It is amazing how great health can be as close as our kitchen spice rack.
For thousands of years, food and herbs have been used for their healing properties. Some herbs are almost worshiped for their healing gifts. Turmeric is one such herb.
Some herbs are valued solely for their medicinal properties. Neem would be an example of a plant used primarily for medicinal purposes.
Turmeric is different, however. It is an important cooking herb as well as a medicinal remedy. In India, curry is one of their most common dishes and it usually includes turmeric.
Why is turmeric such a wonder herb? Turmeric is one of the few healing herbs in the world that has such a comprehensive list of benefits that it is considered a pharmacy unto itself. (Neem is also.)
Turmeric is a purifier. It is most frequently used to purify the blood which helps prevent blood clots. Since the blood circulates the entire blood, all of the purification capabilities of turmeric removing bacteria and free radicals mean that more oxygen and nutrients can get to the cells and the lymph system can do its job of removing wastes better.
Turmeric has the following effects on the body:
- alliterative. It doesn’t just treat a medical condition, it also restores health.
- analgesic. It reduces pain.
- anti-inflammatory. It is used extensively to heal wounds and improves arthritis symptoms.
- antibacterial. It has many properties which help with wound healing.
- anti-tumor, which means that in cleaning the body, tumors are less able to grow.
- antiallergic. It help with food and other forms of allergies.
- antioxident. It has the ability to clean up the free radicals created through stress and lifestyle choices.
- antiseptic. This is another of turmeric’s wound cleaning properties.
- antispasmodic. It relaxes muscles which reduces digestive and menstrual cramps.
- astringent. It dries out the tissues removing toxins, fat and excess fluid.
- cardiovasular. Since it cleans the blood, the heart will be pumping cleaner blood and staying healthier over time. It’s anti-inflammatory properties reduces the occurrence of platelet clumping, which can cause blood clots and other problems.
- carminative, which means it reduces gas in the body
- cholagogue, which means it stimulates the gall bladders production of bile.
- improves digestion. It stimulates a sluggish digestion causing food to be properly digested and preventing the toxic buildup of undigested food.
- diuretic. It has astringent properties that remove excess fluid from the body.
- vulnerary, refers to the ability to heal wounds.
- cleans the blood.
- supports the reproductive system.
- illnesses related to the digestive system including IBS, indigestion, URI, kidney infections, gallstones, hemorrhoids, liver disease and food poisoning
- illnesses from blood toxins
- skin diseases including leprosy.