals and ask that you be responsible and talk it through with your healthcare provider before trying anything. There are so many drug-drug and drug-herb interactions that it may also be helpful to download an app to your phone. Its great for preliminary information on interactions and is called “Natural Medicines Database”.
I have found various sources that say that to gain benefit from tumeric, you should use about 1 teaspoon a day of the ground dried root powder.
I buy tumeric from the grocery store in the spice section. Make sure to read the label so that you are getting 100% (or as close as possible). I suspect that a small amount is curcumin, about 2%, but just remember that all brands are not created equal. My label looks like this:
If you do your own research, you will find dosages vary a lot, mainly because some studies have used them for prevention of unwanted symptoms or disease and some studies used it in curative doses.
So how do I use it?
I like to take the juice of half of a lemon and a teaspoon of tumeric powder and put it in about 1/2 cup of room temperature water. Take it to the head then rinse it down with a half cup more of room temperature water. I use a good brand of bottled water with a pH a bit above 8. I do this about every other day. The lemon is good for liver detox and is high in vitamin C and other minerals. Both components are good for clearer skin. You will get the benefits of both. I do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and boy does it wake me up! You will find that others use ginger root with these two which you are welcome to do. I like to be able to keep it easy without having to chop or juice. I find that the easier it is, the more successful I am with sticking to it.
More later on my recipe for an almost curry-like sauce that I love to make with pasta and my family loves it as well.