We're sure that you've seen a Golden Mylk Latte plastered all over Instagram by now. But that's not all that turmeric is good for!
First, you're probably wondering what all the hype is about turmeric. Does it actually fight inflammation? How much of it do you need? Doesn't it taste weird?
A quick history lesson...
Turmeric has its roots in Indian tradition and Ayurvedic medicinal practices. Primarily, it has been used for it's anti-inflammatory properties, for everything from skin care, to digestion, and bone health.
But does it work?
Well here's the tricky part. The "anti-inflammatory" component of turmeric is called curcumin. To activate this, you need to combine turmeric with a healthy fat (think cold-pressed and organic coconut oil), alongside cracked pepper. The cracked pepper not only activates the medicinal properties, but also keeps the turmeric from becoming like a paste as it move through your digestive system.
Ways to use turmeric:
A face mask
According to numerous internet trials and and newly-stained pillows (unless you want orange sheets and towels, proceed with caution!) turmeric helps to reduce acne and scarring due to the spice's anti-inflammatory properties.
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder or fresh, grated turmeric
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. water
Blend and rub onto your face! Maybe draw a bubble bath and spend some time relaxing.
Planning a big Sunday roast, or a BBQ with friends and family? Try adding turmeric to your meat dishes as a rub. It's known to help increase the digestibility of different meats. Wow your guests and make sure they don't leave you bloated and tired.
Ingredients (amount will depend on what you're cooking):
- Cracked Pepper
- Chili Flakes
- Lemon Juice (as an acid, this can also help to bread down the enzymes in the protein to make sure they are easily digested).
Blend all ingredients and rub onto your chicken, roast, etc.
Add it to rice or other grains
This is just an easy was to add some anti-inflammatory properties to your meals. Whether it's quinoa, basmati rice, or savoury oatmeal, this can add a spicy kick.
Try adding 1 tsp. of turmeric per 1 cup of grain. Alongside a tablespoon of ghee or butter, and 1/2 tsp. cracked pepper!
In your smoothie
Just like with adding greens to a smoothie, you can barely taste the addition of turmeric. And on a cold day, the addition of a little cracked black better is a surprisingly warming treat!
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric
- A pinch of cracked black pepper
- 1/2 scoop of your favourite protein powder (vanilla is one of the top!)
- 1/2 avocado (remember, a healthy fat is key!)
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger.
Blend until smoothe and drink away!