Add Some Turmeric To That
It comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine.
Curcumin is most known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. The compound has been shown to influence more than 700 genes, and it can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.
I had a turmeric concoction every day on my fertility journey. I believe that autoimmune disease and infertility go hand in hand. As does, Professor Hawkins who I liaised with when I “went rogue”. He says “once you get your immune system correct in your body you then are becoming highly reproductive.” Obviously, that is what women who want babies want and need.
So if turmeric hasn’t really been on your radar, it’s a spice that has a peppery, warm, bitter flavour and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger. While it’s best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow colour.
Here are a few simple ways to get this super spice into your everyday:
Shake it. Add to the salt and pepper shaker to flavour meals.
In dukkah. It adds a great flavour to your dunkin’ spices.
In a drink. Turmeric tea is delicious and makes for a perfect nighttime hot toddy. Recipe below!
Use as a salad dressing. Create your own blend with avocado, extra virgin olive oil, lemons, salt and pepper and of course turmeric. Or add to a bottle you already have on the fridge.
Brush with it. It’s just 2 parts turmeric powder to 1 part coconut oil and 1 part baking soda. Mix together to form a paste and brush.
Here is a yummy hot toddy recipe:
- 2 cups of homemade nut milk or coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon raw local honey, optional
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Small pinch of black pepper and grated ginger (fresh is best)
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
Pour all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil, whisk to combine ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 10 minutes.
Strain the milk if you have large pieces of ginger, cinnamon, etc.
To serve, add raw honey or a dash of cinnamon.
Drink as a night time toddy or coffee replacement