Turmeric relieves arthritis pain, helps protect against blood clots, helps control cholesterol, helps the body digest fatty foods, helps strengthen eyesight, helps ease allergy symptoms, fights inflammation, increases milk production, and inhibits tumor growth.
Turmeric helps protect the liver from toxic compounds and increases the secretion of bile. It can help the body maintain a correct weight and is often used in weight loss programs. Turmeric is known to reduce blood platelet clumping (blood clots) and improve circulation. Many people believe it protects against many types of cancer and heart disease.
When used to fight the growth of tumors, studies show a decrease in size and number of tumors. Turmeric also reduces histamine levels and increases production of natural cortisone by the adrenal glands.
Laboratory studies have found that turmeric inhibits the development of cataracts, breast cancer, colon cancer, and lymphoma. Turmeric helps detoxify the body, and protects the liver from the damaging effects of alcohol, toxic chemicals, and prescription drugs.
It is known to guard the stomach by killing salmonella bacteria and protozoa that can cause diarrhea. Add to meatloaf, taco fillings, stews, vegetables, rice dishes, salad dressings, and chicken soup.
Add a few drops of olive oil to a teaspoon of turmeric and mix well. Apply a thin layer of the resulting paste to troublesome skin growths and rough, blotchy patches. The turmeric will dye the skin a deep yellowish orange – this is normal in any application of turmeric including poultices, ointments, and compresses. Skin conditions should show sign of improvement within a week or two.
Turmeric is also a main ingredient in many American mustards. The rhizome is dried and ground into fine powder for use in cooking and herbal medicine.
In the Pacific Islands, turmeric is considered essential during ceremonial dances. It is also used to treat heart disease, coughs, poor vision, hepatitis, scabies, gout, athlete’s foot, infected wounds, gas, constipation, intestinal problems, and skin diseases.
Turmeric is related to cardamom and ginger and can be grown as an annual. The plants prefer raised beds with rich, sandy loam. The turmeric plant is fairly large, reaching 4 feet in height and has a growth habit similar to cannas. See photos of the turmeric plant at Wikipedia.
When cooking with turmeric wear an apron! Turmeric stains are almost impossible to remove. Turmeric should be avoided in cases of gallstones, bile duct obstruction, high stomach acid, or stomach ulcers. Do not use large amounts of turmeric when taking blood thinners. Doctors advise against taking turmeric if you are taking blood pressure medicine or other heart medicines since turmeric can inhibit absorbtion of other medicines. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
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