Ease your way into fall with Turmeric​

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is one of the star ingredients used for thousands of years in Ayurveda. Turmeric is a long herbaceous plant with tapered green leaves, dull-yellow flowers, and yellowish-orange colored rhizomes. It grows in many regions of Asia, but it is mainly native to India. It has amazing health benefits and can play an important role in seasonal transitions.

Scientific name:  Curcuma Longa

Family:  Zingiberaceae (Adraka kula)

Rasa (taste):  Bitter, pungent

Virya (effect):  Heating

Guna (quality):  Light, dry

Part Used:  Root (powdered or fresh)

Classification:  Immune-Modulation

Impact:  Detoxifying, boosts metabolism and supports immunity

Dosha:  Pacifies Pitta and Kapha Dosha

Ease your way into fall with Turmeric

The days are still warm, but the mornings and evenings are getting cooler. Change is in the air–and yet, that change hasn’t fully happened. Seasons don’t change overnight and neither should you. We are entering a season with qualities and elements of air and space (Vata). The wind is also cool, dry, light, and constantly moving. These are also the qualities of fall.

In the summer, with the heat, our physical channels get fully dilated, allowing toxins to flow out freely. As temperatures drop, channels shrink slowly but surely, giving less easy passage to toxins. Organs such as the liver, the spleen, the stomach, and the pancreas accumulate heat during summer. The first thing to do as we transition from summer to fall is to cool off these organs and release their seasonally accumulated heat.

One of the best herbs to ease your physiology into the autumnal detox is turmeric. Turmeric has excellent antioxidant properties, which enable it to flush out toxins from our bodies. Adding turmeric to your diet is also very easy. You can add it to your food, teas, smoothies, or simply consume it with warm water every morning. 

Turmeric tea

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 liter water
  • 5 cm piece fresh ginger or 1tsp powder ginger
  • 1tsp of organic turmeric*
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods, outer shell removed (optional)
  • 3 whole peppercorns
  • After cooking: Juice of two lemons and 1 tablespoon raw honey. 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the water to a pot along with all the ingredients. Bring this to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and honey. Serve hot. You can drink this continuously throughout the day, but one cup every day will help reduce bloating and inflammation.
  3. The tea is best served hot but you can also drink it cold.

Turmeric for kids

Turmeric is a wonder spice is that it is nutritionally rich and its health benefits extend across all age groups. It is helpful for the elderly as well kids as young as 6 months old. With children back in school, it’s common for them to get sick. Here are a few ways, according to Ayurveda, in which this golden yellow herb can benefit a child:

Healthy respiratory system –Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it is great for children. Boil a cup of milk with 1 teaspoon of turmeric in it and give it to your child once a day. It will help with mucus build-up and relieve chest congestion, allowing the child to breathe easily.

Great for skin – For common skin infections like rashes and itching, turmeric is very beneficial. You can mix honey and turmeric and apply the paste to the site of the infection. To treat fungal infection in children, mix one teaspoon turmeric powder with one teaspoon aloe vera and apply it over the infected area.

Brain health – People who consumed turmeric regularly had better cognitive functions. Turmeric can help the developing brain of children and boost academic performance.

Immune support – Turmeric has a strong immune-modulatory effect, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Which helps kids develop strong immune support.

Turmeric smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  •  1 peeled and sliced banana
  •  1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  •  1/2 cup of kale or spinach
  •  1/2 teaspoon organic turmeric*
  •  pinch of black pepper
  •  ice
  •  1/8 cup choice of milk
  •  Mix and blend

Turmeric

Frequently Asked Questions

Please consult with your health care practitioner prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep out of the reach of children.

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