Turmeric, called the “Golden Goddess” in Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old natural healing system of India, has many great health benefits.
Turmeric is believed to balance the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). It has been used by Ayurvedic healers as medicine taken internally in various forms. Considered an antiseptic, immune system booster, it also aids in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, helps maintain good digestive health, detoxifies the liver, helps to regulate metabolism, aids in managing high blood pressure, is a great memory booster, as well as being beneficial for the skin.
Milk boiled with turmeric and sugar was and still is a popular cold remedy in many Indian households. Turmeric juice is also often used to help heal wounds and bruises. A paste made with turmeric, lime and salt is commonly applied to sprains and inflamed joints — I remember the smell of this one fondly, as I enjoyed many a sprain doing gymnastics growing up. Inhaling the fumes of burning turmeric is also used commonly to release copious amounts of mucous and provide instant relief from congestion. Another one that I still go for versus that can of Raid — a pinch of turmeric can be used as an insect repellant in the kitchen. For those of us who suffer from eczema, a paste made with turmeric alone or with neem leaves can relieve that desire to scratch.
Stay tuned for a few healthy and fun recipes featuring this Golden Goddess.