The vibrant yellow spice, popularly known as turmeric has been on the news lately. Turmeric mixes undoubtedly have everyone charmed and for good reason too. Scientists have extensively studied the plant and have dug up a number of incredible health benefits we can get from eating and using it on our skin. Turmeric can cure or treat a number of ailments with it’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anticoagulant properties that are derived from its curcumin content.
This wonderful spice that comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant has been used in ayurvedic and holistic medicine for ages to treat skin diseases, digestive disturbances, liver conditions and to heal wounds.
And today, scientists have confirmed that turmeric and it’s curcumin derivative can actually treat chronic pain and inflammation-induced conditions. It may also be a potential preventive treatment for ailments like Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Truth be told, turmeric is actually a big deal!!
You can find good and fresh turmeric to buy from Asian markets, your local grocery, or online stores. A couple of drugstores also sell the supplement forms (Just be sure to make wholesomeness and standardization mark your first priority when buying). Also, before running off with this awesome turmeric news, there is the need to equip yourself with some valuable knowledge on how to mix and take turmeric to make maximum use of its nutrients.
Fortunately, we have put together some interesting turmeric mixes that is sure to make a difference to your health. Just keep reading and scrolling down!
TURMERIC VS BLACK PEPPER
Incorporating a mixture of turmeric and black pepper into your meals will do more than enhance the flavor. You could say that black pepper is the Ying to the yang of turmeric because consuming turmeric without black pepper makes it extremely difficult for your body to absorb its curcumin content.
Black pepper contains what is called piperine that prevents your body’s enzymes from breaking down foods and other substances. In this context, piperine speeds up the absorption of curcumin when they are combined together. To top it all, black pepper also has additional health benefits of its own. You can mix turmeric with black pepper to create a spice blend that you can add to your dishes, drinks, smoothies, and salads.
TURMERIC VS GINGER
Turmeric and ginger have a lot in common. They both originated from the Asian region and have been used for centuries to treat a number of ailments including cold, pain, and chronic inflammation.
Ginger also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is particularly helpful in decreasing nausea. Fresh or ground ginger can be found in most grocery stores. It is also available in supplement form.
You can combine the two together along with other food ingredients like black pepper and garlic and sprinkle into your dishes to give it a flagrant flavor and taste. You can use this powerful combo in stir fry dishes, soups, curry meals, parfaits, and tea. Bonus point, use it to marinate meat and fish for that extra dose of spice and color.
TURMERIC VS HONEY
Mixing turmeric and honey actually pays. This combination that is known as “golden honey” in ayurvedic medicine is said to be a powerful antibiotic and is commonly used to treat allergies and cold. Honey has natural antibiotic and antioxidant properties, and turmeric can enhance this effect.
The combination of these two can serve as a good remedy for several ailments such as respiratory diseases, arthritis, and the common cold. A simple golden honey recipe is a mixture of about 100g of honey and 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder.
For skin beautification purposes, the combination of turmeric and honey is a major key player. The internet is swimming in so many turmeric and honey face mask recipes that promise to brighten the face and rid it of acne.
Even beauty products carry this same campaign “slogan”. There might be some truth to these claims if we take into consideration the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers of these two ingredients. (remember, inflammation contributes to acne).
A study also found that Turmeric essential oil when added to a lotion can brighten the skin in as little as three weeks. They don’t call it the “golden spice” for nothing right!!. On the acne angle, this combination may not be as effective as preached, and may only work better in combination with other treatments. So it is best to check in with a dermatologist first.
TURMERIC AND MILK
If you are a huge fan of lattes and milk beverages, you may have probably come across “golden milk” or turmeric lattes. Golden milk also known as haldi doodh or Turmeric milk is a popular Indian drink that is linked to ayurvedic medicine.
It is simply a combination of turmeric with milk. The drink is rich in a host of nutrients and has a considerable amount of health perks. It is also delicious and spicy. The traditional Indian version is simply hot milk combined with turmeric, but it has evolved to take on a latte consistency with a combination of other ingredients and spices.
However, the latte version is just as healthy and delicious as the original version. Here is a simple turmeric latte recipe you can try.
How to Make a Turmeric latte
- To make the latte, you will first need to make a Turmeric latte spice which is simply a medley of turmeric and other spices like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and black pepper. You can add more spices or use any desired spice of choice.
- When you’ve prepared your spice blend, whisk it into any milk of choices such as coconut, almond or oat milk
- Transfer into a pot or pan and heat it on a stove until it begins to boil or forms a thick froth on top.
- Add a sweetener, preferably honey, and serve in a mug.
- Enjoy and anticipate the health boost.
OTHER WAYS TO TAKE TURMERIC
TURMERIC TEA: One of the most popular and refreshing forms of consuming turmeric is to drink it as a tea. Turmeric tea is good for treating colds and for boosting the immune system. You can make turmeric tea by dissolving about two teaspoons of turmeric powder into a cup of hot water. Add some honey, lemon juice, and a pinch of black pepper for maximum effect.
TURMERIC SHOT: Turmeric shots are anti-inflammatory turmeric drinks full of vitamin C that work as a tonic to rid your body of harmful pathogens. There are several turmeric drink recipes you can try, but here is a simple one to begin with:
In a bowl or cup, combine 1/2 cup of orange juice, a piece of freshly grated turmeric and ginger, and two tablespoons of honey. Give it a good stir and then drink up. Easy peasy right!!
TURMERIC SMOOTHIE: Smoothies are popular for their health improving benefits especially when it comes to boosting the immune system and fighting off diseases. Now imagine adding turmeric to the picture! Combining turmeric with other fruits is a great way to stay in top form.
A turmeric smoothie simply requires a blend of your favorite fruits and vegetables with ground turmeric powder or fresh turmeric rhizomes. Recommended fruits and vegetables for this smoothie includes banana, pineapple, lemon, carrots, mango, coconut, and ginger. Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of black pepper for easy absorption.