There seems to be a recent buzz about the incredible benefits from Turmeric (Curcuma longa), however; people have been utilizing this rhizome for more than 4000 years. Turmeric is an herbaceous perennial that is related to the ginger family (Zingerberaceae). It is unclear whether it was used originally as a spice (known as Indian Saffron, because of its color), or for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Either way, it dates back as far as 1000 B.C. in Ayurvedic practices. The Turmeric we see in the stores is a hybrid of the wild grown Turmeric found in Southwest Asia. It grows best in humid climates and to this day, India remains one of the most prominent producers of this wonder root. Other countries that produce and export Turmeric are Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Jamaica and Haiti.
Consuming Turmeric has many health benefits. On top of reducing the risk of cancer, it also aids in chronic digestive disorders, and helps control auto immune diseases. It lowers cholesterol and improves the regulation of blood pressure, which lowers the risk of several cardiovascular diseases. The consumption of the root has proven to be very effective, but Turmeric also contains an essential oil. It is a base note and has a warm and earthy aroma. Our skin, being the largest organ in our body can absorb nutrients from the outside and draw them into our blood. We at Mindful Mixtures have taken advantage of this fact and have added Turmeric to one of our products ACHE, to help in the reduction of inflammation. I have also had great success in using Turmeric to help clients who suffer from Gout.
By applying the oil topically to areas of the body that are painful, it reduces the inflammation, thus reducing pain. The oil is extremely concentrated so you always need to dilute it in carrier oil before applying it to the body. There is no doubt that this beautiful specimen of Mother Nature has a multitude of healing abilities and it’s tasty too! By Juicing Turmeric, your body can easily absorb the 300 antioxidants that it contains. Turmeric is also a liver detoxifier, aids in fat metabolism, and is excellent for skin health. There are obvious benefits to eating, juicing and applying the oil directly to the skin, but you also must know that Turmeric is a natural blood thinner. People who are taking prescription blood thinners must be careful about consuming too much Turmeric. It could also upset your stomach if you are taking medications for ulcers or heartburn. If you are already taking a prescription drug, always consult your physician before starting a natural remedy. Turmeric truly is a wonder. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.